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drank Queen's Choice by Riston
2372 tasting notes

So I cold brewed this yesterday with the intention of getting one more sipdown in on “Sipdown Saturday” but ended up going to a Brazilian grill and by the time I was done dinner, it was way too late and I was way too full to have anything else so I strained this and left it for today. Then life got in the way once again and I spent a few hours with my sister just relaxing and watching shows in bed and then I spent the evening helping her boyfriend dig a hole for his mom’s new shed. So, I finally got around to drinking this now and honestly, I am happy to be finishing this up. As a cold brew, it is more strawberry flavored than it was hot but still there is a touch of bitterness I am not digging and mostly I am just left feeling underwhelmed by this blend. Thank you Sil for the sample but this is one more tea I can cross off my list. 145.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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