Sweet Peppermint in the Shape of a Heart from Tea Drops. . .

I got a sample of Sweet Peppermint from Tea Drops in some teamail from a friend.  Most of the tea I drink for fun or for reviews are loose leaf teas, with the occasional bagged tea as well.  I personally haven’t tried many instant teas, so at first I was a bit baffled with the right way to brew this sample from Tea Drops.  Simply put the tea-cake into hot water and stir. How easy is that?

Let me draw attention to the adorable fact that this Sweet Peppermint sample came pressed into the shape of a heart.  The cuteness of this tea-cake is the essential detail here, and is what makes these Tea Drops teas such cute gift ideas. They have other shapes like stars and flowers as well as the heart shape I tried.

Brewed this tea is mildly minty, very sugar and sweet, with some creamy vanilla tones.  The little compressed tea-cakes might be an easy solution to brewing tea on the go. Consider stashing a few of these in your desk at work for when the going gets tough and you only have a mug around for tea-brewing.

As a tea, this blend is okay.  The cuteness of the presentation is its true benefit and enjoyment. Definitely worth a try for the novelty of their super-cute tea-cakes.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Tea Drops
Description:

A fuller bodied Peppermint tea experience that’s refreshing to the senses with a kick of genuine spearmint. Naturally caffeine-free, this is the perfect anytime tea – morning, day, or night.

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Smart Tea from Wild Leaf Active Teas. . . .

I am a sucker for a tea with a magical claim, friends.

This one is a delightful green, with hints of berry and mint at the forefront. Now, I’ll be honest– I may have brewed this one up a bit too hot, as I hadn’t realized it was a green until after my water went a’boilin’. (Not my– wait for it– *smart*est moment, but I digress.)

But regardless, it was everything I love greens to be– fruity, light, grassy– and nothing I dislike– bitter, or vegetal.

Did it make me any smarter?

I can’t say for sure (and my flub on the boiling temp would surely suggest otherwise), but it was great afternoon sipping, and gave me just enough pep to make it through til the end of the day.

If I’m smart enough to know what’s good for me, I’ll be brewing this one again!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy: Wild Leaf
Description

Channel your inner Einstein with mental stimulating Ginkgo Biloba, Peppermint and Gotu Kola. Whether you need to tackle a job interview, a test or just figure out what’s for dinner, drink this minty flavored tea to bring out the most brilliant you!

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Organic Peppermint Cinnamon from Trader Joe’s. . . .

I’ve been feeling the need to cull my tea collection lately, friends. Now, before you gasp and exile me from Sororitea-Sisterhood, let me clarify. I have SO MUCH TEA. And frankly, lots of my “backlog” teas are ones that have sat there for a very, very, very long time. Rather than letting them languish, I’ve been packing them up (or tossing them out, if they’re really *that* old) and passing onto friends, and keeping my core collection full of teas that I really, really love. (this way, when new samples come in, I can happily sip a cup or two and then move along to the next without a giant back-stash of guilt staring at me from my tea cabinet.)

Now, you’d think in all this freshening-up of my tea cabinet, I’d be staying away from picking up anything new. Ah, friends, but you would be wrong. While I’ve been trying to stay away from restocking the empty spaces in my cabinets, the siren song of new blends has been a little tricky to resist. I’ve mostly persisted, but when I saw this cute little box of pyramid sachets for only a handful of dollars at Trader Joe’s, I knew it was coming to work with me for easy brewing.

This blend is simple, as the name implies– only peppermint leaves and cinnamon stick chunks, perfectly visible in the bag. It’s autumnal (thanks, cinnamon!) without being in-your-face, it’s herby and fresh (oh hey, peppermint) without being toothpaste-y. I can say with all honesty that it’s unlike any herbal I’ve ever had before– and frankly, when it comes to herbals, I’m learning that the simpler/fewer ingredients, the better. I’m finding this the perfect little bridge to get me through my mid-morning/pre-lunch slump during the workday, and it hits those festive fall notes, to boot. Well done, TJ’s! This is worthy of a space in my forever-cabinet.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Trader Joe’s

The Lucky Snitch from Riddle’s Tea Shoppe and Curiosities. . . .

Riddle’s Tea Shoppe and Curiosities is an awesome Etsy store that sells many fandom-inspired goods. There is a big focus on Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts and Lord of the Rings/the Hobbit inspired teas, post cards, buttons, and other trinkets, though she explores other fandoms as well. Each item displayed beautifully in the images on her site. In fact, that is how I found this company, through the beautiful images strewn throughout Instagram advertising her products.

For weeks I tried to buy her many tea samples but each Wednesday when she restocked, everything sold out so fast that I was unable to make my purchase. That is until one Wednesday when I made sure to be online for exactly when the restock occurred and quickly threw one of each tea in my cart and cashed out.

It was while perusing her site that I realized I had actually tried some of the teas before. How is that possible since I never bought her stuff? Well, before selling directly through Riddle’s Tea Shoppe and Curiosities, the shop owner offered her blends on the fandom section of the Adagio Teas website.

This particular tea, The Lucky Snitch, is not one I had previously tasted so when I got to brewing, I was excited for something new. In light of the chocolate, peppermint, cinnamon, and creme, I thought this would make for a good latte so I measured out what I needed for that and used the rest to make a hot cup of this tea plain. I steeped both for 4 minutes in 200 degree water.

The plain tea really emphasizes the peppermint. Its the top note that sits atop the chocolate, another flavor highlighted in the cup. The two components, though complimentary, at times seems a bit disconnected. I don’t get much in the way of cinnamon or ginger and though creme is also not a flavor I notice, I believe it helps give the chocolate a silkiness that is more akin to milk chocolate as opposed to more of a cocoa or dark chocolate. So, this tea essentially tastes of a milk chocolate bar that someone put peppermint on.

The latte does something a little different to the tea as it seems to have brought out some more of the cinnamon/spice notes. That makes this heavier. I genuinely thought the milk would make this more creamy but instead it gives a cinnamon weightiness to the whole blend. The peppermint still lingers on top though somehow more harmoniously blends with the other components. Meanwhile, the chocolate disappeared a bit in the mix. Given that lack of chocolate flavor, this makes me think of when you make hot chocolate packets with water instead of milk and everything just feels watered down, which is especially strange in light of this being made with milk. A faint shadow of hot chocolate, except in this case, a shadow of a peppermint mexican hot chocolate given the focus on peppermint and cinnamon. It is not bad, but surprisingly this does better as a plain cup of peppermint chocolate tea.

Does it stand out among all the other peppermint chocolate teas out there? No, so I probably will stick to the ones I can more easily attain in Canada. However, it is a nice take on the flavors and if this blend is one that you can obtain easily and without paying much shipping, it is worth a try.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Riddle’s Tea Shoppe and Curiosities
Description

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Peppermint Leaves from Steven Smith Teamaker. . . .

I really love mint tea. Especially in the morning . Mint awakens my senses and makes me feel alive and awake with no caffeine.

This morning I tried this Steven Smith Teamaker peppermint tea and wow I am not disappointed at all.

It’s crisp, and smooth minty! It has a really deep mint flavor, it really sticks with you. I feel relaxed and energized. It’s definitely a tea to savor and enjoy. I’m having mine warm because it’s a blissfully cool morning, but I am imagining this as a super crisp, super refreshing iced tea on a hot day. Either way this is one of the best if not the best mint teas I’ve had.

This is absolutely the perfect tea for this beautiful Saturday morning. The birds are singing, it’s quiet and peaceful and all is right in the world. If you like mint tea, this is the tea for you. I’m so happy that I was introduced to this delicious, refreshing tea. And of course this is caffeine free so it’s safe to drink at any of the day.

This would be a great after lunch pick me up at work, or if you need a breath freshener after lunch. And peppermint tea helps with digestion, so it’s perfect after any meal!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Steven Smith Teamaker
Description

It’s no secret that the world’s best peppermint comes from the Pacific Northwest. Gently hand-screened for perfect leaf size, it infuses a full, creamy flavor with distinct chocolate notes and an intense finish. A great after dinner treat or midday breath freshener. Caffeine free

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