Brisbane Breakfast from T2. . . . . .

My love of tea is obvious which means that my friends and family all know an easy gift for me: tea or teaware and I am happy. This works in my favor especially when my friends and family go traveling and bring me new things to try from all over the world. People have brought me tea from London, Paris, Sri Lanka, Kenya, South Africa, Israel and most recently Australia.

One of my friends from work traveled across the globe and returned with three specialty blends from T2 in Australia, including this tea, Brisbane Breakfast, a mango flavored black tea.

As a breakfast blend, this is brisker than the teas I usually drink but at least it is brisk with only a little astringency. The astringency that is present blends into the mango flavor, coming off a touch floral. The mango is sweet and true to the ripe fruit, which pairs nicely with the slightly malty black base.

This tea has the body of a breakfast tea that can help wake you up in the morning. Yet it also has a sweet fruity flavor that gets more pronounced as the tea cools, which is nice as a treat during the day. Flavorful enough to be captivating while remaining simple enough that one won’t easily bore. With teas like this, it is no wonder why the beverage is such a large part of the culture.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  T2
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Pumping Pomegranate from T2

I’m in the mood for a tangy, fruity tea and I think that this one will satisfy my craving! I’m having this tea hot even though I’m sure it would be tasty iced. The scent of this tea reminds me of juice.. more specifically, cranberry juice mixed with a little apple.

Sipping… I was thinking that there would be a little bit more flavor here, but it’s rather weak and watery. I taste a mix of berries, pomegranate, cranberry and a little bit of apple. I also pick up on the tart hibiscus which I don’t really mind because I’m in the mood for something tart. If you dislike hibiscus, I would probably stay away from this blend as it’s rather prominent. There isn’t really much beyond that, though.

I’m not sure that I would buy a huge tin of this tea, but it made a nice cup for tonight. If you like tart and fruity teas that are rather straightforward, pick this one up next time you’re shopping at T2.


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Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: T2

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The essence of the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul. A sweet, tangy and mystical flavour, this tea will take you on a flavour journey with its many surprises.

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Oolong Berry from T2

OolongBerryTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy: T2

Tea Description:

Raspberries combined with green oolong tea create a wonderfully fragrant and intense yet delicate flavor.

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Taster’s Review:

I had the strangest craving for a fruit tea today which is rather rare! I think it’s the snow outside that is making me crave sunshine and fresh fruit. I wasn’t expecting this tea to have such a strong scent. It smells just like a tart raspberry.. almost a little bit on the verge of a raspberry candy. I can even spot pieces of dried raspberry hidden amongst the pretty green oolong.

Sipping… ah, this tea is lovely and so fresh. I first taste the raspberry which seems to have the perfect balance of tart and sweet notes. What I love about it is that it’s not artificial, but seems like a true juicy raspberry flavor. The oolong comes gliding in after the berry with a smoother character to round out the tartness. I think this oolong on its own would be a little on the boring side. It’s a bit bland and doesn’t have many different flavors as other oolongs do. It seems like the main event in this tea is the raspberry and not so much the oolong, though. As far as letting the raspberry have center stage, this oolong is perfect.

I’m very impressed with this raspberry tea and think that it would be even better iced during the summer! If you’re a raspberry and oolong fan, I suggest you pick this up next time you’re making an order with T2. It’s bright, refreshing and a pleasant change from other fruity teas out there.

Lemongrass and Ginger from T2 Tea

LemongrassGingerTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal blend

Where to Buy:  T2 Tea

Tea Description:

Zesty and bright lemongrass contrasts the spicy flavor of ginger to create a bright and wild taste sensation.

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Taster’s Review:

I enjoy tea blends that have lemongrass added, but I don’t reach for plain lemongrass much. I am also not a huge fan of ginger as it’s usually very strong and spicy, but I’m in the mood for a tummy-soothing blend this evening.

The blend smells very invigorating! The lemongrass is strong with a nice ginger note. It’s not surprising as the only two ingredients are ginger and lemongrass.  I have a feeling this blend is going to be rather straight-forward.. no real surprises.

I’m enjoying this cup much more than I thought I would. I notice the lemongrass first. It’s lively and bright. Not tart, but smooth and calming. The ginger appears next and is a bit more mild than I thought it would be. It lends a delicate spicy note that works quite well with the lemongrass.  The ginger also has that sweet, tongue-coating quality, but it doesn’t linger.

Even though I wouldn’t reach for this daily, I could see this blend being a nice choice to have in the cupboard. If you’re on the hunt for a lemongrass and ginger blend, I recommend this one from T2 Tea! It’s balanced, satisfying and refreshing.