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drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
659 tasting notes

I keep getting excited about drinking these cold brew sipdowns but then I come to type my tasting notes and find I’ve already removed them from my cupboard. Dangit.

Very grateful to have had some of this in the cupboard, it’s a really awesome white coconut blend that is just stunning as a cold brew. <3

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Yessssssssss my last cup of this was a cold brew and was beautiful. I miss it! I do. I miss it.

Just not quite as much as I’ll miss Hello Sweetie.

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drank Cinnamon Somersault by T2
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I had another cup of the 2014 blend last night. Maybe it’s all in my head but it’s definitely lacking… what? Probably the orange. Side by side needs to be done ASAP.

Celeste Alice

This sounds like such a interesting blend of tea. I’d never think to put orange zest in a cinnamon tea, but thinking about does sounds very appealing. I’ll have to give this a try next time I’m in a store :)

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drank Le Digestif (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Delicious watermelon tea for dessert with some chocolate after singing on stage with a wonderful music hero tonight! Excellent well.

I sure hope I sleep better tonight after last night’s awful one. I blame that big mug of black tea (and maybe nerves about today). Gotta stop doing that.

I’m smashing through Teen Wolf, too. I’m three episodes away from finishing S2 and I only started a week ago. Eep!

In other news I’m quite unhappy about this weird rash on my arm. Saw the doctor this morning and she was a little baffled by it but suspects shingles. Boo.

Hannah F.

I watched 8 seasons of Supernatural in 5 weeks. So I feel you!


It’s the best way to watch TV, in my opinion. But also the biggest crush on your social life… what are friendships, anyway?

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Bumping up the rating on my goodbye for this. I certainly came around to it a lot more, particularly when I wasn’t drinking it any time near Hello Sweetie (because I’m still obsessed with that madness).

So in short: this has been lovely. I won’t restock while Hello Sweetie exists but that doesn’t mean this blend is even close to mediocre. <3

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drank Cherry Bomb by T2
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Finally got this one down from the top shelf and opened it up, ready to roll! I couldn’t remember the flavour of this at ALL apart from knowing it was my favourite of the three cherry tea flavours that T2 released as limited editions early this year.

I went straight to the cold steep for my first hit of this, and boy does it taste like cherry lolly flavour!

I’m on the fence as to whether that’s a good or bad thing for now.

Hannah F.

I love cherry lolly flavor.


You’d be crazy about this one then!

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I woke up without an inhuman need for coffee this morning so thought I’d try substituting with some guayusa for my walk to work. Of course, I didn’t end up drinking it for another three hours, but it was in my timolino so it kept nice and warm for me.

I haven’t got a caffeine headache yet so maybe it’s working.

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drank Inner Calmness by A Touch of Tea
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Something about this Monstrositea July box sample made me think it’d go just nicely as a cold brew, after I’d already enjoyed two delicious hot mugs of it.

Turns out I was right! The cold steep has a sweet pink blush and some great flavours to it. Plus it’s fun checking out the swollen cardamom pods after 12hrs of steeping.

This is definitely my favourite from this month’s offerings. I don’t mind straight black teas but more flavours are my jam.

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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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