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Hello Steepster! This tea came from albertocanfly in my recent tea rehoming swaps. I’m not sure why, but I’ve had a weird fascination with these Cuppa Cake teas for a while… I’m very happy I finally get to try a couple of them! (if anyone else has Blueberry Bundt or Gingerbread, I would love to swap for those too!) Republic of Teas recommends 6 ounces of water per teabag (what…?) so I used two and filled my mug up almost to the top (so about 10 or 11 ounces). Hopefully it comes out okay! It’s hard to judge the leaf itself by looking at these bags, but it looks quite broken and very dark. It smells like some kind of amazing vanilla butter pound cake with caramel sauce, yum. I let the bags steep for 3 minutes at 200 degrees.

Mmm, once steeped, this tea smells like pure butter… Somewhat similar to those Butter Rum Lifesavers. There’s definitely a dessert element here. I added some raw sugar to my cup because, come on, cake is sweet. ;) I’m going to use Marzipan’s excuse and say, “Hey, I’m from the South!” Midwest counts as South, right? Right?! Sorry, sometimes I get pretty distracted typing while I’m waiting for my tea to cool… :P Okay, I may have overdone it a touch on the sugar, but it’s super delicious! Just like a cake tea should be. It tastes very vanilla-y and buttery, and there is caramel but it’s more of a light caramel – like a caramel drizzle. The base tea is super mellow and mild, and there’s the teensiest bit of astringency, but it’s next to nothing. Very tasty and decadent cake tea!

Flavors: Butter, Cake, Caramel, Frosting, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
SarsyPie

Cambot!

Cameron B.

Lol… Hello dear Sarsy. :P

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I missed you, so I thought I’d say hi <3

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SarsyPie

Cambot!

Cameron B.

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I missed you, so I thought I’d say hi <3

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m 29 years old and currently living in Austin, Texas with my boyfriend of 5 years. We’re both software engineers, currently working in the field of Machine Learning. I am a staunch lover of pugs and other squishy-faced dogs, although sadly I do not currently have one.

I am also an avid yarn collector (errr, I mean knitter!) when the hot Austin weather allows for it… Find me on Ravelry under the name LorenWeiss!

I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. I have recently started to brew gongfu cha style!

I love swaps! If you see something in my cupboard that you’d like to try, just let me know via PM!

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms, including black, green, oolong, and white teas, as well as maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I am open to more exploration of puerh, but it’s not generally one of my favorites. I am not often a fan of fruit-based tisanes.

My very favorite straight teas tend to be from China, Japan, or Taiwan. I also enjoy matcha!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially mango and pineapple.

Dessert: Again, all the things! I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I do very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. But I’m not crazy about rose and lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a main flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea. Smoke can be tasty when it’s not heavy-handed.

Favorite Purveyors:
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Lupicia
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre
Yunnan Sourcing
Yunomi

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age.

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