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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.
This smells amazing while steeping, with a velvety-rich chocolate and milk fragrance. But is basically tastes like weak cocoa, or in my case, weak cocoa with a dash of milk. I quite like weak cocoa late at night, but I would save my money by just buying the real thing. Still, very impressed by the smell!
Flavors: Chocolate, Milk
My favourite everyday tea—rooibos—with a hint of chocolate and quite a lot of mint. Upon steeping, the mint smell and flavour almost overpower the rooibos and chocolate, but adding a dash of milk tones the mint down again.
I would be happy to have a small quantity of this at home to have twice a week or so. Mint is supposedly an appetite suppressant, so this may be a good substitute if you’re craving an Arnott’s Mint Slice!
Number of steeps: 1 medium to strong cup, 1 weak cup
Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint, Rooibos
I don’t know if I steeped this for long enough (just over 3 minutes in 100C water); I could smell the vanilla and toffee but the flavours were muted upon drinking (dash of milk added after steeping). This tea is OK but there are others I would choose over this.
Love at first sip! This is my go-to tea when I want something in a flask to take out and about. Quite forgiving of varying temperature ranges and steeping times. I’m a big fan of genmaicha and this takes it to the next level—a delicious, divine, dessert-y level!
Flavors: Nutty, Toasted Rice
This wasn’t a very indulgent experience for me; it tasted like an average white tea with some coconut essence and left a slightly bitter aftertaste. I would rather have a good quality white tea with nothing added.
I tried a second cup with some milk added (even though I usually don’t add milk to white tea). This helped with the bitter aftertaste but overall it was like drinking weak coconut-flavoured tea.
I am not a yerba mate expert so I can’t speak to whether this tastes authentic. I’m always on the lookout for coffee substitutes so I thought I’d give this sample a try (with trepidation, some Internet reviews have described yerba mate as tasting like cigarettes!) I was pleasantly surprised, to me it tasted like green tea accompanied by the smell of freshly cut grass. There was a hint of honey to the taste as well. Looking forward to buying a box and adding it to my caffeine arsenal!
Flavors: Cut grass, Honey
I love kaya (coconut jam) on toast and really wanted to like this tea. In fact, I am sipping on a sample of T2 Singapore Breakfast (with milk added) while I write this review. But it is just … meh. I can detect coconut and pandan, but the pandan is muddy and not the fresh leafy green fragrance I am used to in most pandan-flavoured foods (pandan cake, pandan jelly etc.) I’m also not a fan of the blended black/pu er and green tea/genmaicha combination, as it results in a rather muddled flavour. Black tea or green tea with pandan flavouring may be a better combination. Stick to regular tea and kaya toast for the authentic Singapore experience.
This is a great tea for me, i’m a big smoky/peaty whisky fan and this is my go to non-whisky drink of choice, the smoke is there but it sneaks up on you after you’ve swallowed the tea, it is ideal if you’re feeling under the weather and need a pick me up just like snuggling under a blanket by a roaring fire in winter – in a mug!
Let me start off by saying that Earl Grey is my favourite tea, hands down. I don’t think it should be interfered with. The delicate, floral bergamot oil paired with heady black tea makes for a blend that’s just right and makes an excellent base for London Fog, Earl Grey hot chocolates or just a plain (but sublime) cuppa. Twinings’ attempt at combining other florals with it, such as rose and lavender, turned what could have been a well balanced blend into an over perfumed mess, rather akin to the bedroom of a fussy old lady. Lady Grey is an abomination. Bergamot was never meant to be paired with overwhelming amounts of citrus. The fragrant nature of it becomes lost.
I digress. Until I’d tasted this blend, I really thought Earl Grey was best left alone. T2 have somehow found the perfect combination of fruits and florals to enhance the elegant, aromatic nature of the bergamot whilst still letting the flavour profile of their base black show through to create a tea that is seductive, complex and still somehow fresh, without the slight bitterness that Earl Grey usually comes with. Fantastic blend.