912 Tasting Notes

70

Forgot that I already tried cold brewing this sample and promptly cold brewed it again. Luckily I have a scoop left to try hot!

This time I overbrewed and the ginger is a bit too prevalent (I’ve discovered there’s ginger in here. Hahaha). It’s still very nice but just remember this is one you shouldn’t overbrew! Maybe 12hrs max for cold brewing.

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70
drank Turkish Apple by T2
912 tasting notes

I don’t ever drink these turkish tisanes by themselves, because it’s basically like drinking sugar. Which is a bit weird. However, I love having them to sweeten iced brews, rather than using boring old regular sugar.

I don’t use them a LOT, but I’ve been icing a bit more lately and that reminded me to leave a tasting note. I’ll try to remember to update tasting notes each time they get thrown into a jug with another blend.

Preparation
Iced
VariaTEA

That’s an awesome idea for these types of tea! I will have to try that sometime :)

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70
drank Turkish Cherry by T2
912 tasting notes

I don’t ever drink these turkish tisanes by themselves, because it’s basically like drinking sugar. Which is a bit weird. However, I love having them to sweeten iced brews, rather than using boring old regular sugar.

I buckled and bought the cherry before Christmas when T2 finally had another tea society event (it had been SO LONG) and they had on a Christmas-themed brew they called “candy cane”, which I THINK was just peppermint and turkish cherry. It was fresh and delicious and I gave in and bought it.

I’ve since used it just recently with Rabbit Hole’s Ruby Zing, which was a bit too zingy and needed to be sweetened out (thanks hibiscus). A couple of scoops of turkish cherry into the 2L jug made it absolutely delicious.

I’ll try to remember to add a tasting note each time I splice it with something!

VariaTEA

I have such a variety of the tisanes from when I went to turkey and I would have never thought to use them this way.

Memily

I hope this opens up your tisane world! ;)

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95

Oh gosh, it’s beautiful as a cold brew, too.

This time I was reminded of my recent overbrewed mistake with white tea and so these leaves only got soaked for 4-5 hours. The drink came out beautifully blushed pink and cloudy, with a strong scent of berries, the taste echoing the scent and adding coconut and chocolate.

This is so, so good.

(Considering the raspberry and coconut laden through this, I clearly have a Type. Looking at you, Fantasy Island.)

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut, Raspberry

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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tfw you have to add a new tea that you clearly forgot to add when you first tried the sample months ago
and you remember really enjoying it months ago
(except you can’t remember how you brewed it then)
and this time when you use the last of your sample in a cold brew you probably brewed it too long or it just didn’t really suit cold brewing because it’s not super awesome
but you’re all out of sample so you can’t keep playing with it
BUT ANYWAY

dangit this wasn’t even a sipdown

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95

Aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh HAPPY. YUM.

Yes, this is a tea I’m losing my vocabulary over.

I compared my sample of this with Rabbit Hole’s Turkish Delight tonight and this one came out on top SO HARD. It’s light and delicious and so good and it doesn’t need anything else at all. This one, this one I’m gonna restock.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML
Sil

heh wish they were in Canada haha

Memily

Next time I need a Fantasy Island restock we could do a trade! ;)

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75

Let’s get these samples down! Tonight I compared this one and Rabbit Hole’s White Delight. Both lovely, my favourite way to serve them is at crazy opposite ends of the scale. This one definitely tastes best for me with sugar and cream. A crazy good dessert tea. It’s a bit too bitter for me on its own. Even with just cream it’s good, but sugar too takes it to another level.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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75

I’ve been super one-track with this bad boy lately. I’m still working toward sipdowns, particularly now that I’m planning to go to the Sydney Tea Festival in August…

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65

I cold brewed my sample of this overnight. All the reviews screamed TART, and I mean of course, hibiscus! So I threw in some Turkish cherry tisane at the last minute and it’s screamingly good. Roll on summer.

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75

A couple of Christmases ago now I got a ton of this from my mum, with a cute keep calm sticker on the front that said KEEP CALM MEM AND DRINK TEA. Nice. A month after that I got a dream job that flipped my life upside down and I no longer had to breathe deeply and drink tea to keep calm, so this mostly got reserved for guests. I just discovered this evening they’ve drunk it all. Thanks guests. Nice brew!

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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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