drank Royal White Peony by DAVIDsTEA
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Apparently I am the stereotype of an old person because in an attempt to google this tea for recommended brewing parameters, I ended up texting “Davids royal white peony” to a friend. She was confused to say the least. Eventually I did figure it out and ended up dumping the whole sample directly into the mug and steeping it at 170F. So now I am taking a break from watching Scream Queens to drink this grandpa style and while listening to the song suggested by Roswell Strange.

The music pairing for this tea is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff4KLQEbJ9Q

So this tea is very rich in pea flavor. Seriously. It’s as if I boiled peas and am now drinking the water left over in the pot. There is also a slight sweetness which compliments the upbeat nature of the song.

However, I must say that I don’t know if I would consider this the right tea for this song. I think something more summery and bright, although this does have a summery quality to it, would be better. I feel citrus notes or even more floral elements would better compliment the breezy romanticism of the song. That’s just me though. So despite enjoying the exercise, this pairing was lost on me. I love Mika though so I was more than happy to listen to the song on loop while I thought this out.

Thank you Roswell Strange!!

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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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