921 Tasting Notes

80
drank Aqua Coco by T2
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How did I not realise this would essentially be a dupe for DT’s Coco-Lemon Thai, the tea that confused the crap out of me the entire way through my share of it!?

I was lulled into buying this a few months ago during—if I recall correctly—a green tea promo month at T2; this was one of three on offer and my favourite. I tried it in store iced with Turkish Apple tisane and it was absolutely delicious. So now I have to remember to drink it that way because hot it’s giving me PTSD flashbacks to that DT blend (that wasn’t awful, just forever confusing to my tastebuds).

“Would you recommend this tea?” I DON’T KNOW!???!!?

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80

Not even this blend can save me this morning after three hours of broken sleep. Why! Am I being punished for such an amazing sleep the night before last? WAH

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80

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80

Ok, I’m back on the guayusa wagon. I get so temperamental about how I feel about guayusa. It’s like I can only get back on the wagon for a week or so, then stay away for six months. I was trying to remember the previous guayusas I’ve tried and enjoyed—Blackberry Lime I got over very quickly, Good Morning Sunshine was nice but by the end I was just trying to get through it. I still have Cider Guayusa in the cupboard as well…

I’ll boldly state that the Killer’s Vanilla is my favourite yet, keeping in mind I may get sick of it soon enough? I feel like it’s done a good job in perking me up this week when I’ve been pretty exhausted (working too hard!) but I also like that the mint and vanilla add something else to the blend that works nicely together.

However this has all turned VERY DARK as I’ve only just now found out that Butiki CLOSED and a piece of my heart just broke forever. It’s my own fault for not paying close enough attention to this site, I suppose, and for not drinking lots of tea for a while last year! GOODBYE FOREVER HELLO SWEETIE :((((((((((( so many Butiki blends I never got to try. I’ll just have to be thankful that I put in that one big order. Thank you Stacy for all your wonderful work! You deserved every bit of praise that you got. <3

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Cherry Bomb by T2
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Half the rest in a hot cup now, half the rest in the fridge to cold brew overnight. And done!

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90
drank Superberry (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Rats, somehow I didn’t have this in my steepster cupboard despite having it in my regular cupboard thanks to Sil (though on seeing her review for this blend maybe she should be thanking me, lololol).

I don’t know why I decided to make a cup of this one up tonight, maybe I figured it’d go best with the big fat doughnut I had for dessert.

Not as good hot as cold, but I’ll leave my high score until I try another cold brew.

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85
drank Banana Bake by T2
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So glad this is another blend that’s upgraded from theme of the month to orange box! I noticed Lamington has done that too. All the best ones! Good work, T2. But also darn you.

I bought another box of this to top up my dwindling supply and also to get me over the free shipping threshold in T2’s recent sale. I couldn’t resist those cute morning and night cups with the eyes on them!

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

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65
drank T2 Matcha by T2
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Getting rid of the oldest tea in my cupboard! I guess I’m not particularly drawn to matcha, unless it’s in an almond milk shake or a latte. I’m not afraid to admit that!

I brought this stuff to work to finish it off via lattes (seeing as it’s the middle of winter and not really milkshake weather) but the matcha’s gotten pretty gritty and grainy. I lasted two lattes and threw the rest out. It DID say best before July 2015 on the bottom, but I’d say it was actually a bit earlier than that, even kept in the sealed container it came in.

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90
drank Adelaide Breakfast by T2
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Finished this off via cold brews full of juicy berry flavours! Happy happy tea. Me likey. But I’ve got one too many flavoured blacks to get through so I probably won’t restock this for a while…

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85

Glad to go out on a high note with this one, after I remembered to throw it in my bag last night for my early start at work today—AND remembered to get it out of my bag this morning instead of going for the coffee machine, as has happened in the past. Two li’l teapots of Good Morning Sunshine have definitely given me the same pep to my step that coffee does, which is always good to note.

I’m really enjoying working Saturday mornings, it’s so nice to get out of work in the middle of the afternoon and have the city to explore! I wonder where I’ll have lunch today?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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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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