Cucumber Mojito Green Tea from Inspired Leaf

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Inspired Leaf

Tea Description:

Crisp, refreshing mint and lime mojo. Amazing on the rocks! Inspiration No. 26: Tea makes your eyes twinkle.

Ingredients: Organic green tea, peppermint, cucumber, lime pieces, lime leaves, lime juice, stevia, natural flavors.

Caffeine level-low.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is very refreshing!  Perfect for this time of year, when the weather is warm and you’re in search of a bright-tasting, cooling, vibrant cup of tea!  This tea is definitely all that!

I am sipping a small cup of this hot at the moment (mostly because I couldn’t wait for it to cool!) and saving the rest to let it cool so that I can enjoy it iced.  I don’t like to add ice to my tea, because even if I brew it at double or triple strength, I find that the ice just waters it down too much for my liking, and I suppose I could go through all the trouble to make tea ice cubes, but, that seems like more trouble than it’s worth in this household, since I’m the only one who drinks tea on a regular basis, and there are other people who are using the ice cube trays!

Instead, I prefer to brew the tea at normal strength and let it cool to room temperature before refrigerating, and then serving it chilled, straight, no ice.  Sometimes, I might add a thin slice of citrus, but with this tea – no need.  The lime is already in there!

And the lime is zesty without being too tart.  It isn’t overly assertive, and neither is the peppermint.  The mint IS the strongest flavor here, but, I like that it’s been tempered with the other ingredients, and it isn’t overthrowing the whole balance.  I can even taste the cucumber here!  I had, of course, hoped to taste the cucumber, but, I wasn’t so sure that the delicate, refreshing taste of cucumber would shine through the strong notes of lime and peppermint.  It certainly doesn’t overpower them, but, its there, and it adds a very lovely element to the overall cup.

And, let us not forget about the tea!  This IS a tea, after all, and I expect to taste it.  The green tea adds a fresh, slightly vegetal taste to the cup.  It is somewhat buttery and sweet, the mouthfeel is soft, and I like the way that the green tea seems to complete the cup in a very enjoyable way.

One thing I would like to point out here though, is that I wish that they did not add stevia to this blend.  In fact, I wish that other tea companies would stop doing this too.  It seems to be a growing trend, adding stevia to enhance the sweetness.  I like to decide on my own how sweet I want the tea to be, and then I like to add the sweetener of my choice.  I find that most stevia leaves a funky, somewhat metallic aftertaste that I’m not crazy about, and while the aftertaste here is not badly affected, I do taste the stevia, and I wish I didn’t.

While this cup is delicious served hot, it is best enjoyed iced, in my opinion, served as I indicated above:  brewing at normal strength, bringing to room temperature and chilling in the fridge.  It is a perfectly refreshing drink for these warm summer months that await us!

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