Everyone loves a cup of tea. You don't? Then you've not met T2.
I'm a massive coffee fan, drink gallons of the stuff, always fussing over coffee choices, pressure of espresso brews and hankering after bean to cup machines. However, sitting down with a cup of tea is something different, it's soothing, a hug in a mug if you will. So when T2 offered for me to try their wide choice of teas I happily looked forward to a cuppa infront of the fire. As it turned out, it was even more interesting and flavourful than I'd have imagined.
Firstly, if you're gonna start experimenting with all sorts of teas, one of T2's infusers is a great idea. Simple to use and more importantly, simple to wash up! Looks pretty good too.
T2 teas come in these grand little boxes, easy to stack and easy to identify. I thought I knew tea, but Geisha Getaway, Creme Brulee? Come on - some kinda joke? Nope - turns out Strawberries & Cream is my new addiction.
Geisha Getaway, like a green tea but not quite so astringent, with a healthy smoke to it.
Orange Pekoe, as a black tea with orange, it got me in the Christmas spirit for sure. Especially good with a mince pie (or 4)
This is the tea that ran out the soonest. With myself and my wife choosing whichever we preferred, this tisane didn't last long. Very popular and real flavours (no hints of processed e numbers). So many other fruit teas can smell fantastic but taste like dishwater - but this one has the flavour to match.
Oo la la! Zee French have arrived - at least their famous desert has in the form of tea. How very British! Lovely black tea with a sweetness and caramel tint.
By far the most original tea here, T2 hails from Melbourne and their breakfast tea is a proud cuppa, great with a full english to start the day. Quite strong for my taste, but some will find that a benefit.
Now - do you get your tea right? I like how T2 tell you about how long to brew for and the temperature. I know we all like bag in, bag out, 2 sugars, no milk, stir clockwise and other individualities, but to get what T2 believe is their perfect brew, the instructions are right there for you. Certainly handy as I'd not have waited the full time unless instructed, and I think it's respectful to the folk at T2 to do it correctly.
As you can see, some other teas such as this gorgeous green tea are more suited to a cooler temperature. Some would say it's pretentious, but I think it's worth getting right - ever asked a barista how to make the perfect coffee?
So after learning lots about tea, tisanes and plenty of sitting around taking time to enjoy a cuppa or 10, I'm a convert. T2 made a tea man out of me!
For more info and a mind boggling range check them out here: www.t2tea.com