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drank Sansia Black by Butiki Teas
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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
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This is one of the teas in my focus bag as it is probably a year old, if not older. I decided to cold brew it and I think that was a mistake because either the method or the age of the leaf led to this tasting off. Very, very off. A little bit berry and then a whole lot of ground and wet leaves flavor. I think it is the blackberry leaf since there is also a lot of sweetness here. Whatever it is, I do not like it. I will try icing again and if this still is weird, I will probably just compost the rest.

Super Starling!

Ewwww. “Ground and wet leaves.” I love how evocative and gross that phrasing is.

VariaTEA

lol thank you

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drank Pink Dragonfruit by Tealish
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I always forget about this tisane tucked away in a box but since its mostly been iced fruit tisanes for me lately, i went in search of something different. This is nice at first but without hibiscus to cut the sweeter fruit, it builds as you drink and gets a bit too sweet. Up until that point, it has a nice dragonfruit flavor and thus makes for a nice change.

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drank Mango Magic by TeaTaxi
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I coldbrewed this and I think that helped bring out the mango flavor a bit more. It also made for a sweeter drink which I don’t think I like so I’m conflicted whether I like this iced or coldbrewed.

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drank Cranberry by The Tea Merchant
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Cold brew Sipdown!

This was quite good but I got through a lot of it and given it’s from Africa, I’m not running to get more anytime soon.

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drank Apple Pie by TeaTaxi
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Well this tastes like forever nuts…but with more Apple and that is actually sorta selling Apple pie for me. Do I want more of this? Not really, since I get over the nut herbals really quickly but it made for a nice one time iced tea.

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drank Sweet Kissin' by TeaTaxi
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Made this iced to change it up a bit and it’s not too bad. Bright and fruity though a little vegetal from the base. I would say there is a definite tropical vibe thanks to the papaya and pineapple here though the base builds the more I drink which can get offputting.

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Well today is day 3 of surgery recovery and it kinda sucks. I’ve been drinking mostly iced fruit teas since the cold is nice on my scratchy throat and I figure they are uncaffinated so they’re probably more hydrating. Also, I have a lot of fruit teas that are getting old and their flavors have deteriorated but I don’t mind that right now since my tastes are a little out of whack anyways.

However, right now I felt like something a bit more comforting and this is the tea that came to mind. I brewed it up hot because I’ve been freezing all day and I am sipping on it while wearing a snuggie on the couch. It’s a little more vegetal than usual and thanks to my messed up throats and wonky tastebuds the flavors seem disconnected. There’s a flash of sweet here, some Marshmallow there, and a touch of roastiness that pops up every now and again. It’s a nice change but I look forward to being back to normal again and getting to taste my teas normally again as well.

Evol Ving Ness

Gah! Just hearing about you having had your surgery now.

Good to hear that it is over with and that you are on the mend. Hope that it is easy and smooth sailing now and forward. Big hugs to you, VariaTEA. It sucks to be sick (even though you are not sick exactly, but you know what I mean).

VariaTEA

Yeah, it has not been fun but at least the hard part should be over. Now I have a week off work to hang out and recover.

Evol Ving Ness

Excellent. Hurray for time to mellow and recover. Hopefully, your peeps are spoiling you rotten.

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
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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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