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By some accident I ended up with only this at work today—I’d had a few more options in my backpack but due to the current sipdown challenge I’d whittled away at them enough and forgotten to take more options this week. It was fine. It didn’t blow my mind but I enjoyed it enough. It was originally a gift from work so I guess it makes sense to be smashing through it at work.

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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65
drank Toasty Nougat by T2
750 tasting notes

Right, my box of this finally got opened tonight so I figured I may as well hit it for dessert!

And… bit of a letdown.

Though I must admit, I bought this as a blender, so now I just have to find the recipe that suggested this as an ingredient and maybe then we’ll be cooking with gas.

(I still want to eat this from the tin with a spoon, though.)

ETA: got it.
1. http://www.t2tea.com/recipes/toasty-ginger-recipe-2/
2. http://www.t2tea.com/recipes/blue-nougat-2/
3. http://www.t2tea.com/recipes/tutti-fruitti-2/

AND I have all those other teas. Perfect.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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60
drank NUDI-TEA by The Art of Tea
750 tasting notes

I don’t know. The more I drink this, the more I don’t particularly care for it. I tried to spruce it up with some ginger and lavender this evening. Am I mad?

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100
drank Southern Sunrise by T2
750 tasting notes

Sipdown #15. Bagged up some more of this for a swap and put the rest into a 2L jug for iced tea! Spectacular. I hate not having this in my cupboard at all times but sipdown rules are rules and we’re on the downhill run toward winter now anyway, where Southern Sunrise shines as an iced. Still fabulous warm but iced is where it’s at, so I’ll restock this in the spring. Enjoying this last jug while I can, it’s turned quite chilly this evening!

As a reward for hitting 15 down I’ve busted open a couple of sealed boxes. Hooray, self rewarding!

Flavors: Lemon Zest

Preparation
8 tsp 68 OZ / 2000 ML

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80
drank T2 Matcha by T2
750 tasting notes

Today’s temperatures are being so weird. I had a nice warm chai earlier today and now this afternoon I’m having a nice cool matcha milkshake. Good times!

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70
drank Irish Breakfast by T2
750 tasting notes

Sipdown #14. I’m on fire. Took the last of my supplies around to a friend’a place for brunch this morning, and falsely advised the lovely Englishwoman that it was English breakfast. Oops. Well look, she didn’t say anything so it mustn’t have been that evident.

In any case, brunch was great and I had just enough left for one big mug once I’d gotten home, so I figured I might as well. I’ve already busted open my next breakfast tea into the breakfast tin, too—Melbourne, you’re up!

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70
drank Pure Chai (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
750 tasting notes

Sipdown #13! This was a free sample with my DT online order. I prepared it in a proper chai fashion, on the stove and whisked with milk and a dollop of honey, and it was simply delicious.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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80
drank White Chocolate Frost by DAVIDsTEA
750 tasting notes

Sometimes when I drink a tea I like to check the notes on here after the drinking and before my own note-writing, just to see how my nose is going. This one was easy—yup, it’s mostly a sweet mint tea with a creamy hint and a heck of an oil slick to deal with. I don’t mind the pre-added stevia (far prefer it to the horror of licorice root in any situation) and love the soothing qualities of a good mint tea.

Cool.

This tea’s also got sentimental value for me because it was given to me for Christmas by my mum while we were holidaying in white, white Quebec City, and it was the first DAVIDsTEA I ever owned. I’d had a few awesome samples from TassieTeaGirl but I have my very own small tin of white chocolate frost (and coffee cake) and my mum picked them out for me all by herself.

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Chin Hsuan by Teehaus Artee
750 tasting notes

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70
drank Indian Spice by T2
750 tasting notes

Sipdown #12. I drank the last of this sample with one of my lovely Teehaus Artee gifts, the Chin Hsuan Cha (I originally thought this was a green but turns out it’s an oolong—I should have known, tsk). It gave the tea a lovely faint spice edge and I totally get what it’s all about now. Yep, great.

Meanwhile, I dropped into T2 today to try their three new cherry teas and I can’t believe I managed to get out of there without even making a purchase. High five, self! Sticking to my no-purchases guns! It probably helps that I unpacked my still-boxed teas last night to make them more visible (and hopefully get stuck into some of them soon) and they totalled 18. 18 lovely orange cubes of still-sealed tea. Tsk.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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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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Hobart, Australia

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