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drank Mint Verbena by Harney & Sons
873 tasting notes

I was planning to do a steep-off between Harney & Sons Mint Verbena and Mighty Leaf Mint Mélange tonight, but they ended up being so different from one another that I abandoned the trial—although I did drink both glasses!

Mint Verbena smells a bit smoky somehow. Bear in mind that I was sniffing it next to the Mighty Leaf, which is a bright and vibrant fresh-cut spearmint scent. This Harney & Sons mint tisane features peppermint, but it does not really smell or taste like peppermint, I presume because of the lemon verbena. There is no citrus flavor here, but the lemon verbena does seem to transform the qualities of the mint. At the website, only peppermint, not spearmint, is indicated for this blend. Perhaps the recipe varies a bit from batch to batch, or perhaps spearmint is added to the sachets but not the loose blend. Not sure…

The brew reminded me a bit of Numi Moroccan Mint, so perhaps I should try a steep off between those two instead!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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