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drank Lemon & Ginger by Tesco
1889 tasting notes

088/365

I made a tea pop for the first time, and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. I started with a fairly basic tea – this supermarket herbal, in fact – in case it didn’t turn out for whatever reason, but fortunately it has!

The base is a simple syrup – 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, with 4 bags of tea infused in the boiling water for 5 minutes before the addition of sugar. I used 4 david’s perfect teaspoons of syrup and topped it off with sparkling water. It’s not quite as fizzy as I imagined, but I suspect that’s my choice of water more than anything.

I’m not usually a fan of lemon and ginger tea, but in this case I just used what I had to hand (and what I thought might be nice for my throat…) In actual fact, having made it into a syrup seems to have muffled the ginger and amplified the lemon, so it’s actually nicer than I expected. It reminds me of honey and lemon flavoured glycerine (and I’m rather a fan of that, so it’s no bad thing in my book.)

After this small success, I’m looking forward to experimenting a bit more with syrups as the weather gets warmer!

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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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