589 Tasting Notes

80
drank BodyCalm by Modern Tea
589 tasting notes

Yeah, this is really great.

This is the kinda tea I want as a chillout evening tea. No stinking hibiscus like so many of the others that currently live at my bedside tea station. I’m pretty over them!

This one worked really nicely to ease an inbound headache at work this evening. It’s only got four ingredients and they work really well together without needing a) hibiscus or even b) chamomile! I like chamomile but it can be overpowering in some blends. Not this one! Get outta town.

Modern Tea

@Memily, I’m so glad to hear that our tisane sample made it you safely and that you enjoyed it :)

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80

You know what just makes some black teas 100% better?

Cream and sugar.

The golden ratio of 3:1 tea:sugar (in teaspoons) and a dollop of cream made for one sweet and delicious smooth brew.

Marzipan

Oh I’m glad you clarified that teaspoon thing, the last time I read it I thought the CUP of tea was that ratio!

Memily

Good grief :| I’m glad I clarified too now! Hahaha!

Cameron B.

I was wondering about this when I saw you post that ratio before! “Surely she doesn’t mean what I think she does…” :P

Memily

Oh man! I should have been more clear… should have said leaves:sugar! Hahaha.

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80

I used the brewing method that Lion Repshire mentioned in his tasting notes for my last sample of this:

“2.5g per 100ml for 45 seconds at 170F. Add 15 seconds to repeated infusions.”

My “2.5g per 100ml” ended up a little more like “maybe a bit more than a teaspoon or 3g according to my scales that only work in full grams per teacup that is probably around 200ml I guess”, but the brewing was a lot of fun and definitely brought out some much fruitier notes. Fun!

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85
drank Blueberry Blush by T2
589 tasting notes

Gosh this one is such a tasty cold brew. I’m gonna miss it so much. I’ve been so sparing with the remaining tea in the bottom of this canister! Drinking it at work today is making me happy.

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70
drank Keemun by Monstrositea
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95
drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
589 tasting notes

Had to bump my rating back up because I remain obsessed with this.

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve let myself have a mug of Hello Sweetie because it’s starting to get low and I’m not allowed another Butiki order for a while (my own orders). The anticipation of another mug of this got me way too excited. Obsessed.

Dang, it’s just so good.

I reckon Hello Sweetie’s strongest presence is with 3:1 tea:sugar (makes it quite sweet but with the sweetness comes the full gamut of flavour) topped off with cream.

I’m dying. I’m dying. I’m so happy.

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80
drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
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How do I have over seventy teas in my cupboard and yet still hum and hah over which one I feel like drinking? This is exactly the same issue I have with my enormous wardrobe sometimes.

This afternoon I’ve moved onto the tea that prompted my first-ever tea swap after lusting over the Coconut Grove that ashleyelizabeth put up in the international swap thread.

Speaking of which, I’ve just listed a few of my own in there, if anyone’s keen on a swap with this Aussie! Now’s your time to shine.

(Seriously though… do I seriously have over seventy teas? Because I’m lookin’ at them and it doesn’t look like it. But I sure do recognise every tea when I look through my Steepster cupboard. Geez…)

Marzipan

The paralysis of choice.

Memily

Totally! Teamed with “but I just don’t feel like any of these”.

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80
drank BodyCalm by Modern Tea
589 tasting notes

Yeah, this is the kinda soothing tea I’m all about.

First taste feels! Got another cup to go of this tasty sample.

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90
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
589 tasting notes

Huh.

This is WAY better cold steeped or iced.

I’ve been ruined!

(Still yummy warm.)

Courtney

So tasty cold. I love mixing it with pineapple juice too. :)

Memily

Ooh hot tip! I’ve got just enough left to experiment with that :D

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85
drank Rose by T2
589 tasting notes

Hey old friend! Brought my canister of this back to work today for a sweet afternoon treat.

CelesteAlice

Definitely got to try this!
Do you know if it’s still available?

Memily

It was one of the May feature teas—some stores might still have some stocks remaining but it’s gone from the online store already :( do you have a store nearby?

CelesteAlice

I live in England sadly, and they only just opened up a store in Shoreditch London. Which is fantastic, but since they’re new they don’t have any of the older specials.
I’m actually coming over to Brisbane in September though and will definitely be heading to the store there. They might even have some left, but I won’t get my hopes up :)

Memily

Oh man, the London store! That’s very exciting. And Brisbane’s my old stomping ground :D

I could probably swing a sample of this your way!

CelesteAlice

The London store is absolutely beautiful! True to T2’s zen like interior and located in such a trendy spot. I chatted to the ladies in there and they were telling me how well it’s took off over here. Fun fact, tea is one of the only things we don’t tax on from abroad, which means they were able to keep the same Australian prices- just converted to English pounds of course!
That’s very generous for you to offer a sample. I wouldn’t want to trouble you though!

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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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