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90

I promise this tasting note is current, as in I’m literally drinking it. Right now. From my favourite Troy & Abed mug. And it’s delicious and it’s ALSO the last of my little sample of this deliciousness and that makes me sad, and also makes me want to resteep it again to suck the life out of this last brew. DO IT! YEAH!

Seriously though (oh that was fully seriously before too) I am so pleased with this cup and honestly surprised if it’s just white tea and mirabelle because that sweet fruity flavour is so strong. Definitely one I’ll want to add to the cupboard properly later on.

Marzipan

Troy and Abed in the MORNING!

Uniquity

Or Troy and Abed are in mourning!

Memily

They’re not in mourning, their sixth season is coming up!

Uniquity

Any hour of Troy returning for it? That would make me a lot happier!

Uniquity

Any chance, I meant. Phone. Sorry!

Memily

That’s definitely the hope, fingers crossed Donald Glover cares enough…

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85
drank I AM DREAMS by I AM INFUSION
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This one, though…

I AM A FAN

Yes this is good. Again I tried this a little while ago and should have written notes at the time, but I definitely remember being pleased with this and enjoying the blend. I do have a soft spot for sleepy teas, but this one is one I’d definitely consider adding to the sleep collection.

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65
drank I AM BEAUTY by I AM INFUSION
700 tasting notes

I AM ALL CAPS hahaha oh gimmicks.

I signed up for I AM INFUSION’s mailing list primarily in order to get samples of each of their four tea blends. One of them was in a Mr Earl subscription box recently and while I don’t get the box any more, I still keep an eye on their website to see the blends they feature, because I still like using the subscription boxes as an opportunity for education of what’s out there in the Australian small tea business market!

My main problem here is that I tried this sample a week or two ago and forgot to write any notes down. I honestly can’t remember either way but I’m certain I didn’t dislike it, however if I can’t remember it that clearly then I probably wasn’t nuts about it.

Still good though.

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70
drank Aussie Wattle Breakfast by T2
700 tasting notes

Sami Kelsh put this on my radar and I’m so grateful—I grabbed a sample of it last time I was in store thanks to her rave tasting note, and I’ve had it with a dollop of milk for dessert twice.

Yum.

With a bit of choc chip shortbread, this was dreamy. A lovely black flavoured tea that I’ve managed to overlook in all my years of T2 drinking, huh!

Celeste Alice

I initially read this as “Aussie Waffle Breakfast” and was admittedly a little saddened after rereading :’D
Waffle flavoured tea though- I could be on to something!

Memily

Who needs actual breakfast when you can have waffle tea!?

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70
drank Aussie Wattle Breakfast by T2
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85
drank Dragon Fruit by Tea Lovers
700 tasting notes

I love it when a suspicion pays off. I did a 24hr cold steep of this sample from the September Monstrositea box and took the result to work with me today.

Yum. Hot sample I tried earlier this week was good, cold brew sample was even better. No sweetening required for either, I didn’t find it tart at all despite the card comment. Heaps of fun.

And those dried dragonfruit pieces looked like aliens, which wasn’t kinda creepy at all.

Sami Kelsh

Mmm, aliens.

Memily

Delicious steeped aliens

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85
drank Chai Chai Chai by Tippity
700 tasting notes

So after my great first direct encounter with Andrew from Tippity (see: La Luotuo-de), I sent him an email to ask if he would consider selling me some samples of blends, because my biggest fear with buying online is that I’ll shell out for 100g and then hate it. Or even nothing it. I wanna love it, you know? And I’m a hoarder, so I don’t find it easy to just discard a tea if I’m not crazy about it. Nope, I’ll keep it in the cupboard for MONTHS.

So what was cool was that Andrew replied pretty quickly to say he’d a) literally just gotten some sample bags in and b) hadn’t thought to sell samples through the store but dug my idea so much that he wanted to send me samples of some blends for free as thanks for the suggestion.

HOORAY! Tippity is seriously kicking goals for me. I can’t wait to place my first proper order with them, and hopefully I’ll be keen on a whole bunch of these nine samples I got in the post the other day. First up: this guy.

It’s pretty cool.

Chai with honey premixed, so it comes kinda sticky and molasses-y, then as soon as it hits water it puffs out and breaks up and floats around more like regular tea.

This has a really nice spice to it, and my favourite part is that it needs no further sweetening. The honey soaked through gives it just the right amount of sweetness to mix with the spice.

I tried it for the first time tonight in a Zero Japan pot for around 4mins, then doled out with decent lashings of milk. Yum. Yum. Snow on the mountain predicted overnight. Perfect.

Sami Kelsh

This sounds magnificent and beautiful to me.

Memily

It is pretty magnificent and beautiful.

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85
drank Dragon Fruit by Tea Lovers
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85
drank Matcha Kuzuyu by Nitto
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This was a pleasant surprise from the September Monstrositea box—I was anticipating it to be just a normal flavoured matcha but it’s actually got starch in it as well so it thickens up into a texture that reminded me a bit of an Italian hot chocolate, sans the milky/creaminess. Really interesting and quite exciting to try! Great job Monstrositea—I love the adventures this tea box takes me on.

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75
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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One from my awesome swap with VariaTEA and tonight I had a simple no-nonsense cup on a short steep of around 2mins. Really tasty, a nice black tea with a touch of sweetness. The first time I tried it was in a cold brew overnight and the flavouring was so delicate it didn’t really come through—but tonight we have a winner!

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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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