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75
drank Caramel Apple Oolong v.2 by 52teas
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75
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I had two perfect teaspoons left of this tea. My plan was to make this recipe: http://blog.davidstea.com/en/pumpkin-chai-maple-latte/ and save the other teaspoon. However, I did not read the water had to be 200 degrees so I took 1.5 cups of cold water and dumped it in the pot and put the tea in as well. Then I realized my mistake so I strained the tea out and used the wet leaf to make a regular cup of this tea and the remainder for the recipe.

I reviewed the recipe on Sororitea Sisters so I won’t go into too much about it other than it was not worth the effort.

As for this last cup of tea, it’s a bit of a mess. It is almost smokey somehow. My guess is flavor contamination from something and flavor deterioration from age. Not sure how the contamination happened though since this is in a sealed tin, as is everything else. Oh well. It is not great and thus probably good that today is an accidental good bye. Since Pumpkin Chai is currently being sold, I could restock if I wanted but I think I am going to take a break from this one for a little while at least. Perhaps I will get more next year if I tame the beast that is my overgrown stash of teas.

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90

I woke up very early for class so I made tea. This tea. I debated between making it hot, which I love, or iced. Since the weather was a bit warmer than it should be today, I decided to go with iced. It’s still got great banana flavor and some creamy coconut but this just doesn’t compare to the hot tea. It’s good. The hot tea is great.

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60

Like Roswell Strange I got marzipan from this. A honeyed marzipan thanks to the rooibos base. Maybe a slight bit of vanilla. Maybe. It’s okay but not my favorite.

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52

Happy thanksgiving steepsterites!! I figured when better to try this tea than today following an awesome thanksgiving meal. Alas, I really don’t like this. Think an underlying marzipan with the actual stuffing spices. I just had stuffing and this actually isn’t that far off from the taste, though definitely heavy on the fenugreek. With that said, having tried this, I am convinced stuffing is not a flavor you want in a tea…at least it’s not one I want in a tea.

Arby

Happy thanksgiving! =)
I’ve had some great teas featuring white sage or rosemary, but I agree stuffing is not a good tea flavour.

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61

So yesterday my sister took my to a furniture store and they had candy EVERYWHERE. Mostly they had those chewy caramel squares which I snuck into my sister’s purse. When I ate one in the car, it tasted like cardboard and caramel. This tea tastes like that caramel cardboard.

Sil

gross

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57

AQ2T has a distinct honey flavor which pops up in all sorts of teas where maybe it shouldn’t. When it pops up here, its not out of place so I am not mad at it. Though, it is a strong flavor making this come off as something I’ve had before and not in a great way. I’m also getting some cinnamon and a smooth sweet potato flavor. It actually nicely captures the honey cinnamon sweet potato flavor but what surprised me is how much the white tea is contributing here as well. It’s like I am drinking a plain white tea as well as a flavored tea in one mug. Interesting but not the best.

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82
drank Jiri Horse by teabento
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Nutella latte. It is yum. That is all.

Sil

Mmmmmm

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60

This tea smells like fuzzy peaches. Fuzzy peaches and ginger. Which makes the familiar pinkish/purple hue of hibiscus all the more confusing. It really seems out of place and unnecessary because the hibiscus is there but not necessarily tart. Ginger is present but doesn’t have much of a burn. And there is a sweet fruitiness here that tastes like peach. So it has a lot of flavors and yet they somehow cancel each other out and make this bland. Not the best but maybe it would be better hotter? Or iced? Cold brewed? Perhaps warm is where this falters.

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79

I tried this as a snickerdoodle latte because I very much enjoyed it as a nutella latte and the snickerdoodle latte was very sweet yesterday when made with the banana pudding tea. So I used this tea which maybe isn’t as sweet as my flavored blends and only used 1/2 the sugar suggested. Yet this is not awesome either. The cinnamon is latching onto something in the tea that is really undercutting the snickerdoodle sweetness and making it more of an earthy flavor. This makes the snickerdoodle latte less enjoyable and this tea less enjoyable so basically this was a no go.

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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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