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I’m extending Halloween into a second day, while I finish sampling my themed teas. I love the smell of this one. It’s like blueberry compote. It’s strong, sweet and fruity dry, and most of that carries over into the brewed cup. I gave this 3.5, nearly 4 minutes in boiling water, and added a splash of milk.

The taste here is mainly blueberry. The ghosts are entertaining, but I don’t think they add anything to the flavour. At least there was no weird colouring this time! The chocolate bits don’t seem to add much in the way of taste, either, which is a bit odd. Perhaps I need to give it a stir next time to make sure it’s melted into the water rather than sticking to the leaves in my strainer. Hmm. I can’t say I mind, though, because the blueberry taste here is wonderful. It’s very fresh and natural tasting, and I can see myself picking out a cup of this pretty often when I want something desserty but not cloying. Major yum.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 26, and I live in Norfolk 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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Norfolk, UK

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