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drank The Skinny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
995 tasting notes

I love you, Skinny!

Seriously this is a real comfort tea for me. I just find it so COSY and it makes me happy. This will be a sad sipdown when the day comes, unless I can find something alternative within the country…

Let the search begin.

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90
drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
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No time to experiment with new teas today. But I did run straight back to this one that I tried just yesterday because it is cosy and delicious and the weather is chilly! <3

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85
drank Alabaster by Scullery Made
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7hrs is a bit long for a cold steep for this one, IMHO. Let’s stick with that way shorter time! 3-4hr narrow timing, cool.

YEAH STILL BAFFLED BY THIS TEA AND ITS FLAVOURS

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90
drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
995 tasting notes

Another damn fine tea from Butiki.

I’m not sure if I would have picked this out as a must-try for my first order but the Autumn sampler sold me, seeing as I’m in the throes of a Southern Hemisphere autumn right now!

The dry scent is heady and FULL of maple. After trying the pumpkin milkshake 2.0 the other day (not a winner on my first try but I’m withholding review until I give it more opportunity) I dug to the bottom of the packet to check for similar “gravel” and with the sweet scent coming off the tea I was surprised that there wasn’t any.

I followed Stacy’s instructions closely on this one and it resulted in a divine blend of oolong, maple and pecan. Nothing was overwhelming. Nothing was overshadowed. No fighting in the cup for dominance. Just a lovely, lovely trio.

I put on a second steep but accidentally let it run for 18mins because I’m a dweeb, and it’s come out a bit oversteeped. SURPRISE SURPRISE. I doubt I’ll get a decent third steep now but will try again in the future.

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85
drank Alabaster by Scullery Made
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Tried this as a cold brew out of curiosity and it came out with almost exactly identical flavouring to the hot brew, but it’s still one I can’t quite put my finger on. Such an odd combination of sweet and savoury and I continue to be bemused and curious!

I just drank the 3hr steep today but have a 7hr steep as well, it will be interesting to drink that one later. Also interesting is just how much flavour came out of the 3hr steep. So surprising to me, this cold brewing method.

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65
drank Sinu-blend by Tastea
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70
drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
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55
drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
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Translating my ratings, at a glance:

100 — CRITICAL OBSESSION LEVEL REACHED; CAN YOU MARRY TEA!?
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.

MY TEASTORY:

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.

I LOVE:
+ black teas
+ white teas
+ oolongs
+ flavoured versions of all three of the above
+ herbal infusions and fruit tisanes

NOT A FAN:
+ most green teas
+ LICORICE ROOT (my sworn enemy) and aniseed flavours

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