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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.
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!
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!
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #24
The more I drink this one, the more I find myself not really liking it. It’s not the green for me, and I knew that from the first time I tried it, but the roasty/nuttiness kept me interested for a while. It’s too…dank…for my tastes. Sorry!
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.
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.
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.
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #19
This morning’s second cup. I’m not a fan of overly floral teas, so this isn’t one I particularly like. As jasmine tea goes, it’s at least fairly subtle. There are so many teas I like better, though, so I’m not too sad to see this one go.
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #18
Yesterday’s mid-afternoon cup. I made this with slightly hotter water than usual (largely because I’m impatient), and was expecting some bitterness. I didn’t get any, though. If anything, the spearminty sweetness was actually more prominent, and the green base more in the background. This might actually have become one of my favourite green tea and mint blends. I like the spearmint much better than peppermint, and the balance of mint/green tea is spot on. A delightful sweet treat, and one of the only Mighty Leaf teas that I’d consider reordering.
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #9
Last night’s pre-bedtime cup. Again, a decent earl grey. I like having the option of a non-caffiene black blend. Sometimes they’re just the thing! As with some of the other Mighty Leaf earl grey blends, I do find this one a little heavy on the bergamot for my tastes. I can’t fault its cirtussyness, though. That’s spot on, and it pairs well with the fairly robust black base this has going on. A decent cup.
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #8
Yesterday’s morning tea. This is an enjoyable earl grey. It needs a fair bit of milk to take down the bergamot to a level I can accept first thing, but it’s a pretty good tea nonetheless. Later in the day, black is fine with me. It’s a little bitter from the bergamot, but beautifully citrussy. A nice example of the type, but not one I’d desparately look to keep around.
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #6
This morning’s wake up tea. It’s a strong, bold breakfast blend if ever there was one, and a little fruity to boot. I picked up a slight metallic note this time, but nothing too much to worry about. I guess maybe there is some darjeeling in this after all, but if there is it’s clearly better blended than it is in the Mighty Leaf version of this tea. I’ve tried plain black teas I prefer over this one, so it won’t be a repurchase, but it’s an easy-drinking, pleasant morning tea.
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.
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)
This is one of three Mighty Leaf teas that they offer at this little bakery and café that we have near our house. It is also an Organic tea that they sell at Whole Foods so I love that this little café serves this.
This tea was super refreshing and delicious as an iced tea today for lunch!! It has a great, not too harsh, strong, or any bitter flavor. It is very smooth and just right as iced tea.
I’ve been drinking the ML Collection version of this tea for a couple of evenings this week, trying to work towards a couple of sipdowns. I’m fairly convinced that this is pretty much the same as the Mighty Leaf version, except with a touch more bergamot. For that reason alone, I prefer the “standard” version. Although I like earl grey in general, bergamot is not really my friend. This one’s just a touch on the punchy side for my linking, and a little too bitter in the aftertaste. Okay, but not one I’d keep around.
I’m drinking the ML Collection version of this tea today, although, again, to all intents and purposes it’s the same as the Mighty Leaf version. Maybe a touch more bergamot, but that might just be my imagination. It’s quite creamy, and the base is substantial enough that I can add milk if I want to. Given how I feel at the moment, I do want to. The bergamot flavouring is like an overlay on a cup of solid black tea — the flavour swirls through the top notes, but when you really get down to it it’s just a solid tasting, malty black. Apparently golden tip, according to the little pouch these teabags come in, and I can believe that.
After a single day’s respite on Monday, when I started to feel a bit better, my cold is now back for a second go. There are few occasions in my life when I’ve felt this lousy for this long. I’m not really enjoying any of the things I normally do, and tea is one of those. My throat is sore, I can’t breathe very well, my tastebuds are all wonky. Bleugh. Maybe it’s because I’m tired and a bit stressed, but I just can’t seem to shake this one off. Hopefully I’ll be back to normal soon, but in the meantime bagged tea is pretty much fine with me.
I’m drinking the ML Collection version of this tea today, but I think it’s pretty much identical to the standard Mighty Leaf version. To my tastes, anyway! There’s a lot of lemongrass here, and I’m getting a touch of tropical fruit. It’s fairly juicy, and a pleasant herbal for a warm summer day. I’m not getting ANY ginger, though. Nor am I getting any ginseng or mint. I find the ginger the most surprising omission — surely it should be pretty prominent in a tea named ginger twist? It’s a pleasant cup, nonetheless, but it really doesn’t live up to its name. For that reason, my initial rating stands.