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90

I got some loose leaf sample from California again; derk sent me some! Thank you!

I took two teaspoons and boiling water. Brewed grandpa. As we have peppermint in our garden, I wasn’t that impressed seeing another peppermint tea. But hey, this is so good as ours! Very fresh and I really liked the flavour. It wasn’t muddy, musty or just plain.

i am afraid I can’t say much more as it was as expected, minty and fresh. And as there aren’t any other ingredients, it was “just minty”. But good minty.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

Glad to see this tasting note. I just ordered this tea for myself last night.

derk

Bah, I would’ve sent you a good amount had I known. The four ounce size is too much for me.

White Antlers

derk No worries. Heaven help me if I start getting weak willed again and begin accepting more tea into my still bulging cupboards. Thanks for the thought! smiles

Leafhopper

I need to get around to trying this tea, which Derk also generously sent me. It smells promising, though. (I’m not the only one to open and smell incoming teas in resealable bags, right?)

Martin Bednář

You aren’t only one Leafhopper, indeed zou aren’t. I have Advent Calendar from Shae and it’s uch hard to not open the envelopes!

Mastress Alita

Resealable packages? Ya, I like to steal a wiff. But nowadays I’m trying to leave all heat-sealed packages sealed until I’m ready to drink to preserve freshness. (There was once a time when I used to rip open ALL my new tea to smell them right away, and after accumulating so much and now trying to sip down those years-old tea, I realize what a dumb practice that was!)

Leafhopper

Martin, glad to know I’m not the only one. :) I’d also be tempted by those little advent calendar envelopes!

Mastress Alita, I don’t open all my vacuum- or heat-sealed packages anymore either, although I remember a time when I’d cut open the resealable bags with a heat seal (though never the vacuum-sealed oolong packages). I have five or six bag clips and I limit myself to drinking only that many non-resealable teas. Since I gravitate toward green oolongs, which can go stale quickly, I’ve found this to be a good strategy.

Mastress Alita

I repackage the vacuum-sealed ones (or anything that won’t “reseal” after being cut open) into aluminum ziptop packaging (though it is infinitely annoying when a zip breaks away from the package… I have some bag clips like you describe exactly because of that problem, hahaha). But I used to do that right away, so I could smell the tea. With all new tea orders now, I’m making sure to keep them vacuum sealed/heat sealed right until the minute I’m ready for the first tasting! Takes me so long to get around to drinking things anymore that I may as well try to keep the flavor as long as possible…

Leafhopper

That’s a good idea. Where do you get your empty ziptop bags? I also tend to go through teas slowly and probably don’t need any encouragement to open more of them!

Cameron B.

@Mastress Alita – I’m getting to that point, too. I have so many older teas that are already open that I need to sipdown…

Mastress Alita

@Leafhopper: I purchase these ones, usually both the smallest size (good for samplers/up to an ounce or so) and the next size up (2-4oz depending on the tea).

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XG3QR1Z/?coliid=I2RXNEVP3T5TUX&colid=XIWV3ILFTMY9&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

Leafhopper

Thanks! The price is reasonable, though the shipping to Canada pushes it up. I’ll have to check if Amazon Canada has these bags (though again, do I really need an excuse to open more tea pouches?).

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95

I have this in loose leaf and it is really nice. Spicy without being overwhelming. Probably my favorite chai blend.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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80

Good breakfast tea. Clean and smooth.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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93

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93

A gem for those looking to find subtle flavors in a quality green tea. Naturally flavored by several berries and botanicals, it is not overpowering like most berry-filled satchels. Despite the lack thereof, this can easily be overpowering and bitter if steep time is not obeyed. When following the directions, this is easily one of the most refreshing options on the market, hot or cold.

Grass notes of organic sencha are the first to bud on the palate. This quickly gives way to fruits, berry, and a suggestion of melon as it evolves over seconds. Bolder notes of cherry, and earthy nuts expand, giving rise to a mellow citrus finish.

Each sip is the stereotype of a rainforest stroll. A sensation I find most welcoming in the spring, summer, and fall months.

The original Tropical Goji tea was once far bolder with berries on the finish. Its replacement, the Organic Tropical Green being reviewed, is still a phenomenal sip for those looking to the calmer side of flavor profiles.

As a fan of bolder finishes, I consider the discontinued Goji Green a 97/100. The commercially available Organic Tropical Green still manages a 93/100, in the very least.

Flavors: Almond, Berry, Cherry Wood, Citrus, Dried Fruit, Fruit Tree Flowers, Goji, Grass, Melon

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML

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drank pomi-berry by two leaves and a bud
774 tasting notes

Sipping on a pot of this herbal tea now. Another old ass tea from depths of the kitchen, best before 08/2012.

Smells like berries > hibiscus > chamomile. Tastes like a mouthful of apple-straw chamomile tea, with very light hibiscus on the sip and a light but lingering berry-lavender aftertaste. Linden, lemon balm and lemongrass? Can’t taste ‘em. But maybe the lemon herbs are giving the slightly drying liquor this bit of lemon sourness. It’s aight.

3 bags to a 750mL? teapot.

Flavors: Apple, Berries, Drying, Floral, Hibiscus, Lavender, Lemon, Straw

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 25 OZ / 750 ML
Kittenna

Best before 2012? I bet I have a stash of those somewhere! (My loose tea hoarding started in 2012 or so, but I have some Tazo & CS bagged teas from prior. Much, much prior. Ha.)

Mastress Alita

I feel fortunate that I started collected in fall of 2016, which means my “mass collecting” and oldest teas now are mostly 2017s that I’m trying to sipdown and get out of my house. So nothing in my cupboard is too old at the moment. But I don’t have the storage to keep getting more and hording without clearing out now, so I think I’ll never have anything that spans beyond that two year gap anyway. (Aside from trades, and I guess anything goes with that… total mystery there!)

Kittenna

Learn from our mistakes!!

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95
drank Peppermint by two leaves and a bud
774 tasting notes

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!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tabby

That sounds so cool! I wish at Atlanta had something like that.

derk

Maybe you can help start one ;)

Mastress Alita

It was a good time, but conventions are always draining on introverts. By day three of a sci-fi/anime con I’ll be so wasted, and most that I’ve been to are more spread out/have better crowd control than that.

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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.

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drank Hydrate by two leaves and a bud
561 tasting notes

This was the second sample that I got to try. I cold brewed this one as well. I did not mind drinking this tea, but I think the hibiscus would have been better off left out of this blend (just my opinion).

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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.

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68

Well, it’s not a terrible earl grey, but I’ve gotten spoiled by better ones with much better base teas and actual bergamot pieces rather than just bergamot oil so it tastes pretty mediocre to me. I’m picky about my earl greys and this one does not make the cut.

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50

Honestly this doesn’t taste much like a sencha. It tastes more oolongy to me and I don’t very much like oolongs. Maybe I just got a bad batch but this isn’t an enjoyable cup of tea.

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79

Decent Genmaicha for a bagged tea. Toasty and the green is pretty mild. I enjoyed this but I probably wouldn’t buy it again, there are better genmaicha out there.

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76

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.

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53

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75

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.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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69

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).

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70

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

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 24 OZ / 709 ML

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90

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

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 24 OZ / 709 ML

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85

The thing that really stands out to me with this tea is it has a very smooth mouthfeel, and the flavor/notes are quite balanced. Flavor is rich (but not obnoxious or anything) and reminds me of honey.

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90

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

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