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A sample from Miss B! I seem to be in the mood for sweetish things this morning, so my second cup of the day is this one. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, which seems to be about a 60/40 mix of peppermint and black tea, with a few marigold petals and a scattering of white chocolate chips. I gave it 3.5 minutes in boiling water, and added a splash of milk which I hoped would help to notch up the creaminess.

I’m not disappointed! This is a pretty perfectly balanced blend of mint and white chocolate, so it more than lives up to its name. The initial sip is sweet and creamy, very reminiscent of white chocolate and not at all cloying or oily. The peppermint comes out as a coolness in the mid-sip, and then as a more distinctive mint flavour in and of itself towards the end.

I’m happy with this one. It’s another great dessert tea, sweet and flavourful without being too rich or overdone. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to try it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 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.

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