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72

Woody aroma but with hints of flowers. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth. Prefer more of a malty hit to my teas but this one is an excellent darjeeling.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Have to mostly agree with Miss Sweets review, which is sad because I really wanted to like this tea. Looked and smelled very nice in the packet but that is about it, pretty much ended up tasting like flower water, with very little tea or bergamot flavour.

Photo: https://flic.kr/p/ojxiYy

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 11 OZ / 330 ML

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I just finished steep two of this tea, after 2.5 hours of vacuuming in this disgusting heat and humidity (I love the beast, but man, can he shed!). I debated whether I actually wanted hot tea after vacuuming and sweating (and, yes – some cursing), but decided to go for it anyway.

The dry leaf is interesting. LooseTman already said it…short dark twisted leaves, and some tiny dark pebble-like leaves. I’ve never heard of manuka, and since looseTman already provided links in his post, I now know what it is, and I guess that’s what those green leaves in the blend were.

The manuka provided a light aromatic essence of pine in dry leaf form, which I don’t recall getting in my brewed cup in the first steep. But I added a bit of creamer to the first cup, so that was probably why I didn’t get the pine essence. I don’t usually add creamer, but I think my time contraints this morning made me add it, so that I could sip it quickly and do my chores and errands.

I found the pine notes were more prominent in steep 2 – no creamer additives this time. The second steep was malty delicousness. The manuka leaves added an interesting note, with what I might otherwise find to be just another malty assam.

I appreciate the sample looseTman…this was different in a good way! I have enough leaves for a few more cups, and will be very sad when this is gone. Tasty indeed.

looseTman

“Tasty indeed.” +1 I’m glad you enjoyed it!

scribbles

The addition of manuka leaves added a different and welcome dimension.

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drank Chai by t Leaf T
11 tasting notes

UGH! Probably one the worst things I’ve stuck in my mouth in a while. I’ve tried Chai syrup flavoured drinks before (Chai Latte etc) and always really enjoyed them, so was quite excited to try Chai Tea. It smelled amazing in the packet and while brewing with cinnamon probably being the strongest smell.

When I drunk it, everything was overwhelmingly strong, mostly cinnamon and an aniseed taste as well and quite peppery. Maybe I made this wrong, brewed too long or put too much in? Have enough left to give it another try, but at this stage I won’t be getting it again.

Photo: https://flic.kr/p/o3feLE

Flavors: Cinnamon, Pepper

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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70
drank English Breakfast by t Leaf T
11 tasting notes

Simple, but good is how I would summarize this tea. Not a lot of malt flavour, and not really a lot else to say about it. Picture here: https://flic.kr/p/o3gdfF

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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75

Quite enjoyed this Tea, had a decently strong malt flavour as other have indicated, got a hint of pine but didn’t really notice the manuka flavour. The tea also looks amazing straight out of the packet. Photo here: https://flic.kr/p/oms4gz

Flavors: Malt, Pine

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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95

Great Earl Grey, would have preferred a slightly stronger Bergamot flavor but maybe that’s just me.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Creme Brulee by t Leaf T
11 tasting notes

First review so here goes…. Both me and my partner tried this tea, first with just water and then with milk. Neither of us was impressed, although it did taste better once milk was added.

There wasn’t a lot of flavour at all and left a funny taste in my mouth

Flavors: Caramel, Yogurt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML
Riley-NZL

Link to closeup of the tea with flavorings: https://flic.kr/p/nXxuuL (won’t let me add pictures to the Tea page)

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drank Rose Petals by t Leaf T
270 tasting notes

Lovely looking tea when dry. Scent is fruity and somewhat rose-like. Brews a lovely pink. Taste… not so exciting. I’m going to adding it to some other teas and see what I can get.

Flavors: Rose

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

Too bad it doesn’t taste as pretty as it looks.

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“What’s in your cup?”
This morning, courtesy of John & Amanda of t leaf T, I brewed New Zealand Breakfast Western style: 8 oz / 1 tsp (2.5g) / 212*F / 2-5 min. without sweeteners, milk, or cream.

Introduction: My wife loves Earl Grey and t leaf T has a large selection of it: https://www.tleaft.co.nz/catalogsearch/result/?q=earl+grey. When I requested samples, this Assam caught my eye. Who doesn’t love a good malty Assam for breakfast? Where else, could I possibly find a true NZ Breakfast tea?

From t leaf T:
“Natural New Zealand Manuka blends perfectly with strong assam tea to make a special blend ideal for the morning and afternoon.”
http://www.tleaft.co.nz/black-tea-blends-1/new-zealand-breakfast-black-tea.html

For those of us from the “up above” (as opposed to the “down under”) you might be asking yourself: ”So what the hell is Manuka?”

1. Images & description: http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/table-1/manuka.html

2. It turns out that NZ Manuka flowers appear to be very popular for making honey: http://nzmanukadirect.com/

3. Manuka is also known as the Tea Tree:
“The English common name is derived from the fact that early white settlers did occasionally make infusions of tea from the leaves, which are aromatic.”
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/1966/manuka-tea-tree

4. “The leaves contain Leptospermone, an antibiotic agent.”… “The oil extracted contains 120 elements and can be utilised medicinally.” … “This research has validated the claims made for this product with the Therapeutics Section of the New Zealand Ministry of Health.” http://www.purangi.co.nz/estate/tea/manuka.html

5. Manuka is also popular in NZ travel, tourism, & hunting vacations:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g311324-d1440422-Reviews-Manuka_Lodge-Ohakune_North_Island.html
Great Barrier Island: http://www.manukalodge.co.nz/
New Zealand Hunting Safaris: http://www.manukapoint.com/new%20site/Home

And I’ve probably just scratched the surface! Who knew!

Leaf: Two kinds of Assam, 1.) twisted, short, dark chocolate brown, 2.) dark chocolate brown CTC granules, plus light green Manuka leaves
Fragrance: Moderately strong aromatic evergreen / pine
Liquor: Clear amber brown
Aroma: Moderately strong evergreen / pine
Flavor: Malty, aromatic evergreen / pine

2-min.: Medium-bodied, I then let it steep an additional min.

3-min.: Not quite, another min.

4-min.: A rich, smooth, full-bodied, malty Assam with the added flavor of aromatic Manuka, which is felt in the back of the palate in the 2nd half of the sip. There was no hint of bitterness or astringency.

Re-Steeping:
5-min: Not yet.
8-min: Medium bodied & enjoyable. The Manuka flavor is now less pronounced & is now mildly aromatic.

Impression: A truly unique and enjoyable breakfast Assam, especially those looking for a “down under” adventure.

Thanks to John & Amanda of t leaf T for their gracious sample of this very fine New Zealand Breakfast Assam.

Method:
RO water re-mineralized with an Aptera filter http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/39532-puregen-aptera-alkamag-water-filter
http://steepster.com/teaware/teavana/39311-perfect-tea-spoon
http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/37731-my-weigh-durascale-d2-660-digital-scale
Brewed western-style conveniently in a tea mug with a brew basket http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/29177-finum-brewing-basket.
http://steepster.com/teas/davidstea/36677-thermometer-and-timer

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

Very interresting!

Terri HarpLady

Back when I ran a food coop, we got Manuka Honey a time or 2. I’ve used tea tree oil over the years for various purposes, but I’ve never considered the idea of putting anything like that in my tea. I wonder if they really drink it that way in NZ, or if it’s just a novel sale ploy?
:)

Terri HarpLady

(sorry, always the cynic)

looseTman

TheTeaFairy – Thanks!

Terri HarpLady – Perhaps Miss Sweet may know as she’s from NZ.
http://steepster.com/teas/t-leaf-t/3534-new-zealand-breakfast
http://steepster.com/amber

yyz

Interesting they must have had to carefully balance it. I could see tea tree becoming overpowering really quickly.

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“What’s in your cup?”
This morning, courtesy of t leaf T, I brewed Makaibari Organic ftgfop1s, a second flush Darjeeling, Western style: 1 tsp (2.3g) / 6 oz / 212*F / 3 min. without sweeteners, milk, or cream.

Leaf: short, moderately-wide, twisted, chocolate brown and green
Fragrance: Notes fine pipe tobacco
Liquor: Clear honey copper or light amber
Aroma: Hay, vegetal
Flavor: Vegetal

3-min.: When first steeped, there was a strong vegetal flavor. As the cup cools, it smoothed out nicely. About mid-cup, it then magically transforms into a rich buttery full-mouth feel with a strong vegetal finish that lasts long on the tongue. Towards the end of the cup there was a note of saltiness that also persists long on the palate.

Impression: A unique tasting experience better suited for afternoon tea.

Thanks to t leaf T for their gracious sample of this Darjeeling tea.

Method:
RO water re-mineralized with an Aptera filter http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/39532-puregen-aptera-alkamag-water-filter
http://steepster.com/teaware/teavana/39311-perfect-tea-spoon
http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/37731-my-weigh-durascale-d2-660-digital-scale
Brewed western-style conveniently in a tea mug with a brew basket http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/29177-finum-brewing-basket.
http://steepster.com/teas/davidstea/36677-thermometer-and-timer

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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drank Party Punch by t Leaf T
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74
drank Spearmint by t Leaf T
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

This tea is quite common in a few cafes so I have tried it a few times and quite liked it, ended up buying a bag.

The smell of the tea leaves in the bag is very off-putting, pungent bergamont and an overly floral aroma are battling it out, overall quite sickly.

However once the tea is made, and tamed with milk and sugar, the aroma is near non-existent and is quite pleasantly floral. The taste is that of a strong bergamont with some floral notes.

I can see why others would not like this tea, the taste is quite sharp and almost pungent even with milk and sugar, I have found this to be a good breakfast tea which I enjoy pairing with cheese scones.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100

I tried Twinings earl grey without milk and loved it, seeing all the reviews of excelsior on here I bought a bag and tried it without milk, I was not a fan, so this tea sat in my cupboard unloved for a months until I had a guest over who liked earl grey and couldn’t resist any tea with excelsior in the name (this was his logic, and in hindsight it was flawless).

I made a cup for each of us, with milk and sugar, it blew my mind.
I have been drinking this tea twice daily since, having gone through nearly 2 bags (100 grams each) and just bought a new tin today.

This is now my daily stock tea, I have a supply at work and home, and have dedicated tea ware for this lovely brew.

I use boiling water and let it steep for at least 5 minutes, although I sometimes let it get closer to 6 and never have problems with bitterness thanks to the power of milk, the only problem I have is a bad habit of adding far too much milk.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Christmas Tea by t Leaf T
10 tasting notes

After letting it steep awhile…. its pretty good! Definitely needs milk in my humble opinion, and sugar. I could drink this any day of the year!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Coconut Rough by t Leaf T
89 tasting notes

Woohoo, new Game of Thrones!

Dry, this smells of chocolate and caramel with a titch of coconut. The tea is full of chocolate and coconut pieces.

5 minutes – The rooibos is the dominant flavour, followed by coconut.

7 minutes – Coconut comes through more, with some hints of chocolate, all the while being backed by rooibos.

After being steeped for 10 minutes the chocolate comes through a lot more and the rooibos diminishes significantly.

Overall, quite nice with or without additions and being caffeine free is always a bonus for expanding late night options.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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85
drank Green Peach by t Leaf T
89 tasting notes

I bought a large bag of this a couple months ago from my local tea shop and have been enjoying it off and on. The leaves have quite large chucks of dried peaches mixed in and smells delicious. The green roiboos base is a good match and isn’t dominant at all. There’s a great peach flavour, but I wouldn’t call it “juicy” or overpowering. My steep times are generally 5-7 minutes, although it can go for ages without becoming bitter.

I generally make a cup of this, thanks to it’s forgiving nature, if I’m feeling especially absent minded and am afraid I’ll forget about the tea, haha!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Shelyteadrinker79

I want to try this

Miss Starfish

I think the company ships overseas, or I’d be open to swapping some (since the smallest size available is a 100g bag) with you once things quiet down here. :)

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80

I have removed my old tasting notes as I think I spoiled the tea by using too hot water for the first steeping.

I am now enjoying the 3rd steeping today of this lovely jasmine tea, each steep at about 75 Celsius for 5 minutes.

A lovely jasmine aroma, a very non-astringent tea (compares favorably to the Sencha), mild taste.
I wish the jasmine aroma on the tea was a stronger, but I could happily drink this tea ‘forever’.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Dikom TGFOP1 by t Leaf T
9 tasting notes

the tea i have is a STGFOP from its about tea. but anyways here’s what i’v experienced with it gong fu style

Ammount: 5.2g in dayi gaiwan at 95c

First infusion. 30s

Dark dry slightly bitter lightly citrus a lot like a normal black.

Second infusion: 30s

Dark dry not terribly complex.

Third infusion: 1m

Lighter flavor but still dry. bitter walnuts

Fourth infusion: 2m

Significant flavor loss tastes creamy and still dry.

Final thoughts: Not terribly complex but a nice tea for guests who add sugar and cream to their teas they would likely be impressed with it. Could easily be a every day staple tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Japan Sencha by t Leaf T
11 tasting notes

A lovely Sencha with a good grassy taste, is often quite astringent.
Fantastic with a hearty meal.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Uva Highlands BOP by t Leaf T
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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Meematea

I grew up on this tea. Very fragrant and quite strong. Strong enough to make your hair curl as my physics teacher said once. It is fine. In Sri Lanka they call it dust. A fine strainer is a must as is milk and sugar. If you want it black lessen the amount of tea. 1/2 to 1 tsp per cup and brew for a shorter time. I recently bought a Chatsworth mug from Whittards and am knocking myself for not buying one years ago. Perfect tea (or coffee) for one and at the perfect temperature. So if you’re a tea/ coffee buff get one!

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