Mighty Leaf Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

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I’m trying to make more of an effort to drink my greens, so I picked this out to try this afternoon. I’ve tried a few tropical greens, and this is admittedly one of the nicer ones despite being bagged. I was surprised to see strawberry in the ingredients list, as I don’t tend to think of strawberry as a “tropical” fruit. I couldn’t taste is at all, either, although I wasn’t concentrating too hard due to being at work. So distracting! I did get pineapple and guava, though, both very easily identifiable and beautifully juicy. The temperature has been approaching 30 again today, so this was a pleasantly refreshing afternoon cup. No bitterness or astringency from the green tea base, either.

The back of the sachet claims that I’ll be “whisked off into the ease of life sans care” while drinking this tea. I won’t go so far as to say that I was without care (work, ugh!), but it certainly cheered up what might have been a miserable afternoon at work (on my own, having to deal with everyone’s phone and emails as well as my own workload, on a hot day, with plenty of complaining going on). A little tropical brightness really was just the thing!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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I gave this another go yesterday evening with a longer brew time, and added some milk. The milk really helps this one, and brings out the vanilla much more than when I tried it without additions. I can also taste a little more fruit — I wouldn’t identify it as mango outright, but definitely orange tropical. It’s just a little mild and generic tasting to really shine. The main flavour is still rooibos, so I have to confess that I’m a little disappointed with this one.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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To add my thoughts to previous reviews, I had no idea there was hibiscus in this one either. I’ll have to look out for that in my next cup. This is the ML Collection version of Organic African Nectar, and like others that are based on the Mighty Leaf range, it does have some subtle differences. It’s less fruity, for a start. I don’t think that’s necessarily a good thing, as it was the juicy flavour of tropical fruit that really made Organic African Nectar appeal to me. African Amber Organic is primarily a plain rooibos, as far as I can taste, with light spicing and a hint of vanilla. The description says mango and hibiscus, but I can’t say I got either of those. I did pick up on a slightly jarring bitterness, so maybe that was caused by one of those? Back to the drawing board with this one, I think! I have a few more bags to experiment with before I make my final judgement :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

My favorite black tea since Yorkshire!

Huge fan. Good by its lonesome and with milk & sugar. I’m a fan

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It’s interesting to me that this has hibiscus, because I honestly had no idea until I read it in the description. That’s rare in a hibiscus tea. I’m not sure if this tastes like mango, exactly, but I definitely get the vanilla and florals. I had this with lunch, and while it wasn’t life-changing or anything it was solidly pretty good—another reason why I was very surprised to find out about the hibiscus. I think I would drink it again.

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just finished my 4th and last pillow-sized sachet of this lovely Nilgiri tea. sad to see it go! it is a delicious and refreshing iced tea. i add the juice of 2 & 1/2 lemons (then throw the lemons in) & a generous amount of honey though nothing that makes this too sweet. i fill the pitcher half-way with ice then add some cold spring water as well & keep this in the fridge until i’ve lost control of my willpower.

i’ve tried a lot of black teas & i must say i’m impressed with Mighty Leaf’s Nilgiri. they also claim it’s organic. might that explain why this has such a clean, smooth & bright aroma as well as taste? the leaves almost have a ‘lemony fresh’ quality & when infused in water the tea smells like it would taste delicious hot or plain. but i’ve enjoyed it so much iced.

makes sense that i no longer see this in supermarkets (was it a trial run?) & if there are any Mighty Leaf iced teas left on shelves, it’s only the Calypso Mango or Ginger Peach-flavored blacks (which are slightly artificial and clearly not as desirable as the organic Nilgiri).

off to the online stores i go!
(in the interim i will use Harney & Sons blackcurrant from filter bags to make iced tea….the last time was quite a success!)

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Flavors: Artificial, Mango

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68

I am not a fan of rose teas…to me it just tastes weird to have rose taste in my drink. This is just a regular tea…one I would never buy a big quantity of, but I do not mind drinking it if I have no other tea to drink.

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drank Orchid Oolong by Mighty Leaf Tea
1016 tasting notes

cocoa-tinged petals
last rays of sunlight depart
darkness falls, stars rise

Cheri

I like this one. The haiku I mean. I haven’t had the tea.

TeaBrat

I used to love this tea but got totally sick of it!

sherapop

Thank you, Cheri. I really like the scent of this tea, above all, TeaBrat.

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drank Orchid Oolong by Mighty Leaf Tea
1016 tasting notes

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drank Orchid Oolong by Mighty Leaf Tea
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It must be the luck of the draw, but here is another case of an oolong with an irresistibly scrumptious scent in the dried form. Seriously, it smells so rich and luxurious—a bit chocolatey, in fact. I just realize what these dried leaves smell like: dark chocolate with unsweetened coconut bits!

The liquor is on the dark side, but I did use a good portion so that may have something to do with the brownish amber tint of the brew. I’m not quite ready to do the gaiwan thing, but I figured that I’d ease into it by starting to use more tea in my infusions and keep to shorter steeps. The scent is rather different from the dried leaves. I’m not sure how to describe it. I still like the aroma, but it no longer conjures images of delicious chocolate-coconut confections in my mind.

The taste is very good. To me it seems more sweet floral than specifically coconut, but whatever the “natural flavors” are, I’m happy with this blend and look forward to the second infusion of the large yet-to-be-fully unfurled leaves!


second infusion: this was not as good, making me think that the charms of this tea were somewhat superficial, inhering primarily in the added flavors, not the underlying tea, which felt a bit scratchy and tasted less enticing once stripped of the flavor trappings.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Kirkoneill1988

i found a canadian site from vancover that sells this tea and its like over 70$ for 100g >:( and has like no description

sherapop

Hi Kirkoneill1988. I got this from Mighty Leaf, and it certainly was not that expensive! lol

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Not being that fond of the Mighty Leaf sachets, I nonetheless wanted to check out their loose leaf offerings. First up: Jasmine Downy Pearls.

I have enjoyed some pretty tasty jasmine pearls recently, which makes it difficult for the competition. These pearls strike me not quite as fragrant as some, and I also noticed that they are matte on the surface, rather than having shimmery silver striations. There seems to be a fair amount of powder on the inside of the container, suggesting that some serious jostling has gone on.

The flavor is pretty good. I enjoyed the second glass more than the first, which is often the case for some reason. Anyway, I’m not sure yet how to rate this tea, but I’ll certainly know by the time I make it to the bottom of this generous-sized cylindrical can, which boasts a whopping 128 grams! 6 down, 122 to go…

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 g 17 OZ / 502 ML

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drank Marrakesh Mint by Mighty Leaf Tea
259 tasting notes

I got this tea yesterday from the coffee stand in the building next to where I work. Normally, that coffee place is pretty good and I like the way they make vanilla bean tea lattes mmmm…. But as it’s summer and my stomach was not in top form, I decided to go with this mint tea and ask for it iced. The barista informed me that I could not have it iced because it was a hot tea. I informed her that if she brewed it hot with less water than usual and then poured it over ice, it would become an iced tea. She told me I would have to wait for it to brew. I was unsurprised by this news and assured her I was fine with that. She very doubtfully followed my instructions, but did not brew it nearly long enough, I think. All I got from this tea was spearmint. I really couldn’t detect the green base at all, which is a shame because this is my favorite way to have green tea. So, I won’t rate this because of the dubious preparation.

yyz

I get around this by asking for the hot tea and a cup of ice on the side. That way I can ice it when I think it’s ready. I do this with coffee too, especially as I like iced coffee without additives.

mj

I will do that next time. Thanks for the tip :-)

boychik

I used to drink it when I didn’t know any better. The thing is base is practically non-existing , it’s 98% of mint.

mj

Well, maybe it’s not that particular barista’s fault. But she makes the most abysmal foam so I was predisposed to blame it on her

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Weekend Sipdown #9

This is one of the nicer chamomile based blends I’ve had the pleasure of trying in a while. This time, my cup was a pale pinky-red (see previous notes for my musings on this magical, colour changing tea!). I don’t usually like hibiscus too much, but it does a sterling job of cutting through some of the sweetness from the chamomile here. The citrus flavours — lime and orange, primarily, to my taste — also pack a refreshing punch. A pleasant evening cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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What I have noticed about this tea is that it’s never the same colour twice. My first cup was green, my second cup was grey, my third cup was purple. Today it’s red. The sane part of my brain believes this is a logical consequence of the balance of ingredients in each bag. The happily insane part believes this is magic, colour changing tea. I’ll leave you to decide which is more likely.

Today’s cup has a nice sharp citrus note which offsets the cloying sweetness of the chamomile flowers. I can taste hibiscus a little more than I usually can; I guess that’s why today’s cup is red!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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Final tea of the day at work was this herbal from my ML Collection sampler. It’s very, very similar to the ordinary Mighty Leaf version (Chamomile Citrus), with perhaps a touch more citrus and slightly less sweetness from the chamomile. It’s a good combination, and particularly since the citrus makes me think more of orange and lime than the ubiquitous lemon.

So far I’m finding the the ML Collection teas are often just slightly refined versions of the standard Mighty Leaf bags. Some of them appear in either one range or the other, but many are held in common. It’s hard to say which I like best. They’re so similar they’re practically the identical, but with a couple of tiny distinguishing features. With this one, I think on balance i prefer the ML Collection’s slightly stronger citrus quotient. I have a few more bags left to help me make up my mind, though!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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Weekend Sipdown #8

This is a pleasant enough darjeeling, considering it’s bagged. There’s nothing too metallic in the flavour, which is what I’ve had the biggest problem with in Mighty Leaf’s darjeelings. Instead, it’s lightly floral, with a very slight muscatel/grapey flavour. Quite brisk. Pleasant enough, but not a repurchase.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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Another from the ML Collection sampler. I like this one better than I do the Organic Darjeeling Estate from the “normal” Mighty Leaf range. This one has a much gentler, less metallic, taste. It’s also got a more pleasant grapey muscatel edge, and a slight floral hint. Saying that, I only gave this a very brief brew time — 1.5 minutes in boiling water. This yielded a medium brown liquor, which was plenty strong enough for me. I hate darjeelings that are bitter, astringent and metallic tasting, and with bagged versions I’ve learned to be cautious.

This cup has been pleasant so far, but it’s probably not something I’d keep around long term. I prefer loose darjeeling on the whole, and first flush more particularly. Just call me a darjeeling snob.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
TeaBrat

Funny I prefer teas from Nepal over those from Darjeeling, at least the 2nd flush and autumnal Darjeelings anyway.

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drank Mandarin Rose by Mighty Leaf Tea
384 tasting notes

This is one of the teas in the Tea Sparrow subscription this month. They recommend it iced. As it’s in the 90s out and sticky, I thought this sounded like a great idea.

I went approximately with their 1T for 8oz, a little under. I’m glad I did because even diluted with the ice after steeping in boiling, this seemed strong still. (A second infusion was actually just about perfect.)

It’s a really nice rose and black tea balance. It really is good iced.

Preparation
Iced 5 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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This sachet of Organic Darjeeling Estate from Mighty Leaf produced a surprisingly nice glass of tea. Why surprising? I suppose because the envelope gave no indication that this was a first flush, single estate tea, so I simply assumed that it was the usual “swept off the floor” grocery store darjeeling fare.

The color of the liquor is darker amber—perhaps because the leaves are more broken up than loose-leaf darjeeling tends to be (case in point: Norbu Margaret’s Hope). I kept the steep time short, because in my experience it is a simple matter indeed to ruin a cup of darjeeling. Three minutes turned out to be just right. The flavor was smooth and neither bitter nor overly grassy. It was a tiny bit scratchy in my throat after the swallow, but overall not bad at all.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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drank Mandarin Rose by Mighty Leaf Tea
2 tasting notes

Floral and a bit sweet… but not too sweet. Luxurious.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
2 tsp 30 OZ / 900 ML

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Another from the ML Collection sampler. I gave this 3 minutes instead of the recommended 5, as it had already brewed up to a typical mint tea swamp-brown in that time, and it smelled pretty strong to boot. I’m not ordinarily a plain mint tea fan, so the verbena was definitely the attraction for me here. Unfortunately, mint is pretty much all I can taste. It’s the kind of flavour that could overpower anything given half a chance, and it’s definitely given more than half a chance here. There’s a tiny hint of lemon, particularly in the early sips, but it’s hardly there and it’s soon knocked out completely by the mint. Not the tea for me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Jade Organic by Mighty Leaf Tea
1016 tasting notes

motley mix of leaves
every shape, size, and color
ecumenical

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drank Jade Organic by Mighty Leaf Tea
1016 tasting notes

My first loose-leaf experience from Mighty Leaf, ML Jade Organic is a quite decent Long JIng. To be honest, I did not realize that this was going to be a dragonwell—usually that is mentioned in the name—but I am happy with this organic tea.

The dried leaves are of all different shapes and sizes, not uniform as are many of the other Long Jings. The leaves are definitely flat, but they range in length and width. There are lots of large leaves but also some smaller pieces, so it’s possible that some of them broke while jostling about in the tin. I really like the sleek cylindrical tin, by the way, and will probably buy envelopes to refill it in the future.

So, yes, the tea is good. The liquor is golden veering very pale green, and the flavor is textbook Long Jing. Very smooth and buttery with a chestnut-like taste. I’ll definitely be reinfusing the wet leaves as they are still very fragrant. Depending on how long they last, I might also but a third infusion into the fridge for decaf iced green tea tomorrow.

(Blazing New Rating #77)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 45 sec 6 g 30 OZ / 887 ML

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