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221 Tasting Notes

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drank Regenerate by t Leaf T
221 tasting notes

Well, thats a vague description! This is another herbal blend that has an ingredients list the size of a really long list, but isn’t too bad. This brewed up to a dark golden color and smells of something minty. flavour wise, you get lemon and apple with a hint of mint and a bite of cinnamon. It still tastes crowded though. I would rate it higher if the ingredients list was culled, but then I wouldn’t be regenerating my body and mind!

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

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drank Fountain Of Youth by t Leaf T
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Something that tastes this bad has to be good for you, right? Gah. This brews up to a medium yellowy color and the aroma is very leafy. Which is understandable when you check the ingredients list: ginko, nettle leaves, blackberry leaves, St Johns wort, vervain, mistletoe, white thorn leaves, lemongrass, green tea, willow herb, cornflower blossoms and safflower blossoms (the last two probably for decorative purposes only).
So what does it taste like? It tastes like most herbal teas I hate, so packed with leaves it tastes like drinking a wet garden. If I’m drinking a herbal tisane, I prefer uncomplicated blends, regardless of the health benefits!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Veri-Tea

Yes, I agree about herbal blends like that… I love my herbs, but simpler is better.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Wow, that’s a lot of stuff packed into that blend.

Miss Sweet

I’d expect nothing short of a miracle cure after drinking something with that many hearbs in it haha

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drank De-stress by t Leaf T
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This is surprisingly drinkable, though definitely not my favourite. The flavour is dominated by that artificial lemon taste while still remaining pretty light all-round, but I guess you only drink herbal tea for the “health benefits”. Actually this would be rad iced with soda water…

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

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drank Pear Temple by t Leaf T
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Me and Pear Temple have had a tumultuous love affair, punctuated by unbridled passion, threats of suicide, and metronomic doses of violence… oh wait thats Frank Sinatra & Ava Gardner. Pear Temple used to be my favourite tea until I got sick of it – I sipped my last cup about a year ago when I decided we were through. Which is a shame because as I’ve rediscovered today, its a deliciously sweet pear flavoured tea that is excellent both plain and with milk. And even better when paired with pear & walnut cupcakes that were baked for you by a friend…

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

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drank Monks Blend by t Leaf T
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This tastes strange. Well for starters it sounds strange, but I digress. The only actual ingredients in this aside from the teas are vanilla and tea blossoms – the “earl grey” and jasmine are just flavouring. I can’t discern the jasmine or bergamot, it tastes more like the cornflowers etc you usually find in earl grey. There is a strange sharpness that may be the green tea or tea blossoms? Hmm. Its better plain, adding milk just makes it taste stranger!

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

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You win Taylors of Harrogate! A full-bodied and lush vanilla flavour without being overly sweet, they recommend it plain but it is still delightful, delicious and de-lovely with milk.
This is the second excellent tea I’ve had from this company, I wish they weren’t so poorly stocked here!

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

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Huh, I’ve never had a decaf tea that didn’t taste like nothing so this was a pleasant surprise! A lovely smooth, light and sweet black tea, with just the right amount of vanilla to be delicious both plain and with milk. The milk gives it this amazing creamyness and really brings out the vanilla. A perfect accompaniment to some Dorsey era Sinatra, like “East of the Sun”…

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

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drank Vanilla Vice by t Leaf T
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I don’t know, this tea is really lacking. To me a vanilla black tea should be rich, creamy and great with milk. This was pretty bland and the vanilla had a weird taste. I tried it with milk but it just took away the flavour too much.

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

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I’ve been a fan of Kerikeri’s earl grey for a while, but only recently found a stockist handy to me – Esquires coffee shops of all places! Its basically a cruddy NZ version of Starbucks, so I’m amazed that you are able to buy decent loose leaf from them.
I picked up an EPIC size cup of this earlier and drank it black – its definitely my favourite earl grey after Excelsior! Really smooth and light, with a good citrusy bergamot kick. I can’t wait to try their other blends :D

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

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drank Tung Ting by t Leaf T
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Just when I was getting bored of t leaf T teas, Tung Ting decided to be all totally awesome and make tea exciting again! I’ve been curious to try this tea for a while, its $35/100g and touted as “one of the finest oolongs in the world”. Watching the the leaves unfurl from these small rolled bits into massive leaves in my glass teapot was fascinating, it was as if they’d just rolled up an entire tea bush! The taste was buttery and herbacious, smooth and full-bodied. It reminded me of a less green gyokuro kabuse. This oolong is definitely worth the extra money if you’re oolong-inclined!

2nd steep, 6 mins: Slightly less astringent, still full of flavour
3rd steep, 7 mins: Almost sweet, reminds me of a silver needle white tea
4th steep, 8 mins: Has an underlying sharpness to it, like a second steeping of silver needle. Still packing a decent amount of flavour!
5th steep, 9 minutes: A mild cup now, I give up!

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

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