If mint isn’t usually my thing, then lemon and ginger certainly isn’t, but I have a few of these tea bags so I’m going to try my best with them.

In practice, it’s not as unpalatable as I thought it might be. This particular version reminds me of ginger biscuits; really heavy on the ginger upfront, but with a clean, bright lemon flavour emerging towards the end of the sip. Homemade ginger biscuits, with the inclusion of a generous quantity of lemon zest. The ginger packs quite a punch!

I reckon this one would be pretty good iced; maybe kind of ginger-beery? I don’t really have enough left to do that idea justice, though, so I’ll have to content myself with imagining. I think my aversion to lemon and ginger as a flavour combination in general is that it reminds me of having a cold; the lemon is usually kind of fake and reminiscent of lemsip or strepsils. No so here; the lemon is really fresh-tasting and flavour accurate. I wouldn’t say I’d hurry out and buy more of these, but I wouldn’t approach them with quite the trepidation I’d have had previously. This could be a new dawn for me, with both mint and lemon/ginger herbals back on the table!

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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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