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Well I am finally back in my home (as opposed to my sister’s apartment), unpacked and settled. I brewed this up in a midst of unpacking, doing laundry, and preparing for school (i.e. printing any available syllabuses/powerpoints and organizing my binder). Now, I just need to make my calendar for the semester, fill in my agenda with my assignments, and write my important dates list. If only my professors were as efficient as me seeing as the links for 3/7 courses aren’t even active yet :(. Oh well, I will get down what I can. Then tomorrow I just need to worry about doing the groceries and I can relax the rest of the time (and drink tea :P).

Anyways, as for the tea, this is not really my favourite of the Twinnings that I have tried. It may be my brewing as it was left slightly longer than the 3 minutes I intended to brew it for, but not too long. I am getting some tartness and then a whole bunch of raspberry. Alas, it is not just the berry flavor as there is a herbal note lining the sip that is more leafy/vegetal that is really taking away from the taste as a whole. Also, no dragonfruit to be found. In fairness, that is a very subtle fruit flavor to begin with so I’d imagine it is a hard one to capture alone and yet they tried pairing it with the much bolder raspberry. All in all, this just isn’t a success and I am happy it is merely the one teabag that I picked up from the shop while I was in London.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Drying, Hibiscus, Raspberry

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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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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