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 got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. 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 write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became far less appealing to me. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with 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. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

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

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

I was an early internet adopter and have been online in various environments since around 1990. Steepster is one of the nicest online environments I’ve ever been privileged to participate in and that is saying something. :-)

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