More tea, vicar? Five fancy teas tried and tested
Tasting panel of three locals and four tea-mad German visitors
Yerba matte by Tea Pigs -- Branded as an energy brew, and encased, not in a teabag, but in a "tea pyramid". Tastes like green tea and nettles. Strong colour. Favourite of one taster, disliked by most others.
Solaris Rooibos Chocolate Chai -- Some felt the presence of chocolate on the label was a bit misleading. Tasted like a rich, spicy Rooibos. Hint of mint, tasty and strong.
Solaris Spa White Flowering Tea Buds -- The prettiest tea under review. The hand-sewn leaves spread out like a flower in the cup. Panel found it bitter, redeemed by hints of jasmine.
Clipper Organic Green Tea -- A dark, murky green tea, bitter and powerful, with a strong aftertaste.
Clearspring Green Tea -- A more tender, clear green tea, as might be served in a Japanese restaurant.
Earthy and strong, but paler in colour and more subtle than the Clipper.
Clipper and Clearspring teas widely available; Solaris teas sold in speciality stories (www.solarisbotanicals.com); Tea Pigs teas available in health stores (www.teapigs.co.uk).