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I’m on a mission to de-cupboard the remains of the Teavana Holiday blends before I move. Tonight’s sip-down is White Chocolate Peppermint.

I am not as negatively disposed toward this foody drink as I was the first time I tried it, but I definitely would not seek it out again. Examining the dried blend before brewing, I saw hardly any rooibos, and lots of white chocolate chips and chocolate chips and cocoa nibs. So basically this is a foody beverage more than a rooibos blend. I thought about adding some extra rooibos to give the liquor more body, but then I decided to drink it as it is intended. Well, I did not quite do that, since I used about four times the prescribed dose for my pot—finishing the second half of the 2 ounce envelope. Using that much of these foody blends is the only way I’ve found of avoiding the dreaded “Vitamin Water” or dilute Koolaid effect.

My conclusion: not for me. The peppermint flavor is fine, but I don’t need to sip my way through an oil slick for that experience. Peppermint leaves suit me very well unadorned. Sometimes less is more. The blenders at Teavana obviously disagree.

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