drank The Witching Hour by 52teas
1785 tasting notes

Just got around to trying this one, on one of the hottest days of the year so far. Not exactly fitting, but there you go. It’s actually a lot more complex than I was expecting. Dry, I could smell mostly mint. It’s pleasant, but nothing world changing. Brewed and slightly cooled, however, this really becomes an interesting tea. The peppermint is still very prominent, but the tulsi adds a really complementary earthy or maybe slightly woodsy note which works perfectly with the rooibos. I wouldn’t actually have known I was drinking rooibos at all if I hadn’t read the label. Its characteristic taste is almost completely absent, perhaps because the tulsi is the more potent of the two? I’ve never had tulsi before, as far as I’m aware, so its been an interesting experience from that perspective. I’d definitely be interested in trying more, because it’s really added something here. Today doesn’t exactly have the right atmospheric for this tea, but the background note here almost gives the impression of fog, or of a dark, misty forest. The chocolate adds beautifully to the overall effect, being deep, dark, and ever so slightly bitter. I’m going to keep some of this back for autumn/winter so I can drink it when it fits the season better. Great first impression, though. A really enjoyable, unique tea!

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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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