drank Antioxidant Tea by Your Tea
2238 tasting notes


Another from the Varieteas box, and the second inclusion from Your Tea. This company seem to have based their range on the health-related properties or desired outcomes of particular blends, and they’re (highly) priced accordingly. This is their antioxidant blend, and is a black tea with china root, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, goji berries, eucommia bark, reiishi mushroom, knotweed, adlay, cinnamon, and rose. They claim that it supports wellbeing, aids and calms digestion, and improves sleep. Having only the one bag, I’m not going to be able to comment on any of these claims. What I do know is that it contains a lot of ingredients I’ve not come across before, so some research is in order! That’s a task for later, though, since at the moment I’m supposed to be working.

It’s an interesting one, in flavour terms. It’s quite brothy and earthy, and reminds me most specifically of mushroom soup. A clear one, though – not creamy! As with their Sleep Tea, the black base is super light, barely coming up golden brown. The flavour reminds me a lot of a sheng I drank fairly recently, and I do wonder whether the base is more pu’erh than black tea; that would make sense in terms of it being a digestive aid, and would explain the flavour and apparent lightness. One of the things that annoys me about Your Tea is how amazingly non-specific they are about the actual tea in their blends. They’re very precise about the other ingredients, including both the common and scientific names for each, but the tea is basically just tea. I can’t even say it’s style over substance, because it’s pretty clear that they care about what they’re doing – I’m absolutely certain that their interest and expertise is primarily in the herbs they use, though, and that the tea isn’t much more than a helpful carrier.

Anyway, earthy, mushroom, forest floor is what I get from this. I wouldn’t drink it for its own sake, and certainly not at £20 a box. I get what they’re trying to do, I think, but I’m not sure I particularly appreciate it.

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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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