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They were having a special at T2, so I got a 3.5 oz. package of Terrific Toffee for free when I purchased their Jade Mountain. Pretty nice giveaway, I’d say. Dry leaf smells sweet, not quite like pastry, not quite the caramel I expected, but more like cake. Yep, cake. How can you not love that? Brewed, and with milk, I get more of the creamy vanilla with a slight buttery taste. Butter cake! Or maybe yellow cake batter. The aroma is definitely like a vanilla cupcake. Quite yum. I have been known to oversteep my flavored blacks, and this one was no exception, but it was all good, no bitterness or bite at all. I even overleafed just a little bit (1.5 tsp per cup). I get the feeling if I played by the rules and brewed it according to the instructions, it would have been too weak. A very nice dessert tea (but I had this one with breakfast).
Flavors: Butter, Cake, Cream, Sugar, Vanilla
Had a cup this morning, from a sample I got when I purchased some tea at the relatively new T2 retail down in SoHo. I brewed it in the infuser I purchased from them, so it was all very easy, but weird for me as I usually make a pot of tea at a time, not a cup. It’s a very nice black tea, with cinnamon and vanilla notes as well as something earthy going on. I can’t quite determine that component, but on the whole, it was a nice complement to my breakfast. Maybe the earthy thing was supposed to be the pancake flavor they describe, but it didn’t seem like pancakes to me. That would have been wonderful, because I just looooove pancakes. Especially for dinner.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth, Vanilla
Every now and then a tea comes along that really surprises you. This was mine!
A really unique nose (albeit coming from someone who doesn’t drink much Darjeeling). Delicate but interesting, this tea has the aromatic character of a black tea veiled by the subtle freshness of a light green tea. Not dissimilar to a delicate Pai Mu Tan in some respects. Interesting, though the more I pick up on the nose of this tea the more I long for a little bit more punch – a longing that is quickly delivered on by a sniff of the fresh wet leaves, which smack of deep aromatic flavour and bring to mind a savoury character I can’t quite put my finger on… is it Oragano? Dried chives? Roast chicken?
A real freshness on the palate, with just enough tannin and acidity to make it a lively brew, but without any bitter astringency. And that savoury note is ever present on the palate too, this time with a more distinctly iodine character reminiscent of dried seaweed. The distinctive sweet herbaceousness common to Darjeelings (well, to me anyway) is certainly there, but in a more delicate and restrained form that I’ve never experienced before. Above all this tea is subtle and beautifully balanced.
The second steep brings out a real sweetness with rose petals, light straw and a subtle green freshness.
All up a really interesting cup. As a green tea lover I haven’t met many Darjeerlings I’ve wanted to be friends with, but this has made me wonder what I’ve been missing!
Flavors: Herbaceous, Iodine, Rose, Straw
This one is such a disappointment.. I thought that it would be delicious – creamy, sweet and juicy. What I taste is that general fruity taste that so many of these blends have… not really anything specific, but more of a mix of hibiscus with just a hint of random fruits. I was really hoping for strawberries and cream, but it was mostly hibiscus with a tiny bit of sweetness.
When I drank this tea I realized heaven is officially on earth, from the first sip my taste buds started a huge dance on my tongue which lasted for hours after the first sip. If I were to ever have kids I would name them after this tea.
$48 AUD for 30 grams of tea seems a little steep until I converted it back into what I’ve been paying in USD which puts this at $36USD which sounds slightly better EXCEPT for the fact that although I live in the U.S. I’m actually paid in AUD so all this has done is make me realize just how much money I’m suddenly spending on tea since the Aussie dollar has dropped from $1.10 US to 0.75c US in the last four months!! That tea buying hiatus is looking more and more appealing… Sigh!!
T2 has this tea as a sample pot at the counter and I couldn’t help but pour myself a little taste while waiting to purchase my bags and bags and bags of Melbourne Breakfast tea (the staple go to tea in my house!). I sipped and poured myself another taste as the sales assistant spun me a story about where this tea originated from and how 600 tea plants were brought into New Zealand twenty years ago and how only a handful survived through customs making this tea very rare…. As I sipped and tasted the malt, barley, honey and cocoa notes I wa convinced into buying a tin of this pretty amazing tea! Since then I’ve steeped at home and found the same delicious notes accompanied by an almost woodsy or pine note and as the tea stands up well to three or four sweepings I guess the $48 is a little easier to swallow
So apparently, four days after release, this tea is sold out across Australia!! Which I kinda understand… I mean, green tea and chocolate… What an interesting combination! Who wouldn’t want to give this a try??
I’ve been trekking all across Adelaide trying to find this tea for my Aunt and unfortunately have competely struck out… Although the last store I tried yesterday did sneak me a couple of small bagged samples so at least we’re all getting to try it before we head home!
This tea is pretty interesting! I can’t really taste the green tea or any of the flavors I usually associate with this type of leaf. I do get considerable amounts of brown sugar, berries, hazelnut and cocoa or chocolate which I usually associate with flavored black teas not greens!!
I can understand why this tea sold out so quickly!! Fingers crossed the Melbourne stores restock and have some boxes available before we leave!
First tried this at the T2 store, which they provided as a sample. It was so beautiful that my boyfriend and I purchased it immediately!
As soon as we took it home and made it, however, it tasted extremely flat. We used the T2 Jug and steeped it for 3:45 (package recommends 2-4 minutes), but there was very little flavour when I sampled it. I steeped it for an extra minute, and it made the tea taste extremely flat – not even bitter, just flat. The smell of the tea is divine, but we can hardly taste anything!
I know it has the potential to be a beautiful tea, so I’ll follow the website recommendations in future: be a little more generous with the teaspoon serving, steep it for exactly 3 minutes and add honey. It sounds like it’s hard to get right, but going to keep trying!
Made iced tea with this one. It came as part of a bundle.
The first glass out of the jug tasted like something from my childhood – maybe the little plastic straws full of sugary sherbet that one would find in a showbag? Complete with faint plastic undertones reminiscent of chewing on said plastic straw to make sure one got every last granule of sherbet out of the sweet treat’s packaging. Something close to that anyway. I wasn’t sure I liked it so I had another glass. Same story. The jug sat in the fridge for 2 weeks being ignored and last night I had another glass. Well, it had changed quite a bit and was milder and less sherbety than it had been. Rather delightful actually! Perhaps I brewed it too hot in my T2 iced tea jug initially? Not sure, I probably won’t purchase it again to find out though, 2 weeks is a bit longer than I like to brew my tea.
The Australian family that I’m housesitting for loves this chai so much, they had their eldest daughter bring back a few boxes with her, to Switzerland. So, I had to try it.
It smells divine, although it has really large bits and pieces, which I never really find appealing other than to smell – it’s hard to brew a whole cardamom pod or anise star with a tea and not have it overtake the entire cup. I found it… okay. Underwhelming. Didn’t really get much chai anything out of it, and wondered if perhaps I should have brewed it longer? Also though, and this is notable, there’s a ton of limescale here in the water, and I’m sure it’s affecting the taste.
Glad I tried it, doubt I’ll ever go out of my way to again though.
Flavors: Clove, Paper, Spices
I prefer rooibos without all the extra flavours, so this is definitely the best I’ve tried so far. It’s so simplistic but so easy to drink, no matter what time of day it is. Apparently it tastes amazing iced, which I have no trouble believing, though I haven’t gotten around to trying it yet. Nothing fancy, just feels good to drink it!
This stuff is awesome. The dry leaves smell amazing, but the taste and scent of the infusion is nowhere near as strong, which is totally okay. This is probably the first loose leaf jasmine tea I’ve tried, so I can’t compare it to anything other than cheap teabags, but even without a comparison it’s easy to tell that this particular china jasmine is good quality. I’ve been able to get as many as three good infusions out of one scoop of leaves, which is great, because one cup never seems to be enough. And it tastes. so. good.
So I was feeling adventurous and picked up a box of Hojicha Bancha from T2. I’ve only had a few cups so far, but this stuff is good! The scent of the dry leaves was so toasty and earthy that I actually freaked out for a moment, but I’m beginning to really appreciate it. Earthy is a good thing, yeah? Water drowns out the intense aroma anyway, so you have nothing to worry about. This stuff is so wonderfully toasty and clean that I would have no trouble drinking it every day, which I’m pretty sure I’ll end up doing. It also seems to leave some kind of sweetness in the back of my throat – not sure if it’s just me, but it is really nice!
This really is a wonderful tea, and a must try if you want to sample something different to the usual chai. It was also my introduction to the T2 brand, and what an intro it was! :) So smooth, and so very more-ish.
Flavors: Cardamon, Chocolate, Smooth, Spices
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Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart
Who says you can’t have a breakfast tea in the afternoon?
This one has a lovely vanilla aroma in addition to that fragrance distinct to black tea itself—an intoxicating combination. It brews up quite dark, and is lusciously smooth. The tea base is excellent and full-bodied, with just a hint of the Yunnan “fuzziness” in it. The vanilla is perfect, and the whole thing has a honey sweetness to it that’s just right. Thank you beelicious for sharing this sample with me, especially since it seems to be one of your favorites too!
Oh, phew! I thought there’d be chocolate chips in here so I was avoiding trying this lovely sample from MissB. No, just cocoa chips. Cacao chips. Whatever.
So I’m brewing it up! There are bits of anise and ginger and cloves and it smells like a chai. Steeped, it is almost pungently floral from something. Lots of spice flavour. Maybe it’s the cardamom? There’s loads of cinnamon and star anise as well.
I added a bit of coconut milk creamer thing. (Not homemade.)
I probably shouldn’t have dug my spoon into the almond butter. It’s taken down the accidental spice from my salsa, but wow that coats the mouth. Oh well.
Mmm. This is nice. It’s really quite strong on the spices. Star anise, cinnamon sweetness, clove, some heat from the ginger, and I guess the pungent “floral” is the orange peel. I’m really liking this, but then I do tend to like chai.
This might be even better brewed with milk.
Definitely something to check out if you can get your hands on T2 and like strong chai. :)
Edit: Ok, I’m confused. The website lists: Our classic Chai blend of black tea with cloves, star anise, sweet cinnamon, ginger and orange peel and delicious cacao bean pieces provides a distinctive, warm chocolaty aroma with nutty nuances. And then it lists: Black tea, cloves, star anise, cinnamon, orange flowers, ginger, cardamon, gingko leaves, flavour. I do NOT notice chocolate flavour. At all. I do notice the orange peel/flowers/whatever. Pungently floral when dry, and it carries through when tasting, although more as an afterthought than at the front of the sip. I thought I tasted cardamom but second-guessed myself. There is cardamom in here for sure.
Oh, hello toasty. I tried this as a sample (and might have gone back for, like, thirds) at the T2 shop in Shoreditch last time I was in the neighbourhood, and it really is cozy. It’s a simply-flavoured simple oolong that hits the spot really well when you want something a that’s warm and sweet and kind of like a soft cotton throw blanket. It’s got soft notes of toasty almonds and honey, and while I wish I was getting more flavour out of the oolong base, I wonder if that might be because this is one that needs a longer steep than I gave it. I’m definitely happy to keep investigating it!