941 Tasting Notes

80
drank White Chocolate Frost by DAVIDsTEA
941 tasting notes

Why is the last cup always the best!? :’(

I used pure cream and it was amazing. It was so amazing. Oh my gosh. Oh. Goodbye you precious beast.

Dustin

That has been happening to me lately. Finally figure out the perfect way to steep a tea at the end of my supply. :/

Memily

It is slightly traumatic.

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85
drank Masala Chai by Monstrositea
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Welp, I don’t know if I’m biased because I know this tea came directly from a chai wallah in the heart of India, but I’m pretty sure this is the most deliciously blended chai I’ve ever tried.

Perfect for today’s rainy day. Another from the Monstrositea April box, by the way. I had to wait to get some decent milk from the organic guys at the farmers’ market today and it just so happened that the weather today begged for some chai to be drunk. Apparent temp 4°C at 2pm! Brrrr. I’m rugged up on the couch with a book… wishing I had more chai.

(Almost ruined everything by leaving the kitchen for 2mins, which was the 2mins the pot decided to boil over. Don’t know how I saved it but I did! PHEW.)

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95
drank Apple Crumble by T2
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I took a whole bunch more teas upstairs to my bedside tea station last night, thinking of this morning in glee. What I forgot was to take my strainer back upstairs. This morning’s choice was purely based on the fact that I could filter the bits out with my teeth. But heck, this is maybe my favourite fruit tisane right now, so it was a win anyway.

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75
drank Concentration by Zee Tea
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Sipdown!

Can I concentrate on sleep, do you think?

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70
drank The Glow (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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You know that pimple I had coming up the other day? Gone. Totes gone. I don’t know if it was the tea or the pimple cream I kept reapplying all day—OK it was PROBABLY the pimple cream but the tea didn’t hinder the operation at all.

So now I’m drinking some more just to be safe, and also because a) it’s a cold night and cinnamon tea is delicious and b) this is approaching a sipdown, and I love sipdowns.

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70
drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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Very sad sipdown tonight, but I decided it was time.

This is pretty darn delicious and I’ll miss it. Oh, for a DAVIDsTEA in Australia.

I’m trying a resteep now because I’m so desperate to hang onto the last dregs of this. It might be terrible, but I promise I’ll throw it down the sink if it is.

:’(

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75
drank #memtea by Custom - T2
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So, this is the custom blend I came up with at the T2 Tea Society event earlier this week. It’s got:
50% T2 Chocolate
25% T2 Riotous Rose
25% T2 Just Rose

I was pretty anxious about making a blend from limited pre-mixed blends and I have to say I continued to be anxious after trying the blend because it just… wasn’t right. I shied away from it for a couple of days, fretting about the ratios and how the heck I was gonna fix it.

I brought some in to work today to see what I could do. I started by adding around 3/4 tsp of raw sugar…

Fixed.

YAY

I don’t really get the chocolate from the black tea, but I’ve got some Cocoa Loco at home I COULD add to see if I could up that. In the end it doesn’t really matter, the rose is pretty prominent (especially after eating some Fry’s turkish delight) and I’m happy and RELIEVED.

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

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75

First taste of tea #2 in the Monstrositea April box—seeing as I already had an Iron Goddess in the Mr. Earl April box I was feeling a little over IGs, but in the spirit of trying everything in my subscription boxes I busted some of the Tea Leaves variety today.

I blatantly ignored the note that only a few leaves were needed and to be fair, I needed a full teaspoon of leaves to get decent flavour for my tastebuds, but it ended up going much better than expected. Very nice. I’ll try this again soon.

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70
drank Ceylon FBOPF EX SP by T2
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I think this blend is around a year and a half old, but I got a couple of sample sachets in a swap (a REAL LIFE swap!) with my friend the other day and I’ll be darned if I’m going to do a sipdown without actually getting to add the tea to my cupboard and then remove it again.

So the all-caps isn’t just gibberish and stands for Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings Extra Special. Sure. OK. Googling seems to show it was ranked an 80 (“Very Good: a tea with superior characteristics”) in the US tea championship 2013? Good for it…

It smells like delicious chocolate. Tastes pretty chocolatey for a plain black tea, too! Yum. I think this is what you’d call a single origin tea? Hahaha.

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90
drank Wintermärchen by Demmers Teehaus
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I got sent this as a gift from my beautiful wonderful Loops in Austria, after she came to visit me, because she is selfless and so thoughtful. So it’s already very special to me, before I’ve even tried it.

Tonight I finally did try it though! It’s the start of the proper descent into winter lately, and tonight I rode home in quite biting drizzle and wanted something warm and delicious. This was calling.

I’ve been having a good huff of it once a month and it smells like a delicious pile of glühwein spices. Well, tonight I can confirm that it also tastes like glühwein, without the wine. Yum. So cosy and wintry and I wonder if you could actually make glühwein with it!? Maybe I’ll find out in a few weeks, hmm…

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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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