Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #14

So, here we are with the final sipdown of the weekend. I actually have another in the little box that I set aside, but I’m not sure I’ll have time to get to it today. Possibly I’ll save it for next week. At least I’m back under 300…staying there will be the biggest challenge!

As white peony teas go, this is one of my favourites. The leaves are actually green, and they look so fresh. They’re bigger than any white peony leaves I’ve seen previously, and not so broken up. I used about 1.5 tsp of leaf, and a slightly shorter brew time than I gave my last cup. This resulted in a lighter, less heavily floral flavour, which I like a lot. Sometimes on a hot day, a heavy floral is not what I’m looking for. Without the floral flavour, this could easily become sweet water. it doesn’t, though. There’s almost a creaminess about it that sets it apart from other white peony teas I’ve tried. It’s very smooth, naturally sweet, light, refreshing and delicious. When I get back to buying again, this could very well become my go-to white peony. Many thanks to Teavivre for this sample.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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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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