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50
drank Fruit Royale by T2
643 tasting notes

Got a sample of this in a lucky dip in store the other day. Took one sniff of it and threw it in an overnight cold brew. It tastes just like Jefferson’s “Summer Puddin’”. It’s fine. It’s a tart fruit tisane. I’m not fussed.

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80
drank Melbourne Breakfast by T2
54 tasting notes

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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drank Chili Choc by T2
2 tasting notes

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90
drank Jasmine's Song by T2
643 tasting notes

Having a cup of this tonight as a bit of a palate cleanser (I may or may not have eaten a whole pack of red velvet Tim Tams…) and it’s making me quite nostalgic for the earlier days of T2.

There’s something about this blend that just isn’t… trying as hard as the current limited edition releases. This year has been exciting but three new special teas every MONTH is a little too much, particularly when those teas cost between $20-$30 a box (50-150g depending on the blend). And the monthly themes are fun but also a bit overwhelming, some blends feel overcomplicated and other months I don’t really care about. Just like… settle down.

Settle down and re-release some earlier greats.

Like this one.

Cameron B.

Tim Tams are so good! The only have them here around Christmas. :(

Memily

I just raised a racket on twitter about the fact that the USA packets apparently say “Australia’s Favorite Cookie”. We… do not have “cookies” here. Tsk.

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87
drank White White Cocoa by T2
1877 tasting notes

This is good. Very good. he coconut is present and strong but true to the nut. It is creamy and rich but not lotiony in the slightest. The cocoa compliments the coconut beautifully and adds some depth to the cup. The base keeps everything tame while not overwhelming the flavors. I am not usually a white tea fan but I can get behind this. Thank you Memily for sharing such a tasty treat!!

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95
drank Blueberry Blush by T2
643 tasting notes

Ahhhh this is so good. A great cold brew to follow up a poor one from another blend, to remind me how a lovely black tea should cold steep.

Getting close to the bottom. I WILL hoard this as long as possible.

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75
drank Vanilla Slice by T2
940 tasting notes

Tried a shorter brew time last night, but I got about the same level of tartness with less vanilla flavour. The longer steep is definitely the better option! The vanilla flavouring is just too good to miss :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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75
drank Vanilla Slice by T2
940 tasting notes

A sample from Memily! This one made my kitchen smell so gorgeous last night. If I hadn’t known it was tea, I’d have thought someone was baking some kind of vanilla pastry. I gave 1 tsp of leaf 5 minutes in boiling water. The resulting liquor was a fairly dark red, so I think I may have overdone the brew time a little. I have enough left to rectify this next time, though.

The initial taste is fairly tart — I’m thinking hibiscus, but elderberry could also be a culprit. At first, it’s all I can taste, but then the vanilla pastry I could smell in my kitchen starts to come through. The vanilla is so, so natural — vanilla beans rather than essence. The pastry note is light, buttery and delicious. There’s something a little shortbready, too. If it wasn’t for the initial tartness, this would be an amazing dessert tea.

I think I’ll try a shorter brew time for my next cup, to try and combat some of the tartness and bring out a little more of the vanilla-pastry-shortbread that has the potential to be so, so delicious. Thanks to *Memily" for introducing me to T2 — of the teas I’ve tried so far, I’m pretty impressed!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Memily

Glad to hear you’re liking them! Fortuitously for you, the company has spread its wings and has a store in the UK now! (London, of course, but that does at least mean local shipping for you now I think.)

Scheherazade

Do they?! I’ll have to find them ASAP. I want MOAR!

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78
drank Cherry Bomb by T2
1877 tasting notes

I decided to have this iced and that was a great choice for this tea. The cherry flavor really pops and the chocolate notes take on a more milk chocolatey vibe. It is almost like a cup of liquid cherries garcia and it is great. Thank you Memily for this tasty, tasty sample!

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32
drank Cinnamon Somersault by T2
1877 tasting notes

Thank you Memily for sharing but this is not for me. It has a very strong ginger quality combined with a sweet cinnamon flavor and the two are just not blending well. I wonder if Sil has tried this as I know she is a ginger fan. Perhaps I will pass along the rest of the sample as this really is not for me. It was still fun to try though :)

Cameron B.

Blarg ginger! :P

VariaTEA

It can be good in some quantities but this was far too much for my tastes

Memily

Yes, it is for a specific sort of palate I think! And this year’s blend is missing the orange that (in my opinion) really tied it together :(

VariaTEA

I could see that toning down some of the other flavors that were rather harsh. I wonder why they changed it.

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78
drank Cherry Bomb by T2
1877 tasting notes

When I was brewing up my cup of Finbarr’s Revenge, I decided I wanted a flavored tea as well. I had so many options but I landed on this one and honestly I think it is because of my current obsession with Guardians of the Galaxy seeing as Cherry Bomb is one of the songs on its soundtrack of fun 70s/80s pop music. Anyways, as I sip on this tea, I can’t help but feel it is pretty awesome in its own right. It has a bright cherry flavor that manages to avoid taking on a medicinal/cough syrup quality. There are also notes of dark chocolate every now and then to keep this from becoming too sweet. It is a really, really nice tea. Plus, the base is smooth and provides the perfect foundation for the flavors to shine. Thank you Memily for sharing this with me. It made for an enjoyable cup.

Memily

Ahhh thank you for tying thoughts of this tea in with that excellent movie. So much fun.

Cavocorax

I NEED to see that movie!!! It’s driving me crazy. :P

VariaTEA

I have already seen it twice and will potentially be going a third time tonight. Clearly I am a fan :P

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100
drank T2 Matcha by T2
1 tasting notes

I am complete matcha freak! so when I stumbled upon my favourite tea companies version, I was there in a flash. it looked so good that is was completely worth the (expensive) price. ( 24 dollars for 30 grams). But now I must say, I am not regretting a single dollar! I cannot wait to get more.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Morning Red by T2
940 tasting notes

A sample from Memily. This is a bold cup if ever there was one! For some reason, I was thinking this one was going to be like MF Marco Polo…I think the “red” in the name was making me think of strawberry syrup! Perhaps fortunately, it’s nothing like that.

It’s a black tea, and it’s sweetly malty with a strong grain edge. It reminds me slightly of Butiki’s Crimson Horizon, or 52 Teas RadioactiviTEA, although this one has a more lingering taste. It’s like I can smell it just as much as I can taste it when I take a sip. There’s a lovely dark cocoa/chocolate note, maybe the tiniest hint of smoke. I can see this one being really nice with cream just to smooth the edges a little, so that’s something to try later! Surprisingly, there’s no astringency at all. It’s a little rough, but I can tolerate that. This would be a brilliant morning cup — it may have to come to work with me on Saturday to get me up and running. Boo for 6 day weeks!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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80
drank French Earl Grey by T2
54 tasting notes

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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40
drank Lamington by T2
643 tasting notes

I tried a sample of this on the T2 counter today when I dropped in, because for me it was the most appealing of this month’s three limited edition teas (theme: chocolate).

The smell of this tea was INTOXICATING and totally lamington! Super strong coconut and chocolate notes.

Unfortunately the tea itself wasn’t anywhere near as amazing as the scent—the black base was totally overpowering and the more exciting flavours got lost in it. It was actually kinda astringent, even.

I love T2’s creativity but I think they need to take a serious look at the base tea they’re using. This isn’t the first time one of their amazing limited edition teas has suffered with a poor base (looking at you, Banana Bake). But I’m pretty over it by now. I won’t be buying this. Take a break, wallet!

Cameron B.

What about those tea-infused chocolates?! ;)

Memily

I’m not crazy for chocolate! Having said that… yeah, ok, I’m gonna have to try a couple. Dangit.

Cameron B.

I was tempted to order some, but I don’t know about spending $15 on shipping just for chocolate. XD

beelicious

I was super tempted to order this (and stock up my melbourne breakfast at the same time) but i was cringing at the $35 international shipping change – looks like your review came just in time for my wallet!!

Memily

Ha! I’m happy to be your international hookup if you need some T2 any time, I know I can ship it at about half that cost. DM me any time :)

Hannah F.

Bee, have you tried the Brisbane breakfast? That one is gorgeous. I need more. The Adelaide is lovely too.

beelicious

Adelaide is tasty, was not a fan of Perth, and Ive not tried Brisbane but it sounds tasty with the mango! Looks like I might get a sneaky quick trip back to Oz in September so you know my first stop after picking up all my missed foods will be T2 – Really appreciate the offer Memily, I’ll definitely keep that in mind :)

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40
drank Lamington by T2
643 tasting notes

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85
drank Banana Bake by T2
643 tasting notes

Yeah, this tea is incredible. Be careful, though, because it is possible to brew it a little too long. It can get a bit astringent! Easily amended with some sugar and milk, because it’s true, this tea is awesome in all forms. Just watch the oversteeping—keep it to around 3mins.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Turkish Apple by T2
1877 tasting notes

I was being impatient and didn’t want to wait for tea to steep so I made this instant treat and iced it. It is sweet and juicy and tastes like apple juice. T2 suggests lemon with this and I can definitely see how this would improve the cup as it would cut the sweetness just a touch. Still, it is a pleasant cuppa so thank you Memily for sharing with me.

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95
drank Rose by T2
643 tasting notes

Hmm. Something about tonight’s cup tasted off.

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78
drank Arctic Fire by T2
4830 tasting notes

Another tea from MissB oh to be involved in all the crazy things she is! :) Miss you!

This one is an interesting tea. I wasn’t quite sure what i was smelling when i brewed it, but the first few sips of this were for sure apricot. the mint addition to this one is a really interesting take on a tea and one that i’m fond of. There’s something neat about sipping on a tea that smells like fruit and summer and then tastes more like winter heh. I am a fan :)

Suziqzer

Sounds interesting

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drank Buddha's Tears by T2
2 tasting notes

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60
drank Cinnamon Somersault by T2
643 tasting notes

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60
drank Cinnamon Somersault by T2
643 tasting notes

Ok. It breaks my heart to do this, but I have to adjust my rating for (and my obsession with) Cinnamon Somersault based on the rejigged formula for 2014.

It’s just… not what it used to be.

It’s not worse (well—I guess based on my ratings I think it is, but still, it’s not BAD) but it’s different. The orange is gone from the mention, and replaced by nondescript “flavours” and what I’d even call a bit of a spicy kick to the palate.

It’s still interesting but it’s not the tisane I fell in love with. But that’s good, because it means I’m able to continue weaning off T2.

One blend at a time.

Dustin

That’s how I got off Teavana, one tea at a time. If they ever brought back two of my discontinued favorites, I might have to consider a momentary relapse tho. Always a bummer to have a favorite changed or taken away.

Memily

I didn’t mind being addicted to T2 when it was a lovely grassroots independent Aussie company! Now it’s owned by a Big Bad, I’m far less inclined.

Dustin

Did they sell/get bought out? Are there many options for Aussie grown teas?

Memily

Yes, they’re now a part of Unilever :( there are a whole bunch of lovely local Aussie options but my task is uncovering them at the moment! T2’s definitely the most prolific. I’m having fun with Monstrositea’s tea subscription as it’s doing a lot of the uncovering for me, which is nice :)

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95
drank Rose by T2
643 tasting notes

Took an overnight cold brew of this to work today and went slightly crazy for it. Dang. This is a keeper. I hate it when limited editions are keepers.

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