I feel awake enough to write a proper note this time, although I did almost fall asleep on the bus for the second day running this morning. It’s so warm and cosy, and so cold outside. Not fair! Anyway, I started the day with a cup of Mariage Freres Earl Grey French Blue, which I’m never going to drink with milk again now. I’ve moved on to this for my second cup of the morning – it’s enough to make me glad I didn’t buy milk this week. I don’t need it with teas as delicious as these!

Dry, this smells soooo nutty. There are a generous amount of actual pistachio nuts among the green tea leaves, too. I gave this about 2.5 minutes in water I’d left to cool for a while, and the liquor is now a pale yellow-gold. It smells of pistachio nuts – as if you’d just opened a packet – with a faint vegetal undertone.

The real treat is in the taste, though. It’s creamy, nutty, sweet, grassy awesomeness. I keep forgetting to replenish my crystal sugar supply at work, but I’d love to try this with a piece at some point. I have a feeling it would just augment the creaminess that little bit more. It does taste remarkably like ice cream even without, though. I think it’s the way the creaminess and the nuttiness work in combination. Even though I’m drinking this hot, it’s somehow still living up to its name! If I can manage to save some of this until the summer, I’d love to try it iced. If not, I guess I’ll just have to buy another bag! My stash is short of really great greens, so I can’t see myself being without this one for long. Another great (not to mention unique) Butiki experience!

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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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