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90
drank SweeT Dreams by The Tea Centre
6 tasting notes

A very soothing herbal drop to send one off to dream. A very nicely balanced blend of floral and herbal notes, and the gently soporific qualities of the plants seem to have their intended effect. Highly recommend.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Rose, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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75
drank Japanese Lime by The Tea Centre
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A very light, refreshing citrus tea. Tastes equally delicious hot or iced! The sweetness of the limes cuts through the grassiness of the tea with a lovely degree of acidity in its bite.

Flavors: Citrus, Green, Lime

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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75
drank Chocolate Bomb by The Tea Centre
6 tasting notes

Historically, I have been a bit of a fence-sitter on the subject of rooibos tisanes. I like them in principle, but have never fallen so deeply in love with one I’ve tasted to buy it to drink at home. I bought this one on the recommendation of a Tea Centre customer service representative as a response to a suggestion I made to consider including a chocolate/cacao genmaicha, and I will say, it’s pretty good. It has all of the usual tobacco-ey caramel-y woody rooibos notes with a savoury sweetness from the almonds and brittle, and the chocolate doesn’t overwhelm the blend. I’ll probably buy it again, it’s a very nice dessert tea. I’m still hoping Tea Centre creates a chocolate genmaicha, though.

Flavors: Almond, Caramel, Chocolate, Nutty, Smoke, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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95

Upon receiving this tea, I immediately arranged a blind taste test for my husband, an avowed disciple of another “Australian” (owned overseas) tea merchant’s French Earl Grey . The Tea Centre’s French Earl Grey won hands-down and is our new favourite breakfast tea. As other commenters have noted, it is a lighter black tea with deliciously subtle floral notes and a natural fruity sweetness. The bergamot is present and accounted for (as it should be), but sings in delightful harmony with the blend, rather than beating you upside the head like other blends we’ve tried. And as always, I will note my appreciation of the use of natural ingredients and flavours over artificial flavouring. A beautiful tea.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Mango, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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100
drank Japanese Cherry by The Tea Centre
6 tasting notes

I, too, really love this tea! The sweet, almost grassy greenness of the leaves is enhanced by the tart cherry pieces and delicate floral aromas. It’s not too sweet, though, just light and pleasant – a very enjoyable brew. I warily rebrewed the leaves as directed on the packaging (suspicious of a bitter brew as so often happens to greens) and was surprised with a very drinkable cup the second time around, too.

Also, I want to note that it’s nice to find naturally flavoured green teas for those of us seeking that sort of thing. While I appreciate the molecular similarity between Nature Identical ™ artificial flavouring and natural flavours, I still prefer supporting teahouses that use natural flavours in their teas.

Flavors: Cherry, Dry Grass, Green, Rose

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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80

I thought this was a beautiful tea on the occasions I didn’t underbrew it. It was too easy to do for me unfortunately, it always turned out best when it was walked away from and forgotten about for 10 minutes. If it was made in a pot, the second cup was always best. I’ve finished my whole packet though and I think I would repurchase next time I am in the CBD and no other flavours jump out at me first.
As with all my black teas: white with one, thanks love.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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80

It’s not very orange-y, even with the big pieces of orange in the loose leaf blend. The cinnamon and cloves are spot on. I drink this in water with a bit of agave syrup for sweetning.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 8 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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66

I had this tea for the first time at the Tea Centre the other day.

The flavours and ingredients sounded like something that really appealed to me, but the end product wasn’t what I had anticipated. It wasn’t bad at all, it just wasn’t what I expected.

I wanted something bold and fragrant – instead I tasted something smooth and mellow. The tea was coppery and none of the flavours were overpowering – but I think the rose got lost a little bit. This blend did have some depth to it, which I was happy to see but it was much softer than I expected.

I probably ordered the wrong blend to drink that day – but there’s nothing wrong with it. Now that I know what to expect, I’d like to try it again!

Flavors: Apricot, Honey

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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80

Such a nice blend to have as an afternoon tea! I wouldn’t add milk, but maybe a little honey to it.

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85

Another tea from last year’s Australian haul, which is surprisingly not from T2 (shocking, I know). The Tea Centre has a charming little shop in the Brisbane Arcade that reminds me of the traditional tea shops you find here in England. The first out the two purchased was Ginger Bread, a popular choice at the time, as it was the Australian winter. I fancied a cup this morning, because despite being British summertime (ha!) it’s actually quite cold and drizzly. After not consuming it for a good while, I was pleasantly reminded why it was so popular back then. I prefer a full bodied black tea and sometimes I find with flavoured blends the base can be somewhat neglected, creating a weak body which is made even worse when adding milk. However Ginger Bread seems to tick all the boxes, which makes me extremely happy. My only complaint would have to be that the ginger would be almost impossible to detect, if it weren’t for the telltale tingle of spice left on the tongue after every sip. Otherwise almond is a clear and favourable presence, which led me to use a touch of almond milk to enhance this flavour.

Flavors: Almond, Caramel, Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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78

This is an old favourite of mine. I’m not overly fond of rose petals but I gladly make an exception here (even if I find it overwhelming at times). The orange blossom and vanilla are very soft, and meld well with the white tea base. It’s a perfect tea for any time of the day, although I prefer to drink it around mid afternoon, and makes for a gorgeous iced tea in the summer!

Flavors: Orange Blossom, Rose, Vanilla

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75

I really enjoyed this tea, although it’s something I would only find myself drinking in winter. The cinnamon, orange, and rooibos ended up generating quite a smooth combination of sweet and spicy. I think the consistency was my favourite aspect of the brew – it was quite creamy, but never cloying because the strong flavours cut through some of the creaminess.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Rooibos

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88

Absolutely delicious! I am extremely partial to minty teas, and this one had me at ‘spearmint’. (I used to enjoy Tic Tac’s and after a disappointing reformatting this tea has become my safe haven.) The spearmint is surprisingly present amongst other pungent flavours, although I’m happy to note that there isn’t a violent clash between them. It’s heady without being overpowering, and the cool spearmint coasts gently within the warmth of the tea. I highly recommend it!

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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76

The thing with flavoured teas which have different bits and pieces inside, is that the taste of each brew sometimes depends on how many vanilla pieces/dried apricot/orange zest/flowers you scoop up in each spoonful.
Yesterday, I made a point of picking out some of the fruit bits when I made my pot of Stockholm and by god, was it amazing. Light and flavourful, true happiness with each sip. Would make an excellent iced tea or even a lovely tea popsicle in hot weather.
Today, I just scooped it up without looking and the tea seemed a tad heavy on the safflower and calendula, which I’m not a huge fan of.
Overall, it’s still gorgeous and I can see why this is one of the Tea Centre’s most popular blends.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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76

This does taste as good as it smells. And how it smells is really quite lovely.
As been mentioned by other reviewers, it lacks body but I find adding milk does help in bringing out the tea base. Nothing that stands out too much about this one, but it is definetely a worthwhile blend to try if you ever walk past a Tea Centre

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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40

Not too happy with this one. The tea base is quite bland and the peach flavour is there but hardly. It just was not a delicious drink. Also, some green teas tend to give me a headache and this was one of them.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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80
drank Cream by The Tea Centre
71 tasting notes

Gorgeous tea. The caramel and vanilla blend to taste more like honey than cream, so it does become quite a sweet beverage. A little too sweet if I drink too much of it straight, so when that happens, I just add a dash of milk and finish off the whole pot. I’m loving the strength of the tea base as well. Go and enjoy it guys!

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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64

Smells and tastes calming…but that might be a placebo thing going on. Not much of a strong flavour to it at all – I mainly notice cinnamon. The orange peel would have provided more body but it doesn’t come across very much. I like how the fennel adds a nice bit of sweetness to the mix but I don’t think I would repurchase this as there are tastier herbals around. Still, it’s a nice caffeine-free option for a hot and healthy drink at night

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 450 OZ / 13308 ML

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82

Sipdown!

I’ve only really achieved like, four sipdowns since I started Steepster, but in that time I’ve managed to amass about 120 different teas and not including samples. It’s hard coz I like to make my rounds amongst all my tea so that they all receive relatively equal amounts of affection from me.

This was the first tea to be finished from my The Tea Centre haul at the beginning of the year. It was compulsively likable, and though I initially complained a bit at how I wished the bergamot was stronger, I have grown to like this blend exactly for what it is; a balanced and deliciously fruity tea with a hint of bergamot, sweet and uplifting.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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