Leaf Type: Black & Green Teas
Where to Buy: Golden Moon Tea
Vanilla Mint is a smooth and refreshing blend of both green and black tea with fragrant mint leaves and rich vanilla bean pieces. Delicious hot or iced, serve by the pitcher or in tall glasses with a sprig of fresh mint for a naturally sweet refreshment.
Learn more about this tea here.
Ahhh! This is really refreshing.
When I first opened the sample pouch, it smelled like a peppermint patty. Not the chocolate part of the patty, but that creamy smooth center. My mouth started watering, I could hardly wait to taste it.
The tea base is a blend of black and green tea, so I brewed this at a lower temperature (185°F) for 3 minutes. This was a sufficient time and temperature to allow the flavor of the black tea to develop enough (not fully, but enough), and still keep the tender green leaves from scorching and becoming bitter.
The tea base has a fresh, earthy flavor that melds quite nicely with the crisp, cool flavor of the mint, and still allows the creamy, sweet flavor of the vanilla to shine through.
What actually inspired me to order a sample of this tea (Golden Moon Tea offers samples of their teas for just 99 cents!) was a recent newsletter post from Marcus at Golden Moon Tea called “Tea Infused Hot Cocoa” where he explained that he uses tea to make his hot cocoa rather than milk or water. It is rather brilliant, because, it’s been my experience that preparing hot cocoa with water makes it too thin, and preparing it with milk makes it too thick and rich.
Anyway, this was one of the teas that he recommended using to prepare “Tea Infused Hot Cocoa,” and I was intrigued. Of course, I had forgotten all about using this sample to prepare a cup of hot cocoa and tried it as a tea instead. So I guess I’m going to have to order more!
But that’s alright, because this is a really good!
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!
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