drank SBT: Cucumber Melon by 52teas
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I was looking forward to trying this one, because I enjoyed 52 Teas Cucumber Mango Shou Mei a lot last summer. That definitely made me consider cucumber teas more seriously than I would have otherwise — it seems an odd flavour for tea, initially, and I was a little surprised to find it worked so well.

So, anyway. This got the usual SBT treatment (3 minutes in boiling water, topped up to two liters with cold water, and into the fridge overnight). The main flavour is watermelon — slightly candied, like those watermelon haribo sweets. There’s also a delicate note of cucumber, though, which comes over quite well in the aftertaste. The melon definitely has the edge here, but it would be unfair to say that the cucumber doesn’t also have its chance to shine.

This one isn’t an overly sweet choice, and it’s very light and refreshing to drink. The melon and cucumber and both very clean, delicate flavours, so it’s a very nice tea for a hot summer day. Today is supposed to get up to 29 later in the day, so it’ll definitely come into its own if that happens. This one goes on the repurchase list for sure!

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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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