The first tea I picked out from the Game of Thrones fandom blend sampler. I figured it’s October now, so legitimately time for chai! This one’s a blend of Green Chai, Ceylon Sonata, and Caramel. I did the usual dithering when thinking about brew time and temperature, since it’s a green/black blend and I never know quite what to do with those. I went for boiling water in the end (there looked to be more black tea than green…), but kept my brew time fairly conservative. I may try it the other way around next time I have a cup, since it came out much more subtle than I expected. The spicing in particular seemed very light; mostly clove with just a hint of cinnamon. The caramel felt like an unusual addition, but it seems to work. It adds a sweet smoothness to the background that would be lacking otherwise, and it didn’t feel particularly out of place despite my reservations. The green tea is fairly innocuous, mostly I can taste the Ceylon Sonata, which is lightly citrussy, but also strangely “flat”.

I felt this was an interesting blend, but I can’t actually decide whether I like it. I don’t dislike it, but it didn’t make much of an impression on me; certainly not in the way I thought it would. It was okay; possibly I need to tweak my preparation to really get the best from it. Based on today’s experience, I’m not sure I can see any of the Starks drinking this one…

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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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