701 Tasting Notes

95
drank Rose by T2
701 tasting notes

Hmm. Something about tonight’s cup tasted off.

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85
drank Masala Chai by Monstrositea
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Yesssssss. A blustery day full of rain and my new old corningware teapot bubbling full of chai on the stove. Well played.

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40
drank Grape Expectations by DAVIDsTEA
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Hooray, one of the teas that inspired my swap with VariaTEA went into a cold brew last night—only for around 3hrs. That was almost too long… darn sencha. Maybe I just overleafed. Still good, but mostly sencha, not much other flavour. My main trouble with flavoured greens! Darn them all to heck.

VariaTEA

Oh no. I am sorry you didn’t really enjoy it. It was not for me either.

Memily

No it’s ok! I’m still very glad I got to try it and still looking forward to sampling it hot :)

VariaTEA

Hopefully it improves for you.

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75
drank #memtea by Custom - T2
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Getting down to the last of this lovely tin of tea, and my how it’s grown on me! I thought I’d come up with a real dud. But this also reminds me that it’s been a while since a T2 Tea Society in-store event… hmm.

Anyway… #memtea. This guy. Had some cold brewed at work today. I love the colour it comes out! Such a lovely blush pinky/red, somewhere in the middle there. I think I’ll brew up the last of it in a big jug and spend my three day weekend drinking it.

Yes, good plan.

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75
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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55

My sample of White Peony Rose was very pretty to look at while it steeped, but the flavour was just all white tea. Lovely white tea, at that, but nothing came through from the petals. Brewed at 85°C for three minutes or so.

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60
drank Cinnamon Somersault by T2
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60
drank Cinnamon Somersault by T2
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Ok. It breaks my heart to do this, but I have to adjust my rating for (and my obsession with) Cinnamon Somersault based on the rejigged formula for 2014.

It’s just… not what it used to be.

It’s not worse (well—I guess based on my ratings I think it is, but still, it’s not BAD) but it’s different. The orange is gone from the mention, and replaced by nondescript “flavours” and what I’d even call a bit of a spicy kick to the palate.

It’s still interesting but it’s not the tisane I fell in love with. But that’s good, because it means I’m able to continue weaning off T2.

One blend at a time.

Dustin

That’s how I got off Teavana, one tea at a time. If they ever brought back two of my discontinued favorites, I might have to consider a momentary relapse tho. Always a bummer to have a favorite changed or taken away.

Memily

I didn’t mind being addicted to T2 when it was a lovely grassroots independent Aussie company! Now it’s owned by a Big Bad, I’m far less inclined.

Dustin

Did they sell/get bought out? Are there many options for Aussie grown teas?

Memily

Yes, they’re now a part of Unilever :( there are a whole bunch of lovely local Aussie options but my task is uncovering them at the moment! T2’s definitely the most prolific. I’m having fun with Monstrositea’s tea subscription as it’s doing a lot of the uncovering for me, which is nice :)

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70

Drinking the last of this Monstrositea sample from the July box. It’s a nice light and twiggy black.

Dustin

If I ever started a tea company, I think that is what I’d call it… Monstrositea!

Memily

Isn’t it just the best name?

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95
drank Rose by T2
701 tasting notes

Took an overnight cold brew of this to work today and went slightly crazy for it. Dang. This is a keeper. I hate it when limited editions are keepers.

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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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