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drank Evita's Twilight by Lauku Tea
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I got this in a March 2018 SipsBy box and it just never seemed like something I’d like so I kept looking it over. It also is meant to put you to sleep and I usually noticed it midday when I wasn’t looking for that potential effect. Then, when I did want a sleepy tea, this never came to mind. Unfortunately, this has been overlooked so often that it’s passed its best before date (January 1, 2019) by more than a year.

After making Night Owl though, which is supposed to be highly caffeinated, this caught my eye. I highly debated about just taking the sample and passing it on since the ingredients of Meadowsweet, Catnip, Thyme, Lemon Balm, Calendula, Heather, Valerian have absolutely no appeal to me. Curiosity got the better of me so I begrudgingly brewed up a small cup. It’s fine and almost minty with some nice lemon but the other more herbal notes are definitely not for me as I suspected so the rest of this is being passed on.

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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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