Mighty Leaf Tea

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This tea was very weak and hardly had any of the flavor I’m accustomed to in earl greys. It was slightly bitter, but drinkable with milk and honey.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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60

I steeped this tea for 6 minutes (past experience with this brand has taught me that they are generally weak). It tasted like chamomile with lemon, however I thought it was fairly bitter.

Flavors: Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML

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I *think * this may be the tea I’m drinking. Traveling matcha tea box sample that came in a metallic blue bag and no name on it. It has a bit of sweetness on it’s own. I’m drinking it with some soy creamer which amps up the sweet and creamy. It’s really nice for an American public take on matcha. The front of the sip is a mellow on the matcha taste, but then come in stronger later in the sip and aftertaste. I can see how this would be a good one to add to smoothies and shakes without feeling like you are abusing finer top quality matcha.

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100

Having been disappointed with my tea selection yesterday when craving a strong kick in the pants kind of tea, I made up for it today with this one. Such fab malty goodness with the occasional sweet note. Even more chocolatey notes are coming up now that I gave the leaf more of a shake in the bag. Even a bit of fig, although it doesn’t appear to contain any.

This and a good pair of thermal socks is exactly how one deals with a blustery winter day.
Daylon R Thomas

Dang, it must be good then. I haven’t really had a Mighty Tea Leaf tea that I’ve really liked though none of them have been bad.

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100

The aroma of this tea, as the steam wanders up from my glass, is intoxicating: heavy rose and lychee carried on a bold Chinese black. The tea base is strong and rich, layered with rose and lychee—actually, it is longan, but lychee and longan are close relatives. Beautiful. There may be the slightest dusting of chocolate as well but in the distant background.

I do have Lychee tea from MLT somewhere here as well. Perhaps if I do a side by side taste taste, the flavours of both will further reveal themselves.

Flavors: Chocolate, Lychee, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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63

The first thing I noticed about this tea, right when I took it out of the packaging, was its scent. It was robustly rooibos, with a little extra hidden in there. My nose is not so keen, so I can’t fully explain it. I really liked the filterbags the tea comes in. They’re quite interesting, and I would actually prefer this kind to the conventional ones.

The flavor is nice, and the aftertaste even better. It’s warm and soothing, but at the back of the mouth, very cooling at the same time. It makes my mouth feel a bit refreshed. Definitely flowery and woody. I can’t say I’m completely wowed, but it is quite nice and relaxing to drink. I wouldn’t say it’s very sweet on its own (as I didn’t add sugar), but it’s not bitter either, more neutral.

Overall impression: Very woody, flowery taste. Nice scent. Cooling but warm.

Flavors: Flowers, Rooibos, Wet Wood

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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95

Superb. Nice balance of rose, clove, cardamon, and something delicate, carried on a solid black tea base. Three good steepings. I enjoy my tea black and unsweetened.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cloves, Rose

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95

Yes. I just received my order from Mighty Leaf this week and am slowly going through all of my selection. Most of the teas I ordered are black base, so it will take me a long while to get to trying them all.

This tea is divine. I suggest letting the water cool a wee bit after it boils before adding it to the tea to prevent the rooibos bitterness happening. The flavour is deep, earthy, rich, with a good jolt of citrus and something a bit sweet and rose-flavoured. Also, the flavour is nice as it cools. I will be keeping this tea handy.

Flavors: Citrus, Earth, Rose

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

I was at a frozen yogurt place, and saw the options of tea they had, being all mighty leaf. I’ve always wondered about Houjicha and whether or not it does have a nuttier taste like people described. Well, I had a try western style keeping the bag in as I drank it. The leaves were fairly full in the sachet. I didn’t get too much of a smell because I was having some allergies. I also didn’t get too much of a taste either-it just tasted like a roasted green tea. But then I added a dash of honey, say a teaspoon, and it was much more complex. There was almost a butterscotch quality to it that I didn’t expect. It wasn’t overly sweet, not overly smokey. I enjoyed it, and it certainly satisfied my cravings for something smooth.

It’s a sad bit that the tea came out more with the honey. I prefer my teas without sweetener, but this one depended on the honey as a spotlight for the other notes. I’d maybe recommend it to a friend or someone who wants to try something different. However, this is great yet by no means a “wow”.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Green, Nuts, Roasted

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100
drank Lychee by Mighty Leaf Tea
110 tasting notes

Excellent. Nice true rich lychee and black tea flavour balance. I do love black teas. Lately, I have been drinking mostly David’s flavoured teas, so I have not had all that much caffeine. And here, wow! I steeped three times. Even the third steeping had a nice, but milder, full flavour. Well done, Mighty Leaf. I think I might want to always have this one on hand. A great way to start the day.

Flavors: Lychee, Rose

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

I received a Mighty Leaf gift set for Christmas with the cutest teapot that holds about 1 liter. It came with a small selection of their sachets—I’ve never seen whole tea leaves in a fancy pouch before, so that’s convenient! :) I went ahead and dedicated one pouch to the whole pitcher and steeped for the usual time. I’ve yet to find my perfect Earl Grey, so I figured it’d be safer to go with a weaker brew and I can use the last two pouches together if I don’t mind the taste.

That being said, it’s rather good! The citrus isn’t as strong as Red Rose’s Earl Grey, it’s not as “burnt” tasting as Taylors, and I don’t taste a lot of the bitterness that are in some of the other tasting notes. I’m happy! Been craving a decent cup of Earl Grey for the last couple of months. Haha! xD

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML

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drank White Orchard by Mighty Leaf Tea
726 tasting notes

Another sample from The Cookie Lady! There’s a few teas I’ve always really wanted to try from Mighty Tea Leaf but this is the first one I’ve tried! Not a bad one to start off with actually. (:
It says on here that this one has a lot of melon flavors, but I mostly just taste canaloupe and white peaches. It’s kinda sweet, kinda tart-y. It’s a nice blend of flavors. I don’t think that I would buy this one myself, but it’s a nice tea to sample. Definitely makes me more interested in their other teas though. Hopefully in the future I can swap with someone who has the teas from this company I’d like to try. Because on their website it doesn’t seem like you can just get samples of their teas, which is annoying…but oh well. Happy to have tried this one! Thanks again for the sample, The Cookie Lady!!

Flavors: Cantaloupe, Peach, Sweet, Tart

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At my hotel convention center meeting, I also grabbed a bag of this tea when I was done with the Organic Green Dragon. I have to say, I was surprised to find a cardboard taste in this tea. I wasn’t even drinking it out of a paper cup or anything. Perhaps the tea was getting old and starting to take in the “flavor” of the paper packaging? Anyway, it was otherwise a pretty boring, mild black tea. I honestly couldn’t pick out the fruity flavors that it claims to have because I was distracted by that cardboard flavor. It wasn’t terrible, but it was a bit of a disappointment after how pleasantly surprised I was by the organic green dragon. Bummer.

TeaBrat

this was one of my faves from the Mighty Leaf but I tried it YEARS ago

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80

I had a meeting at a hotel convention center for work, and to my delight, they had Mighty Leaf teas instead of the usual Bigelow or Twinings. The first tea I tried out was this organic green dragon. I let my water cool for a few minutes before steeping because I have had so many painful bagged green tea experiences due to scalding hot water. Anyway, I’m so glad that I had the patience to wait because this tea did not turn out bitter at all! It was actually a bit sweet and nutty. It also wasn’t overly grassy, which is what usually puts me off many Chinese green teas. I even resteeped it once, but the resteep was definitely weaker flavor-wise and just a tad grassier (unless I was going crazy at the meeting, which is totally possible).

Overall, it was quite a nice cup of tea for a bagged green tea. I’d definitely have it again, and consider even buying it if I needed a bagged green tea for any reason.

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drank Vanilla Bean by Mighty Leaf Tea
502 tasting notes

Double-sacheted this one and poured way too much milk in it, but it still manages to be very tasty. It’s definitely genuine vanilla bean— has a bit of a bitter earthy edge to it. It actually kind of smells like a pu-erh, even though I know it’s not. I added some honey to play up the sweeter side of the vanilla and it worked out nicely. Very nice mid-afternoon sweet treat.

Mighty Leaf teas don’t tend to get great reviews on Steepster, and I think it’s because they are VERY pricey bagged teas. I understand why they cost a lot though; they use plastic silken sachets instead of paper, and they weave the string and tag into the sachet instead of cheaply gluing it (looking at YOU, Lipton and H & S), so there is a lot of materials, time, and labor involved. It’s also whole-leaf loose tea inside the sachets, not CTC dust. But when you’re paying $9-$12 for a box of 14 sachets, you expect pleasant surprises and perfect artistry. Or at the very least, multiple steeps per sachet. To be completely honest, these teas are not surprising or overly finely crafted, and they don’t lend themselves well to multiple steepings. I was lucky enough to get this box for half-price (liquidation sale; Shaw’s is not stocking this tea on their shelves anymore), so I am able to review it without the price point affecting my experience too much.

Vanilla is one of my very favorite things in the world; in addition to conserving my supply of this tea treat, I’m currently mourning the discontinuation of my favorite scent from Bath & Body Works, Wild Madagascar Vanilla. I’ve stocked up on the full line of products before they start stocking it in body lotion and fragrance mist only, and relegate them to the “online exclusive” group.

Why do all my favorite vanilla things leave me??

Flavors: Vanilla, Wet Earth

Fjellrev

Aww, it sucks when companies discontinue awesome products. I haven’t tried Wild Madagascar Vanilla. Weird since I love vanilla. Maybe it’s best I never experienced it!

I’m still angry at them for discontinuing their creamy moisturizing hand soaps, and also their Twilight Woods hand soaps. Ugh!

teaqueen

I loved the Twilight Woods scent, too! They always get rid of the good ones. The only one that they still sell the full line of from their original scents is Sweet Pea. Yuck :(

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drank Vanilla Bean by Mighty Leaf Tea
502 tasting notes

Got the last box of this at Shaw’s. It was half off— I think they’re not planning to stock it anymore. They had six or seven different varieties of Mighty Leaf there, so I’m not surprised that they’re making cuts with the company. For $9 a box regular price, Mighty Leaf teas have to be expensive to keep on the shelves, and I doubt they’re a big seller among the average American grocery shoppers. I know I don’t buy their stuff often due to the price.

$4.50 is a much more reasonable amount to pay for tea bags, even classy, sewn “silken satchet long-leaf” ones, in my opinion, so I went for it. I’m glad I did. The vanilla is very real and quality— it’s like I popped a whole vanilla bean in my mouth! Creamy, sweet without needing sugar or being cloying, pleasantly fragrant, and the base black tea is evenly matched against the power of the vanilla. You almost can’t tell that it came from a tea bag. Nice as a dessert (or anytime) tea.

Much better than Adagio’s Vanilla blend! I will enjoy these while they last. They’ll go well with my milk chocolate Hobnobs.

Flavors: Beany, Creamy, Nutty, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve put off reviewing this tea for a bit. I’m not certain why, but I think it’s because I can’t make my mind about it. The jasmine is nice, if a bit strong for my tastes (and it makes me sneeze when I breathe it in too deep, so I don’t), but the green beneath always seems to leave me with an unpleasant aftertaste. The jasmine calls for a more flavorful green and the tannins should be reined in a bit, at least before I’ll purchase this outside of the Mighty Leaf sampler (which I tend to buy and rebuy).

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77

This is a fruity chamomile with a strong lemon flavor. The herbs themselves are quite pretty in the bag, and I see a good mix of chamomile flower heads and petal dust. I’m a fan of chamomile, and I do enjoy this, but there’s too much citrus and not enough chamomile for my tastes. There’s also the rosehip factor. I’m really not a fan of those in any blend, but that’s just me. That said, it’s a quality tisane, and I’d recommend it.

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71

This is a tasty rooibos with a tropical, woody scent. I would caution, however, that one really needs to steep this longer in order to balance out the flavors. With a short steep I found this to be too floral and sour.

For me the color and aroma really shine, helping to make this a more pleasant experience, even if I get a bit tired of the tea by the time I finish the cup—there’s something cumulative about the astringency here, and by the end it’s detectably metallic.

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80

This is a sweet and full-bodied tea that needs a bit of time to steep, about the four minutes noted on the tag. When brewed for color this is a bit too mellow, as it develops a rich red color pretty quickly. There’s a hint of a lemony scent after brewing that sets this apart from some other English Breakfasts.

The tea has a bit of a tannin bite, but there’s enough complexity there to pull it off. I’m a fan of balance in nearly all teas, and this is exactly that. You can also manage a strong second steep, although it falls apart on the third. All in all, a tasty tea that responds well to cream and sweetener but doesn’t need it.

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