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Never lets me down, this one. Though I did realise tonight that it has a very earthy taste to it. Almost like a herbal pu’erh, without the tea guts. I don’t buy into a great deal of astrology but I do believe that as an earth sign, I particularly dig this. Or whatever. I don’t know.
Eh. Perhaps my sample was getting a bit old or I didn’t steep for long enough, but I’m not getting a great deal out of this. Then again, I’m not the biggest fan of simple green teas. Ah well, sipdown #4 achieved, at least! I’ll try another steeping of this as the website does say up to three infusions are good.
ETA: NOPE CHANGED MY MIND why keep drinking something you’re not crazy about when there are 87 other teas to drink? Binned, rose. Sorry.
I’ve twice spliced a teaspoon of this with a teaspoon of T2 Apple Crumble today, in part because I thought they’d do well together and in part because that’s what I had with me at work…
I love how tart the Apple Crumble is. It’s not overwhelmingly sweet and I love that. A spoonful of sugar (or even a half tsp) would give this just enough sweetness for me to probably declare it right on as a tops combination, but as I was too lazy to do that, I can’t confirm yes or no.
Who knows… it’s still in my bag, I could get around to it next work day.
But I’ve got tomorrow off, so NOT THEN!
Sipdown #3, dedication to the sipdown cause is in the house.
And now I am learning the hard way about being an Adult with fine bone china. I thought I’d be fancy tonight and drink my (properly steeped) first flush from my lovely Old Country Roses teaware I was given as a farewell gift from my last workplace. (I got two trios, a sugar bowl, a milk jug and a biscuit tray all together, it was lovely and very thoughtful of them.)
One of my trios has been on the shelf and watered somewhat regularly for the last 18 months. The other trio has been up in my top cupboard. I pulled the cupboard trio down tonight—and probably none of you are surprised to hear that the cup has a great big crack in it. I am a little bit heartbroken! Oh dear. I immediately watered the rest of my set (it’s all fine) but that just indicates to me that this stuff needs to be used more often.
In any case, I did real good tonight.
#1: 90°C 1.5mins. Not quite long enough for my tastes—a very light and delicate cup.
#2: 90°C 2.5mins. From the same teapot as #1, left for an extra minute! Basically perfect for me. I still don’t have enough of a palate to be able to describe teas, but let me try. Light, grassy, a little nutty? Ah. Good. The T2 website says “fresh and floral”. Yep, I don’t know what I’m talking about. But I like this.
#3: 90°C 4.5mins. Second infusion. And the magic seems to be gone already. I may never get the bliss of cup #2 back…
Sipdown #2! Look at me go! Another sample.
I almost butchered this with a too-long steep when I already had double the recommended leaves in the infuser. Saved with a couple spoonfuls of sugar and a healthy dollop of cream. In fact, it’s kind of delicious now…
Official sipdown #1 now that my full kitchen stocks are loaded in here: this one was a sample from in store in late January when I needed something for a cocktail (see previous tasting note).
We’re into the first week of Autumn down here but for some reason the weather wanted to give us a reminder of Summer today, and I walked home in that sun! So a nice iced tea was in order for my return. I even threw in a mint ice cube for a little kick. Fresh and refreshing without being too sweet, just a hint of mango.
Breakfast time with a drop of cream and sugar.
In other news, I thought I finally had every last skerrick of tea in my house added to my cupboard, and then I remembered the extra box. Another five. Including samples, I’m up to 90. That’s it—I’m on a tea ban. NO NEW TEA IS ENTERING THIS HOUSE oh except for that swap with ashleyelizabeth. Ooh maybe I’ll crack 100 teas then… wait, this is not a goal to aspire to.
This is such a wonderful warm hug of a dessert tea. A touch of sweetener in the hazelnut brittle but apart from that it’s a tart baked good in liquid form.
Picked today because I still had a sample kicking around from when T2 had run out of stock and samples were all I could get! But it’s back in stock as of a couple of weeks ago so I’ve got a cheeky unopened box at home now too.
Also picked because I forgot to pack any infusers or steepers in my bag today and Apple Crumble’s got big chunks I can filter out with my teeth ;)
Holy magoly. I’ve been enjoying this straight black but added a double scoop this morning for a much-needed caffeine boost and also added a teaspoon of raw sugar and ZING, that bit of added sweetness just EXPLODED the sweeter notes in this tea to an AWESOME degree. I don’t know if I’ll be able to drink it straight ever again…
But that’s ok I guess because it’s a limited edition so once I’m out of this amazing silver bottle tin, I’m out :(
I had to calm down after my original tasting note because I was crazy for this tea for a good couple of months there. I am still a huge fan but not as crazily obsessed with it as I once was!
Still a fantastic iced tea, and I also love it hot. I love the tropical notes.
Fruity good times. I normally have this one on hand as a go-to iced tea but I felt like it hot tonight and it definitely delivered. Upped the teaspoon/cup ratio to get a stronger hot flavour out of it and it was definitely successful.