646 Tasting Notes

70
drank La Luotuo-De by Tippity
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70
drank Keemun by Monstrositea
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This is a really lovely solid base tea. Sometimes it’s nice to take time with a plain black—I don’t do it much these days. As mentioned on the Tippity note from yesterday, haha.

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70
drank Keemun by Monstrositea
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75
drank Morning Red by T2
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70
drank La Luotuo-De by Tippity
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Wow. Wow! I am a lucky girl. Last week my friend asked me via twitter about some local tea shop recs for those that stock Russian Caravan blends, as his boyfriend won’t let him buy from big bad Unilever-owned T2 any more. I mentioned Tippity and they got in touch with us and offered to send us both a pressie.

A 200g bag of Tippity’s Russian Caravan arrived for me today!!!

And it is lovely. It’s been a while since I’ve had RC, though it was my first “different” tea love after growing up on English Breakfast. I started buying RC teabags instead of EB ones when I was around 18, or maybe even younger. But with tea discoveries of the last few years, straight blacks have fallen a little by the wayside for me.

Not any more! Not with this amount of gorgeous RC in my cupboard! It’s smoky and woody and one thing I’ve found coming out the other side of my tea addiction is that it’s absolutely lovely as a plain black, too.

Definitely looking forward to drinking the rest of it, and thanks so much to Tippity for the “little pressie”, shucks!

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85
drank Banana Bake by T2
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Um, it is crazy that this tea with a touch of milk & sugar tastes and smells just like a banana lolly.

HAPPY PLACE

Hannah F.

I love fake banana so hard.

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80
drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
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I keep getting excited about drinking these cold brew sipdowns but then I come to type my tasting notes and find I’ve already removed them from my cupboard. Dangit.

Very grateful to have had some of this in the cupboard, it’s a really awesome white coconut blend that is just stunning as a cold brew. <3

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80

Yessssssssss my last cup of this was a cold brew and was beautiful. I miss it! I do. I miss it.

Just not quite as much as I’ll miss Hello Sweetie.

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60
drank Cinnamon Somersault by T2
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I had another cup of the 2014 blend last night. Maybe it’s all in my head but it’s definitely lacking… what? Probably the orange. Side by side needs to be done ASAP.

CelesteAlice

This sounds like such a interesting blend of tea. I’d never think to put orange zest in a cinnamon tea, but thinking about does sounds very appealing. I’ll have to give this a try next time I’m in a store :)

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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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Hobart, Australia

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http://tasmemia.com

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