drank Peppermint by Ringtons
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More peppermint! It’s becoming a bit of a routine for me to have a mint tea as soon as I arrive at work, ostensibly to help me cool down from my walk in. I never thought it’s something I’d do, but it’s given me the opportunity to reevaluate my thoughts on mint teas both generally and specifically. I guess I have to say I appreciate the heat for that, because I’d not have done so otherwise. I don’t appreciate it for any other reason, though, except that there’s 0% chance of snow. That’s always a bonus. I wish it would rain, though. If it would rain, I’d go outside and stand in it, and I’d never complain about rain again as long as I live. How’s that for a deal?

This one is more along the lines of the peppermint I’m used to. It’s brown and slightly dank tasting, but it does have a kind of high-level sweetness that’s actually really appealing. I don’t know whether that’s always been there, or whether I’m just getting used to it? The problem I have with mint tea generally is that it doesn’t taste much like mint – not like polo mints, or fresh mint from a plant, toothpaste, or mint ice cream. You know, mint. It’s not like that at all. I sometimes wonder whether it’s just me that thinks this; do I have some kind of odd taste deficiency when it comes to mint tea? I don’t think so, somehow, but I suppose it could be.

I like this one better than some plain peppermint teas (I’m still looking at Twinigs), but not as much as peppermint/spearmint blends, which I’ve decided are much more my thing. I’ve always preferred spearmint in general; I used to be the one who wanted all the spearmint polos and softmints on long car journeys. Pure spearmint tea isn’t my thing, though, just like pure peppermint isn’t; I think there’s something about the pairing of the two that creates tea happiness for me.

I do appreciate that I’ve spent a good couple of paragraphs not really getting to the point, but for some reason I find mint teas really hard to describe in flavour terms? It’s not super-minty in the way of minty things (see above), but I’m finding it pleasant and I’d happily drink it again. At least, while it’s this hot.

We can attribute this tasting note to the fact that I think my brain is melting.

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.


Norfolk, UK

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