Birthday cake tea, from Shmiracles!

Birthday cakes are a really big deal to me. I have super high standards for them. I am generally a health-nut, but when it’s time for cake, I don’t hold back. The thing is, if I’m going to stuff my self with something I’ll regret later, it better taste super damn good. I love a fluffy white cake with pastel confetti sprinkles and fluffy buttercream frosting. My current not-made-completely-from-scratch cake is Pillsbury Funfetti. It’s in a box, so I always ask someone to make it for me on my birthday.

This tea certainly isn’t Pillsbury perfection, but for a tea, it’s not half bad. I haven’t fancied too many rooibus blends, but I fancy even less all of the cake teas made with black tea (so far anyway, still searching for ‘the one’). As far as rooibos teas go, this is the best I’ve had. It will have to do for now, until I find my cake-tea soulmate. (^^)

ETA: speaking of that yummy cake. Not long after I logged this, my sister happened to bake me one for my ‘half-birthday’ (she was looking for an excuse to bake this cake for me). How awesome is she?

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Thornton, Colorado
Occupation: Evil Genius
Ward: 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 1 Cocker spaniel, 1 super cranky but lovable siamese cat, one bipolar black turkish angora, and my husband’s black and white cat.

Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and making TEA, of course (^o^)

Future plans: World domination >-)

Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam . . .

Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine), most della derra and adagio teas. . .

My Rating System

100 My happiness absolutely depends on it

95 Will definitely repurchase

85: Might repurchase (teas that depend on my mood)

75 Won’t repurchase (but I would drink it again if offered).

65: meh

45: I reluctantly finished a cup.

15: Couldn’t finish a cup.

I simplified my ratings to single numbers rather than ranges because I can’t precisely compare so many teas with a system more detailed than this.

An unrated tea is most often one that I recognize as having significant notable quality, but that does not suit me personally. Sometimes, I leave teas unrated for other reasons, such as I am undecided or I brewed it wrong, etc.

Note: Boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it sticks at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .aliens?. . .).





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