This is the first of the Leaves of the World summer collection I’ve tried, and the one that intrigued me most. I’m drinking today’s cup hot, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be trying it as a cold brew at some point in the very near future.

This one is trying to replicate a blackberry mojito, which is apparently how Hemingway liked to drink them. It’s supposed to have the normal combination of lime and mint, but I’m actually struggling to taste either of those, which is a little odd. The lime is there, if I concentrate, but no mint (and I feel like that’s quite strong/distinctive, so I’m sure I’d notice…) What I do get is lots of blackberry, and something kind of approaching rum. It’s subtle, though.

While I like the flavour of this one, I’m a little disappointed that it doesn’t quite live up to its billing. I was imagining something like Bird & Blend’s MojiTEA, but with added blackberry, and sadly it’s really not like that at all. I’ve only myself to blame for building it up in my head, I suppose, but it falls considerably short of “mojito” in my estimation. What it is, is a nicely sweet blackberry green, with a hint of lime and maybe the faintest whiff of rum. Fair warning, though – the rum could be wishful thinking.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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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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