This one is beau-ti-ful, easily the prettiest tea I’ve tried in a while. The rose petals are a bright, bright pink, there are pieces of creamy green pistachio, almonds, the black tea, and then everything is covered in a yellow-ish dust. I’m guessing ginger, based on the flavour. It’s very striking!

To taste, it’s instantly nostalgic and calming. Rose flavoured things remind me a lot of my childhood, and rose is a really prominent aspect of the flavour here. The ginger comes second, adding a delicately spicy heat in the background, and then there’s the sweetly malty black base. There’s a very light hint of nuttiness – nothing I could pin down specifically as pistachio or almond, though. I wish those flavours came through a little more clearly, but I guess with strong competitors like rose and ginger that was always unlikely.

This one comes up kind of murky looking, but it clears as the ginger powder sinks to the bottom of the cup. The black base is pretty light; maybe a ceylon? I half-wondered whether milk might make this one even more comforting and nostalgic, but I think the base probably wouldn’t stand up to it. Maybe as a latte? I like it very much as it is, though; something about the combination of sweet, floral and spicy is just so good! I’m sure I’ll be buying more of this one.

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That sounds amazing! I can just picture it.

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That sounds amazing! I can just picture it.

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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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