100
drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
190 tasting notes

I tried this one with my chai yesterday. It came out surprisingly well, since I was not expecting the “icing” flavor to complement the chai spices. I think if I were to do it again, I would add less of it. (Wow, that’s an astonishing statement in itself about this tea—that it’s strong enough to overpower CHAI.)

Of course, the two teas are sort of naturally complementary—the spiciness being the obvious factor, but also that they both produce a fairly dark brew (I find myself more and more basing tea blends on the color of the brew, because I’ve been finding that teas that brew close to the same color mesh really well in one cup).

Anyway, this review really doesn’t have much more to be said. I liked it, and I might be inclined to try it again. Of course, I put milk in it, before you ask, because chai without milk is like a bed without pillows, like a playground without slides, or like a window with bars but no glass. What’s the point? xD

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I very clearly remember my first experience with tea. It was in a Target near my house, and my best friend handed me a cup of chai from the Starbucks inside the store and said, “Try this.” I believe I was about 12 at the time, and from then on, I was completely hooked.

Anyway, as my increasingly weirded out family will tell you, my obsession with tea has (almost) steadily escalated since then. I discovered the world of tea slowly, first with just chai, and then with bagged teas I could get from supermarkets and specialty stores, and then with loose leaf teas. I mostly shop for tea at Teavana, but I also patronize other local shops that I’ve discovered within the last couple of years. I’ve ordered a smattering of teas from a few online places, but I’m always leery of buying tea online, since most of how I select teas in person is by smell… unless I’m at The English Tea Room.

My favorite types of tea are blacks and flavored blacks. And oolongs. Right underneath that are rooiboses and whites, and then greens and herbals, and then mates. I’m always looking for a new favorite, but I appreciate rediscovering old favorites. I like to blend teas, but I never store them that way, mostly because I like to leave myself options.

I prefer nutty/sweet/rich teas to fruity/light-flavored teas or bold/full-bodied teas, but I do try to drink some of everything to widen my palate. I’m always willing to try any tea at least once (except this one tea that Teavana mercifully discontinued… the loose leaf smelled like cheese, I swear). I do perhaps rate teas a little leniently… because I’m not very picky. I will try a tea at least three times before I pronounce that I hate it, and I will always focus on the good aspects of a tea rather than the bad. That’s just how I roll. :3

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