drank Immune Boost by T Totaler
1024 tasting notes

Aaaaaand the third and final Mr Earl April tea! Decided to knock these both over today because who knows when I’ll get a cold next? (I’ve just jinxed myself, haven’t I…) Though I guess this is called Immune Boost, not You Have A Cold Virus, so maybe I’m just helping steel my shoddy immune system for what’s to come. Actually that’s a good way to think about it. Drink on, Memily!

In any case, I was expecting to hate this tea. I expected a real licorice taste from the dry scent. But it translates really well once steeped and I’m happy to say it’s not the worst! Seriously, that’s good for me… plus any immuniteas do pique my interest, I really love sitting on a tea whenever I’ve a cold, they just make me feel better and aren’t illnesses all about placebos?

My mouth is lightly coated in olive leaf, I think (vague memories from mum convincing us to swallow teaspoons of olive leaf extract for colds), but it’s bearable and I’m nowhere near as miserable as I thought I would be after drinking this tea. Spectacular. I’ll keep the rest to see how it actually performs as a placebo, shall I?

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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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


Hobart, Australia



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