854 Tasting Notes


Goodbye delicious banana cream! I will miss you! You were my favourite! Thank you VariaTEA!

Now, can someone please tell me how to best use my small sample of DT Lime Gelato? Is it best cold brewed, or iced after hot brewing? Or just plain hot? I want to make the most of it!

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drank Mango Twister by T2
854 tasting notes

Hot brewed but then fridged overnight. I wanted to make sure I got all the sweet bits through the hot brew but wanted to drink it cold? Yeah? It was good, but I’m still cranky at T2 and their overingredienting of the last few months.

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I had high hopes for this one. It was ok as a hot brew but I wanted more of the sweetness, so threw it into the fridge as a cold brew and it came out really green. Tasted very much like grass in a not good way. Boo.

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Better as a cold steep but not enticing enough to restock.

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
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This love of my life is back in my life thanks to Sil! Bought 250g this time so if that doesn’t last me a year, it’s time for self flagellation. I took a Timolino full of cold brewed FI to work today and I have nothing but love. Forever fave.

I’ve ignored the timolino for a few months but that’s also because I’ve been pretty drone-y at work. I’m very excited however to announce that I’ve just gotten a new job and it’s kind of a dream job for me, front desk at a kitschy boutique hotel in the middle of town! I’m going to be SO HAPPY I can barely contain myself, only five shifts left at the call centre and then I’m SO DONE.

Life goals for 2015 include getting the timolino back out and joyfully using it while loving the crap out of my new job. And sipping down all my tea while not restocking because I’ll be poor but happy.

Maybe I’ll just do one more tea order with the call centre CHRISTMAS bonus first…


happy to be a mule :)


oh that sounds like a fun job!
Congrats on restocking your dream tea and getting your dream job :)




Thanks ladies!

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drank Shimmer Punch by T2
854 tasting notes

Grumpy and PMSy tonight so when my housemate (I have one of those now) asked me what I wanted to drink I asked for this knowing it doesn’t matter how much of it I drink now that it’s been added to the standard line at T2. PHEW

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drank Banana Bake by T2
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A pot of this for a friend in need.

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I’d like more flavour from this Monstrositea sample… let’s see how the cold steep in the fridge goes overnight.

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Cherry Bomb by T2
854 tasting notes

I made up a jug of iced tea of this the other day when my friend came around for afternoon tea but it was too stinking hot to have anything hot. I threw in a bunch of actual delicious cherries, and then I drank the leftovers today (I think it was… it was four days ago she was over). WHAT A DIFFERENCE! Actual cherries steeping in this tea made a world of deliciousness.

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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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