Nature's Tea Leaf

Recent Tasting Notes

Here’s a Sipdown from the HHTTB. I figured there wasn’t much left in the package, so I might as well give it a try. It’s ok. I’m not really getting much from the Shu, it’s mostly just flowery. I do like some florals, roses & jasmine included. I love lavender, but NOT in tea or food, just bubble bath or the essential oil aroma. Luckily, the lavender isn’t particularly prominent in this blend. Anyway, it’s a pretty blend, but not something I’d ever purchase.

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drank Cherry Pu-erh by Nature's Tea Leaf
4673 tasting notes

Spdown! Figured thiswould be a good one to have since I’m not well today…both the piers and the cherry being strong enough to it through any sick that might be messing with my taste buds. Haha I was right. While this is a pretty good puerile blend from natures tea leaf, I’d prefer to see if they have a flavour other than cherry since this one is a little artificial tasting as you go through the package. I love that the puerh taste doesn’t get drowned out by the cherry flavour! Over all a really nice tea from natures tea leaf, just would rather a different flavour :)

Elonwy

It’s so hard to get good cherry! Hope you feel better soon. I have been sick topo :(

Sil

Booooo for sick!

OMGsrsly

Oh geez, autocorrect got you good..puerile blend? :D Hope you feel better soon.

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Used the last of this today. Sad to see it go but not just yet. There are a couple cups in these leaves and I will savor every moment with them. This is my favorite from Nature’s Tea Leaf and one of my favorites from anywhere. Cocoa, grain, a little malt. Just simply sweet and delicious.

ashmanra

It really is excellent.

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Ohhhh, how I had missed this! And despite the reams of fruit-and-cocoa perfection I could write about it, must cut it short and quit stalling. Deadlines. It’s gonna be a duct-tape day. (…as in, duct taping oneself to the writing chair.)

Sil

good luck!

gmathis

If the weather were beastly hot or wickedly cold, it wouldn’t be a problem. It is sunny, cool, and crisp outside and I want to play!

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Such lovely leaves! Fluffy, golden and long. The liquid is very light. Much lighter than I associate with a Yunnan. So light that I probably oversteeped a bit (okay, a lot) expecting a darker color. That said, there was still much less bitterness than I’d expect from a steep this long. Still a light flavor with a bit of sweet in the background. Not much malt in the flavor but a good amount in the steep.

The sample from Sil was generous enough that I will be able to give this another shot and steep for less time to compare. :) Thanks, Sil!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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This tea is from the “here’s hoping” teabox.

Peppermint3root seems a tea I wouldn’t order, but upon smelling, ehh smells good, why not try? The peppermint smells nice and there’s kinda a marshmallow root smell going on too.

Taste? Wahhh! It’s minty, slightly tart mix of hibiscus and berries, with an unusual medicinal dirt earthy flavor – finishing off slightly sweet. I can drink medicinal like flavors, but that rooty dirt flavor mixed with fruity isn’t for me. Back in the teabox it goes! But either way, happy to of tried it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Cherry Pu-erh by Nature's Tea Leaf
4673 tasting notes

I don’t love this as much as the first few times i had this, but it is a fun sort of flavoured puerh blending. While it’s still very cherry, the puerh isn’t lost in the taste and flavour!

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The leaves in this small sample were so huge with some big stemmy pieces, that when I stuck this under the spouse’s nose for the obligatory you-gotta-smell-this whiff, he grabbed the pouch, stuck it under his magnifying lamp, laughed, and said, “That looks like what I just cleaned out of the gutters.” Son made “minty hot leaf juice” jokes.

Barbarians. Hmph.

The strong peppermint scent led me to believe that mint would lead the taste parade. Much the opposite. Long steep (5 minutes as recommended) at a lower temp, and it was the smooth, silky white tea that was predominant. The mint was present at the end of each sip, at the back of the tongue.

Which, actually, makes this a very lovely and mild evening sip.

ashmanra

I may have to get this one…

gmathis

It’s the sample o’ the month right now…

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from the Traveling Tea Box!
this tea is so so pretty! like amazingly pretty.
and super subtle in flavor.
i’m gonna save what little i have left and brew it in my glass gong fu this weekend.

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Leftover sample snagged from momo. :)
Meh. Rose hip is definitely the main note here. Not that those are terrible or anything…it’s just a bit sour for me. I’m tasting a little of the green tea and orange peel as well, but not much. I’ll finish the pouch but won’t be chasing anyone down for more when it’s gone.

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Tea of the afternoon here. I’ve been feeling crappy since yesterday morning and I didn’t go to work today. I had some burdock tea earlier today but rosemary is also supposed to be good for colds and I figure the antioxidants in the white tea can’t hurt. This is an interesting blend of sweet/spicy. I always use rosemary when roasting potatoes so it’s difficult to get that association out of my mind. This is good however.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Hadn’t had this one for a while, and forgot that at the recommended 1 minute steep time, all you get is delicately tinted water. Pleasantly delicate, but definitely not enough oomph for a morning tea. Next time, two minutes, minimum, for me to be able to taste a thing.

(Sorry…no refinement or elegance here :)

ashmanra

I think I gave this one three minutes. I loved it with Asian buffet take out!

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Last Sunday we had a silent auction at church. There was a tea for one set that I came home with for $5. So for my second cup of Silver Needle, I used the cute little cream colored tea pot to steep. I never use a tea pot and now I know why. It worked fine but I would need to get a tiny strainer from the kitchen to keep leaf out of my cup. I am not so inclined. I’ll probably just move the pot to the living room for tea bag use or more likely put it on a shelf as decoration.

The tea turned out fine. Much like the first cup. I just prefer my French press, besides I like to watch the leaf dance.

Soap box ahead and not tea related – I am sitting in my den surrounded by pictures of my wife and kids – two sons now grown. I sit here today reflecting on the joy and the beauty that surrounded me over the years and realizing how I did not fully appreciate the moments. I was so wrapped up in trying to get ahead and trying to please the boss who never shared the same loyalty and respect. As a laid off old fart I’m begging you, don’t waste the years trying to please your boss or be too devoted to your job in general, if it is keeping from fully enjoying the moment – start looking for something that will. I have 2/5ths the income I had a year ago, no insurance, and I am 100 times happier away from the rat race. I just wish I had my sons to raise over. I would be there more for them now. I am sure some of you older folks know exactly what I mean.

mrmopar

100% percent agreed.

SimplyJenW

I have been out of the rat race for just over 15 years. And I am hoping I don’t need to go back. Even when my kids are grown, there are so many worthy places that could use a hand. College is just around the corner, though.

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3:00 pm and my first cup of tea. sigh. Better than yesterday but not by much. Tomorrow is already set to be another busy one.

I used two heaping wooden spoons of leaf and let it steep the recommended 4 minutes. I am used to very subtle white teas. This is a little more pronounced though still light. Does that make sense? The main flavor I am getting is oats. There is also a peppery element. As it cools I get a fruity aspect along with a touch of earthy.

A nice afternoon cup.

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I got up and stumbled to the den in an early morning grrrr. Tea, must have Fujian Congou tea! Where is it? Look again. Nooooo! One more time. Dig deep. It has to be here (panic). Ooooh, glorious morning! I knew I had some of this left.

The ratings are a bit scattered, but I guess it depends on how you feel about Fujian black tea. This is really a good solid one. Molasses, caramel, malt, hints of yam, cocoa, even a wisp of roastiness. This just hits all my buttons.

I’m off to attempt to register for a fall course in 3D CAD modeling. I got permission from the Prof. to skip the prerequisites based on past experience. I am a little nervous health-wise but also looking forward to learning something new.

ashmanra

Oh, I thought this one was great!

gmathis

This was on my “please buy me a whole pound” Christmas and birthday wish list. Got ignored both times :( but next holiday I am going to highlight and put exclamation marks around it.

K S

Ask for money and buy it yourself – that’s what I do anymore. I gave up on the family grasping the need.

gmathis

Yeah, but then there’s nothing fun to open. Some things you just never outgrow…

Nicole

I find that with my family getting them to order online is the sticking point. They either never remember to do it in time or lose the site address. If they can go in person somewhere I stand a much better chance of getting the tea I want. :)

K S

Nicole, I agree. I just wish there was a brick and mortar within 30 minutes of home. I would get what was on my list then. Nearest place is 1 1/2 hours away. It’s a good one though.

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2nd cup. This time with a salad of fresh greens, banana peppers, muenster, and chipotle dressing. Tea was a wonderfully cooling creamy accompaniment.

ashmanra

I LOVE this tea!

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I’ve had this before and by the score, I really liked it. This morning I had it with a toasted bagel and cream cheese. Not the best combination. Really sucked the life out of the cup. Lesson learned.

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Sipdown!

Cold steeped! This one is pretty floral that it moves into the peachy zone. There is a hint of bitterness end of sip. Much better cold steeped than hot – the last time I made this hot, it was in a large pot for guests and it got pretty bitter undrinkable, thus cannot be oversteeped.

Preparation
Iced

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Backlog:

A remarkably fresh Silver Needle, I loved how fluffy and soft the needles were. Sweet, delicate, vegetative … notes of hay. Crisp and really pleasant to sip. A very impressive Silver Needle.

Here is my full-length review of this one: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/04/organic-silver-needle-white-tea-from-natures-tea-leaf/

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This is another tea from the tea box!

To be honest, I was expecting this tea to be a mess because 1) I decided to cold brew it even though it’s supposed to be brewed hot and then iced, and 2) I forgot about it and left it in the fridge for almost fourteen hours. Yeah, I thought it was going to be bitter from start to finish. Much to my surprise it’s a very nice cup!

The liquid is a very pale yellow, and there’s not much in the way of smell. A slight hint of something herbal, but that’s about it. The taste is unique. It comes in waves. First, it’s the peony, then a mix of lemon and ginger, and finally the rosemary. The rosemary lingers on the tongue, so the next sip is a peony/rosemary flavor which is actually really nice. I can’t say that all of the flavors meld together, but it’s still an enjoyable tea.

I doubt that I would ever order this one, but it was definitely a fun tea to try. It’s also made me curious about white iced teas. I’d love to try more of those!

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I have a Monday deadline for a project I’m working on, so after dinner I decided to make myself a cup of tea before grabbing yarn and hook. I chose this tea out of my sample drawer and set about making a cup. The tea leaves caught my eye because of their golden color and length (long and spindle-y). Interesting. My mind kind of wandered as I was preparing it, and the tea had a few minutes to cool because my son wanted to show me his latest drawings. When I came back into the kitchen I picked up my cup, took a sip, and wow! Oh-holy-yumminess!

This tea taste like poached stone fruits drizzled with honey. It’s sweet and light, but the finish has almost a syrupy feel. If I didn’t know better I would swear it was a dessert tea. I’m glad I was caught off guard by this tea because it made me stop what I was doing and just enjoy. I haven’t tried many Yunnans yet, but now I’m intrigued and looking forward to trying more.

One more for the shopping list, but this one is getting bumped to the top.

Edited to add: This tea is from the tea box. Thanks Tea Sipper for yet another great tea!!!

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Additional notes: ICED! This is my first oolong to try iced, and I don’t love this one hot, so why not try this one cold. Not my favorite oolong, not even from Nature’s Tea Leaf. A couple days coldbrewing and this one isn’t bad. There is a bit of a bitterness to it, but really I think that was just because the leaves had been steeping for days. I think it’s much better just brewing it cold than if I had hot brewed it and then left it in the fridge. But I almost expected more bitterness from leaves that had been sitting so long! I love seeing a mason jar full of leaves though. It looks like a tea snow globe!

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drank Milk Black Tea by Nature's Tea Leaf
1688 tasting notes

Tazo the cat said I needed a cup of this today. (Yes, he’s still outdoors.) And then promptly tried to keep me from drinking it by head-butting my hands until I petted him according to his specifications. Both hands, full attention.

If you like cream in your tea, or sweet and pastry flavorings, this is one to try. Best with a very light touch on temp and time to keep the milk from tasting like hot milk, if that makes sense.

JustJames

you named your cat tazo? that’s excellent! this sounds like a tea i would like.

gmathis

Black shorthair, jade green eyes, a battle scar or two; it fit perfectly.

JustJames

excellent, and completely appropriate… does he/she steal tea when you’re not looking?

gmathis

Not yet. To the amusement of several fellow Steepsters, we have not made a formal full-time indoor commitment; just visiting rights.

JustJames

my grin has wrapped around my head two times, lol.

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drank Cherry Pu-erh by Nature's Tea Leaf
1688 tasting notes

Well, whaddya know…a sipdown. Haven’t had one of those in a while…

This one has been a nice, gentle introduction to the wild world of pu-erh, which I still don’t know that I understand. You experts with your sheng and shu baffle and impress me :)

At any rate, this is gently dark, accurately cherry; smells like pie. Pie is always good.

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