958 Tasting Notes

70
drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
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As a licorice-despiser I was anxious about trying this, but I’m happy to say that whatever licorice in there is tolerable and unnoticeable. HOORAY! My favourite kind of licorice!

This is the perfect tea for me to be chugging in the lead-up to cold season. I’m scandalised that my body is being immune to the cold viruses running around so far this year. I thought you were weaker than this, immune system! What’s going on!? I’m not ACTUALLY complaining.

This tea smells delicious. I wanna eat it up. Delicious nutty and sweet dry leaf. The steeped tea smells near to the same, excellently enough, and even the tea itself tastes pretty darn close. Minimal licorice, almond is a legit flavour rather than that awful artificial flavour like in Alpine Punch. Winner winner all around. This is a nice mix of medicinal/tasty tea, it’s tricky for me to find one that’ll fit that double description!

Edit: it seems to get even tastier as it cools. I wonder if this could be quite nice as a cold brew…

Flavors: Nuts

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70
drank Marrakech by T2
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Drinking a bottled unsweetened iced tea version from the store, bought primarily so I could re-use the bottle for my own cold brewing purposes!

This is very refreshing and lovely.

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75
drank Rooibos Oriental Spice by Elmstock
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80
drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Another emo nostalgic sipdown. My very first DAVIDsTEAs are done and dusted… I’ve probably already told this story, but I’ll tell it again, as this will be my last chance to do so now.

Three years ago my family and I started talking about having a white Christmas. Around 12mths ago we finally locked it in and decided on Quebec City (followed by NYC, because when in Rome/North America). DAVIDsTEA was at the top of my to-do list, because tea.

Five weeks out from the trip we’d been planning forever, I broke my ankle.

I went on the trip anyway because I am a masochist and also hate missing out on things, and even though my expenses would have been covered by insurance, my family sure as shit would have still gone and had a ball!

Because of the broken ankle I was pretty useless in the heavy snow of Quebec City. I got into a Davids when we went to Laurier shopping mall but the store was SO busy pre-Christmas that I was overwhelmed and got outta there.

But on Christmas Day I opened up a 12oz Timolino from my sister, and a tin each of Coffee Cake and White Chocolate Frost from my mum. And it was the best ever and I was super happy.

And now I don’t have either of those teas any more :( but all good things must end, so here’s where I leave the nostalgia behind! (Though I’ll probably hoard the tins forever now anyway, and huff them until the scents are gone, because DANG Coffee Cake smells soooooooooooo good.)

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60
drank BodyGlow by Modern Tea
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Another green flavoured tea… please. Please stop. No, it’s fine. I guess. But two in one Mr. Earl box in one month, when there are only ever three teas a month… some more variety, please!

This one’s like a combination of a green tea and a bedtime tea, to be honest—face full of calendula and chamomile. It’s fine. it’s a green flavoured tea.

Modern Tea

@Memily,

Thanks again for the feedback. I did notice there was a double up with the greens, that was unfortunate. The BodyGlow blend had the purpose of assisting in skin clarity and was why there was a high percentage of Chamomile and Calendula. If you would like a free sample of another one our tea blends to try, please visit our website www.moderntea.com.au and send your preference along with a postal address to [email protected] and I’ll send it straight out for you to try.

Ben

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70
drank Fairytale by Tea Blossoms
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First cab off the rank for the Mr. Earl May subscription trio! This was the one I was drawn to the most out of the three because it smells divine, like strawberries (funny because I’m not actually crazy for strawbs in the great berry ranking).

This is a wonderful alternative to T2’s Strawberries & Cream, I think, or even Green Rose. Light green tea base with lovely fresh and fruity flavours that don’t overpower the green.

Ranked as I did because I’m just not that crazy about greens. I really wish I was. I’m definitely going to try this one cold brewed as well, I think it’ll be lovely! For a green.

Hahaha.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Spring by T2
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WELP, I was looking forward to trying this after cold brewing overnight in my lovely new More Tea bottle but then the bottle didn’t survive my bike trip into work.

Internal glass shattered. Devastated.

And I only had a one cup sample of this tea, too! Sigh. Not a great start to the day. Can only go up from here, right?

For a positive spin, that’s technically another sipdown. I so wanted to get under 70 before my Butiki order arrives, but I’ve just received my Mr. Earl May teas so the challenge intensifies AGAIN!

Dustin

Oh no! Earlier today I had read your review for that bottle too! Strange that it was the internal glass that broke. I wonder if that happens often.

Memily

I’m not sure :( second steep ever with it too. Hopefully the company is understanding and can send me a replacement! Might have to change my rating down a bit for the bottle :/

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75
drank #memtea by Custom - T2
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Decided to have some of this as my bedtime tea tonight (despite trying to avoid black teas for bedtime caffeine reasons) and sorted it out with a bit of sugar and cream.

Cream in tea is ridiculous and wonderful.

This felt like a big pile of cream and roses and I felt preposterous and delighted.

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45
reviewed Tea Bottle by More Tea
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So this is definitely a BEAUTIFUL portable tea carrier, yes. But it only carries a small amount of tea! I guess it’s not much more than my timolino. But carrying around such a bulky thing when I can clearly (zing) see how much liquid is in there and it’s not a lot is a bit of a bummer. BUT seeing the tea in there is really pretty! But also straining leaves out if you need to is kinda annoying. Buuuuuuuuut it’s awesome for cold press.

I’m so torn. I think it’s everything I want? Or it would be if it held a bit more liquid. I’m just getting into this when I run out of tea.

EDIT: and with my second steeping ever, a jolt to the bottle has smashed the internal glass. Ouch. Changing my rating. Bit heartbroken!

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70
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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My adage seems to be “if you don’t like it hot, cold brew it”. It’s saved many a blend for me and this one is no different. I swapped away the last of my supply of this to a friend last week but saved one last hurrah for my newfound cold brewing joy, and drinking it tonight it is fresh and tasty. True, the almond scent is still putting me off on approach, but heck—we’ve come a long way, baby.

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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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