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I’m currently on my second cup of Lemon Meringue Chai this morning. The first I brewed as a latte, just with normal milk. I got lemon, and a wonderfully strong chai flavour, but nothing I’d really describe as meringue, and very little sweetness overall. For my second cup, I’ve added soya milk, and a teaspoon of honey. It’s better this way — I get a creaminess in the initial sip, then the lemon, then a strong hit of chai spices, and finally a sweetness from the honey. Taken together, the whole flavour does remind me of a lemon meringue, just about.

I would have liked this blend to have had more of its own built-in sweetness, as it were — maybe it needed a bit more marshmallow root? I don’t mind adding honey or sugar, but it’s always nice if the promised flavour is already there. Drinking this plain with just milk, I wasn’t really getting anything meringue like at all. It was just lemon chai. That’s fine, but I wanted the meringue. Badly. I do love this chai blend, though. As chai goes, it’s pretty spot on for me. I could maybe have done with a touch of pepper or chili, but that just reflects my personal taste. The assam base is pretty strong — I get the feeling it might be hiding a couple of the flavours a bit. Even so, I think I prefer that to a weak base, although it makes the addition of milk almost mandatory. Still, chai latte is fine with me.

I like this one. The flavour is there, subject to a few additions, and it’s a really enjoyable blend. Great stuff!

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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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