643 Tasting Notes

75

Yesssss good times. I’m glad my brain accepts guayusa as a coffee substitute when I need that get-go in the morning.

My only complaint is that in the timolino (as this so often gets thrown) the last mouthful is just a buttload of leaf. How does it get out!? Stupid dumb leaf. Stay outta my mouf.

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80

I got super pumped for a mug of this last night for dessert and then as I was microwaving the almond milk (I’m a classy broad) I remembered I was holding off on matcha until my whisk arrives. Oops.

HOWEVER

Another great flavoured matcha! Smells and tastes like banana candy. No added sweetness needed thanks to the flavour, bed it’s just a real treat. Perfect for a dessert latte. I’m only two matchas in and it’s already reinforcing that I’m gonna have to make a Red Leaf order in the future.

Thanks so much for these samples VariaTEA — they’re knocking it out of my park.

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40
drank Ceylon Black & Peach by Truly Tea
643 tasting notes

Rats. This is definitely not what I was hoping it would be—my hopes were high, but that’s just because I’ve come to expect a certain deliciousness from a flavoured black. First short hot steep was underwhelming (not awful, just underwhelming) so I hoped a cold brew would redeem it and bring out those peachy fruity notes… but sadly not. Any fruity notes were overwhelmed by the bitterness that came through from the Ceylon. Really? Huge bummer. I didn’t think a bitter brew was possible with a cold steep! Meh.

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95
drank Blueberry Blush by T2
643 tasting notes

Ahhhh this is so good. A great cold brew to follow up a poor one from another blend, to remind me how a lovely black tea should cold steep.

Getting close to the bottom. I WILL hoard this as long as possible.

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75
drank #memtea by Custom - T2
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75
drank #memtea by Custom - T2
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60

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70
drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
643 tasting notes

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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90

WELCOME TO A DELICIOUS MOUTHFUL OF BACON TEA!

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.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C
Sil

that sounds lovely.

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80
drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
643 tasting notes

A big mug of this with a bit of honey was an A+ decision tonight.

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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

Location

Hobart, Australia

Website

http://tasmemia.com

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