A sample from Angrboda. Tried one of these as my pre-bedtime drink yesterday evening. For bagged tea, this isn’t half bad. Or rather, it’s actually pretty wonderful. The honey and vanilla flavouring comes out really clearly, and is sweet and comforting. The spice mix is fairly subtle, but nicely balanced, with the cinnamon and cloves coming out most clearly, and the other flavours hovering just out of reach in the background. What I mean here is that the flavour wouldn’t be the same without them, but they’re hard to pick out individually in the overall taste, unlike the cinnamon and cloves, which are readily identifiable. I didn’t read the ingredients list before trying this one, so I’m a bit surprised to learn that there’s white tea in here. I can’t say it was noticable, although I’ll pay more attention next time.

I brewed this for about 6 minutes in just over half a cup of boiling water, and then topped up with warmed milk. This works really well as a chai latte — it’s sweet, comforting, spicy amazingness. I have three more bags remaining, and I’m looking forward to drinking them as the nights get colder. I needed comforting yesterday, with the storm supposedly arriving, and the fact that HR have messed up my new contract weighing on my mind. Anyway, this is s really lovely blend — probably the most pleasant vanilla chai I’ve tried to date! I’ll definitely look out for this when I’m next shopping for tea — it’s one bagged tea I wouldn’t mind having more of in my cupboard. Thanks again to Angrboda for sharing this with me!

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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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