On the seventh day of Christmas, 52Teas gave to me…Lime Jello Salad!

I could tell I was going to like this one even as I was opening the packet. The scent of lime nerds hit me in the nose — fresh, zingy, sweet and yet slightly sour at the same time. Taking a deeper sniff, I can detect pineapple and lime in equal measure. It’s just like a tropical dessert!

Opening these little packets have become the highlight of my day. I love getting to try something new every evening, and it’s really shaking up (and making me question) my tea drinking habits. I think it’s safe to say I’ve never tried a tea quite like this before, and it’s extremely fun!

I left this to cool a little before trying it, as that’s when I’ve generally had the best experiences with green tea. The taste was sweeter and more delicate than I was expecting; I can definetly taste lime, but the pineapple is pretty lost. I’m not sure I can really detect a “salad” element either.

What I’m getting from this, then, is a very pleasant lime-flavoured green tea, but not much else. I like the way it tastes both sweet and slightly tangy at the same time, like sour lime candy. It lacked some of the complexity I was expecting, though, and didn’t rock my world in quite the way I thought it would. Nevertheless, this was a more pleasant green tea than most I’ve tried, and one I’ll happily drink again.

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 29, 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 my latest challenge!

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.


Norfolk, UK

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