I ordered these last month, I think, so they’re still pretty new to my cupboard. Gotta mix things up a bit! I made this one as a latte this morning, partly to use up the last of my milk before I go off to my parent’s house for a few days, and partly because that’s the recommended prep method. Also, I love a latte.

I used 2 tsp of leaf, and gave it 4 minutes in 300ml boiling water. It’s topped off with 100ml hot milk, and 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence. I probably should have added some honey, but it turns out I don’t have any.

To taste, it’s pretty good. I get the “jam” resemblance straight away; it’s sweet, a little tart, and just, well…jammy. It claims to be strawberry, and I get that, but there’s also a deeper, richer undertone that I associate more with blackberry or blackcurrant. It makes me wonder whether the base might not be a keemun, but as the pouch doesn’t provide any more info than “black tea”, I guess I’ll never know. That would be my guess, anyway.

Did I mention that it’s good? Liquid jam, anyone?

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 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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