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drank Super Mood by Tea Lovers
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More delicious than I was expecting it to be as a cold brew, thank you! Better up the rating a bit as appreciation. It comes out nice and fruity and of course the green doesn’t get too bitey.

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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drank White White Cocoa by T2
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Aw yeah, reaching into the back of the hoarder cupboard now! New goal: when I’ve got 25 teas or less, I’m doing my first ever Whispering Pines order. If that won’t stir me on to greatness, nothing will.


25 teas?! That is quite a goal! How far away are you from that?

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drank Snooze Blend by The Art of Tea
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drank Chuan Hong by Monstrositea
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Am I just in a generous mood today, or what? This is my second cup of this Monstrositea sample and it’s taking me back to those wonderful adventures I had with my first ever Butiki order and the beautiful straight blacks I got from them. It’s just a lovely, lovely cup.

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Here’s one I was surprised to really enjoy! I guess I have to give in and say when employed sensibly and not in great quantity, licorice root isn’t the worst ingredient I’ve ever tasted. But darn if it isn’t a fine line.

This one’s from a Monstrositea box from some time in the last three months and I’m always grateful for the opportunity to try teas that I wouldn’t always necessarily reach for, like this one for example! I don’t think it holds well in a resteep, despite what the blurb for it says, but the first brew is super tasty straight and has made for a lovely afternoon tea on the multiple occasions I got out of the sample. I’d actually consider restocking this, which has shocked me. Better bump up the rating.

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drank Blueberry Blush by T2
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Welp… I finally did it. I polished off the last of this limited edition I’d been hoarding since last Christmas. And do you know why I finally did it? Because I realised it reminded me enough of DT’s Fantasy Island that I could accept seeing the end of it and knowing there would still be Fantasy Island.


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drank Smoky Earl Grey by Elmstock
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Yes, ok. Going by my own ratings I have to drag this one down, because it was just a little too confusing a pairing to be completely enjoyable.

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This is plain and simply a nice straightforward black blend. I tried my sample both plain and with a dash of milk and sugar. Didn’t blow me away, didn’t disappoint me. No rush to restock but I enjoyed.

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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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