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The cold I thought I’d just about shaken off (after two weeks!) came back with a vengeance yesterday, and so I pulled this one out to try and see it off again.

I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 4 minutes in boiling water. The scent isn’t exactly promising – strongly herbal/medicinal, with a strong hit of peppermint. To taste, it’s not so bad. It’s not a tea I’d drink for enjoyment maybe, but it’s not off-the-scale horrible either.

Mostly, I can taste mint and a touch of eucalyptus. The lemongrass adds a smooth sweetness that’s a little citrussy, but it’s really just background. The aftertaste brings a fairly strong chilli kick, and I’m guessing the echinacia is responsible for the medicinal edge. It’s a nice contrast between cooling and chilli heat, and my throat does feel a bit better for it.

I’ve tried this one before and was pretty happy, so hopefully it’ll be a help again over the next few days!

Preparation
Boiling 4 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.

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