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76
drank Sticky Honey Rooibos by T2
510 tasting notes

The directions for this say to cook it in milk on the stove. It accidentally boiled over, and when I was cleaning the stove, I got a rooibos splinter stuck in the skin under my fingernail, and I haven’t been able to get it out. That’s never happened before. Anyway, I’ve had this a few times now. I’m putting in a bit more leaf than it asks for, but even so it’s not too strongly flavored when brewed as instructed. It’s a bit buttery and salty. I decided to brew it normal Western style instead and just add a bit of milk, and the flavors were much clearer that way. The milk was probably covering some of the flavor before. It’s cardamom and warm rooibos. I like it. I bought 8 oz, which I would never normally do, but it was a really good deal. So we’ll see how long it takes to get through that. I’m craving it for the fourth day in a row, so that’s a pretty good sign. I’d probably buy a normal blend over a sticky blend in the future since I prefer to sweeten tea using artificial sweetener myself.

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drank Sydney Breakfast by T2
9004 tasting notes

Spent way longer than I probably should have staring at this sample bag from VariaTEA trying to figure out if “Sydney” was spelt incorrectly; I don’t know why but in my head I was convinced that it was “Sidney”. It’s not, and I was wrong…

Anyway; this was fine – it’s just a very typical Earl Grey with a medium bodied and very floral bergamot over an almost ‘brassy’ tasting black tea.

It’ll take me a while to finish this off just ‘cause I never seem to crave EG, but there’s nothing unappealing about it otherwise. Just not my jam.

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drank Detox by T2
510 tasting notes

Thanks to Peach for sharing this tea! The flavors all combine so that it tastes pretty light and nondescript. I can sense the fennel and a bit of mint. This sort of tea isn’t really my thing, but it’s okay!

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75
drank Sencha Mango by T2
343 tasting notes

Another Boxing Day sales score. I love mango teas, and found this one very delightful. Pretty unextraordinary, and more of a generic tropical fruit vibe, than just pure mango. Still very enjoyable though. Lupicia’s mango flavors are still my favorite.

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drank Banana Bake by T2
343 tasting notes

Made a cup of this mixed with Terrific Toffee, sweetened and added oat milk. So good!

Kawaii433

Sounds delicious. I have yet to try oat milk :D. I guess I should go pick some up soon.

Shae

I’ve never made it myself but Oatly brand is really good!

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drank Banana Bake by T2
343 tasting notes

Another T2 tea I had been eyeing for awhile, and finally picked up during their sale ($5 for 3.5oz!). I absolutely love this tea. I love a creamy banana flavor on a mild black base, and that is exactly what this the delivers. It’s more of a banana pudding flavor rather than a banana bread flavor, which I appreciate. Can’t wait to try this as a latte!

Flavors: banana, Custard, Vanilla

tea-sipper

Yeah, I saw Banana bake was on sale and wanted to stock up. I will resist though. :D

amandastory516

The sale is still tempting me! It’s hard to resist such good prices.

tea-sipper

If anyone in the US wanted to buy the Banana Bake and split like 50grams with me, I can swap some other teas for it.

tea-sipper

and possibly Sleep tight, Sulawesi Sling, Lamington, Red Green and Dreamy, New York Breakfast, Melbourne Breakfast, Jaffalicious, Sticky Date Delight,  Wakey Wakey,  Hot Choc, Boho Rose, A Star is Corn
And some not on sale teas: Hot Date Chai,  Caramel Brownie, Mangoes and Cream
I’d even be happy with 25 grams of these, if anyone wanted to stock up.  I feel like many of these weren’t on the sale list a week or so ago.  I also would only swap my fresher teas.  I don’t send out older teas.  I would be happy with whatever I get to try (but mostly Banana Bake)

Martin Bednář

Tea-sipper, I feel you. And I would help you with that, but I understand that shipping prices are way too high. But, if you really want to swap internationally, I will be ready :)

tea-sipper

I will keep you in mind, Martin! Thank you

AJRimmer

Oh tea-sipper, I just made an order the other day, and my order included a few of the things on your list! I’d be totally happy to send some your way!

tea-sipper

Oh cool AJ thanks so much – we can work whatever out later on, I just went to the post office. :D

AJRimmer

No problem! I just double checked, and I ordered: sticky date delight, watermelon sorbet, sticky honey rooibos, red green, southern sunrise, terrific toffee, and a star is corn. Just for reference so you can keep searching for the other things on your list!

tea-sipper

Awesome thanks

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drank Blue Sage Shoes by T2
343 tasting notes

I had been wanting to try this tea for quite awhile, and finally picked it up during T2’s sale. I love genmaicha, and I love sage, so I was very excited. Unfortunately, the blueberry flavor was very synthetic and overwhelmed the entire cup. I found it pretty unpleasant.

AJRimmer

This is one I was considering but decided against. It definitely sounds good; sorry it didn’t work out!

amandastory516

I’m glad I tried it, but it’s always sad when something you’re excited about doesn’t turn out quite right.

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49
drank Choc Chip Chai by T2
2939 tasting notes

This is from TreeGal’s package back in the day.  Thanks so much!  TreeGal didn’t like this one and I can’t say I do either.  It’s odd.  It’s almost like there is a chai flavoring sprayed onto the leaves and I can’t say it’s very tasty or appealing.  It’s too strong anyway. There was an entire star anise in the infuser…  But also the black tea itself is so weak the brew hardly has any color to it.  One element of any chai I can’t abide is a weak brew.  Chai needs to be deep and dark. Also, there is nothing and I mean NOTHING “chocolate chip” about this blend.  Nothing at all.  Did they forget any chocolate?  The description mentions cacao bean pieces?  Also there was a ton of orange blossoms in the blend though the blend didn’t taste like them at all.  An odd blend.  I’m surprised by the high steepster rating but maybe TreeGal and I have a bad batch.

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Another inclusion in T2’s breakfast set purchased during the boxing day sale. I was excited to see kiwi on the ingredient list, unfortunately I didn’t get that flavor. It tasted sort of pear-like, which I didn’t mind, but wasn’t as exciting as a kiwi black tea.

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75
drank Singapore Breakfast by T2
343 tasting notes

This was included in T2’s breakfast set that I purchased as part of their Boxing Day sale. It really tastes like kaya toast. It’s rich, buttery, and coconutty. I had it at work, so I didn’t have any milk to add to it, but it seems that would have elevated it. There is a bit of an oily mouthfeel that I didn’t care for, but overall it was a pleasant cup.

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Toast

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80
drank Terrific Toffee by T2
343 tasting notes

I had been wanting to order from T2 for awhile, and their Boxing Day sale seemed to be the perfect opportunity, as many of the teas I had been interested in were on super sale! The box arrived a couple days ago, and it was really beautifully packaged. Opening it was like getting another Christmas present. As for this tea, it was very nice. Vanilla and caramel with a mild black base. Definitely would’ve been a bit better sweetened and with milk.

AJRimmer

Aw man, I didn’t know there was a sale! It looks like they still have a lot of sale items in stock though!

amandastory516

Yes, they definitely still have lots of sale stock. I’m tempted to place another order.

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80
drank Terrific Toffee by T2
343 tasting notes

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80
drank Terrific Toffee by T2
343 tasting notes

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80
drank Terrific Toffee by T2
343 tasting notes

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drank Blue Mountain by T2
4 tasting notes

Got it cause it smelled really nice in the store. But after being steeped, it mostly just tastes like a bland black tea, kind of disappointed

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drank New York Breakfast by T2
4 tasting notes

Got it as a free sampler from T2 when I picked up some other tea.

Pretty good spin on a black breakfast tea. I find plain black breakfast teas to be too bitter usually, but this one is quite nice without being too sweet. Its not listed and maybe my pallate isnt as developed but I get a strong chocolate note.

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Maple Syrup, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Gorgeous Geisha by T2
4 tasting notes

I really like green tea but if I’m not in the mood it can be a bit too bitter for me to want to finish. This just adds a bit of sweetness to the mix with the strawberry flavoring that makes me want it all the time.

Flavors: Grass, Strawberry

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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82
drank Caramel Brownie by T2
41 tasting notes

I was a little overwhelmed going into the T2 store for the first time, there was a lot of teas in a lot of boxes on all the walls, it looks great but just something to get used to.
I picked out this tea as well as a few other last month and I’ve tried it a couple of times. You can taste the black tea rather strongly, and has a nice chocolate, sugary undertone that I have become fond of.
My problem is that I cannot seem to always get the little caramel/toffee cubes when I take some out. I gently shake the tin, but I just think it could use more of them.

It is more of a flavored black tea than what I would consider a dessert tea. It is sweet but not a crazy amount and it still has that strong black tea flavor.

I should also note that the small 100g bags at T2 are not resealable so I ended up buying a tin for the tea, but I suppose you can always keep it in a plastic bag, and keep the plastic bag in the paper box that has the label on it.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec

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86
drank Beauty Queen by T2
41 tasting notes

This was a new purchase and one I am really loving.
It has that light natural slightly grassy green tea taste, complimented with hints of mint, rose, herbs and wood.
It is supposed to have beneficial qualities for your health and beauty. I am not an expect on all those sorts of benefits but I will try to do my best to research it some more.

This is a wonderful and light blend that I could see myself having often. It has the perfect balance of floral, grassy and mint goodness.

Flavors: Cardamon, Jasmine, Mint, Rose

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Canberra Breakfast by T2
8 tasting notes

This is one of my favourite teas from T2. It tastes just like an ANZAC biscuit.

Flavors: Coconut, Honey, Oats, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Ayurvedic Passion by T2
2 tasting notes

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50
drank Daintree by T2
9004 tasting notes

Ear infection Day Two: still in a horrendous amount of pain, and didn’t sleep much because of it. However, it’s less than yesterday so I’m going to take that as a good sign. I’m still relying heavily on a hot compress to manage pain and swelling, as well as ear drops and advil. Yesterday it was unbearable to fully bite down, but today it’s doable – although highly uncomfortable…

We’ll see how productive I manage to be today.

This was a cup I had earlier in the week – and it was originally shared with me by VariaTEA. It doesn’t look like T2 carries it anymore; but reading through the product description I believe this is Australian black tea? It’s phrased in a bit of a vague way though, and I’m not 100% sure whether that means it’s “tea that is grown in Australia” or if it’s more meant to be interpreted as an Australian specialty tea, the same way that English Breakfast is a “British Tea” but isn’t really tea from Britain.

I thought this was fine – but it had a rather bland flavour, without a lot of nuance to it or any particularly striking flavour notes. Sort of a brassy/malty combo? It reminded me most closely of an average quality Ceylon black. Good for mindless drinking, and likely good with milk/sugar but not exceptional on its own.

Camiah

Take the day off. Hunker down with a good book, a pot of tea, and don’t bother with productivity.

Kittenna

I find that pain in one’s head (ear infections, headaches, persistent tooth sensitivity from whitening products) reduces productivity much more than pain elsewhere. Maybe because of proximity to the brain? Either way, I don’t do well in those sort of situations!

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drank Matcha Berry Ripple by T2
9004 tasting notes

The second matcha from T2 that I got to try!

Conceptually, I was less interested in this one that the Jaffa Cake inspired matcha. I’ve tried loads of berry matchas; so there’s definitely steep competition (pun intended) for this one. I also had the fear, after the last matcha, that this would also be oily…

Thankfully, I experienced no issues with the matcha being oily at all! Plus, it uses the same/similar beetroot/berry powders that DT uses in their Sunset Matcha blend so when you whisk it up it doing become that pretty dark maroon colour. That’s definitely cool, and would certainly be more impressive if I hadn’t seen the same effect from DT/Bird & Blend already…

However, taste wise!? This is abysmal! It tastes super chalky and gross, just like Flintstones chewable vitamins! Ewww! I don’t even know what else to say – that was the first thing that came to mind when I drank it and it was so intense that I wasn’t able to shake that comparison. Despite the oiliness, I actually finished my mug of the Jaffa Cake blend. I couldn’t finish my mug of this one…

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54
drank Matcha Jaffa Swirl by T2
9004 tasting notes

I’ve heard good things about the flavoured matcha from T2, so I was really excited this week when I got the opportunity to try out two of their flavoured matchas – and when I smelled this one!? Man, I was in heaven!

I’ve had Jaffa cake before, although I’m blanking right now on where I actually tried it. I know it’s a chocolate orange sponge cake type thing, though – and from my memory I recall thinking it was pretty damn good. So that was promising to me, as a matcha flavour! I have to admit though, from the moment I started whisking this tea up I began having some serious doubts…

For starters, I just could not get this matcha to froth. However, it also had the absolute oiliest surface I’ve ever seen on a matcha; like, there were little droplets of oil collecting on the surface of the whisked up matcha. Gross! They translated to the taste of the matcha too; very oily. At least it wasn’t gritty though, which was actually a fear when I noticed how quickly the cocoa powder blended into this was settling on the bottom of the matcha bowl…

Taste wise!? It’s a solid B minus. The chocolate and orange both come through, and taste pretty nice – a little creamy, not overly sweet or bitter and pretty well balanced. I do get a jaffa cake vibe, which is a good thing! However, the finish is pretty chemical to me – especially the lingering orange notes. So, that lingering chemical taste combined with the general oily quality? Big no, for me.

I could see this as salvageable in a latte – but straight up like I had it? I wouldn’t try it again that way…

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