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This isn’t a bad tea at all. The scent on opening the sachet is amazing. Sweet raspberry candy, with a grassy undertone from the green tea. It’s actually almost mouthwatering. I let the water cool to about 180 before adding my infuser, and was rewarded with the best smelling cup I’ve encountered in a long time. Unlike with a lot of flavoured greens, it’s the raspberry that’s most prominent, rather than the green tea base. It smells just as good as it does dry, and that’s quite rare in my experience.

To taste, this is just as good. The green tea base is very light and delicate. I gave this about 2.5 minutes to brew, and the liquor was still a very pale golden-yellow colour. It’s barely detectable to taste, except for the slight grassy sweetness it adds to the aftertaste, which complements the sweet raspberry flavouring wonderfully. The raspberry is a bit artificial tasting — more like dried and sweetened, or candied, raspberry than fresh. I don’t mind that, though, as it’s reminding me of the raspberry cupcake my favourite bakery used to make before it closed last year. This would make a wonderful dessert tea. I may take the rest to work next week, for those afternoon sweet cravings. If it lasts as long as next week, anyway! Lovely stuff.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 25, and I live in Norwich in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is not to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’ve also never really tried pu’erh, and that’s something I’m just starting to explore.

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.

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Norwich, UK

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