I brewed this immediately after drinking my sample of Premium Taiwanese Assam, so that I’d be able to compare more effectively. The first thing that caught my attention was the difference in scent as this one brewed. The PTA was very malty and sweet, where here I could smell something more reminiscent of grapes. The liquor is slightly darker, so I felt safer adding a splash of milk to this one.

On tasting, I’d agree that these are two entirely separate teas. There’s no sweetness here, and no chocolate, but there’s no astringency either. It’s smooth and very delicate tasting (smoother than th PTA, I think), with clearly discernable citrus notes. I can’t taste grapes, but there is something raisin-like here, and a light maltiness.

On the whole, it’s hard to say which I prefer. They’re both wonderful, and I think they’d both suit different moods. I’ll probably start with a supply of both, and work out which I like best over future tastings. I’m really impressed with this one, though (and with myself, for being able to taste the difference!) Amazing.

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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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