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OMG Roswell Strange, I think you found a winner!! This is amazing! First off, it smells awesome and though the smell doesn’t 100% transfer to the taste, it still has this amazing vanilla silkiness that takes over. Pair that with a nutty/almost burnt caramel and you have one big cup of delicousness. Thanks for the share!!

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So my birthday was on Sunday and it was a pretty shit day thanks to my family. Luckily though, I always have my friends, both my real life ones and those I have made here on steepster. Seeing as my family neglected to even get me a single birthday card, it was especially nice when a lovely blue and white box arrived Monday evening from my amazing tea twin, Roswell Strange!! She sent me a tea book, lots of tea samples, a giant bag of one of my favorite rooibos blends, and an amazing pickle birthday card that sounded oddly like a cross between your typical old jewish man and my own dad. It really put a smile on my face so thank you so much Roswell!!!

Anyways, after the events of my birthday, my family decided that they just weren’t going to talk to me for a couple of days which meant I tended to stay in my room, cut off from my tea and my kettle :(. Today they started talking to me again and though it isn’t exactly a warm welcome, I can at least feel comfortable enough to make myself some tea so that’s what I did.

I decided to go for a matcha because I haven’t had one in a while and I thought it might be fun to dump it into my milk frother and see what happened. I wanted a warm drink though so I tried to choose a dessert flavor for an after-dinner treat but I also aimed for something that wouldn’t be weird hot. This seemed like it should fit the bill so I pulled it out of my birthday box, courtesy of Roswell Strange, and whipped it up (literally I guess as that’s what the frother does :P).

Unfortunately, this matcha + warm, frothy skim milk has led to a drink that is much, much more pie than berry and not in a good way. It has almost taken on a yeasty/buttery type flavor like undercooked pie crust. I can smell the berries but I’m not getting much of them flavorwise, though every now and then I get a dose of cinnamon which I can’t decide if that’s good or bad. Anyways, as a hot cup, this is not for me but heres hoping that the berry comes out more in a cold brew.

In other news, one good thing that happened Sunday is I just happened to break my kindle while my dad called to wish me a Happy Birthday. Granted, the breaking my kindle part sucked as I have basically been reading a book a day for the past two weeks (though it still functions, just now I have a sad button that makes it a little troublesome to browse/buy books) but since it happened while I was talking to my dad, he offered to buy me a new one for my birthday. So now I am in research mode trying to decide if I want the Kindle Voyage or the Kindle Paperwhite. If anyone has an opinion, I’d love to hear it!

Sil

ugh. Sorry to hear the family was sucky.

Anlina

Happy birthday! Sorry your family was jerks.

Roswell Strange

Sorry to hear your birthday went poorly :( Glad I could make it a little better though – and I’m happy you liked the pickle card. It was hard topping last year’s.

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drank Cinnaberry by DAVIDsTEA
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Apparently adding Butiki’s Birthday Cake to this cuts the cinnamon and boosts up the blueberry making for a sweet cup. Interesting…

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The orange is strong in this one today. Even with the addition of Butiki’s Birthday Cake, all I’m getting is orange. Oh, no wait, every now and then marshmallow pops up but orange is definitely the star.

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold brewed in milk just to try it out. My original plan was to cold brew Mousse Au Chocolat in milk but I decided to go the festive route for Roswell Strange’s birthday. Well, turned out to be a nice choice as this is always a great cold brew and the milk just bumps up the creaminess of the frosting element. Yum!

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drank Winter Wonderland by Twinings
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Another tea + Butiki Birthday Cake experiment and unfortunately another bust. In this cup, all the birthday cake did was smooth out the spice notes and add a touch of cream making for a tea that is 100% chamomile flavored.

Roswell Strange

Boo! I really hope you have a successful brew before the day’s done!

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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So I totally forgot I still had this lying around so I decided to whip it up today as a latte with a little bit of Butiki’s Birthday Cake added in. I hoped the birthday cake would bring out the coconut but mostly it’s like a lotiony sweet mint drink. I’m just not a lover of this tea.

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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In honor of my tea twin, Roswell Strange’s birthday, I have decided to steal her idea and celebrate by adding a bit of Butiki’s Birthday Cake tea to everything I drink today! This was my first experiment. I hoped it would taste like vanilla waffles but instead it’s heightened the stone fruit qualities of the tea. Weirdly enough, I am getting apricots and raisin. Very strange but not necessarily bad. Still, it is not exactly what I hoped for which means it’s a little bit disappointing.

Roswell Strange

Ooh! I forgot about Birthday Cake; totally gotta make sure I drink that today!

VariaTEA

Haha glad I could remind you :)

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drank Sansia Black by Butiki Teas
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Sometimes nothing quite hits the spot like a straight black!

Sil

this tea always makes me think of got

Roswell Strange

Yes, me too! Glad I’m not the only one.

VariaTEA

Come to think of it, that was my thought too when I first saw it.

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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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