Mighty Leaf Tea

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95

Another blustery day here. The bone-chilling kind.

I was fortunate enough to have a fiery Korean seafood soup to take a bit of the chill away and later followed up with this tea prepared chai-style at home. Very delicious.

The tea today has a bit of a rose-lychee hint with the slightest bit of cinnamon and star anise. I am nearing the end of this and suspect that I’ll be moving through the remainder rapidly. A nice variety of things going on in this one.

Flavors: Almond, Anise, Apricot, Cinnamon, Fig, Pineapple

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95

Inspired by the suggestion of a strong kick in the pants kind of tea, I reached for this one as Mighty Leaf black blends tend to have a robust black supporting the rest of the event. Well, not so much this one, as it happens.

The dry leaf appears to be mostly fruit and spice and not much tea: much different from the image here. It smells heavenly though.

My first few cups of this were straight up black and unsweetened. Strong cinnamon with a hint of star anise with generic fruit in the background.

I popped around the shops to try the second batch sweetened with honey with milk. More or less the same flavours with more complexity this time as I had gone a bit heavier on the leaf the second time. Nice.

I get the impression that flavours will vary depending on the leaf you have in the tea scoop. The fruit and spice pieces are rather large.

Very much a chai type blend. Perfect for a cold winter day.


I am adding the Mighty Leaf description and ingredient list of the Holiday Blend 2015 that I am drinking. Very much different from the tea described here on Steepster.

Holiday is a festive blend of Chinese black tea with cranberry, orange, papaya, apple, peach and spices. At once sweet and hearty, this tea is the ideal accompaniment to a joyous gathering of family and friends.

4 oz. loose tea in bag

Ingredients

Black Teas, Cranberry Fruit, Orange Peel, Apple Fruit, Papaya Fruit, Peach Fruit, Almond, Cinnamon, Rosehips, Rose Petals, Cornflower and natural flavoring of Cinnamon Orange Spice

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70

This is a decent jasmine tea, and I do drink a lot of it. The jasmine isn’t too overbearing, and it isn’t too “perfumey”. Since I drink this one at work, it’s a little tough to control the temperature, and it sometimes gets a little too bitter. I would NOT buy this tea full price, it’s a little on the pricey side for it not being my favorite. However, homegoods frequently has it in stock for a good price, so I pick it up there.

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec

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stolen from Optimizely

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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87
drank Winter Solstice by Mighty Leaf Tea
1537 tasting notes

Friday. Thank goodness, its Friday.
I am quite stressed at work, and today is going to be massively busy. I’m worried that I won’t be done with the larger projects I’ve been given. Argh.
I wish I was feeling more confident in this new job! I’m dying to feel calm and detached when I come into the office, but right now I’m tense and stressed beyond belief.
Which means I’m not sleeping well. Which means that I’m not sleeping well. Which means tea.
This is my last bit of this, so its a sipdown.
I really like this blend. Its gorgeous in the cooler weather. Now that we’re pushing against spring, its time to drink it down.

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87
drank Winter Solstice by Mighty Leaf Tea
1537 tasting notes

Ugh, daylight savings time.
Anyone expecting elegant prose, or poetic desciptions, well, be gone, my friends. This day has been one long session of uggggggh, as I dragged my sorry carcass around, mewing slightly and bumping into objects.
I do not like waking up early, that’s for sure.
So! Bold! Rich! Strong! That’s what I grabbed this morning. Thank you for all your help, Winter Solstice.

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87
drank Winter Solstice by Mighty Leaf Tea
1537 tasting notes

I had a lovely pot of this in the morning. Its warm and the hint of citrus just uplift it, and keep it from being too heavy and dark.
Its lovely in these colder months, and as it was a rainy morning, it was glorious then.

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87
drank Winter Solstice by Mighty Leaf Tea
1537 tasting notes

It is pouring down rain today, which is so, so excited! So I decided on something warm and bold for the morning.
I’m so glad that this is the old Winter Solstice I knew and loved. I was worried I would be parted forever from it!

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87
drank Winter Solstice by Mighty Leaf Tea
1537 tasting notes

There was only one obvious choice for today, and this was it.
I am highly relieved to see that they don’t seem to have tinkered with this too much, as its moved from Peet’s house brand to Mighty Leaf. They had me worried.
It was a long day. I’m glad I had this bit of extra pep!

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90

Really nice tea. I steeped it for way longer than 3 minutes and it never got too strong to drink.

Flavors: Flowers, Jasmine

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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60

Hmmm…I’m not getting any “cherry” in this. It smells too much like pinesol (giving me a mental image of licking my kitchen floor…unpleasant). It’s not a BAD tea but I was hoping to get more cherry flavor, the lemon is just overpowering.

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80
drank Vanilla Bean by Mighty Leaf Tea
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80

Decided to brew double strength this time: two sachets per 14 oz water. Tastes a bit strong.

Flavors: Fruity, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Tannic

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 414 ML

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80

Lightly sweet. Fruity and floral. Delicious! One sachet for 14 oz boiling water.

Flavors: Fruity, Jasmine

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 414 ML

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80

A lightly sweet, fruity rooibos tea. I can detect hibiscus, as well as notes of blueberry and, perhaps, honeysuckle. Very tasty. Used the shorter recommended steep time; would probably extend for a bolder flavor next go round.

Flavors: Blueberry, Fruit Punch, Hibiscus, Honeysuckle

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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35

This tea is bitter, and has very little tropical flavoring to it. The worst part was that as the tea cooled, it just kept getting weaker and weaker. I would only recommend this tea to people who are just trying to get into green tea and prefer to not have too much of a grassy taste to their teas.

See my full review:
http://fullysteeped.blogspot.com/2013/01/mighty-leaf-green-tea-tropical.html

Flavors: Bitter, Fruity

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

This is one of the teas I ordered in my big Mighty Leaf order a couple of months ago. I love the punchiness of Mighty Leaf black teas—the wake up and pay attention of their assertive bases.

This tea is very delicious. That said, I must have received the least flavoured batch of it. Though it is meant to be an Earl Grey with Chinese black and Indian teas with jasmine, I am not feeling the bergamot or jasmine. Yes, there is a vague sense of fruity sweetness, but to discern the bergamot and jasmine, you must first know it is there and then do the flavour equivalent of squinting to find it.

I never read tea descriptions or the reviews of others directly before I write a review of my own. If I hadn’t in this case, I never would have identified the Earl Grey-ness and jasmine here.

Flavors: Bergamot, Fruity, Jasmine

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
keychange

Hmmm, you don’t read other peoples’ reviews before writing your own? That’s interesting, and I think would lend itself to a more authentic experience. I should try that sometime.

Evol Ving Ness

I read reviews when planning what to order or put on my tea wish list. After having had several cups of this since I ordered it, even though I do enjoy it, I found myself wondering why specifically I had ordered this particular one as it is very very similar to others that I had ordered from Mighty Leaf. That’s when I read the reviews again. And had another cup.

Fjellrev

I only tend to read reviews beforehand if I’m making an order too, otherwise I don’t want others’ opinions to influence my thoughts on the first cup.

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100

This is the camomile blend of all camomile blends in my humble opinion. The freshness of citrus, but here it is an abundance of citrus flavours.
Even the cursed lemongrass works here. The camomile is so enjoyable buoyed up by all these flavours around it. Slightest bit of tang from the rose hips and the slightest bit of a bite from something green.

I have been drinking this one for years. Such a delight.
The perfect evening tea.

Flavors: Citrus, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Rosehips

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
alexander&james tea co.

I have no hate for lemongrass, so I’m definitely looking forward to trying some! I’ve seen this tea before and worried that some of the other ingredients may cover up the taste of the chamomile; good to hear that isn’t the case.

Evol Ving Ness

I say cursed lemongrass because I’ve had two teas recently which were overwhelmed with it. Here, it is just a hint and it adds to the medley of other citrus flavours.

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66

Russian Caravan is suppose to have Oolong tea in it and this version does not…so it would be a much better tasting tea if it had the Oolong added. This version just has the lapsang and assam tea.

Flavors: Smoked

Preparation
3 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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75

I like Mighty Leaf’s Kyoto Rice, but it is overpriced…you can get genmaicha tea anywhere for a lower price that is the same quality.

Flavors: Green, Rice, Toasted

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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78

Smokey, this tea is like drinking a campfire all you need to add are the smores and hot dogs.

Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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80

Another tea sent to me by my Secret Pumpkin. I really like this one! It has a nice orange flavor, but a creamy orange, almost like those old push up ice cream treats we used to get as kids. (can you tell I have a hint of my sense of smell today? It’s not super strong, but it’s present enough for me to taste some things)

Anyway. I realloy like this one. I might have to add this to my wish list.

Flavors: Creamy, Orange, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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85

This is an amazing tea. I would like to have more of the Rooibos base shine through, but aside from that, the flavors are very well balanced, and very smooth. The tropical fruit overtones are delightful, making this tea super drinkable.

I’m usually not a huge fan of fruit tea blends, but this may be one of the best I have ever tried. I would definitely buy this again and keep it handy, I’m thinking it would be great during a warmish late Spring rain.

-E

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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85

My new housemate works at Peet’s Coffee, and they recently bought Mighty Leaf Tea Company. So, he sometimes brings home free tea!

This was his first gift to the house, so it will be the first one I try.

It’s been a while since I have had a rooibos based tea, so I am a bit excited. Although, it is blend with many other flavors, but that’s OK.

The first smell is really good. Very fruity, very tropical. I don’t smell much of the rooibos base, but maybe it will come out in the taste. Smells like a great hot weather, Summer tea.

The flavor confirms that. This will be a great dog days of Summer tea. The tropical fruity overtones dominate the palate, hiding the rooibos base. I would like to get more of that base into the mix, so I will experiment the next time I brew it.

Overall, a very good tea. Just wish it had more rooibos and less fruit.

-E

Flavors: Fruit Punch, Fruity, Tropical

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 9 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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