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drank Cranberry by The Tea Merchant
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drank Mango Magic by TeaTaxi
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This tea is another one in my focus bag and it tastes like a mango fruit punch when iced. Processed for sure but sweet and juicy so I’m happy with it.

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drank Coco Colada by DAVIDsTEA
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So part of organizing my teas was creating what I called a “focus bag” of teas that are getting up there in age and therefore they are ones I should be drinking more often. This is part of that bag and if I am being honest, I thought I was closer to a sipdown than I am. Oh well.

Today I made this iced. It’s definitely on the sweeter side despite the hibiscus but that’s alright. This is also another creamy coconut tea. Guess I was in a coconut sort of mood.

Arby

I do focus bags too. I’m trying to sipdown a few that I’ve had forever, but I never seem to be in the mood for them.

Evol Ving Ness

Focus bag. Aha. Good plan. On it. I have a sip down basket with a variety of teas that are aging and/or relatively small amounts to drink more frequently. I also have set a few aside for times that I am in a hurry and need to make travel teas. And now a focus bag. I spend more time/thought with this than I do in organizing my closet. :)

VariaTEA

So I have 4 drawers (1) caffeine free, (2) whites/oolongs/greens and the other two are black teas. In each drawer, I have 2 boxes, one for one/two-cup sample sizes and the other for teas not in light proof packaging. The focus bag is older teas i should work on drinking.

Evol Ving Ness

^ I like this system.

VariaTEA

Haha thank you Evol. So far so good.

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
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So today is the day after having my gallbladder removed and since I’m supposed to be taking it easy, I decided to reorganize my teas and package up all the swaps I’ve been working on. It was nice to feel somewhat productive.

I ended up grabbing this tea to have it one more time, iced, before I passed on the rest to my tea twin who appreciates this far more than I ever had. Today it’s got a really smooth and creamy coconut flavor that is helping soothe my sore throat. Add to that just a dash of pineapple flavor for a bit of brightness and you got a pretty nice pina colada iced tea.

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drank Le Bonheur! (Happiness) by Fauchon
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drank Black Opera by Mariage Frères
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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
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I may not have loved this when I first tried it, or even liked it for that matter but it makes for a damn tasty tea smoothie.

Fjellrev

Yay! I haven’t tried it in a smoothie yet but that sounds great. What kind of fruit are you combining with it?

VariaTEA

Bananas and strawberries. That and strawberry chocolate jam, chocolate pudding, and milk

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, I can see it going well with strawberries and bananas. I had no idea strawberry chocolate jam even existed. That sounds dangerously delicious.

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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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