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drank Vanilla Deluxe by Zee Tea
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drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
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Today’s short cold brew in the More Tea glass bottle!

Continues on the lovely thread. In fact, when cold brewed that overly oily coconutty flavour is missing, which is nice. Sometimes that puts me off.

Only on my second refill of this one and it doesn’t seem to eke flavour as quickly as the last couple of brews, but the weather’s quite cool this evening so I might switch to a warm mug of something anyway and let the rest of this brew overnight.

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drank #memtea by Custom - T2
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Tonight’s bedtime tea while watching the first half of Rectify S1.

I’ve been in bed since 7pm. It’s cold (nice lead in to winter today, last day of autumn didn’t get above 10°C) and I sat for +3hrs for a tattoo today so I’m quite weary and my arm is on fire.

Tea and mint slices in bed for dinner.


I liked that show!

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drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
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My cold brew of the day! Still happy with getting plenty of this from ashleyelizabeth in my first-ever steepster swap :D

Using the same cold brew technique I used yesterday. Pretty pleased with finding a way to really enjoy the greens I’ve got.

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drank Kotobuki by Lupicia
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It’s new tea subscription time! And because Monstrositea have changed their monthly naming conventions, the box that would (due to precedent) be May is now June, so it arrives just in time for the start of the new month (or even a couple of days early, just our luck!). Much better.

And I’m excited to see that this month’s box includes a tea that I didn’t need to add to Steepster because it’s from the wonderful Lupicia! Woo, my first Lupicia tea!

I couldn’t resist cracking this one open first, as it’s one of the two I’m most drawn to (being more complex blends/flavours—the other two teas this month are simple ones: a lavender, and a lemongrass & ginger). I had my More Tea bottle at work today after steeping all I could from the Butiki Watermelon Xylophone leaves I had in there yesterday, so I got rid of those and dropped in a scoop of Kotobuki, then tried to be very patient.

I love cold brewing greens, whites and oolongs while I’m at work because they steep so quickly! I only have to be patient for a couple of hours and that’s just enough time to get a mild and delicious flavour without the greens getting too bitter for me.

And Kotoburi worked perfectly this way. The first steep I left for maybe two hours, tipping from end to end occasionally to watch the pretty leaves. I drank a few mouthfuls, strong with lovely fruits and florals, then topped it up the rest of the way with fresh water. And kept doing this all day. And it was awesome.

Iced 8 min or more

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Yessssss this is back in my cupboard thanks to my reviewing all the Monstrositea teas from the March box. Love love love.

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drank Watermelon Xylophone by Butiki Teas
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Tried this cold brewed for around three hours today and it was beautiful and light.

Why on earth is sugar recommended with this, though? It’s miles better left alone.

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drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
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drank Peppermint by Monstrositea
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I thought I’d made a mistake buying this because I kept adding it to the wrong teas. But I got that sorted tonight with a short 2min steep with some Sencha. Perfect and fresh.

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drank Purple Sunset Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Are my tastebuds weird if I find this malty? Or is that just an oolong thing? Because I get a nose full of malt and then it’s all over my tongue as well. In an awesome kind of way, mind you. Only with a three minute steep but the water may have been stronger than the recommended 170°F because I’m at work…

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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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