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52
drank Manchuria Mango by t Leaf T
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This is mango flavoured green tea with sunflower blossoms. I specifically wanted to make this iced, but got a bit overzealous with steeping it I think. Used 2 slightly heaped tablespoons tea for 1 litre of water. Steeping time at least 15 mins, steeped twice with more water before chilling overnight. It’s probably my own fault that it had become bitter, wanting to get as much flavour out as possible.

Flavors: Bitter

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drank Manchuria Mango by t Leaf T
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drank Morning Tea by t Leaf T
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A blend of Ceylon and Darjeeling, this ‘morning tea’ is good to drink any time. It’s pleasantly fragrant, luscious and quite drinkable. Only bought this since there’s no assam in it (which so often is in ‘breakfast tea’ and reminds me too much of my supermarket teabag days). I think it’s the Darjeeling in here that’s the interesting taste. It has some vegetal characteristics, amongst other things. Give me more I’d say. T leaf T’s website is currently out of stock on this (you can still buy samples), so I’d say I’m not the only one who likes it.

Only suggestion is maybe they can give it a more interesting name.

Had this with milk & sugar.

Anlina

“Morning tea” is not an inspiring or attention catching name.

Fjellrev

Haha the name actually made me giggle. So vague.

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60
drank Monks Blend by t Leaf T
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Very interesting blend to say the least. Complex scents and flavours; I detect floral, perfume, incense, bergamot, a whole mixture like someone’s gone crazy adding this and that to the blend. Reminiscent of potpourri in a way. Hard to decide whether I like it, or whether it’s just too weird.

Flavors: Floral, Perfume, Spicy

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drank Vanilla Red by t Leaf T
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Bit of a nondescript vanilla rooibos. Hasn’t got the intense vanilla scent you sometimes get in flavoured looseleaf tea. I’ll admit I’ve never drank plain rooibos (only flavoured) so I don’t know if what I can predominantly taste is the rooibos or the ‘vanilla’. I would prefer t Leaf T’s red vanilla raspberry if I had to choose between the two. I have so many samples to get through, this one wasn’t a stand out for me.

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57
drank Keemun by t Leaf T
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Coffee drinkers would like this Chinese black tea. I found it a bit ashy and yes – having a kind of coffee aftertaste, not the kind of thing I’m looking for. Might try a shorter steeping time with the remainder of the sample.

Flavors: Ash, Coffee

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drank Orange Pekoe by t Leaf T
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This unobtrusive orange pekoe tea from Sri Lanka is smooth and very drinkable, I much prefer it to any assam tea. This would be good to have on hand when you’re busy and just want to mindlessly drink something hot and aren’t looking for something to tantalise the tastebuds. Got more than 1 steep out of it, so it’s economical. Contained quite a few bits of stem I see now (examining the wet tea leaf), but it was just average priced so it’s to be expected I suppose.

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drank Gunpowder by t Leaf T
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Miss 5 chose this for me to drink today. She was also intrigued with a tea by the name of ‘gunpowder’. Not sure exactly how to describe it – It definitely tastes like a green tea, but if it’s possible it partially leans towards tasting like an oolong.

The dry leaves didn’t exactly look like in the picture , not rolled up into grey-green pellets but close, there were also little sticks/stems in the mixture. The description said large leaves rolled up but when wet it was just cut pieces of large-ish leaves.

I recommend this tea but it’s not something I would stock up on. I’m not a huge fan of green tea anyhow but am trying as many tea samples as possible so had to give this a go.

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drank China Rose by t Leaf T
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I had been shunning tea with rose in it ever since my experience with the ghastly artificial rose flavoured tea I bought at the start of my tea sampling days.

But I have a newly-found love of Chinese black tea, and the ingredients promised only that and rose petals, so I gave it a chance. It lived up to the description on the packet and no nasty chemical ‘rose’ scent.

The rose petals added a very subtle flavour to the Chinese tea base. I desperately wanted to love this tea, rather than just like it. But the rose was just a little too delicate, like a beautiful flower hiding in the tall grass.

With the remaining sample I may try to either brew it for longer or use less water. This tea shows promise, maybe add a few more rose petals or buds.

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drank Christmas Tea by t Leaf T
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I got a free tin of this (4 pyramid sachets) with my latest tea order. T’is the season so I brewed one right away. Reasonably spicy, and strong enough to fill a large infuser mug using 1 sachet (second brew much lighter). It’s quite nice. Since I don’t associate Christmas with “spice” in any way, it didn’t really conjure up any Christmas feelings, but I hadn’t expected it to. It may do for somebody else. I recommend this tea, although it doesn’t stand out in any way that makes me think ‘wow’.

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drank Yunnan Golden Tips by t Leaf T
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Lovely black tea from the Yunnan province. I could drink this as an everyday tea, no maltiness (that I dislike) and can resteep even if it does lose a little flavour. I can easily brew 2 two-person teapots using just a rounded teaspoon of the tea leaves. First brew had slight resemblance to something in the loose leaf pu-erh I drank last night from the same company. Possibly they sourced it from the same place. I found this familiarity comforting. If I was given some of this in a blind taste test I could probably tell this is Yunnan going by the flavour alone (which is something seeing I’m still somewhat of a tea newbie).

It’s not all tips but a mixture, but it’s price does not suggest it should be all tips. I am going to venture into some of t Leaf T’s other black tea types that are hopefully not malty.

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drank Buddha's Hand by t Leaf T
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Quite possibly didn’t use enough of this tea. Instructions said to use 1-2 tsp per tea pot (I used 1 as I know these leaves swell up considerably in water and I was being conservative). Large green leaves after steeping, fairly bright yellowish hue of the tea). I was surprised it lacked the complexity of the other oolongs I’ve tried. Maybe my mistake for not using enough, or maybe a characteristic of this tea. Think I prefer Iron Goddess of Mercy. The scent of the dry leaves reminds me of some kind of putty/paint, a bit of a chemical smell. I love love love most oolongs but this one’s a bit different to what I usually like. I will give it a try with double the amount of leaves next time and see if there’s anything different.

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drank Pina Colada by t Leaf T
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Drinkable pineapply coconutty tea. Pretty sure this is my first flavoured green besides the standard jasmine or genmaicha additions to some green teas. It’s a little weird in that I’m not really tasting tea but the flavouring. In saying that, it is moderately light and tastes pleasant. (Read – no hibiscus icky ness that some fruit flavoured teas have). Would I buy more? Possibly not, I have a few more samples to get through first but I’m looking to stock up on a fave tea I can have when I’m out of milk. Most black teas I need to add milk and I’m not always in the mood for oolongs or genmaicha. So to find a pleasing flavoured green would be good but don’t think this is it.

Flavors: Coconut, Pineapple

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drank Red African Fire by t Leaf T
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Had this as iced tea, second time around. Wasn’t really sure how much to use but all in all added 1 heaped tablespoon to around a liter of water. I did this in two steeps, first steep was around 15 mins, poured brew into a glass bottle, then steeped same leaves again for some time until I felt I’d got as much of the flavour out as possible. Added to same bottle and topped up with water, placed in fridge till cold.

Conclusion – making your own iced tea is cheap and thirst quenching and beats store-bought (sugary or artificially flavoured) carbonated drinks. I will be making more! I can imagine though that the choice of tea plays a big part in how nice it is.

Obviously due to chilling time you’re gonna make this by the bottle, not per cup.

About the tea – Red African Fire, its an orange flavoured rooibos and I let it steep a long time, but prob should’ve used more tea for the volume of water. The colour was there, but it wasn’t orangy enough in flavour. I got a hint of the same medicinal compound that I recognise from my first ever rooibos – this didn’t bother me, but I’m sure now it’s from the rooibos.

Flavors: Orange, Rooibos

Preparation
4 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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52
drank Red African Fire by t Leaf T
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Exotic name, but that’s where it ends. The red refers to the rooibos, Africa maybe it’s origin, but where’s the fire? It’s a natural orange flavoured rooibos, with tiny safflower petals to make it look pretty. Doesn’t really have the wow factor I was hoping for. Maybe it’s nicer iced.

Flavors: Orange

Lion

More and more I’m really turning off to rooibos that has been flavored with oils. I don’t think it really keeps well for some reason. I’ve had a few vanilla ones lately that have all seemed kind of “off” and have had some of the medicinal type tastes. When I lived in South Africa, I once took some spiced rooibos and boiled it in a pot with sugar and fresh orange slices squeezed in, which I left in the pot while it was boiling, then strained the whole thing. It was pretty awesome. Maybe you could try squeezing some orange wedges into your iced rooibos. Could turn out well!

CherryJam

Sounds great with orange slices (rind and all), might just try that with my next iced tea. Made biscotti not so long ago with orange zest and it turned out wonderfully flavoured due to the natural oils in the skin of the orange. Could work the same for iced tea, as you say!

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60

Definitely taste the raspberry in this flavoured rooibos, even if it’s probably mostly from artificial flavouring. Vanilla? Not sure that I can taste that. This tea has a palatable flavour, but the raspberry doesn’t make it through to a second steep. This would be nice with a high tea or Devonshire tea (think scones with raspberry jam and whipped cream). Being caffeine-free is a plus point, but I think I prefer t leaf T’s strawberry rooibos

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72
drank Formosa Oolong by t Leaf T
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A delicious oolong from Taiwan. Not my absolute favourite though. That honour goes to Da Hong Pao. This Formosa Oolong is less vegetal, less robust but still pretty good. I’m slowly making my way through samples of all t leaf T’s oolongs – 6 in total if you don’t count the homegrown Zealong (New Zealand), which I might add is ridiculously expensive! (And you cannot buy samples). This oolong from Taiwan would suit beginners new to oolong tea. I do recommend it even if I like something else better. :-)

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drank Vanilla Vice by t Leaf T
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Meh, not a lot of flavour. I think I’ve gone off flavoured black tea, where you rely on something other than the tea leaves themselves for the flavour. I guess over the past month my tastes have progressed to another level. Not sure what the vanilla is in here (real or imitation) but there is no oomph, just bland uninteresting. Sorry t Leaf T, but I still like your creme brûlée.

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drank Jasmine Silver Tip by t Leaf T
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This is silver needle with jasmine. Since I could barely taste anything with the straight silver needle tea I thought the jasmine might be a nice addition. I do like my jasmine tea on the mild side so I didn’t brew it for long. The jasmine scent seems genuine (not imitation) and it tastes very nice as well – clean, delicate and mild. This tea is pretty pricey so I am not intending on buying any after my 2 samples are used up. The jasmine can be found elsewhere for cheaper such as in green tea. The silver needle here didn’t really add anything to the taste as it’s so mild in itself.

Flavors: Jasmine

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Disappointing. I was hoping the manuka would shine through but all I can taste is a strong bold Assam. Brewed it for 3 min. Will try a shorter steep and see what happens. This tastes no better than generic supermarket English breakfast tea. Why even bother with adding something to a base this strong?

Flavors: Bitter

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drank Puerh by t Leaf T
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My second-ever sampling of pu-erh. This is loose leaf from my current favourite tea shop – still on a gentle introduction to this kind of tea – but it’s a step up from the tea bag pu-erh I tried previously. It most definitely has the characteristic scent and taste. Makes me think of old wooden furniture, it’s earthy, mushroom-y. After this sample is finished it is probably time to step up a notch and try a pu-erh in cake form. I am still intrigued and want to see what all the fuss is about. :-) I know of at least one Asian grocer around here that sells the circular ones. No idea of the quality tho. Either that or aliexpress. :-)

boychik

did you rinse it? twice for shou and once for sheng. Ignore if you know this ;-)

CherryJam

Oh I forgot but it’s just dry loose leaf this one.

mrmopar

Sounds like a shou. Maybe a loose “maocha” shou?

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88
drank Genmaicha Matcha by t Leaf T
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Find this tea very pleasant to drink. Pale green with a nutty aroma/flavour from the roasted rice. Quite delicate but at the same time flavourful. Am likely to purchase more of this. Wonder how it compares to the ‘Genmaicha Japan’ (ie. without matcha).

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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99
drank Big Red Robe by t Leaf T
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Oh my goodness! This Big Red Robe oolong brings my tea drinking to a whole new level! Such complexity of flavour from a single ingredient. My first thoughts went from hm, this smells a bit like matcha but it looks very different, it has big dark leaves. I also thought I could detect a hint of roasted coffee or something, and a little smokiness that went away. Tasting it after an initial rinse (x2) and a 3 min steep I was blown away and immediately googled it further. I am probably making it wrong but these were the somewhat generic instructions on the sample. Except I rinsed twice not once.

Feeling like I’m finally drinking “real” tea, not flavoured something-or-other. Would love to make a whole pot of this and just sip it all day long. Hoping someone can chime in with getting the best re-steeps and best brewing method.

boychik

i like to do it gongfu: 6g 100ml gaiwan or teapot 195F
rinse 3-5sec/5/5/7/10/15 sec etc. Da Hong Pao is delicious and one of my faves.

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drank Choco Chilli by t Leaf T
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Left this one steeping longer than I should have. Came back to a murky brown opaque liquid which is probably from the (melted) chocolate pieces. Drank it straight without any milk or sugar. It is a strange brew. I would have loved to have loved this tea but I can only detect a slight hint of chilli (or am I imagining it?). The muddy brown liquid just looks odd, for a tea. A chilli hot chocolate would be better if they could come up with an improved recipe. I think the “Apple” just acts as a filler as the chocolate overpowers it.

Would like to see this company adding the chilli component to their “coconut rough” rooibos tea and see what happens. This is also a cocoa/carob based tea but with cocoa beans rather than chocolate pieces.

Flavors: Chocolate

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