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80
drank Morning Sunshine by T2
2385 tasting notes

TTB tea! This is quite hearty! With milk and sugar, it was one of the better breakfast blends I’ve had in recent memory! It definitely does best with a short steep.

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62
drank Blue Mountain by T2
1268 tasting notes

TEaTiff. TTB.Artifical flavoring _. I hope this doesn’t give me a headache. The dry aroma reminds me a bit of an Earl Grey but sweeter and with a slight lemony and metallic tone. The blue cornflowers are quite pretty with the dark brown, lightly twisted tea leaf; despite the fact that they do nothing for the flavor. The wet leaf is unique. The bergamot has disappeared and been replaced with a light liquor note. Cherry liquor. Also some cream and a hint of bread. Flavorwise… it’s okay. Woody with some citrusy notes. Interesting to try one but not one that I would buy myself. In fact, I would not because of the artificial flavoring.

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64
drank Morning Sunshine by T2
1268 tasting notes

TeaTiff TTB. Think I oversteeped it. The bitter notes are a bit too strong to be pleasurable. I alo enjoy astringency but there is a certain point when it becomes more of a nuisance in the mouth. Will retry after dropping off the kids. Thus far though notes are woody, tannic, and slightly metallic. Perhaps it is just this sample I am tasting but I don’t find it to be likeable. If given the choice if tea or no tea I’d drink it but it makes me wonder if this sample has been corrupted.

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64
drank Morning Sunshine by T2
1268 tasting notes

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44
drank Turmeric Ginger Ninja by T2
1170 tasting notes

Just marking a sipdown here. Technically I didn’t finish this, my partner did because I super did not enjoy it. He would add soy or oat milk and agave and found that this smoothed out the flavor (but in a lot of ways he’s not as sensitive to flavor as I am).

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44
drank Turmeric Ginger Ninja by T2
1170 tasting notes

My body is being extra rebellious today. I do not appreciate this; I indulged the need for rest and recovery yesterday, but I’m still in pain and now I’m just annoyed. There are things I wanted to get done today besides being stuck in bed or on the couch! Ok, thanks for letting me complain, and I promise it’s relevant to this tasting note.
I wasn’t in any condition to make my own tea and I wanted something anti-inflammatory, so I asked my partner to make me some ginger tea. What I meant for him to make was the Harney Ginger Lemon. What he actually made was this, which is kept in a repurposed, relabeled Harney tin directly above the Ginger Lemon. So I take a sip and immediately think “oh no what happened.” He confirmed that he made this and didn’t even know we had the Ginger Lemon! Complete facepalm moment. I’m making the best of this unpleasant (admittedly not the end of the world) situation by at least making a tasting note.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I do not like this tea. Maybe it’s the carrot. Maybe it’s the licorice root. These are ingredients that I have enjoyed just fine in other blends but something just feels off about the specific combination and ratio of ingredients here. I would swear there’s stevia in here if I didn’t know better. Plus this blend has ginger in the name, it’s the second ingredient, but I have never found the ginger to be particularly noticeable – it’s drowned out by that unusual sweetness. But my partner doesn’t mind this blend at all and is always surprised by the vehemence of my reaction, so YMMV.

Dustin

Carrot and licorice is an odd combo! I get carrot and ginger… but licorice?!

Kaylee

Right?! Thank you! Like, what’s beetroot doing in here too?

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80
drank Blue Mountain by T2
2385 tasting notes

TTB tea! As this cools, the flavor comes out, and it’s really quite decent! I wasn’t sure what flavor this was supposed to be. The bag mentions floral flavors, but it’s a little fruity for me. With milk and sugar, this is quite enjoyable cold! It reminds me of a dessert we would eat when we were younger – frozen blackberries with sugar and cream on top.

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76
drank Melbourne Breakfast by T2
2962 tasting notes

Homemade Advent Exchange Tea #15

This made a lovely breakfast tea with my bagel. I was surprised about how creamy this was with the aromatic vanilla. I got some toasty notes and lots of tannin, but not as strong as most breakfast blends. I did not get any smoky notes like other people, but I added a bit of vanilla soy milk and it might have muted this a bit. I did not realize this blend would have smoke notes so I did not think to check for it.

Flavors: Cream, Smooth, Tannin, Vanilla

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80
drank Morning Sunshine by T2
961 tasting notes

TeaTiff TTB #6

Interesting to me that T2 has so many teas with “breakfast” in the name that are flavored and this one is their traditional unflavored breakfast blend! It wasn’t anything special, but a solid classic breakfast blend that takes milk well.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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71
drank Apple Crumble by T2
2385 tasting notes

Inkling Advent Day 20. The first time I had this, it steeped up a little thin and not flavorful, but luckily Inkling gave me a lot of this one, so I tried again with more leaf! Now I taste a lot of apple skin flavor plus some powdered cinnamon. It’s a bit tart, and I wish I could taste more flavors that reminded me of a crumble other than the cinnamon!

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drank Geisha Getaway by T2
261 tasting notes

“Teas I drink in a day Friday 12/22/23” #2

MUG: David’s Tea winter/holiday themed color changing Nordic Mug, Fox and a few of the winter scene change with the hot water / 16 oz
STYLE: hot & plain
DRANK: morning/mid-day at work
NOTES: sipdown #6 for December

I was almost done with this 100g packet/box from T2 [have a bunch more in my stash I’m sure] but have been slim on official sip downs for December (will + a bunch of “XP” to this month after TTBs and gifting etc). I strongly leaved two hot/plain cuppas in a row, because why not drink a tropical fruity tea (pineapple/coconut + green) hot. I drink what I feel like, even if weird, so this was what I felt like. (and it would have been too much work at the office to use the 3 PS or so as one iced tea). It did the job but probably should have made the effort to make one iced tea because I over leafed both cuppas (made one, drank then repeat) and didn’t drink fast enough either time so they were just like a lukewarm/cooler cup anyway.

I love DT Nordic Mug in size since I like to drink big mugs of tea. I am not always a big fan of the color changing because I need things to be versatile like if I need to microwave or something. But I think this one was from my days of DT casual/super part time employee, because I don’t think I have the lid for this one. I brought it in from home a week or so ago because for past year or so I have been using one holiday themed glitter glass Nordic mug at my desk and I have 432854205842549 mugs so might as well get on board and not just hoard.

EDIT: Instagram post, pic 2 is mug & packaging and 6 is picture with teas 4&5, @teawithjann vlogmas playing, snacks from @dessertbydeb box that arrived that day, and one my kids (my kitten Sherbet, one of my two girls): https://www.instagram.com/tiffanydrinkstea/p/C1Mj4I1Odn7/?img_index=6

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70
drank Mangoes & Cream by T2
2385 tasting notes

Inkling Advent Day 15. This was pretty refreshing cold – a mix between coconut and fruitiness. The coconut was slightly too far gone for my taste, but I shared with a family member who didn’t mind.

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86
drank Melbourne Breakfast by T2
2385 tasting notes

Inkling Advent Day 13. I’m glad Inkling gave me extra servings of this one! I love how much vanilla is coming through in the flavor when I drink this cold. The black tea is pleasant and hearty enough, and milk really helps make this a creamy, tasty cup. If I were at home, I’d make myself another cup of this right away!

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70
drank Gorgeous Geisha by T2
2385 tasting notes

Inkling Advent Day 10. This green tea is pretty mild with no bitterness, which I always appreciate. I can’t tell what flavor it’s supposed to be. My partner guessed peach, and that sounds the closest. It’s refreshing cold, but not something I would buy myself. I’m glad to get to try so many T2 blends in this advent because I only had the chance to order from them twice.

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33
drank Melbourne Breakfast by T2
1 tasting notes

Weak – I need to use two tea bags, whereas I use one PG Tips teabag.
Strange flavour.
In all a poor experience

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 8 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70
drank Caramel Brownie by T2
2385 tasting notes

Inkling Advent Day 4. The chocolate flavoring is a bit alcohol-heavy, but I added extra milk, which balanced it out. It tastes best cold. Not my favorite or least favorite chocolate blend, but somewhere in the middle. I wish I tasted some caramel!

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85
drank Sticky Date Delight by T2
2962 tasting notes

Homemade Advent Exchange Tea #2

1 sachet in 450mL hot water. Steeped ~3-4 minutes and added a dash (~1 tbs) soy milk.
2nd steep same parameters but left the tea bag in while I drank it so it steeped much longer.

This tea reminds me so much of Lupicia’s Caramel and Rum rooibos! I get a lot of vanilla and caramel in this one, along with the typical honey sweetness + woody minerals of rooibos (which pairs really well). I don’t taste any dried fruit or dates but it’s still an excellent blend. Second steep was a bit weaker but still excellent.

Flavors: Caramel, Honey, Rooibos, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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76
drank Mango Cucumber by T2
2385 tasting notes

TTB tea! This is interesting! I can taste both the cucumber and something fruity that sort of approximates mango. This ends up light and refreshing, not tart at all. The second time I had this, I tasted mostly almost pickle-y cucumber, and I wished for a bit more balance. The cold resteep was tasty.

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76
drank Jasmine Pear by T2
2385 tasting notes

TTB tea! The jasmine is super strong, and I taste a bit of fake candy pear beneath that. This one is pretty refreshing cold, but a bit too strong on the floral aspect, whereas I would have preferred more fruit. I still enjoyed my cup!

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75
drank Oolong Berry by T2
2385 tasting notes

TTB tea! The berry is light and pleasant, not tart at all. I’d prefer it paired with something other than oolong just because that’s not my favorite base. I drank this cold.

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80
drank Caramel Brownie by T2
961 tasting notes

I LOVE caramel-flavored teas and am so-so about most chocolate blends, but I ordered pretty much everything that sounded somewhat interesting in T2’s big clearance sale, so here we are. I’m somewhat disappointed that I don’t get much caramel flavor from this blend. However, the brownie flavor is spot-on: rich and fudgy! I especially enjoy it with milk and would like to try it as a latte.

Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Melbourne Breakfast by T2
961 tasting notes

Not sure what vanilla has to do with Melbourne, but this is a very nice vanilla black tea! It’s more of a natural vanilla bean type flavor than the more common extra-sweet artificial vanilla. The base tea is also rich and malty and brings a bit of cocoa flavor to the table. Unlike most breakfast blends, I find it smooth enough to drink straight…though honestly, I still prefer it with a splash of milk to really bring out that creamy vanilla flavor. I have found that this one, like many of T2’s black tea blends, can over-steep very easily! Sticking to a 3-minute steep for Western-style seems to give it to me at its best.

Flavors: Cocoa, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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87
drank Tummy Tea by T2
237 tasting notes

Came home from breakfast out feeling out of sorts. So I snagged this one out of the “to try” jar and settled in with some comfy sweats. I really like this one. It reminds me of one of the cold teas I also enjoy. I should compare the ingredient listings to see what exactly it is that I’m favoring. I’m suspecting it’s the fennel or the licorice. There is a minty flavor as well that is enjoyable. It’s a sweet tea and very smooth. I don’t have any illusions that it’s going to cure what ails me, but it’s definitely making me feel a bit happier.

Flavors: Fennel, Licorice, Mint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Mango Cucumber by T2
1170 tasting notes

Another T2 from the Strange VariaTea TTB. I think this might be my favorite of the three I’ve tried. It’s like mango nectar with sliced cucumbers in it. Very sweet, but in a way that’s true to the mango flavor rather than feeling excessive. I bet this would make a great mixer!

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