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Hahahaha I love tea companies who are just straight down the line with their blend names. HEER IZ WOT IZ IN DIS.

This is tea #1 from the April Monstrositea box, an Easter treat! Seeing as my weekend is a Tuesday/Wednesday this week I decided to be gratuitous and use my whole sample of this for “Saturday” breakfast.

It’s not much on its own (too bitter) but with a decent lashing of perfectly creamy milk it’s a real treat. No sugar needed for this creamy, chocolatey brew!

212 °F / 100 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Snooze Blend by The Art of Tea
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Welp, can’t have a sleepy blend without dat chamomile now, can we?

This one’s been in my physical cupboard since December (a Christmas gift from work) and yet somehow I missed it in the Great Steepster Cupboard Own-Up of 2014. I spotted it tonight when I was shuffling things around and decided to unbox it and bring it upstairs to join my bedside tea station.

Yes, I have a bedside tea station.

No, I don’t have a problem.

Anyway, yes. Here’s another tea in my cupboard, bloody bollocksy bum-bums. My sipdowns were going so well! AND I just got four new teas in my new Monstrositea box this morning and that means my Mr Earl box won’t be far behind and I’m going to a T2 Tea Society event tomorrow night where we always get goodies including a free box of tea LIFE IS SO HARD. ALL I WANT IS A NEAR-EMPTY CUPBOARD. WOE.

#firstworldproblems or WHAT

Anyway, goodnight teahearts

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drank Indian Summer by Jeffersons Tea
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Ok, I have to do it.

I have to bump my rating for this up.

This tea needs to always be in my cupboard. (Even though I’m going to go without for a little while, until I’ve gotten a bit further through my sipdowns.)

After this afternoon’s milk & sugar mistake, I remedied with a 3min boiling steep with the last of my leaves. Yum. Just perfect on its own.

I left a bit in the timolino to take home after work and compare with the cold brew I’d prepared and bottled.



IT’S PERFECT :((((((((((

Seriously, I think I cold brewed for around 12hrs and it’s SO fresh and SO sweet and SO… I wanna say juicy, which is weird, but oh man. I am in love. Amazing cold brew. AMAZING COLD BREW I wonder how long I can hold out from restocking.

Let’s see.


On to the wish list it goes heh


Mine too!


Oh gosh I hope I’m not overhyping it. No, I couldn’t be. Will keep in mind for future swaps, ladies! :D


Hahaha I love trying teas other ppl love even if I try them and hate them…..it’s fun to try things ppl love

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drank Indian Summer by Jeffersons Tea
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My suspicions were correct for once and milk + sugar was not the right choice to make for this blend. Keep it black, friends! Maybe even cold steep it because I did that a couple of days ago and I haven’t drunk it yet but I did have a little teaser sip and I’m pretty sure it’s gonna taste like heaven.


Ooooo neat

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drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
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Isn’t it funny that as I drink my very last cup of this blend, I realise that I might actually… miss it when it’s gone? And I’m actually going to… select the “YES” box for “Would you recommend this tea?”

It took me a long time to find my groove with this one. Now that I have, I’m sad the dream is over. Yikes.

(This is so awesome cold brewed, btw.)

Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Gold Rush by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Apple Crumble by T2
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APPLE CRUMBLE! You are so great right now!

Finally making some dents in my cupboard and as a reward, another sealed box gets opened… it possibly should have been something a little older but it’s coming on winter and this is the perfect winter warmer, cosy and tart.

In fact, I had a mug of DAVIDsTEA’s Forever Nuts just before this and I actually prefer Apple Crumble. Less killer sweetness. Gosh, what’s become of me?

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Gold Rush by DAVIDsTEA
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Seriously, the dry scent of this tea smells like BOOZE. Like a delicious thick PX sherry or port or something. BOOZY. HEADY.

Also of course it tastes divine. I’m going to cheat and bulk up the last of my sample with some straight silver needles and see how that goes. Also I’m going to cold brew it too because I’m obsessed with cold brewing right now and that is going to go AWESOMELY.


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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
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So thanks to my ridiculous longing, ashleyelizabeth was kind enough to send me a skerrick of this delicious and discontinued blend to try.

I don’t know if trying it has made my longing better or worse…

I hummed and haahed over how to brew this up, knowing that there was only enough for a (decent) single serve. The weather has been getting colder lately but this is the kind of blend that seems to be best served cold… aaaaaaaaaand I’ve just gotten enthralled with cold brewing. Done. Cold brewed, it is.

This ended up sitting for around 24hrs in my fridge, which was an awesome amount of time for a fruit tisane. Yum. Yum. Yum. I wish I had so much more of this in my life. Fruity and sweet and just everything I dreamed it would be.


Iced 8 min or more

It already made one comeback since it’s introduction, maybe they will bring it back again this summer! It was really popular…

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Translating my ratings, at a glance:

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.


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.

+ black teas
+ white teas
+ oolongs
+ flavoured versions of all three of the above
+ herbal infusions and fruit tisanes

+ most green teas
+ LICORICE ROOT (my sworn enemy) and aniseed flavours


Hobart, Australia



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