602 Tasting Notes


And here’s my cold brew for brunch today, and a sipdown!

This was definitely a lovely flavoured black. Fruity and juicy, my favourite as a cold brew but also lovely hot, plain or with a little sprinkle of sugar.

Thanks for this one, TraceyC — it was definitely a good choice for me :)

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Phew! Better steep conditions and storage / distribution of ingredients meant I could pick my rating up for this one.

I found it pretty tricky to wrangle my way to the bottom of the Butiki packet to make sure I got as close to an even spoonful of leaves and flavour dust (?! it’s late, ok) when I first tried this, so I moved what was left into a tin. Much easier to get the spoon in there AND to shake up the supplies!

Repeat after me: white tea, white tea, white tea. This numpty didn’t realise last time and added a whole bunch of milk. Tonight I just added a touch of sugar and it was a cosy dessert treat.

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Threw some of this into the fridge to cold steep overnight and threw the last of it into a mug for dinner tonight with a little sugar. Mmm, fruity good times.

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drank Lemongrass Ginger by Origin Tea
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A good way to work out exactly how good a lemongrass & ginger blend is is to try it at the same time as another blend. Pow, this one ended up knocking my socks off comparatively. Full of flavour and the lemongrass is so green!

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Quite a bland blend. Disappointing, especially after the Scrumptious sample the other month… not sure if I’ll even bother finishing this sample. Or I’ll try and spruce it up a bit… yes, that’s a better idea! I’ll play around with it some more. Think positive!

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drank Garden in Flower by T2
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Finally got my last bit of this out of the back of pantry and into one of my storage containers. Started with a big 2L cold steep of it on the weekend.

This was my least favourite of the three Mother’s Day 2013 teas but a cold steep is bringing it more into my favour. The lavender comes out surprisingly strongly, as well as the lemongrass, and the hibiscus gives it an obnoxious red colour but doesn’t make things too tart. Tart, definitely, but not overpoweringly so.

Drinking the last of this is gonna be just fine.

Flavors: Lavender, Lemongrass

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drank 1994 Aged Bai Hao by Butiki Teas
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Drank this sample yesterday and it was utterly delicious. That’s all I remember, though. Darn delayed logging.

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drank Masala Chai by Monstrositea
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Perfect timing, too. A chilly cold day today after farewelling my houseful of guests earlier. Curled up on the couch with some catch-up TV episodes and a teapot full of stove-boiled milky chai.

Happy place. <3

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drank Gypsy Rose by The Berry Tea Shop
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Love this cold steeped! Left it overnight and it wasn’t bitter, so the green is mild enough to tolerate a long steep. Beautiful.

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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


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