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drank Chocolate Éclair by 52teas
4559 tasting notes

This was my school tea from yesterday and it is another showing its age. It’s gone from a silky and decadent chocolate eclair tea to a pretty standard chocolate tea. Not bad, but not what it once was. That is on me though, not the tea.

Kittenna

Ruh roh. I might have some of this.

VariaTEA

Lol I feel like you have some of every tea :P

Evol Ving Ness

This is a favourite of mine too. Yup, perhaps I need to hunt down any lurking extra bits. Tealove to Kittena—-we might be related. :)

Kittenna

#hoarder

Kittenna

52teas is next up on the “go through the bins” phase – but there are probably still a couple weeks of Butiki + sipdowns to go. Of course, I have WAY more 52teas than Butiki… 1.5 bins full

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, what kind of bins are we talking about? :)

52Teas

When I think of ‘bins’ I think of the medium sized plastic bins in which I store the pouches of tea in my tea studio that are waiting to be relocated to their new homes. I have a few more than 1 1/2 bins.

Evol Ving Ness

When I think of bins, I think of anything from shoebox to the colossal Rubbermaid tubs for storing winter sweaters and such. In other words, every bin that a shop like Storage Solutions might sell.

Kittenna

My bins are the… 12″×12″ cubes that go into an IKEA Expedit shelf, or similar. Thank goodness they aren’t the 52L Rubbermaids (or whatever size the classic ones are!)

Evol Ving Ness

Oh well then, nothing to worry about. You’ll be through those in a jiffy. :)

My storage approach is not keeping all teas together, so I don’t actually see the scope of the, err, problem.

Kittenna

Hahaha. Yes – I lived that way for too long. It actually makes me slightly less anxious having everything in one place.

Evol Ving Ness

Hence spending an extraordinary amount of time “organizing” my teas.

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Kittenna

Ruh roh. I might have some of this.

VariaTEA

Lol I feel like you have some of every tea :P

Evol Ving Ness

This is a favourite of mine too. Yup, perhaps I need to hunt down any lurking extra bits. Tealove to Kittena—-we might be related. :)

Kittenna

#hoarder

Kittenna

52teas is next up on the “go through the bins” phase – but there are probably still a couple weeks of Butiki + sipdowns to go. Of course, I have WAY more 52teas than Butiki… 1.5 bins full

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, what kind of bins are we talking about? :)

52Teas

When I think of ‘bins’ I think of the medium sized plastic bins in which I store the pouches of tea in my tea studio that are waiting to be relocated to their new homes. I have a few more than 1 1/2 bins.

Evol Ving Ness

When I think of bins, I think of anything from shoebox to the colossal Rubbermaid tubs for storing winter sweaters and such. In other words, every bin that a shop like Storage Solutions might sell.

Kittenna

My bins are the… 12″×12″ cubes that go into an IKEA Expedit shelf, or similar. Thank goodness they aren’t the 52L Rubbermaids (or whatever size the classic ones are!)

Evol Ving Ness

Oh well then, nothing to worry about. You’ll be through those in a jiffy. :)

My storage approach is not keeping all teas together, so I don’t actually see the scope of the, err, problem.

Kittenna

Hahaha. Yes – I lived that way for too long. It actually makes me slightly less anxious having everything in one place.

Evol Ving Ness

Hence spending an extraordinary amount of time “organizing” my teas.

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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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