drank Raspberry Cream by 52teas
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This is the nicest flavoured black I’ve tried in a good long while. I wanted something different but still reassuring last night, and this is what I plumped for. The dry leaves smell wonderfully sweet, with hints of fresh raspberry and cream. I’ve been disappointed so many times by flavoured teas that smell amazing dry, and then don’t live up to the expectations they’ve raised when they’re brewed. Not so with this one. I will admit being a little concerned, because the scent brewed is predominantly of black tea, and not of raspberry. Oh man, though, the taste! The black base is detectable, of course, but it supports and rounds out the flavouring really well. Mostly, though, this tastes just like fresh raspberries and cream. There’s nothing artificial about it at all, and it somehow tastes really clear, not muted or overpowered or simply like muddied tea. Every sip is fruity, creamy deliciousness. Deciding to buy this was a close thing for me, because I find it hard to abide any kind of artificial cream taste (cf. my review of Adagio Cream). I’m glad I decided to pick up a bag of this one, though. Now I’ve tried it, it’s going to be hard to live without!

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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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