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Unfortunately, all I can taste in this tea is the hibiscus. It may be because I steeped so long, but there is no sign of the orchard fruit promised in the name. It’s also drying out my mouth in a most unpleasant way. I think this one will be best served cold. I’m sure that’s how it was intended to be done.
Flavors: Drying, Hibiscus
The next one had me whooping with joy, it is a tea with ACTUAL SASSAFRAS in it!! I love the sassy, in fact it is what makes Red Jade one of my favorite teas, I just love it…having a backyard with the little trees in it was a big reason why, plus it just tastes really good. It smells really good too, this tea is super heavy on the strawberry, I can barely make out the sassy at all, but it is there lightly.
So this tea brewed pink, which was fun, thank you beets! The taste is pretty good, a little bit tart strawberry, but mostly sweet strawberry and refreshing green with a sassafras finish. My only complaint is that the sassafras is not stronger, but I am pretty sure most people who drink it are fine with the levels, I just really, really like sassafras. I have a sneaking suspicion that this tea will be a cold-steep staple for outings on hot days.
The first one up is the oh so evocative Front Porch Special, which is basically an Earl Grey with spearmint and jasmine…ah nothing quite beats a fresh glass of iced tea with mint on a hot day, it is so nostalgic for me. This makes a mean iced tea, just the right amount of briskness and bergamot with the cooling sweetness of mint and jasmine. Luckily the bergamot and jasmine are both fairly light, so I don’t have to worry about being overwhelmed by two flavors I am only lukewarm on. I tried to foist this off on Ben to try, but he is not a drinker of cold tea, what with being from the north (like really north.)
Still getting back into the grove from vacation, I thought this would be a nice tea to get me back on track. Brewed hot, I didn’t care for this one. It had a very sugary like taste to it. But cold brewed, this tea delivered a delicious sweet cherry taste. Really happy with this one cold brewed.
For the rest of my ramblings and my new Predator Pop! (I’m now slightly addicted to these now. )- http://www.cuppageek.com/index.php/2015/07/08/tea-of-the-day-monks-meditation-from-piper-leaf/
This tea smells wonderful, even after all this time. The strawberry and the lemongrass are both coming through, with the lemongrass being really prominent during and after the steep. I should have read my previous notes on this tea. When I tried steeping with cooler water before, the tea was bitter and weak. Thankfully, after a longer steep, this was much better. I added honey and cream as usual and the result was juicy strawberries. I won’t try steeping this again since my last not advised against it, but I’m happy with the onecup I did have.
Flavors: Lemongrass, Strawberry
I tried playing with the steeping parameters and it didn’t work out so well. The tea came out bitter and weak all at once. The aroma is starting to fade in the dry blend so maybe that is part of the problem, but I can still taste the lemongrass. Not so much the strawberry.
Flavors: Bitter, Lemongrass
I found myself surprised when I opened this bag of tea and saw so much lemongrass. I had honestly forgotten that it was one of the ingredients. I suppose I expected to see lemon peel in its place. It’s definitely a nice change. This tea actually has very few ingredients – just black tea, strawberries, and the lemongrass. I can smell more berry in the dry mix, but once the hot water hits those tea leaves it is only the lemon that I smell and taste. I added cream and honey to this cup and because the lemon flavor came from lemongrass instead of lemon it held up very nicely. This has a very good flavor and I’m really enjoying it.
8 ounces water + 212 degrees + 12 minutes
This never did regain its color from the first steep. The lemon flavor is there but overall it’s a weak cup. I’m not sure it’s really worth the extra steep. Better just to have a fresh cup.
Flavors: Lemongrass, Strawberry
This is an enjoyable tea, but I don’t think it’s really what I wanted today. It smells very fruity, which all of the Piper & Leaf teas do, and for a green tea I enjoy it quite a bit.
8 ounces water + 175 degrees + 4 minutes
I’ll stop here with this second steep. The liquid is dark, but the flavor is light. Plus, to be honest, I’m ready to move on to something different.
This blend is made up of green tea leaves, large pieces of dried strawberry, some kind of green twig and brown bark (which I’m assuming must be the sassafras), and small jewel-colored purple beets. I can smell the strawberry in both the dry mix and the steeped liquid. As was expected, the liquid took on a light shade of pink, almost a rosy peach, likely from the chopped beets. I can taste both the strawberry and the green tea and it’s very good.
8 ounces water + 175 degrees + 4 minutes
The color is still good on this second steep though the flavor is not as pronounced. The steeped leaves are also missing some of the fruity fragrance they carried in the first cup. There’s something different about this one, but I can’t place it. Maybe it’s the sassafras? I’ve never had it before so I’m not sure what it tastes like, but there’s almost a spiciness there.
8 ounces water + 175 degrees + 10 minutes, 30 seconds
Even on the third steep, this still has retained both its color and flavor. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Green teas haven’t always been a go-to for me, but I could see myself drinking this often. I’ll be keeping it around I think.
I picked this up, along with a couple of other Piper & Leaf teas, at the market last month with my mom. Piper and Leaf typically offers several loose leaf teas for purchase, but the main “attraction” is always the iced tea. They serve it up in big quart jars for guzzling while browsing the local wares. We always fill our jars with this sweet iced tea when we go, and this time my mom chose the Front Porch Special. One sip of hers and I knew I had to grab some of this to take home for myself.
As usual with the Piper & Leaf teas, this blend is very fragrant and smells very sweet. There are at least two types of black teas in here from what I can tell, though I’m not sure what they are. Both are small, but one is long and twisty and the other resembles tiny pellets. The mix is flecked with blue and yellow flower petals and green mint leaves. It’s quite colorful.
I used roughly 8 ounces of water here, but by the end of the steep I was left with only 6 ounces of liquid or so. Those leaves were thirsty! Once the hot water hits the tea leaves, the aroma of the mint completely takes over. The flavor of the mint is there, but it’s been overwhelmed by a certain bitterness. After the addition of honey, I can taste the mint more clearly.
8 ounces + 195 degrees + 4 minutes
The color on this second cup is lighter than the first but still dark enough to make me believe that this will be a good cup. I dropped the temperature this time around and it has certainly helped with the bitterness. The mint flavor has dissipated and left me with a still-satisfying cup of black tea.
Flavors: Bitter, Mint, Sweet
I do love a fun tea, and when I saw that Piper & Leaf had a tea called Old Fashioned Birthday Cake, I was sold. The description on the site was, "A premium Ceylon black tea, infused with bergamot and vanilla, blended with locallygrown and dried lavender flowers, and garnished with cornflowers.” Sounds pretty good, right?
Full review and photos: https://tealover.net/2015/06/piper-leaf-old-fashioned-birthday-cake/
This doesn’t really take cream very well, which is funny to me since it’s supposed to be peaches and cream (I know, it’s not really that funny and a bit of a stretch but it’s early so bear with me). I tried looking for this on their website a few weeks ago, but it’s no longer there. They have a couple of other peach teas so I’m guessing this one was phased out in favor of one of those. I’m not at all disappointed though, as I know I wouldn’t have restocked this even if it were available. There are others I like more and too many from Piper & Leaf that I want to try.
I can tell that the aroma (and possibly the flavors too) have become muted. I bought this tea almost a year ago so I’m sure it’s past its prime. There is a tanginess there that may or may not be intentional, but I’m not sure I’m enjoying it too much. I can really feel the effects of the caffeine on this one which is also unpleasant. I’ve only just recently begun adding caffeine back into my diet after cutting it out completely for a few years and now only in the form of tea (we’re not counting chocolate here – that keeps a permanent residence in my pantry). I don’t love the caffeine, but I love black teas best of all and there are just so many good ones out there that aren’t decaf. If anyone does know of any good decaf black teas, I would love to hear about them!
I’ve just realized where the tanginess is coming from – there is hibiscus in here! That’s also probably why my cream isn’t syncing up. I also saw on the Steepster photo that this is advertised as a Valentine’s special, but I know I bought mine in September. Maybe I got some leftover stock and that’s why it’s no longer available?
8 ounces water + 195 degrees + 20 minutes
Completely forgot about this one. It still didn’t turn out quite as dark as the first cup. No cream this time, just honey.
Piper & Leaf has the most amazing smelling blends. All of the loose leaf teas I’ve bought from them are so fragrant. This particular blend has cubes of bright orange fruit (I’m guessing peach, but the ingredients also list apricot and papaya so it could be one of those), pale yellow flower petals, and hibiscus pieces. There are also a few pops of royal blue from the lavender.
This smells sweet and fruity. I can taste the flavor of the hibiscus in the resulting brew, though not necessarily the tartness. There are so many ingredients here but I’m not really tasting the complexity. It’s good and I’m enjoying it, but I’m not picking up on some of the flavors. I can taste ripe fruit but cannot seem to distinguish between the fruits . It’s a bit astringent as well.
I thought I had logged this one here before but I guess I haven’t. I’m sure I’ve tried this though so maybe it was just a sip from my husband’s cup.
Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Hibiscus, Sweet
Thank you again Shae! This is one of the best teas I have ever had cold brewed. Sweet, slightly floral, citrus twist, smooth black tea base. Very well balanced.
Flavors: Bergamot, Jasmine, Mint
My dad & I had a lot of fun with this blend. We used some of the leftover herbs from Litehouse Foods. It was tasty. Just not to the "WOW’ point. I want to try it again. This company is so adorable and they have some tasty sounding blends on their site. Just need to try this one again.
For my full review:
Thanks Shae again for turning me on this company!
Thank you Shae for introducing me to this adorable shop! I am jealous of people that have these awesome little shops around them. There isn’t anything like that or even a tea shop around me. There are tea rooms but they serve flavored Lipton or ROT, which is fine. Just nothing to creative there.
Shae gave me a huge sample of this in our last swap. It smelled so good. But when I brewed it up and tried it, I really picked up a lot of hibiscus. I do like Hibiscus, but this was an overwhelming amount making my first cup really tart. I did play around with the steeping parameters a bit and finally, VIOLA- I had an amazing cup of peaches’n cream delight. I already ordered more for Marzipan and I to try from this adorable company.
Here are the rest of my ramblings thoughts on this one:
Happy Thursday all!
Flavors: Cream, Hibiscus, Peach, Sweet, Tart