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365 Days of Tea Challenge – Day 6

Whew, a bit late in the day with today’s teas. I ended up going out for both brunch and dinner, so I guess that ate up a lot of my time.

I admit, I had fully intended to try B&B’s Banana Bread Chai this evening. But when I saw the packet of my beloved Rhubarb & Custard on the counter, I just couldn’t help myself. Suddenly, it had to be rhubarb!

This one is just so stinkin’ good! The rooibos is mild and woody without any medicinal quality. There’s a wallop of tart-but-sweet stewed rhubarb, and it goes perfectly with the rooibos base. Then there’s a lovely smooth undercurrent of creamy vanilla custard. The custard is shy, he doesn’t overtake the other flavors but mingles in among them, letting the rhubarb be the star but at the same time tempering its tart flavor a bit.

This one will forever be a staple in my cupboard. ❤

https://www.instagram.com/p/BsUUh7nlVbu/

Flavors: Cream, Custard, Jam, Rhubarb, Smooth, Sweet, Tart, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kittenna

Ugh, one day I will make a B&B order and get more of this. The sample I had was so good.

Nattie

Ditto.

Cameron B.

At least they have an international free shipping threshold now! ;)

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Kittenna

Ugh, one day I will make a B&B order and get more of this. The sample I had was so good.

Nattie

Ditto.

Cameron B.

At least they have an international free shipping threshold now! ;)

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•2019 Sipdown Challenge!•
•7 full sipdowns and
•42 sample sipdowns

I am currently doing the #365DaysOfTea challenge via Instagram and Steepster! Please find my Instagram profile at the bottom of this bio!

Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m 29 years old and currently living in Austin, Texas with my boyfriend of 5 years. We’re both software engineers working in the Semiconductor manufacturing field. I am a staunch lover of pugs and other squishy-faced dogs, although sadly I do not currently have one.

I am also an avid yarn collector (errr, I mean knitter!) when the hot Austin weather allows for it… Find me on Ravelry under the name LorenWeiss!

I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season.

I love swaps! If you see something in my cupboard that you’d like to try, just let me know via PM!

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms, including black, green, oolong, and white teas, as well as maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I am open to more exploration of puerh, but it’s not generally one of my favorites. I am not often a fan of fruit-based tisanes.

My very favorite straight teas tend to be from China, Japan, or Taiwan. I also enjoy matcha!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially mango and pineapple.

Dessert: Again, all the things! I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I do very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. But I’m not crazy about rose and lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a main flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea. Smoke can be tasty when it’s not heavy-handed.

Favorite Purveyors:
Lupicia
Bird & Blend
Kusmi
Dammann Frères
Teavivre
Yunomi
Yunnan Sourcing

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age.

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Austin, Texas

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