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drank Honey Green Almond by T2
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Definitely a sweet treat. I’m baffled by the dry scent – half of me thinks it smells sweet and appealing, and the other half of me thinks it smells like medicine. In any case, the taste is mild and sweet, and is just fine as is.

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drank Sencha Sprinkles by T2
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Putting your face into a cup of sencha sprinkles is like diving face-first into a rice paddy? Toasted rice and grass jump up to hug your nostrils in a delightful way. Not lying about the fluoro green colour, and a bit spendy ($26 for a box) but consider it a special toasty treat.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Ginger Spice by T2
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I LOVE YOU, GINGER SPICE. What a babe! I’ve tried this tea a bunch of different ways – black, black sweetened (with a sprinkle of sugar/honey), white, and white sweetened. My favourite is black sweetened, but all the ways are just fine, and serve to make this tea totally versatile. The black tea is light enough that you can leave steeping for ages, and there are no bitter notes to the flavour so at no point does it ruin. The cinnamon, ginger and orange work so deliciously together.

I first tried Ginger Spice labelled as a Mother’s Day special “Apple Crumble” and I couldn’t resist that kind of advertising (or packaging). Delighted (and a bit dismayed, to be totally honest) to find that the specials were just renamed standards, and “Apple Crumble” was actually Ginger Spice. Such a relief, because I’m almost out of my first batch and I was starting to fret.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Winter by T2
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Don’t let it steep too long, as thanks to the cardamom and pepper it gets bitter quickly (I’ve had to save it a few times with the addition of sugar, and I’m someone who likes a strong tea!). As a fan of winter in general, I had such high hopes for this tea – sadly they weren’t met. But I’ve come around to holding this tea in slightly better stead now I’ve learnt a quick infusion is the best for Winter.

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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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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