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55
drank Melbourne Breakfast by T2
328 tasting notes

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74
drank Oolong Berry by T2
181 tasting notes

Thanks to memily for this tea!

This smells divine! It smells like fresh raspberries. I might have oversteeped this one, I found the taste a little bitter, which I usually don’t get when I oversteep oolongs. I’ll have to watch the time next time I guess. Otherwise it is pleasant enough. I found the flavour of the oolong a little weak, as well as the berry flavour. I could definitely tell it was raspberry flavoured, but it was drowned out by the bitterness. Despite all of that, it was still a pleasant enough cup, I just wish the taste was more in keeping with the scent.

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The wonderful memily sent me this tea along with quite a few other T2 blends to try. This is the first of many. It’s 11pm so I needed a caffeine free treat before bed.

I think it’s quite difficult to find a good rooibos. We used to have a local tea house in my city that had afternoon tea with scones and cucumber sandwiches. I had my first rooibos there and I was in love. Their vanilla and caramel flavours were so good! And the base was delicious, it was sweet, not medicinal and just had this really unique flavour. Me and my mom bought a loose leaf tea pot and drank those teas for a year or so, but then stopped. Last year when I got back into loose leaf, I heard they were closing down and went there on the last day of the clearance sale to pick up some teas. They didn’t have those flavours which sucked, it would have been neat to see if I still felt the same way about them. I did pick up a few rooibos blends, and while the base is good, the flavours aren’t as good as the other ones.

This base in this tea is very similar to that. I am not getting any medicinal taste and it is just a light, sweet rooibos. I think I made this a touch too weak because I can’t detect a lot of fruit flavour, but I am picking up some peach notes. Next time I will add extra tea.

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80
drank Cocoa Loco Orange by T2
328 tasting notes

Needed something desserty and far too much of my T2 stocks are still boxed! Finally let myself crack this open, hoarded just before Christmas. Only a small amount (25g) in a trio with original cocoa loco and the mint version, too, but orange is my jam so I went with my gut.

Brewed up a little pot and had some on its own and some with a dash of vanilla soy, because I am in quite a dessert mood! Very happy with this treat.

Hot tip: doesn’t survive more than one infusion. (Heck, I’ll always try.)

Flavors: Chocolate, Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML
Sil

mmmm sounds tasty!

Memily

Sure was! Really hit the spot.

Sil

Someday I’ll get back down under and go tea shopping lol

Memily

Any time you wanna do a swap just let me know ;)

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75
drank Just Ginger by T2
16 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp

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55
drank Melbourne Breakfast by T2
328 tasting notes

Found a way to boost two teas I wasn’t overwhelmed by… add them together! A scoop of this with a scoop of vanilla slice and I’m quite happy to drink my way through these.

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95
drank Gone Surfing by T2
328 tasting notes

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55
drank Melbourne Breakfast by T2
328 tasting notes

Just the faintest hint of vanilla (moreso on the nose than the tongue), an ok breakfast tea. I’m not blown away, I prefer some of the other breakfast teas far more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95
drank Gone Surfing by T2
328 tasting notes

Good night, tea friends. I’m going surfing in my dreams.

Courtney

I wish I was surfing. Sigh.

keychange

I wish I was going to bed. LOL

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65
drank Toasty Nougat by T2
328 tasting notes

Right, I went back in for round 2 with this guy this evening, using some of my cherished Blueberry Blush to complete this recipe: http://www.t2tea.com/recipes/blue-nougat-2/ but at a one-cup scale, so I had a heaped BB and around 3/4 TN.

Still not winning me over. Something bad-tart came out in this mix.

As it’s cooling it’s becoming a lot more palatable but the recipe has it served hot, so I did what I was told. No sweetener either—I can only imagine how much more bad-tart this would have turned with the addition of some lemon as recipe-suggested!

Two more recipes/chances, Toasty Nougat.

Andrea Stephens

I found toasty Nougart a complete letdown unless it was iced & even then the quantity you needed to use was kind of outrageous for what was essentially a “mixer”. in the end i divided the rest of my box between toasty oolong and my chai mix. I was a bit surprised that they had recently upgraded TN to “the big tin” along with the likes of Geisha Getaway, Terrific Toffee. Someone must be using it and loving it…

Memily

Very weird that it’s in the big tin! I’m gonna try the other two recipes from the website and also try it iced, though it’s a bit silly that a blend called “toasty” is better iced. Tsk. Such a shame because it SMELLS divine.

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90
drank Blueberry Blush by T2
328 tasting notes

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69
drank Just Cinnamon by T2
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Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C

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65
drank Toasty Nougat by T2
328 tasting notes

Right, my box of this finally got opened tonight so I figured I may as well hit it for dessert!

And… bit of a letdown.

Though I must admit, I bought this as a blender, so now I just have to find the recipe that suggested this as an ingredient and maybe then we’ll be cooking with gas.

(I still want to eat this from the tin with a spoon, though.)

ETA: got it.
1. http://www.t2tea.com/recipes/toasty-ginger-recipe-2/
2. http://www.t2tea.com/recipes/blue-nougat-2/
3. http://www.t2tea.com/recipes/tutti-fruitti-2/

AND I have all those other teas. Perfect.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Southern Sunrise by T2
328 tasting notes

Sipdown #15. Bagged up some more of this for a swap and put the rest into a 2L jug for iced tea! Spectacular. I hate not having this in my cupboard at all times but sipdown rules are rules and we’re on the downhill run toward winter now anyway, where Southern Sunrise shines as an iced. Still fabulous warm but iced is where it’s at, so I’ll restock this in the spring. Enjoying this last jug while I can, it’s turned quite chilly this evening!

As a reward for hitting 15 down I’ve busted open a couple of sealed boxes. Hooray, self rewarding!

Flavors: Lemon Zest

Preparation
8 tsp 68 OZ / 2000 ML

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80
drank T2 Matcha by T2
328 tasting notes

Today’s temperatures are being so weird. I had a nice warm chai earlier today and now this afternoon I’m having a nice cool matcha milkshake. Good times!

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70
drank Irish Breakfast by T2
328 tasting notes

Sipdown #14. I’m on fire. Took the last of my supplies around to a friend’a place for brunch this morning, and falsely advised the lovely Englishwoman that it was English breakfast. Oops. Well look, she didn’t say anything so it mustn’t have been that evident.

In any case, brunch was great and I had just enough left for one big mug once I’d gotten home, so I figured I might as well. I’ve already busted open my next breakfast tea into the breakfast tin, too—Melbourne, you’re up!

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70
drank Indian Spice by T2
328 tasting notes

Sipdown #12. I drank the last of this sample with one of my lovely Teehaus Artee gifts, the Chin Hsuan Cha (I originally thought this was a green but turns out it’s an oolong—I should have known, tsk). It gave the tea a lovely faint spice edge and I totally get what it’s all about now. Yep, great.

Meanwhile, I dropped into T2 today to try their three new cherry teas and I can’t believe I managed to get out of there without even making a purchase. High five, self! Sticking to my no-purchases guns! It probably helps that I unpacked my still-boxed teas last night to make them more visible (and hopefully get stuck into some of them soon) and they totalled 18. 18 lovely orange cubes of still-sealed tea. Tsk.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90
drank Blueberry Blush by T2
328 tasting notes

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100
drank Cinnamon Somersault by T2
328 tasting notes

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95
drank Gone Surfing by T2
328 tasting notes

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55
drank Minty Mate by T2
328 tasting notes

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100
drank Arctic Fire by T2
20 tasting notes

I go into my T2 store weekly even if its just for a sample or a chat with the staff. Each time i go i ask them to forward back my request for Arctic Fire to be promted to the “Big Tin” size. Why you ask such devotion? Arctic Fire is the most underated gem of the T2 range. Fruity with a electric minty backtaste is best appriciated by under rather than overbrewing. Also let it cool of a minute or two before that 1st sip. This elixir hints at fruity grapefruit and subtly spiced apricot & peach. The more you brew by the more the cornflower will develop the mint over the fruit. This brew is worth the time to experiment to get the best out of it. Please grab a sample and try it.

Flavors: Apricot, Peach

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 51 OZ / 1500 ML
Memily

Right, I can’t overlook that recommendation! Will grab some next time I’m in store…

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100
drank Arctic Fire by T2
20 tasting notes

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100
drank Chilli Kiss by T2
20 tasting notes

When i worked in the Melbourne CBD i used to go to Max Brenner for their decadant South American Chili Chocolate. I have now found the T2 equivilant in Chilli Kiss ( just add a splash of Choc Soy) Or if you love it straight – perfect as is. This is my number 2 underated T2 Brew. Numbers 1, 3, 4 & 5 being Arctic Fire & Fruit Blush, Spring & Shimmer Punch

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 51 OZ / 1500 ML

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