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Raspberry Vanilla Mint Green Tea from Simple Loose Leaf

March7

Raspberry-Vanilla-Mint-GreenTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Simple Loose Leaf

Tea Description:

This vibrant blend combines a fresh Chinese Young Hyson green tea with peppermint leaves, raspberry and vanilla flavors. This refreshing and versatile green tea boasts fresh, intoxicating flavors that will keep you coming back for more. Perfect any time hot and exceptional iced with a touch of sweetener.

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf’s NEW Selection Club subscription program here.

Taster’s Review:

Yay!  My latest package from Simple Loose Leaf – which is my FIRST of their all new Selection Club subscription – just arrived!  I’m so excited.  This Raspberry Vanilla Mint Green tea is the first tea that I’m trying from this month’s box.

Let me explain a little how the Selection Club works (at least, this is my understanding of the program, I hope it makes sense when I explain it!):  Every month, an email is sent out to subscribers.  Here’s what my April email says:

Below we have selected 5 teas that we feel you will love.  Please browse these teas and familiarize yourself with what they have to offer.  At the bottom of the page there is a button that will take you to a form that you will enter your selections. 

So, you choose from the five different teas which tea you’d like to receive for April.  Or, if you prefer, you can get a sampling of all five!  Me being a taster … that’s the option I chose.  There is even an option to tell Simple Loose Leaf what your preferences are so that they can design the selection of five teas to the types of teas you drink most often.  I didn’t fill out this preference form because … I want the variety!

So in the mail, I received a cute little box with five sample sized teas inside!  In addition to this Raspberry Vanilla Mint Green tea, I also have Ti Kuan Yin, Winter White Chai, Gunpowder Green and Caravan Black.  I also have a smaller sample from next month’s selections:  Hazelberry Pu’er!

This is one seriously awesome tea of the month club!  Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let me tell you about this Raspberry Vanilla Mint Green Tea:

This tea is so yum!  I love that I can taste all four flavors that are promised in the name of the tea:  I taste the mint, I taste the raspberry, the vanilla and the green tea.  At the start of the sip, I notice the mint immediately as the menthol hits the back of my palate immediately before the liquid hits my tongue.  Then I pick up on the soft, creamy notes of vanilla, and the sweet-tart flavors of berry.

The green tea is not as prominent as I think it should be.  I’m usually of the belief that a tea – even a flavored tea – should first be about the tea, and I’m wanting that to be the case here.  It isn’t.  But that doesn’t mean that the green tea is absent.  I taste the green tea.  It’s sweet, lightly grassy with herbaceous undertones that meld well with the mint, with a buttery note that marries well with the creamy vanilla tones.  And even though the green tea notes are not as strong as I think they should be, this is still a seriously tasty cup!

I found my cup emptied pretty quickly … and if the speed in which the tea disappeared from my cup is any indication, then I’d say that this tea is a winner!

If you’re interested in joining Simple Loose Leaf’s Monthly Selection Club, I can save you some money!  Use this code:  SISTERSELECTION25 and get a 25% discount when you sign up for the selection club.  This discount is not applicable on the retail selection of teas, and is only good for the selection club subscription.

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One thing I (Anne) learned very early on in my career as a tea artist is that everyone has different preferences, and every single tea tastes differently on every single palate.  So just because one of us doesn’t happen to like a tea, doesn’t mean that YOU (the reader) will not.

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