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90
drank Herbal Masala Chai by Shaan
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40
drank Lamington by T2
646 tasting notes

I tried a sample of this on the T2 counter today when I dropped in, because for me it was the most appealing of this month’s three limited edition teas (theme: chocolate).

The smell of this tea was INTOXICATING and totally lamington! Super strong coconut and chocolate notes.

Unfortunately the tea itself wasn’t anywhere near as amazing as the scent—the black base was totally overpowering and the more exciting flavours got lost in it. It was actually kinda astringent, even.

I love T2’s creativity but I think they need to take a serious look at the base tea they’re using. This isn’t the first time one of their amazing limited edition teas has suffered with a poor base (looking at you, Banana Bake). But I’m pretty over it by now. I won’t be buying this. Take a break, wallet!

Cameron B.

What about those tea-infused chocolates?! ;)

Memily

I’m not crazy for chocolate! Having said that… yeah, ok, I’m gonna have to try a couple. Dangit.

Cameron B.

I was tempted to order some, but I don’t know about spending $15 on shipping just for chocolate. XD

beelicious

I was super tempted to order this (and stock up my melbourne breakfast at the same time) but i was cringing at the $35 international shipping change – looks like your review came just in time for my wallet!!

Memily

Ha! I’m happy to be your international hookup if you need some T2 any time, I know I can ship it at about half that cost. DM me any time :)

Hannah F.

Bee, have you tried the Brisbane breakfast? That one is gorgeous. I need more. The Adelaide is lovely too.

beelicious

Adelaide is tasty, was not a fan of Perth, and Ive not tried Brisbane but it sounds tasty with the mango! Looks like I might get a sneaky quick trip back to Oz in September so you know my first stop after picking up all my missed foods will be T2 – Really appreciate the offer Memily, I’ll definitely keep that in mind :)

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40
drank Lamington by T2
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75

I still have so much guayusa left, hahahaha. Geebus.

Time for a nice lazy cup this morning! Well ok… afternoon. YEESH. What a doozy. Today’s my Sunday, so I’m headed out for a lunch and then kicking back.

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90
drank Herbal Masala Chai by Shaan
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70
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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Today I drank the last of my sample from VariaTEA but this time as a cold brew. I steeped it in the fridge for well over a day and I was sad to see that all the sparkles had dissolved by this point… but it certainly didn’t make it a lesser brew. Lovely cinnamon sweetness, like candy. (And I still got to see the shimmers when I first poured the cold water in, as they exploded even in the cold!) Thanks again for this one VariaTEA — I’m so grateful to still get my hands on some DAVIDsTEA all the way at the other end of the world :)

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90
drank Superberry (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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As soon as I read the description on this sample I got from VariaTEA I knew I’d be cold brewing this. Looking at the previous tasting notes I can see I wasn’t alone in that decision.

But also, wow, correct decision. Hello juicy tasty treat! How incredible is this? Perfect cold brew black. I really loved this, I’m shocked to see so many negative reviews for it—most if not all of those appear to be for trying this hot, so I’m even more glad with my cold brew decision.

Is this one actually discontinued now?

Thanks so much for the sample VariaTEA — I loved this one!

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90
drank Herbal Masala Chai by Shaan
646 tasting notes

The first of the Monstrositea August box—another exciting month of teas, I’m glad I stuck with this over the other Aussie box.

I’ll admit that I mostly picked this tonight because it’s a herbal. My first sip was a big mouthful of licorice root, which bummed me out, but then I decided to follow Monstrositea’s suggestion of adding a squeeze of fresh lemon and MY MIND IS BLOWN.

OK. A squeeze of fresh lemon totally transformed this tea for me—and makes me wonder if my licorice root hatred can be zapped using the same method in the future too. That aggressive licorice flavour was just… depleted. A faint lingering but that’s it. And it actually made this blend taste super creamy. What!? I’m so confused but also so excited. What. Ok. Cool.

Definitely looking forward to the rest of this.

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drank Herbal Masala Chai by Shaan
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70
drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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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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