what are your cupboard essentials and semi-essentials?

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Della Terra – s’mores, lemon chiffon, and blueberry crumble
Red Leaf Tea – some flavor of MATCHAccino
Rishi – White Tea Rose Mélange, Serene Dream and China Breakfast
TeaVivre – Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin
Twinings – Pure Peppermint (for when I’m sick)
Several EG and EGC
a rootbeer tea (for my toddler)
a variety of green and oolong teas

I tend to have a variety of seasonal teas as well. Fruit teas in the spring, things that cold steep well for summer, spice teas for fall, and holiday blends for winter.

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Must haves:
PG Tips…the monkey knows BEST:)
Sinharaja by Golden Moon
Plum oolong
Peppermint tea for when I am sick
Candy Cane Lane

Can live without for a bit:
Green teas
Honeybush-52 Teas…Frank has a way with honeybush!

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moraiwe said

I find my essentials are more types than specific teas

-A jasmine pearl tea
-An Earl Grey (or Earl Greay Cream)
-A rose tea
-A lychee tea
-A nutty tea
-At least two single estate second flush Darjeelings
-A variety of green oolongs (flavored and non)
-A milk oolong
-At least two types of Chinese green
-A black pearl
-A Yunnan
-A Gyokuro or Shincha
-A creamy or nutty herbal for evenings

Season Specifics:

Spring
-Several varieties of green tea

Summer
-Several fruity greens/blacks/whites for icing
-A tea with bamboo

Fall
-At least one pumpkin tea
-A cinnamon tea

Winter
-A spice tea
-A chocolate orange tea

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No real brands yet….
Assam or Irish Breakfest for Morning
Oolong for Lunch
Russian Caravan or Darjeeling for Dinner
India Greens for other times.
from the Tisanes…Spearmint, Chamomile, Blackcurrant.

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Isaila said

I also have types rather than brands, but when I need a tea it usually ends up coming from DavidsTea, because there’s one around the corner.
A straight oolong. This is where I will splurge a bit.
Something with ginger
Straight black tea (right now, Davids’ second flush darjeeling, and this lovely black tea my friend brought me from London.)
A green tea (right now, Lebanese Orange Blossom from Terre d’Oc)
Aaan this is my steepster confession: I always have Stash Earl Grey in my cupboard. I’m lazy, and it’s easy in the mornings, and I can bring boxes of it to school without having to worry about it spilling… It’s also really strong, which I kind of like.
Oh, and I always have straight rooibos. For the past year or so it’s been adagio, i think.

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