Their shops are a tea lover's paradise. And hiya! *waves* This gal is one big tea lover.
Her first daughter, however, has a far more refined palate. (I mean me, in case you didn't get that.) And of course with my self-diagnosed tea expertise - or should that be experteas? *cracks self up* - I figured it was only right to keep my tea goodies to myself.
this flask for myself?
This is now my at-work tea vessel and I don't think I could love it more. It's also very handy for taking on-the-go. Oh, and if you're not quite as girly a girl as moi, other colours are available.
So, along with my GORGEOUS flask I was lucky enough to receive not one but two T2 teas and, fortunately, a little tea infuser as the teas in question were legit loose leaf affairs. Yup, the snazzy stuff.
Tea number 1 was Hippy Sippy Citrus - a fruity blend of citrus with strawberry. Now, despite the very appealing box, this isn't a tea I'd have chosen myself as I'm not a big citrus fan. However, I actually like it more than I'd been expecting. With the strawberry as well as hibiscus and rosehip, the tea has a natural sweetness which I enjoyed a lot.
Hippy Sippy Citrus is part of T2's Mother's Day collection, along with the equally beautifully designed Peace, Love & Peppermint and Smokey Signals. I have to admit that on paper both of those are absolutely my cup of tea (ha! I'm on fire today! Lol JK it's nearly 1am and I am in a strange state) so I am definitely going to have to get my hands on them.
Then there's the less-in-your-face but just as interesting Auckland Breakfast tea. And to be perfectly honest, I prefer this one to the Hippy Sippy Citrus. Described as "a fragrant full bodied black tea that lingers with the refreshing, sweet notes of kiwi fruit," I was a little unsure as to what to expect. Kiwi? With black tea?
It totally works. Being black tea and all, I initially added a splash of milk to my Auckland Breakfast tea, but it turns out that the kiwi adds enough fragrance to make it delicious just as it is, and not bitter. I've been enjoying this one both with and without milk.
Oh, and it goes down very nicely alongside a hot cross bun. Just sayin'.
So here's to tea! Does it take a little more effort to use loose leaf teas and an infuser than a teabag? Yes. Is the resulting taste far superior? You betcha.
Although that's not to say I won't always murder a milky builder's brew, gold blend, natch. Like mother like daughter, eh?
As these teas are obviously more expensive than your standard supermarket pack of teabags, I do think they make a lovely present. To yourself or anyone else.
My tea and teaware were gifts but my opinions are totally honest, as per. Have you every tried any tea flavours like this? Do you like T2? Let me know!