So my sister went to America over the summer & she brought me back a very special present in the form of T2s New York Breakfast. Now I havent tried anything from T2 before so was very excited to try it! But as it was the summer it didn’t feel the right season just yet. I have been to New York before about 7 years ago over Thanksgiving so now feels a right time to be trying this tea. Despite it being years ago I do still remember the pancakes with bacon & maple syrup that Josh & I had. The city was amazing, full of life, flavours & experiences. I love that they made a tea to embody the essence of it.
So not only did my sister bring back a box of tea, she brought me a bag that seemed barely squished from transit, a brew card & a T2 Life leaflet with information about the company, the teas they do & individual brewing techniques for each tea. I was a very happy Hannah!
The box is a small orange one, that is T2s signature look with a yellow sticker for the blend. In the box the tea comes in a heat sealed plastic packet, so I’ll have to find something else to keep it in to keep the leaves fresh.
The tea is describe as a full bodied black tea infused with cinnamon & vanilla. It sounds sweet & just like a New York Breakfast. Just opening the box with the packet still sealed & you can smell the heady sweetness from the vanilla with the spices emerging too.
The dried leaves are long thin black twisted with very small pieces of what I think are cinnamon mixed with it. It smells of sweet vanilla & almost nutmeg.There isn’t really a smell of black tea leaves but its not quite sickly sweet so its still pleasant.
I infuse with slightly cooled 100 degree boiled water, the wet leaves have unfurled to short leaves in a lighter brown colour. The size & shape are fairly consistent. The smell is strong of the cinnamon & vanilla, like a Christmas candle. Again theres not really any smell of black tea but I think it is there, giving the sweeter notes a base flavour.
The liquor is a clear but dark coppery colour. It smells sweet but again not overpowering. It has a surprisingly nice mouth feel, full but not sticky from too much sweetness. The cinnamon adds a nice element to the flavour, reminding me of cinnamon swirls with a vanilla cream topping or fresh shortbread biscuits. I wouldn’t say that the black tea is noticeable in flavour which is a bit disappointing but because it’s loose leaves I think that is has helped to create a base to balance it.
For a moment, I think I’m a writer in New York, stopping for breakfast before taking a stroll through Central Park for inspiration then going onto the arty clubs to meet some friends tonight. Because it was the only time I went there, I imagine we’re just starting to get the first hints of winter, a chilly breeze as you step out the cafe, flushed faces after walking through the park & the added appreciation of that hot sweet tea to start the day.
I shall have to try this with an actual New York Breakfast of pancakes & bacon to see if they are a good pair but I don’t think I could drink this constantly. I love tea for the natural beauty in the flavours so don’t normally gravitate to flavoured teas. Its a little disappointing to see that this blend has natural AND artificial flavours, id be more impressed if it was just natural but for such a large company it is probably hard to keep the consistency in flavour. However as it was a gift & its such an iconic flavour to represent a city, I can’t help but smile at it. It takes me back to memories of the city that never sleeps, where the buildings are taller than the eye can see & lights are brighter than you can imagine. I will be drinking it lots more especially in the run up to Thanksgiving & Christmas where cinnamon & vanilla are such key flavours.
The T2 Life leaflet I am so fascinated by as it has information about lots of different blends, descriptions & brewing techniques for each of them. Its quite a useful tool to have for someone who may only just be starting out using loose leaf tea or is keen to learn more but not sure where to go. I think the overall brand & concept of T2 is amazing, its making tea modern & attractive to audiences who probably see it as something only their grandparents would drink. Its even more amazing that the company comes from Australia, not a country that is well known for its tea drinking but has created something that I think will be iconic the the 21st century movement of tea drinking.