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Thank you Sil for sharing this with me. I have friends visiting for a week from New York and so this morning when a friend asked for plain tea, I have her a choice of a number of straight blacks. This is the one she settled on and tbh this cup is much better than the last which means it is a great way to say goodbye. There is a hint of dryness but once I get past that there is rich caramel and notes of earthy sweet potato. A very nice cuppa to start the morning.

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drank Cafe Vanilla by Della Terra Teas
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Sipdown!!

I don’t remember having the last cup of this but I am certainly enjoying this one. Honestly, it is great. Thank you Dexter for sharing this with me! Notes of chocolate, raisins, bread are all floating in the cup. Delicious!

Dexter

Happy that you are finding a few that you like. :))

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drank Bollywood Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I drank this earlier and never got a chance to log it. This is one i was curious about and it come to me via the awesome Roswell Strange. Unfortunately, this only further proved how much I dislike chai teas. Seriously, this was a whole lot of fennel and spice and none of it was particularly pleasant. I tried adding milk but the only thing I liked in the sip was the milk itself and not the tea. Ultimately, the cup got dumped because I just couldn’t get through it. Well, now I know so I am grateful to Roswell Strange for the chance to try this tea.

Roswell Strange

Did you eat any of the straight candied fennel? To me that was the best part.

VariaTEA

I did not. Perhaps that is what I will do with the rest of the leaf :P

yyz

Mmmm candied fennel. I haven’t had this tea but I do love that.

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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This tasty tea has been upgraded to a special cloth tin bought for me by a good friend. I plan on keeping this around for a while so why not give it a cozy owl-covered home :)

carol who

It does deserve something special :D

VariaTEA

I am glad you agree :)

Cheri

There are so many Butiki teas I like that I didn’t even think about adding this to my order. One of these days….

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drank Pisces by Nina's Paris
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This cup is 100% sweet caramel candies…like a wherthers. Yum!

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So I had a stroke of genius while making my regular smoothie today and tossed in a tbsp of peanut butter. SOOOO GOOD!!! Plus, the peanut butter had the added bonus of covering up the chemical taste that the matcha can sometimes contribute. Yay!

TeaBrat

sounds yummy! what else did you put in it?

VariaTEA

Usually my smoothie consists of 1 cup skim or almond milk, a frozen banana or 1 cup frozen mango, a French vanilla smoothie mix and 1 tsp matcha. This one had the banana and skim milk.

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Thank you Dexter for sending some of this my way. I was holding off trying it in hopes of having it when I freed my variable temp kettle from storage jail but that doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon so I just decided to go ahead and make it. My first few sips were a nice fruity flavor, though not a distinctive flavor. Then, I ate dinner, and as I ate, the tea cooled and the green base took over and left a grassy taste in my mouth. So this isn’t bad when hot but really should not be given the chance to cool. Hopefully this isn’t reflected in the cold brew of this that I made a couple days ago…

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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.

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