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drank It's Play Time by Nordqvist
1194 tasting notes

This one is really good! My favourite thus far, for sure. The orange is really clear and at the same level of the bergamot. I can’t get over the orange flavour really, it’s so juicy! The flavours are very complementary and the base tea is smooth and not astringent (which has been true of all the Nordqvist black teas and much appreciated).

I would actually consider ordering this one. It could be perfect for the office!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Martin Bednář

This is apparently a new blend, because I don’t remember it (and website didn’t helped me) :)
I am glad that you are enjoying them. I was too.

Courtney

I noticed it’s only in packets of multiple blends on the website so far — unfortunately. Hopefully they come out with this one on its own!

Martin Bednář

Let’s hope together!

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This one smells really good! The taste has a subtle blueberry flavour and then a creamy sweetness to it. The best way I can think to describe this is like a faintly blueberry flavoured icing — but an icing from a grocery store cake as opposed to a buttercream or something fancier. Honestly a unique and enjoyable cup.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Rise and Shine by Nordqvist
1194 tasting notes

I found this one to be quite tasty and easy to drink. The ginger was more at the forefront, with lemongrass closely behind. The green tea base was subtle and all the flavours complementary.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Martin Bednář

Nordqvist. You are bringing me back memories. Have you ordered directly from them or you have some Canadian source?

Courtney

I actually ordered their advent calendar (the Moomin version) because I thought it would be a chance to try some of their teas. :) I haven’t made notes on all because life is a lot right now. I ordered from a vendor in Canada — Viking Foods — that carries a number of Finnish products!

Martin Bednář

I see. Cool that you have available shop with Nordic products. I have searched for something similar, but noone carries Finnish products. Only Swedish, if any.

Courtney

This one I ordered from a different province (it took ~1 week to arrive), but at least there was no foreign exchange! :)

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drank Old Times Baked Apple by Nordqvist
1194 tasting notes

This tea was pretty good. The baked apple flavour was definitely there against a decent black tea base. The base tea has no astringency, which is nice and the flavour isn’t obnoxious or over the top. The apple flavour came forward even more as it cooled.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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This one has a fairly strong rose smell which is quite perfumey as I go to sip the tea, but it doesn’t really come across in the flavour (thankfully). There is no astringency, which is lovely! The rhubarb and strawberry flavours however, I’m not quite sure if I really get those. There is a flavour in the tea, but it’s very subtle and I’m finding it difficult to identify. Not a bad cuppa, but it would be better without any rose.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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I got this tea from Germany and again from postcrossing. I had a great laugh with this postcard (see it here: https://www.postcrossing.com/postcards/DE-9809087, it’s Glenfinnan viaduct in the UK). It was delivered without much delay, very cute envelope and tea bag was in. But what’s this. It looks like some tape… and there is a piece of paper?

It was opened by German customs, including the tea bag, and they wrote me they didn’t found anything that was due to customs! So, I have a customs opened tea bag in my collection! German customs wrote the apology in my native language and explained it well.

Back to the tea: I don’t remember trying this tea four years ago; though it’s possible I had it. The taste after, rather short, steep was very nice. I haven’t noticed much of the base, as usual from Nordqvist flavoured teas… but the chocolate and truffle flavours are well done. I hate to say it, but much better pronounced than in the Plum Deluxe cup of tea.

It’s quite rich in chocolate and I actually really liked it, way more than I would expect from simple Tove Jansson Moomin tea bag. It’s though, a bit simple chocolate flavoured; nothing more here. If truffle? Yep maybe… but still, somehow missing the depth of flavours. But it’s just a tea bag. For some, it could be maybe too artificial though!

Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
tea-sipper

Customs had to OPEN THE TEABAG WRAPPER?!?!

Mastress Alita

Is it just a coincidence customs broke into the tea that I keep reading as “Mailman” Ihmeet?

tea-sipper

OH good catch. haha

Martin Bednář

tea-sipper: What if there were drugs inside? You never know! No, just kidding. I have no idea why it was considered as needed to check out. Maybe because it was indeed only one 2 gram tea bag wrapper and they indeed thought it’s something else than just a tea?
Mastress Alita: Well, I completely missed that out :) Good catch indeed, haha. By the way, pronunciation is: [mailma:n ihme:t].

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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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drank Afrikka Rooibos by Nordqvist
72 tasting notes

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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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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drank Saatpa nähdä by Nordqvist
1283 tasting notes

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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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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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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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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drank IHQ by Nordqvist
2 tasting notes

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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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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