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drank Ecstatic Shock by BlendBee
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Roswell Strange was nice to share some of her own blend with me. She suggested I refer to her posts to learn more about the blend and I learned a few things:

1. I have never experience static shock;
2. This was inspired by her bf at the time which is nice to be inspired by someone to make a flavorful tea;
3. This is blueberry, ginger, fennel and cinnamon; and
4. This tea hasn’t aged well and tasted like baby wipes the last time RS had it.

I don’t love licorice so this would never have been a favorite. However, the fennel/licorice flavor is not as offensive as I expected. Also, while I can see how this could be construed as baby wipes, it hasn’t quite reached that for me (thankfully). I get the cinnamon and the blueberry is underlying everything but not very present. This is warm and pastry-like. It is not my favorite tea but I am enjoying this much more than anticipated in light of the baby wipes and fennel.

Thanks for sharing, Roswell Strange!

Roswell Strange

When I had the blend created, I was definitely aiming for a sort of blueberry pastry kind of vibe – I chose blueberry because it was Haidyn’s (the BF who inspired the tea) favourite food/flavour, and then built the rest of the blend around it. I’ve gone through a bit of an emotional rollercoaster with this tea – it was something sweet, and sentimental initially then something that made me feel rather angry and bitter. Now I think it’s something that leaves me feeling a bit of nostalgia and melancholy.

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Roswell Strange

When I had the blend created, I was definitely aiming for a sort of blueberry pastry kind of vibe – I chose blueberry because it was Haidyn’s (the BF who inspired the tea) favourite food/flavour, and then built the rest of the blend around it. I’ve gone through a bit of an emotional rollercoaster with this tea – it was something sweet, and sentimental initially then something that made me feel rather angry and bitter. Now I think it’s something that leaves me feeling a bit of nostalgia and melancholy.

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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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