The first time I tried this I was a tiny bit disappointed. I was expecting pancake flavour, and I wasn’t really getting it. I’m not entirely sure how I was imagining that particular flavour would manifest, but there you go. Sometimes my expectations are unrealistic. This was one of the last flavoured teas I drank before embarking on my latest bout of the flu, so I think maybe that had something to do with it. I hardly drank any tea at all last week (a combination of being ill, coupled with being manically busy in my new job), so I’ve returned to it today with a fresh palate.

This time around, I like it a lot better. It has a strong, natural maple flavour, and that in itself is making me think of pancakes. It’s such a strong and well defined flavour that I could almost believe I’d added actual maple syrup to a cup of black tea. It’s a rich and satisfying taste, anyway, and absolutely perfect as a breakfast or wake-up tea. My only niggle is that the black base is a little astringent, but that might be my fault for leaving it sitting while I switched my computer on this morning. I’ll have another cup later and report back. At the moment, though, I’m really happy with this one.

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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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