t Leaf T

Edit Company

Recent Tasting Notes

85
drank New Zealand Breakfast by t Leaf T
334 tasting notes

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.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

77
drank Christmas Fruits by t Leaf T
334 tasting notes

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!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

85
drank Organic Peppermint by t Leaf T
334 tasting notes

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

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

85
drank Malty Breakfast Blend by t Leaf T
334 tasting notes

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!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

80
drank Kawakawa Fire by t Leaf T
334 tasting notes

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

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

95

YES A DARJEELING MY LIFE IS COMPLETE.

…Sorry. I have just been missing my various bags of darjeeling at home, and I managed to wrangle a sample of this is Wellington last weekend and it is YUMMY. Will definitely be ordering more.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

95
drank Earl Grey Excelsior by t Leaf T
334 tasting notes

Hurrah, loose leaf tea from NZ! And whoa, what a start! This was DELICIOUS (thanks to the tea guide in the Wellington store for recommending it). Perfect with some milk and some treats. Looking forward to getting more of this one, since I just had a sample pack.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

85

Best breakfast tea!! most recommended.

Flavors: Almond, Floral

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

33
drank Sweet Assassin by t Leaf T
18 tasting notes

A deep red/purple color in the cup. Very berry, strawberry-esque flavor. Probably would be better as a soft drink or cocktail than as a tea.

Flavors: Berries, Hibiscus

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

64
drank Sakura Rose by t Leaf T
62 tasting notes

This sencha green tea flavoured with rose blossoms has a hint of vanilla as the main flavour that I detect. Not sure where the “sakura cherries” taste comes in. (If you want a truly cherry flavoured tea on a black tea base I recommend Tea Total Wild Cherry). In saying that, this tea is pleasant, light and good with a little sweetener. As long as you don’t steep for too long (3 min max) it does not become bitter. Good to have on hand for when you’ve run out of milk and crave a hot drink.

Flavors: Vanilla

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

55
drank Ginger Kissed by t Leaf T
62 tasting notes

What kind of kiss would this be, maybe a peck on the cheek? There’s also a hint of “pot pourri” in this tea, reminiscent of something I have tasted in Monk’s Blend. If you want a ginger flavoured tea maybe cut some slivers of fresh ginger root and add to your tea. That way it wouldn’t need the extra, unspecified ‘flavouring’. Not a lot of zing as you would expect from ginger. Overall, this tea is mild and drinkable but it’s not something I would stock up on.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

78
drank White Peach by t Leaf T
62 tasting notes

Delicious. Get this for the peachy flavour, no bitter taste, probably even nicer iced.

Flavors: Peach

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

52
drank Manchuria Mango by t Leaf T
62 tasting notes

This is mango flavoured green tea with sunflower blossoms. I specifically wanted to make this iced, but got a bit overzealous with steeping it I think. Used 2 slightly heaped tablespoons tea for 1 litre of water. Steeping time at least 15 mins, steeped twice with more water before chilling overnight. It’s probably my own fault that it had become bitter, wanting to get as much flavour out as possible.

Flavors: Bitter

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

52
drank Manchuria Mango by t Leaf T
62 tasting notes

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

77
drank Morning Tea by t Leaf T
62 tasting notes

A blend of Ceylon and Darjeeling, this ‘morning tea’ is good to drink any time. It’s pleasantly fragrant, luscious and quite drinkable. Only bought this since there’s no assam in it (which so often is in ‘breakfast tea’ and reminds me too much of my supermarket teabag days). I think it’s the Darjeeling in here that’s the interesting taste. It has some vegetal characteristics, amongst other things. Give me more I’d say. T leaf T’s website is currently out of stock on this (you can still buy samples), so I’d say I’m not the only one who likes it.

Only suggestion is maybe they can give it a more interesting name.

Had this with milk & sugar.

Anlina

“Morning tea” is not an inspiring or attention catching name.

Fjellrev

Haha the name actually made me giggle. So vague.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

60
drank Monks Blend by t Leaf T
62 tasting notes

Very interesting blend to say the least. Complex scents and flavours; I detect floral, perfume, incense, bergamot, a whole mixture like someone’s gone crazy adding this and that to the blend. Reminiscent of potpourri in a way. Hard to decide whether I like it, or whether it’s just too weird.

Flavors: Floral, Perfume, Spicy

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

55
drank Vanilla Red by t Leaf T
62 tasting notes

Bit of a nondescript vanilla rooibos. Hasn’t got the intense vanilla scent you sometimes get in flavoured looseleaf tea. I’ll admit I’ve never drank plain rooibos (only flavoured) so I don’t know if what I can predominantly taste is the rooibos or the ‘vanilla’. I would prefer t Leaf T’s red vanilla raspberry if I had to choose between the two. I have so many samples to get through, this one wasn’t a stand out for me.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

57
drank Keemun by t Leaf T
62 tasting notes

Coffee drinkers would like this Chinese black tea. I found it a bit ashy and yes – having a kind of coffee aftertaste, not the kind of thing I’m looking for. Might try a shorter steeping time with the remainder of the sample.

Flavors: Ash, Coffee

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

65
drank Orange Pekoe by t Leaf T
62 tasting notes

This unobtrusive orange pekoe tea from Sri Lanka is smooth and very drinkable, I much prefer it to any assam tea. This would be good to have on hand when you’re busy and just want to mindlessly drink something hot and aren’t looking for something to tantalise the tastebuds. Got more than 1 steep out of it, so it’s economical. Contained quite a few bits of stem I see now (examining the wet tea leaf), but it was just average priced so it’s to be expected I suppose.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

61
drank Gunpowder by t Leaf T
62 tasting notes

Miss 5 chose this for me to drink today. She was also intrigued with a tea by the name of ‘gunpowder’. Not sure exactly how to describe it – It definitely tastes like a green tea, but if it’s possible it partially leans towards tasting like an oolong.

The dry leaves didn’t exactly look like in the picture , not rolled up into grey-green pellets but close, there were also little sticks/stems in the mixture. The description said large leaves rolled up but when wet it was just cut pieces of large-ish leaves.

I recommend this tea but it’s not something I would stock up on. I’m not a huge fan of green tea anyhow but am trying as many tea samples as possible so had to give this a go.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

74
drank China Rose by t Leaf T
62 tasting notes

I had been shunning tea with rose in it ever since my experience with the ghastly artificial rose flavoured tea I bought at the start of my tea sampling days.

But I have a newly-found love of Chinese black tea, and the ingredients promised only that and rose petals, so I gave it a chance. It lived up to the description on the packet and no nasty chemical ‘rose’ scent.

The rose petals added a very subtle flavour to the Chinese tea base. I desperately wanted to love this tea, rather than just like it. But the rose was just a little too delicate, like a beautiful flower hiding in the tall grass.

With the remaining sample I may try to either brew it for longer or use less water. This tea shows promise, maybe add a few more rose petals or buds.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Christmas Tea by t Leaf T
62 tasting notes

I got a free tin of this (4 pyramid sachets) with my latest tea order. T’is the season so I brewed one right away. Reasonably spicy, and strong enough to fill a large infuser mug using 1 sachet (second brew much lighter). It’s quite nice. Since I don’t associate Christmas with “spice” in any way, it didn’t really conjure up any Christmas feelings, but I hadn’t expected it to. It may do for somebody else. I recommend this tea, although it doesn’t stand out in any way that makes me think ‘wow’.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

92
drank Yunnan Golden Tips by t Leaf T
62 tasting notes

Lovely black tea from the Yunnan province. I could drink this as an everyday tea, no maltiness (that I dislike) and can resteep even if it does lose a little flavour. I can easily brew 2 two-person teapots using just a rounded teaspoon of the tea leaves. First brew had slight resemblance to something in the loose leaf pu-erh I drank last night from the same company. Possibly they sourced it from the same place. I found this familiarity comforting. If I was given some of this in a blind taste test I could probably tell this is Yunnan going by the flavour alone (which is something seeing I’m still somewhat of a tea newbie).

It’s not all tips but a mixture, but it’s price does not suggest it should be all tips. I am going to venture into some of t Leaf T’s other black tea types that are hopefully not malty.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Buddha's Hand by t Leaf T
62 tasting notes

Quite possibly didn’t use enough of this tea. Instructions said to use 1-2 tsp per tea pot (I used 1 as I know these leaves swell up considerably in water and I was being conservative). Large green leaves after steeping, fairly bright yellowish hue of the tea). I was surprised it lacked the complexity of the other oolongs I’ve tried. Maybe my mistake for not using enough, or maybe a characteristic of this tea. Think I prefer Iron Goddess of Mercy. The scent of the dry leaves reminds me of some kind of putty/paint, a bit of a chemical smell. I love love love most oolongs but this one’s a bit different to what I usually like. I will give it a try with double the amount of leaves next time and see if there’s anything different.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.