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First iced tea of the year! I tried this one last year, but I think I left the bag for too long and the base become very prominent and slightly astringent. I did better this year, because the cup I’m drinking at the moment is very smooth, and there’s a delicious berry flavour running over the (relatively subtle) black base. It’s more raspberry than blackberry, I think, and it tastes more like fruit flavoured candies than actual fresh fruit. I’m pretty sure I’m getting that impression because it’s sweet, with no hint of tang or tartness. Real fruit just wouldn’t be that uniformly sweet! Not that I mind — it makes a delicious and refreshing drink on a warm day. I could take the flavouring a little stronger, but that’s a minor complaint. Maybe this time I was a little conservative while trying to avoid bitterness! I brewed this in 1/4 pint of boiling water for three minutes, and then topped up the jug to 2 litres. It then went in the fridge overnight, for about 12 hours. I haven’t yet tried cold brewing one of these, but that’s something to keep in mind for the future. As a first iced tea of the season, though, I can only say I’m looking forward to the months ahead!

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Yum! I have a bunch of SBT that I’ve been saving for warmer weather. There’s nothing better than iced tea on a really hot day.

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Added a piece of crystal sugar to my cup last night. It helped the banana a little, although it’s still not quite as prominent as I’d like it to be. A drinkable cup nonetheless, though!

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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Tried this with a piece of crystal sugar last night. I agree that it enhances the vanilla flavour, adding a rich, decadent frosting-like flavour to the spongy notes. I’m glad I’ll be able to get some more of this!

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drank Om by Yumchaa
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Something about this one isn’t entirely agreeing with me this morning. I think I oversteeped it a bit because I got distracted, and it turned out rather sweet and cloying. A shame, because usually I enjoy this one.

I’m still trying to work out whether I’m in control of my job, or whether my job’s in control of me. I have a feeling it might be the latter. I’m trying not to let it get to me, but it is. Sadly and truly. Breathe in. Breathe out.

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

Breathe in. Breathe out. And chant. Ommmmmm. Things can be better. Don’t forget that.

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I love the name of this tea. I had a Prince interlude in my teenage years, and this takes me right back. I like raspberry teas in general, too, so it’s a win-win. The second of my pre-bedtime teas last night, I gave this one 4.5 minutes in boiling water. It smells delicious; fresh, juicy raspberry! To taste, more of the rooibos comes over than I would have liked, and the raspberry flavour is a bit muted. Not terribly so, but I really, really wanted to taste more of it. I feel like I could smell it more than taste it, which was a little disappointing. I’m obviously hoping that every raspberry tea will be like my much missed 52 Teas Raspberry Cream, but this one isn’t. It’s not bad, just…a little meh. Maybe some sugar will perk up my next cup?

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52Teas Raspberry Cream was amazing. I’ve found two replacements so far – Raspberries & Cream from Market Spice and not Dolce Vita from RiverTea. Neither exactly the same, but the raspberry flavour is awesome.


I’ve just received my first RiverTea order, and it contains a box of Dolce Vita! Really looking forward to trying it now :)

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This is seriously yummy. It was the first of my before bed teas last night, and I didn’t miss caffiene one bit. I brewed it fairly long — about 5/6 minutes in boiling water. There were a lot of chocolate chips, and I wanted them all to melt!

To taste, it’s chocolatey and minty, like an after eight, and the marshmallow leaf base adds a bit of substance. It’s so smooth and easy to drink, it was gone before I knew it. A truly fabulous herbal, and a welcome addition to my evening rotation!

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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drank Dragon Feelers by Butiki Teas
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This is such a pretty tea, and like no other green I’ve ever seen before. The leaves are grey-green and fuzzy, with stripes! I’m just finishing off A Dance with Dragons Part 1, so a dragon themed tea called to me. I wonder if the bellies of Daenerys’ dragons look anything like this tea?!

Anyway, back to sense again. This is such a light, delicate green. It actually reminds me more of a white in both liquor colour and flavour. I steeped it in boiling water as per the recommended parameters, for about three minutes, and the result was strangely pale and scentless. It seemed to go against my nature to dunk green tea in boiling water, but I did it anyway!

Surprisingly, the boiling water has no adverse effect. I should know by now that it’s okay to trust Stacy’s judgement on these things, I guess! The flavour is very subtle; delicately sweet, with a light butteriness, and faint hints of green vegetables. Fresh peas come to mind, and spring water. It’s very light and refreshing, although if I hadn’t known it was a green I’m pretty sure I would have pegged it as a white.

I think on the whole I prefer my teas with a touch more strength. I do appreciate a subtle, refreshing tea from time to time, though, so I’m glad to have had the chance to try this one. It’s very spring-like, and pleasant to sit and drink on a warm spring afternoon. A good cup.

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Game of Thrones good books good show

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
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All gone! Had a last great cup today, very candy-strawberry with subtle green notes. I’d definitely consider repurchasing this one.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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The second of the Butiki teas I pulled out to try, and oh my goodness is this amazing! My search for a brilliant pie tea is offiicially over. The dry leaf smells wonderful — fruity, tart deliciousness. Brewed, it’s even better. The first thing I can taste is a strawberry and rhubard, with a perfect depth and tartness. It’s just like pie filling. Not too sweet, not too savoury, just…bam! After the initial fruitiness comes the cinnamon, and then a buttery, baked flavour that is just dead-on pie crust. How can something that tastes so much like fruit pie actually not be fruit pie? The assam base is really good here, adding a maltiness and a sweetness that somehow underline the whole thing. Sil and Butiki did really well with this one — I’m convinced it’s tea heaven! A definite repurchase once I’m done with this bag.

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You’ve convinced me to try it with my next order!


Yes, whatshesaid, you have to try this. I bought it a while back and loved it. All gone now but definitely on the list. Along with peppermint patty.


So glad you love it :)

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I’d forgotten how nice this one can be between cups, but the fabulously berry-scented dry leaf immediately reminded me! It’s just so delicious — raspberry and blackberry in equal measure. I added 1 tsp of leaf to a cup of cooled water, and gave it about 2.5 minutes.

The genmaicha is very toasty, and adds a slight vegetal note to the overall cup. The berry flavour is fabulously strong and a touch candy-like, and is more than capable of standing up to the genmaicha base. The green tea actually complements the fruit flavours, I feel, helping to emphasise and bring out the fresh fruity notes, rather than the sweet candy notes.

I must try not to go so long between cups next time — this is a tasty summer treat!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 27, 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’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s ny latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

In addition to Steepster, I also write for the SororiTea Sisters. My reviews there will typically be posted here also, although typically in a shorter format. Any teas I’m sent specifically for review will only appear in full on the SororiTea Sisters website, with only a short introduction and link to my review here.

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.


Norfolk, UK

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