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My mom brought several bags of this and put it together with part of a “birthday package” for me. It was also partially for the boyfriend, who loves green minty teas.

This is certainly minty! The dry leaf smells very much like a mint gum and is really refreshing. Steeped, the scent is much the same, and the taste matches well – I taste a small presence of green tea at the forefront and quite a lot of cooling mint on the swallow. It is very light and a perfect after dinner/before bed tea.

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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "

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