Nature's Tea Leaf

Recent Tasting Notes

very good tea for loosing weight

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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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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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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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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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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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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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I love LiberTEAS note on this one. As she said this one has chocolate and chocolate makes me happy. A very nice flavored white tea. I prepared it in my Finum basket as it is less work cleaning chocolate out of than the screen in my press.

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Additional notes: I’m having this one again. I think I’m trying to have all of my chai and apple teas this autumn. I may have oversteeped this one (4-5 minutes a few minutes after boiling), but I’m so sad for the apple flavor here! If only Nature’s used a different apple flavor, it would be so much better. The black tea, cinnamon and cloves are so nice, it’s a shame to ruin it with this tangy, perfume-like apple. I’m lowering the rating.

MsWhatsit

My chai response to autumn hasn’t kicked in yet, but it’s good to have lots of input so I can make some decent choices for when it does.

Tea Sipper

Well, I’m sure I’ll have plenty more tasting notes for chai coming. haha.

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sipdown! i had a few cups of this this morning while cleaning up the house a little and getting calls about work stuff. grrrrr. this was a really nice, light, mellow tea. i’m sorry to see it go but really enjoyed having it around!

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this is a tasty smooth light brew. i love the honey notes in this and how the brew is just an overall pleasant cup to start the day.

ashmanra

Nature’s Tea Leaf has a lot of great teas!

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From the HH teabox! Many odd ingredients here! Brewed, the steep color is light and the flavor is a bit tart and minty. I didn’t love the tart berries that I’ve had before. Not for me but seems healthy!

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you can realy taste the honey is this!!! i love it!

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Backlog:

A really wonderful, flowery Pu-erh! A visually stunning blend too with lots of rose buds, jasmine, and lavender tossed in with the leaves of Pu-erh. I found myself enjoying the way the earthy notes of the pu-erh meld with the sweet, exotic notes of the flowers.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/24/natures-bloom-puerh-tea-blend-from-natures-tea-leaf/

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Here’s a tea from the BBB Box, shared by Sil.
All I can really say about this is it’s interesting.
Most of the time, cherry flavor in teas translates to ‘cough syrup’, but in this rare instance, it doesn’t! This cherry really has a more natural kind of flavor to it, & the cup is dark, slightly earthy, & sweet. Not bad!

gmathis

It reminded me a little of good candy house cherry chocolates—not the 99-cent Walgreens kind, but the ones from the little local handmade store.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I can see that. The puerh is a little chocolatey.

Sil

the not cherry syrup is why i figured maaaaaybe you’d like it a little lol

Terri HarpLady

and you did good. :)
Not a tea I’d probably want again, but worth drinking, eh?

Sil

yep!

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Yet another one from Teabox B… I have tried a few other Nature’s Tea Leaf blends and I usually love them. This one is nice too!

First steep // low temp // 3 min
The color of this cup was very light. The temp may have been TOO low but Nature’s suggests 185 degrees. The lavender both dried and in the cup is lovely! I can taste the lavender more than the pu-erh.

Second steep // just boiled // 4-5 min
This cup is much darker! The lavender is still very strong and the pu-erh should be, but it is so mild flavored, I can hardly tell it is more than just lavender. But I like it – so lavendery!

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This is very non tea-y, but I’m on Cup #3 and the brain cells are just not firing this morning. Trying to describe in print what I could demonstrate in a second and a half. Are these instructions clear enough for you to follow, especially those of you who grew up without seeing it demonstrated weekly by Mickey, Davy, Mike, and Peter?

Face forward with arms around your partner’s shoulders. In unison, partners throw their right legs forward and out (your right leg will cross your partner’s left leg). Then partners throw their left legs out and forward.

Thank you for the consultation.

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It’s so cool this morning, the quilt I just washed and hung out on the line is steaming—I can see its breath!

Sometimes, it’s less the flavor and quality of the tea than it is the aesthetics. Boiling a kettle instead of pushing a button, making a whole pot instead of a hurry-up cup, watching the Tardis appear and disappear on the mug (heat-sensing mugs kind of mess with the granny vibe, but hey).

But this morning, we’re not skimping on flavor or quality, either. This is good stuff, even though I under-leafed. Not getting the usual cocoa-coating in the mouth; leans more to the fruity side today.

Happy fall.

Terri HarpLady

Nice use of imagery! :)

JustJames

happy fall! halloween candy is already appearing all over…. your writing does make me smile =0)

gmathis

We went to Wally World today and there was a whole grab-yer-dollar aisle display of pumpkiny treats. I wanted one of each.

Fjellrev

The Walmart here still doesn’t have any Halloween candy. Bah!

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Sipdown! I cold steeped the rest of this tea in my takeya iced tea maker, phew!

Must sip down more! Anyways, this came out really nut shelly tasting. I’m sitting back, crocheting a commission and watching awful california DMV driving instruction videos. http://youtu.be/E9H0yON1Xf0 to relearn how to drive again. Gosh, those videos are terrible yet helpful.

Preparation
Iced
Anna

‘Iced tea maker’ sounds so fancy. It kind of makes me covet one.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Driving vids are ALWAYS awful, sometimes funny because they’re so awful though.

TeaKlutz

At least they’re not rapping about driving in a semi truck’s blind spot. “The no-zones! The no-zones! Got-ta-look-out-for-the no-zones!”

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I’m missing a tasting note on this one. The one where I thanked a kind mystery donor for surprising me with a packet of this lovely stuff.

I was thankful for said donor again this morning when I just stuck my nose in the pouch and smelled it. So cocoa-y and burlap sacky.

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This is the final sample from the BBBB, sent by Sil.
The Badaxx B*t@hs Black Box
The Bodacious Babes Black Box
Call it what you like, LOL
Honestly, I took one look & said…“Cherry” :p
yeah, I really did stick my tongue out.
But actually, it’s not bad! The cherry is fairly laid back, so it doesn’t go all medicinal on me. The Puerh is kind of a bland one, but oh well, after it’s not bitter! So I guess it wasn’t me! Or maybe I addressed my bitterness, & the super tasting went away?
Want to know what my bitterness was? My kitchen floor was a disgusting filthy mess. I’m not a great housekeeper, & with all the gardening & cooking & tea drinking that goes on in my awesome kitchen, the floor is rarely pretty. So I steeped this tea while I swept. The I let it cool to taste while I mopped (it only took 5 minutes? Why do I always think it’s going to take so long?) Then I drank my tea while the floor dried, which actually took longer than the mopping. Go figure.

Sil

Hahaha

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Getting braver and braver with this one…let it go a full three minutes. Now we’re talking. Tangy and a little sweet.

ashmanra

I really love this one! It is GREAT with Asian take out!

gmathis

It’s a good second-steeper, too.

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