So I never heard of Four O’Clock Teas until my friend gave me a gift last year that came with 4 jars of different (though seemingly plain) teas and a glass tea bottle (tumbler? thermos?). I’ve used the bottle many times but have never been enthused about any of the teas. Interestingly enough, Four O’ Clock is the brand they serve at my school.

Anyways, today I realized my milk goes bad soon and I wanted something sweet (aka whipped cream) so that meant a latte was in order. And as an extra dose of yum for my sweet tooth, I turned to my London Fog recipe with honey and vanilla. Since I have a lot of this tea, I figured might as well try it out.

The latte ended up being super good. The tea was flavorful enough that it provided a silky and smooth citrus flavor without being too stark against the vanilla and honey. The whipped cream was an extra bit of deliciousness on what was a sweet and tasty nighttime treat. I couldn’t tell you if the tea is amazing given the other ingredients added that would have impacted the overall flavor but I can say that it was good made this way and thus I know how I’ll be making my way through the rest of the jar of this tea.


Oh! I haven’t had a London Fog in FOREVER. I need to rectify that!

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Oh! I haven’t had a London Fog in FOREVER. I need to rectify that!

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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.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped


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