God but I love tea - it's no secret.
Business obligations call for the Mother and the Father to trip over towards Tauranga with a certain regularity, and upon occasion - I will accompany them. (Yes yes, I am still staying with the parentals. Every home needs a Daughter with a Doctorate. Career soon, perhaps?).
In Gate Pa there is a shop called Gourmet Trader, and they stock a nice selection of Tea Total teas (amongst other very exciting/foreign ingredients for the cook or baker). So - I have been sampling.
Lets start from the bottom.
Bengal Chai. I like Chai, but this was a bit of an experiment. It is very peppery. In fact, if you make 4 tea cups-worth, by the second cup you can taste naught but pepper.
Disappointing. I don't regret trying it (like with most nasty fruit "teas"), but I'll most likely never buy it again. 1.5 out of 5.
Earl Grey Special. This tea is a complete delight to look at, dry. Citrus pieces and Jasmin flowers - beautiful. The flavour is nice, though it's a tea you want to drink with no other flavours clouding your palate, to really let everything grab you. Unfortunately I don't find it as rich and...soothing, as I would like my pot of Earl Grey to be.
So - 3 out of 5. Might be one to buy every now and again for a change.
Earl Grey Rose. The rose flavour in this one is strong, which despite expectations is not always the case in a rose tea. A little bit stronger than the Special, and a bit...warmer.
This one's a keeper. 4 out of 5, not an all time fav, but one to keep stocked in the cupboard.
Next up I want to try the Governor Grey (I quite like Lady Grey every now and again) and the Imperial. A couple of pots to get through first. And then maybe some of the other Chais and diving into the magnitude of Black teas. Oh the hardship. Every writer needs a pot of tea at their elbow.