drank Hugs & Kisses by Della Terra Teas
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Since high school, I have this running joke with a friend that she is my wife (a joke inspired by one of our teachers telling us that in some cultures, a high five means we are married). And since she is my wife, I decided to surprise her with a Valentine’s Day package filled with chocolate and Valentine’s Day themed teas. It is corny, yes, but I am sure it will put a smile on her face. Plus, it has the added benefit of helping me control my cupboard.

This was one of the teas I am sending her way. It followed the theme so I decided to pack some up . Once I had the bag out I figured that I should give it a try to see what exactly I was sending her. Alas, this is not the sweet, chocolatey cup I was hoping for but rather just a cup of sweet rooibos. Luckily I don’t mind the flavor of Della Terra’s rooibos so the cup is pleasant enough but this definitely was a disappointment. I think I would much rather drink Red Velvet Delight than this as they are quite similar but that has more flavor.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Chocolate and tea, 2 of the best things ever!

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Chocolate and tea, 2 of the best things ever!

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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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