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Pollen Tea Room in Battery Point, Tasmania
5/5
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Memily rated this place
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Pollen has a food menu and then Pollen has a tea menu and the tea menu is three or four times the size of the food menu, which is great because even the food menu is brilliant.

All their teas are house-blended and yet they don’t really sell take-home packs, though I have sweet-talked them into doing so in the past (I really needed some of their turmeric tea, I just did).

Storm in a Teacup in Melbourne, Victoria
5/5
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This is Melbourne-cool plus tea-cool, equalling cool-cool. The staff here do love their tea and the menu is full of great options no matter what sort of tea you feel like.

T2 Carindale in Carindale, QLD
5/5
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I’m a big fan of T2, from their branding to their stores to their friendly staff (ALWAYS SO FRIENDLY). The Carindale store is the newest Brisbane store to open (mid-2012); it’s close to where I work which means that I’ve suddenly spent an unfortunate amount of money. And I’m probably going to keep doing that.

Southside Tea Room in Morningside, QLD
5/5
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Tea Craft loose leaf steeped in incredible little draining pots (where can I get one? I’m pretty sure I desperately need one), served up to the hipsters of the south side in takeaway cups. Try the warm spice, lapsang souchong, or moroccan mint for a real treat.

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Translating my ratings, at a glance:

100 — CRITICAL OBSESSION LEVEL REACHED; CAN YOU MARRY TEA!?
95 — this must always be in my pantry. forever.
90 — excellent! you need to try this tea!
85 — very good! you should try this tea!
80-70 — I enjoyed this and will happily drink it again.
65-50 — Fine. Unremarkable.
45-35 — this wasn’t the worst drink ever but I was disappointed; it didn’t live up to my expectations at all.
30-0 — I didn’t enjoy this tea and that makes me sad.

MY TEASTORY:

Grandad got me started young, white (a LOT of white) Irish breakfast with two.

I never strayed far from that until the world of T2 Tea came to Brisbane some years ago, and now I don’t know what I’d do without a pantry full of tea options.

These days I prefer to drink my teas straight without sweetener (though I appreciate some black variations shine better with milk and/or a dash of honey/sugar), and I also love a speedy iced tea.

I’d love to make a bunch of tea friends on here, especially those who can talk Aussie teas with me. I’ve recently come back from a jaunt to North America and it was a real hoot to hit up DAVIDsTEA after reading so many reviews! I wish I’d had the chance to get to more stores… but I’m happy with what I got back past customs. See those teas and my local jams in my reviews.

THE ANTI-GOOD: LICORICE ROOT

Location

Hobart, Australia

Website

http://tasmemia.com

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