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drank Cinnamon Somersault by T2
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Right, there goes the last of the 2013/original blend CS I’ve been hoarding. I’m going to miss it SO much because evidently the 2014 blend is seriously wrong. But the 2013 blend is perfect. Damnit. Seriously, my ratings are like a 95 for the 2013 and a 25 for the 2014. What do you do? (More importantly, wtf did T2 do!?)

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drank Sweet Dreams by T2
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It’s mildly hilarious to me that friends peering into my tea cupboard lately have remarked on how low it seems, where Steepster is still here to tell me I’ve got well over fifty teas in there.

I’ve drunk at least a litre of this in the past week and I’m still not sleeping well, but the tea can’t be blamed.



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drank Blackberry by The Art of Tea
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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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I definitely don’t think myself an expert at all but a cup of this today didn’t go amiss. Warm, sweet and malty, this is a comforting cup and stands well straight.

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Quite happy to get this one out of the cupboard. I opened it once the lemon myrtle was done and dusted, so I’d have another plain black handy, and gosh it’s a good one. Just a big strong cup that’s delicious with a dash of milk and just what’s needed at the start of some days.

I’m keen to try it with the original brewing method listed on the box, similar to a traditional masala chai it appears to be. Something to have a bit of fun with soon.

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drank Sweet Dreams by T2
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Oh, damnit.

I hate it when a limited edition blend is really good.

I’ve been hoarding this in the cupboard since January but when I ran out of Gone Surfing it was time to bust this open and I’m reminded of exactly why I snatched it up when I could, because it’s great.

It’s sweet, much sweeter than Gone Surfing, but herbal sweet (NOT licorice root sweet) and still zippy and calming and I’m in love with it.

So annoyed.

Sami Kelsh

Pester them to make it not-limited so it can live in your cupboard forever! Who knows, they might bring it back!


They only do that rarely :( this one isn’t one I’ve seen much mention of by others on their Facebook page either, so I don’t really have high hopes. Plus it’s been a while since it was even in stock! I don’t mind. I’ll enjoy it while I have it.


Sweet Dreams has been a member of T2’s permanent tea range for nearly 8 months now, happy sipping!


Oh this is amazing news!

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Ah, here we go! Bit of flavour here, glad I finished my samples with this one rather than Brains or I would have walked away with a lesser impression. So, yes, good. This is one I’d consider restocking if I didn’t have to try all the other tea in the world first.

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Translating my ratings, at a glance:

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.


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.

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

+ most green teas
+ LICORICE ROOT (my sworn enemy) and aniseed flavours


Hobart, Australia



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