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My mom has decided she wants to try a bunch of cake recipes so we have been spending the day baking. This tea showed up in the midst of the baking and since at the time I was making a white wine crack cake and a caramel apple bread, this seemed like the bridge between the two.

There is a distinctive grape note that does lean towards wine while the apple pops up now and again. It is a touch buttery/pastry from the white base but I don’t know if I would go as far as to say it is “cake”. I think the contrast between the red wine and the apple cake just creates too much for the flavors to really connect. It is an alright cup of tea but not my favorite.

Roswell Strange

I wish these teas were on the websiteeeee

VariaTEA

She usually adds them at the end of the month.

Roswell Strange

I’ll keep an eye out; this one and the Soylent Green both really intrigue me :)

VariaTEA

I can share :)

Lauren | A Quarter to Tea

Hello! I should have them up in the next week or so :) We were just at the Midwest Tea Fest, and instead of closing down for the week so inventory didn’t get messed up, I opted to postpone putting up the most recent limiteds until after the show.

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Roswell Strange

I wish these teas were on the websiteeeee

VariaTEA

She usually adds them at the end of the month.

Roswell Strange

I’ll keep an eye out; this one and the Soylent Green both really intrigue me :)

VariaTEA

I can share :)

Lauren | A Quarter to Tea

Hello! I should have them up in the next week or so :) We were just at the Midwest Tea Fest, and instead of closing down for the week so inventory didn’t get messed up, I opted to postpone putting up the most recent limiteds until after the show.

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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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