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Thanks to Mercuryhime for this sample!

So, guys, it seems that either I’m developing a taste for mint, or Frank does something awesome with his minty blends that really works for me, because this tea is just as good as the Chocolate Mint Black (or whatever it was called) that I sampled a while back from Missy & Dylan. It’s minty, with maybe a touch of chocolate, and this characteristic 52teas malty, delicious flavour that I am adoring in the blends. I find it’s in many of them, which is fine by me as it’s good! I guess I didn’t taste the medicinal rooibos flavour, as I didn’t note it down.

Unmistakeable sign that I liked this tea? Checked the cup for more, and pouted when it was empty :D

ETA: Second infusion still has that characteristic flavour, with mint and even less chocolate. Still worthwhile, but I threw out the leaves after this one.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Scatterbrain

Have you had Fusion Tea Room’s Roasted Mocha Mint Mate? It’s OUT OF THIS WORLD and I’m usually not big on mint in tea.

Kittenna

No! I haven’t! That sounds potentially up my alley, given my love of roasted mate and apparent liking of mint in some blends like this. I have a bit of 52teas Vanilla Mint Mate from Missy and Dylan that I have yet to try, and have high hopes for it too.

TeaBrat

This is nice, I also like soymilk in mine. :)

Kittenna

I can’t say I’ve ever added milk to a honeybush or rooibos before. I can see this one taking it though.

Mercuryhime

I quite I enjoy this as well! I also like DT’s Mint Chicolate Rooibos. I’ll probably replace this with that when I run out.

Kittenna

Mercuryhime – IIRC I actually didn’t much care for DT’s version. Maybe it’s the rooibos vs. honeybush? I actually had forgotten about it – should have tried tonight. But you sent me enough so I can make a second cup, so hopefully I’ll remember to compare the two then.

Mercuryhime

Well I think Franks blend is much better, but I gotta have my mint chocolate! :) I’ll be interested to see your comparison though!

CHAroma

52teas does have a very distinctive chocolate flavoring that I haven’t found anywhere else.

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Scatterbrain

Have you had Fusion Tea Room’s Roasted Mocha Mint Mate? It’s OUT OF THIS WORLD and I’m usually not big on mint in tea.

Kittenna

No! I haven’t! That sounds potentially up my alley, given my love of roasted mate and apparent liking of mint in some blends like this. I have a bit of 52teas Vanilla Mint Mate from Missy and Dylan that I have yet to try, and have high hopes for it too.

TeaBrat

This is nice, I also like soymilk in mine. :)

Kittenna

I can’t say I’ve ever added milk to a honeybush or rooibos before. I can see this one taking it though.

Mercuryhime

I quite I enjoy this as well! I also like DT’s Mint Chicolate Rooibos. I’ll probably replace this with that when I run out.

Kittenna

Mercuryhime – IIRC I actually didn’t much care for DT’s version. Maybe it’s the rooibos vs. honeybush? I actually had forgotten about it – should have tried tonight. But you sent me enough so I can make a second cup, so hopefully I’ll remember to compare the two then.

Mercuryhime

Well I think Franks blend is much better, but I gotta have my mint chocolate! :) I’ll be interested to see your comparison though!

CHAroma

52teas does have a very distinctive chocolate flavoring that I haven’t found anywhere else.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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