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drank Mintastic by 52teas
255 tasting notes

I received my Mintastic today and decided it was just the thing. Dry, it smells lovely with spearmint perhaps winning the mighty contention between minty compadres for the “lead” aroma.

Once brewed, the odor is of a toothpaste/mouthwash mix. Pepsodent with a touch of Listerine? Ipana with Lavoris possibly, although I know that’s a little bit Ike and Mamie. Crest with extra whitener? I was a bit perplexed at first, but gamely sat down to drink my tea, knowing that I’d end up with minty fresh breath at the very least.

On taste, however, any serious intimations of toothpaste or mouthwash or anything medicinal, disappear. The trio of spearmint, peppermint, and wintergreen dance a lively gavotte in my mouth. No, it’s more like a Morris dance, where they take turns leading. No, it’s more like an English country dance, which Henry Tilney tells us is an “emblem of marriage”. The three distinct tastes remain distinct, and yet know when to blend and when to dip and when to “do si dos”. In sooth and in truth, it’s a delightful marriage of mints.

I can certainly see this as making a great iced tea too. Totally refreshing!
I have been consistently pleased with 52teas and consider their quality and their level of invention one of the best deals in the tea-buying world.

SECOND TASTE:
I like this as much if not more than I liked it yesterday. I used a smidgen less tea and this time I added a very small brown sugar crystal or two and a quick dash of milk. Although toothpaste overtones remain to the aroma, it’s a satisfyingly minty blend and it tolerates the milk very well.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

I haven’t thought of Ipana in a long, long time. Brusha brusha brusha.

Networld

sounds like a great summer tea! I’ll have to try this one

LiberTEAS

I wasn’t that excited when I saw last week’s tea of the week, but, after reading this review, I’m rethinking it… maybe I will have to order it. There is one or two others that I want to try of theirs, but have been waiting to see what this week’s offering will be.

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__Morgana__

I haven’t thought of Ipana in a long, long time. Brusha brusha brusha.

Networld

sounds like a great summer tea! I’ll have to try this one

LiberTEAS

I wasn’t that excited when I saw last week’s tea of the week, but, after reading this review, I’m rethinking it… maybe I will have to order it. There is one or two others that I want to try of theirs, but have been waiting to see what this week’s offering will be.

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I really love big, bold, brash teas. Smokiness enthralls me. I don’t seem to do subtle.
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Never again in a hundred million years

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Shows some promise but also has a fundamental flaw. I probably owe these a second taste but am unmotivated.

71-80:
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