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drank Mint Redbush by Samovar
911 tasting notes

I’m trying to learn my lesson about over-caffeinating on the weekends. After two 12oz steeps of Troika, I’m switching to something decaf for a bit so I don’t explode. I’m typically not a huge fan of mint (or rooibos, really). There is an edge to mint that feels raw to me, so for me to enjoy minty things the mint usually needs to be mixed with something to heavily tame it down to a bare fresh tingle.

This tea is pretty much full on mint. I don’t really taste the rooibos except for maybe a hint at the end (and even then it is more of a not-mint undernote than a woody rooibos taste) and I can’t pick out the bergamot at all (which is a little disappointing). Except the mint doesn’t have that mint bite, that rawness, that I dislike in things that are so full on mint. If I have to guess, I’d say that the rooibos (and bergamot) add a little heaviness to the flavor of the mint that prevents it from seeming so thin and prevents that biting raw edge at the end.

I’m still not a huge fan of strongly mint things, but this is pretty good. I imagine that if I were the type to like drinking pure mint tisanes (or even predominately mint tisanes), I would find this very tasty. As it is, I do find it one of the best strong mint tisanes I’ve had.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Never heard of a mint-a-roo combination before. Intellectually, they don’t sound like they’d go together, but now I’m intrigued.

Stephanie

“mint-a-roo”—neat! I like that!

Auggy

And speaking of things that don’t sound like they go together (at least to me), I think putting bergamot in this sounds way weird. But it all manages to work for me!

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gmathis

Never heard of a mint-a-roo combination before. Intellectually, they don’t sound like they’d go together, but now I’m intrigued.

Stephanie

“mint-a-roo”—neat! I like that!

Auggy

And speaking of things that don’t sound like they go together (at least to me), I think putting bergamot in this sounds way weird. But it all manages to work for me!

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

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1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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