Simple Loose Leaf

Edit Company

Recent Tasting Notes

drank Yunnan Jig by Simple Loose Leaf
4825 tasting notes

Backlog:

A beautiful dry leaf. The aroma is leathery and evoked thoughts of an old library with lots of leather bound books. The brewed tea smells more earthy than leathery.

Rich flavor, smooth from start to finish. Virtually no astringency, only a slight dryness toward the tail. Notes of cacao and spice. A sweet caramel undertone. A nice balance between sweet and savory. A nicely round cuppa.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/22/yunnan-jig-black-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Peppermint by Simple Loose Leaf
4825 tasting notes

Backlog:

As I wrote in my full-length article about this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/19/peppermint-herbal-tisane-from-simple-loose-leaf/ – yes, this is plain and pure peppermint, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. The leaves produce an invigorating cup that is crisp and cool and refreshing. It’s nice to sip.

I enjoyed this offering from Simple Loose Leaf. It’s as simple as it gets – pure peppermint – but it’s a quality leaf and it’s a very enjoyable cup. It’s great served with a squeeze of lemon!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90

GCTTB

Loved this one. Brewed 1 tsp, 185F, 8oz, 1min. It was grassy & sweet. There was a good seaweed & nutty taste to it. This is my kind of sencha!

Flavors: Grass, Nutty, Seaweed, Sweet

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

GCTTB

This is almost the same blend as Rishi’s Hisbiscus Rooibos tea. The title is misleading for Rishi’s tea because you would think it’s really heavy hisbicus and it’s not. This one has a stronger hibiscus in it than the Rishi tea does. I think I prefer Rishi’s blend of this tea.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Pu'erh Tahiti by Simple Loose Leaf
612 tasting notes

This must be an old sample. The coconut has that old soapy taste like coconut gets when it goes stale. I’m getting a combo of that and perfume. The aftertaste is very patchouli like… earthy perfume. I’m not digging it, but I’d give it another go with a fresh sample if I came across it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90
drank White pear by Simple Loose Leaf
4825 tasting notes

Backlog:

This is one of my favorite teas that I’ve tried from Simple Loose Leaf. The pear notes are well-defined and taste true to the fruit. The Shou Mei is sweet and hay-like and I like the way these notes play with the pear. It’s a smooth tea, no bitterness and no astringency. A very flavorful white tea – a really good pear tea! I’d highly recommend this one to those who are looking for the ‘right’ pear tea.

Sami Kelsh

Ooh, shiny. I love pear!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

72
drank Assam FTGFOP by Simple Loose Leaf
632 tasting notes

Wasn’t expecting this one to be any good. Was expecting it to just be another woody assam. xD But I was pleasantly surprised! The main flavor in this tea is malt! Which I am always a fan of! Happy to have a sample of this one. Thank you, LiberTEAS!!

Flavors: Malt

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

26

So like, when I think gingerbread, I don’t just think ginger. I think like ginger, cinnamon, pastry, doughy. Ya know?
But feels like most of these gingerbread teas are just ginger. It’s like tea companies take the “ginger” in “gingerbread” wayyy too seriously. I’d hate eating their gingerbread cookies for Christmas. 0_0
This one just tasted like ginger. Was hoping for more :(

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

1
drank Yunnan Jig by Simple Loose Leaf
632 tasting notes

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

4

Wow. I had expected this one to be way better than the Kenyan one, but man was I wrong. 0_0 It’s soo woody. Even steeped it a little less than the time it says to on steepster. This cup is getting dumped >

Flavors: Wood

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

1

This tea tastes like I just went outside, scooped up a bunch of dirt and leaves in my tea infuser and then steeped it. XD Ohhh it’s bad haha wow xD
Oh goodness. Definitely the worst tea I’ve had today. 0_0

Flavors: Dirt, Forest Floor

OMGsrsly

I know others with the same opinion of mate. :)

Ost

I really was not expecting that. xD

OMGsrsly

Have you tried green mate, or just roasted?

Ost

I have no idea. I tried a mate from Teavana once, but that was a while ago, and I just know I didn’t like it. xD

OMGsrsly

Haha. Ok! Maybe don’t try the green. It’s even stronger.

Ost

Really? Seems like roasted would be stronger!

OMGsrsly

The green tastes more like grass-and-dirt to me. :)

Ost

Ohh interesting. xD

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

65

I’ll bet this would taste delicious with some brown sugar in it to add a bit of molasses! But, unfortunately, I’m at work and lacking in such delicacies. Despite this, it’s a nice tea. The dry leaves smell almost overly sweet with ginger spice and I’m happy that didn’t translate to the cup. It brewed up into a dark almost coffee-brown and the liquor has that telltale ginger and cinnamon spice smell. This tea seems…surprisingly light. I expected more umph. There is a bit of creaminess, but that is upset by a slightly astringent afterfeel flavored by spice. A great pairing with shortbread cookies, I’d imagine.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

85

Twisted tight package
Light, bright, and sweet on the breath
Goes well with my roll.

The dry leaf is rolled into twisted little bundles about the size of a grain or two of rice. It is still quite green with a little brown oxidation showing through here and there. There is probably about a 60-40 ratio of dark green to lighter. They smell like a slightly more perfumed version of hay or pet bedding.

My first steeping was yesterday, so I don’t remember details other than that is was a pleasing, brighter contrast to the darjeelings I was sampling. The leaves were still pretty tightly rolled, so I figured I’d save the rest for today.

I have no idea how long my second steeping was (the first was 3 mins on the dot). I got distracted and, honestly, it could be over OR under three; my sense of time is rarely accurate. The wet leaves are now half unfurled and smell like sweet grass. They are mostly whole leaves 3-4cm long. The liquor is light-gold in color and…..I just accidentally stuck my nose in it trying to fully smell its aroma! Feels like a giant dork xD Well, I’m halfway down the cup now and it’s not a strong aroma. Sweet, floral more than grassy. I’m enjoying this steep as much as I remember enjoying the last one. No astringency or bitterness.

Third steep, still going strong….Fourth….was a little lighter, so I steeped the fifth for 4 minutes. And four is where I think I’d stop. The fifth steep, while drinkable, is starting to taste astringent and I’d hate to ruin my memory of the good steeps.

Update
I had to update this rating because I really enjoy this tea! It’s the first one of the Simply Loose Leaf boxes that I’m thinking seriously of buying. And….it has to hit 85 since I’ve been pushing it on people. xD

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Sweet

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

86

Backlog:

This is a good quality Shou Mei. I liked that the leaves didn’t appear as crumbly and dry as some Shou Mei teas that I’ve encountered have appeared. This didn’t look like dry, brown leaves. These leaves had some downy fuzz on them, and the colors varied from pale green to silver to brown. Impressive for a Shou Mei.

Then again, I shouldn’t be surprised because the quality of Simple Loose Leaf has always been top notch. I have been very appreciative of the quality of their teas.

Sweet, fresh and light tasting. Crisp and ‘spring – like’ with hay-like notes. This tea offers many delightful infusions.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/30/shou-mei-white-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Couldn’t find any gong fu instructions for this tea so I decided to wing it.

180F
5g leaves
120ml (4oz) glass gaiwan

3 infusions: rinse, 10s, 15s, 15s

Websites that say to start at 30 or 40 seconds are crazy!

The last two infusions were a bit bitter. The flavor wasn’t anything to write home about. Next time I’d use 4g instead of 5.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I find it crazy how insanely gross some teas brewed at the 30s starting point can be, Blech!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Whaaaat? I start EVERYTHING at 30s! Hahaha

madametj

@Amanda I know right?

@Brenden then clearly you’re crazy too! Lol

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Hahaha, do you guys get bitterness or something at 30s?

I’ll admit to doing raw puerh at boiling water and 30s on a pretty consistent basis, so perhaps I’ve burnt out my bitter tasters :P

madametj

It was bitter at 15s so I don’t even want to know what would happen at 30s!! lol

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I do a lot of my stuff at 30s, but some greens are so cranky! I had one (I want to say it was Upton’s Qin Zhen) that had to be flash steeped or it was bitter death.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

89

Backlog:

A delightful Oolong. A sweet, flowery fragrance from the dry leaf, this floral note softens a bit in the brewed liquid. But there is still quite a bit of flower in the aroma and in the flavor too.

Floral, sweet, creamy, and smooth. I get some nice vanilla tones in the first cup and I like the way they soften the floral notes. The second cup was even better, as some fruity notes began to emerge. Notes of apple and melon.

I was surprised that the creamy notes still remained even into my third cup (this is infusions 5 and 6) because usually by this point with an Oolong, the creamy notes have almost nearly disappeared, but not so here.

This is one of the nicest Four Seasons Oolong teas I’ve encountered.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/25/four-seasons-oolong-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

91
drank Assam FTGFOP by Simple Loose Leaf
4825 tasting notes

Backlog:

(My 4600 tasting note!)

Another from my September Simple Loose Leaf box.

This is a grand Assam. Rich and full-bodied. A robust cup. It is sweet and has lovely sweet, creamy caramel-y notes that meld with the malt tones and hints of cacao. Notes of fruit and flower in the distance.

It’s warm and earthy. Cozy … while at the same time, it’s invigorating enough to give you that swift kick you need to get going.

A really, really good Assam. Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/18/assam-ftgfop-black-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/

darby

Wow, 4600!!! Congrats!

Kittenna

4600! And you seem to rarely log teas more than once, so does that mean you’ve tried about that many different teas, too?

LiberTEAS

Yeah, I don’t usually log teas more than once – some I do, but it’s not often. So yeah … I’ve probably had at least that many different types of tea, given the fact that I was writing reviews for the Tea Review Blog before I discovered steepster.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

74

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t tend to drink sencha often. I have to be in a very specific mood to enjoy a strong vegetal flavor in my tea. I typically pair it with something salty, such as Chinese takeout, but it also goes well with sushi. This particular sencha has a m flavor than I’m accustomed to. When first steeped the flavor is somewhat vegetal, but as it cools off the flavor mellows out and it becomes slightly sweet. The mild flavor wasn’t what I was expecting, but since I can’t order takeout tonight I find that I prefer the tea this way.

You can read the rest of the review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/12/9/tuesday-tea-tea-co-op-december-box-simple-loose-leaf.html

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

70

I thought that I would love this tea, but the flavoring doesn’t taste a thing like plums. I do like the base teas used, although I couldn’t really taste the jasmine. Perhaps this would be better as a cold steep.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Tea Advent Calendar day 9

Wow. Can you say bergamot? I’m not sure where the lady was. I could smell her as the tea was steeping, but after that, it was all bergamot. Really, really, really strong bergamot.

http://instagram.com/p/wY_ka9AyXJ/
http://instagram.com/p/wZC-J2gyYB/

As this one cooled off, I could kind of almost taste the vanilla, but not as much as I wanted to. It was just too bergamot for me.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

88

Backlog:

A very finely chopped rooibos chai – I recommend using a T-Sac with this particular chai. The grind is so fine that it will likely filter through even the finest mesh.

This is a very strongly flavored chai – the fine chop delivers a very strong impact. The robust spices: clove, ginger and pepper are the strongest flavors I tasted. The cinnamon and cardamom are not quite as strong as the other three spices but they are still quite THERE. There’s a lot of spicy flavor to this – if you’re one who likes a good, assertive spice to their chai – this is one you should try!

When I first saw this in the September box from Simple Loose Leaf, my first thought was, “Oh, another rooibos chai.” I thought that before I tried it … after I tried it, my thoughts are this is quite unlike most of the rooibos chai blends I’ve had. This is a really good rooibos chai! Really good!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/14/original-herbal-chai-rooibos-blend-from-simple-loose-leaf/

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

86

Backlog:

From the September Tea box from Simple Loose Leaf. (I really miss getting this box!) This is a really enjoyable green tea. The aroma of the dry leaf is vegetal and earthy, with notes that remind me of freshly cut grass and hints of kelp and the leafy green section of the produce market.

The flavor is sweet and mild. In my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/08/green-pekoe-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/ I mention that this doesn’t have a strong or overbearing “green tea taste” – it doesn’t taste overly like vegetables, nor does it taste bitter or grassy. It’s pleasantly sweet and reminds me of the sweet flavor of steamed artichoke.

A very satisfying green tea – the kind of tea I like to drink when I’m looking for a boost.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Cherry Green by Simple Loose Leaf
1810 tasting notes

I have been remiss; k s sent this some time ago, but I have been short on sit-and-think time, and that’s what green teas require. I am decadently and greedily stealing some of that time this afternoon (burning a vacation day for some family holiday stuff). Feet up at 1:20 in the afternoon with Bob melting into a fur puddle on my lap. Have I introduced you to Bob? Scruffy, perpetually bewildered stray cat with no tail and Very Little Brain. Blame my husband.

But I digress. This is a fine green tea, and it comes through loud and clear underneath the flavoring. The flavoring itself is a little tricky to pin down. K S’s review nixed maraschino, but that cherry-on-top taste is what I’m noticing. Like cherry Life Savers or the tiniest hint of cherry syrup with your drink. Artificial rather than fresh off the tree, but not unpleasant or bitter. Bob sniffed it and says it’ll do.

ashmanra

What about Tazo? Does Tazo approve of Bob? Perhaps they could be Simple Cat and Helper Cat.

gmathis

El Puma and The Paw. Tazo retains alpha cat status and keeps his distance. Bob tags along after everything and everyone that breathes. He’s a needy little dude.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

86

Backlog:

August’s Selection Club box from Simple Loose Leaf was an amazing box! (Yeah, I’m still behind.) I really enjoyed this Jasmine, a sweet, delicate floral note, I like that this was not an aggressive jasmine. The green tea was lightly vegetal and sweet. The mouthfeel was soft and pleasant.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/01/jasmine-special-grade-green-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/

Login or sign up to leave a comment.