Minty Fennec/Totem Tea. . .

Howdy!

Today I will be drinking the wonderfully named Minty Fennec, a Moroccan mint and green tea blend.

Mint is a wonderful herb and it happens to be one of my favourites. I guarantee if I have a stomach ache or feel generally run down a mint tea is what I run to first. My second preference would be a green tea as it can help with energy levels. A combination of the two sounds right up my street!

Opening the pouch with a fennec cute face on the front I am met with a fresh, strong and absolutely beautiful spearmint scent. It was so defined I could easily pick the type of mint, and as luck would have it spearmint is my favourite. It’s very sweet and fresh, it’s so refreshing. Even my nose tingles to the minty power of this blend.

In appearance the leaves are rolled up in traditional gunpowder green style and they form a good sized ball. It looks good, size and colour is pleasing to show a decent quality. Low quality tends to be tiny pieces ie broken leaf and the colour is very dark green. These however are a medium/large size and contain a dark green and a lighter grassy green which contrasts and bares a shine.

Steeping parameters: 1 tsp. 75c water. 3 minutes.

Once steeped the resulting tea is yellow and bares a sweet and very refreshing, pure spearmint scent. I use tons of spearmint essential oil and it reminds me exactly of that in terms of strength and purity. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that’s how the tea is scented for this blend.

The first few sips revealed a sweet and mildly refreshing spearmint flavour that coats my mouth and lightens into a dry, grassy but creamy after taste. The spearmint is not as strong as the scent but you can taste it easily, a nice balance actually as too much spearmint can be bitter.

My only complaint is that after I gulped the rest of my tea (it was gone before you could blink as I couldn’t stop myself) it did leave a dryness in my mouth. Not powdery but still rather dominant, probably from the tea. And that’s a personal issue, dryness doesn’t bother some people. Either way of the three Totem Tea blends I have tried (Very Berry Bear and Cinnamon Squirrel) the Minty Fennec is by far my favourite.

In terms of a mint tea it’s delightful. Minty flavour and creamy/buttery tones with little astringency or bitterness. It actually does appear to be the best of both worlds in the balance of green tea and mint.

I’ve dithered on enough, needless to say it’s definitely worth a try if your a fellow mint tea lover.

Thank you very much Totem Tea. It was an absolute pleasure reviewing your teas.

Happy steeping friends!


Want to Know More About This Tea?

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Totem Tea

Description

Start your own Morrocan ritual with this refreshing organic green tea. Savour the moment when water meets the fragant spearmint and releases the magic into the air. This is your special time in the shade of the palm tree; don’t rush it.

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Green Tea with Jasmine /Taylors of Harrogate . . . .

I’m pretty stoked to review this particular tea because I’m about 5 boxes into this particular one, so I’m fairly confident about the recommendation I’m about to make based on the 100 cups of it I’ve already had.

I got this tea originally to try to replace the Numi kind that I liked a lot but I’m not made of money so I had to find other options if I wanted to drink jasmine green on the reg.

I really like green tea, and especially jasmine green. I think it’s super good with Asian food, and I usually try to drink my greens with food because they tend to be a little bit hard on my stomach and make me nauseated.

The thing about greens is that if you get a bad one they can be astringent and sometimes the jasmines can be hard to balance right. Too little and you miss it, too much and it gets bitter. I had a fancy white tea with jasmine that was called something like Dragon Phoenix Pearl Jasmine and if you didn’t be super careful with the steep then it got to be a bit too much for me. It smelled great, though.

This one is a dainty green with a noticeable, but not overpowering or bitter jasmine flavor. You get a little green and also a little jasmine. This is definitely not a strong green, if you really like your greens to punch you in the face then this is not it. This one is nice and also super easy because you can buy it in bags at the grocery store so it’s a cinch to keep around. It comes in a papery bag but I don’t find it gives the tea a papery flavor, which is a thing I notice with this type of bags sometimes. I put a lemon slice in a lot of the time and that’s very good too. I never add sweetener or milk. I use the 176°F setting on my kettle for my greens but I’m lazy and don’t remove the bag after the steep.

Taylors is in the UK import section at Harris Teeter so it’s kind of expensive, whereas at Lowes Foods it’s just slapped in the regular tea section and it’s more regular tea price and also goes on sale sometimes, so if you’re looking for it just be mindful of that if you see it’s $7 or something and that seems shocking, it can run from $4.50-$7.50 per box of 20 bags depending on where you buy it.


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Taylors of Harrogate

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Green Tea / Hobbs Tea

Any new tea company I stumble upon is almost always a must buy for a tea adventurer like myself. This tea company was very new to me and seems to be new in general. They, according to the lady at the store who is a friend of the owner of the tea company, hand pack each bag and do not use any pesticides etc. It’s an uncommon Hawaiian grown tea. That all seemed wonderful so of course I picked up a box, glad to support a local tea company who is also well aware of the plight our planet is in.

That being said I was disappointed to open the box and see their tea bags packaged in plastic. But the disappointment doesn’t stop there. They describe the tea as Bright & Smooth. Interesting descriptors. It is smooth. Barely any astringency save for a bit with the after taste but bright stumps me.

The disheartening part is that there really is no flavor. It’s dull. Almost as if the tea leaves had been steeped a few times before they were packed. Considering the price I paid for the amount of tea in there it was even more upsetting.

Despite this I still encourage others to give it a try. Perhaps I just received a bad batch.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Hobbs Tea
Description

Our rare, limited harvest tea is grown, hand plucked, and processed on a small farm at 4,000ft elevation on the slopes of Kīlauea Volcano, Big Island, Hawai’i. Beyond organic, and watered only by the rain, the bushes benefit from heavy mist, cloud cover, and the natural shade of native Ohi’a Lehua trees and large curly ferns. Situated above two active lava tubes, the garden’s fertile volcanic soil yields a smooth, sweet brew that is low in tannins.

Tasting profile: This refreshing tea is silky and smooth to the taste.

Ingredients: Whole leaf green tea

Caffeine: Medium

Each 100% plant-based bag is hand-filled, hand-tied and hand-sealed in certified biodegradable and compostable, non-toxic bags.

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Popcorn Tea from Teapigs

Who can resist the idea of Popcorn Tea, especially when the label has little film reels on it for your next movie showing?  Teapigs isn’t the first tea company to package genmaicha under the pretense of popcorn, but they have some of the cutest packaging.

Genmaicha is a type of green tea blended with puffed rice.  This makes it so that the dry leaf and the brewed tea has a distinct toasty popcorn smell.  It is a unique tea, sometimes slightly savory, but always supremely cozy. I highly recommend trying green tea with puffed rice at least once and see how it goes. Teapigs Popcorn Tea is a great place to start.

The overtones of the tea are warm bready notes, the roasted grain flavors of the puffed rice leading the way in scent in taste.  Beneath that first burst of popcorn, the green tea comes through with slightly more vegetal notes like gentle celery or bok choy.  Alongside the puffed rice, the tea pleasantly reminds me of sauteeing green vegetables in sesame oil.

I love drinking this tea in the late afternoon (or maybe even before a movie in the evening!).  With lower caffeine than black tea, Popcorn Tea makes for a warming and soothing pick-me-up on a busy day.  Even if you can’t snuggle in under a quilt with a bowl of popcorn, this tea can help you imagine you’re there.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Genmaicha
Where to Buy: Teapigs
Description:

This tea has flourished from humble beginnings – Japanese peasants used to mix green tea with toasted rice to make it go further. It is now celebrated in its own right as Genmaicha tea, or Popcorn tea. “Sugar Puffs in a cup” – a truly unique blend with an almost nutty undertone.

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Green Tea with Pomegranate from Bigelow. . . .

This is the tea I like to call “better than it has any right to be.”

I first had this blend at a brunch place with a sad, meager tray of tea bags. I chose the one I hadn’t tried that still had caffeine (this one).

“This is going to be trash,” I told my husband.

And then I sipped it.

I’m telling you, this is a pleasant surprise every time I have it!

It is surprisingly sturdy and juicy. I am usually kind of snide about bagged tea, but this one holds up. The green vegetal flavor is light, and the pomegranate pops. I turn to this blend fairly frequently when I just don’t have the energy to gravity-steep things. (Ugh, with the water, and the rinsing, and the measuring, you know? Sometimes you just want to put a bag in a mug and call it a day.)

When people want a cheap starter-tea that they can just grab at a supermarket, this is always the first one I recommend. Give it a whirl! It’s cheap, it’s everywhere, and it’s easy!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Bigelow Tea
Description

Delicate green tea with the added touch of sweet pomegranate. If you love our green tea, we think you will really love our green tea with pomegranate…all the benefits of green tea with the added touch of sweet pomegranate.

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