The terrific tea tasting challenge involves me trying out 25 different types of tea. My relationship with tea thus far has been limited. I really didn’t enjoy much in the way of hot beverages until I reached adulthood and even then it was limited to bog standard milk and no sugar tea. Now I’m ready to experience all the flavours, and boy, are there a lot of flavours!
1. Apple & ginger
My initial thoughts were that the liquorice taste did come through more than I would have liked but I didn’t find it as off-putting as I do liquorice in its sweet-based form. The taste was clear and more savoury than I had imagined, and it didn’t leave me with any kind of aftertaste.
2. Morning time
It was quite a soft initial flavour, but leaves you with a bit of a kick as it goes down. I quite enjoyed it – I’ve had three cups at this point – but I’m a bit unhappy with how much sediment is left at the bottom. I know it’s part of the experience but it freaks me out a little bit.
3. Pure peppermint
It was actually much nicer than I had expected. I found the tea itself didn’t really taste of anything, but it had a great peppermint smell and left a lovely fresh feeling in my mouth. It was more of an aftertaste than an initial hit to the tastebuds, but I found it suprisingly nice and refreshing.
4. Pure camomile
I was put off almost immediately, I didn’t really like the scent it gave off as it was brewing. Also, the bag and resulting tea were so yellow! I struggle with yellow things. I tried a sip or two, but it really wasn’t for me.
5. Nettle & sweet fennel
I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed the flavour of the tea.It took only a moment to get used to the liquorice flavours, and I’m not sure that nettle has so much of a taste really? It felt very refreshing, like the peppermint tea, although with slightly less kick.
6. Raspberry leaf
It was quite bland, really, it certainly didn’t taste as strongly of the berries as I had thought it would. There was no lingering aftertaste, though, which is something I look for in a tea. I think it’s a taste I could get used to but I’m not sure it would be popular around the house.
I’ve never really done a detox so I don’t know what they’re like, but this tea does have a clean feeling about it that I imagine would work very well for anyone embarking on such a thing. This was an excellent tea to restart my tasting adventure on. Top marks.