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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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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…
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…