drank Orange Creamsicle by Tickled Tea
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After my attempts and failures with making a creamsicle tea by putting vanilla matcha in orange juice, I decided I would try someone else’s attempt to make a creamsicle tea. Lucky for me, my Tickled Tea order arrived with samples galore, including this one.

I opened the adorable pocket-sized tea packet (about 3 perfect teaspoons of tea) and set this up to cold brew, my go-to method for the various creamsicle-inspired rooibos teas I have come across. I left it overnight and this morning I got to sipping as I added my 25 new teas into Steepster’s database (the downside of finding a new tea company).

First thing I noticed, even before drinking this tea, is that the smell is very much that of its namesake which was promising. Alas, the rooibos base used in this tea is a strongly flavored one so it does contribute a fair amount to the flavoring as you drink. It takes over with woody notes that do sort of give way to a citrusy orange. That combination is a little too medicinal for my liking but the aftertaste is all creamy deliciousness. Just sucks that the path to getting to the lingering vanilla creaminess is through rooibos-infested waters.

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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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