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Matcha Milk Sipdown (222)

This was a free simple with my advent calendar…even though if I remember correctly, it is also in my advent calendar.

To me this tastes like Mermaid Matcha…but not as vanilla-y thus not as good. That’s not to say this isn’t good. I just prefer Mermaid Matcha for the vanilla frosting type goodness. This is more soft vanilla custard.

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drank Exotic Passion by TeaTaxi
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Sipdown (223)

Today has been a super chilly day. It’s cold outside and my class was also particularly cold. Now I am home and back to watching Disney+ and sipping on tea in my pajamas under a cozy blanket.

This tea isn’t my favourite. It is fruity and has a slight green tea twang to it. It’s held up well for its age seeing as even the best before date on this has long since passed but it’s nothing special or life altering.

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Sipdown (224)

I took this out because it is on the older side and I thought it would make a good latte. Then I realized I was lacking the amount of leaf necessary for a latte so I picked another tea to make a latte. Then I decided that since this was out and the sipdown was nigh, I would make this too.

Unfortunately I could never get this to work for me. As a latte or plain, it just really was not what I wanted. I used to get chocolate monkey drinks at a stir-fry place called Fire & Ice and it was basically a chocolate shake with sweet banana flavor. This is more like black tea with some banana chip flavor. The base also has more tannins than I like. I am okay with saying goodbye because like I said, it never really worked for me.

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Life is different! Disney Plus is out and my brother bought us a subscription and I have literally looked at the movie list for at least an hour because there were so many things I wanted to watch. It’s here and I. am. excited!!!

So now I am watching Disney movies and drinking this as a latte because in addition to Disney Plus, I also have milk again and that is also exciting.

This latte isn’t bad but it drowns out the maple flavor that I love so much in this blend. Alternatively, age has caused the maple flavor to fade but I am blaming the latte because that means there is hope for maple goodness in a plain cup.

Sil

Can you download shows to watch offline like Netflix? I really want…but we need to save.

VariaTEA

I’m not sure. I would need to check.

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Latte Sipdown (225)

This is very milky which is sad because it means the tea isn’t coming through as much as I’d like. That is probably my fault since I didn’t have the right amount of leaf for a latte but made one anyways. I was just excited because I did groceries today so for the first time in a while I have had milk in my apartment that didn’t come from McDonalds. Yay to groceries! Boo to weak tea. It is minty though.

In other news, does anyone get a weird smell when they froth milk? I have the breville milk frother and I find sometimes the milk smells weird after I heat/froth it. I don’t have the same issue if I just froth it. Just me?

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This tea is one of my oldest and while it shows it’s age, it’s not particularly bad. It’s a touch astringent for my tastes. Astringent and with a fruity flavour that is bordering on liquor from age. And some pastry notes. It’s alright.

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drank Bedtime Budda by Komo Tea
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Chamomile and honey tasting. Not my favourite but could be alright if I’m not feeling well. I did like my new teacup though.

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drank Bedtime Budda by Komo Tea
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Either the weather is kicking my butt or I am fighting something off because I have been lethargic for days. That means I went for something simple and added honey for a little oomph. Thanks Roswell Strange for sharing. It seems this is my go-to when I feel off lately.

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drank Dublin's Clover by TeaTaxi
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Sipdown (229…apparently I had more teas than I thought)

After I pulled this out, I realized it would have probably been better to save this for St. Patrick’s Day so I could have a festive 365 days of tea picture. However, this blend is one of the older ones in my cupboard and I decided the sipdown outweighed the festive photo.

This is actually a pretty tea. Rolled gunpowder leaves with clover sprinkles and blue mallow petals. You can check out the photo here: https://www.instagram.com/p/B4nV5WBh1XH/

I was surprised that this is actually an EG but it definitely has a bergamot flavor. However, I actually don’t mind it here. It seems to pair nicely with the smokiness of the gunpowder and the sweetness from the sprinkles. It also is a fairly mild earl grey which could be due to age or intentional. Either way, it is more to my tastes than a sharper EG and I am actually quite enjoying this mug.

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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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