I picked this one up with my first Leaves of the World order, but I’ve only just got around to trying it now. I’m not sure what I’ve been waiting for – the weather to change, maybe? I made this one up as a latte, which is the recommendation, and to begin with I just wasn’t convinced. I used 2 tsp of leaf in 300ml water, and even after 3 minutes it was still a really pale green. I topped it up with 100ml milk, and 1/2 tsp of honey and vanilla essence. It’s basically white at this point, and I wasn’t expecting to taste much more than milk.

In practice, it’s a real surprise. It tastes exactly like gumballs! I’m not sure how they create the effect, since the ingredients list seems rather coy – it only really admits to containing sencha and cranberries. There are times when the flavour almost breaks down into those two constituents, but I noticed it less as it cooled, and as I became more accustomed to the flavour.

This is a novelty tea for me, and probably not something I’d want to drink all the time. It’s a fun thing to have from time to time, though, and I’m glad I’ve got a small stash of this one for my cupboard for when the mood strikes me.

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180 °F / 82 °C 3 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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