Sipdown (323)

I took this teabag and another from work last August and have had both rattling around in my stash since then.

It’s weird because I actually don’t ever drink tea at work. Even when I make tea and take it with me to work, I don’t ever end up actually drinking it other than maybe a sip at the end of the day. If I were to drink tea at work, I feel like it should be caffeinated ones so I guess that’s why I brought home the only two teas I wanted to try from the offerings in the office, both of which are without caffeine.

Yesterday, I was going through my inventory and decided to pre-decide teas to drink today since lately I’ve been finding I stare at my tea drawers, get overwhelmed by my options, and then give up and walk away. This was one of the ones I picked since it would be a sipdown.

It’s fine. Just fine. Decaf is never great (with the exception of Harney’s Vanilla Comoro) and this is no exception. It’s sort of ginger, without the burn. It’s sort of lemon-y but in a lemon pledge sort of way. And its got a random sweetness to it I can’t pin down. So I guess by “fine” I actually mean it’s not particularly good which becomes more and more clear as I drink.

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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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