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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?)
A fairly oxidated dark oolong from T2 that produces a wholly savoury experience.
Aroma: Woody with burnt toffee and pine cone notes.
Palate: The dominant flavour is a strong ‘woodyness’ with earthy notes and soft tannins. Some light chocolate flavours linger in the mouth, yet this tea has very little sweetness.
Overall: Not one of my favorites. I prefer my dark oolongs with delicate, floral or fruitcake notes. I would possibly prefer this a little less steeped, but I still think it lacks the delicate complexity I’m after. Good for two steeps or three if steeped for a shorter time (I’d usually expect a third or fourth from a top oolong). All in all not a ‘flawed’ tea by any stretch, but not one that suits my palate and not one that I’ll be reaching for again.
Flavors: Caramel, Pine, Smoke, Wood
Absolutely gorgeous and uplifting tea, due to the ginger and pepper a little goes a long way. As with most teas that doesn’t contain actual tea leaves (i.e. herbal, rooibos, fruit tisane, etc.) it’s a good idea to use a little less but leave it steep for longer. Great with honey and lemon for when you have a sore throat, or mixed with a fruity tea to balance out that spicy ginger and pepper.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Pepper, Spicy
The T2 matcha is of a surprisingly good quality, and I enjoy it iced with lots of fresh lemon and maybe even a dash of soda or sparkling water, or hot with vanilla soy milk or any vegan milk with maple syrup. Really does need to be prepared properly, as will all matcha- whisked with 80 degree © water.
Seeing a lot of negative reviews on this tea, however I think the issue is brew time. With all teas that don’t contain actual tea leaves (so not black/white/green) I brew them from a longer period of time to a) really let them infuse and b) get the most out of my tea. Coco Loco is purely coco husks, which is fantastic if you’re looking for a dairy free chocolate drink. It honestly does taste just like chocolate if you brew it this way, for at least ten minutes to really get the flavour to come out. This tea is great blended with others e.g. Yerba Mate, and I make it at home with T2 Chilli Kiss and frothed milk. I just love knowing I’m getting a delicious chocolate flavour without the sugar, dairy and added chemicals. Big thumbs up from me! :)
One day I thought it would be really great if there was a banana flavored black tea I could drink. Not banana-coconut, not banana-walnut, not bananas foster, just banana. I decided to try T2’s Banana Bake, even though it supposedly has a hazelnuts in it. Luckily, I detected nothing but banana and black tea, with a bit of creaminess to it. Looking back on all this, I realized what I was actually pining for was probably Butiki’s Hello Sweetie, a tea I was only able purchase once, and immediately fell in love with. A tea, also, that will most likely never be replicated. But that’s unfair to compare T2 to, a nice, but much lesser tea, more akin I think to David’s Tea. I very much enjoy this hot, really don’t want to have it iced, and I think it may just carry me into the Fall season with no problem. Just a nice, banana-y black, good with breakfast or if you’ve got a craving for a dessert type tea. It will have to do.
Flavors: Banana, Creamy
This tea is absolutely delectable; a vibrant, creamy hint of apricot, peach and plum, I was drawn to this smell again and again. I am an absolute sucker for sunflower petals and I love Rooibos tea, so this is an absolute winner.
Flavors: Apricot, Peach, Plums, Rooibos
This reminds me a bit of T2’s Strawberries and Cream, with a tangy, sour note, but with the added notes of cinnamon. I was a bit hesitant to try it but it’s lovely and sweet. The hibiscus is nice and it works so well with the cinnamon (which isn’t at all overpowering).
Flavors: Berry, Cinnamon, Hibiscus
This was my very first T2 tea! And I still absolutely love it- the unique coconut/pineapple combo is luxurious and balmy, all blended with the goodness of green tea leaves! Beautiful tea, great taste- a classic.
Flavors: Coconut, Green, Pineapple