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I decided to christen my Soda Pop mug (which has been in a box for months now) and what better way to do so than with a variation on one of my most beloved teas, Butterscotch & Hazelnut Mocha Candies. This version uses a much lighter base making for a different but still tasty brew. I think the butterscotch is a touch more obvious but that is because there isn’t much else to compete with it, not that I mind. Ultimately, I definitely prefer the added richness of the White Rhino base in the original blend but this is a great alternative.

Fjellrev

I hear you on keeping mugs for a long time before using them. I still have my ice berries Nordic mug from last year in its box.

VariaTEA

Mine was in the box because we already have too many mugs in our house and my mom is never impressed when I buy a new one. However, today, almost all the mugs were in the dishwasher so I felt justified in bringing this one out :P

Fjellrev

Haha well hey, that’s a good reason to use it then. My problem is I hand wash my dishes every day so I’ve just been using the same two mugs, leaving this other one in the box. So with your system, you have more reason to buy more. ;)

Kittenna

I handwash all my mugs too… but usually end up with about 12 in use at a time, haha.

Dustin

Oooooh, that is the mug that glows in the dark, right?! Glow in the dark is my favorite color and I was temped to buy that mug, except it isn’t really my style in the light. :)

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Fjellrev

I hear you on keeping mugs for a long time before using them. I still have my ice berries Nordic mug from last year in its box.

VariaTEA

Mine was in the box because we already have too many mugs in our house and my mom is never impressed when I buy a new one. However, today, almost all the mugs were in the dishwasher so I felt justified in bringing this one out :P

Fjellrev

Haha well hey, that’s a good reason to use it then. My problem is I hand wash my dishes every day so I’ve just been using the same two mugs, leaving this other one in the box. So with your system, you have more reason to buy more. ;)

Kittenna

I handwash all my mugs too… but usually end up with about 12 in use at a time, haha.

Dustin

Oooooh, that is the mug that glows in the dark, right?! Glow in the dark is my favorite color and I was temped to buy that mug, except it isn’t really my style in the light. :)

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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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