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So I didn’t know “Monk’s Blend” was a thing until very recently. Every time I saw it, I just assumed it was some company making a particular blend. However, when I finally realized a Monk’s Blend tea was a black tea with vanilla and grenadine I was all for it. I LOVE grenadine. Prior to deciding to be healthy, I would actually add grenadine to coke (the soda, not the drug). So when I had the oppurtunity to try a Monk’s Blend tea via my frequent swap pal, Roswell Strange. I jumped at the chance.

Even though this cup has cooled slightly, I still think this a great introduction. This tea is almost creamy in how smooth it is (likely from the vanilla). And the grenadine flavor really shines. This tea actually captures everything I love about grenadine syrup and leaves out the calories. It is like the tasty tea version of a Shirley Temple…YUM!!! Thank you Roswell Strange!!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
__Morgana__

Sounds yum.

Courtney

Love the clarification.

Roswell Strange

Glad you enjoyed! I might go make a cup now. And laughing so hard at the clarification.

VariaTEA

I did not want anyone to get the wrong idea about me.

VariaTEA

Plus, I don’t think adding syrup to cocaine would work very well. Just saying.

yyz

I like grenadine too. In Montpellier they used to add it to lager. It’s actually surprisingly nice.

VariaTEA

There is a brewery here in Montreal (though it is a chain so I know there are ones in France as well as one location in Toronto) that makes beer cocktails. I used to like to get the one with grenadine because it was really quite tasty. I honestly love the stuff.

yyz

They are quite nice!.. We drank a lot of them because there was a beast wave that year. It was 38 at the end of April and it was the cheapest thing to drink. But the beer cocktails were fun.

OMGsrsly

I know what you mean, yyz, but I might include “beast wave” into my vocabulary. :D

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__Morgana__

Sounds yum.

Courtney

Love the clarification.

Roswell Strange

Glad you enjoyed! I might go make a cup now. And laughing so hard at the clarification.

VariaTEA

I did not want anyone to get the wrong idea about me.

VariaTEA

Plus, I don’t think adding syrup to cocaine would work very well. Just saying.

yyz

I like grenadine too. In Montpellier they used to add it to lager. It’s actually surprisingly nice.

VariaTEA

There is a brewery here in Montreal (though it is a chain so I know there are ones in France as well as one location in Toronto) that makes beer cocktails. I used to like to get the one with grenadine because it was really quite tasty. I honestly love the stuff.

yyz

They are quite nice!.. We drank a lot of them because there was a beast wave that year. It was 38 at the end of April and it was the cheapest thing to drink. But the beer cocktails were fun.

OMGsrsly

I know what you mean, yyz, but I might include “beast wave” into my vocabulary. :D

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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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