drank Pineberry Honeybush by 52teas
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My parents have been drinking this cold brewed for the last couple of weeks, and are apparently really enjoying it. I don’t remember inviting them to help themselves, but there you go! I decided to cold brew a litre of this for myself before it’s all gone, and I’ve also brought enough with me for a hot cup, just so I can compare.

The cold brew to start with, though. When I took this out of the fridge this morning, I was a little concerned to see it still looking so pale. Usually honeybush and rooibos brew up pretty dark, but this one is a pale reddish straw colour. I had a little sip just to make sure it actually tasted of something, and, despite appearances, it does! It’s a little on the weak side for me — possibly I need to add more leaf next time — but it tastes deliciously sweet and fruity. The honeybush contributes a lot of the sweetness, I think, although it doesn’t taste over much of honeybush, if that makes sense. I can definitely taste strawberry, with a hint of creaminess from the marshmallow. There’s a touch of pineapple in there somewhere, I think, which combines with the strawberry to make an interestingly odd flavour in the aftertaste. I guess it might as well be called pineberry — it’s certainly nothing that exists in nature! The dry leaf smelled quite strongly of bubblegum, but that’s not something that really energes in the brewed tea. It’s just sweet and fruity, light and delicate. Perfect for this time of year! I’m looking forward to trying a cup hot later!

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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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