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329 Tasting Notes

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The coconut scent was off the charts when I opened this sample from my swap with Scheherazade so I was pretty stoked to try it.

Nice and creamy. The rooibos comes through in a bit of woodsiness only, but that’s perfectly fine. Had my sample with a bit of almond & coconut milk for breakfast. The more it cools, the more the flavours come out. Nice.

Courtney

Coconut = best

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90
drank Snowflake White by Argo Tea
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75
drank Red Christmas by Yumchaa
329 tasting notes

This was a bonus from my swap with Scheherazade! Thanks for the extra treat, Sarah.

I was a little anxious after reading reviews of this tea because I’m no fan of licorice and aniseed! Though I think I may have ended up with some of the bottom of the barrel here, as this was just a mildly spiced rooibos. Delicious with a splash of vanilla soy.

Scheherazade

I’ve never found it heavy on either liquorice or aniseed, personally. I mostly get cinnamon and mild mixed spice!

Memily

Yeah that’s what I got! It was lovely. Maybe they’ve changed the formulation or something?

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75
reviewed DAVIDsTEA Filters by DAVIDsTEA
329 tasting notes

I haven’t got a lot of experience with customisable teabags but I have to admit these ones are awesome and much better than the ones you can get from T2, the Australian equivalent of DAVIDs. Also cheaper, actually, so I guess I’m missing out on a lot when people say these are expensive!

I prefer to use other brewing methods around the house and I have a timolino when I’m on the run but I have these around as a backup and for guests who aren’t comfortable with tackling loose leaf—putting it in a teabag makes them feel more comfortable. Because they’re weirdos. But I’ll get them in the club soon enough…

Courtney

Because they’re weirdos haha!

jump62359

Ha, that’s my mother!
She drinks looseleaf, but she prefers it in the bag because it’s easier. And when I went home for spring break, she saw I was kinda tea crazy and made me weigh my teas and prepackage them into 4g bags ahha.

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75
reviewed Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker by Takeya
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I have a couple of 2L Takeya iced tea jugs that are sold at T2 in Australia as “T2’s The Jug”.

The original 2L jugs had filters that weren’t nearly long enough for the jug, and to be honest they weren’t quite big enough for fruit tea ingredients to make a full 2L jug either. Thankfully the company seem to have learned quickly from this error and the new jugs come with much longer filters. I’m not sure if T2’s jugs are quite the latest version as the filter in my new jug purchased in December 2013 still doesn’t reach as far down as the one on Takeya’s website shows, but it’s still great and does the job.

I would have been happy with just my black one but I couldn’t resist the beautiful limited edition light blue one and I have to admit having two is excellent over summer. All iced tea all the time.

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reviewed Unitea by KINTO CO.,LTD.
329 tasting notes

I picked up a large plastic teapot set on sale at T2 years ago. I wish I knew what I was getting, because if I’d realised at the time, I would have purchased a couple. Or a dozen.

I am obsessed with this teapot. It holds the perfect amount of liquid for me, 720ml, which makes three small cups of tea (to fit in my fika mug!). It retains heat so well. The only thing that could be improved is that the plastic filter lets some stuff through—I expect the stainless steel filter would be slightly more efficient but finding one is proving a little tricky.

Still, for the amount I’m obsessed with this teapot, it gets full marks.

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95
reviewed FIKA by KINTO CO.,LTD.
329 tasting notes

I got this as a Christmas gift a couple of years ago from my brother and his girlfriend. I have the brown porcelain mug, which is like a mossy sort of brown. Not my favourite colour choice and I wasn’t sure if I’d even use it, though I was still impressed with the gift because it’s hard to lose if you get me a tea-something.

But here’s the thing: as much as I’m not crazy about the mug colour, this set is kinda perfect. I am crazy for tennis sets. The bamboo tray is stunning and a wonderful size—it fits a little teapot, milk jug and sugar bowl on it for a spectacular portable tea session for one. I would go so far as to say this is my favourite way to drink tea at home.

Courtney

Fika! So Swedish!

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drank Vanilla Rooibos by Monstrositea
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drank Snowflake White by Argo Tea
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Hmm. Not sure if it was the change to temperature (~90°C) or brew time (~2.5mins) or both that caused a weak brew here. Lacking the flavour past cups have had. Only one or two cups left, let’s see if I can get the shine back.

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drank Le Digestif (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
329 tasting notes

I am… still full. From last night. Or maybe from the fact that I continued with cereal for breakfast and a burger and fries for lunch. So for dinner it’s just a couple of mugs of this brilliant tea. And a bit of leftover Easter chocolate because it actually tastes wonderful with this tea ok

Sami Kelsh

Leftover Easter chocolate is ALWAYS a good choice!

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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

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http://tasmemia.com

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