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drank The Earl's Mistress by BlendBee
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It’s not a very comforting thought when the creator of a blend only rates it a 32. Plus it’s an earl grey which has been growing on me lately but still isn’t a favourite. So basically I’m going into this expecting to hate it…

Well…I don’t hate it, but I don’t really like it either. The bergamot is there but not overly present. Instead I’m getting muddled rose and apricot and hazelnut, which sounds good but it’s as each has gone slightly off as there is a woodiness from the combo and it sort of all falls flat at the end. Yeah, it kind of starts as flavours and becomes cardboard.

I like the idea here but age hasn’t served this well. Still fun to try though and definitely not terrible.

Roswell Strange

To be fair, it wasn’t very good even when it was fresh. I actually think it’s gotten better as it’s gotten older – which is probably an indicator of just how awful it was. Definitely the worst of all the blends I made, though I was hoping you might enjoy it more than I did.

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Roswell Strange

To be fair, it wasn’t very good even when it was fresh. I actually think it’s gotten better as it’s gotten older – which is probably an indicator of just how awful it was. Definitely the worst of all the blends I made, though I was hoping you might enjoy it more than I did.

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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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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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