drank Pineapple Bacon Rooibos by 52teas
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Sipdown…of sorts (222)

I am trying this now to make sure it is still palatable because it is old but I want my vegan friend to try it. I am preparing a package of teas for her after she expressed interest in trying the Black Bean Oolong tea I had a couple weeks back courtesy of Roswell Strange. I figured once I am sending ONE tea, I should send others as well. Since she is a New Yorker, she has access to a lot of different things so I am trying to send her stuff she would not get elsewhere. This qualifies for sure.

It is not as good as it once was but it is still interesting. I get faint smoke and mostly pineapple and rooibos. Less meat than I used to get which seems like it should be a positive but I miss it.

The rest of this is off to my friend, with a warning that it is old and a little less meaty than it once was. As a vegan, something tells me she won’t mind more pineapple than bacon.

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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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