676 Tasting Notes

55

Hmm… from my timolino steep today this seems a lot less exciting than my first rating (95, gosh!). I tried for a short-ish steep time so I could try a second round but it’s really just tasting like black tea. Delicious black tea, but fairly plain black tea nonetheless. Hmm.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
676 tasting notes

Second steeping after my disappointment with last night’s first steeping: left leaves for around 30mins in a timolino. Far less almond essence in the second steeping, a far more natural nutty flavour coming through. Upped rating from 45 to 50 because I’m still not over the moon.

Flavors: Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95
drank Geisha Getaway by T2
676 tasting notes

I had to calm down after my original tasting note because I was crazy for this tea for a good couple of months there. I am still a huge fan but not as crazily obsessed with it as I once was!

Still a fantastic iced tea, and I also love it hot. I love the tropical notes.

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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70
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
676 tasting notes

All I got from this was almond. I suppose with such an almondy scent I should have avoided it—I am just not a big fan of almond essence. But there were so many other exciting ingredients in the list, I thought surely they might come through too! I suppose if I were going to suggest any other flavours they would be fake cherry and fake coconut, but mixed with the almond essence it was just a big bunch of blah. Such a pity. I’ll try a second infusion and see if that changes the mix any but I’m sincerely underwhelmed.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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85
drank Ginger Peach by Argo Tea
676 tasting notes

This is a delicious medium black tea. Steeping for around 5-6 minutes brings out a great amount of ginger, with sweet peach more on the nose than the tongue. I imagine this would be a real treat iced with a touch of honey or sugar as well!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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90
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
676 tasting notes

Killer fruity mix, fresh and tropical and great both hot and cold. Loses a bit in a resteep so it’s sad you have to use so much for the great flavour but it’s still super excellent.

I don’t pick up the weird vegetal note that some steepsters are mentioning but it looks like we fans of this blend aren’t fazed by that at all.

I’ve tried one other bamboo tea before, T2’s plain bamboo blend, and the bamboo is presented very differently in that one. Interesting comparison.

Flavors: Bamboo, Peach

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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100
drank Shimmer Punch by T2
676 tasting notes

This tea is making me rethink my feelings about licorice root, seriously. The best iced tea ever? Possibly. How sad it’s a limited edition and has already left stores. I’ll be rationing my supply to make it last as long as possible.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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85
drank Red Green and Dreamy by T2
676 tasting notes

Fruity good times. I normally have this one on hand as a go-to iced tea but I felt like it hot tonight and it definitely delivered. Upped the teaspoon/cup ratio to get a stronger hot flavour out of it and it was definitely successful.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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80
drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
676 tasting notes

This is just a really pleasant black flavoured tea. The dry scent is unreal, like a Christmas fruitcake. The sweeter flavours don’t come through super strongly but that’s good—the black tea gets to be the star.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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60
drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
676 tasting notes

First infusion: very sweet topnotes, even bubblegum! Creamy, too… how does it do that?
Second infusion: still bubblegummy. How strange. And a lot of colour still coming through in the infusion!

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 17 OZ / 500 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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