drank Honey Orange Almond by Tealyra
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Happy New Year Steepster!! I didn’t quite make it to my goal of 250 teas by the New Year but I got to 254 so I was okay with it. Then today I planned to get to 250 and while I considered making tea numerous times throughout the day, I got overwhelmed by my options and basically got distracted rather than trying to decide. So now I finally decided on this tea shared by Evol Ving Ness and I am sipping on it while I watch the 3rd seasons of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

There is something off about this one. It is sweet and nutty and has a vanilla quality as well as a cake quality which sounds like it should be a positive things but there is an artificial note that is just off putting. It is not terrible but not great either so this one cup is enough for me. Nevertheless, it sounds delightful so I am glad I got a chance to try before I got a chance to buy. Thank you for sharing, Evol Ving Ness!


Not too shabby considering you picked up the teas at my place

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Not too shabby considering you picked up the teas at my place

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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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