Jasmint from Chash Tea . . . . .

When the weather gets warmer, I feel a resurgence of my love for all things minty and cool.  Iced mint tea on a hot day helps me cool down and refresh like nothing else.  After getting a taste of Jasmint from Chash Tea, I’ll have to add this blend to the rotation.

This tea came to me in well-designed little package, and when I looked it up online, the Chash website is equally enticing.  The stylish package makes me feel extra classy when I brew up my tea.

The dry leaf of this tea is everything you want in a minty tea, fragrant and cool and crisp, as popping and fresh as mint right from the herb garden.  When brewed, this tea shows off its other ingredients, with a dominant bloom of jasmine, and a nutty, barky undertone from the tea leaves. The spearmint is at the back of each sip: minty and slightly creamy, with a touch of vanilla.  I always find that peppermint is a little too harsh on its own, and it needs the softer creaminess of spearmint to help balance it out.  The sweet-mint taste of spearmint in this blend is no exception.

My go-to summer mint tea has always been some variety of Moroccan Mint with peppermint and black or Darjeeling tea blended together.  Jasmint is a lovely departure from this usual mix.  The flowery jasmine and creamy mint are a great combination of both floral and cool.  This tea feels like the ideal summer night, with open windows blowing in cool air with the fragrance of garden blossoms.

Stay cool and classy this summer with a cup of Jasmint from Chash Tea.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Chash Tea

When blending we occasionally find one so obvious we can’t quite believe we didn’t think to blend it earlier! One afternoon it occurred to the team that Jasmine might support Spearmint and Peppermint.  Counter-intuitive? Very much s0!  The rest is history!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Moroccan Mint from The Tea Can Company. . . Minty Love in a Bag!

Every once in a while, you really can’t escape the fact that a tea bag is more convenient. Yes, I know. The flavors sometimes are not the strongest and the best. But sometimes you come across one that actually works for you. This happened with me the other day.

I have a very fast paced deadline oriented job. From the hours of 8-5, I’m typically glued to my computer and trying to multi-task with the best of them. Time Management is critical in my position, but there are times where I can’t even keep up.  I found myself running late for a meeting so I quickly prepped my water up, threw this tea bag in, and my meeting was underway.

And I have to say, for being a bagged tea, this ditty was quite delightful! I couldn’t stop drinking this tea.   I am a huge green tea fan and love my mint flavors, so I knew going in I would probably like this tea. What I didn’t expect was that after I had infused the leaves a few times, I still was wanting more.

The Tea Can Company’s take on this Moroccan Mint was pretty on point. A gorgeous play on mint flavors with an almost roasted like green tea with hints of a vegetal finish. Each sip was as delicious as the one before, even when the cuppa began to cool.

99% of the tea I drink is loose leaf. Besides the obvious issues with bagged teas, I have found that I love the act of brewing/steeping loose leaf tea.  But sometimes in the mad world I work in, I don’t have those spare moments to brew up a pot.  This is where this tea hit home for me.

I’ve tried a few of The Tea Can Company’s offerings and so far I’ve been pretty happy with them. So if you are in the market for a solid bagged tea, I’d suggest checking them out.  But something to consider, this tea does seem to be a bit  on the pricey side. A 10 tea sachet tin canister is $10 but they do offer a mini tin for $4, allowing you a chance to check out the tea before diving into a larger order. I was able to steep the tea a few times over. Just my final thought on this lovely version of a classic blend!

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Tea
Where to Buy: The Tea Can Company
Description: A true palate cleanser. This exhilarating and refreshing blend of Green Tea and Moroccan Peppermint mingle together to refine your palate – pleasing with every sip. Serve hot or cold.
Ingredients: Green Tea with Peppermint and/or Spearmint Leaves and Peppermint Flavor, Contains Caffeine

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Moroccan Mint Green Blend from Tiger Spring Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Tiger Spring Tea

Tea Description:

Our blend of real Moroccan ‘Nana’ mint (Mentha spicata) and green tea is delicious either hot or cold! Although this tea is traditionally drunk very sweet, it tastes very pleasant without any sweetening because of the natural sweet aroma of this extraordinary mint. Suitable for anyone who loves spearmint and is looking for a natural drink full of freshness.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

What a delightful Moroccan Mint blend!

Typically, a Moroccan Mint is a gunpowder green tea and dried mint leaves combination.  This particular Moroccan Mint is gunpowder green and spearmint leaves.  It seems like such a simple combination, which is why it really amazes me how some Moroccan Mint blends really stand out above others that I’ve tried.

I mean, you’d think they’d all taste pretty much the same.  But this one – somehow – manages to really stand out!  Maybe it’s the freshness of the ingredients.  Maybe it’s just expertly blended to have just the right ratio of green tea to mint leaves.  I don’t know exactly how Tiger Spring Tea has managed to accomplish this, but, I’m really glad that I have this opportunity to try it and have it impress me so!

I know I’ve mentioned this more than once before, but typically, I prefer peppermint to spearmint, but, I’m finding that I really like the spearmint in this Moroccan Mint.  It tastes crisp and cool, and even has a slight spiciness to it that I find quite intriguing.

The gunpowder green tea is smooth and buttery, providing a very pleasing base for the spearmint to deliver its zingy taste.  The green tea is lightly vegetative, sweet and has a soft, silky mouthfeel that is an interesting contrast to the invigoratingly fresh taste of the mint.

I brewed my first cup of this and served it hot, and found it to be vibrant tasting as well as quite soothing, especially after my spicy meal!  I enjoyed it so much that I decided I wanted a full pitcher of this chilled for the following day’s iced tea sipping, so I brewed a pitcher (and I infused the leaves three times!) and found that the iced tea was also exceptional.  The leaves stood up to the multiple infusions without losing their flavor, and the iced tea was thirst-quenching.

This one is a winner!

“The Big Chill” – January’s Steepster Select Box

I hope you’ll bear with me as I do something a little different with tonight’s post.

As a subscriber to the Steepster Select program, I receive a box with three different teas.  Each month there is a different theme.  This month’s theme is “The Big Chill.”  The box also includes a postcard size card that offers some insight on the theme, as well as the teas that are chosen.

Here is the description of The Big Chill:

For when winter seeps into the bones and dull skies numb the spirit, we have just the teas to warm you through and through.

A smokey black tea, fire crackling at your feet.
A chai with warming spices, heat spreading from sip to fingertips.
A peppermint-blended green tea, the remembrance of holidays past.

Seasons greetings from Steepster.

This month, I have already reviewed the smoky black tea and the chai with warming spices, but have not yet reviewed the peppermint-blended green tea.  That’s because I already reviewed this tea back in November, and since it was such a short time ago, I didn’t feel the need to review it once again.  My thoughts on this tea haven’t changed:  it still tastes crisp and minty and refreshing. However, I didn’t want to let January close without having mentioned the third tea.

The teas that were chosen for this month’s Steepster Select were all wonderful teas and were perfect for the chosen theme.  The smoky tones of the Lapsang Souchong evokes thoughts of a warm, cozy fire roaring in the fireplace.  The spices in the chai warmed me from the inside out, helping me to stave off winter’s cold.  And this delicious Moroccan Mint from Earthbound Tea is cool and sweet, reflective of the crisp chill in the air.

I can’t wait to discover what next month’s Steepster Select has in store!

Lapsang Souchong from Dr. Tea’s Tea Garden

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Dr. Tea’s Tea Garden

About This Tea:

The story goes that Lapsang Souchong was first created when the Wuyi region’s annual tea drying process was interrupted by army movement. To compensate for the missed drying period, tea farmers hung their tea over pinewood fires, consequently imparting a distinctive smoky flavor and aroma. Our Lapsang Souchong is sourced by Mark Ukra, co-owner of Dr. Tea’s Tea Garden, who comes from a family of Middle Eastern tea merchants dating back 400 years. Drink Lapsang Souchong plain or try it as a spice or rub for cooking.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

January’s Steepster Select box brought teas that to help warm us up from Winter’s Chill.  The first tea that I tried from the box was this Lapsang Souchong, which is a little unusual for me since it’s one of my least favorite teas (well, not this Lapsang Souchong, but Lapsang Souchong in general is one of my least favorite teas).

But this is no ordinary Lapsang Souchong.  This is easily the best that I’ve ever tried.  Now, I can’t say that I’ve tried a lot of Lapsang Souchong teas, as it is one of those teas that I tend to avoid, but I have tried a few, and I’ve even managed to – slowly – get my palate more accustomed to the unique flavor experience of Lapsang Souchong.  While I am slowly gaining an appreciation for this strong, smoky tea, it is still sometimes difficult for me to get past it.

This Lapsang Souchong from Dr. Tea’s Tea Garden has been a real eye-opening experience for me.  I am not just “appreciating” this tea … I’m LOVING it!

The first couple of sips are quite smoky.  But once I get past those first sips, I find wonderful flavors await me.  I can actually taste the pine here, and that is something that I didn’t really experience in previous Lapsang Souchong tastings.  I may have tasted mere hints of pine in the distance, but, mostly what I tasted was smoke and the caramel undertone.  Here, the pine is quite distinct and it is lovely.

The caramel undertones are there as well, giving a very pleasant sweetness to the smoky overtones.  But what I find especially enjoyable is the way that the caramel undertones meld with the pine notes.  The flavors here are deep and intriguing.

A very unique Lapsang Souchong, and I have Steepster Select for bringing it to me!