70

To be honest I have no idea as to temperature (it was v. hot) or steeping time because I got this at the local frozen yogurt joint after going out to dinner with the fam and another fam tonight. The really really really young guy at the counter insisted I should steep this for “another 3-5 minutes” after he handed it to me. Bah, say I. I pretty much yanked the bag out right then and there. I hadn’t seen a Mightly Leaf bag before and it was one of those pretty gauzy stitched up things like the Kusmi ones but since I only saw this one wet, it might not have been as elegant. Chances are it wasn’t, Kusmi being French and all.

Anyway, really not used to drinking green tea in water so hot it sears the epidermal layer right off my tongue, but that’s what I found myself with. I took the top off the cup to let the steam escape all the faster, but I was still nursing the thing when it was time to leave. It was preternaturally hot water, and it took a helluva long time to cool to drinkable temperature by which time everyone was done with their yogurt and ready to leave.

I will say, for a drink in too hot water in a paper cup, it did have quite a bit of flavor. A strong but somehow also gentle jasmine, less in your face than the Numi bagged jasmine, but very flavorful. The tea was fresh tasting and mild.

For rating, I’m going with slightly better than the Numi, but not quite as good as the Golden Moon.

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LiberTEAS

Having tried both of these teas “bagged” – the Kusmi tea uses a muslin-ish type of material for their tea bags, while Mighty Leaf uses a silkier type of fabric, similar to that you’d find on the pyramid sachets.

ashmanra

I had a white tea at Barnes and Noble and I think the water had been boiled using a nuclear reactor. The delicate white tea was SEARED and you couldn’t even taste the flavors after burning your tongue, plus…mostly it just tasted like paper cup! I wonder what would happen if I went all “Sheldon” (Big Bang) on them and took my own cup and asked them to just give me the water and the bag and let me brew it myself!

Rabs

ashmanra: you can actually do that without a problem. Furthermore, most B&N Cafes will give you 10 cents off for bringing your own cup – at least as of a little over a year ago they would do the discount. If your barista isn’t sure how to do the tea bag since they’re all loose in the cannister, then you could suggest putting the bag into a sample cup. :)

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LiberTEAS

Having tried both of these teas “bagged” – the Kusmi tea uses a muslin-ish type of material for their tea bags, while Mighty Leaf uses a silkier type of fabric, similar to that you’d find on the pyramid sachets.

ashmanra

I had a white tea at Barnes and Noble and I think the water had been boiled using a nuclear reactor. The delicate white tea was SEARED and you couldn’t even taste the flavors after burning your tongue, plus…mostly it just tasted like paper cup! I wonder what would happen if I went all “Sheldon” (Big Bang) on them and took my own cup and asked them to just give me the water and the bag and let me brew it myself!

Rabs

ashmanra: you can actually do that without a problem. Furthermore, most B&N Cafes will give you 10 cents off for bringing your own cup – at least as of a little over a year ago they would do the discount. If your barista isn’t sure how to do the tea bag since they’re all loose in the cannister, then you could suggest putting the bag into a sample cup. :)

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I’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

Below 50 So-so, iffy, would definitely pass
or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

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