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This is a really lovely, lightly spiced chai. It’s very delicate all around, with subtle hints of cinnamon and ginger rounded out with the gentle bitterness of the white tea. There’s a little lingering zing from the chilli at the very end, but it is not so hot that it’s overpowering. This tea is pretty easy drinking and it’s great on a cold day. That said, it is very expensive and I don’t think the price is quite justified – I doubt I’ll be repurchasing.
Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices
A ‘premium’ tea from T2 that I took home as a sample and then seemed to disappear from the website before I had time to purchase some! And what a shame – because this tea is a winner! Its appearance is similar to Grand Yunnan but its flavour is far more complex and floral. On the lighter side of Chinese black teas (which is the side I like to be on) this tea is delicate, complex and well balanced.
Aroma: Delicate and enticing. Subtle dried orange peel and rose petal, with a slight woody undertone.
Palate: Delicious. Delicately sweet and complex. More ‘floral and fruity’ than ‘dark and woody’ but very well balanced. Beautiful rose petal notes and subtle marmalade. Good length.
Overall: This tea really impressed me. I feel like the flavour profile of this tea would be great cold-steeped but I finished mine before I got a chance to try it!
Flavors: Floral, Wood
This smells amazing, but to drink it’s very… ehh. It’s fine – there’s nothing wrong with it per say, but the strawberry imparts an overpowering tartness that doesn’t really appeal to me. If fruity flavoured greens are your thing, you would probably like this (more power to ya), but I’m not a huge fan.
Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Green, Strawberry, Tart
For a white tea, the quality is rather poor compared to other brands. In my pack of 50g there’s a large number of twigs in amongst the leaves. the taste is also (and probably as a result) not as good. It’s basically a cheap import tea packaged up cleverly to appeal to younger generation tea drinkers. I think T2 teas are really overpriced if you look at the tea quality – T2’s Pai Mu Tan white tea is another example of this.
An English Breakfast tea, with added flavour – mainly vanilla and cinnamon, plus something else apparently designed to make it taste like “pancakes”, but to me is more of a bread-y taste.
Brewed hot – just off 100c – for just under 4 minutes. Any more is likely to burn it. Added a touch of milk (only around 10mls) just to remove any astringency.
I find that sugar / sweetener isn’t required due to the vanilla and cinnamon.
To sum up – a warming staple good for winter mornings!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cookie, Honey, Vanilla
T2 recommend “2 to 4 minutes at 90 degrees”.
I tend to like my teas strong, so I went for 4 minutes… and it was a bit too long, or perhaps the temperature was a bit too high. Either way, next time I’m going to reduce both slightly.
Had it straight as this one should be, but it could have done with a drop of milk – but that’s probably just because it brewed too long!
A little bit of sweetness, and a great nose on it.
Better after it’s cooled just a little, as this lets the flavours come through.
Flavors: Caramel, Coconut, White Chocolate
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A lovely, full-bodied-but-subtle tea. Warming and wintery. This ‘premium grade Chinese Keemun’ black tea was the perfect thing to get me into the working day after a freezing dawn surf!
Aroma: Subtle woody smoke and roast capsicum. Iodine and a hint of pine needle. Some fleeting stone fruit.
Palate: A complex but subtle mix of wood, smoke and earth – which sounds overpowering but is anything but in this tea (and perhaps due to my short steeping time). Light but lingering rose petal and lychee notes and a delicate sweetness. This tea has a nice depth without being tannic, and a great balance of deep and floral characteristics. Second steeping (1min 30sec @ 100*c) is still nicely balanced but loses some of the complexity and floral notes, with woodiness predominating.
Overall: This tea has all the attributes I love in a Chinese black tea: the subtle dark cloak of smokiness, wood and earth, giving way to a bouquet of floral fruity notes. The floral and fruity notes are admittedly less pronounced than other premium Chinese black teas in this style. Not the most outstanding tea of this style, but remarkably elegant tea for the price. A great find!
Flavors: Floral, Iodine, Lychee, Smoke, Wood
Seeing as I won’t be making it up to the Sydney Tea Festival this weekend after all, I decided to treat myself to a box of this blend. Where was I when it came out in that lovely limited edition tin? Never mind, I first tasted it in an orange box in store back in June and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Milk and sugar and this is a sweet dessert chai wonderland. Utterly delicious. I’m literally lying in bed with a big pot of it right next to me as I type. YUM.
(The only thing is that there’s a strange oil slick on the surface of the tea. Can anyone tell me what could cause that?)