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drank Rhubarb & Cream by Annvita
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Sipdown (350)

So I was looking at my tea collection and noticed this tiny tin was on its side, open, and spilling out everywhere. I took that as a sign that the tea was yelling “DRINK ME!” so I used the 1 perfect teaspoon of leaf left and brewed up a mug. I also brewed another tea alongside this which I promptly knocked over, causing a huge waterfall and fear for all the appliances and the power bar in the path of the running liquid which I am telling you because it means this tea cooled a fair bit before I got to drink it. Also, its quite old and was exposed to air and light for who knows how long (up to a week, possibly) so this review probably isn’t the best indication of the actual flavor of the tea.

Anyways, the tea is actually not bad today. Seems I had this once before and found the base tea overpowering. Today I am getting more vanilla. Vanilla and something floral. All on a bed of dryness. It’s better than I remember if I am being honest, thanks to that vanilla component, but still not great. This is a sipdown I am totally fine with having.

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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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