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drank Wiekas Puolukka by Nordqvist
3312 tasting notes

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Tried this again with a shorter steep to try to lessen the grassy sencha flavor and let the flavoring shine more.

Nope, still tastes like a boring cup of dry grass with a tiny hint of red fruit. So the rest of the bag is getting dumped. At least it was inexpensive!

Flavors: Dry Grass, Grassy, Red Fruits

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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52
drank Wiekas Puolukka by Nordqvist
3312 tasting notes

So I figured since I finished off the Adventure box, I would open this bag of tea that I also got from Nordqvist. Anything with lingonberries, I’m here for ha ha.

Sadly, this mostly just tastes like a generically grassy Chinese sencha. There’s a touch of grapefruit flavor, but I don’t taste the lingonberry at all. I’m not sure how, since this has dried lingonberries and lingonberry powder in addition to the flavoring…

Honestly I’m really sad about this one. Maybe I’ll try a slightly shorter steep next time, but if it’s not any better I may just dump the whole bag. I can’t imagine who would want to drink an almost plain Chinese sencha… :(

Flavors: Citrus, Dry Grass, Grapefruit, Grassy, Smooth

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Martin Bednář

It seems I haven’t been impressed about this tea either!

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Yay, it’s the last one! I wanted to finish off this box today because I was just tired of seeing it sitting on my tea nook counter, lol… :P

It’s a nice one to end on, actually. This is a caramel and cream rooibos and I can actually taste the flavoring! The caramel is a dark caramelized brown sugar sort of note, and paired with the creamy vanilla it actually reminds me a bit of crème brûlée. Not that the vanilla is particularly custardy, but the pairing is still giving me that sort of vibe. Tasty!

As for the box in general, there were certainly a lot of duds, but there were also a few that I would be interested in trying in the loose leaf format. Plus it was fun to try 20 teas for such a reasonable price! :)

Nordqvist Adventure teas tried: 20/20!

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Caramel, Caramelized Sugar, Creamy, Custard, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla, Woody

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Martin Bednář

I need to get the box for tea bag wrappers at least!

Cameron B.

Definitely a great price for 20 different wrappers! :P

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The third in the trio of white animal tea confusion, lol! This teabag is grapefruit, strawberry, and vanilla (which matches the loose leaf for White Tiger), but the existing loose leaf entry says apple, pear, and grenadine (which matches the teabag for White Elephant). Not sure if they’re in the middle of swapping the animals around and they just haven’t updated everything yet…? (shrugs)

I do get a sense of citrus from this one, though it’s too faint to identify as grapefruit. There’s a vague fruitiness that could be the strawberry as well, but no creaminess. Ironic that the last one had a creamy note and yet didn’t have vanilla flavoring, while in this one I don’t taste the vanilla…

Anyway, all three of these tasted extremely light, as if some flavor had been lost. I wonder if they’re older, which could make a bit of sense given the creature confusion. But this collection is still available on their website with the same animal names and ingredients, so who knows…

Nordqvist Adventure teas tried: 19/20

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Hay, Musty, Woody

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Another separate entry. This teabag says it’s apple, pear, and grenadine flavored, while the existing loose leaf entry says grapefruit and aloe (which matches the White Tiger teabag lol). So confusing and weird…

Anyway, another one with super mellow flavoring. I get a sense of fruit and creaminess from it, which doesn’t really match the flavoring, but maybe the creamy notes are coming from one of the fruits. Regardless, I certainly wouldn’t be able to tell what it was supposed to be flavored as. I would probably guess strawberry and cream?

Nordqvist Adventure teas tried: 18/20

Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Hay, Musty, Woody

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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So… Normally I wouldn’t bother creating a separate entry for a teabag version of a tea, even though it is a bit different with much smaller leaf pieces. Frankly, I just don’t care enough. But in the case of these white animal teas, they seem to have swapped some of the flavors around versus the loose leaf…? The white tiger loose leaf says it’s grapefruit, vanilla, and strawberry flavored, but this teabag says it’s grapefruit and aloe flavored. Very strange.

Anyway, the tea. I remember hating the grapefruit and aloe white tea from the Moomin advent, which I assume is the same (although that one was a sachet with loose leaf inside, rather than a traditional teabag). But this one doesn’t really taste like much? I get some mellow, musty hay notes from the white tea, but not getting any citrus notes to speak of. Flavor loss maybe?

Regardless, it’s still more enjoyable than the Moomin version… XD

Nordqvist Adventure teas tried: 17/20

Flavors: Hay, Musty, Woody

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Another animal-themed rooibos! I think this is my third one, so I assume I’ll have one more.

It’s nice enough, definitely very mellow. The orange is subtle but discernable, definitely an orange candy sort of orange. I love those orange slice gummies that are coated in sugar, so I’m not complaining. It goes quite well with the woody rooibos too. There’s a hint of zesty bitterness in the background.

A “pleasant but nothing special” sort of blend.

Nordqvist Adventure teas tried: 17/20

Flavors: Bitter, Candy, Orange, Orange Zest, Rooibos, Sweet, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

I just finished off a bag of orange slice gummies…

Cameron B.

I’ll have to buy some the next time I go to the store ha ha.

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Another quince & elderberry tea? It looks like they only make three, so this should be the final one. Odd that they make both a quince-elderberry black tea AND a quince-elderberry-honey black tea…

I enjoyed the other version, and this one is nice too. I don’t taste anything remotely berry-like, but the sweet and mellow pearish notes are nice, and have a bit of a honeyed note even without the added flavoring. Definitely more like canned or cooked pears rather than fresh ones, as it lacks that crispness. The base is smooth and unassuming, with a bit of a biscuity note to it.

Pleasant tea, but I think I prefer the version with the honey flavor.

Nordqvist Adventure teas tried: 15/20

Flavors: Biscuit, Fruity, Honey, Metallic, Pear, Quince, Smooth, Sweet, Syrupy, Tea

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Lots of tropical black teas in this box, and fruity green teas.

This one is peach, orange, and pineapple, so I guess only partially tropical. It’s really nice actually. I’m not the biggest fan of peach tea, I’m fairly picky about them and I usually prefer it on a green or oolong base given the choice. But this has a nice mellow peachy flavor that is a tad artificial, but the tarter orange and pineapple help pull it in a fresher direction. It ends up almost tasting like a peach, really.

This is one that I would consider ordering in the loose leaf version, if I were already ordering from Nordqvist. And that’s saying something, considering peachy teas aren’t my jam. :)

Nordqvist Adventure teas tried: 14/20

Flavors: Candy, Fruity, Orange, Peach, Pineapple, Smooth, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Japan Sencha by Nordqvist
3312 tasting notes

I think this one suffered from a bit of flavor contamination, from being in a box with mostly flavored teabags. They’re all individually wrapped, but the wrappers are just paper so they don’t completely seal in the flavor.

Anyway, this was quite bland but did have a mellow grassy flavor to it. But then there was also a hint of some fruity flavoring, I assume from an adjacent teabag. Oh well, it didn’t seem like this was great to begin with anyway. :P

Nordqvist Adventure teas tried: 13/20

Flavors: Dry Grass, Grassy, Hay, Smooth

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is an apricot-pineapple-passion fruit black tea, but to me the fruit flavoring is extremely nondescript and more subtle than it should be. Sort of just generic and slightly sweet? Mostly I taste the base tea, and it’s smooth but nothing to write home about.

Meh!

Nordqvist Adventure teas tried: 12/20

Flavors: Fruity, Metallic, Smooth, Sweet, Tea

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Darjeeling by Nordqvist
3312 tasting notes

This is fine but nothing special.

It’s smooth and has that haylike quality that I often find in later flush Darjeelings. It reminds me of autumn leaves and is a touch malty as well. There’s some dried-fruity sweetness in the aroma but I don’t get any in the taste.

Good for mindless sipping as I work, but not something I would order.

Nordqvist Adventure teas tried: 11/20

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Dry Leaves, Earthy, Hay, Malty, Mineral, Musty, Smooth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Lady Green by Nordqvist
3312 tasting notes

Man, so many green teas from this box lately!

This one is cherry and vanilla, and I didn’t have high hopes for it. Honestly though, it’s not bad. The cherry leans more maraschino than lollipop, which is an improvement in my mind. And the vanilla is quite light and fluffy, yet creamy. So overall it’s sort of like whipped cream mixed with chopped maraschino cherries.

Better than I expected! Still probably not something I would order, not being a cherry lover, but I enjoyed the cup.

Nordqvist Adventure teas tried: 10/20

Flavors: Cherry, Creamy, Maraschino, Smooth, Sweet, Whipped Cream

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Another elderberry and quince tea ha ha, but this time on a black base and with the addition of honey.

I like this quite a bit more than the China Green I had the other day. I can taste more of the quince, which has a syrupy sort of pear-ish flavor to it. As for the elderberry, maybe a hint? It’s definitely very faint. The honey isn’t overbearing and pairs beautifully with the quince. Sometimes I really hate honey flavoring, but here it’s well-restrained and doesn’t remind me of a cough drop.

Very pleasant tea, with a sweet and mellow fruity flavor. I’m not sure I would go out of my way to buy it, but I might consider picking up some of the loose leaf if I were to order from Nordqvist at some point.

Nordqvist Adventure teas tried: 9/20

Flavors: Berry, Fruity, Honey, Pear, Quince, Smooth, Sweet, Syrupy, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank China Green by Nordqvist
3312 tasting notes

Adventure time, come on, grab your friends! ;)

Looks like we’re on to China, after visiting Japan a couple of days ago. Although, I’m not sure I understand how quince and elderberry emulates China? Seems more European to me, really. But regardless, I do love both of those flavors! :P

Another very subtly flavored green. I can faintly pick out a sort of candylike pear-esque flavor that must be the quince, but mostly it’s a bit vaguely fruity. I definitely don’t get anything resembling elderberry. The sencha base is actually above average IMO for a flavored tea – it actually tastes a bit like sencha instead of just dry grass.

Anyway, not a big fan of this one.

Nordqvist Adventure teas tried: 8/20

Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Candy, Freshly Cut Grass, Fruity, Pear, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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And we’re back to animal-themed teas, ha ha.

This one is a strawberries & cream flavored rooibos. Who knew that zebras like strawberry? :P There’s a floral note to it that I’m not loving, it makes it taste a bit like perfume. I do get candy strawberry, not much on the vanilla/cream side though. There is maybe a hint of creaminess in the finish?

But that perfumey floral note is ruining this for me, not sure if that’s part of the strawberry flavoring or what. A shame.

Nordqvist Adventure teas tried: 7/20

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Floral, Perfume, Rooibos, Strawberry, Sweet, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Nippon Green by Nordqvist
3312 tasting notes

Today’s random pick from the Nordqvist Adventure box!

At first I assumed this was a plain sencha, but it’s actually a strawberry, lemon, and vanilla-flavored one. It’s a very mellow tea in both base and flavoring, and the flavors used here are making me think of Sweet Tarts or Pixy Stix. They’re not horribly artificial, but there’s a zestiness that reminds me of tart candies. I do get both strawberry and lemon, which sort of meld together into a strawberry lemonade flavor. I only taste vanilla in the finish, where it lends a sweet creaminess.

I would consider ordering this one, especially since I see they have a loose leaf version… Oh, and I forgot to mention, I noticed a lot of their Moomin teas are actually just their existing teas repackaged, so this one is the same as “You Are Special”. Not that I mind, I just found that interesting.

Nordqvist Adventure teas tried: 6/20

Flavors: Candy, Creamy, Dry Grass, Fruity, Lemon, Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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So this smelled quite medicinal to me when I opened the wrapper, and somewhat cherry-like. Happily, once I steeped it up, it smelled more like strawberry candy.

The flavoring here is actually rather subtle. I do get a bit of a syrupy pomegranate note and a touch of candy strawberry, but nothing in the way of lemon. The base is smooth and a little biscuity with a woody edge. There’s a sweetness that makes me think of vanilla, maybe it’s just those biscuit notes?

Anyway, it’s pleasant but the flavoring is far too subtle in my opinion.

Nordqvist Adventure teas tried: 5/20

Flavors: Biscuit, Candy, Pomegranate, Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet, Syrupy, Vanilla, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Nordqvist seems to really like naming their teas after animals, ha ha. Although I’m not sure what a blueberry muffin has to do with a bear. Maybe a cozy bear in house, like in Goldilocks? I could see Mama Bear baking some muffins for breakfast, surely she tires of porridge…

This is definitely a very subtle tea, the white base and the flavoring are both light. The blueberry here reminds me of the dried blueberries in Blueberry Morning cereal (or Blueberries & Cream instant oatmeal, take your pick) – it’s sweet and concentrated, a bit jammy but not artificial or candylike. I don’t think it necessarily tastes like a muffin, but I can see where they were going with it, and it is slightly desserty. The white tea has more of a straw flavor than hay, and perhaps almost veering into autumn leaf pile territory.

A nice tea for the afternoon, but a bit too light on the flavoring to be a reorder for me.

Nordqvist Adventure teas tried: 4/20

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Blueberry, Creamy, Dried Fruit, Dry Leaves, Grain, Jam, Oats, Smooth, Straw, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Roswell Strange

Maybe playing off the fact bears eat a lot of berries in the wild? Or a (bad) play on words, like blue bear-y.

Cameron B.

Not sure ha ha, there are three other white teas in the series, I’ll have to see if those animals make any sense. :P

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drank Kenia (Kenya) by Nordqvist
3312 tasting notes

So I actually pulled this one out yesterday, but it was already late in the day and I wasn’t in the mood for a plain black tea, so I set it aside for this morning!

It’s quite nice, actually. I expected it to be more brisk than it is, but it’s quite smooth and has a lovely sweet and biscuity flavor to it. It’s a bit bready as well, so maybe like a graham cracker (which to me, lies somewhere between biscuit and cracker). There’s a brown sugar sweetness as well, and a syrupy dried fruit quality that reminds me of Assam’s raisiny notes.

Unexpectedly nice for a humble teabag full of tiny CTC bits!

Nordqvist Adventure teas tried: 3/20

Flavors: Biscuit, Brown Sugar, Dried Fruit, Graham Cracker, Grain, Metallic, Raisins, Smooth, Sweet, Tea

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Today’s random selection from the Nordqvist adventure box!

It’s a nice fruity black tea, I definitely get strawberry, but it’s a bit harder to pick out the other flavors. Thankfully it doesn’t taste like cherry, and there’s a pleasant tart edge to the fruitiness that keeps it from being cloying. It is a bit nondescript though, and the base is more tannic than I would prefer. It has a bit of a biscuity note to it, I wonder if it’s Kenyan?

Anyway, it’s a nice enough tea, not something I would seek out necessarily. It reminds me a bit of Dammann’s Christmas tea, which has similar fruit flavors. I don’t really see what this flavor profile has to do with a rainy day, but oh well ha ha.

Nordqvist Adventure teas tried: 2/20

Flavors: Biscuit, Fruity, Metallic, Pineapple, Strawberry, Sweet, Tannic, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Croco Rooibos by Nordqvist
3312 tasting notes

So I picked up a box of “Adventure Tea” from Nordqvist. I was mostly getting the Moomin teas, but I figured I would try a few of their other teas while I was at it. The Adventure box has 20 different individually wrapped teabags, and it was only around $5 so I couldn’t pass it up! I decided since there’s only one of each tea, I would just not bother adding them to my cupboard, and so they won’t count as sipdowns.

Anyway, all of that to say this is the first one! At first I was confused by the wrapper being leopard print, since it’s named after a crocodile? But it turns out it’s part of an African collection and they all have differently colored leopard print wrappers, so makes sense.

This is a red fruits rooibos, and it’s pleasant enough. The rooibos has a very mellow woody flavor without any medicinal notes, and the flavoring is subtle but I still get a sense of red fruits. It almost tastes a bit creamy as well, though that’s not mentioned in the ingredients. So it’s giving me a sort of berries & cream vibe.

Nordqvist Adventure teas tried: 1/20

Flavors: Berries, Creamy, Red Fruits, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Martin Bednář

Hmm, no cardboard?

Cameron B.

No, much better when they’re wrapped! :P

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Sorry for the lack of notes lately, I’ve been focusing on trying to sip down my The Tea Practitioner advent leftovers, and since I just wrote notes for all of them this month, I haven’t been doing new notes for those. Almost done with them though! \o/

So I recently received my Nordqvist order, and this was one of the free samples they included. It’s not something I would order for myself, not being a chocolate tea lover, but I’m happy to be able to try it. It’s pretty tasty for a chocolate-mint tea, I think the balance between the two flavors is quite good here. A lot of times mint tends to overpower everything else, but I can taste the chocolate here as well. There is an odd musty note at the end of the sip, not sure if that’s from the tea or the peppermint leaf, but otherwise it’s a very nice chocolate mint black tea. It reminds me a bit of an Andes mint.

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Chocolate, Mint, Musty, Peppermint, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Nordqvist Moomin Advent Calendar 2022 – Day 24

The very last cardboard tea!

A shame because this one is meant to be pear and vanilla, which sounds delicious to me. I’m getting a hint of something sweet, but mostly just cardboard and wood.

Ah well, there are some lovely samplers of Moomin wrapped sachets on their way to me from Finland as we speak. Hopefully those are much more enjoyable!

Flavors: Cardboard, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML
Nattie

Yay for no more cardboard!

Cameron B.

Ha ha, yay!

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