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drank Strawberry Sensation by T2
247 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
247 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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drank New York Breakfast by T2
1 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Christmas breakfast by T2
6 tasting notes

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

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drank Baxter's Buns by T2
6 tasting notes

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

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drank Beauty Queen by T2
6 tasting notes

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drank Beauty Queen by T2
6 tasting notes

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

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drank Honey Vanilla by T2
6 tasting notes

This is the first tea I have had that is made from honey bush, the smell of this tea is amazing and smells of vanilla. The taste isn’t as strong as the smell which I wish it was and isn’t overly sweet.

Flavors: Honey, Sweet, Vanilla

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drank Chocolate by T2
6 tasting notes

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

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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drank Jade Mountain by T2
7 tasting notes

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.

Flavors: Popcorn

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

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drank Oolong Chocolate Chai by T2
4 tasting notes

Soft chai with a musky undertone, thick brown fermented flavour and spicy, woody notes. High caffeine; an excellent study tea.

Flavors: Cardamon, Chocolate, Clove, Wood

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drank Arctic Fire by T2
4 tasting notes

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

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drank Raspberry Rush by T2
8 tasting notes

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drank Melbourne Breakfast by T2
8 tasting notes

A beautiful black tea that is lovely with or without milk. The vanilla flavour comes through but is not overpowering.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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drank Green Rose by T2
8 tasting notes

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.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Jade Mountain by T2
8 tasting notes

One of my favourite green teas. Deliciously sweet and satisfying. I would recommend to brew for the full 3 minutes at 80C.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank White White Cocoa by T2
8 tasting notes

Whilst pleasant this isn’t a tea that I would buy again. The coconut notes do come through and very light notes of chocolate which are pleasant but it is not a tea that I would rush to try again.

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Tummy Tea by T2
8 tasting notes

Lovely minty tea with a hint of liquorice root. Becomes sweeter the longer it is brewed.

Flavors: Fennel Seed, Licorice, Mint

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

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drank Lamington by T2
108 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Relax by T2
3 tasting notes

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.

Flavors: Lavender

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Relax by T2
3 tasting notes

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drank White Ginger by T2
3 tasting notes

Light and refreshing. Not very gingery if you like your ginger strong but I can quite happily drink this all day!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Not for me, but recommended if you would like a hazelnut-scented/flavoured black tea.

Flavors: Hazelnut

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Gorgeous Geisha by T2
8 tasting notes

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