952 Tasting Notes

drank Spring by T2
952 tasting notes

WELP, I was looking forward to trying this after cold brewing overnight in my lovely new More Tea bottle but then the bottle didn’t survive my bike trip into work.

Internal glass shattered. Devastated.

And I only had a one cup sample of this tea, too! Sigh. Not a great start to the day. Can only go up from here, right?

For a positive spin, that’s technically another sipdown. I so wanted to get under 70 before my Butiki order arrives, but I’ve just received my Mr. Earl May teas so the challenge intensifies AGAIN!

Dustin

Oh no! Earlier today I had read your review for that bottle too! Strange that it was the internal glass that broke. I wonder if that happens often.

Memily

I’m not sure :( second steep ever with it too. Hopefully the company is understanding and can send me a replacement! Might have to change my rating down a bit for the bottle :/

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drank #memtea by Custom - T2
952 tasting notes

Decided to have some of this as my bedtime tea tonight (despite trying to avoid black teas for bedtime caffeine reasons) and sorted it out with a bit of sugar and cream.

Cream in tea is ridiculous and wonderful.

This felt like a big pile of cream and roses and I felt preposterous and delighted.

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reviewed Tea Bottle by More Tea
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So this is definitely a BEAUTIFUL portable tea carrier, yes. But it only carries a small amount of tea! I guess it’s not much more than my timolino. But carrying around such a bulky thing when I can clearly (zing) see how much liquid is in there and it’s not a lot is a bit of a bummer. BUT seeing the tea in there is really pretty! But also straining leaves out if you need to is kinda annoying. Buuuuuuuuut it’s awesome for cold press.

I’m so torn. I think it’s everything I want? Or it would be if it held a bit more liquid. I’m just getting into this when I run out of tea.

EDIT: and with my second steeping ever, a jolt to the bottle has smashed the internal glass. Ouch. Changing my rating. Bit heartbroken!

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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My adage seems to be “if you don’t like it hot, cold brew it”. It’s saved many a blend for me and this one is no different. I swapped away the last of my supply of this to a friend last week but saved one last hurrah for my newfound cold brewing joy, and drinking it tonight it is fresh and tasty. True, the almond scent is still putting me off on approach, but heck—we’ve come a long way, baby.

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drank Sunny by More Tea
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Ah, you get a black flavoured blend and you’ll probably be onto a winner with me. Yup.

I left this in the fridge since 3pm yesterday, so we’re talking accidentally around 28hrs of steeping time, but due to the wonderment of cold brewing it isn’t bitter at all. It’s delicious. Not a great deal of the flavour coming through but just enough to be subtle, refreshing and delicious. Just what I needed after a power-ride up the hill to home!

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drank Orange Zing by T2
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Well, it’s no Ginger Spice.

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drank Green Jasmine by More Tea
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Fine for green jasmine tea, which I’m not fussed on. Bad choice of samples for me, More Tea! Hahaha. Oh well, at least it’s sipped down now.

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drank Inspire by More Tea
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Oh… hm. This isn’t what I was hoping it would be—the description made it sound a lot more flavourful, all I’m getting is lemongrass, cinnamon and cardamom. Which isn’t turning me on. Hm. Let me try a shorter steeping time next time, this one went for around 8mins.

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drank Licorice Mint by More Tea
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We all know how I feel about licorice and yet I got through the whole cup of this I had. Hmm. Fresh!

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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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