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drank Lemongrass & Ginger by T2
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Another bloody marvellous sipdown! So proud of myself! Only half a million left to go! Ai.

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90
drank White White Cocoa by T2
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85
drank Masala Chai by Monstrositea
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CHAIDAY CHAIDAY CHAIDAY! I’ve been looking forward to a ridiculous day like this for a while. Cold and under blanket, no plans, back to back movies, and a big delicious pot of masala on my lap, brewed up on the stove. And a wee bit hungover.

Dustin

Jealous of your ridiculous and relaxing day! :)

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80
drank La Luotuo-De by Tippity
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No! How did this get so low! Do I really only have a couple of cups left? HRMMM.

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70
drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
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I don’t know how I feel about calling this a breakfast tea, not quite enough guts. I don’t think. But it’s definitely tasty as heck. I tried it for the first time with milk and sugar today, maybe I’ll try with just a splash of milk next time?

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90

Drank the last of this in the same fashion as last night’s strawberry & cream – delicious warming soy lattes! This is far less sweet than last night’s (and it didn’t help that I was bolstering with honey last night and decided not to tonight) but this is definitely my pick of the matchas I’ve tried, and I’m not the only one by the looks of it. Shazam.

A sipdown AND my 800th tasting note, this calls for a celebration!

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80

Hooray, another sipdown! I’ve been trying to be ruthless over the last few months and not buy any new teas, but I suppose my ruthlessness only extends to not buying MANY new teas… I couldn’t resist going into Lupicia in Melbourne the other day, but that’s fair, because who knows when I’ll next be back in Melbourne? And I have picked up a T2 box here or there, but only a limited edition one… I swear. I swear.

I believe this sample came from VariaTEA last year… finally getting to the end of the delicious Red Leaf flavoured matchas and I will be sad to farewell them as they’ve been brilliant dessert options to have around. I’ve cheated tonight and finished this one off at work, where I’ve got access to a lovely big steamer and some delicious soy milk, so it’s Soy Matcha Latte Sunday in my hood. No regrets. Bloody marvellous.

I’m in danger of eating all the ginger kisses, too, if I’m not too careful.

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70
drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
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Couldn’t resist and cracked this one open at breakfast with my porridge, mmm. Not as sweet as its dry scent but I reckon just a tiny bit of sugar would explode that dry sweetness like whoa. Nevertheless it was beautiful and I’m glad I got it, no thanks to Steepster for making me add it to my shopping list though!

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70
drank Cerisier by Lupicia
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Things I didn’t need to do on my Melbourne holiday: buy more tea.
Things I did do on my Melbourne holiday: buy more tea.

I guess it wasn’t SO bad—I managed to walk out of my first visit to Lupicia with only three tins (this, chaud les marrons and melon oolong). Not a cheap trip but to be fair the prices are comparable to T2, yet I’d rather give my money to Lupicia these days. Also the store staff were absolutely adorable and so sweet! My friends who were with me also walked away with some tea. I’m such a tea enabler.

This blend wasn’t on my wishlist (the other two were) but physically being in store and getting to smell the dry leaves of some of my wishlist teas did end up seeing me cull a few. We also got to try the sample of the day, which was the super grade momo oolong—another from my wishlist, and the sample didn’t leave me gushing, so off it came too.

This one smelled so fruity and lovely dry that I couldn’t resist it—plus the tin was so pretty too. It’s cherry blossom season in Japan, I’m weak! It’s low caffeine (or maybe even decaffeinated) black so I poured a bedtime brew. Just plain it doesn’t do much but add just a small sprinkling of sugar and BLAM, the berry flavour smacks you in the face! In a good way, I think. I don’t regret this purchase!

Preparation
2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
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If your still in Melbourne and are anywhere near Collingwood give Storm In a Teacup a visit…. I went last time I was home and they’re super friendly, have delicious tea and yummy treats!! :)

Memily

I always stop in at Storm for a drink when I’m in town! I had my nails done just next door on this trip and then had a naughty chai after :D

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drank La Luotuo-De by Tippity
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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). I also love a speedy iced tea (hot brewed then poured over ice), and my latest obsession is cold brewing (which doesn’t make a lot of sense, as Australia is headed into winter and I live in the coldest corner of the country, but oh well).

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.

I LOVE:
+ black teas
+ white teas
+ oolongs
+ flavoured versions of all three of the above
+ herbal infusions and fruit tisanes

NOT A FAN:
+ most green teas
+ LICORICE ROOT (my sworn enemy) and aniseed flavours

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