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I met up with 2 ¡awesome and kind! Steepster members – Mastress Alita and Todd – at the San Francisco International Tea Festival today. I got blasted on tea and being around that many people in general is exhausting for me. Now that I’m home, I figured a cooling cup of peppermint from my aunt’s stash would help me settle.
So I spent all this time perfecting my loose-leaf peppermint brewing only to have that effort decimated by some bagged leaf drank grandpa style. Seriously, this blows all peppermint tea out of the water. Pure, potent peppermint that opens my sinuses, cools my lungs and warms this icy heart. No leaf stew here, no burps, no scratchy throat. Good job sourcing that leaf, two leaves and a bud!
My mother placed an order for Two leaves and a bud company. They make the best peppermint tea! Anyways, she received a couple samples and gave them to me to try. They could both be cold brewed, so that’s how I made them. This one was my favorite one. I was skeptical of the ingredients list, but they blend well together.
It seems I prefer goji berry blends to be with black tea rather than green. I oversteeped this a bit since I forgot I was steeping it at all. It made the green slightly bitter and ruined the taste of the goji berry, so I shan’t be rating this tea. Disappointing since this is the only sachet I have of this blend.
For a bagged chai, this is pretty decent. not too spicy for me, pretty warming. I start off the day with an Oregon Chai powdered drink so I’m comparing it to that because that is my favourite chai (I know I know) and this is not as enjoyable but I’m liking this one too. Only have the one bag from a sampler pack though and I won’t be getting more of it.
The dry scent of this sachet smells like an interesting berry mixture. The steeped liquor smells like hibiscus. HIBISCUS. Very hibiscus. Not my favourite thing.
Aaand it tastes mostly like hibiscus too, with hints of berry flavours, especially in the aftertaste. Not a fan.
I have a sample box of sachets from this company and I decided that my first try would be the Organic Assam since that’s usually a fairly safe tea. I’m planning a resteep but this review is just for the first steep.
There’s nothing really special about this Assam. It’s good. Bold and fairly heavy flavour that I typically associate with Assam black teas. This would probably be a fairly good “It’s morning, I need tea” kind of tea but there’s nothing that really stands out. I enjoyed it and I’ll have to see if I need to edit this note for the second steep but otherwise it’s just decent.
ETA: Not worth resteeping. Much weaker and no new flavours.
I have to say: best green tea + jasmine!!! By far one of the best teas I have had. Truly thanks for making this. I really didn’t know about “two leaves” company until now, and after this purchase, I have found an interest in their entire collection. I must try their other flavors. Maybe, God willing, next time. :)
Thanks for reading.
Have a good day, in Jesus precious name, Amen. :)
Flavors: Green, Jasmine
So, I stole this from a 7-11 the other day…
Not consciously, of course! I was grabbing some ice cream, and I noticed that the store had switched bagged tea brands so I decided to see what the offerings were. Generic chai, Earl Grey, Chamomile, green tea, nothing really exciting. Except for this herbal which looked like it had the potential to be interesting.
I paid for my Ben & Jerry’s and walked home, only then did I realize I still had the teabag in my non dominant hand… Oops!
‘ll just pay for a tea next time I’m at that sev, and not take a teabag. That seems like it should balance out, right? I did try the tea though; hot. It wasn’t anything super unique/special but it wasn’t bad either! I thought it was pleasantly tart, and had a good mixed berry flavour. Blackberry/blueberry is sort of what I was leaning towards in terms of flavour. I knew there was something else too; but I couldn’t place what exactly until I saw the entry for this on steepster – it was the orange in the mix! It didn’t taste super citrusy in the blend, but I think it added sweetness and a touch of diversity to the flavour.
Not bad, honestly! I would drink this again, but not pay for it (or steal it).
How do I describe this herbal blend? It is hard to put into words, this brew is somewhat sour, but not in a displeasing way. There is something else there too…a slight fruity bitterness that hangs on my tongue after each sip. The color truly is amazing, a rich magenta as others have pointed out, but at the same time there is nothing in this herbal tea that leaves me yearning for more.
I think I will bring it to the office for my coworkers to try, it might go to waste sitting in my pantry.
Flavors: Fruity, Pleasantly Sour
Unequivocally speaking, this is one of the best herbal tea bags that I have ever tried. I followed the directions on the box preciously, poured boiling water over the bag and let steep for around 4 minutes and 30 seconds. The result was the a mindbogglingly full bodied chamomile flavor; the aroma was so overwhelming that my entire living room (where I enjoyed the tea) smelled like a field of flowers. The taste provides notes of sweetness, almost nectar like, and of course the rich chamomile flavor you would expect from chamomile tea.
I have tried hundreds of chamomile teas over the years, and this one ranks at the top. Even if you have tried chamomile tea before and did not care for it, give this one a try, it will blow your mind. Now if only they had a loose leaf tincture available…
Flavors: Floral, Nectar, Sweet
So I don’t know what temperature and amount (truly) that the place I’ve ordered this tea from does it, so that’s why some details below are missing for my review. However, I do know that in swapping out my coffees in the morning for a medium fog tea, I have been asking for teas /other/ than earl grey. At first it was because the café was out of said tea, but now it’s out of curiosity.
There is a shelf full of teas from Two Leaves that I keep eyeing, so finally I took a chance yesterday morning. This tea as a fog was very smooth and even. It was a relaxing way to start my morning and smelled divine. Since trying it at the café, I’m definitely going to look into purchasing a box of my own when I run out of some of my personal stock.
Flavors: Jasmine, Lavender
I have not had much experience in jasmine green tea so take that into account. I did really enjoy this. It wasn’t a wow I love it but more of a this is good, hit my mood right, and was great sipping. I enjoyed the scent. I agree with another reviewer, 5 minutes seemed long. I did mine for closer to 4. I had a single bag for a sample, it’s one I plan to buy and add to my stash once I drink through a few more teas.
I found an unopened box of this tucked away in my closet. I am always amazed at how often I find random quantities of tea that I don’t remember. This box states that it is still good for another year, so I am in luck. Lately I have been getting crap for sleep, so I started bringing these to work to help keep me alive. The sachets are nice, and the tea inside looks like a typical Chun Mee or Hyson with a few pieces of jasmine. The scent is nice and heavy with jasmine and a base of vegetal. However, that is where my interest stops. The taste is okay. It’s a bit rough and sickening with the florals. Honestly, the more I drink of it the less I like it. This is the sort of tea that gives me headache and makes my stomach turn. Although, at just one cup it is fine. It is far from good, but it is drinkable. I have tried using cooler water (doesn’t have any flavor, except for the bitter floral), and I have tried shorter steep times (same conclusion), but I cannot make this a great brew…
Flavors: Bitter, Drying, Floral, Grass, Jasmine, Vegetal
I really wasn’t expecting much from this tea with the lack of reviews both here and on two leaves and a bud’s website but here i am leaving a good review. Maybe my taste buds are just fried today but when really hot it doesn’t seem to have a flavor but once it cools off a bit it is really nice.