221 Tasting Notes

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Oh my goodness. When you first open the tin, the scent that hits you is incredible. It reminded me of the Jasmine Dragon Pearls that I’m rather fond of, strong and sweet without being cloying. The tea itself is much sweeter and smoother than the pearls, with a bold jasmine flavour that springs up in a unitard and says “JASMINE!” with jazz hands. Even the second steep managed to be a sheer delight by tasting exactly like a silver needle jasmine!
Standing ovation Jasmine Green, now let us throw roses at your feet and demand another encore.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

lololol! A unitard!!! A metallic green unitard with gold jasmine flowers silkscreened on it doncha think?I have to drink this one today in honor of your review!!!

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90

As an earl grey connoisseur, I’m incredibly hard to please when it comes to that classic combination of black tea with bergamot.
The aroma of the leaves is citrusy, very sweet and… interesting? Honestly, it smells like no earl grey I’ve ever tried, which was concerning at first. But the bergamot in this is so fresh, distinct and different, its as if I’ve discovered an entirely new drink! This is even delicious with milk, which I know is a cardinal sin but at least its only a splash of trim.
I’m really loving working my way through this series, I suspect by the time I hit the third one I’ll be offering these guys my first born or something. Love you long time Andrews & Dunham xoxo

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Hibiscus by t Leaf T
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Usually when trying a tea for the first time, I follow the brewing instructions. This said to brew for 7-10 minutes, but I pulled this out of the water after 4 minutes because it started looking like some frightening syrupy blackened-pink concoction that would come alive if I left it to brew any longer. I suspect that having the brew times exactly the same for all the herbal teas is more laziness than coincidence, but I digress.
The aroma is faintly tart, but I didn’t need to have braced myself before taking a sip. It has more tartness than flavour, but it doesn’t make me pull the “I just put something incredibly tart in my mouth” face.
A good contender to replace your cup of hot blackcurrant when you’re feeling a little under the weather, it would probably be great as a poor man’s Ribena too – iced with soda water.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Hibiscus syrup over crepes… yum!

Miss Sweet

Ooohhh yum! You could probably make a sugar syrup using this… mmm…

Cofftea

Actually Miss Sweet, if it’s already thick and syrupy I was thinking leaving it as is.

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63
drank Red Cream Caramel by t Leaf T
221 tasting notes

Contrary to the description I think this is just as sweet as expected, on one of those rare occasions that the tea tastes what it smells like. It is a red rooibos though, which I’m not that fond of, but its almost an exact replica of t Leaf’s black caramel tea which makes for a good caffeine free option. Rooibos hate aside, this is palatable with milk but I think I might enjoy this more without the added safflowers?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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90

Sorry Yunnan Golden Tips, I am officially casting you aside like yesterdays jam.
The aroma of Caravan’s leaves are overwhelmingly smokey, but the flavour rounds out to that perfect balance of tea and woodsmoke with a faint hint of sweetness… I’m completely in love. Smooth enough to drink plain, plus it held almost all of its kick for a second steep – you should order some now before its gone for good.

I’m so cute-ed out by this company, you have no idea. And not just for entertaining my tea gang idea/reality on twitter. Prompt international delivery, rad packaging, awesome wee extras. Can’t wait to patch up and roll through town with my gang, terrorizing people who drink bad tea…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Doulton

I, too, love Caravan. I’m deeply in love with the smoky, sweet brew. Everything else seems insipid after one’s fallen in love with smoke.

Miss Sweet

Its just SO much better than all the other smokey teas I’ve tried! I’ll have to keep an eye on how many sets are left, I suspect I will need to reorder…

da.u.de

Oddly enough I came to know about this company through the rave reviews on their packaging design. I can’t wait to taste. In my shopping list now! :)

Miss Sweet

Ha, one of the main incentives for me to buy aside from the reviews on the tea itself, was the packaging!

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67

Malty, mellow and smooth – and that is before adding any milk! I don’t find this tea particularily strong, certainly not the strength needed for a good ass-kicking at 9am on the first day back at work after a disjointed 3 day weekend. Adding milk (trim of course) lessens the strength but brings out a hint of that delightful honey taste found in my favourite Assams. More of a late morning or early afternoon tea really… Bay Of Islands Brunch?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Gorgeous Green by t Leaf T
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A milder green rooibos than the Green Peach. I would probably brew this a lot longer, leave the leaves stewing in the pot as I drank it, or just brew Green Peach instead. It needs more strawberry, more jazz hands, more razzamatazz.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 30 sec

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drank Honey Original by t Leaf T
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Honeybush has that same piney aroma that rooibos has, both in the dry leaves and resulting brew. But the taste is smooth, sweet and honey-like, as well as being full-flavoured enough to stand on its own without milk. This self-confessed honey addict gives it a semi-colon and an uppercase ‘d’….. ;D

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Hippy Redhead by t Leaf T
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Oho, a tea with an amusing name, how delightful. This brews up to a shockingly pink color and is quite tart. In fact after drinking such watery teas today, the first sip of this made me have the same reaction as when I first saw the other hippy redhead, Joan from Mad Men: “WOAH”. This tea kicks your ass hot but I think it really shines iced. Bit of gin, bit of soda and you’re good for the rest of the afternoon!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Love Mad Men!! I can’t wait for Season 4!

Miss Sweet

Same! Its too far away so I’ve been rewatching previous episodes, gotta get my Mad Men fix..

Doulton

Joan is the best!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Ditto the Mad Men love!

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drank Evening Orange by t Leaf T
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A similar blend to De-stress, in both taste and ingredients. The notable difference would be the inclusion of vervain in this one, which as we all know protects you from vampires. This in addition to the strong citrus flavour, makes it great for drinking before you go to bed, in case you get attacked in your sleep.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
~lauren.

But do we want to be protected from vampires like Edward Cullen? Hmm, A dilemma…!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I take it you watch The Vampire Diaries? Stephan or Damien?

~lauren.

Not the Vampire Diaries but the Twilight & New Moon movies & books, courtesy of my daughter!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Ah, I don’t remember the vervain thing in the Twilight Saga. But I did read them really fast.

~lauren.

My fault!- my first post was in reference to the statement “we all know protects you from vampires”, not to the actual vervain, per se. Sorry!

Miss Sweet

Haha you’d probably only need to drink a cup of tea to be protected from a wussy vampire like the Twilight dude :P

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