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drank Whispering Woods by T2
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Lovely afternoon brew when you’re out of milk. I sweeten it with a bit of sugar (but honestly not too much, around half a tsp for 500ml is PLENTY to bring out the sweeter notes).

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drank Go Go Goa by T2
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Still perfection, imo, with a dollop each of honey and milk. I’m a fiend for it.

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drank Lemongrass & Ginger by T2
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Hahahaha I absolutely have another cold virus. Just put me out of my misery, please. I’ve even had to take a Sunday off work and I NEVER do that because $$$. Crying.

Nattie

Feel better! Everyone seems to be dropping like flies atm

Memily

I’m even in a different hemisphere and it’s still happening! It’s bloody summer down here! Having said that, it’s snowing in my state today. The world’s gone mad.

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drank Indian Spice by T2
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RIP me, I have a sore throat that 100% feels like a “first stage of cold virus” sore throat and I really don’t want a cold virus for Christmas. FFS, body, what is wrong with you?

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

I have that throat/first stage of a cold virus thing right now too :( I’m willing it to just attack me immediately so I can try to get rid of it in the next week! Boo. Hope you feel better

Memily

Wah, thank you, you too! The cold I had last month was drawn out like yours sounds, this one came out of nowhere and knocked me out :(

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drank Chin Hsuan by Teehaus Artee
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Ok, after another mug of this one (now I’m confident that it’s an oolong) I’m changing my tune a bit—it’s nice but it’s quite weak; I definitely don’t like it as much as the Tung Ting. Which is good, actually! Look at me hbi g opinions about green teas beyond “it’s a green tea”!

The question is, do I bother finishing the small packet of this or do I justvin it? Can I bring myself to bin a tea? Is it the age of the tea that’s affecting the flavour (though this COULD be a yes I think it would be a loose one as this is a mild oolong by description in any case).

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drank Chin Hsuan by Teehaus Artee
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I am ON IT this week.

This is supposed to be an easy drinking green, though I can’t pick much of a difference between it and the oolong (it’s similarly rolled leaf) but that’s probably just because I’m a GREEN NOOB/DON’T CARE. ¯\(ツ)

Still enjoying getting through these, after saying that.

Memily

OH LMAO it’s a fucken oolong too. Never mind, then.

Dustin

No matter how hard I try, I just can’t get on board with the oolongs.

Memily

Oh man! Oolongs are the only green variety I feel strongly about.

Dustin

I have read a bunch of reviews of people talking about how wonderful, creamy and smooth they are, but all I taste is bitter cardboard. I feel like I’m missing out on something!

Memily

I don’t get the creamy notes at all but I rarely pick up on flavours apart from “mmm tea”. Unrefined tastebuds :(

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drank Hsian Pien by Teehaus Artee
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Oh cool, since I added these Austrian teas to Steepster, the tea shop has gone online! Decent photos! Good times!

Now that I’ve finished the oolong, time to hit the jasmine. Again, I’m not a green tea drinker but gosh I’ve been enjoying a mug at bedtime lately. There’s something kinda cleansing about it, especially when I’m full of food! Burger Mondays are intense.

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drank Tung Ting Oolong by Teehaus Artee
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And I did it! I finished an Austrian tea, finally!

Funny, I have never really considered myself a green tea drinker. I just don’t really reach for them or feel like them, but in an effort to sip through my ever-dwindling cupboard I pulled my socks up and got to it.

And really enjoyed it.

So now I’m gonna go drink through another one. (There are four.)

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drank Christmas Afternoon by Twinings
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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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