Holiday Tea-son! I know this is hardly exciting, but I have quite the stomachache and mint, at least in my opinion, an appopriately wintery flavor, and it always helps settle my stomach, so I’m going to cash in this sampler from the ol’ T2 sampler haul of January 2018. It’s a blend of peppermint, spearmint, and lemon verbena.
The leaf smells like mint. Steeped up, the tea has the dull brown color of mint tea, and the aroma of mint. And guess what? Spoilers! It tastes like mint. (I bet you couldn’t guess!) It’s what you would expect of a mint tea; brisk, soothing, with a cooling menthol effect on the tongue. It’s a little more peppermint forward at the beginning of the sip, but I do notice a bit of a spearmint note closer to the end of the sip. The lemon verbena is pretty benign in this blend; the mint comes on so strongly I’m honestly not reading any citrus here, personally.
The leaf was nice and full, rather than the typical pulverized mulch of bagged mint teas, and I feel it tastes a little cleaner/vegetal/earthy, too. It’s fine. But at the end of the day, it’s just another mint tea. But most importantly, it’s cool on my throat but warm and soothing on my stomach, and I’ve only been sipping on this for maybe ten minutes and I already feel my stomach starting to improve.
Maybe I will be able to manage some dinner later tonight, after all.
Flavors: Menthol, Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint, Vegetal