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Really love the smell of this dry, and while brewing. It reminds me a little of cider, and the cardamom is wonderfully spicy. There’s a surprising amount of cardamom in here. I think my first spoonful brought out about four, so I popped a couple back in the pouch in case they’ve all risen to the surface. I can really smell the apple, though. It’s lovely.

To taste, this is equally nice. It tastes almost like it smells — of baked apple, with the sweet-spicy undertone of cardamom. I like the rooibos here. It’s woody and mellow, and fits perfectly with the sweetness of the apple.

I added a splash of soya milk here (I know, new obsession), and I think it works. I’m going to try it with conventional milk, too, and maybe without, but I feel I’ve made a reasonable start here. It’s tasty stuff!

I’m surprised there aren’t more (or, indeed, any!) tasting notes for this. It’s not that recent a release, after all. It’s a pretty perfect autumn tea, though. I can see myself enjoying this a lot in the coming months.

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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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