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!