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69
drank Organic Olive Leaf Infusion by Leaf
50 tasting notes

When I got home from work I had a sudden craving for cupcakes, so I baked some, but I overdid it with the icing (decided to go with vanilla buttercream, and made way too much) so I needed a refreshing tea to stop myself from feeling sick. I was going for mint when I remembered I had this and decided to give it a shot.

Very clean and light. Tastes sort of woody, and I’m getting a strange taste that’s almost like lemons but without the sourness – if that makes sense. Doesn’t taste of olives, which is nice. I think I might get this one in again, it’s a pleasant drink for cutting through overly sweet flavours without overwhelming them entirely (the way lemongrass and mint can.) Also, breaking up the leaves into my teapot is kind of satisfying in a weirdly tactile way.

later edit: The lemony notes come out more when resteeped.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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53
drank Camomile by Leaf
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It’s a basic chamomile tea, nothing to make it stand out from the rest. I drank it with a Stash honey stick (now while I am frankly baffled as to why their teas are so popular, credit where credit’s due: the honey sticks are genius) and it was a nice, soothing, relaxing cup. Not nice enough for me to restock from them though, I’d rather buy a cheaper brand when I can’t taste the difference.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Peppermint by Leaf
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A one cup sample I got from Leaf:

The leaves are nice and big, not like the finely cut stuff from my local herbal shop (when I run out of my home-grown, home-dried stuff) and it smelt good dry, but I think it might have been cross contaminated or something because the overwhelming flavour when I drink it is liquorice o_O Quite pleasant minty liquorice, but it’s still liquorice.

I don’t particularly mind since I was drinking it for nausea anyway (oh epilim, how I despise thee) and liquorice helps, it was just very unexpected.

(brew notes: as always with herbals, splash of cold water before adding the boiling.)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Balancing Infusion by Leaf
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My first thought was ‘pleh’, but the second mouthful was delicious (god bless my inability to pour stuff away/throw stuff out – even though it means I’ll be finishing that box of foul white tea dust from Jackson’s.)

It seems like the first sip coats my mouth (possibly because of the liquorice?), then the rest tastes good, and I think to eat or drink anything else while having this would be a mistake; it’s one to sit and savour on its own. It’s warming and a little spicy, and it’s really soothing my sore throat. The liquorice is definitely the strongest flavour, avoid it if you’re not keen, but the rest of the ingredients balance it out so it’s not as stringy as liquorice tea can taste.

I’ll be buying more, probably when I need to restock my stash of fillable teabags from Leaf (those are very useful, and they let the leaves unfurl more than other empty teabags I’ve tried.)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Yellow Tea by Leaf
181 tasting notes

All gone! This was a really nice tea and I’m glad I had it. It was a wonderful present from my friend. I saved her the last bit and showed her why it was worth waiting 20 minutes. Such a strange type of tea, but it was a good addition to my cupboard while it was there

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73
drank Yellow Tea by Leaf
181 tasting notes

I finally did what the instructions said on the packet. I just didn’t believe that something that is so similar to a green tea could need the brewing instructions they gave it: boiling water (leave water to stand for 30 secs before pouring) and twenty minutes to brew. After all, I’m used to sencha, that often needs under a minute with 70-75 degC water.

But I have always found this tea very mild and pale, so I was curious what would happen when I actually followed the instructions. The instructions said that the tea tastes okay after 5 minutes but best after 20, so I put it in a pot with a tea cosy to keep it warm, and had a cup after 5 minutes and left the rest brewing for a bit longer.

The five-minute cup was still very pale, and mild tasting. It tasted no stronger than an unripe pear or melon. The taste that was there was nice, but it was so pale that I could easily taste the water it was brewed with rather than just the tea. Unfortunately, water in this area tastes pretty horrible, so it wasn’t pleasant.

After 20 minutes, it is much better, as the packet suggested. The tea never went bitter, it just tastes slightly grassy but with a flavour that I can only describe as being interesting. By which I mean that it’s not exactly the same as any green tea I have had, there’s something individual about it. And I like that.

The tea company was right and I have paid the price for being so stubborn and independent not to follow their advice. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had other good cups of this tea, but I was missing out a bit by not brewing it properly

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Cofftea

I’ve read that it’s similar to oolong as well. That’s why I’m so confused about it.

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73
drank Yellow Tea by Leaf
181 tasting notes

Haven’t drunk anything this light for a long time. It came as a bit of a shock, but by the end of my big pint-mug I was really enjoying it. Might have to have some more ;-)

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73
drank Yellow Tea by Leaf
181 tasting notes

After a day of drinking horrible tea at work (it was £1 for 100 bags so it was never likely to be good), this was a nice change – and I brewed it well enough for it to seem like a nice treat this evening

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73
drank Yellow Tea by Leaf
181 tasting notes

My wonderful housemate Kelly bought me this tea and it is very nice and gentle, with large whole leaves and a pale colour to it. Mmm, perfect for a hot day like today

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61
drank Verbena Infusion by Leaf
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Tasty and refreshing. I think it’s one for after a rich meal, possibly as a change to peppermint. TBH, it’s making me think about getting some of the herb and try making my own mixes; it’s nice but I think I’d want to do something extra to it if it was going to be a regular drinking tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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69
drank White Tea by Leaf
18 tasting notes

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69
drank White Tea by Leaf
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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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75
drank White Tea by Leaf
4 tasting notes

Delicate and delicious… A nice way to ease into the day’s work.

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75

This is the second steep on the leaves from the first cup… It’s mellowed out quite nicely.

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