Nature's Tea Leaf

Recent Tasting Notes

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This is super duper floral, and very pretty to look at. I enjoy it, but I am not sure I like florals paired with a puerh base. To me it sort of muddied up the floral, which possibly cuts down on it being too perfumey…but I would have preferred a bit less muddle. But I love lavender.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Thank you Maria for your awesome sale! I couldn’t resist. A surprising burst of flavors in this one! So I’ll just list them: Something vegetal, maybe cucumber with grassiness. The fresh grass flavor isn’t on the level of the usual green tea though, just enough to notice. Sweet melon: it’s been a while since I’ve had any melon, so I’m not sure which one… the green one. There are also creamy hints of lemon. But again, I’m shocked there is so much flavor here. I like it! It’s actually very unique from anything else I’ve tried. This is supposedly a green tea but it really seems like a white tea. I’d say it tastes like a green tea AND a white tea. Some mouth fuzzies, so I’d probably do a quick rinse the next time.
Steep #1 // 25 min after boiling // 2 min

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Chasing nine-year-olds up and down multiple flights of stairs on a church campus nearly two blocks long can wear on a body…so my body pflumped down in a chair with a cup of gentle, modestly grainy, faintly sweet Silver Needle and reveled in the quietness. I’m still not a white tea devotee, but this has enough personality I don’t feel like I’m drinking plain kettle water.

I bet I’m the only VBS teacher you know who was reprimanded for cheating during rec time. Object of the game was to throw foam balls, soft Frisbees, and other safe projectiles into the other team’s side; “cleanest” side when Miss Sammye yells “Freeze!” wins the game. We were playing kids vs. teachers, and I decided to strategize. Rather than run around fetching debris, I suggested that we play smart—simply gather the goods when they came our way, fail to throw it back, then dump it over the opposing line at the last minute. Brilliance. My timing was a little off, though—I unloaded on the “eeze” of freeze. (I am unrepentant. It was a blast.)

K S

The poor losers are just jealous they didn’t listen to the rules well enough to think of it themselves. :)

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80

I cold steeped this one last night. When I came home from class at 2, I made sunny side up eggs, with diced potatoes and onions (hey I hadnt eaten yet, so technically it was still breakfast for me), and strained this into a big cup.

I’ve been sipping on it for the last hour or so, and I got to say that I’m impressed by the amount of flavor. I’m not seeing anyone else mention this, so I don’t know if its just something that came out because it was cold-steeped, but this is super floral! I had to double check that it wasn’t scented, because that’s how strong the floral is. And I’m not getting any hay or oat taste. There’s a slight fruitiness but the main note is floral. It’s actually not bad, considering how much I wasn’t a fan of that cherry rose tea cold steeped.

Preparation
Iced 6 tsp 28 OZ / 828 ML
Cameron B.

It’s always a good time for breakfast. :)

Cheri

Breakfast anytime is my rule! And I’ve found that cold steeping whites makes them seem more floral.

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88

This is another tea that I never seem to drink unless I’m sick. I have no idea why, since it is actually very tasty. Sweet and savory at the same time! I think perhaps drinking rosemary is a little bit weird for me, I like rosemary but I normally associate it with food. It’s really good on grilled vegetables!

I should get to drinking this soon because I’ve had it for around a year according to Steepster. Would anyone like a sample?

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
MissB

If you’re willing to ship to Canada, I’d love to try some! If not, I’ll be in SF mid-July…

TeaBrat

Sure, DM me your address, I got nothing but time right now being unemployed… lol

Emilie

I absolutely love rosemary, but I definitely see it as a food flavor. I have trouble imagining it in a tea. Though if it was going to be in one, white teas seems like the best option.

Cheri

I also absolutely love Rosemary. I try it in all kinds of things. (Right now, I’m using a rosemary soap.) I would love a sample. Let me know if there’s anything in my cupboard you would like to try.

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80

This evening I was looking through my shu (shoe) box and noticed I still have a lot of these flavored puerhs I purchased from Nature’s tea Leaf. This seemed like a good one to revisit after tonight’s dinner, which was pinto bean and avocado tacos with vegan queso. I don’t think they drink much puerh in Mexico, but maybe it will be good for my digestion.

I remember liking this before. You can see bits of dried orange in the tea, which would seem to indicate this is a natural blend or mostly so. The tart juiciness of the orange is a nice compliment to the dark earthiness of the puerh. Because I am weird, I decided to add some soymilk to this and now it tastes like an orange creamsicle. Not bad… I really need to be drinking more of this. I should remember to stick some dried ginger in it next time around.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

This sounds so tasty, & yes to adding ginger!

Skulleigh

Shu box… hehehe :D

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63

Thank you Dinosara for your sale, with some of them being free. :D This is supposed to be brewed at 195 degrees so I waited for the water to cool ten minutes after boiling. The dry leaves certainly look good. The flavor is a mid-level briskness, it kind of tastes like something fruity, maybe cherry. Not that delicious, and don’t use this blend to judge Fujian teas. It does have the flavor that reminds me of 52Teas new black tea base, so I don’t love this tea, but if 52Teas does use a Fujian base, the fault is completely mine, since most of the time the Fujian tea just isn’t my thing. I usually love most of the teas from Nature’s, so it’s a little disappointing! I know others like this one more, so I might save this for a teabox.
Steep #1 // 10 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

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83

I like this one. The main flavors are rose and lavender with the pu-erh giving an underlying earthiness to the tea. The base tea also gives off the hint of spice. It’s something that is hinting at cinnamon but isn’t. It actually reminds me of the smell of the air in the mountains early in the morning. There is a clean, spicy scent that I love. It sounds like this tea should not work – rose, lavender, earth, spice – but it does. The blend of flavors works very well. I’m not tasting the jasmine, but I’m not missing it either.

I’d like to pick up more of this tea. It’s not something I’d drink everyday, but I would enjoy a cup every now and then.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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85

Mmmm.

No sweet clue where this came from, but it’s another one I’ve had for ages, and some kind soul sent it to me when I first joined Steepster. If I had to guess, I’d put money on Sil but don’t quote me on that :)

Anyway, I’m trying really hard to go through my teas to make room for the massive quantity I’ve got coming from my relatives in the states when they visit in July (so far got orders from 3 different companies shipped to them, with plans for three more within the next month)….

Soooo I found this, and the idea of it intrigued me.

I’ve never heard of a “milk tea” before now!

I had the kettle boiled and on hold at 98 degrees C, so I decided to just go with that since this is a black tea.

It’s a bit astringent….next time I will go with the recommended 195 degrees. (F)

But, it’s really creamy and tasty! A nice black tea. Brewed up very rich and dark and clearly I had to add milk.

Not disappointed with this one! I’d probably want to own some!
AND….now I need recommendations for other milk teas to try….tea monster has been created.

Thanks to whoever sent me this back in the day!

Courtney

Ooh I haven’t heard of milk black either. Only milk oolong.

whatshesaid

It’s weird….flavored with evaporated milk! Which isn’t something I’d normally drink, but I bet if done right it would be even better than this one

Nxtdoor

Is this like a Hong Kong type of thing? 50% of the people at my work are from Hong Kong and they all drink this thing they call “milk tea”. When I inquired what that was, it really meant they put milk in their black tea. (Which is not as customary in other places as you might think)

whatshesaid

When I looked up “milk tea” on here a lot of the results seemed to be Asian (not to generalize, I just have no idea in the specific areas)…. So maybe?

Nicole

Isn’t Thai tea made with evaporated milk and sugar or sweetened condensed milk?

Sil

not me! ihaven’t tried this one yet haha

whatshesaid

oh ok, my bad! sorry!

a tea you haven’t tried!?!?!?!? ;)

Sil

shhhhhhhhhhh don’t tell anyone!

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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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