818 Tasting Notes

70
drank Apple Strudel by Bluebird Tea Co.
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The last of my sample from Scheherazade — thank you! I’ve really enjoyed this.

Today I brewed it with a bit of milk and sugar, after having to accept that not every single tea will shine best as a plain unsweetened beast. I’m being rewarded for my milk and sugar efforts today! This was a delicious dessert treat.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sami Kelsh

Yum. I honestly find a lot of flavoured teas do shine best with a touch of sugar added. It just draws out the flavours a little more, I think.

Memily

I think you might be right! And milk can enhance the creaminess. Darn, trust me to have a lot of flavoured black favourites…

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80
drank Black Almond Vanilla by Tea Leaves
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My second from the March Monstrositea box and I gotta say, my expectations were low—which could be part of why I’m so blown away by this tea! Hooray!

I really shy away from almond flavouring so I wasn’t planning on being a fan of this flavoured black at ALL, but there’s just enough of a hint of almond that dances sweetly with the vanilla bean (literally chopped-up beans), with a touch of sugar to really bring out the sweetness and a dash of milk, this one smashes my expectations to pieces.

This is what I wish T2’s Melbourne breakfast was like, I think. Pretty glad to have a replacement by a little guy! Would definitely restock once I’m through my current black flavoureds.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Ginger Peach by Argo Tea
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I forgot that I’d almost cleaned up my work tea stocks last week—only two choices! Preposterous. Lucky this one’s a good’un.

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85
drank Ginger Peach by Argo Tea
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80
drank Beet It by Bluebird Tea Co.
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85
drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
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Almost done with the iced tea I made up of this. Really refreshing sliced with soda water, I’m surprised to realise I will actually miss it once it’s gone now! We’ve been through our ups and downs but we’ve made it through.

Preparation
Iced

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65
drank Toasty Nougat by T2
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Ok, so Toasty Nougat is one for sharing with other teas. I discovered it goes well with the Art of Tea’s NUDI-TEA a couple of weeks ago, and thanks to some Instagram hashtag-trolling I tried it last night with some T2 Cocoa Loco (Orange—I don’t have my straight CL open yet) and a dash of vanilla soy.

Boosting the rating and recommending as a good additional scoop to enhance sweet, creamy and nutty notes in other teas.

Preparation
1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80

Today, my first tea from my first Mr. Earl box! Well technically yesterday—I loaded up the timolino with some of this too before hitting the road for the day, but today I’ve got to sit down and get a proper taste for it.

The 85°C steeping note got my curiosity up, because this tea is literally just black leaves + other black leaves + some more black leaves. I did as I was told both yesterday and today but I think with the last scoop I’ve got I’m going to try at just off boiling. I’ll admit that I steeped for longer than advised both times, 3-4mins advertised and I went for around 4-6.

I’m getting lovely black with a touch of maltiness, but not the real grunt of boldness I was expecting from such a name.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70
drank Grape Oolong by Butiki Teas
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70

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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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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