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I won an instagram giveaway and got a $40 voucher for a company whose teaware I’ve been eyeing for a while now. I definitely spent over the $40 but ended up with a bunch of new lovely teaware, including a lovely new tea tray, a glass gaiwan, and a cute monkey teacup. Pictures: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-N1BobAOo-/

The teaware showed up and of course I had to break it in and this tea just ended up standing out to me. I got about 8 steeps with the main flavor notes being cocoa, leather, and malt. At times, it got smokey. At other times, some raisin came through and in the last steep, even a touch of baked bread. It was smooth and full-bodied and quite a nice session of steeping while watching the Masked Singer on Wednesday.

Martin Bednář

Congratulations to win! Lovely tea-ware!

Roswell Strange

This is the first season of The Masked Singer that I’ve watched and I am OBSESSED!

VariaTEA

Thank you @Martin

And @Roswell, my siblings and I watch it every season. So far this season, I knew one person immediately. My brother got the most shocking one right which was quite entertaining.

amandastory516

Congrats! Such lovely teaware! What company is it from? I absolutely need that gaiwan.

VariaTEA

https://www.tangpintea.com/ I will warn that the flower on the gaiwan it fairly easy to move and seems like it may fall off if I move it too much so just be careful if you get it.

amandastory516

Thank you for the tip!

ashmanra

What an exciting win!

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Martin Bednář

Congratulations to win! Lovely tea-ware!

Roswell Strange

This is the first season of The Masked Singer that I’ve watched and I am OBSESSED!

VariaTEA

Thank you @Martin

And @Roswell, my siblings and I watch it every season. So far this season, I knew one person immediately. My brother got the most shocking one right which was quite entertaining.

amandastory516

Congrats! Such lovely teaware! What company is it from? I absolutely need that gaiwan.

VariaTEA

https://www.tangpintea.com/ I will warn that the flower on the gaiwan it fairly easy to move and seems like it may fall off if I move it too much so just be careful if you get it.

amandastory516

Thank you for the tip!

ashmanra

What an exciting win!

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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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