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drank Thai Iced Tea Black Tea by 52teas
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drank Chroning by Gnat and Bee
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Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
August 2022 → A tea that reminds you of a family member

This is my brother’s favorite tea so I’m always reminded of him whenever I drink it. We bought a pound of it when he lived here which he left when he moved out, so I still have a huge amount left. I really need to get it to him, but I don’t even know if he drinks tea now that he’s on his own. I think maybe he humored me a bit because I like to drink tea and also enjoy making in the mornings for everyone else. So maybe we’ll just have some when he comes to visit if he doesn’t want to take it home next time he’s here.

This is a strong smoky tea but there are other elements here too – spices and flowers and chocolate. This is actually the first time I remember tasting any chocolate. Must have had a few cacao nibs in my brew basket. I think this still must be one of my favorites from Gnat & Bee, if not my very favorite. It’s a seasonal tea for fall, but I haven’t seen it on her website in a couple of years. I feel lucky to have plenty left to enjoy.

Flavors: Cocoa, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
DROVAC XIII

I would say send him a few, cause it will bring him good memories even if he dosnt drink it all it will be a great surprise in my opinion.
Specially a smoky tea they are always amazing, so why not !

Shae

I think you’re right, I’ll have to make sure he takes some next time he’s over for a visit. :)

DROVAC XIII

Yes do that ! I am pretty sur he will like it, if he doesn’t you can blame it on me xD

Shae

Haha, no no he’ll definitely love it!

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drank Earl Grey by Stash Tea
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Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
August 2022 → A cheap tea

I didn’t actually compare prices, but Stash comes to mind when I think of cheap tea so here we are. I don’t have anything against bagged tea, there are some that I really love. I think Stash seems cheap to me because there aren’t many Stash teas I’ve had that I’ve actually liked. Maybe only one or two. I’ll have to go back and confirm that.

This ones not bad at all though. It’s an Earl Grey without any bells and whistles but sometimes that’s all I want. It’s all I want this morning. I decided on an Earl Grey because I read that EG is good paired with prunes and I just finished making some spice muffins with prunes mixed in. Doesn’t sound at all appetizing, but I like prunes so they turned out to be really tasty. And a good match for this Earl Grey!

Flavors: Bergamot

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

I love prunes! I make prune cocoa powder smoothies, and they’re the main fruit we use when we do British puddings, so those muffins sound great!

Shae

I hadn’t thought of combining prunes with chocolate, but those smoothies sound good!

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drank Vanilla Keemun Mao Feng by 52teas
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drank Thai Iced Tea Black Tea by 52teas
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drank Summer Lovin' Green Rooibos by 52teas
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Dry, this smells remarkably like fresh peaches. After steeping, it’s transitioned to orange. Now the taste is creamy coconut. I hardly ever taste all the flavors in a blend, but this one is spot-on!

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Orange, Peach

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Blackberry Parfait by 52teas
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drank Plum Clafoutis Black Tea by 52teas
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drank Smokey Taboo by Cedar Hill Homestead
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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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