Another new try for tonight — but only a sample packet. I was looking for something that would suit the heat, and this jumped out at me from among my current selection. I like the idea of earl grey and fruit, so I’m looking forward to this one.

Dry, this smells overpoweringly of bergamot. I hope it’s not so strong brewed, or I may struggle with it. I’m a little surprised to read that there’s jasmine blossoms in here…I guess that’s what’s contributing the heavily floral edge. At the moment, it’s not looking like the light, delicate tea I was hoping for, but I guess we’ll see. I can see quite a lot of small fruit pieces among the black tea base, so that’s encouraging. The idea of papaya and strawberry are really appealing to me at the moment, so I hope they’re detectable when this is brewed.

I gave this three minutes in boiling water, and added a splash of milk. That’s usually how I roll with EGs until I feel I’ve sussed them out. Brewed, this is actually really nice. There isn’t much hint of fruit in the scent, but strawberry comes out clearly in the taste. The milk makes it slightly creamy, and it’s reminding me a little of strawberry yoghurt. The papaya is pretty lost, but it might come out better were this left black. I’ll try that next time. The bergamot and jasmine are pretty subtle, although they add a bit of a sharp tang to the aftertaste. It’s by no means unpleasant, though; the slight bitterness contrasts well with the fruity sweetness, and this is an earl grey after all — where would it be without its bergamot? Fortunately, it’s well balanced, with a smooth, malty base, and the two aspects — fruit and earl grey — come together as a convincing and interesting whole. I wasn’t sure that it’d work initially, but it does, and I’m glad I gave it a chance. One I’ll definitely enjoy coming back to in the near future!

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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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