French Earl Grey Hot Chocolate by T Totaler, Sydney

It’s always great to see new tea places open­ing up in Sydney. For all my love for the aroma of cof­fee, tea is where my heart is and T Totaler – a play on ‘tee­totaller’ — opened up in The Galeries early 2017.

They have a selec­tion of their teas avail­able — mostly tisanes fea­tur­ing ginger, lem­on, and vari­ous oth­er herbs, rather than the fruit fla­voured teas I’m fond of.

For those that can’t decide wheth­er to com­mit to their 70-gram bottles of tea, there are samples in test tubes for $7 each with about 2 – 3 servings.

For those who want to enjoy a ready-made cup of tea, you can order takeaway from the counter just as you would cof­fee. This here is the T Totaler’s French Earl Grey Hot Chocolate dec­or­ated on top with candy floss and rose petals. Isn’t it pretty?

The drink has prom­in­ent notes of cit­rusy earl grey black tea that are well bal­anced by the mel­low sweet­ness of the chocol­ate. That said, the drink is fore­most a tea, with the hot chocol­ate com­pon­ent com­ing through in the back­ground and made from the light­er fla­vours of powdered hot chocol­ate rather than real chocol­ate. With full cream milk, the drink has a creamy and full-bod­ied fla­vour in stark con­trast to the thin and watery mouth­feel when made with almond milk, which dom­in­ates the drink with its dis­tinct flavour.

T Totaler is loc­ated at Shop 26A, Ground Floor, The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000.