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drank Glow by Tea Drops
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This came as a free sample with my Instagram giveaway. The giveaway I won in 2019 and only now received the prize thanks to Tea Drops. Sipsby was the reason for the delay but its arrived and so that’s fun.

I thought I turned the kettle on to boil but apparently I didn’t so this was made with only warm water. I am hoping that mistake is the reason for this to be so messy and for the sprinkles to not be dissolved.

If I get past the chalky/grittiness from the tea not properly dissolving in the warm water, I get a not great flavor. So not great texture and not great flavor. It is cinnamon hibiscus, which is not a combination I particularly enjoy. A flat cinnamon hibiscus as well.

Cameron B.

Sorry, I giggled a little at this one… XD

Lexie Aleah

Tea Drops oh man those things are definitely gritty!


i’m looking forward to finally seeing your reviews on these lol

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drank Maple Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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This is hot maple milk today. Good but a little weird.

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Latte Sipdown (308)

I do not love lavender and I am picky with earl grey. With that said, why did I buy this and think it would be amazing? I blame the “spiced” or the “muffin”. I genuinely don’t know.

Anyways, its an earl grey and to me that says “latte” so that’s what I did. Unfortunately, all that work and a cute new glitter mug and I don’t like it. It’s the lavender. It’s not for me. I want to like it but somehow the spices and earl grey and lavender combination are coming together to be even more soapy than just lavender. I should have known better haha.

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drank Snowflake by Tea Sparrow
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Sipdown (309)

Not a fan of this tea plain. It just leans heavily into marzipan and not great coconut.

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Sipdown (310)

The nutmeg is strong today. Nutmeg and clove. Those are the heaviest flavors and while it’s enjoyable enough, I find myself missing the sweetness of milk to balance the spice.

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Marshmallows. Sprinkles. Caramel. Captain America. I might have bought a larger package of this because of those things. Wish I drank it while it was hot though because cold it is caramelized almond. Hot, I think it might have had more to it. It’s not bad and I could see this being a decent latte. Plain and cold like this, it’s a little underwhelming.


I love that Captain America’s serum is apparently sugar.

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After my success with the unsmoked lapsang (which I did not know was a thing) by Teavivre, I am so happy to have this in my cupboard. I didn’t realize but I am a fan. This is maybe not as good as the Teavivre version but it is still very good. The website boasts dark chocolate notes with a sweet finish. The sweet finish I get but this is not dark chocolate for me. To me, this is breadier and with caramelized sweet potato/yam and a sweet finish. Very smooth.

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drank Hot Choc by T2
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More teaware arrived from DAVIDsTEA today and my Black Friday order from Happy Turtle Teas. That got me excited to get into some new things. I wanted a latte and the T2 teas that arrived earlier this week were in large quantities and definitely latte flavors. This is a little thin so I could see it benefiting from a bit of whipped cream and chocolate drizzle. Other than that, it’s not bad.

Lexie Aleah

Yay for new teaware! I ordered a cup from David’s as well.

Tiffany :)

I have this same dessert pack from t2 on order—look forward to making this as a latte myself. :)

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drank AffogaTEA by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
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I’ve been drinking A LOT of water lately. Not so much tea. Part of it is water has no decision factor. Tea does. Today I wanted tea but had no idea which so I just decided to make myself a cup of my oldest tea. My cupboard isn’t too bad in the sense of age since this is the oldest and its from July 2019.

This tea is fine but honestly not one I really care for. It’s got a coffee flavor but also a touch of hibiscus. I think that’s where this loses me. The coffee would lend itself nicely to a latte format but the hibiscus means I can’t do that. I think I will toss this into my swap box since I am just not feeling it.


Coffee and hibiscus seem like a strange combo that just shouldn’t be!

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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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