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92
drank Black Rose by T2
11 tasting notes

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Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I wanted a light and simple tea to accompany my dinner tonight, so I decided to sipdown another of the T2 samplers I got from my massive T2 sampler sale haul. This is their genmaicha. I’ve actually only had one other genmaicha to date, so I haven’t exactly had a lot of tasting experience with them yet. I will say that when I tasted my first genmaicha (which I picked up at American Tea House in San Diego, which I’m going to guess is an average quality genmaicha at best), I really fell in love with that tea. It is probably one of my favorite kinds of green tea, and I find myself craving it often. I’m fairly certain that the genmaicha I’m used to is a standard blend using bancha leaf, so I was curious to try this one out, which uses sencha.

I guess I was expecting something different about the flavor, but I couldn’t really discern anything different in the taste from my other blend (perhaps it is using sencha leaf as well, or the difference is just too subtle for my under-developed palate to pick up on). The tea is tasty though, with the toasty, nutty, crisped rice flavors that made me such a fan of genmaicha tea. The green tea is very smooth and vegetal. The sampler had enough for two cups, and my first cup I made with my typical lighter steep (2 min) which was more subtle on the vegetal notes, which I enjoyed better than a darker steep (3 min) which I felt brought out some slight astringent qualities in the leaf, but also emphasized the vegetal flavors more. The tea held up to resteeping very well, and I managed to have several nice relaxing cups off only a two-serving sampler.

I have no doubt there are fancier genmaicha out there, but I found this tasty and enjoyable.

Flavors: Nutty, Roasted, Smooth, Toasted Rice, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Rolling Clouds by T2
3 tasting notes

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drank Lamington by T2
279 tasting notes

This is a nice chocolate coconut blend. Again, the black tea base isn’t really anything to write home about. I would’ve preferred that they’d left out the chocolate drops just because I don’t care for the oiliness that melted chocolate contributes to a tea. It’s got really lovely coconut flavor due to the large coconut flakes scattered throughout the blend. It takes milk well, and I’ve had it both hot and iced.

Not a tea I’d repurchase, but I’ll probably finish the rest of the 100g.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Coconut

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drank Creme Brulee by T2
279 tasting notes

I don’t think I was expecting the nuttiness. Does it belong in a creme brulee tea? No, maybe not. But, I don’t hate it. The black tea base isn’t very robust, but it’s got good vanilla and caramel flavor. It takes milk well and it makes a nice iced latte too.

Again, shame about the packaging.

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Nutty, Smooth, Vanilla

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65
drank Tummy Tea by T2
75 tasting notes

My second sipdown from the T2 herbal sampler. I actually woke up this morning with my stomach feeling a bit woozy, so I either have a headache coming on or ate something weird before bed that I no longer remember. With me, either is likely, heh.

This is a very minty tea, with a lot of sweet licorice root in the finish. To me it tastes just like TeaSource’s Margaret’s Soother tea, although it lacks the pizazz the clove adds to that blend. It is light and soothing and would work equally well on a sore throat with its combination of peppermint and licorice root, but for nausea, I think I’ll still reach for my peppermint/ginger blend. This blend tastes fine, but it doesn’t taste or do anything that I don’t already have covered by another tea blend, so ultimately it is a bit superfluous to me.

Flavors: Licorice, Mint, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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68
drank Detox by T2
75 tasting notes

T2 had a big clearance sale at the beginning of this month, so I stocked up on all their sampler pack sets from their unneeded holiday stock. This tea was in their herbal set, and the sample holds two cuppa tea, so another sipdown for me! (Progress!)

The dominant flavor in this blend was definitely the spearmint, which I tend to not care for as much as peppermint but it was balanced out well by other flavor notes. The tea had a nice natural sweetness to it from the licorice, and there were some delicate citrus notes, but it didn’t have the sort of strong lemony flavor I come to expect whenever lemongrass is involved; the citrus was far more subtle than I was expecting. What really surprised me is I tasted that same sort of savory “vegetable soup broth” taste that I was picking up on from AmberFreda’s Detox blend, so I’m glad that I tried these two detox tea blends back-to-back: comparing the ingredients, what they appear to have in common is nettle, so now I know where to place that flavor. It seems stinging nettle is commonly described as tasting like spinach, and I’m not exactly getting a “spinach” flavor, but I don’t think that “vegetable broth” is that far off, either. Maybe it’s just how my palate is picking up on it?

I wouldn’t say the tea is the most aromatic, but the taste is pretty good. I think overall I like the other detox tea I tried just a bit better for having such a unique, savory flavor, but appreciate the lack of spicy ginger in this blend, which makes this blend a bit more of a relaxing nighttime sip.

Flavors: Citrus, Spearmint, Sweet, Vegetable Broth

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80
drank Aussie Wattle Breakfast by T2
9 tasting notes

Different and a lot smoother breakfast tea than others I have come across. Tea has a aromatic scent, slightly reminds me of baked apples. Vanilla and cinnamon really kick in at the end.

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Earth, Nutty, Smooth, Tangy, Vanilla

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89
drank Gone Surfing by T2
9 tasting notes

Perfect tisane for relaxing. Spearmint and Lemon balm suits nicely with lavender and chamomile.

Flavors: Flowers, Herbs, Lavender, Lemon, Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Raspberry Rush by T2
279 tasting notes

Uh…

I need to start looking for more black tea blends that feature hibiscus, because the few that I’ve tried have been absolute winners. This tea is no exception. It’s excellent iced. The raspberry flavor combined with the tartness of the hibiscus is lovely. I’m happy the black tea base isn’t more assertive because it would really compete with the raspberry and hibiscus.

Yum.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Raspberry, Tart

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drank Banana Bake by T2
279 tasting notes

I have a soft spot for banana flavored black teas, so I had to add this to my order. It tastes more like bananas and caramel than a tray bake, but that’s fine by me. It’s sweet and it has nice banana flavor. There’s a bit of cinnamon which makes it taste a bit more like a baked good, but, overall, it’s just a sweet black tea with decent banana flavor. I’ve had a few cups of this – hot/straight, latte, iced latte. They’ve all been pleasant cuppas. Again, not a tea I’d rush out to repurchase, but I shouldn’t have any trouble finishing off my 100g.

Flavors: banana, Caramel, Cinnamon, Sweet

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drank New York Breakfast by T2
279 tasting notes

This is one of the better pancake-inspired blends I’ve tried. The black tea base isn’t really anything remarkable, but it blends well with the flavors of vanilla and cinnamon. I enjoyed it hot and straight, but I preferred it with a splash of milk. It’s not a tea I’d repurchase, but I might hold onto the rest of the 100g. It’d probably make a nice latte.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Vanilla

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drank Melbourne Breakfast by T2
279 tasting notes

As a lover of vanilla black tea blends, I was fully expecting this to be my favorite of the breakfast teas I purchased during T2’s Black Friday sale. To my surprise, it wasn’t. It’s nice enough, but it’s certainly not one of the better vanilla teas I’ve had in the past year or so. I don’t think I’ll be sipping the rest of my 100g, unless I can find something to mix it with. Life’s too short to carry on sipping teas you don’t enjoy.

Also, while I love the cute orange boxes, I loathe the way these teas are packaged. How on earth am I meant to seal these bags? I’ve just about used up my entire stash of tiny binder clips. I think I’ll just have to transfer the teas to ziploc bags. So annoying.

Flavors: Vanilla

Evol Ving Ness

Ayup, bags that are ridiculous to reseal are most annoying and will weigh in to how readily I am going to be purchasing from that blender.

apieceofquiche

Yeah, I should’ve watched YouTube videos or something. Had I known that it was going to be a chintzy plastic bag that I’d need scissors to open and binder clips to close, I would’ve thought twice about purchasing. Such a PITA.

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drank Christmas breakfast by T2
279 tasting notes

The ginger is really overpowering, even when steeped for a shorter period of time. The ginger even manages to overpower the cinnamon. I could’t finish my cuppa, even as a latte. I’ll be promptly getting rid of the remaining sachets. Ick.

Flavors: Ginger

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70
drank China Jasmine by T2
5 tasting notes

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85
drank New York Breakfast by T2
1891 tasting notes

Tried this one again today, in my timolino while I host nursing interviews away from my usual office. I know it’s supposed to be a pancake blend, but that’s really not what I’m getting from this one. I get chocolate and caramel, on a pleasantly malty black base. It’s great with milk, and an excellent dessert tea. But it’s not pancakes. I find it odd that the ingredients list cinnamon, because I can’t taste that at all.

I like this one, but I feel like I’m not experiencing the same thing as everyone else?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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85
drank New York Breakfast by T2
1891 tasting notes

059/365

I used a recipe from T2’s website, and made this one up as a salted caramel latte. The tea itself is described in terms of pancakes, so it seemed a bit of a stretch from that to salted caramel. It worked, though, so that was a surprise! Apparently, adding 1 tsp of honey and a pinch of salt can have a fairly drastic effect!

I can’t say all that much about the tea just now, as I’ve yet to try it plain. It stood up well to the milk and additions, though, and contributed a lot of its own flavour – I wouldn’t say pancakes, perhaps, but there was a certain “bakery” kind of quality, a maple-like sweetness, and a little bit of astringent bite. Combined with the salt and honey, I could definitely imagine salted caramel.

What I wanted from this one was a warming, comforting, just-in-from-work kind of cup, and that’s what I got. I’m enjoying being a bit more creative, too – it’s inspiring to do something different!

I’ll write a more in depth tasting note for this one once I’ve tried it on its own, but for now I’m very happy with it!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp

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83
drank Madagascan Vanilla by T2
3 tasting notes

A nice afternoon treat, brewed double strong with added cream. It is sweeter than T2’s Melbourne Breakfast, but has a similar vanilla flavor.

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drank Sleep Tight by T2
8 tasting notes

My boyfriend’s mum bought me this tea for christmas, I was a bit a hestitant on drinking it as I’m generally not a fan on herbal teas. This tea is not sweet regardless of how it’s described. Despite not being sweet the tea isn’t too gross for me but I doubt I’ll brew this tea as often as my other teas.
The smell of the tea isn’t appealing to me either, it kind of reminds me of the scent of chamomile, and if you know me, you would know I hate chamomile tea. So that was not a plus. I would recommend this to someone who likes herbal and floral teas, especially those who enjoy chamomile.

Flavors: Floral, Herbaceous, Herbs, Jasmine, Rose

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75
drank New York Breakfast by T2
8 tasting notes

I tried this tea in my local T2 and I was suprised with the sweetness of this tea. It was like drinking pancakes with syrup but not in an overly sweet way. It was very confusing though but I enjoyed it regardless. Its now on my wishlist

Flavors: Maple Syrup, Pancake Syrup, Sweet

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100
drank Melbourne Breakfast by T2
3 tasting notes

My favorite afternoon tea. The vanilla flavor is very light, the tea finishes with a caramel and chocolate note. I’ve repurchased a number of times and eventually broke down to buy the largest bag available.

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drank Fruitalicious by T2
3 tasting notes

Very lightly flavored tea. Mainly a generally tart indisciminate fruit flavor. The tea smelled so delicious and strong, but the flavor is disappointing.

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drank Strawberry Sensation by T2
279 tasting notes

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

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drank Fruitalicious by T2
279 tasting notes

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

Evol Ving Ness

And we in Canada have so far had no snow.

apieceofquiche

Thankfully, there wasn’t much of it. That said, people around here don’t know how to drive in the rain, much less any sort of wintry precipitation. Yesterday’s commute to work (by bus) took an hour longer than it normally does. Fun times. What a crazy couple of months in Houston!

Evol Ving Ness

Oh dear. I guess the light dusting in Texas is on par with a snow storm we had some time ago when our then mayor called in the army to deal with it. lol.

apieceofquiche

Yeah, they were telling folks to stay at home if they could. LOL

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