drank Moroccan Mint by Teavana
1817 tasting notes

I really need more self control when it comes to tea.

Having fallen in love with Tin Roof Teas Moroccan Mint, I wanted to taste others. I had my daughter pick this up in Raleigh last night so I could compare the two. The two of us sat down for an “apples to apples” tasting.

The aroma was very similar to Tin Roof Tea’s MM. That is where the similarity ended. Before I removed the infuser basket, one sniff told me I was still going to be buying the one from TRT. I thought at first that I was to going to like the Teavana version at all, but now I can honestly say it is apples to oranges to compare the two.

The TRT version is mostly mint, lots and lots of fresh, tasty mint and no smoke. The Teavana version tastes like a slightly smokey gunpowder green with spearmint.

I need to do the tasting over again, because I noticed that their steeping recommendations are very different. TRT says 194F while Teavana says 175F, yet I made both teas with the same temp water.

The Teavana version isn’t bad, and if you love gunpowder green and want to taste it more, that might be the way to go. But my favorite is still TRT, so I think I will stop trying others and stick with what I know I love!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Jim Marks

In the same way that people who find they love chili wake up one day to find that they’re roasting and grinding their own spices and blending their own ground meat… you are going to wake up one day, months from now to find yourself hand selecting green tea from an obscure chinese market and growing your own mint on the window sill — and lamenting how hard it is to get unrefined cone sugar.

ashmanra

LOL, Jim! That day is closer than you think! I went to an Asian market out of town on Wednesday. I grow two kinds of mint already and I have two kinds of unrefined sugar in the house! I almost bought German rock sugar yesterday but I wasn’t sold on the source yet…not until I do a little more research! We also grind our own wheat for breads and desserts and I have four kinds of wheat in huge buckets in the kitchen, as well as a bucket of oats (I roll my own). I have some cone sugar, but it isn’t unrefined. I just bought it so the girls could see it! I buy sugar every time we go to Raleigh because there is such a vast selection!

Jim Marks

Excellent.

Dylan Oxford

I too am a fan of Moroccan Mint, and actually have two at my house right now… NEITHER of which are the ones you’re reviewing.

What say I send you a sample of both and you tell me if either are better than TRT?

By the way, if you haven’t iced Moroccan mint yet… you’re missing out. So, so yummy. It’s like my favorite thing of tea in the world right now.

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Jim Marks

In the same way that people who find they love chili wake up one day to find that they’re roasting and grinding their own spices and blending their own ground meat… you are going to wake up one day, months from now to find yourself hand selecting green tea from an obscure chinese market and growing your own mint on the window sill — and lamenting how hard it is to get unrefined cone sugar.

ashmanra

LOL, Jim! That day is closer than you think! I went to an Asian market out of town on Wednesday. I grow two kinds of mint already and I have two kinds of unrefined sugar in the house! I almost bought German rock sugar yesterday but I wasn’t sold on the source yet…not until I do a little more research! We also grind our own wheat for breads and desserts and I have four kinds of wheat in huge buckets in the kitchen, as well as a bucket of oats (I roll my own). I have some cone sugar, but it isn’t unrefined. I just bought it so the girls could see it! I buy sugar every time we go to Raleigh because there is such a vast selection!

Jim Marks

Excellent.

Dylan Oxford

I too am a fan of Moroccan Mint, and actually have two at my house right now… NEITHER of which are the ones you’re reviewing.

What say I send you a sample of both and you tell me if either are better than TRT?

By the way, if you haven’t iced Moroccan mint yet… you’re missing out. So, so yummy. It’s like my favorite thing of tea in the world right now.

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens.

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