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46

I had tea bag version of this tea bag and again I was disappointed. Sadly.

The base tea, they claim it’s Assam, okay, was quite bitter and astringent, brews very dark and opaque, not much pleasing.

Taste… well it was as I said bitter and astringent, sea buckthorn notes were there, but too weak unfortunately, little bit acidic from them maybe. But sadly, it wasn’t much to enjoy.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML
White Antlers

Even if some of your teas are not good, as a person in the US, I am enjoying the names of the teas and the names of the makers. Nordqvist. Sounds so bold!

Martin Bednář

White Antlers: This is Finnish company, which produces wonderful Moomin tea bags :) and tea bags in general which are very cute. And as I collect them, among experience from loose leaf, I always enjoy seeing this company.

White Antlers

Oh! Tove Jansson’s Moomins? How delightful! I guess sometimes you trade off decent tea for charming tea bags. lol

Martin Bednář

Exactly those :)

ashmanra

Off to google moomins…

Martin Bednář

Have you found out ashmanra? :)

ashmanra

I saw the illustrations! Adorable!

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84
drank Afrikka Rooibos by Nordqvist
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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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50

A tea bag from postcrossing.

Another green tea. This time as a tea bag – need to cut down the stash in real cupboard a bit. I have there lots of different tea bags, so I picked this one. Green tea, probably from China. but it’s so finely chopped in the bag, I guess it doesn’t matter. Suggested brewing time – 2 minutes.

Brews quite light yellow-green. Aroma of hot hay. Hints of floral notes. Cloudy colour as it cools down.

Taste is… generic green tea. Nothing distinctive. Florals, hay, maybe tiny bit of dirt.
Not to try again.

Flavors: Dirt, Floral, Hay

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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77

Rooibos with chocolate cake flavour. A tea bag received from postcrossing. A Moomin related tea bag. I couldn’t find real ingredients, so leaving it blank + tea is from mixed box apparently.

I remember this tea from 3 years ago. The chocolate was well present back then, strongly aromatic. It is right now very similar, sweet, sponge cake aroma.

In taste it is nice, chocolate cake like tea without much of woody rooibos taste. As of caffeine-free tea it is very nice tea. Sweet as well!

Flavors: Cake, Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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45

Hah, another tea from postcrossing. I recieved it bit other way, as I have received it from Russia, even this is Finnish company.

This tea certainly wasn’t sold three years back when I was there, otherwise I will buy whole box – because of wonderful tea bags.

The base tea was meh, and taste wasn’t great either. There was little tartness of lingonberries and mostly of grapefruit, but that’s all of taste. It was very weak in flavour, unfortunately. There weren’t any funky notes, but more I would really enjoy if it is more juicy in terms of flavour. It was rather drying.

It’s sad, that my favourite tea brand (as of tea bags) had so boring tea. And natually, this is sipdown (no. 3 this year)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 45 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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65

Heh. Another tea I got somewhere. But I did not bring it with me from Finland. Maybe some swap.

They suggest 1-2 minutes brewing so, I did it. No need to cut the time here.

They did not write much info on bag not even on the manufactuer website. So, I expect basic black tea. Smells quite malty and bit of chocolate notes. As I was quite thirsty, I prepared it in huge mug.

It tastes as black tea, as you can expect with strong malt notes. But with chocolate backbone and thus – not bad at all. I expected much worse, dull, bitter tea but this is not it!

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML

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85

Haha, another tea from postcrossing. But honestly, I have drank this tea while I was in Finland. Little of nostalgy coming :)

Anyway, this tea is exactly that it says. Black tea with blueberry muffin flavor. While I was in Finland, I could not find single fruit tea. And as fruit tea I mean those with base of hibiscus and apples, as usual is here.

So that makes teas much different. The real tea base makes it better, as there is no tartness usually and so it is case of this tea. There is no tart taste, not even sourness. It really tastes as blueberry muffin.

The creaminess, the fruit taste of blueberries, dough taste… so delicious all together with undernote of black tea. What you can ask more?

I checked their website aand I shoud not made it. Their shipping is reasonable and prices as well. Maybe it is not TOP tea, but it brings back memories, you know.

Song pairing: https://youtu.be/4gO7uemm6Yo (I watched whole series when I was there).

Flavors: Blueberry, Creamy

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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95

A fantastic iced tea, brewed strongly for about 10 minutes (for a gallon of iced tea) and sweetened. Moomins are rotund fictional beings that somewhat resemble hippos, from a series of illustrated books from Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson. The endearing illustrations on the Moomin Teas are delightful even before you experience the aroma of black tea with rhubarb and strawberry. It’s definitely a fruity tea, but with a rich earthiness of well-steeped black tea.

Flavors: Rhubarb, Strawberry, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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70
drank Japan Sencha by Nordqvist
54 tasting notes

First steep, second steep
I tasted a sunny knoll
Yay first try sencha

I’d never tried a sencha tea before. I tend to over-steep and/or scald green tea. (It is not my forte.) I paid close attention to time on this one, though, and was deliciously surprised at the mild grassiness. It wasn’t bitter or really astringent, even on the second steep. Yay!

Flavors: Grass

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68

Tea liquid swishing,
A bite of pb & j…
Satisfaction smiles.

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45
drank Darjeeling Tea by Nordqvist
54 tasting notes

Boiled veggie water
I wonder-did I steep too long?
First try darjeeling.

I wonder if I steeped this too long. The Internet says darjeelings are a light color. While this is light compared to a black tea, it is still fairly dark. It kinda tastes like boiled asparagus water with an…astringent aftertaste that fades to a nice vegital one that I don’t mind sitting in my mouth. So, it’s not nice to drink (and that may be due to oversteeping), but I enjoy having drank it.

Flavors: Astringent, Vegetal

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85

A very “easy-to-drink” type of tea, the aloe vera and grapefruit aromas are lovely. Might buy a bag of this myself

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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64
drank IHQ by Nordqvist
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I had to buy this tea just because the name of this tea is absolutely ridiculous. It comes from Finnish teenager slang which none self-respecting teen uses anymore. Literally IHQ means “lovely”, “super cool” or something like that.
As it was instructed in the package, I let the tea leaves steep for a bit over four minutes. The scent of marshmallows was absolutely lovely while the tea was stewing.
As I tasted IHQ, I was pleasantly surprised. I expected a way too sweet, artificial taste, but the taste was mild but still easily distinguishable. Even though it tasted great, IHQ is too bland for my liking. There were just notes of vanilla and marshmallows, nothing else. I like my tea as a complicated mix of different flavours, not as just one flavour.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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67
drank Nippon Green by Nordqvist
13 tasting notes

There’s a strong scent of vanilla in this one. A very sweet tea, definitely not something you could drink if you’re in the need of something neutral and fresh. Still, I do like this one, although one cup is just enough.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

I love this tea! Black tea+Lemon+Pikku Myy=Perfect!

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81
drank China Green by Nordqvist
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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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45

6 weeks of struggling to walk with this slipped disc in my back and I finally started to get better until this morning when my back went crack and now I’m stuck hobbling around. Hopefully it will be well by tomorrow because I have work to do. Sods law I suppose.

Another tea bag cleared from my shelf. I’m running out of space and could do with drinking as many samples as I can to make room.

Once steeped this tea is dark brown in colour with a sweet tropical fruit scent. Hard to pick anything out particularly but out of the three (apricot, pineapple and passion fruit) I would say the apricot is the strongest and most recognisable…even if it is artificial.

Flavour is quite mellow for the black tea base and the fruit is sweet enough to not need additional sweetener. The fruit tastes candied and too unnatural for my personal liking but it’s not the worst I’ve had. Half way down the cup the black tea becomes stronger, it could also be as the tea cools down.

Not something I could drink much of as it’s just too sweet and artificial but it was ok.

Terri HarpLady

Sod’s law: is that the same as Murphy’s law?
Sorry to hear you’re in pain! You’re too young for that!
Sending mojo your way!

KittyLovesTea

I just had to do a quick Google search for Murphy’s Law but yes Sods Law is the same thing but a British version of it. :)

Also thank you for the mojo, I could really do with some positive energy and healing right now. It’s funny how often I take small things like being able to walk or bend over for granted.

Terri HarpLady

The older I get, the more I feel that! :)

Indigobloom

Ouch. Feel better soon xx

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64

It’s 10:11pm so this will be my last tea for tonight. A little late I know but I have insomnia anyway so it won’t really make any difference. I did get a new v neck pillow which has been helping with the slipped disc in my back and also makes me sleep like a newborn kitten on occasion. You know you’re getting old when a new pillow helps your back pain. :/

This tea is quite mellow considering it’s black base and dark brown colour. It’s gently sweet with notes of strawberry and lemon in a sweet and sour affair but the overall flavours are very mild. It tastes artificial but the lightness helps to try and get passed that. In fact it’s so sweet that I don’t need to add any sugar/sweetener. I bet this would have made a nice subtle iced tea. :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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86

Taken with no sugar and no milk, this is a rather poor blend with unpleasant artificial (?) flavorings. However, add a teaspoon or two of sugar and enough milk, and the taste will change dramatically into something very artificial, very bubblegum-like, and extremely enjoyable! A cheery rainy day, indeed. I’ve found the same scheme works wonders for some other Nordqvist teas, particularly Faithful Friend and Tiger’s Daydream. Not an everyday tea, but a very nice oddball sort of tea to have on your shelf.

(Unfortunately, I only have this in teabags. Couldn’t find the loose leaf version, even in Finland!)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Good basic black tea for the rainy mornings. The company recommends two minute steeps, but it does also taste good even after forgetting the bag in the cup for five minutes. With the accidental long steeps the added flavours give more space for the black tea base which pushes through, although with a sliver of astrigency that could also be due to the added quince. Rich and smooth on tongue.

Lovely specimen, which works in both bag and loose form. A delightfully compatible rival for the Lady Grey as an everyday work tea.

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Preparation
Boiling

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