Continuing my lemon and ginger success! This one is mostly lemon (peel, balm, verbena), and only 22% ginger, which should technically suit my tastes more than a very ginger heavy blend. Initially, though, it seems to me that this one tastes of a whole lot less than the Bellevue Ginger & Lemon I tried recently. That one almost convinced me that I liked lemon & ginger as a combination after all; this one would not have done so.

It’s softly lemony, with just the slightest hint of ginger, and I’m kind of appreciative of that. I don’t generally want a huge kick of ginger, or at least not ginger root – I’m totally down with ginger_bread_, but that’s a whole different matter. The problem is that it’s totally unobjectionable, which is something I didn’t expect to say about this particular combination of ingredients. I’m used to finding it obnoxious in the extreme, but this interpretation doesn’t inspire any strong feelings at all. It’s just meh.

I can’t tatse the ginseng at all, so that’s removed from the equation. The lemon is barely there, and not really very lemony considering it’s typically a fairly vibrant flavour. The ginger remains firmly in the background, to the extent where you have to think about what it is you’re tasting before it reveals itself (it’s me, ginger).

While I can appreciate subtlety in a tea, this one takes it rather too far. Not a winner, I’m afraid.

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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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