drank Cranberry Orange Cider by 52teas
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Another from Sil and this is one I probably wouldn’t have grabbed for myself, though it’s always fun to try new teas, especially caffeine free ones. Now that I am drinking it, I keep going back and forth between thinking this tea is good and this tea isn’t for me. Also, for some reason I keep thinking this is a cranberry orange muffin tea, for no particular reason but that’s what keeps coming to mind. I think it’s the spices in this blend, meant to evoke cider, is coming off as flavors you’d find in a fruity breakfast muffin so in that sense I am actually enjoying this. The orange is hiding under the spices, serving as a nice foundation for the tea as a whole, present but not overpowering. I don’t know if I’m getting any cranberry and thankfully I am not getting any rooibos. As a whole, this comes together nicely.

I think my next cup will be a cold brew or perhaps a teapop. Thank you Sil for the share. I think I will enjoy this one while it lasts!

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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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