drank Autumn Quince by PostTea
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Day 19 of the PostTea advent. Quince seems to be a fairly rare flavour in tea, so I was really pleased to see this one! It’s another green blend also, which PostTea seem to do well. The dry leaf smells delicious, and fortunately this carries through to the tea. So far, so good.

I can’t say I’ve ever tried an actual quince, at least not knowingly. I have had quince scented shower products, though – most memorably from Future Primitive Soap. Wild Grass and Quince Jam is one of the scents I permanently associate with summer holidays in Scotland now – it’s super evocative, for me.

This tea has a similar vibe. It reminds me of a citrus fruit, only sweeter, and was a jam-like aspect. Maybe apricot? That’s not quite right, but it’s hard to describe quince in terms of other flavours. I think it’s a member of the pear family, so pear crossed with green grape? Gooseberry? Something like that. There’s a mild background floral that suggests pear to me, although here I think it’s created by the addition of rose petals, rather than coming directly from the dried quince pieces.

I like this one. It is kind of autumnal, and PostTea’s green base works well here. I’d happily drink a lot more of this!

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 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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