54 Tasting Notes

73
drank Caribbean Breeze by Tealux
54 tasting notes

Again with the mediocre black tea base. Otherwise, add some milk and this tastes a little like those Bounty Chocolate bars all covered with coconut. As the tea cools down, it kind of reminds me of watery Bailey’s Irish Cream, which isn’t so bad either.
There are a few flavoured blends from Tealux I’ve really enjoyed and will reorder, but probably not this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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80
drank Melbourne Breakfast by T2
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This was a total impulse buy. On a bright and sunny day, I was ill and freezing at work. What I wouldn’t do for some hot tea.
T2 had just released their awesome tea flasks; the black one with the built-in infuser and leak-proof lid. It was limited and it’ll be a while before they come back instore again.
The moment I saw it I was like, ‘that is so mine.’ Then I asked the girl if she minded brewing something inside the flask for me, gosh I felt so cold and sick, and it really made my day when she handed it back with Melbourne Breakfast.
Went back to the store later in the day feeling much better and bought a 100 gram box.
Tastes like a chocolate croissant with vanilla sugar. Having said that, I wouldn’t say this is a sweet tea. It’s actually a little bitter but in a refreshing way, and it can get astringent if oversteeped but yay to T2 for making awesome loose leaf blends readily available in Australia!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML
CelesteAlice

What a lovely T2 lady :)
I’ve wanted to try this for a while now. This and the rest of the breakfast range!

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73

Mmm does smell like a lovely praline.
Yep, pineapple. Yep, chocolate. Chocolate as in cocoa peel though, not sweet milk chocolate.
Wasn’t a huge fan of the tea base; rather boring and even a little astringency coming through. Fixed with Paul’s Lactose-Free milk as that usually fixes most things. This particular brand of milk is seriously delicious though.
Now it’s a hot pineapple chocolate milk. Quite enjoyable, but any tea that I can only enjoy with milk isn’t one that I’m likely to repurchase.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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92
drank Soursop Sencha by Adore Tea
54 tasting notes

My first Steepster sipdown!
Does it count as a sipdown if I have two huge packs of this left as backup? Sipdown is just when you finish a pack right?
Ohhh soursop. I love the lingering tang it leaves. Goes on for quite a while after you take a sip. It manages to be sweet and bitter, tart and smooth at the same time.
Have had this for years and it will stay permanently in my cupboard for as long as they continue to make it.
Get your hands on it if you can; when they sell out, they take ages to restock.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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87
drank Emerald Earl Grey by Lupicia
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Surprised that no one has added this to steepster yet!
Was in the Melbourne Lupicia store last month literally sniffing every tea they had on display. Bought a hefty amount purely based on what my nose had to say about each one.
The Emerald Earl Grey really caught my attention with what I can only describe as a sweet, fruity bergamot (vs the stuffy kind), but really there is more to it that I just don’t really have the words for.
The blend of creamy oolong with refreshing white tea really is a delicious combination and does taste elegant like the description says.
Accidentally brewed for double the recommended time and it still turned out so delicate and delicious.
If your Lupicia offers this blend, I highly suggest you go and enjoy it too!

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80
drank French Earl Grey by T2
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Relatively strong for a floral tea. It mutes the floral notes to an extent, but I don’t mind that too much. It’s predominantly apricot and bergamot that I taste, and it makes for a good combination.
This was a sample which I may consider buying once I finish all the variants of Earl Grey that live in my house.
It’s been a few days since I actually drank this sample and I still think about it, which is probably a good indication.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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75
drank Pure Green Decaf by Yogi Tea
54 tasting notes

This tastes like the teabag it is, but a pretty good teabag.
It also tastes like the decaf it is, but a pretty good decaf.
What I notice is a lightly roasted aroma with vegetal and seaweed notes. It’s light and refreshing and I drink this whenever I feel like I’ve consumed too much sugar or fat and need to cleanse out the system.

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75

Refreshing and tasty :)
Both mint and chocolate are noticeable. I enjoyed this more with milk.
Probably couldn’t have this everyday but it’s nice once in a while

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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58

Nope. Don’t like rooibos. Except for the Caramel & Rum by Lupicia.
On to the Rooibos Mediterranee, it is basically just bergamot-flavoured. The rooibos is nicely sweet and slightly nutty but the texture has that weird slight thickness to it that comes with every rooibos I’ve tried from various companies.
Maybe I’ll try this iced, see if it might do away with my dislike

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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87
drank Banana Bake by T2
54 tasting notes

Had this a few times now.
I’ve oversteeped and overleafed it, understeeped and underleafed it, made it with regular milk and soy milk, drank it with and without sugar, and straight as well.
Delicious every.single.time.
It means a lot to me when you can do whatever the heck you want with a tea and still have it taste so good.
This was limited edition and it sold out in most stores nationwide in mere weeks.
There are so many other teas I want to try but I bought a second box of this because once it’s gone, it’s gone. Unless it was super popular, which in that case they may add it to their permanent collection but no guarantees. Having said that, I have a feeling it will be brought back but I grabbed the very last box at my store anyway.
Have to comment on how damn pretty the leaves are as well. Dark and slightly twisted, with bright yellow strands weaved throughout, real banana pieces and bold red flecks.
Bring it back, T2. Please. Pretty please.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML
CelesteAlice

Darn, I reckon I’m too late to pick up at a box now. Only a few more weeks until I’m over in Australia as well!
I’m with you in hoping they bring it back promptly :)

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Australian tea lover from Sydney.

I enjoy all kinds of tea except rooibos, and those heavy on rose or ginger.

Have yet to add everything to the cupboard, but would be interested in an Australian tea swap in the future!

It’s rather difficult to gain access to a variety of brands here due to strict import regulations but I own and like stuff from Harney & Sons, Lupicia, T2, The Tea Centre, Tealux, Teavivre and Whispering Pines Tea Company.

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Sydney, Australia

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