657 Tasting Notes

55

Nyeh… I feel like each time I drink this, I nudge the rating down a smidge more. Boo.

Oh well.

I had this as a dessert mug with milk and sugar tonight and I just… yeah. It was ok.

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90
drank Jasmine's Song by T2
657 tasting notes

Having a cup of this tonight as a bit of a palate cleanser (I may or may not have eaten a whole pack of red velvet Tim Tams…) and it’s making me quite nostalgic for the earlier days of T2.

There’s something about this blend that just isn’t… trying as hard as the current limited edition releases. This year has been exciting but three new special teas every MONTH is a little too much, particularly when those teas cost between $20-$30 a box (50-150g depending on the blend). And the monthly themes are fun but also a bit overwhelming, some blends feel overcomplicated and other months I don’t really care about. Just like… settle down.

Settle down and re-release some earlier greats.

Like this one.

Cameron B.

Tim Tams are so good! The only have them here around Christmas. :(

Memily

I just raised a racket on twitter about the fact that the USA packets apparently say “Australia’s Favorite Cookie”. We… do not have “cookies” here. Tsk.

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90

Another wonderful sample from VariaTEA and this is my favourite one yet, if only because it was a nice surprise compared to the other two. Don’t get me wrong, I really dig the Cookies & Cream and Banana & Cream flavours but this one was less sweet and so it was a nice break from the trend. Less sweet, but still so delicious. Buttery caramel flavours but still such matcha. YEAH!

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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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drank Ceylon Black & Peach by Truly Tea
657 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
657 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
657 tasting notes

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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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