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I didn’t check the ingredients, so I didn’t know what to expect for this one. It’s tart and tastes almost like lemonade or sour lemon candy. It tasted pretty artificial and strange when it was warm, but cold, it’s all right, though there’s something a little murky/dirty tasting in there. I’ve been using it up by making big pitchers for the fridge, which seems to be the fate of all my T2 fruit blends. It’s okay, but I also look forward to finishing it and never ordering from T2 again no matter how enticing their flavors sound. I’m just disappointed 95% of the time.
First of all – the smell is lovely! Peachy, sour, vibrant, very tropical, makes you feel like you’re someplace warm and glorious (very much unlike Cambridge, UK, November 2020 ;-))
You can smell lots of different fruit, but peach, hibiscus, apple and chicory are definitely the main notes.
I’m not the biggest fan of fruit teas in general but this one was definitely drinkable. Quite refreshing, would probably taste much better cold, served with ice and actual peaches in July. Might actually give that a go next summer.
If you like fruit infusions and peachy peaches – you won’t be disappointed.
Flavors: Apple, Peach
Let’s start with the pros (there are not that many imho): the smell. It’s sweet and creamy and quite authentic. Not too artificial.
Unfortunately the taste is. For me the flavor is awful. I could not finish 1 cup of this tea. Had to sweeten it loads and pass it onto my husband who will accept any crappy tea, as long as it’s sweet ;-). Bless him.
You can taste THE EGG, the freaking hint of egg (in your tea! What the actual heck?). That’s never a good idea. Risky and sickening. What a bold move, T2. I don’t think it paid off, I’m sorry!
Flavors: Custard, Eggnog
Such a disappointment!
Firs of all – there is a mistake in the description. They’ve called it ‘Black & green tea mix’ – well, my darlings at T2: please note that puerh is not black tea, it’s red. You can definitely smell and taste the puerh, which is not a bad thing for me (I’m a big fan). It is earthy, dark and a bit ‘muddy’. However what I don’t like is the artificial coconut flavour (awful, made me feel sick) and the distinctive oiliness that it leaves in your mouth.
Moreover the second brew was very weak and even more disappointing. Such a shame, I saw potential in it, but it left me very underwhelmed.
First of all – the smell – DIVINE. You can instantly smell lots of strawberries, mouthwatering, juicy, creamy and just delicious!
The flavour doesn’t disappoint. It’s a crowd pleaser, very creamy and easy to enjoy. I think this could be a great entry-level green tea for anyone who doesn’t like (or just think they don’t like) green tea. When properly brewed it’s not bitter at all, it’s sweet, but not sickly sweet. Well-balanced and subtle. Creamy goodness. The strawberries do leave a significant aftertaste but it’s not artificial at all. How T2 did it – I have no idea, must be some wizardry.
I will be buying more for sure. It would make a great gift for someone whom you don’t know what to give, for anyone really. Superb!
Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Strawberry
I’m reading all the reviews below and can’t believe my eyes.
This tea literally made me feel sick… sadly. I’ve tried it twice so far and felt nauseous both times – it was awful. I won’t be trying any more.
I can mostly feel vanilla (very artificial imho) and I think that’s what’s making me feel poorly.
I’ve tried it both solo, as well as with milk (oat) and honey – both times I wasn’t impressed.
What a lovely surprise, this one!
I was worried it would be another boring Ear Grey variation, it’s definitely not.
First of all – the SMELL. Oh my, the smell. I could smell like that myself. Where can I buy such perfume? This is splendid. You can feel the bergamot, the orange, the peach (!), rose, lychee (?). The smell is overpowering, I finished drinking this tea in the morning, it’s now 9PM, and I am still sitting here sniffing the sample bag like some sort of addict.
The tea tastes great, but I suggest brewing it rather shorter, than longer. Anything longer than 2,5 min will leave you with a very strong black tea and all the aromas will be killed, I’m afraid. If you have it ‘weaker’, you will be able to appreciate the whole palette. The third brewing was my favourite one, actually.
I believe this can be a love it or hate it kind of tea, but for me it’s love.
Speak to you all later, I need to run and buy more!
Flavors: Bergamot, Fruity, Hibiscus, Lavender, Lychee, Orange, Peach, Rose
Well… this is the kind of tea my father would like – and it’s not a compliment here ;-)
He is 65+ years old lovely chap, who loves regular black tea with sugar. I’m not sure if he can appreciate the difference between amazing quality oolong and Lipton black tea.
For him anything that’s sweet – it’s good.
And this is how I view this tea. Sweet rooibos. I would have never guessed I’m supposed to feel Sticky Dates or sticky toffee pudding if I haven’t read it on the packaging.
I find rooibos teas mostly disappointing, and it was no exception. It’s not life changing in any way.
On a positive note, it’s pretty strong rooibos, so you can brew it at least twice.
Flavors: Absinthe, Sweet, Sweet, warm grass, Toffee
I received a sample in the 2020 Advent Calendar.
I usually HATE chai tea with a passion, but actually – this one wasn’t bad at all! Definitely drinkable.
Warming, spicy, slightly sweet, zingy even (thanks to ginger). You can definitely feel lots of cardamon, T2 weren’t stingy when it comes to spices.
I haven’t tried it with milk and sugar, but I suspect it could work well too.
Apparently it’s a limited edition. Well, I wasn’t planning on buying the whole box anyway ;-)
Flavors: Cardamon, Clove, Ginger, Orange
This is the other T2 rooibos matcha I bought, and it seems like a good choice for this morning. It’s better than the red velvet one. It tastes mostly like the blueberries from mass-produced blueberry muffins, but still a bit fake and strange. I had it with almond milk the second time and tasted even more of the weird flavor. So I like where it’s going with the blueberry part, but there are other flavors in there that could use some tweaking. I’ve had it 3-4 times now and really can’t picture myself finishing this whole bag.
This was an add on purchase to my advent calendar to get me to the free shipping bar! The advent is huge and prettier than I had expected. This is the first T2 I think I have ever had and I love the idea of pop corn/caramel corn flavored tea. Unfortunately the translation didn’t quite work out. It has little popped bits in the mix, but the flavor is light powder. Like baby powder, which make me think of teas I’ve tried that were supposed to be almond, but came off powdery instead. It’s very strange, but didn’t stop me from drinking the whole cup.
And let’s talk packaging! This was a bag that can’t reseal in a box that looks like a popcorn box inside a sleek looking black box inside a brown box inside the giant box the whole order was delivered in. The amount of packaging compared to the amount of tea was phenomenal!
I’m super excited to break into this advent to try a bunch of their teas and really hope that this one falling flat is a fluke. Fingers crossed!
This is by far the best T2 tea that I’ve tried so far. Will be buying more for sure.
It’s well balanced and refreshing. You can definitely feel yerba, green tea and some guarana in it. It does wake you up, even the smell does.
‘Fell good in the morning’ kind of vibe.
It’s a-ma-zing, I was surprised there weren’t any reviews yet.
Definitely my cup of tea! Try it if you can.
Disclaimer: I usually hate all fruit teas. Had to be said.
I received a sample of it (loose tea) in the T2 2020 Advent calendar. What a horrible year it’s been – girl has got to treat herself, right?
For a fruit tea, it’s actually not too shabby at all! Not sweet, quite sour and refreshing. Would probably taste even better in the summer served cold.
It’s definitely drinkable, one of the best fruit teas I’ve tried so far.
Overall – won’t be buying again, I can definitely live without it, but it’s pretty good and worth a try. If you like refreshing fruit teas – you might love it!
Slightly disappointing… I had high expectations after reading the reviews on the T2 website.
People describe it as life-changing, Ferrero rocher (say what? definitely not) creamy goodness. Well, I’m not a massive fan.
Usually love green teas, love Genmaicha but this one is an odd egg in the basket. I don’t like the cocoa flavour in it and the smokiness, somehow it just tastes artificial.
Won’t be going back to this flavour, regular Genmaicha is definitely more my cup of tea!
Flavors: Cocoa, Hazelnut
Blehhhhhhh. I was so excited to try a rooibos matcha. But do you know what the second ingredient in this is? Beetroot. And it tastes like straight up beets. When I added sugar, then it was just sugary beets. Extra milk didn’t help either. I like beets, but not so much in tea/desserts. Yeah I’m getting rid of this one. Let me know if you want a beet tea. 0% red velvet, 100% beets.
I wasn’t particularly looking forward to this one after I had such a bad experience with T2’s Matcha Berry Ripple, which was pretty much a week straight of Torture Smoothies to finish off. But, I loved the Mint Chip Matcha, so… maybe better luck here?
Whisked in vanilla oat milk, then sampled before adding to my breakfast smoothie. So… definitely better than the Berry Ripple. I think both the Mint Chip and this one have cocoa powder, maybe that’s the secret. This one isn’t as good as the Mint Chip, because the orange still has a bit of that artificial, chemical bite that the Berry Ripple had to its berry flavor, but mixed with the chocolate, its smoothed out enough to almost be inoffensive… it is, at least, drinkable. The Berry Ripple flavor was so bad that even tossed into a smoothie with ample real fruits, that chalky, artificial berry flavor overwhelmed everything, including the real fruits. I at least get the feeling that isn’t going to happen here… guess I should find out?!
Tossed the cup o’ matcha latte into the blender with a cup o’ frozen tangerine slices and a few spoonfuls of yogurt (my typical “Sara hates nanners and needs to smooth out the smoothie” option). Delightfully chocolate, the artificial orange flavor is still pulling through a bit, but is tamed a bit more against pulverized tangerine, which I didn’t get with the Berry Ripple. The chocolate definitely helps a lot.
Not the chocolate/orange experience I was hoping for, but not as bad as I was fearing after the Berry Ripple debacle. No Torture Smoothies here.
Flavors: Artificial, Chocolate, Citrus, Cocoa, Orange
Enjoying this one this morning – thank you to VariaTEA :)
This one is perfect for a chilly morning. I steeped this one then ran outside to shovel the front walk and sidewalk, and this was the perfect temperature when I got back in.
This one seems to be a perfect breakfast tea, minus any astringency. Just a deep morning flavour that goes down smooth.
Another tea company I may have to check out! I almost forgot how much fun swaps can be haha.
Thanks VariaTEA for sharing this one (and many others)!
Made this one while trying to catch up on school work and volunteer stuff after getting back late Friday night.
The dry scent was very “breakfast blend-y” and the steeped scent is similar. The taste is a nice black tea with the slightest astringency, but nothing overwhelming at all. I’m actually really enjoying this one overall. I’m excited to have so much to enjoy!
Another Sampler Sipdown
This one was surprisingly very good amidst all the meh teas that came as a part of the sampler. The dry leaves smell like a pancake breakfast. The tea itself is very nutty and the taste like toffee or candied pecans. It was delicious and sweet. It would make a great dessert tea. I was surprised by how much the sweetness did not overpower the tea.
Another Sampler Sipdown.
The dry leaves smelled of strawberries and cream. It was lovely. The brewed tea was weak. The flavor profile was not as fruity as I would have liked this time to be as well. The sencha tea which was the base was missing from the flavor profile altogether.
The flavor profiles from this tea reminds me of a similar tea from Murchie’s that was better in my opinion.
Another meh tea from the sampler.
Meh. This tea came as part of a sampler set. The base was quite nice but the floral notes and the lemon balm did not work well together. It was lavender heavy on the taste and the other floral notes were missing. I didn’t realize it had jasmine and other flowers until I read the ingredients.