T2: Gorgeous Geisha

With the changing of the seasons and the emergence of the striking Australian heat, the types of tea I prefer to drink tend to change. Where before the cold could inspire me to enjoy rich and strong teas, the summer heat instead sees me turn to the cooler and lighter teas. In light of that, I will be looking at T2‘s green tea, ‘Gorgeous Geisha.’ The T2 website describes the tea as:

Green tea with strawberries drizzled in cream is a big and bold sweet sensation. Juicy fruit blended with the herbaceous grassy aroma of sencha is intriguing, assertive and very moreish. Delicious hot and stunning iced as a summer treat. It’s easy to see why this is our most popular flavoured green – it’s simply gorgeous!

product_756The first thing you notice about ‘Gorgeous Geisha’ is the striking aroma. The tea smells of strawberries with a soft yet fresh floral scent. Since unpacking my teabags (which ‘Gorgeous Geisha’ and a number of other teas can be purchased in tea bag form) I have often found myself simply stopping and smelling the tea.

‘Gorgeous Geisha’ differs from other green teas in both its aroma and flavour. Where green tea generally can have quite a strong taste, ‘Gorgeous Geisha’ is one that offers up a sweet, light flavour. Coupled with a little bit of sugar, the tea is an absolute delight.

You can enjoy the tea either served chilled or hot. The serving suggestion for the tea is to not brew it at 100ºC, rather at 80ºC. This holds true for green tea in general as no matter the flavour or quality of the green tea, if over boiled the taste will be a bitter and astringent one.

Often times I have found myself replacing my morning coffee with T2’s ‘Gorgeous Geisha.’ The sweet flavour and enticing scent of the tea is one that draws me in on a hot day. If you’ve never been a fan of green tea I would definitely suggest trying a flavoured green tea to ease you into the taste. You can look no further than ‘Gorgeous Geisha’ for the perfect first time, green tea try.

T2: Banana Bake

Once again we return to my love of tea. In previous posts I have discussed specific brews as well as my general appreciation of tea; this post will look at the T2 Banana Bake tea. As the name implies the tea is one that centres on a banana flavour, with the flavour being one reminiscent of banana bread. The T2 website describes the tea as:

‘Robust black tea with hints of vanilla and banana take you away to a picture perfect winters day, all snuggled up with a cuppa and munching on a warm loaf of banana bread.’

The flavours of Banana Bake are very robust and dynamic. Whereas other flavoured teas often have a subtle flavour, banana is at the very centre of this teas taste.

There are a number of ways to enjoy the tea, ranging from black, iced to a mixed blend. T2 offers the suggestion that the tea can be enjoyed both black and with milk, however there are a few other variations. One such is a lovely iced tea reminiscent of banana paddle pops can be created by simply adding a small amount of vanilla essence to an iced batch.

The tea was only available in stores for a short time and I am also unsure as to whether or not the tea will be re-stocked. So in a way this post is a very teasing one in that this marvellous brew may be no longer available for purchase.

Banana Bake is a very versatile tea that offers drinkers a range of ways in which to enjoy its flavour. One thing can be certain though, Banana Bake is a very a-peel-ing tea.