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Another sample from Angrboda I needed all the help I could get to relax last night, as I had a lot of things on my mind. This tea seemed ridiculously appropriately named, so into a cup it went!

I have this about 4 minutes, and it brewed up to a beautiful yellow-gold colour. The leaf in the bag is fairly shredded, as is typical with bagged tea, but it still tasted pretty good. Not as smooth and buttery as the whole flower chamomile teas I’ve tried recently, but not too bad either. The chamomile and mint were the ingredients that came over best in the flavour, as you might expect. I also detected a floralness that I thought was perhaps lavender, but it could equally be the rose specified in the ingredients. The rest of the ingerdients were pretty lost, at least to my palate, but chamomile, mint and rose is a reasonable combination on its own. This probably isn’t the best chamomile/mint blend I’ve tried — I’m still in love with the memory of Adagio Foxtrot, strangely enough — but it’s a decent enough evening tea. It’s bagged, so it’s hard to overlook the convenience when I’m tired, and the flavours were helpful, at least psychologically, for a tired, stressed soul like mine. I did sleep well, so it may even have halped. Either way, it’s good to have another herbal option to add to my night-time rotation, at least for a few days. I’ve another three bags left, and, again, there’ll be no problem finishing them up. I think I’m not convinced enough to seek out more Celestial Seasonings when I’m next shopping for bagged tea — I’ve been really impressed with the two I’ve tried. Thanks again to Angrboda for this sample!

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I just bought another box of this the other day. I often have a cup of this before just before sleeping. Husband and I have developed a habit of going to bed about an hour earlier with a cup of herbal (he has something else) and some reading before sleeping. It’s turning into one of my favourite times of the day. :)

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I just bought another box of this the other day. I often have a cup of this before just before sleeping. Husband and I have developed a habit of going to bed about an hour earlier with a cup of herbal (he has something else) and some reading before sleeping. It’s turning into one of my favourite times of the day. :)

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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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