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drank Candy Cane White Tea by 52teas
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I am drinking this hot this time and there is a lot more candy cane flavor than my last cup had apparently. Granted there was also 3 large candy cane pieces in the mug so that’s not a surprise. Also, since I recently finished a lot of my peppermint/mint teas, I am certainly glad I have this one around for that flavor, especially because the white tea base is really complimentary to the candy cane.

In other news, I am currently using the instant pot for the first time since moving to school. I am using it as a slow cooker and not a pressure cooker so the cooking isn’t exactly instant but that’s okay.

52Teas

Oh – I love my instant pot!

VariaTEA

We got it as a gift for my Mom but unfortunately the amount she cooks means the instant pot wasn’t so instant because she’d need to cook the food in batches. So when I came to school, instead of me bringing a slow cooker and a rice cooker and a million appliances, she told me to just take the instant pot.

52Teas

And that’s what I love about it – it’s all those appliances in one. You can pressure cook, slow cook, cook rice, even make yogurt. It pretty much replaces my stove.

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52Teas

Oh – I love my instant pot!

VariaTEA

We got it as a gift for my Mom but unfortunately the amount she cooks means the instant pot wasn’t so instant because she’d need to cook the food in batches. So when I came to school, instead of me bringing a slow cooker and a rice cooker and a million appliances, she told me to just take the instant pot.

52Teas

And that’s what I love about it – it’s all those appliances in one. You can pressure cook, slow cook, cook rice, even make yogurt. It pretty much replaces my stove.

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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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