854 Tasting Notes

85
drank Masala Chai by Monstrositea
854 tasting notes

I specifically bought milk this morning for chai but then didn’t really have room for chai later today after eating a bunch of junk food. I did it anyway, because I’m stubborn like that. I think I only have enough masala chai left for another two teapots, maybe? I’ve never been crazy about masala but this stuff made me reconsider. It’s been pretty great to have around.

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90
drank Jasmine's Song by T2
854 tasting notes

I’ve done it! Good grief! I’ve finally finished off this treat from the Mother’s Day 2013 collection, just as it sails by its “best before” date. Tea schmea, most will hold up well. This one was always an interesting blend, black and green and some floral and citrus notes, but never overwhelming. That’s a good thing.

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90
drank Kotobuki by Lupicia
854 tasting notes

I recently got my beautiful More Tea glass bottle back out of the cupboard and threw some Kotobuki leaves in it for a cold brew. I’ve been refilling it regularly for the last couple of days and just today I’ve swapped the leaves out for some fresh ones. I love watching the leaves unfurl through the glass! And I got my boss to taste the smoothness of a green cold brew too. Great gains. =P

Preparation
8 min or more

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70
drank Turkish Black by Monstrositea
854 tasting notes

The light at the end of the sample box grows ever brighter!

The recommendation for this one said to serve it like a traditional chai, steeped with hot milk. I’m not home today so I did a work version of a chai and steamed some milk, steeped the leaves in half milk, half water. A very weak but not awful black. I’ll try to remember to grab some milk on my way home tonight as I have tomorrow off and it’s going to be bloody cold because winter’s arrived with a BANG! And I reckon finishing this sample chai-style while couch lounging will be just the ticket.

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85
drank Ginger Peach by Argo Tea
854 tasting notes

It had been a while since I had any of this, as its running low and is tied to precious NYC memories, so I kind of never want it to end. And yet, nothing is more important to me right now than sipdowns. Not even memories. HARSH.

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95
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
854 tasting notes

Overnight cold brew = HELLO HEAVEN! OH GOD. THIS IS DIVINE. Smashed the weak hot brew out of the PARK! Almost crying real tears over how delicious this is. It can move straight back to the wish list now I’ve finished my sample.

Second steep is far less flavoursome, because of all the fruit that got sucked dry in a single steep… but leave it for a couple of days and you get a very subtle, lovely brew. Sweet memories of the first brew. Oh man.

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70
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
854 tasting notes

Much less muddy and more flavoursome with a shorter initial steep time. I did a 1min first steep, 2min second and 3min third—all three had a similar enjoyable flavour. Thanks Sil I appreciated getting to try this one!

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95
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
854 tasting notes

I’m afraid that in a desperate effort to stretch out my small sample of this (I want to try it hot and cold!) I didn’t use enough leaf to get a good flavour in my hot cup. HOWEVER, I drank it in conjunction with eating some Lindt “zest of lime” chocolate so life is actually perfect? Never mind.

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100
drank Shimmer Punch by T2
854 tasting notes

Last cup of this beautiful beast for a while! The Great Sipdown of 2015 continues! I’ll do what I can to not restock this for a while, too, because T2. I’m trying. I’m really trying. (I’m kind of trying.)

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70
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
854 tasting notes

I have no idea what version of this tea I have as I got it as a sample from my tea hero Sil so I think I need to play around with it a bit more — it was super heavy on first steeping, it scared me off a bit! But I’ve got plenty left in the sample and I’m going to try a second steep of this first basket and we’ll see how things go. Doing it at work doesn’t help with timing either because Friday nights are BIZZAY!

Sil

if you have cacao, add a little to the basket when you steep..brings out the chocolatey notes

Memily

The second steep was LOVELY! I think I just need a shorter first steep… thanks for the cacao tip!

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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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