drank Gingerbread Houjicha by 52teas
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I got this from Christina about a year ago and am only trying it now. Thank you Christina! I decided to use the leaf to try this as a coconut milk latte since I thought the sweet coconut would compliment the roast of the houjicha and the spices nicely. I ended up doing a 50/50 split of coconut milk and regular milk since the coconut milk is so thick and though this is and alright latte, I think I just don’t like working with coconut milk. It’s high in fat so this is very creamy and though there is a coconut flavor here it is subtle and not really what I hoped for which makes this feel like wasted calories.

The tea itself, despite age, has a good dose of that toasty houjicha base and there is a nice and smooth cinnamon/nutmeg flavor floating in the mix. It’s definitely a holiday tea but I don’t know if I would have immediately pinpointed this as gingerbread without guidance from the name. I guess there is some ginger flavor here also but not much and the notion of baked goods is lacking. I don’t want to rate this though because age could be at play here as could the use of coconut milk so even though this was just okay, it could be due to my choices as opposed to a reflection on the tea.

VariaTEA

Just have to see if I have pumpkin purée and then I can use the coconut milk for this: http://blog.davidstea.com/en/pumpkin-chai-maple-latte/

Evol Ving Ness

I found this one to have a bit of a dusty flavour, as in toasty and dusty. However, I am not all that familiar with houjicha.

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VariaTEA

Just have to see if I have pumpkin purée and then I can use the coconut milk for this: http://blog.davidstea.com/en/pumpkin-chai-maple-latte/

Evol Ving Ness

I found this one to have a bit of a dusty flavour, as in toasty and dusty. However, I am not all that familiar with houjicha.

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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.

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