248 Tasting Notes
There is a strong tropical aroma from this teabag, which gives me quite some joy. Most teabags are weak and pale, but Mighty Leaf seem to be consistent with their potently scented teas.
Steeping gives a light yellow-lime brew, with more green tea than tropical scents. From the aroma, I can tell each apart, which leads me to believe the taste will be the same as well.
The green tea is not what I thought it would be, which is extremely bland. You can taste that it is green tea, but the quality is severely lacking.
The tropical flavor is barely there, probably enough to distinguish from the flat green tea. There is little to no fruitiness the aromas have teased about.
To be honest, I had low expectations once I caught the aroma during steeping. I didn’t want to believe that the green tea wasn’t going to be great, or even at least good, but it was too grassy to even think otherwise. It would have benefited with more tropical flavoring and a more subtle or at least better tasting green tea.
Unless the leaves are bought from Teavana, or we’re talking about Tazo teabags, chai teas are a difficult thing to master. Because of this, a great chai tea is like a diamond in the rough.
Things did not start off strongly, literally. The tea does not have a strong enough aroma to really excite my senses. The bag is quite unassuming, worryingly so that I doubt any space is allowed for it to breath in.
Steeping gives a nice deep cherry color. Unfortunately, the scent does not say quality, giving more a weak pale spice.
I was quite reluctant to taste this, as a great chai can be a great chai, but a terrible chai is very very terrible. To be safe, I added two packets of sugar.
Once it hits your lips, the flavor is very watery. You can taste the pale black tea, which is not strong enough, and the weak spice floating around. Even with two sugars, the taste is not very appealing.
Although not terrible, it isn’t anything outstanding or great, it is barely even good. Probably with a bit of milk, it could smooth things out.
This teabag screams fruity and peachy with a powerfully sweet scent.
Steeping gives the brew a deep blonde color with an equally deep fruity peachy aroma.
The flavor is dark and the fruit is smooth, although there is not enough to blend completely with the tea, nor is it as powerful to par with it’s scent.
Although you can distinguish tea from fruit, the tea is good, and the fruit is well enough to enjoy fully.
The leaves are quite a refreshing sight and scent, varying from light to dark green, with twists and untwists that give a bright fresh vegetal scent with a bit of sweetness.
Steeping maintains that refreshing experience, giving a very clear and very bright green brew, with a fresh citrus and spice aroma.
The taste is very unique to most green teas, leaning more towards the nutty, with a fresh sweet vegetal flavor and slight astringency. A couple more sips give a hint of spice, but mainly refreshing.
A delightful green tea of sorts, more for relaxing than a lunch time tea with coconut yogurt, but an enjoyable tea nonetheless.
This tea is more mint than anything else.
The scent is powerfully minty, with hints of island zest, which intrigued me, as mojitos are a drink of choice for me.
Alas, the island zest could only go so far as the scent, as the flavor is mainly mint, with some faint green tea.
It’s not bad, but when the name says mojito, I would expect mojito.
It’s probably been about a week since I had teabag tea, and it has been quite a while since I last bought teabag tea, but I had decided to try some artisan whole leaf pouches as I seem to have more success with them than typical teabags.
The pouches are quite a surprise, with quality details such as a fine mesh and braided string, as well as room to breath while steeping.
This is possibly my first Mighty Leaf tea as well, as I cannot recall teabags ever giving off a nice detailed vanilla scent like that. It is quite a bright and sweet aroma.
But the true test is in flavor, which this tea seems to know how to handle. It is not reckless in overbearing typical black teas with flavor, the vanilla is quite subtle and quite sweet. I can taste some of the black teas and it is good the vanilla bean works in settling down the overall taste. Quite smooth.
I can tell it had plenty of room to breath while steeping for a nicer flavor. I’m glad this isn’t a typical teabag tea.
I was surprised to find this at Save-On last night, as I did not expect to find any loose-leaf tea there. A whole line of Nourish Tea was in the tea isle just waiting for me to buy.
I didn’t really expect a lot from this tea, as it would be a typical breakfast tea. The first sip about ten minutes after steeping wasn’t great, somewhat too bitter, and with most typical breakfast teas I find the taste of orange pekoe quite bland.
I let it cool for another ten minutes and gave it another sip. Not bad second time around, less bitter.
It still wasn’t anything special, and typical orange pekoe doesn’t sit well with me very long, but with more sugar and some milk, this tea just might be a little more.
The first thing that hit me when opening the bag was how sweet the leaves smell. It is accompanied by a slight fresh scent, but it is mainly sweet. The leaves are also curled and dark in color, with deep greens and greys and browns.
Steeping gives a similar sweetly scent, with a barely minty feel. The brew is a brilliantly bright and clean yellow.
The taste is also sweet, but also more fresh and green. It isn’t strong, more rounded flavor with no astringency.
This is a very deliciously sweet and bright tea. It isn’t a surprising tea or a particularly outstanding tea, but it is a delicious tea and one that will not disappoint for enjoyment.
Finally, onto my only two first flush oolong teas.
The rolled leaves are a nice blend of deep earthy colors, with a not too flowery scent, more fresh than planty.
As with most oolongs, they steep quite beautifully, making me wish I had a pot that would showcase them as they brewed.
The liquor gives a brilliantly clear golden color, and a fresh floral aroma with a slight toasted finish. I love the scent of a good oolong, and this one does not disappoint.
The flavor is a very green and very fresh taste, very well balanced with little to no astringency. If there is astringency, it works perfectly with it’s floral finish, which is a nice surprise.
This is a surprisingly complex floral oolong, and one I really admire, strong, yet well rounded and very nice.
From what I can remember about this tea, it was a symphony of joy and pleasure that epitomized Darjeeling commonly known as the champagne of teas, a work of art.
You are given a fresh flowery aroma, the leaves are quite beautiful with dark greens, delicate details and slight twists. This alone excites me, the leaves alone make this such a wondrous tea.
Steeping gives the liquor a brilliant bright yellow with an aroma of fresh bouquets. A deeper inhale gives even more details, slight sweet fruit with some toasted notes, vanilla maybe. There is so much dancing about, the beautifully rich aroma alone is satisfying.
Just as my experience with last year’s First Flush Gopaldhara Wonder Tea, this year’s continues to surprise. Explosions of floral flavors, bouquets of details in each sip. The floral side just excites with complexities and wonder. There is also a light fresh breeze, with a lightly nutty taste, more sweetly buttery. It is also very balanced and well rounded, with almost no astringency. Simply delicious.
I have fallen in love again. This tea continues to excite, surprise, drive my passion for Darjeeling teas and teas in general. This tea continues to be my favorite, my champagne of teas.