799 Tasting Notes

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A delightful sample from Scheherazade — three Doctor Who teas but I couldn’t resist slipping Molly Hooper in with them. What a fandom squish that was!

My Molly sample got me through two delicious cups this evening, chamomile very present but sweetened just nicely by the cherry. Simple and warm and tasty, a lovely evening treat.

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70
drank Grape Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Ah, I love oolongs. Thanks to ashleyelizabeth for a sample of this! This one is quite similar in taste to the berry oolong of T2’s that I so love. Just enough for one Timolino but thanks to the oolongness I’ll get a couple of steeps out of it at least!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Alabaster by Scullery Made
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Second steeping of yesterday’s leaves (left them in the timolino) because I will 95% of the time try for a resteep, hehe. Thankfully this is a brew that rewards me, same 70° temperature with a doubled steep time (roughly—I forgot to set my timer) brings out those lovely hay notes and still a hint of citrus too, amazingly. Maybe it’s all in my head? But I’m crushing.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

Sipdown of this delightful blend. Perfect with a bit of sugar, SO Turkish delight.

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85
drank Alabaster by Scullery Made
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I received a bag of this today with my first Monstrositea box… it wasn’t one of the tea samples, but it was a sample in an earlier box I missed out on (I only signed up in time for box #3 onward) and it just sounded so GOOD I had to have it.

I was worried that I’d overhyped it, but I diligently stuck to steeping rules and it’s come out absolutely lovely. Delicate and strangely almost savoury but still sweet and a little like delicious hay. This is a beautiful brew.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

Monstrosities?

Memily

Monstrositea.com.au! One of two awesome tea subscriptions available in Australia as of 2014. So exciting for this tea nerd.

Sil

i realised it was likely local to australia after i asked.. BOOOOO..but very exciting for you. I like the look and feel of their site haha

Memily

Haha sorry Sil! We Aussies have to get something down here, we miss out on so much (thanks to Steepster for reminding me so often)…

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80
drank Truly Scrumptious by Truly Tea
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Oh dear, I received both my tea subscriptions in the post this morning (hooray!) and it’s pushed me over the 100 teas mark. Sipdowns in my near future!

This was the first one I threw in, from my Monstrositea box. Lovely and sweet, quite nice on its own but really shines with a drop of milk in there. Sweet and… dare I say it… scrumptious.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
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65
drank Sinu-blend by Tastea
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Swapped over to something I know to battle this impending head cold.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Bravissimo by DAVIDsTEA
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Decided to crack this one out of my pack of organic DAVIDsTEA samplers because my throat is a little tickly today. However, the amount of licorice root in here makes me want to die. Damn. Somebody take this off my hands, I can’t deal with it.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70
drank Apple Strudel by Bluebird Tea Co.
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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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http://tasmemia.com

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