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drank Jaffalicious by T2
1632 tasting notes

The TTB has arrived! So big, so many teas… no chance to try them all!
Tea #22

T2 closing sale, not so long time ago… I remember putting this tea to my order list, but apparently no shipping to Europe was available, so I have shrugged and moved on.

Actaully I am glad I haven’t bought it. Because it is such a huge dismal. Tastes like a cheap chocolate with no orange in sight and with alcoholic aftertaste. Jaffa cakes are my favorite snack, great with cup of tea… but as a tea, it doesn’t work.

I drank half a cup and my sister-in-law was asking what I am drinking that it smells lovely. I told her, offered her a sip. She really liked it, so I have offered her the rest of the mug… happily, because I don’t have to finish it and the tea wasn’t prepared in vain. Honestly I am not sure if I could finish it myself.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank French Earl Grey by T2
865 tasting notes

Strange VariaTEA TTB #6

I think I made a pretty colossal mistake with this one by adding milk. I always drink my earl grey with milk, so I did it without even tasting it first…now I see in the description here that the company specifically recommends NOT adding milk. :( I don’t feel like I can really rate this one, since I didn’t drink it as it was intended to be drunk. Though I will say, I think it may be misnamed as an earl grey! The overwhelming aroma I got from the dry leaf and flavor I got from the brew was a sweet, juicy peach. The bergamot may be there, but it’s seems to be completely overwhelmed by the peach flavoring. I do like peach, so I think I might have liked this quite a bit if I’d drunk it straight!

Flavors: Fruity, Juicy, Peach, Sweet

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

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90
drank Carrot Cake by T2
865 tasting notes

Strange VariaTea TTB #2

This one smells SO good…and the flavor almost lives up to the scent! Not sure if it’s quite reading carrot cake for me, but it definitely has spice cake vibes. A good balance between the spices, nuttiness, and sweet, cakey flavors. T2 has been hit and miss for me, but I’d call this one a hit!

Flavors: Cake, Nutty, Spices

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

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80
drank New York Breakfast by T2
264 tasting notes

Sampled from the Strange VariaTea Traveling Tea Box

After two weeks with the box, trying to cram in tastings during this oh-so-busy season of my life, I’m finally getting ready to send it on! I’m squeezing in a few more samplings before doing so.

This morning I drank this tea while revising the first paper for my clinical practice course. I don’t really understand what’s New York-y about a pancake breakfast, but I don’t mind the tea itself! It’s definitely evocative of pancakes and maple syrup, with a full, unctuous mouthfeel and, oddly, notes of chocolate? Maybe they’re chocolate chip pancakes! :D

Normally I prefer some astringency in my breakfast black teas (don’t ask me why!) but I think it makes sense, thematically, that this one is not terrifically tannic.

I actually like this quite a bit. There are only one or two servings left in the bag, so I’ll probably keep the rest.

Flavors: Chocolate, Maple Syrup, Pancake Syrup

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drank Mango Cucumber by T2
14850 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

Though I wish the cucumber was a little stronger and more vegetal, this was such a surprisingly delicious mango blend from T2! It was very sweet and juicy, with somewhere between a mango gummy candy type of taste and the more realistic notes of freshly cut ripe mango. I think what i enjoyed most was that, though there was a slight top note acidity and brightness, this was a hibiscus free blend so those mango notes were really able to shine and stand out on their own.

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drank Creme Brulee by T2
4 tasting notes

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75
drank Just Peppermint by T2
114 tasting notes

Drank this for the month of June’s “A minty tea” prompt. Yes! This is just peppermint. What else is there to say except it’s the perfect thing to ease a stomachache, and excellent with honey. Can’t get more straightforward than that.

Flavors: Mint

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drank Melbourne Breakfast by T2
1379 tasting notes

Thanks Kelmishka for sending this my way!

I brewed this up not realizing there was vanilla, just thinking it was a more “straightforward” breakfast tea. The scent is really lovely, with the vanilla obvious, yet soft. The taste itself is quite smooth with a creamy, vanilla flavour at the forefront. The vanilla is mellow in taste, yet prominent. I have to check if Angrboda ever tried this tea on her quest for the best vanilla tea because I feel this would have been a good contender!

I have yet to find a vanilla tea that hasn’t really caused my stomach to be upset, until this! Quite thrilling. I find myself quite happy with this, so much that I would consider having this in my cupboard — as an added bonus: the sachet would also make it easy for work.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I wonder if vanilla teas upset your stomach because they usually use a fairly strong base? I wouldn’t think it would be the vanilla itself unless you are sensitive to artificial vanilla.

Courtney

I’m honestly not sure. I am fairly sensitive to overly strong artificial things in scent and taste, and have many a sensory sensitivity in general haha!

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58
drank Pink Juniper Sling by T2
264 tasting notes

I snagged a couple of these bags from the TTB, not realizing initially that they’re meant to be cold-brewed — so I was a little surprised when I read the packet later! I brewed one up this afternoon, and it’s very welcome on a 90˚F day.

The tea brews up a gorgeous vivid pink, but I find the flavors a bit muddied and weak. The titular juniper is almost nonexistent and the yuzu comes through more than the grapefruit. I find the blackberry leaf almost too sweet — it hits at the back of the sip in an unpleasant way. I thought it was stevia for a hot second!

Well, I’m glad I tried it, but I won’t be too sad when I use up the remaining sachet.

Flavors: Citrus, Herbal, Stevia, Sweet, Yuzu

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drank Jaffalicious by T2
2155 tasting notes

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drank Singapore Breakfast by T2
2155 tasting notes

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82
drank Caramel Brownie by T2
2155 tasting notes

TeaTiff Traveling Tea Box | No. 14

I’m surprised by how much I really like this blend. It’s very chocolaty, not watered down at all. I’m guessing this is due to the cacao shells? I don’t taste the caramel, but the brownie is coming through loud and clear. Delicious!

Thanks to PamelaOry for including it in the tea box!

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Melbourne Breakfast by T2
6440 tasting notes

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76
drank Earl Grey by T2
2074 tasting notes

Grabbed this teabag from a TTB over a year ago – I’m bad about neglecting my teabags! This is really a pretty decent EG. The black tea is hearty and the bergamot is quite strong, which I like. I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy this, but I certainly wouldn’t mind having more.

Cameron B.

I’m also bad about neglecting teabags lol, I have to make an effort to focus on them or I completely forget about them. Oops? :P

Martin Bednář

You know, rather than neglecting tea bags, you can always send them my way :)

AJRimmer

Ha I never buy them, I just end up with a couple each time a TTB comes through – otherwise I totally would!

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drank Detox by T2
14850 tasting notes

This is definitely not a tea for me. Questionable wellness messaging aside, I just found the combination of spearmint – which is already pretty sweet – and licorice root to be much too intense and cloying for my own tastes. I finished the cup, but I could be pretty content never revisiting this one again. I’ve tasted many, many other similar blends and it’s just never a combination that works well for me.

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73
drank Gorgeous Geisha by T2
114 tasting notes

Drank this for the “Strawberry day” prompt this month! Cold brewed as usual. I think my next cup of this will have to be Arnold Palmer style, that would amp up the sweet and juicy berry in such a great way

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73
drank Gorgeous Geisha by T2
114 tasting notes

This is my answer to Ashmanra’s prompt of Tea From Your Largest Tin.

Got 100g of this one as T2 was closing up it’s US shop. I normally would never get such a large amount of a flavored Chinese sencha, but the flavor struck me right in the nostalgia. Never have I added something to my cart and purchased it so fast lol. Ever since I finished my bag of Lupicia’s Tochitome green, I haven’t been able to find it ever again. I still think of how incredibly delicious the combo of strawberry + sencha were and how much I miss that tea! When I saw that the flavors of this tea are strawberry and cream, I said Sign me TF up!

I tried this hot before making it as a cold brew, which is how I plan on drinking the rest of it down this summer. Hot brew was crisp, creamy, and sweetly strawberry, heavy on the berry. Not very refined, but a decent cup of flavored green. I wouldn’t revisit this tea hot most likely, but I’ve already gone through over 30g in cold brew. I see myself finishing this one fast.

Flavors: Berry, Freshly Cut Grass, Strawberry, Whipped Cream

Preparation
Iced 15 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML
Cameron B.

I love Tochiotome as well, it’s actually a spring seasonal tea and sadly you just missed it on the US website. :(

They have a Strawberry & Vanilla green tea that’s a core tea and I remember it being fairly tasty too. It uses a different base though, that’s more similar to Chinese sencha.

MiepSteep

No way :( I looked a couple years back too, and it had sold out already! Booo

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drank Creme Brulee by T2
1 tasting notes

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drank New York Breakfast by T2
6440 tasting notes

This was too full-bodied for my liking if I’m being honest.

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50
drank Caramel Brownie by T2
155 tasting notes

TTB Review #46: I found this one a bit obnoxious. Yes, it’s sweet and has all of those notes of caramel and chocolate, but in a way that felt haphazard. It reminded me of being a kid and smelling my bag of candy right after trick-or-treating – just an overwhelming amount of disjointed sweetness. I’m sure lots of people would like it but I wasn’t a big fan.

Flavors: Candy, Caramel, Chocolate, Sugar

Kelmishka

“Haphazard” is a great descriptor — I felt the same way about T2’s carrot cake blend!

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50
drank Caramel Brownie by T2
155 tasting notes

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Flavors: Candy, Caramel, Chocolate, Sugar

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drank English Breakfast by T2
3718 tasting notes

Sipdown! (31 | 111)

Sipped through most of this tin with milk, but having this last cuppa plain. This new (to me) Chobani oat creamer I got tastes just like Lucky Charms marshmallows LOL, which is not what I expected from a creamer called “Sweet & Creamy” but it’s very nostalgic and goes well in a plain breakfast blend like this tea.

Anyway! Plain, it’s okay. Definitely tasting some Sri Lankan black tea in there. Actually, it looks like from the ingredients that this is just Sri Lankan black tea and not a blend of teas. It’s perfectly fine, it has that metallic note to it but also some biscuity flavor. Fairly smooth even though the leaf is quite fine, but I did only steep it for two minutes.

Seems decent, but I’m not a breakfast blend person so what would I know ha ha. The only tin I have left from my T2 sampler is French Earl Grey, which is the only T2 tea that I really like and repurchase, so that one will be hanging around for a while yet.

Flavors: Acidic, Biscuit, Metallic, Smooth, Tannic, Tea

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kelmishka

Lucky Charms marshmallows… oooh!

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drank Singapore Breakfast by T2
3718 tasting notes

Sipdown! (17 | 97)

Sadly, this little tin got dumped. I could smell rancid coconut as soon as I opened it, even though I just got it a couple of weeks ago and it has a “best by” date in 2024. I even tasted a piece just to be sure, but sadly it had indeed gone bad.

A shame, as I was excited to try this one. I’m sure I’ll be ordering from T2 in the future, so I’ll have to remember to pick some up then.

Mastress Alita

I once bought a full tin of a T2 tea that already had rancid coconut in it when I received it, too.

Cameron B.

I’m not too upset since I mostly wanted the tins, but it is the one I was most excited to try…

Jean027

This is one of my favorite teas. I love the toasted rice with the coconut. It’s ironic a few months ago I bought a tin at TJ Max and s few other T2 teas really cheap. I have not seen T2 teas there since. I would definitely buy this tea again.

Cameron B.

I’m not the biggest fan of coconut, but I love genmaicha and pandan always piques my interest.

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68
drank Sydney Breakfast by T2
3718 tasting notes

Sipdown! (19 | 99)

Finished this off as a London Fog. It’s nice enough as a latte, but it would work better if the bergamot was just a bit stronger. Certainly not one I would repurchase, but happy to have the pretty blue tin! :3

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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