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tea from beelicious! this was an interesting one that she added to our swap. I’m all for surprises so i didn’t really know what to expect when i brewed this one up. this is essentially smoke + eucalyptus. This almost works for me…almost. The smoke is more campfire smoke than the more subtle smoke that i love. however, it’s an interesting blend and i’m glad for the chance to try it. :) thnaks bee!
I’m sitting outside drinking a cup of this while while the rest of the house snoozes, there’s a slight chill in the air and I’m listening to the morning song of the magpies and willy wagtails be almost drowned out by a large flock of rainbow lorikeets squabbling over the choicest perching locations of a nearby palm tree… And suddenly, I feel like I’m home!
This tea describes itself as a blend of smoky and tropical Australian tea with a touch of eucalyptus.. A billy is a tradition tea kettle drovers and settlers used to use over a camp fire to make tea and this blend captures that taste perfectly! I don’t get much eucalyptus and honestly the scent reminds me of smoked bacon!! But if I close my eyes, sip my tea and listen to the birds I really do feel as if I’m in the middle of nowhere drinking a cup of fire brewed billy tea!
Not going to rate as I feel this teas really Would be an acquired taste and probably isn’t for everyone but I’m glad I got my hands on some! Now I’m off to see if I can get some good photos of these squawking, rioting larikeets!!
After a 11 hour day at work, jumping straight in the car afterwards to drive to LA, waiting around at LAX for four hours, jumping on a 16 hour flight and having Friday never exist for me I was pretty darn exhausted today! We arrived in Oz early morning and cleared customs and immigration ridiculously quick, grabbed the rental car and after a quick cheeky flat white for energy and because, hey, real flat white peoples! We finally made it to my in laws house in Melbourne.
After showering to get the long haul plane smell out of our nostrils my MIL decided that it’s a beautiful day and we could all do with some fresh air so let’s road trip out to this cute little tea room in the dandenongs… And best of all, she whispered conspiratorially to me, there’s a tea shop right next door… Does this woman know me or what??
I was like a kind in a candy store when I walked in the door of Tea Leaves and had to restrain myself (remembering baggage allowance limits helps!) to taking home just a couple of their 300 teas!
This was on the top of my list because the dry leaf really did remind me of a cherry ripe… All chocolate, coconut and cherry! As soon as we got back home I brewed up a cup… The flavor unfortunately dosent live up to the scent. I definitely get a good amount of cherry although it tastes a little artificial, there’s some chocolate notes as well as a slight hint of vanilla and coconut but something is just a little off for me… Never mind, I know the hubby will help sip down the 50g bag I have.
My first taste of this sample was pretty negative, but I had some (recommended) dried pineapple in there with it. I think it was the dried pineapple that threw me off, actually. I gave it another go sans additions and it was much more like a Sencha I’m used to, but with the guts of an Aussie-grown blend in there. Interesting.
I’m going to try the last of this Monstrositea sample with some other Sencha I’ve got in my cupboard. (Then I’ll be able to sip down some more Sencha too, which is good for someone who isn’t often drawn to drinking greens.)
Apparently, many people find matcha too bitter, but I have never found it so. Brewed at a lower temperature, this is sweet and green and pure. It doesn’t taste like grass… it doesn’t taste like fruit… it doesn’t taste like herbs… it tastes like sencha and matcha. It’s divine. The second infusion is even more sweet and mellow. It is deeply, deeply calming.
First taste of tea #2 in the Monstrositea April box—seeing as I already had an Iron Goddess in the Mr. Earl April box I was feeling a little over IGs, but in the spirit of trying everything in my subscription boxes I busted some of the Tea Leaves variety today.
I blatantly ignored the note that only a few leaves were needed and to be fair, I needed a full teaspoon of leaves to get decent flavour for my tastebuds, but it ended up going much better than expected. Very nice. I’ll try this again soon.
Another joyous discovery, another sad farewell! This is a delicately flavoured black tea that I look forward to restocking once I reduce my current flavoured black tea stocks! This one will make a lovely breakfast tea for guests to replace the Melbourne Breakfast I have tinned at the moment. Drink up, guests!
First I oversteeped today’s brew a little and then I overcompensated with a liberal application of sugar—I don’t even think it was required, in hindsight. A couple of extra minutes of steeping hasn’t destroyed this tea at all. I’m so happy with it. Delicious black flavoured tea. I would never have approached this if it weren’t in my Monstrositea March box. Hooray for subscriptions!
My second from the March Monstrositea box and I gotta say, my expectations were low—which could be part of why I’m so blown away by this tea! Hooray!
I really shy away from almond flavouring so I wasn’t planning on being a fan of this flavoured black at ALL, but there’s just enough of a hint of almond that dances sweetly with the vanilla bean (literally chopped-up beans), with a touch of sugar to really bring out the sweetness and a dash of milk, this one smashes my expectations to pieces.
This is what I wish T2’s Melbourne breakfast was like, I think. Pretty glad to have a replacement by a little guy! Would definitely restock once I’m through my current black flavoureds.
I was pretty sure that this dragonwell is the same as the one I used to get from Teas & Tisanes, but I’m a bit disappointed with my first cup of this one. It’s not nearly as subtle as the dragonwell from The Tea Centre that I had the other day, but it’s also lacking in the strength of flavour that I used to get from the Teas & Tisanes dragonwell. I think I’ll have another go at brewing this one, maybe steeping a fraction longer – this time I steeped for two minutes at 70C – before making up my mind about it.
This produces a liquor that’s a lot darker than many other green teas, and a medium brown in colour rather than yellow. Has an astringent note to it that left an aftertaste that I wasn’t too keen on. I think next time I’ll try it at a slightly lower temperature and with a shorter steeping time than is recommended on the tin and see if I like it better.