857 Tasting Notes

70
drank Immune Boost by T Totaler
857 tasting notes

Aaaaaand the third and final Mr Earl April tea! Decided to knock these both over today because who knows when I’ll get a cold next? (I’ve just jinxed myself, haven’t I…) Though I guess this is called Immune Boost, not You Have A Cold Virus, so maybe I’m just helping steel my shoddy immune system for what’s to come. Actually that’s a good way to think about it. Drink on, Memily!

In any case, I was expecting to hate this tea. I expected a real licorice taste from the dry scent. But it translates really well once steeped and I’m happy to say it’s not the worst! Seriously, that’s good for me… plus any immuniteas do pique my interest, I really love sitting on a tea whenever I’ve a cold, they just make me feel better and aren’t illnesses all about placebos?

My mouth is lightly coated in olive leaf, I think (vague memories from mum convincing us to swallow teaspoons of olive leaf extract for colds), but it’s bearable and I’m nowhere near as miserable as I thought I would be after drinking this tea. Spectacular. I’ll keep the rest to see how it actually performs as a placebo, shall I?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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55
drank Oolong Iron Goddess by More Tea
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Time for my second tea from the April Mr Earl box, and this one’s an oolong! Hooray! How can I like oolongs so much yet be unfazed by most greens? I’m a little baffled.

ANYWAY

this is very nice. First steep water was probably a bit cold because I did it in a mug at work instead of my timolino (too hot, risks of tinniness) and the water cooled super quickly in the mug. Second steep was from hot water stored in the timolino for double the time. Third steep for around 12mins. All good. Good times. Yes nice. Not blowing my mind but very nice.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Courtney

Do you prefer green or roasted oolongs?

Memily

Haha I’m too much of a detail novice to even know the answer to this. I don’t know. I’ve just noticed that I like oolongs! Is it blindingly obvious what’s green vs what’s roasted?

Courtney

Haha, well in my somewhat limited experience with oolongs, thus far green oolongs brew up to a very light colour – similar to green tea, and roasted oolongs brew up darker, closer to a black tea. :)

Memily

Oh, I’m honestly not sure if I’ve even tried any roasted oolongs! But now I’m very curious.

Courtney

Hehe. I prefer them the roasted thus far, but I also prefer black tea over green. :)

witmol

Generally the roasted ones are from China (eg Tie Kuan Yin) while the green ones tend to be Taiwanese. I prefer green myself.

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80
drank Peach Oolong by Della Terra Teas
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The other day I had some of this but I’m pretty sure I used water too hot (timolino at work and was too lazy to get the thermometer out)—it was not good. It also helped to enforce for me the fact that recommended steeping temperatures actually pay off. It amazes me, the difference between a few degrees.

I decided to resteep anyway, and the second steep turned out quite lovely. I left it in the timolino for a couple of days and now it’s cold and fruity and delicious.

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70
drank Vanilla Rooibos by Monstrositea
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Bedtime tea tonight with a healthy splash of vanilla soy. Nutty and woodsy and creamy and good, yes.

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85

Second steeping of my last leaves of this and I did it in bone china, yes. Lovely. Farewell, sweet thing!

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20
drank Cinnamon Somersault by T2
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So today’s teaventures went BETTER THAN EXPECTED. Series of events:

1. noted cooler weather and allowed self to pull out the argo tea winter samplers
2. picked ‘winter spice’ because it reminded me of my dwindling supply of cinnamon somersault
3. got disappointed that the argo blend wasn’t anywhere near as awesome as cinnamon somersault
4. looked up cinnamon somersault on the t2 website to compare the ingredients
5. flipped out at seeing cinnamon somersault back in stock because last i’d heard that was never happening
6. BOUGHT SOME MORE CINNAMON SOMERSAULT
7. DRANK SOME CINNAMON SOMERSAULT TO CELEBRATE

This seems to keep happening to me! Southern Sunrise was a blend I fell madly in love with a couple of summers ago, it was supposed to just be a limited edition Christmas blend. It’s now in the official range. Now Cinnamon Somersault is back in stock after months of hearing it was a limited edition that wouldn’t ever come back. All I need is the trifecta now—come on, Shimmer Punch restock.

Ahhhh, I’m so happy. I don’t have to continue to sparsely eke out the dwindling remains in my cupboard because Cinnamon Somersault is BACK, BABY.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange Zest

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40
drank Winter Spice by Argo Tea
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As we head toward winter in the great southern land I am finally letting myself crack out the trio of wintry tea samplers I picked up from Argo Tea in the Flatiron building in NYC.

Looking at the trio closely, this one is the one I was most drawn to. It has a lot of similar ingredients/flavour indicators as one of my favourite tisanes ever, T2’s Cinnamon Somersault.

I am getting slightly bitter notes from the amount of cinnamon in this, but though I’m not getting a lot of orange, the almond is just nice without being "essence"y. Not bad. It’s no Cinnamon Somersault, but it’s not bad. I might try splicing it with some Cocoa Loco Orange and see if that’s closer to my sweet spot.

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50
drank Yuzu Temple by Mariage Frères
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Another bonus from my swap with Scheherazade but unfortunately this one isn’t right up my alley. I first steeped it in the timolino at work the other day and worried that the metallic taste I was getting from it was due to the timolino, but today I’ve brewed in glass and served in china and it’s still tinny in my mouth. I guess that’s green tea though! I haven’t had green for a while, maybe I’ve just forgotten how to drink it…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Black Almond Vanilla by Tea Leaves
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Another joyous discovery, another sad farewell! This is a delicately flavoured black tea that I look forward to restocking once I reduce my current flavoured black tea stocks! This one will make a lovely breakfast tea for guests to replace the Melbourne Breakfast I have tinned at the moment. Drink up, guests!

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80
drank Truly Scrumptious by Truly Tea
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Sipdown of this delicious sample from the Monstrositea March box! I aaaaaaalmost added a touch of Tea Leaves’ Black Almond Vanilla to my last steep of Truly Scrumptious but I chickened out at the last minute in case it didn’t work and I ruined the last of this treat.

The scent of this tea is out of this world. I love it. Bit of huffing from me… tastes so lovely and sweet too. Do recommend.

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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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