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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
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Not sure what I was expecting from this oolong but whatever it is, I was expecting more. Hot brew was eh, fine, cold brew for around four-five hours was nowhere near long enough—unless that was actually just all the flavour I could get? Ah well.

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drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
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Only a couple of cups of this guy left and I’ve enjoyed every one of them!

I had my third or fourth last cup tonight as I shuffled the tea pantry around a little, made some room, got a couple more T2 boxes into canisters, etc. Found yet another instance where a past guest (who knows which one) opened up a new/sealed box rather than choose from literally more than thirty already opened and canistered teas. I don’t fucken understand some people, for fucksake.

Never mind. It still smelled pretty fresh so now it’s airtight and in a canister. Sigh.

Only eight T2 boxes still sealed now. Oh wait and the limited editions still sealed… so… six more. Fourteen. Ugh, I disgust myself. But at least I’m being strict with myself and throwing out teas I just don’t care for (I put a bunch up on the swap thread but if they have no takers in a couple of days then they’re in for the same fate).

I’ve got some sample packs on their way to me from another new little Aussie company called High Tea with Harriet, so I’m looking forward to trying those, and then I’m going to buy a bunch of samples from Kettle Town too (I know there’s one coming up in a Monstrositea subscription soon so I’m holding out to see which one first). Very excited about supporting little Aussie companies and getting away from big bad T2. Baby steps getting bigger. Maybe.

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drank Mount Wellington by The Art of Tea
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Aaaaand this is lovely and fruity and fresh as a cold brew too. Good.

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drank Smarty Pants by T2
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Wow, T2—good job here.

This was a sample sneak peek I got to try of T2’s September limited edition teas with a “study” theme.

I saw the licorice root on the label as one of only five ingredients and felt a little anxious, but I went for it anyway and opened the sachet. CHEWING GUM! The spearmint scent is overpowering. The other three ingredients (apple pieces, basil and green tea) come into play more in the tea once it’s brewed and the end result is really refreshing and invigorating.

Darn you, T2. Quit pulling me back in.

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Pearls aren’t a go-to for me, but I received these as a sample from Grounded and wanted to make sure I gave them a fair review. The only other pearls I’ve tried were from t2, and Grounded’s are a lot more subtle—more pearls per cup required!

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drank Jasmine's Song by T2
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drank The Skinny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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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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