Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: iHeartTeas
Fresh cut spearmint in a blend with sweet Chinese Sencha green tea infused with the essence of key lime and champagne.
Recently, 52Teas announced their “Rescued from Retirement” program which enables other companies to bring back some of their blends. I was thrilled with the prospect of being able to try some of 52Teas blends that were released before I “discovered” the company. This Champagne Mojito is the perfect example. Released the week of April 5, 2009 – about seven months before my first order with 52Teas – this was a tea I probably would not have been able to try if it were not for the Rescued from Retirement program.
And I’m really glad I got to try it, because it is yummy. The green tea base is a Chinese Sencha that is sweet and a little creamy/buttery. It has a fresh taste but not very vegetative, and in the case with this particular tea, I think that is a good thing. I think that a more vegetative tasting green tea would interfere with the delicate taste of the champagne.
These ingredients compliment each other very well. I find that the crisp, clean taste of the spearmint brings out some of the sweeter notes of the lime, complimenting the sweet, delicate features of the champagne. The lime is zesty with just enough tart flavor to cut through some of the mintier tones of the spearmint. It doesn’t taste too minty, it doesn’t taste too tart, and it doesn’t taste too sweet. It is a very pleasing harmony of flavors. This is delicious served hot, but, it is even better when iced. It is incredibly refreshing and thirst-quenching.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!