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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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Finished my sample of this from VariaTEA today for morning tea, with a dash of sugar and milk, and a big ol’ pumpkin pie doughnut on the side. I can only think this was the perfect tea choice for it!

Like, really. A+ morning tea. Lovely sweet and spice flavours through the black tea, ah.

I have also been stressing about the fact that my current house guest, despite having fifty or so open teas to choose from, keeps going back to my precious dwindling supply of Fantasy Island, aka my personal favourite that just gets saved for special occasions. WOMAN, BACK OFF. TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT. I’m so bad at confrontation that I’ve ended up just hiding it. Lucky she leaves tomorrow.

Cameron B.

Hah, I was going to tell you to hide it! Excellent plan. :P

Hannah F.

Pumpkin pie donut? Please mail me a thousand.

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For real, it’s been a while since I’ve had some lapsang souchong, but I can’t remember other brands I’ve tried being quite this preposterously smoky.

This is divine, from start to finish. A real single malt whisky of teas.

195 °F / 90 °C

that sounds lovely.

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drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
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A big mug of this with a bit of honey was an A+ decision tonight.

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A big beautiful mug full of this delicious brew got me through a rough morning after, if you know what I mean.

I’m not sure exactly the combination of events that left me feeling like this today but I’m going to point most of the blame at 1. staying up playing DnD until 3:30am and then 2. overindulging at the market this morning (I didn’t expect there to be both bagels and doughnuts left by the time I got there, a blessing and a curse).

In any case, I didn’t want another cleansing green like the other day, but I wanted something… similar. Same same but different. What a picky cow.

Reaching for a lovely and delicate plain black, however, was the right idea.

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After a couple of days of lattes it felt time for a nice clean green, so this afternoon I reached for my samples from Grounded and the Dragonwell called my name.

This steeped tea is such a vibrant yellow, wow! I was surprised to see such a crazy colour.

I’m definitely not a green connoisseur and I’m generally not even drawn to them but this was just what I was craving this afternoon, so that’s interesting. It tasted spot on from what I’ve come to expect from a good green leaf. Great job, Grounded!

Cameron B.

I had this exact moment a couple of days ago. Much love for the nice palate-cleansing green teas! <3


It’s so good to have them around for occasions such as this!

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drank New Recipe Coming by Truly Tea
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A creamy chocolatey treat, this one! Another great sample from VariaTEA — this is my first try of mate but I couldn’t really differentiate its flavour from the rest of the chocolate and cinnamon, seeing as I haven’t tried it before. (That’ll change soon—I got some straight mate in this month’s monstrositea box.)

All the “energiser” warnings made me hesitant to have this as an after-dinner treat so I finally got around to it today. Another latte (I’m trying not to smash through those awesome matchas until I get my proper matcha whisk in the post) that settled quite comfortably in my stomach.


This tea is the most non-mate tasting mate I have ever tried.


HA! Well then. Pretty much all I tasted was chocolate and cinnamon ;)


Same for me which is good cuz I am not a lover of mate.

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drank Herbal Masala Chai by Shaan
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I was so SO excited to finally try a Red Leaf matcha, it was probably the main reason I leapt at a swap with VariaTEA because she put one on her list—and then sent me another THREE to try as well! I’ve been so overwhelmed that I haven’t gotten around to them yet.


I opened some almond milk and made a quick latte and it was a perfect desserty treat, which is exactly what I expected of this. Awesome!


I’m glad you enjoyed it. Of the ones I sent you, this was my least favorite so hopefully you enjoy the others as well.

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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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