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Let me preface this review by saying that strawberry is not a flavor I gravitate toward in teas. It’s a very finicky ingredient for me. It either has to be the star of the show or an almost overlooked note hidden in the background. It’s basically all or nothing.
As I sit here huffing the tea through the box, I can’t quite place the smell of the dry leaf. It sort of smells like a strawberry fruit strip, but less like a fruit roll-up and more like the kind of no-sugar-added variety you’d find at Whole Foods.
Hibiscus is the first ingredient, so the first unsweetened sip did make me pucker a bit – a bit like tasting one of those awful unripe strawberries that are completely white inside. The addition of sweetener mellowed the tart hibiscus enough to really enjoy the strawberry flavor. It made a very nice glass of iced tea.
I was fully expecting to prefer Fruitalicious, but Strawberry Sensation was the more impressive of the two blends sampled tonight. Is it a tea I need to have in my collection at all times? No. Is it a nice strawberry tea? Absolutely. I’ll enjoy sipping down the rest of my 100g. It’d probably make a nice base for a tea cocktail too. I can imagine it’d go quite nicely with some tequila and fresh lime. #lush
Flavors: Strawberry, Tart
Thanks to Black Friday, Cyber Monday, et al., I’ve had the opportunity to try new brands this past week. It snowed yesterday (in Texas!) and it’s currently 40-something degrees, but I’m craving fruity iced tea. I don’t think I steeped this long enough to extract all the lovely flavors from the dried fruit, but my (large) glass of iced tea still went down a treat. It’s a muddled melange of fruits. Apart from the cranberry, I can’t quite discern any of the other fruits, but that’s fine by me. I think this would work really well cold-steeped or steeped for much longer than the suggested 3-5 minutes. I steeped for closer to 10 minutes and it still was quite light. That may just be the way it is, especially given the lack of hibiscus, rosehips, etc. Perhaps it’s just meant to be a lightly flavored fruit tea. I’m not mad at it.
Now that DT’s discontinued/retired Goji Pop and Melon Drop, I’ll need to find some nice flavorful tisanes for spring/summer. I’ll give it a longer steep next time and see how I fare.
Flavors: Cranberry, Fruity
This is a flavoured tea, not a tea whose flavour complexity comes from blending different tea leaves. It came in a gift box of various black teas, and I thought they were all real tea. It’s like buying wine when the wine-maker has added some sugar and vanilla essence but still calling it wine! It has a cheap maple cla our that has an almost chocolate smell. If that’s what you want, then fine, but I was in the mood for real tea made with a blend of black tea, and I did not get it.
So it’s christmas time and I have been going to T2 and I kept seeing this tea available to drink, each time I had some and I quickly fell in love, so my bf being as amazing as he is bought it for me. This tea is like drinking a gingerbread cookie or drinking pfeffernusse biscuits which I love so much. T2 has this with soy milk and honey and tbh it tastes the best with soy milk and honey. I don’t have soy milk so I have regular milk which is still great. The only thing is I once over brewed my tea and I could not drink it the ginger was too strong so i suggest brewing it for less time.
This tea has strong taste of ginger and cinnamon. Which is perfect as a dessert but I have it for breakfast as it’s when I crave it the most.
The packaging is adorable but I hate how it comes only in bags and with only 25 of them.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cookie, Ginger, Sweet
This is my favourite tea of all time, I love the sweetness and the smell of this tea. It has taste of cinnamon and is perfect for sweet tea lovers. Sadly a friend has it and I wasn’t aware of it till after easter so I’m hoping they will sell it this easter again. It also has a very cute box.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Sweet, Vanilla
I’m not the biggest fan of herbal tea but I was at T2 one day and the colours and name made me curious about this tea. I asked the man working if he could brew it for me so I could try this. The tea tastes like green tea with minty and licorice undertones. I usually just brew one cup so it can be a bit strong but once I buy a teapot which is happening soon I will review this again.
For those who enjoy herbal teas and the taste of subtle mint and licorice this will probably be a must buy.
Flavors: Grass, Herbs, Licorice, Mint, Wood
I don’t own this tea but have had it multiple times at my partner’s mother’s house. It has a very cocoa flavour that compliments the black tea. I enjoyed it a lot but haven’t been able to find it at any T2s near me to buy for home which is annoying haha. I personally like it brewed for about four minutes and then put half of the brew in my mug and then top the rest with water.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Sweet
The tea mostly has a popcorn scent, which is due to the use of Genmaicha as its base. I would prefer a stronger hazelnut chocolate flavor which was, unfortunately, masked by the popcorn scent. Maybe normal green tea as its base would do the trick. Then again, its just my preference.
Black loose leaf tea with a mid-sized leaf and generous sprinkle of blue cornflowers. Very fresh and clean, with fruit in the mid-mouth and spearmint flavours on the aftertaste. Low tannin; the cup refreshed four times without losing flavour quality, though the intensity faded. A good working afternoon tea.
Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Spearmint
This is another lovely green tea from T2. The name doesn’t really hit the mark when it comes to the tasting notes. I hadn’t tried it for quite a long time as a rose green tea would not normally be something of interest to me. However like others have mentioned it is more of a fruity tea. It has a tropical fruity taste, probably due to the papaya cubes.
I finally opened this up after it had spent an embarrassingly long time sitting in the cupboard. Why, oh why, do I do this? Too many teas, too little time, I guess. I want, I buy, then I “get around to drinking it.” Terrible behavior, but such is the life of this tea addict.
I clearly like coconut flavored teas, because this is the fourth tea I own that has coconut in it. As others have observed, the scent of the dry leaf is divine – mouthwatering, even. No way the brew could deliver that much taste, and it doesn’t. BUT – it still tastes great, just not nearly as aromatic and flavorful as the scent would lead you to believe. Not the first time that’s happened to me, anyway, so I took that in stride. Cocoa-y goodness with a hint of coconut – what’s not to love? A bit Almond Joy-ish, Bounty Bar-esque, with the coconut definitely there, but in the background. Although a great dessert tea, I had it at breakfast, with no regrets. I did overleaf just a little bit, but the brew didn’t suffer for it -
in fact, I think overleafing just a bit does it good. Lovely with milk, no sweetener, per my usual. I’ll continue to enjoy this one, and it’s too bad I waited so long to open it – will be making up for lost time now.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Coconut, Pastries
I bought this as my first tea from T2 because there’s a shop down the road from my office. I came back from my lunch break and decided to try it out, and it didn’t make for a very productive afternoon! This tea smells of all the lovely relaxing staples, like lavender and chamomile, and tastes of them too whilst not being overpowering. I keep it at home now and like to drink it when unwinding after work.