325 Tasting Notes

80
drank Gumboot Tea by t Leaf T
325 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
325 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
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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
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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
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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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drank Christmas Fruits by t Leaf T
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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
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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
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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
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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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85
drank Luscious Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
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This was one of the first teas I ever had from DavidsTea, way back when, so I’m glad it has made a bit of a comeback, and it was one of the ones I asked mom to include in my care package :)

Anyway, this is DELICIOUS as a strongly-steeped iced tea (I have to make my little sample go a long way, so I steeped this for, like, two days, LOL). Maybe a bit more potent than some people would like, but I still refuse to add sugar.

Kristal

Agreed!

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Tea flavours/profiles that are my favourite:

-Straight black tea (especially Earl Greys and Darjeelings)
-Fruits (especially strawberry, peach, lemon, and pineapple)
-Cinnamon
-Ginger
-Flavoured green tea

My Tea Rating Scale (just to have a little bit of consistency):

Under 50: Ugh. Terrible.
50-60: Disappointing – I don’t think I’ll be getting any more of this.
61-75: Decent – I’ll finish what I have, and I may consider buying again.
76-89: Very enjoyable – I would definitely consider getting more.
90-100: I LOVE IT – I will do what I can to keep a permanent stash on my shelf.

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