Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Tea Licious
green tea with peppermint leaves
The green tea in this blend is a gunpowder green, evidenced by the tiny pellets of green tea in the dry leaf. Sometimes, I find gunpowder green teas to be a bit on the harsh side, but not tonight. This is very pleasant, with a light vegetative quality and no bitterness. There is a lightly drying astringency at the finish.
The peppermint is crisp and cooling, but it is not overpowering (peppermint can be somewhat aggressive and take over a blend, that didn’t happen here). There is a good balance between mint and green tea flavor.
The sip begins with a sweet introduction of mint and green tea, with the peppermint maintaining its presence throughout the sip. The green tea is present in the beginning, drops off a little, and by the end comes through with a slight grassy note and the astringency. The aftertaste is sweet and minty.
I love sipping on a mint tea after a meal. It is soothing on the stomach and it helps to freshen the palate after heavy (or spicy!) foods. A great tea to keep on hand when you might need a little minty refreshment!
Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Indie Tea
Gunpowder Green Tea With Peppermint and Safflower Petals.
The Word Exotic Can Have Many Meanings. When It Comes To Tea, Think Of An Adventurous Journey To A Far Away And Unfamiliar Environment… The Other Meanings We’ll Leave To Your Imagination.
This is one of the better mint flavored green teas I’ve encountered lately. There is such a pleasant balance of tastes.
The gunpowder green tea is a strong component, but, it isn’t overwhelmingly grassy or vegetative. There is a soft, fresh taste that is somewhat “green” – a little vegetative but not really so much like vegetables or even grass… just somewhat… leafy in taste.
It is a gentle taste that I really enjoy – a surprisingly good flavor from gunpowder green! Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a good quality gunpowder green, however, sometimes, gunpowder greens come off very vegetative. This one is not. I don’t know if it is because of the peppermint in the blend, or that it is just a gunpowder green of exceptional quality (or perhaps a combination of the two), but, this is one of the better gunpowder green teas that I’ve encountered.
The peppermint flavor is also strong, but, it isn’t overpowering. It tastes minty, but it doesn’t taste mouthwash-y or medicinal in any way. It just has a fresh, clean taste that melds perfectly with the gunpowder green tea. It is a well-blended tea!
The safflower petals in this blend do not lend much in the way of taste, although they certainly do give the blend a very pretty appearance. While this isn’t quite as unique a blend as some of the others I’ve tried from Indie tea (there are a lot of peppermint green teas out there), it is delicious and one of the better mint green teas I’ve tasted lately. Kudos to Indie Tea!