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This is better with milk. A lot better. I’m still not really getting blackberry, but there is a fruitiness and it’s more defined now that the base isn’t so overpoweringly bitter. I’m increasing the rating a little. It’s friday, and I feel charitable.

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Fuzzy_Peachkin

Blackberry seems to be a hard one to pull off in tea. I’m still looking for a suitable one.

Angrboda

Ìf you still have more of this I would recommend trying it with cooler water. In general I find flavoured teas do best with just under boiling water (around 90°C or so). Moreover, this blend has green tea in it, which I think is what causing the extreme bitterness for you when you use boiling water. And if you don’t feel like bothering with it anymore, I’d be happy to take the rest off your hands and om-nom-nom it up for you. ;)

Anna

Angrboda, that is an amazing display of generosity right there. ;P (But yeah – as usual, you have a very good point – I’m often tricked by black/green blends; they can get horribly bitter, and in a very sneaky manner.)

Angrboda

Isn’t it just? :p Selflessly volunteering to save Scheherazade from something she dislikes. :D
(Seriously, though, Scheherazade, if you would like to swap it for something of mine you might like better, pm me.)

Scheherazade

I was thinking I’d probably try a lower temparature, and then I got sick. I might try it once more when I feel better, but otherwise I’d definitely consider a swap :)

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Fuzzy_Peachkin

Blackberry seems to be a hard one to pull off in tea. I’m still looking for a suitable one.

Angrboda

Ìf you still have more of this I would recommend trying it with cooler water. In general I find flavoured teas do best with just under boiling water (around 90°C or so). Moreover, this blend has green tea in it, which I think is what causing the extreme bitterness for you when you use boiling water. And if you don’t feel like bothering with it anymore, I’d be happy to take the rest off your hands and om-nom-nom it up for you. ;)

Anna

Angrboda, that is an amazing display of generosity right there. ;P (But yeah – as usual, you have a very good point – I’m often tricked by black/green blends; they can get horribly bitter, and in a very sneaky manner.)

Angrboda

Isn’t it just? :p Selflessly volunteering to save Scheherazade from something she dislikes. :D
(Seriously, though, Scheherazade, if you would like to swap it for something of mine you might like better, pm me.)

Scheherazade

I was thinking I’d probably try a lower temparature, and then I got sick. I might try it once more when I feel better, but otherwise I’d definitely consider a swap :)

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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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