The last of B&B’s recent fairytale collection, and another I had to try just because of the name…Beauty and the Beast is one of the best Disney films – although my own preference is for the old animated version, and not so much the newer remake. That’s the power of childhood influences!

This one’s a blend of four black teas – Sri Lankan, Kenyan, Keemun, and another unspecified Chinese – which I feel is unusual for B&B. Kudos to them for working on their bases, though, because that was one of their weaker points until recently (at least when thinking about their black blends). This one’s rose flavoured, which is pleasant but perhaps not particularly unique. I feel like B&B have released a fair few rose blends recently, and the novelty is wearing off a little. It’s good rose, though – not too floral or perfumey, and almost verging on crystallised. Nicely sweet, anyway. I’m reminded, as I usually am with such things, of turkish delight.

While the flavouring is pleasant, the base teas are really the star. The keemun is particularly notable, being nicely jammy and adding an almost “dark” (I probably mean treacle-y or that it reminds me of molasses…) edge which is a nice contrast with the lighter, sweeter rose. It also sums up Beauty and the Beast pretty nicely – isn’t it nice when a thing comes together?

Glad I tried this one.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

Yeah, I always thought the black tea base for B&B’s blends needed work, so I’m glad to hear they are working on it!

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Yeah, I always thought the black tea base for B&B’s blends needed work, so I’m glad to hear they are working on 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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