Trying the last of my Christine Dattner teas today. While I like them, I wouldn’t say I’m quite as impressed as I perhaps expected to be. I mean, they’re tasty enough but not especially out of the ordinary.

According to the description, this one’s supposed to be a Chinese black tea base with four red fruits – strawberry, cherry, raspberry, and redcurrant. There are a few dried berries scattered amongst the leaf, but not as many as I’d thought there might be.

To taste, it’s “red fruit” but hardly more defined than that – I can’t pick out one fruit flavour over another, which is a shame. It’s sweet and tart in the way of most berry blends, and the black base is lightly malty and a touch astringent. That works quite well with the slight sourness of the berries, although I’d prefer a less drying base on the whole. One thing in its favour is that the berry flavour is natural-tasting, with none of the syrupy artificiality I’ve come across in a few other similar blends recently. That’s a refreshing change, if nothing else.

This one is pleasant enough, but nothing especially outstanding. I might try cold brewing it in the summer.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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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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