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90
drank Refresh by T2
600 tasting notes

Oh yeah! I somehow managed to score a T2 sample with my ridiculous amount of goodies from TassieTeaGirl and decided I’d try this guy iced the other day when I needed one.

Zang! I like! There must have been a bit of rosehip? Or hibiscus? Caught near the bottom of my clear base-pour steeper, because as the tea steeped it took on a golden hay kind of colour, but when I poured out it was more orange/peachy! Made me giggle. The tea was definitely nice and refreshing with some nice fresh flavours going on. I want to put gin in this, just because there are juniper berries. Good, good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Gone Surfing by T2
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Almost out. This is the worst news when I’m trying to run down my tea supplies. Maybe I’ll make an exception for this guy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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70

Thanks for the sample, TassieTeaGirl! I almost made a flagrant oversteeping error with this—well, okay, I DID, but I tempered it by quickly running a second shorter steep and blending the two steeps. End result came out still good. PHEW. Nothing worse than ruining a green tea? I enjoyed this, it’s a nice green with just the right kinda hint of fruit. Looking forward to trying it iced soon (the other half’s in the fridge).

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Vanilla Mint by T2
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Drank the last of mine today, and as I’m trying to run my ample tea stores down a bit I probably won’t see it for a while. Note to self: it’s lovely.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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65
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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Much better on the second (shorter) steeping. Lovely minty notes with the black tea. This is good. Thanks TassieTeaGirl!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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I steeped for 6mins and should have maybe only done 4min, as the more bitter notes of the tea were settling in by the time I got to drink it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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70
drank Monk Pear by T2
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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

Location

Hobart, Australia

Website

http://tasmemia.com

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