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drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
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After having that lovely latte with Bouquet of Flowers earlier, I decided I needed another one! Yeah, I’m kind of a fatty… What of it? :P I selected Troika because of its orangeyness, which I thought would pair really well with cream and vanilla.

Followed the same method as I did for the first one. I used 6 ounces of strong brewed tea plus 2 tablespoons each of milk and half-and-half (which comes out to 2 ounces). Heated and frothed the milk while the tea was brewing, but this time I added a little splash of vanilla extract along with the sugar. This came out quite tasty, sort of a creamsicley version of a London Fog. I actually really love the flavor of the vanilla extract – it’s a very natural vanilla flavor that reminds me of vanilla beans. Will definitely make this again and I can’t wait to try this method with St. Petersburg for a spiced version! :D

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cheri

Now I’m really thinking I need a latte of some sort. I’ve got a few teas that would work very well for this…hmmmm…decisions, decisions.

Cameron B.

I can’t help it, I love creamy things too much! I guess 2 tablespoons of half-and-half isn’t that bad… Right? ;)

Cheri

No, it’s not. Not at all.

Cameron B.

Thanks for the support, Cheri! <3

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Cheri

Now I’m really thinking I need a latte of some sort. I’ve got a few teas that would work very well for this…hmmmm…decisions, decisions.

Cameron B.

I can’t help it, I love creamy things too much! I guess 2 tablespoons of half-and-half isn’t that bad… Right? ;)

Cheri

No, it’s not. Not at all.

Cameron B.

Thanks for the support, Cheri! <3

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Hi, I’m Cameron!

I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include piano, knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, planners, bento, KBeauty, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is “collecting” hobby-related things… ;)

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