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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Okay so I am going to start this tasting note by saying that I have not slept in over 30 hours so if you are reading this and it makes no sense at all it can be attributed to that. I really must say paper writing all night until noon and then going to a conference and class for 1 is really not a fun day. However, I just need to get through a quiz tomorrow morning and I am free to spend the weekend with my sister and some friends who are coming from Toronto to visit me for the weekend!!

Anyways, on to the tea! I finally picked up AAA batteries (as opposed to the AA I bought out of excitement last week that obviously did not fit into my milk frother) which meant I got to brew my first at home latte ever. I have only had two before (Cocoa Canela and White Chocolate Frost – both amazing!!) and they were both to go drinks from DAVIDs so I decided I could make this myself. However, I did not think this through fully so my tea was understeeped and overfrothed (seriously i think the tea was 3/4 froth!). Well you live and you learn! Once I drank away most of the froth I was able to add the rest of the tea to the cup and make a nice latte. Sweet, creamy, caffeinated, and delicious! Just what I needed after my VERY long day. Although to be honest I think I prefer this tea straight as opposed to in latte form.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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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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