drank White Christmas by 52teas
1785 tasting notes

On the twelfth day of Christmas, 52Teas gave to me…White Christmas!

Another one that smells gorgeous straight out of the packet. It’s actually reminding me of a mint creme. Peppermint is the dominant note, but there’s also an underlying sweetness from the marshmallow root. Oh, this is going to be good!

I brewed this for three minutes, while I finished sorting out my presents and clearing up wrapping paper. It smells sweet and slightly minty, and I’m getting a hint of chocolate that I assume is coming from the black tea base. Mouthwatering!

To taste, this is just as I imagined it would be. A perfect balance of sweetness from the marshmallow, coolness from the mint, and chocolatey depth from the tea base. It really is like drinking an After Eight, and it’s got to be the perfect after-dinner tea in existence. Particularly when the dinner concerned is larger than usual and distinctly overindulgent. I added a splash of milk, which I think has added an extra dimension of creaminess, but I would just as happily drink this without any additions at all. Honestly, I don’t think there could be a more fitting Christmas Day tea. Another perfect end to a perfect day!

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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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