854 Tasting Notes

90
drank Rose by T2
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And I’ve moved back onto some Rose for an evening brew, now that I’m done with Cool Bananas.

I’m not the first to say it, but Rose, as a name, really doesn’t suit this blend. There’s so much more going on. Some might say too much more, but I’m an apologist for this tea. Great for sweettooths.

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90
drank Adelaide Breakfast by T2
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I hadn’t opened this tin for a while, so yesterday morning I was pleasantly surprised to open it and find that I’m a lot closer to another sipdown here than I thought! Hot damn, I may actually get these unopened boxes opened before the year’s out, after all…

I say yesterday morning because I cold brewed this in the fridge overnight and drank it today. So tasty! I really love this, still! I’ve refilled the tea bottle for another overnight cold brew but I may be wasting my time, I forgot that black tea’s more of a one hit wonder than green. Or maybe cold brews are different; it’s been a while since I went cold crazy. I guess I’ll find out tomorrow…

And in the meantime I’m gonna start another cold brew to inch closer to sipdown.

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85
drank Banana Bake by T2
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Today’s been the perfect bed day. I’ve basically gotten out of bed three times—once to get tea (this one) and toast (Vegemite & avocado) for breakfast, then to go pick up fish and chips for dinner, and just now to make another cup of tea (this one again) and a block of chocolate (pretzel & peanut dairy milk).

I’ve watched the second half of Vikings S3 (after watching the first half last night) and now I’m watching Louie S5. I may be living my best life. And/or I’m panicking about being flat out for the next two weeks with the festival! Eek! Whee! Getting hoodies and accredition at the info session tomorrow and I am STOKED.

AND also seriously enjoying this tea again today. Milky, sugary, turn it into banana candy.

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85
drank Banana Bake by T2
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85
drank Banana Bake by T2
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Now that I’ve finished that STINKIN’ lesser banana tea (Cool Bananas), I can fill my yellow tin with this bad boy!

Unfortunately in a big mug with a dash of sugar and milk tonight I was underwhelmed.

Do I just hate everything because I’m PMSy?

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20
drank Cool Bananas by T2
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Changing my tune on this one again, backtracking. Just when I thought I’d come around to accepting the sweetness of this blend, my second-last cup is overly sickening. Sigh. Poorly balanced blend! I can’t make any more excuses for it.

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70
drank Turkish Green Apple by Lezzo
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Candy sugar water! The only time I can think of drinking this is mixed with another blend to make something more exciting—I don’t know how people drink it straight, it’s more full-on than cordial.

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70
drank Turkish Black by Monstrositea
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Well bloody hell I’m an idiot. I feel like I wasted half of this sample by brewing it like a fucking masala chai, because the idea of a stove was all I remembered from the Monstrositea notes about this one. The actual notes—and the truth for a Turkish black—has nothing whatsoever to do with milk but IS all about a stove, so I used my last measly two teaspoons to brew as recommended for 10-15mins over a rolling simmer.

Now, I did this with far too much water for tea, so I barely need to dilute with more water at the end. Still, it’s worth noting that even with a 10-15min brew, this is a smooth tea—no really evident bitterness or astringency.

It was definitely fun to try this at home, yet another reason I’ve enjoyed the Monstrositea boxes.

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20
drank Cool Bananas by T2
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I can’t believe my cupboard’s down to less than fifty teas. I can’t remember the last time it was this low.

I’ve been drinking this blend around bedtime a fair bit of late, which may be a little silly as I’m sure it’s riddled with sugar, and yet I have to increase my score a little because it’s not as awful as I first came away thinking. I mean, it IS, but once you expect that sugary sweetness it’s not as bad? If that makes any sense at all?

I spent the whole day watching the entire first season of Sense8 on Netflix, what a joyous gift to finally have it in Australia! Great show too, one I’m already looking forward to rewatching.

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90
drank Kotobuki by Lupicia
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Reviving the cold brew bottle was definitely the right decision! Down to my final leaves now, which should last me another couple of days… then I’ll move onto the next sip down. Zang. Gurl on a roll!

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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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