Chocolate Mint Rooibos from TeaScapes

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  TeaScapes

Product Description:

This rich full-bodied tea brews to a reddish orange liquor. The chocolate pieces create a creamy taste and the mint is bright and refreshing. This Chocolate Mint Rooibos tea can be consumed both as a hot beverage and as an iced drink.

Taster’s Review:

Yum!  This is good stuff!

The aroma is delicious – very minty, but with a nice chocolate-y scent too.  I can also smell the rooibos … which smells like, well, like rooibos.

I am happy that I can’t really taste the rooibos, though.  Perhaps a faint nutty flavor or woody flavor here and there, but nothing very pronounced or strong.  As I am not particularly fond of the flavor of unflavored, oxidized rooibos, I find the lack of rooibos flavor here to be a good thing.

The strongest flavor is the mint.  The taste is clean and crisp, just like I’d expect from a strong minty taste.

But before it has a chance to be TOO minty, the chocolate notes hit the palate.  Mmm!  Chocolate!  The chocolate is a milk chocolate-y kind of taste.  It is not as strong as I personally would like it to be (but then, I always say that about chocolate), but there is a good amount.  The result is a tisane that tastes a bit like a mint chocolate chip ice cream (well, except for the fact that this is hot!)

The finish is minty fresh with just a whisper of chocolate.  This would be a great low-calorie, low-fat, caffeine-free dessert substitute!  Delicious!

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Over Achieve Mint from Teaquilibrium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Teaquilibrium

Product Description:

Getting ready for race season or simply want to add some calm pep to your day?

The mouthwatering combination of chocolate and fresh mint has made Achieve Mint a customer favorite.  Overachieve Mint is blended with energizing Yerba Mate to give that sustained boost that mate is known for. This is a fabulous choice for endurance athletes or anyone who wants a natural calm energy.

ingredients: yerba mate, peppermint, cacao nibs, natural chocolate flavor.

Taster’s Review:

This is a really tasty Yerba Maté blend.  The mint is strong but the chocolate does come through nicely.

The Yerba Maté base is a green (not roasted) Maté and offers a hint of its earthy, vegetative flavor.  However, the mint flavor is rather intense here, and it does seem to mask some of the stronger notes of the Yerba Maté.  But, I’m not complaining because I sometimes find the rather distinct flavor of Maté to be a bit too much for me.  With this blend, it’s really quite enjoyable and melds very well with the other flavors.

The peppermint is very strong – this blend is certainly not for those who do not care for mint.  For those of us who do, though, this is a clean, crisp tasting peppermint that invigorates while leaving the palate feeling refreshed.

The chocolate is a bit subtle, but, I am liking how it comes through.  I can really notice the cocoa notes in the aftertaste mingling with the minty flavor.  I also found that the chocolate seems to pop a bit more as the tisane cools, so don’t drink this one piping hot!  Let it cool just a little so that you can enjoy the chocolate flavors!

This tisane reminds me of a peppermint patty (especially the aftertaste), but without the overwhelming sugary sweetness!  A thin layer of chocolate coating … just enough to coat the peppermint but not overpower it … a snappy, vibrant treat that will surely get you going!

I like this one a lot!

Green Peace from Chad’s Chai & Tea Co.

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Chad’s Chai & Tea

Product Description:

The Moroccans liked to blend green tea with mint, and we couldn’t agree more wholeheartedly! Refreshing and calming, Green Peace is an inspired blend of extraordinary green tea and spearmint leaf. It can be enjoyed by itself or with food, and simply must be tried iced!

Taster’s Review:

I tried this before knowing anything about it except for its name.  I could smell the mint, although it was not overwhelming.  When I tasted it, I could taste the mint, but, it didn’t taste like a typical “Moroccan Mint” to me… it tasted like there was something a little different.

And there is!  Where many mint green teas settle for either peppermint or spearmint, Chad’s Chai & Tea chose to use both mints to create a real depth of flavor.  But even with two different types of mint, the mint flavor is not overwhelming here, and I am able to taste the Chinese green tea.

Although the website for Chad’s Chai & Tea does not specify what type of Chinese green tea is used for this blend, it looks like a gunpowder green tea.  The tea has a light, creamy butter taste in the background which when combined with the minty flavors, comes across as a very creamy mint taste.  Delicious!

This tea tastes invigorating, but there is a certain soothing property to it as well.  I feel more relaxed as I continue to sip it.

With mint teas, sometimes they are just too MINTY… but, this one is just right.  A nice balance between green tea and mint flavors, and I like the blending of the two types of mint.  A very pleasant mint green tea!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Organic Mint Green Tea Concentrate from Third Street Chai

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Third Street Chai

Available on Amazon

Product Description:

Ingredients:  Filtered Water, Organic Green Tea with Mint Concentrate, Malic Acid

Taster’s Review:

For my husband’s Superbowl party this year, I prepared a gallon of this tea – and it was gone when I returned home after the game!  Apparently it was a big hit!

And for good reason – it’s not only tasty but very refreshing too.  It has a clean, crisp minty taste that quenches the thirst without tasting overdone (not too minty) or too sweet.  In fact, this concentrate is unsweetened, which I like!  It allows me to decide just how sweet I’d like the tea to be.  And I find it to be really delicious without any sweetener whatsoever.  For the aforementioned party, I did add some agave nectar, and after a quick taste I found that a small amount of sweetener brings out some of the mint notes of the tea.  But it tastes great with or without sweetener, and I like that Third Street Chai leaves it up to the tea drinker whether they’d like it sweet or not.

The green tea is a very light taste here, but it isn’t overwhelmed by the mint.  It has a delicate vegetative taste – this is a very light grassy taste and I don’t think it’s enough to be off-putting to even the most sensitive palate.  This is a green tea that even those who don’t care for green tea can appreciate.

It is super convenient too!  Just mix 1 part concentrate to 7 parts cold water.  I actually use a little less water because I add ice which dilutes it – however, since this is so easy to make, it would be equally as easy to make tea cubes to chill the tea.

This would be perfect for your next BBQ!

Mint Chai from The Chai Cart

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  The Chai Cart

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Product  Description:

This blend of full-leaf black tea, dried mint and ginger makes a bold yet refreshing cup of Mint Chai. The fragrance of these invigorating yet soothing herbs will calm and recharge you. The key to a good, wholesome cup of chai is the tea itself. Our tea comes from organic estates in Assam, the source of India’s most famous tea leaves. Our tea and spices are perfectly balanced to create a soothing and inspiring cup of Mint Chai that can only be found at The Chai Cart. Reuse the tin container as gift/jewelry box or to store spices.

Taster’s Review:

I was excited to try this chai, especially after my SororiTea Sister’s glowing review of it. And it IS indeed delicious, and after trying it, I can see why she loves it so much.  The mint is strong but not overwhelming while the spices are moderate.

The black tea offers a substantial, bold taste to the cup.  There is a fair amount of drying astringency to the tea but no bitterness.  A good, solid black base that can be tasted amongst the strength of mint and ginger.

As I said previously, the mint is strong, but it isn’t overpowering.  Sometimes, mint can be a rather selfish herb when used in tea and it can overwhelm other ingredients, but here it’s balanced well.  The ginger peeks through the minty taste, and the peppery flavor of the ginger compliments the crisp mint flavor.  I can also taste an occasional hint of lemongrass … just a hint.

And as much as I’m enjoying this cup, I feel like it’s missing some spice.  The spices aren’t as well-rounded as I would like.  Perhaps its because I tried The Chai Cart’s Masala Chai blend first, and it was so pleasantly spiced, I think I was expecting the same Masala spice blend used here.  That being said, I like this for what it is.

I have tried this Mint Chai twice now, the first time I prepared it, I brewed it extra strong and served it latte style with some steamed, frothed milk.  While I did enjoy it prepared this way, I found that the milk was a little too much for this chai, the mint tasted a little muddled and the rich flavors of the black tea were masked.

This time, I decided to go “non-latte” and I like it much better this way.  It even has enough flavor to it that it doesn’t need sweetener, although a dollop of honey would bring out some of the more delicate notes.

The mint and the ginger together make this a perfect choice to sip after meals.  It is very soothing and delicious.

Gunpowder Mint Tea from Jennifer’s Tea Garden

Tea Type:
Green Tea/White Tea Blend

Where To Buy:
Jennifer’s Tea Garden

Product Description:

Gunpowder Mint
Type: Green Tea
Caffeine: Low
Flavor / Aroma: Smoke and Mint
38-50 servings
4.0 oz

Ingredients: Green Tea, White Tea, Mint, Jasmine, Natural Flavorings

Tasters Review:

The dry aroma of Jennifer’s Tea Garden’s Gunpowder Mint Tea is  Smoky, Minty, Green Tea, White Tea, Floral…yes…I can smell all of those things with a single sniff!
The wet aroma is more of a stereotypical gunpowder tea smell…with a little extra something…maybe it’s the combo of the Jasmine and Mint I am smelling.
The color: is a light Yellow-Green.
As for the taste…this has a unique gunpowder type taste.  It’s not a gunpowdery-grass-smoky as some are but the mint is very nicely done and not too over the top and the Jasmine gives it a little extra something too!  I think the addition of the white tea is also a nice touch!   It’s smoother than I expected…it was a pleasant surprise, indeed!
The aftertaste is NOT grassy…it’s slightly floral-sweet with a very small hint of smoke trying to hide underneath.  There is a lovely smoothness to the aftertaste too.

I really like this tea!  Great job and a THUMBS UP to Jennifer’s Tea Garden!

Organic Peppermint from Byron Bay Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Byron Bay Tea Company

Product Description:

A fresh, minty tea that is both cooling and invigorating. Enjoy any time of the day.

Taster’s Review:

This is about as simple as it gets, folks.  It’s 100% pure, 100% organic peppermint leaf.  Nothing else.  It really can’t get any simpler than that, can it?

Sipping Peppermint tea is a delicious way to relax after a meal.  What I like best about pure peppermint tea like this one from Byron Bay is that even though it tastes crisp and refreshing – somehow, it doesn’t end up tasting like medicine-y mouthwash.  It is (obviously!) minty fresh and herbaceous, but it doesn’t taste medicinal.  It tastes natural – because that’s what it is.

It is especially nice after eating something spicy, because it helps to cool the palate and leave it feeling clean!  Peppermint is one of my favorite restorative herbs – I feel refreshed after I sip it, but because it is naturally caffeine free, I don’t feel too stimulated by drinking it.  It is invigorating yet soothing!  Nice!

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