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In today’s steep-off chez sherapop, Mighty Leaf Organic Green Dragon in a sachet is going sip-to-sip, sniff-to-sniff against Les Palais des Thés Long Jing in a muslin sachet.
Both teas brew up golden, and the taste is different enough to reconfirm my suspicion that the Mighty Leaf is a blend of Long Jing with some other teas. The taste is more robust and while enjoyable, it does not really match the profile of the many Long Jings I’ve tried of late.
This tea is perfectly good, but more vegetal and less chestnuty, so I would not recommend it to those seeking a silken Long Jing experience.
I didn’t know this was a dragonwell — my pouch says it’s a blend of organic estate green teas. It doesn’t look much like a dragonwell, either — some of the leaves are long and flat, with the “folded” appearance I’ve come to expect from dragonwell, but the majority are very small and flat, maybe broken.
It’s probably fair to say that I haven’t been all that impressed with the majority of Mighty Leaf teas I’ve tried. A few are pleasant, but mostly I’ve been pretty underwhelmed. I’m not much of a green drinker, but I’ve had better cups that this one even in my limited experience.
The liquor is a pale yellow-green, it’s grassy and slightly nutty. No astringency. It’s okay, but I don’t love it.
After a terrible experience with a lime tea, I was scrambling to find another tea to wash it down with. Fortunately, I had one of these tea sachets cold brewing in the fridge. I may have left it in a little too long this time because there was a sort of sharpness or bitterness to it. However, the floral and fruity notes were still very present and delicious. Very helpful in clearing my head and getting rid of that previous foul taste in my mouth.
This tea smells very good – strong and very “clean” lychee scent. The lychee taste is a little more subtle, but still definitely identifiable and not hidden. There is a bit of sweetness there, but I still prefer to add a tiny bit of sugar to help bring out the flavor a little more. I also tried this a couple times with Coconut Cream Milk and it was great. I received this as a sample from a tea subscription service, but I plan to order more of this (and update the log with more detail) next time I check out Mighty Leaf.
jasmine tea isn’t typically my thing, although there have been one or two that have appealed to me in the past. This one is okay — the jasmine isn’t too perfumey or floral. It’s definitely there, and it’s definitely jasmine, but somehow it’s delicate enough that that’s okay. The green tea is smooth and light tasting — no bitterness or astringency which is always a good thing in my book when it comes to green tea! There’s an element of sweetness, which is welcome, and a relatively heady floral aftertaste. It’s not one I’d repurchase, but it’s a pleasant enough cup on a warm afternoon. My rating only really reflects my dislike for jasmine in general.
So I was expecting strong floral from this one. Imagine my surprise, then, when I opened the pouch and got…coconut! Really strong coconut, as in coconut essence rather than the actual fruit. It actually reminds me of a body shop soap I used to use when I was younger! There’s no faulting the leaves, though. They’re rolled, and a beautiful green-brown with some yellowish stalks. No crushed or broken leaves here. Given that this is called “Orchid” oolong, and Orchid is a flower, I’m still thrown by the strong coconut scent.
I gave the bag three minutes in 180 degree water, after which the liquor is a golden yellow-brown. The scent of coconut is still strong, although there’s a fresh, mineral oolong scent also developing, and maybe a hint of light floral.
The strongest note in the flavour is initially coconut. The middle of the sip is more oolong, however, and is mildly buttery. A delicate floral comes out at the end of the sip, but it’s not nearly as potent as I expected it to be. It’s a heady floral, though, so orchid would fit. Sadly, it’s all but overwhelmed by coconut, which is really far too pungent, and quite oddly so. It really is like someone dumped half a bottle of coconut essence in the cup. Another slight issue is the astringency, which adds a dryness to the end of each sip. It’s not terrible, but paired with the coconut it’s pulling this one down in my estimation. It’s drinkable, but not really for me.
I do enjoy this tea. It is refreshing, and though I feel the most prominent flavor is citrus, you can taste the cinnamon. My bag doesn’t have the ingredients, so I can never quite remember the ingredients, but it definitely has a fruity taste without quite overdoing it.
Since I haven’t brewed it in a while, I will cut my post short and put something more descriptive next time I brew it.
This was my favourite of the ML Collection teas last time I tried them. It has a bold black base, which takes milk readily, and which is sweet and slightly malty. There’s a faint hint of chocolate in this tea, and I think it may come from the black tea rather than additional flavouring. The star flavour here is the strong, lychee-like fruitiness, though. It’s rich tasting and almost syrupy, but somehow not overly sweet. It blends really well with the black base, too, melding to become a part of the overall flavour (like the chocolate), rather than a flavouring “on top” of the black tea. There’s a moderate hint of rose in the aftertaste, which leaves a floral, slightly perfume-esque flavour on the tongue. It reminds me fleetingly of turkish delight!
I’m glad to find that one of my previous favourites still scores highly with me! This is a delicious tea that I could see myself drinking at any time of the day, and it’s one of the few ML Collection blends I’d consider reordering. Yum!
Another ML Collection tea, and I’m going to say that this one is identical to the Mighty Leaf version, Hojicha Organic. I certainly couldn’t tell them apart!
This one is quite a heavy, dark, earthy flavoured green. It’s not bitter or astringent, though, just strongly flavoured. It’s almost slightly salty, which is a little unexpected — it reminds me of seawater! Potentially that’s because I can also taste seaweed. That’s the closest descriptor I have for the flavour I’m getting from this one. It’s not sweet or vegetal like some greens, it’s slightly nutty, roasty, with a definite “green” flavour — seaweed is the closest I can come.
Not a favourite of mine, but then hojicha in general never has been. I appreciated the difference between this one and some of the other greens I’m drinking at the moment — it was a bit of a palate refresher if nothing else! I’ll happily drink up the rest of my bags, but it’s not one I’d seek our again.
Another from the ML Collection sampler, which I’m trying to finish off over the next week or so. This one is pretty much a dupe for Orange Dulce, although the base tea (black) seems lighter, and the jasmine less pronounced. I’ve had two cups of this today, and I’ve given both of them 3 minutes in boiling water. The resulting liquor is golden brown, and probably too light to withstand milk, so I made no additions.
The orange flavouring is deliciously creamy, and it’s the primary taste. The jasmine emerges mostly in the aftertaste, or at least at the very end of the sip, and adds a rich, heady note to the sweet, juicy orange. Neither flavour is 100% natural tasting to my mind, but neither are they outrageously artificial. It’s just middle of the road flavoured tea. Pleasant, but not a repurchase.
In tonight’s steep-off chez sherapop, two decaffeinated Earl Greys are going sniff-to-sniff, sip-to-sip, glass-to-glass, brewed under exactingly controlled conditions to eliminate irrelevant variables such as sherapop’s mood, the humidity, the time of day, and ambient planetary motions. The contenders are Numi Decaf Earl Grey and Mighty Leaf Earl Grey Decaf. (Go ahead: try to say that three times fast!) First up: Mighty Leaf.
Judging by the scent of the dried tea, Mighty Leaf would seem to be much, much better. It is highly perfumed, and the large leaves are easily seen through the diaphanous sachet. In contrast, the Numi has nearly no scent and smells basically like black tea fannings in a filter bag. I struggle even to detect the bergamot.
The second external, the sheer amount of tea in the sachet, would suggest that the MIghty Leaf is going to be vastly superior. There appears to be easily double the volume of tea in the infused sachet. That could be, however, because the larger leaves are sopping up water like sponges, which the finer particles in the Numi filter bag are not.
The only thing that really matters is the taste. The good news is that Mighty Leaf Earl Grey Decaf does not taste weak and insipid, low on the “tea” factor at all. I would not have guessed, in a blind trial, that this was a decaffeinated tea. I would have guessed, instead, that this was an Extra Earl Grey or Earl Grey Extra or Double Earl Grey or something along those lines, because the strong perfume of the dried tea survives to impart a very strong bergamot flavor to the brewed liquor, which is reddish amber, by the way.
The teas in this blend are apparently from Ceylon and China. It’s definitely decent tea. I do hope that it is decaffeinated, else I’ll be in trouble around bedtime…
I now have a small tin (about 1 ounce) of Mighty Leaf Chamomile Citrus, and I’ve been curious whether I would like it better prepared loose-leaf than from a sachet.
In truth, though I brewed this batch strong, it still reminds me a lot of Tazo Calm in the full-leaf sachets. The combination is very similar, but I noticed today that the liquor is golden, not hibiscus-tinged, as in the case of Calm. Or is it the rose hips which makes infusions red? Either way, both of those ingredients are present in the Mighty Leaf and the Tazo, along with lemongrass, spearmint, and chamomile. No wonder they taste and smell the same!
The reason why I have been avoiding this blend late at night is because I’ve been noticing more and more that I think of lemon grass and hibiscus and rose hips as “pick me up” herbs, so probably not conducive to sleep. There is chamomile in this blend, but it is pretty much overwhelmed by all of the more powerful flavors. When I really want to get some sleep, I’m better off with a chamomile soliflore or chamomile-lavender blend, or basically anything totally devoid of citrus and citrus-like elements.
I might try this blend cold brewed for something new next time.
I’ve been looking forward to trying these loose-leaf herbal blends from Mighty Leaf ever since I received my sampler box. Let’s see when was that? My tea life has become a blur of box deliveries… Anyway, the reason why it has taken a while is that late at night when I seriously entertain herbalia, I am deterred by the possibly stimulating effect of the pink peppercorn in this blend.
The night is young, however, only 9 pm, so I still have half my day to go! I brewed this colorful mélange rather strong, because I wanted to give it a fighting chance. To be honest, I’m not the number-one fan of rooibos blends, to put it mildly. I do love chai, and I have tried some herbal chais before, including a couple of rooibos chais. But I was not all that optimistic in this case, given past experience.
I am happy to be able to report that my low expectations have been exceeded. I credit the ample provision of coconut and ginger in the blend to its relative degree of success. The coconut imparts a rich feeling, what is so often lacking from herbal chais. With a mediocre black-tea blend, there’s always cream to save the day. But I cannot really fathom adding cream to a rooibos blend. Shredded (unsweetened) coconut does the trick here. And the blend is spicy, with a big hit of ginger, along with the pink peppercorn (which from what I understand is not really pepper—a similar case to wild rice, which is not really rice, but that’s another story…). Happily the cinnamon and cardamom are balanced and do not overwhelm, as so often happens in these sorts of infusions.
All in all, I am pleasantly surprised. I do recommend brewing this blend very strong so as to avoid the dreaded “Vitamin Water” effect.
Flavors: Coconut, Ginger