Brewed up a nice pot of this minty green tea on a strange sort of Sunday: It’s 75˚F, but cloudy and humid, with occasional sprinkles. The wind is a-gusting, sending leaves and pine needles skittering across my yard. It’s like… steamy-spooky. Which might explain why this name of this tea appealed to me! :D

I never find myself reaching for the few straight mint teas I have in my cupboard. I love mint in general, but I find mint tea very one-note, and it tends to bore me after a while. There’s only so much mint flavor you can take in a sitting, y’know? But because this blend has more going on, it’s working for me, big time! It’s like a minty, creamy, marshmallow… or maybe one of those melt-in-your-mouth mints? Butter mints? Yeah, that’s exactly what this tea is evoking for me. Butter mints! It’s like an elevated version of Twinings’ Buttermint. I love that it gives a sensation of sweetness without actually being sweetened. And the sharp spearmint is a great foil to the rich, creamy mouthfeel of the marshmallow root.

It smells and tastes delightful and screams “winter holiday” to me, which is no bad thing this time of year. I’m really enjoying it and could see it becoming my go-to mint tea.

Flavors: Creamy, Marshmallow, Mint, Soft, Spearmint, Sweet

2 min, 15 sec

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I was an anxious child who didn’t like change, so when my parents flew across the country for my grandfather’s wedding and left us kids with my aunt and uncle, I was a nervous wreck. Our first night at their house was tough. I couldn’t sleep, so I got up and padded into the kitchen, where my aunt was puttering around. She could tell I was distressed and offered to make me a cup of tea. It was just Celestial Seasonings’ peppermint tea, but it was exactly what I needed. The tea itself, the comfort it represented, the ritual of making it… I was enchanted. I’ve loved tea ever since.

I’m partial to strong, intense flavors and prefer loose-leaf to bagged, but I’m also no snob. I just know what I enjoy and like trying new blends. I mostly drink my tea straight but once in a blue moon I’ll add a little plant-based milk, generally oat.

I live in Maryland, USA, with my partner, two dogs, and one cat, and I’m an editor at an animal welfare nonprofit. I use she/her pronouns. I’ve actually been a Steepster reader for years and years, but only started posting in late 2021. :)

When I’m not drinking tea (or sometimes WHILE I’m drinking tea!) I’m reading, rewatching comfort shows on Netflix, going for a jog, knitting, hiking, or puttering in the garden. You can find me on Instagram at @kelmishka.

Favorite ingredients, flavors, etc.

Maple (all-time fave flavor!), vanilla, caramel, and all that dessert-y warming goodness

Jasmine, lavender, and most floral flavors

Most spices, although I go through phases and sometimes get bored of generic-feeling winter spice blends

Most fruity flavors

Matcha and other vegetal flavors

Not-so-favorite ingredients, flavors, etc.

Bergamot (I tolerate it, but it just doesn’t do it for me)


Overly artificial flavors (banana, coconut, mango)

Stevia, monkfruit, and other sugar-alternative sweeteners — blech

Chocolate — it’s hard to get it right in tea, though I love real chocolate!

Animal products, including honey (long-time vegan checking in!)

My ratings

90-100: The best! Will almost definitely repurchase.

75-90: Really good, and potentially worthy of a restock.

60-75: Decent, if not terribly memorable.

50-60: In the “meh” range, but possibly for personal taste reasons.

35-50: I’m not a fan, and this is not very good tea.

20-35: Varying degrees of bad.

1-20: Actively bad. Like really bad. I can’t imagine anyone disagreeing.


Maryland, USA

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