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drank The Queen's Peach by T2
2256 tasting notes

Sipdown! (36 | 240)

“An Ode to Tea” Alphabet Challenge – T

I got a huge swap package today, so I need to get cracking to sip down all of these samples! Luckily, they’re mostly single servings, so I should be able to get through them quickly enough.

This came out extremely bland given I used more leaf than I normally would’ve just to finish off the sample. It’s sort of a like a very slightly sweet ginger water? I can barely tell it’s peach at all, and that’s with already knowing what’s in it.

Meh. Hot ginger water is not for me, he he.

Flavors: Ginger, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Tiffany :)

I got some of this in the mail from a tea friend, hopefully it fairs better for me! :)

Cameron B.

I hope so too! I was looking for more peach… :(

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76
drank Mangoes & Cream by T2
12353 tasting notes

Sample from variaTEA. Cold brew is the way to have this one…way more fruity and delicious than the hot brew. yum!

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76
drank Mangoes & Cream by T2
12353 tasting notes

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76
drank Mangoes & Cream by T2
12353 tasting notes

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67
drank Eggnog by T2
999 tasting notes

Last tea from the Christmas sampler. Eh it tastes somewhat like coconut that’s on the edge, though I’m not sure if there is coconut in there. It also has some added flavors that evoke eggnog, or at least something creamy. It’s better with milk. It’s quite fake tasting, but I don’t mind it too much. I ended up having a decent time with this one, but wouldn’t really recommend.

I don’t order from T2 anymore, but I also want to complain about the magnetic “erasable” labels I bought from them. I used dry erase markers, but they won’t rub off the labels no matter what I use. I thought they’d be better than the sticky notes I usually use to label my tins, but it’s back to sticky notes for me!

Mastress Alita

I hate T2’s packaging even more than their tea. Other than sampler sets, pretty much everything is a bulk 100g and then it’s in a plain plastic bag that once cut open, will always be exposed to air, and that is put in a flimsy cardboard “cube”. You have to buy a ridiculous amount (like 8oz?!) to get a resealable foil bag like every other respectable tea shop uses. Their horrible packaging just feels like a way to try to force customers into buying additional storage tins on top of their tea order.

AJRimmer

Maybe that’s their business plan!!

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76
drank Christmas Breakfast by T2
999 tasting notes

From the name, I expected this to be a breakfast tea, but I found that it’s actually pretty heavily spiced, which I don’t mind. The ginger and pepper can be a little sharp, but I feel like it all works when it’s rounded out by some milk. There are better chais, but this wasn’t bad. Probably the best or second best tea in this four tea Christmas sampler.

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76
drank Mangoes & Cream by T2
5896 tasting notes

Iced Tea Sipdown (281)

Yesterday I pulled out the last little bit of this tisane because I wanted an iced tea and this was good that way. I then had enough for an 8 oz serving so I decided to give cold brewing a try. I ended up walking around with the iced version in my tea press yesterday and today. The cold brew I basically chugged last night because we were putting the dishwasher on and I wanted to put the cup it was in in the dishwasher. It could be because it was made with the last of the tea but the blackberry leaves were overwhelming in the cold brew, making it way too sweet.

This iced tea, on the other hand, is not overly sweet. It’s distinctly mango and to that end it does have a sweetness but it is not the cloying sweetness that blackberry leaves can sometimes contribute. It also does manage to be creamy w/o being overly artificial, which I find impressive from a fruit tisane. While I am not placing a T2 order just for this tea, I think I would add it to the cart if I were grabbing other stuff.

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76
drank Mangoes & Cream by T2
5896 tasting notes

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76
drank Mangoes & Cream by T2
5896 tasting notes

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76
drank Mangoes & Cream by T2
5896 tasting notes

I pulled this out and decided to make it both iced and hot. It seemed it could be good either way and given it was caffeine free I decided to make it both ways.

I am drinking the iced first to give the hot a little bit of time to cool down. It’s both good and bad. The blackberry leaf makes it too sweet but this is creamy and has a nice mango flavor.

Hot, it is also alright. I find the flavor is less distinctly mango. It also doesn’t have the same creamy aspect that is coming through in the iced tea. It is still sweet but not overly so, thus good in some respects and not great in others.

Overall, this tea is good but not my favorite.

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65
drank Frosted Fruitcake by T2
999 tasting notes

I ended up with a huge tin of this from a previous sale, and I’ve been working my way through it much too slowly. The flavor is pretty strange. I really can’t tell what it is. I often think about this tea as if I dislike it, but when I’m actually drinking it, it’s all right. It’s very mildly spiced and really just has this one predominant flavor that’s sort of…bready? It’s difficult to articulate, but the flavor is unique and interesting, if not my favorite thing in the world.

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70
drank Hot Choc by T2
12353 tasting notes

Sample from VariaTEA – second time i’m having this. It’s not a bad cacao tea but anytime these things call themselves “hot chocolate” i just laugh because the brew is always too watery to really make me feel like hot chocolate. And if i wanted hot chocolate, i’d probably just make some for real :) But this was tasty and enjoyable nonethless :)

gmathis

That’s the conundrum with every chocolate tea I’ve ever tried. They just don’t taste like Swiss Miss, although some come closer than others.

Sil

Yeah. there are a few i like because they’re say chocolate orange..and so you don’t need intense chocolate..just the hint. But if it’s a straight up “chocolate” tea i’m like just give me the chocolate haha

ashmanra

When I first started drinking loose leaf tea, I was horrified to see chocolate flavored tea in the shop. I thought it must be the most awful thing ever. Once I tried it I thought it was OK but I do not consider the hot chocolate replacement. I do enjoy a good chocolate orange tea though.

gmathis

I brought my TeaMaze Orange Choc to work with me in a thermos today…you’re right; it is a bit of a mood lifter!

ashmanra

Yaaaaay!

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72
drank Sencha by T2
87 tasting notes

Starting my day with a cup of this. I’ve been desperately trying to sipdown Adagio’s Candy Apple black tea the past few days (the bottom of the tea tin is in sight) but I really need a break from it.

This Sencha tea came in a selection box, so I don’t have much of it to drink. It’s still as good as when I first reviewed it though.

It’s fresh and grassy in aroma, with a hint of astringency and sourness that you get from lemon juice.

Once brewed, hay-like notes emerge and the sweetness intensifies. Sugar snap peas and dew-damp morning grass.

As I pointed out in my review, this is not the only Sencha tea that T2 offer. This one is labelled “Sencha” while another is labelled “Japanese Sencha” which kinda suggests that this one isn’t actually from Japan. So, is it still Sencha? It’s something I ponder as I sip this cup.

Initial blog review for this tea was in early December: https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/t2-sencha-tea-review/

Flavors: Astringent, Grass, Hay, Lemon, Peas, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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65
drank Daintree by T2
2256 tasting notes

Sipdown! (73)

This came from Courtney, I believe by way of VariaTEA.

So I tried this straight the first time around, and it’s just not my thing. A bit generic with malt and metallic notes. Only a slight bitterness with a short steep time, and a tiny bit of astringency. It’s not bad by any means, and someone who likes more standard breakfast-type or builder’s blends would probably enjoy it. I don’t happen to be that person, so it’s just okay for me.

So for my second pot, I pulled out a little baby creamer jug that was at the back of one of the cupboard, and sipped this tea with milk. It’s not something I often do, but it made it quite fun and tea party-like, which I really enjoyed. I didn’t go so far as to add sugar, because the thought actually grossed me out a bit. (And yet it doesn’t in lattes? Clearly I make no sense…)

So thanks, ladies, for the fun lazy Sunday morning tea time! :)

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Grain, Malt, Metallic, Tannic

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

So many sipdowns! Well done!

Also this wasn’t my thing either. Thank goodness for Courtney having different tastes then us which meant finding someone to enjoy this!

Cameron B.

They’re almost all tiny sipdowns, but thanks. ;)

VariaTEA

A lot of mine are smaller samples too but they still count.

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drank Mulled Wine Magic by T2
999 tasting notes

Ugh this one is way worse than their spellbound cider. The main scent is anise. The spices actually taste pretty good, but the fruitiness turned out so strange. It’s so artificial and has this weird sourness, while also being sort of thin. Yeah this one is sort of gross. I don’t know what they’ve done wrong. I shared a cup with my sister, and she ended up pouring hers out because it tasted so strange. Other reviews aren’t this negative, so perhaps my sample was from a bad batch.

Mastress Alita

I love this stuff, but I’m one of the few hibi fans on this site, and it’s a hibi-bomb.

AJRimmer

I don’t usually like spiced fruit blends, so this one wasn’t likely to be a winner for me, unfortunately!

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70
drank A Star Is Corn by T2
3327 tasting notes

Mastress Alita’s sipdown challengeTuesday, January 19th: National Popcorn Day Tea #1

Six days since I posted a tea note!  (Thanks, freezes.)  This is from AJRimmer so a genuine thank you for the tea.  haha.  This blend has plenty of buckwheat which apparently looks like popcorn, but it certainly somehow smells like fresh popcorn!  Sadly the taste isn’t as strong as the fragrance.  It’s slightly popcorn on a weak black tea.  And I thought I used a lot of leaf so the flavor definitely should have been stronger than this.  The description also mentions caramel but I don’t notice that at all. It’s not bad but not something I would be gravitating towards to steep up.  The second steep is also bland. 
Steep #1 // 1 3/4 teaspoons for a full mug // 19 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep

Mastress Alita

I once had a sencha with soba (buckwheat) in it instead of genmai, and it always tasted like peanuts to me! It was definitely a “sweeter” sort of nutty taste to me than genmai produces. I liked it! But I wonder if a black base would overwhelm it?

Cameron B.

It’s been a while since I last had soba cha, I really like it!

tea-sipper

This black base is weaker, so I don’t think it’s overwhelming much.

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drank Fruitalicious by T2
161 tasting notes

#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #21

Cold brew pitcher. Just kind of a non descript fruity cold taste. Finished last 8 oz this morning Tuesday 1/19. My t2 order arrived yesterday (I get teas from t2 once or twice a year on sale) so need to find more of the older t2 still in my collection.

#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

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70
drank Hot Choc by T2
5896 tasting notes

More teaware arrived from DAVIDsTEA today and my Black Friday order from Happy Turtle Teas. That got me excited to get into some new things. I wanted a latte and the T2 teas that arrived earlier this week were in large quantities and definitely latte flavors. This is a little thin so I could see it benefiting from a bit of whipped cream and chocolate drizzle. Other than that, it’s not bad.

Lexie Aleah

Yay for new teaware! I ordered a cup from David’s as well.

Tiffany :)

I have this same dessert pack from t2 on order—look forward to making this as a latte myself. :)

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74
drank Spellbound Cider by T2
999 tasting notes

This tastes like green apple candy. It also has a bit of an herbaceous flavor and that little bit of throat weird flavor that cider brings that I’m personally not a huge fan of. I liked it much more cold. If you’re a cider person, you might like this. I think it’s all right, tasty enough to drink the second sample from the pack. It grew on me with the second mug. I’d really enjoy a tea with just that green apple flavor minus the cider burn.

Kawaii433

I love green apple candy (if it’s sour) >.<. Not sure if I’d like it as tea though.

AJRimmer

I love it too! Yeah, capturing it perfectly in a tea would be difficult!

Cameron B.

I love Tsugaru Green from Lupicia, which is green apple-y!

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drank Christmas Breakfast by T2
1452 tasting notes

Advent Day 24

This has a very effervescent cola like scent to the dry tea! While steeping it smells like cookies with cinnamon. No, ginger! Cinnamon ginger? This tastes like an almost fruity gingerbread tea! I’m really liking this one and it surprises me after a month of trying mostly underwhelming teas! The flavor level on this one is nice and intense too, almost a tingly level of spice without going into a grossly concentrated territory. It’s very warming. I’d think about buying this one if I found myself at a T2 store along with Go Go Goa.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Green Rose by T2
1452 tasting notes

Advent Day 23

It’s green. It’s rosey. I added some soy creamer to liven it up and now my cup kind of tastes like banana. ¯\(ツ)
Cold steeped.

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drank Sleep Tight by T2
1452 tasting notes

Advent Day 22

Lots of herbs in this one. Kind of tastes like my spice rack. Lavender, mint… maybe oregano. A little fennel to sweeten it. It has a dry feel to the taste and leave a dry feeling in my mouth. I feel really eh about it.

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drank Mango Cucumber by T2
1452 tasting notes

Advent Day 21

Mango and cucumber? Huh! Okay. This has a really juicy ripe mango flavor, but there is also something flat and alkaline like hidden in there. Strong mango on the sip and the more demure cucumber comes out at the start of the finish and then disappears letting the mango have center stage again. I mostly like this tea. I wish the samples were bigger so I could try this cold steeped too because I bet it would be fantasticly refreshing cold.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Mastress Alita

I have had Cucumber Melon tea before, but this is a flavor pairing that really intrigues me! I feel like they would go well together.

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drank Strawberries and Cream by T2
1452 tasting notes

Advent Day 20

Two sips and I passed the mug. Nothing but the unpleasant metallic tang of hot hibiscus. Should have tried cold steeping this one, but I wanted something warm to drink.

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