958 Tasting Notes

tfw you have to add a new tea that you clearly forgot to add when you first tried the sample months ago
and you remember really enjoying it months ago
(except you can’t remember how you brewed it then)
and this time when you use the last of your sample in a cold brew you probably brewed it too long or it just didn’t really suit cold brewing because it’s not super awesome
but you’re all out of sample so you can’t keep playing with it

dangit this wasn’t even a sipdown

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Aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh HAPPY. YUM.

Yes, this is a tea I’m losing my vocabulary over.

I compared my sample of this with Rabbit Hole’s Turkish Delight tonight and this one came out on top SO HARD. It’s light and delicious and so good and it doesn’t need anything else at all. This one, this one I’m gonna restock.

160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

heh wish they were in Canada haha


Next time I need a Fantasy Island restock we could do a trade! ;)

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Let’s get these samples down! Tonight I compared this one and Rabbit Hole’s White Delight. Both lovely, my favourite way to serve them is at crazy opposite ends of the scale. This one definitely tastes best for me with sugar and cream. A crazy good dessert tea. It’s a bit too bitter for me on its own. Even with just cream it’s good, but sugar too takes it to another level.

Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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I’ve been super one-track with this bad boy lately. I’m still working toward sipdowns, particularly now that I’m planning to go to the Sydney Tea Festival in August…

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I cold brewed my sample of this overnight. All the reviews screamed TART, and I mean of course, hibiscus! So I threw in some Turkish cherry tisane at the last minute and it’s screamingly good. Roll on summer.

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A couple of Christmases ago now I got a ton of this from my mum, with a cute keep calm sticker on the front that said KEEP CALM MEM AND DRINK TEA. Nice. A month after that I got a dream job that flipped my life upside down and I no longer had to breathe deeply and drink tea to keep calm, so this mostly got reserved for guests. I just discovered this evening they’ve drunk it all. Thanks guests. Nice brew!

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I’ve passed over this sample so many times because it just doesn’t LOOK like a blend I want to drink, but I’m an idiot because all the ingredients are like yeah, yeah, YEAH! I went on an iced tea bender yesterday afternoon and packed some of this in my beautiful glass tea bottle to cold brew overnight for work today. I’m so glad I did because today is stinking hot too, and this iced blend is HEAVEN. Pine, lime, coconut and a dash of black? Yes, thank you. I want to try this one with some fizz in it, and maybe a splash of booze. This is a winner!

Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

sounds delish!

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drank Aqua Coco by T2
958 tasting notes

A big ol’ 2L jug half-filled with this and a couple scoops of Turkish Apple, hot brewed at double strength and then heaped with ice. SUMMER.

Just don’t forget that green tea will come out bitter if brewed at boil, you idiot. I normally cold brew these days but I was desperate for iced tea yesterday and didn’t have anything prepared!

This blend still reminds me so much of that weird DT blend, just a little less odd and a little more palatable. Or not. Who knows. That DT blend will haunt me.

6 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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