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Oolong through the looking glass: New glass teaware plus teaview – T2 Oolong choc chai

T2 Oolong choc chai
T2 Oolong choc chai

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass.

Don’t let the name of the month confuse you; it is winter, and it is winter in earnest. I know this because it’s now possible for my tea to go cold before I can finish it. Oh! The sorrow of a pot of tea gone cold.

Solution? FIRE!

Glass teapot
Glass teapot

I found this cheap treasure at Aldi, one of their special buys surrounding mothers day. And as I’m a mum, I deserve a mothers day teapot, no?

At about $14 or so I think it was a rather spectacular buy. Borosilicate glass and a stand with tealights to keep my tea warm. It also contains a glass infuser with small slits, so would be rather special for viewing blooming teas (Now if I could just get someone to send me some! Hint hint, wink wink.).

So as I was at a loss for blooming teas, I decided to treat this débutante to a textured tea worth viewing – T2’s Oolong choc chai.

Oolong choc chai
Oolong choc chai

This tea smells delicious. I was immediately romanced by cinnamon, ginger, clove and a hint of citrus.

Oolong choc chai in glass teapot
Oolong choc chai in glass teapot

4.5 minutes of steeping at 90°C rewarded me with this vibrant honey-coloured brew.

Oolong choc chai in glass teapot http://whoknewiwasahousewife.com/

The taste was something different. I was surprised by a sweet, sherry-like introduction which transformed into a smooth honey flavour. The chocolate must have fallen down the rabbit hole because I couldn’t find it, but it was a happy pot of tea all the same. I was surprised at how sweet this tea tasted without anything added. I only had a sample and T2’s new website design doesn’t appear to have ingredient lists for the teas anymore, so I can’t tell you where this magic lies. In any case, it’s an easy drinking tea and a nice mid-ground between black and green tea.

Glass teapot and Kmart teacup and saucer http://whoknewiwasahousewife.com/
Glass teapot and Kmart teacup and saucer

Oh, btw, did you see this simple elegant white teacup and saucer? Kmart. Two dollarydoos. I think I might pimp one out with an oil-based Sharpie if I can find one. What do you think?

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