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75
drank Fabulous Feijoa by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

Delicious as an iced tea, but you have to really be a feijoa fan to appreciate the distinctive taste this brew will have :)

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75
drank Orchard Fruits by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

This basically tastes like Bear Trap from Davids. The tea even looks the same, LOL. There’s a few differences in ingredients, but it is very much a full-on fruit taste. I had this hot, though I think I might try it iced to see if I like it better.

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83
drank Turkish Apple by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

Very basic – apple pieces, nothing more. Which was nice, as a lot of apple teas I’ve had in the past have had so many other things in it while trying to pass as mainly apple (sometimes it worked, sometimes it did not). I liked the simplicity of this one.

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60
drank Caribbean Crush by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

Eh, I wasn’t overly feeling this one. Maybe I let it steep too long? There was way too much coconut flavour in it for me, as I felt it overpowered the others. I’m coming to realise I don’t really like strong coconut based teas, LOL

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45
drank Keemun by t Leaf T
5 tasting notes

This is review number 1,
I brewed this with a lot of leaf and a fairly short steep as I usually do when trying a new red tea.

I was surprised how much like a darjeeling this tasted! Muscatel notes, not much sweetness, a little astringent, a little bitter (balanced bitterness, not unpleasant).
A little like an oak barrel, a bit of ash.

Overall underwhelming for me, however my partner likes it.

Flavors: Ash, Astringent, Muscatel, Oak wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 15 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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80
drank Iron Goddess of Mercy by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

Yes, hurrah! An oolong! Finally! Just a straight up, plain, mmmm. I may not have put as many leaves in this as I should have, because it was a little weaker than I was expecting, but still a delicious cup.

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80

A solid breakfast tea – and I do appreciate the fact that it is organic! There’s nothing fancy about this one, just a nice, dependable taste.

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80
drank Christmas Tea by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

Kind of like a milder chai, and with some other random spices… but I liked! I had a Christmas Tea I loved from last year from another company (I can’t remember it off hand at the moment), and that one will always be near and dear to me, but this is not a bad substitute! Pretty brilliant with some milk!

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80
drank Chai by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

Another good cup! It’s just your basic chai, but I loved the cinnamon and spice that came out of this one – and the cardamom, mmm. I steeped it probably less than I should have, so it wasn’t as strong as I would have liked it, but this was a delicious treat on a chilly afternoon. Not the best chai I’ve had, but for the price, this one is pretty good.

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80
drank Wicked Red Strawberry by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

I was a bit wary of the rooibos base on this one, since I didn’t think adding milk would be a good idea with this one, but… yum! One of the better strawberry teas I’ve had, I must say. I do enjoy the fact that it’s caffeine free, which means bedtime tea! LOL.

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85
drank Manchuria Mango by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

This tastes pretty much exactly like Mango Madness from Davids, except it is a green blend rather than white. Delicious. :D

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80
drank Golden Monkey by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

I liked this one! It had a bit of a different taste for a black tea, but it was nice with some milk, so… yay? LOL. A little bit malty, but a lot more delicate than other malty blends I’ve had.

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80
drank Creme Brulee by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

Contrary to the other reviews… I actually like this one, haha. I didn’t really get any of the burnt taste – maybe the amount of milk I had in it cancelled it out? Not my favourite dessert tea around, but I think I would get this one again. I definitely liked the black tea base in this as opposed to the rooibos (though the DT version of this is also pretty good).

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70
drank Keemun by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

Another bold choice! Definitely don’t over steep this one, haha. I enjoyed this cup, but I don’t think this is a tea I’d get again. There was just something… off, maybe, about the taste? Something added that I didn’t 100 like? Whatever it is, there will be other black blends that I will go to before having this one again, though I’m not sorry I tried this one.

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65
drank Vanilla Vice by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

Hmm. This is a weird one. It’s a decent cup of black tea, but the vanilla wasn’t what I was expecting – I’ve had plenty of vanilla-flavoured teas over the years, so I know what to look for. Maybe it needed something else to bring the taste to the forefront? I added milk, and that didn’t really help, either. I still have some more of this one, so I’ll maybe make it another way and see if my rating changes any.

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80
drank Gumboot Tea by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

Big, bold, malty… This is an excellent example of an Assam tea blend. Again, I like Darjeelings better, but this was a great way to wake up this morning. I added a little bit of milk, as I don’t think I could manage to drink this one plain.

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75
drank Red Vanilla Raspberry by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

Rooibos and me have a very complicated relationship, LOL. I picked this sample because of the raspberry, and I like vanilla too, so I thought this should work! I definitely taste raspberry (along with the sometimes-questionable rooibos base, haha, I think I may have steeped it too long), but not really on the vanilla. Boo, as I was looking forward to that. All in all, not a bad tea, but watch the steeping time and don’t expect any vanilla. Pity that’s in the name!

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90
drank Red Baron Chai by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

Oh wow, I could drink an entire bucket of this one, I think! Delicious! Love the spices, love the smell, etc etc. I don’t think I steeped it for long enough, as the taste was a little milder than what I was expecting, but overall, this is definitely a thumbs up. I love chais that feature cinnamon, especially when the are caffeine free so I can drink them right before bed!

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73
drank Mojito by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

I didn’t like this one as much as I thought I would – I think the addition of the lemongrass was what killed it. Which is sad, as I usually quite like lemongrass. I did like the string mint and lime flavour, though, and maybe this is what should have been concentrated on? I also didn’t add an milk to this one due to the hibiscus. This is still a good tea, but just be prepared for a bit of an unusual flavour for something with ‘Mojito’ as the name.

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85
drank New Zealand Breakfast by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

Yum! I generally don’t drink Assam blends as often as I do Darjeelings (because those are m precious), but I clearly have to try anything with ‘New Zealand’ in the name while I’m here, LOL. This definitely works as a wake up tea, and as with all of my plain blacks, I added milk.

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77
drank Christmas Fruits by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

Sleigh Ride is one of my beloved blends from DT, and I was curious to see if this one would be anything similar to it. I was sort of correct, LOL, as there’s a lot more going on in this one than in Sleigh Ride, so the taste was a bit weird – I find tea that have a bunch of flavour profiles don’t necessarily do them all well. I did enjoy my cup, though, and I do like that it’s caffeine free!

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85
drank Organic Peppermint by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

The organic peppermint from DT was a staple in m tea cupboard at home, so I am so glad to find a suitable replacement here in NZ. This one is a necessary brew when I have stomach troubles, so I’m happy to have this on hand. The smell is divine and there’s nothing extra added – as it should be

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85
drank Malty Breakfast Blend by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

This definitely has more punch to it than your typical English breakfast tea, which I definitely liked… I do enjoy a strong cup :) Delish with a bit of milk and much appreciated on a chilly winter morning the other day!

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80
drank Kawakawa Fire by t Leaf T
329 tasting notes

I just ordered a crapton of samples from t leaf T, so my next few reviews will be from them, LOL.

I was hoping this one would be similar to Super Ginger from DT, and while the addition of the lemongrass and kawakawa (which I had never heard of until I tried this) does make a difference in the taste (no shocker there), I felt it works as a replacement. I don’t think I’d drink this one a lot, but it’s definitely good to have on hand when the ginger fix needs attention, haha

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