Hooray, another sipdown! I’ve been trying to be ruthless over the last few months and not buy any new teas, but I suppose my ruthlessness only extends to not buying MANY new teas… I couldn’t resist going into Lupicia in Melbourne the other day, but that’s fair, because who knows when I’ll next be back in Melbourne? And I have picked up a T2 box here or there, but only a limited edition one… I swear. I swear.

I believe this sample came from VariaTEA last year… finally getting to the end of the delicious Red Leaf flavoured matchas and I will be sad to farewell them as they’ve been brilliant dessert options to have around. I’ve cheated tonight and finished this one off at work, where I’ve got access to a lovely big steamer and some delicious soy milk, so it’s Soy Matcha Latte Sunday in my hood. No regrets. Bloody marvellous.

I’m in danger of eating all the ginger kisses, too, if I’m not too careful.

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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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