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Nature's Tea Leaf

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85

I accidentally steeped this for a long time. Six minutes maybe? I’m not sure, it went way over my timer, as Mum had asked me to help her with something and it slipped my mind. Oops!
No matter, the tea was great. Really!!! I love cherry, and I love tart cherries even more! And boy was this tart. Not overwhelmingly so mind you, and I could definitely taste the puerh. Like one of those sour cherry candies. Mmmm. No sugar required.
Also, it’s a really nice change to have a flavour besides orange, chocolate, or toffee associated with puerh. Thanks TeaBrat for the sample!!

Stephanie

Shu puerh is awesome in that you can never oversteep it! :)

Amariel

Ooh, interesting!

Angrboda

Wow, that sounds like a great combination! I had a strawberry flavoured one once which was just like drinking jam. Lovely.

gmathis

This is one of my favorites from Nature’s Tea Leaf. Much conversation has taken place about the “perfect” cherry tea…this one comes as close to authentic cherry fruit (not candy) flavor as anything I’ve tried.

Indigobloom

Stephanie, so true!! Unfortunately that meant my resteep turned out quite weak lol

Indigobloom

Amariel, it really was!! I will have to order from them one day

Indigobloom

Angrboda, yes stawberry!! I remember now as well, a strawberry puerh from The Spice and Tea Exchange. It was super tasty. I’m sad they discontinued it!

Indigobloom

Gmathis, I could not agree with you more. Seriously, I’m still thinking about this one days later :P

Amariel

I think it may be time for some more Berry Good from DAVIDs…

Indigobloom

Amariel, Ooh yes that was a good one too!

Amariel

I have not had it much this winter, but I did like it for spring and fall. And I admit I had it in the summer too.

Indigobloom

The hibiscus would make it taste great iced!

Amariel

Yes, though luckily the hibby is mild in that.

Indigobloom

True. I guess it depends on what you end up with in your spoon from the packet!

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I feel bad that I’ve had this sample for a long time now and I’ve never reviewed it. I don’t know why, I have no excuse, but that’s just how it is. It has been sealed in an airtight bag this entire time, so I’m hoping it won’t have suffered.

So, interestingly, I assumed that these were jasmine and was shocked that there was no jasmine scent or flavor in the tea. Good thing I glanced at some reviews before posting because I learned that no, these were not jasmine pearls at all, but rather just pearled green tea.

Well, in that case, my review is different. I’m still not going to rate this because it is pretty old and I don’t know how the flavor may have change over time. This is an interesting tea, but I’m not a huge fan of the flavor. Green tea, but with almost a sour note. Not really one I will reach for again, so it will go up for sale if someone wants it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82

I had written a whole note on this tea but then lost it — don’t you just hate that? starting over…

I hardly remember what it’s like to sleep for a full 8 hours due to the broken arm, which I’m sure everyone is sick of hearing me complain about! At least I can look forward to the sling/swath coming off in a couple weeks.

So I did not sleep well last night and wanted something strong this morning. This is a decent yunnan that has notes of mostly cocoa with a bit of spice/pepper in the finish. Equally nice to sip on plain as it is to throw a bit of soymilk in there. Not destined to be a must have item for me, but pleasant enough for breakfast.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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84

So I am cheating a little bit because the next teas in my stash are a bunch of matchas, but I drink almost all of my tea at work except for matcha, so tasting through them is going to have to wait for the weekend or something. For now I am skipping over them.

I have given samples of this tea to a lot of people, but I rarely drink it myself. It’s not a bad tea, but like it’s name it’s a little generic, and there are other congou (gongfu) black teas from Fujian that I prefer. That said, I brewed it a little rougher today, and it’s got a lot more character. More grains, more molasses, more overall tastiness. I don’t have a ton of this left but I will have to remember to brew it this way with what I have left.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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96

This one was a sad sipdown. I’d been hoarding this but it was time to let go. Not enough leaf for normal so it’s considerably underleafed but it still tastes good. I’ll miss it and I might think about getting more when I’m ready to buy from this company again.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

ooh this looks good. think i’ll toss this on the shipping list heh. so used to seeing mint chocolate everywhere!

__Morgana__

This does look yummy. Shopping list here, too.

Tea Sipper

LOVE this one.

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Last of the packet. If you’re aching for something spring-y and perky to shake up tastebuds that have been dulled by too many mornings of heavy builders tea, this is.

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100

While I don’t think I’ll ever manage to pare down my tea stash to the lean and mean chosen few that I really have the space for, of late, I’m finding myself gravitating to comfortable tried-and-true basics that wear as well as an old bathrobe.

This is one. Today, used a larger mug with the same amount of leaf, so it’s lightly-silk-and-toasty instead of the heavier cocoa-ness that comes out in a stronger concentration. And it’s still good.

I rarely mess with ratings and slider bars, but this one I’m dragging all the way to the end of the happy scale.

Terri HarpLady

Nice! I’ve never met a Fujian tea that I didn’t love!

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Thanks Sil for another interesting tea.
This one is a bit odd to me. It’s really sweet and bit fruity – but not mellow and mild – more big and bold. That’s unusual to me. Anyway, I liked it, didn’t love it – but was fun to try.

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84

Mmm this is a nice oolong. A little more butter flavor in my cup today. See previous notes :]

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Close to a sipdown on this one, but it has been a great occasional change-of-pace tea with apple-accurate flavor. Real peel, not Jolly Rancher. Because it requires a short-ish steep time, probably better for elevenses or afternoon instead of early morning, but it has a lovely refreshing personality.

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This was a lot better the last time I had it, I think. Not nearly flavourful enough for me today. To me, a yunnan tea is rich honey and roasted squash or sweet potatoes. This wasn’t.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is a warm, sweet, gentle white tea that hints of mint. Just what I need at this moment as I gather my thoughts and begin the process of saying goodbye to my mom. She went Home for Christmas this afternoon. She is well and whole now, and if earthly life is any indication, chattering a mile a minute with the dear ones that have been waiting for her to arrive. Prayers appreciated for my family as we adjust to her absence.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C
ashmanra

Praying for you and for your family. She is enjoying a midnight service with the most amazing music ever. Such Joy is there.

K S

Prayers.

Tea Sipper

I’m so sorry! My thoughts will be with you and your mom.

yyz

My thoughts are with you. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember when I lost my mom. I think I was in shock. I walked around with an eerie sense of calm and tried to make sure everyone else was okay. Try to make time for yourself and keep those who love you and her around you. Wishing her joy and peace. Sending you prayers and thoughts of strength and remembrance to help you through this time.

MissB

What a beautiful way to share sad news. Huge hugs to you and yours, and here’s to hoping that the transition is peaceful for all.

OMGsrsly

Oh, I’m so sorry. Much love to you and yours.

Terri HarpLady

I’m sending hugs to you, GG, and yours. So sorry to hear of your loss. My mom turned 79 Xmas eve, dad will be 80 tomorrow. I told him today that as of the morning I can officially call him ‘old geezer’ now. :)

gmathis

Cherish those geezers, Terri!

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90

Church was cancelled today because of snow and ice. I got my house pants and a mug of this. Looking forward to many resteeps. Sweet, fresh, smooth, mellow, scent of hay, and maybe the cup wasn’t rinsed well but I am getting a little spicy. This is the last of this one. All the Nature’s Tea Leaf teas have been very good.

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100

Yeah…this is one of those I’ve logged so often there’s nothing new to tell you except it needs to be imbibed often. Especially on six-degree mornings. It’s toasty. It’s un-ruinable.

ashmanra

This is a really nice tea. Really, really nice.

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84

Took this from the Traveling Teabox B. The dry leaf is sweet, buttery, and slightly floral. The flavor is vegetal with sweet, light floral notes. There is a slight buttery flavor going on, too. There is a bright note of something. I want to say a really mellow citrus flavor. Like a sweet orange mixed in with the light floral flavors. Mmm this was a nice first cup :]

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very good tea for loosing weight

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66

Any tea that is milky: milk-scented, milk-flavored, naturally milky is a must-have for me. I’m not sure what it is, but I do like creamy/milky teas more than anything. What’s strange is that I rarely have milk in my tea unless it’s an English Breakfast or I’m having afternoon tea. The scent of the dry leaf reminds me of a milk oolong. Once water has been added, I do smell more of the black tea combined with the milk. It reminds me of milk-flavored candies, not milk from a carton.

Sipping… oooh, this tea has a bit of a thick mouthfeel that I really like. I taste a bit of an astringent black tea with a bit of powdered milk. It’s not really creamy, but has that very distinct artificial milk flavor. Overall, I’d say that this is a relatively tasty cup, but is a bit too fake for my tastebuds.

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85

Tea #4 from the HHTTB

tasty. finally. And, of course, a tea that I like would be one that is not one of the steepster big hits. Yep, that’s me, always a rebel. ٩(^ᴗ^)۶

The mint in this isn’t very loud, but that’s ok. I selected it because I like mint teas and I like this one, so that’s the important thing. I like that none of the flavors are offensive. Absolutely nothing leaving a questionable aftertaste (really big deal for me). It’s cozy and herbal with a dash of pepper. Strange sounding health-herbs? sign me up! I don’t act as crazy new-agy as I did when I was younger, but those traits still reside in me nonetheless. I can’t help but think myself something like Topanga from boy meets world. She admits that she was the strangest girl ever before ‘growing up.’ Incidentally, for a very brief period of time at a school I only attended for a few months, several kids did refer to me by that name. I really was a weird kid, for sure. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
BrewTEAlly Sweet

I was tempted to try this one as well. Ha ha, but decided against it. Glad you enjoyed it.

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Neither weather nor schedule (writing conference; intense planning followed by marathon knocking out of curriculum content) next week are conducive to much time outdoors, so I’m trying to tank up on fresh air—a teeny bit of leaf sweeping followed by a long session in the glider sopping up the gold and orange tree color that’s so strong you can taste it.

This is what I chose to enjoy while tanking up my personal solar battery. Smooth and gentle green tea, a little cereal sweetness to it. Ignore the package instructions (1 minute)—it takes two well, and it resteeps well. Perfect for an afternoon so quiet you can hear the leaves rustle.

Nicole

It has been an absolutely gorgeous autumn! Now, though, after our wind this week, a lot of leaves are gone. :( But it was a lovely day today!

gmathis

Down here, leaves were slow to turn, then gorgeous for about three hours, then gone! (I exaggerate a little—there are still some red maples hanging in there.)

Tea Sipper

I’m seriously lacking sun lately. Your day sounded so nice though!

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100

Made this a little longer and stronger than usual today in hopes of focusing addled brain (“Oh my ears and whiskers, so much to do!”) and getting a lovely rye melba toast taste from it.

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100

There’s a Shel Silverstein poem, “Jellyfish Stew,” I used to read to my son. Substitute Fugian Congou for jellyfish stew, and it fits: Oh, Fujian Congou, I’m loony for you, I truly adore you; I love you, I do..

Well, except when you get to the “tastes like glue” and “slimy with goo” parts.

Bitter and sweet, smooth, can’t ruin it even on a Monday morning; even one punctuated with bad poetry references.

Nicole

Ain’t nothin’ bad about Shel Silverstein poetry and I suspect he might approve of your changes as well.

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90

Finally, the furnace repairman made it to my house. It only took a week. He said he is absolutely swamped. A burned out relay replacement later and I now have full heat again. So Yeah heat! Celebrating with Silver Needle and going to get a piece of pumpkin pie. They probably don’t go together but I don’t care ’cause I have heat.

This tea is a over a year old and it is still so light and fresh tasting.

TeaBrat

+1 for heat!

Stephanie

Yay heat!

gmathis

Here’s to toasty toes.

CHAroma

And just in time for winter! It got really cold all of sudden this past week.

K S

Thanks all. The sudden cold is why it took a week to get to me – every one turned on their furnace for the first time.

Toasty toes – sounds good but it made me laugh. One day my wife was putting together the grocery list and she asked me if I needed anything. I told her Tostitos. She heard toasty toes. Still makes me chuckle.

seule771

Happy to Heat. And there is a film version with same name: HEAT or such. Warmth is absolutely necessary in times like this.’;)

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84

I’m not sure that i’ve had any fujian teas so i’m happy that dinosara sent this one along for me to try. This is a delicious cup of cocoa goodness with a few honey notes in the background..maybe a bit of “wheat” taste! I wish i could say more but i totally gulped this down it was so tasty!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

Bailin gongfu, tanyang/panyang, and Jin jun mei are all Fujian blacks, so I would guess you’ve had quite a few, this one just has a somewhat generic name.

Sil

haha thanks for edu-ma-cating me :)

TastyBrew

And all the Yezi teas :-)

Sil

shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! lol

gmathis

Haven’t tried many Fujian teas, but the ones I have are so rich and good!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Sil, have you tried our Fujian Black?

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Yet another from Sil. I decided to go ahead and start drinking samples even though I can’t rely on my sense of smell. The weekend is too short to not drink as much tea as possible!

Weirdly, this one smells minty to me in the baggie. Once water hits the leaves, it morphs into a really bright honey smell.

Mmm. This one is really nice. A little stronger than the Bamboo Temple Yunnan I had picked up from Winston’s, and a little less floral. This one has a bit of a bite to it which would make it a really nice morning tea.

Thanks, Sil! This one is going on my future “potential buy” list. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

yeah i think i need to place an order with these guys soonish

OMGsrsly

There are so many companies I want to order from, but I need to sip down 50 teas before I do! At least 50 teas, actually, because there are more coming in the mail.

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