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I only started my pouch of this on monday, and it’s almost gone. I think that, more than anything, shows just how much I love it. It’s been a cold week, so the idea of a warm cinnamon bun has been really appealing. Since there were none to hand, this tea was a more than ideal substitute. I’ve been brewing it for between 4 and 5 minutes, by and large, and I can’t get over the fact that it tastes almost exactly like the real thing. The smell is the first thing I noticed. In the bag, it’s quite strongly cinnamon, and I could see the quantity of chips in here. In practice, though, the cinnamon is remarkably delicate, there’s a sweetness that’s reminiscent of icing, and there’s something…something in the background that’s maybe just reminding me of pastry. I picked this out after giving it a longer brew time on friday — before then I wasn’t really getting the bun element at all. I think I’m going to take some sugar to work next week and see what that does. As honeybush goes, though, this is going to be another of my favourites, alongside Strawberry Pie. It’s amazing stuff, particularly for autumn.

Preparation
Boiling 4 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 now 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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