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drank Dark Chocolate Cherry by Nelson's Tea
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2022 Spring Tea Swap – Day 12
From Emilie!

I didn’t have much tea this weekend. I think only a cup on Saturday morning and that was it. Just wasn’t feeling it, I guess. Or maybe I simply never got around to making any. I do much better on weekdays when I have a routine in place. Tea always starts the day on weekdays. That said, I’m starting today off with another tea from Emilie’s swap. I’m only halfway through the teas that Emilie sent, and I think I’ve loved nearly every one so far.

This blend has a very strong aroma – definitely chocolaty and fruity. The cherry flavor stands out. Even though the fruits are different, it reminds me a lot of Raspberry Chocolate Truffle from Nelson’s Tea that I had last week.

Spending the rest of my day, aside from work, enjoying a relisten of the It Makes A Sound podcast now that Season 2 has officially arrived. That and cooking some cilantro-lime chicken and rice for dinner. Maybe another cup of tea this afternoon. No caffeine after this one though.

Flavors: Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Red Fruits

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Banana French Toast by Dessert by Deb
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2022 Spring Tea Swap – Day 11
From Emilie!

This smells like actual dried banana, not banana candy! Not only is the flavoring spot-on, but the base tea is delicious. It’s proving to be perfect for breakfast. I have to say, I’m so impressed with the Dessert by Deb blends so far. I’d been on the fence about placing an order, but I think it’s inevitable at this point.

Flavors: banana, Maple Syrup

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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2022 Spring Tea Swap – Day 10
From Emilie!

This reminds me so much of Plum Deluxe’s limited edition Raspberry Cocoa Truffle that I’m currently hoarding. It’s good to know I have another option when I run out of PD’s version.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Peaches & Cream Chai by Dessert by Deb
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2022 Spring Tea Swap – Day 9
From Emilie!

I love love love peach and ginger black teas, and this one hits the mark. I was excited to see another Dessert by Deb tea in the lineup today after really loving yesterday’s blend. This is one I would definitely buy if I were to put in an order. I’m trying to restrain myself for now after lots of decaf purchases in April and May. Speaking of, it took me some time to mentally prepare but today starts my attempt at cutting my caffeine consumption by half. In a couple of weeks, I’ll cut it out altogether for a bit. Not long, maybe just a couple of weeks to see how it goes. I’ve been monitoring my heart rate and blood pressure up until this point, so I’m curious to see how those fluctuate with this change. Hopefully not at all. I have too many teas to give it up entirely, at least for a while!

Flavors: Ginger, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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2022 Spring Tea Swap – Day 8
From Emilie!

My first tea from Dessert by Deb! The dry blend didn’t just smell like chai spices, it was spicy. It took me by surprise actually. After steeping, it was much more subdued. I was so excited to find that I could taste the frosting in the blend alongside the chai spices. It doesn’t taste like buttercream to me, more like the frosting on top of cinnamon rolls. So what is that, just powdered sugar and milk? Not the cream cheese kind. James was more specific in his assessment, saying that it tastes like french toast with powdered sugar and mint. Not sure where that came from, but he was adamant. So there you go! This one is definitely a favorite of the swap so far. Thank you, Emilie!

Flavors: Frosting, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Oooh…the buttercream sounds like a lovely touch!

Shae

It was really nice! I don’t usually expect for those types of flavors to come through, but I was pleasantly surprised when it did.

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drank Lemon Kandy by teakruthi
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For some reason, I really had a craving for Lemon Kandy this morning. I’m slowly working through my spring swap teas from Emilie, but this one pulled me away for just one cup. It came out just a touch bitter, but it works with the lemon zest.

Flavors: Bitter, Lemon, Lemon Zest

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I thought I might like this better cold brewed, but it’s still not good. Almost anything’s better than hot hibiscus, but in this case even cold hibiscus doesn’t win. It’s tart like cranberries and smells like red jello. Yuck.

Flavors: Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
derk

This was so vile and acidic. I’ll never forget the only bag I had over 20 years ago. And I enjoy hibiscus.

Shae

My husband loves hibiscus, but even he asked if it had gone bad. We ended up tossing the rest since neither of us could finish it.

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drank Root Beer Float Black Tea by 52teas
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Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
May 2022 → A soda tea

I think quite a few here love root beer teas, but I’ve never really been a fan. Because of this, I have a few unopened pouches of different soda teas lying around. Since we have a prompt just for these this month, I opened this one to give it a try. Surprise, surprise – I like it! I’m shocked at just how much this smells like actual root beer. It also still manages to be a delicious black tea. James said he could taste the vanilla creaminess too. Definitely one I won’t mind drinking again.

Flavors: Root Beer

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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There isn’t anything spectacular or exciting about this blend. It’s a decent vanilla-flavored cup (though not vanilla bean or extract, more artificial vanilla). The base is bold enough for a good morning brew.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Coconut Pu-erh by The Republic of Tea
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Had a craving for this one again. It’s such a lovely mix of dark chocolate and coconut. Very deep, dark, and rich.

Flavors: Coconut, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

Favorites
Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
White teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good, but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-69: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

70-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

Updated May 2022.

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