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This is part two of truly attempting to understand the herbs and flavorings that I think I know. Spearmint.

From the bag, the loose leaf smells less potent than peppermint. It is a softer, more luxurious smell. It’s cool and refreshing, but with less of the bite that you receive from the peppermint. More relaxed, it attempts to impress rather than intimidate.

Steeped, the liquor is a yellow-amber, almost golden. I was still expecting green. Call me crazy.

The flavor has a sweet, foresty taste to it. It is lush and smooth, but without the pine tang of the peppermint. It’s softer. Flavorful, but not powerful. There is a light, soothing coolness to the flavor, and a sweet candy flavor to the finish.

Part of my whole basis for these experiments I am doing is to make myself more aware of when I “guess” at flavors, instead of actually experiencing them. One of those “guesses” that I think I need to throw out of the window… is my love for spearmint. I’ve always thought spearmint was my favorite. But really, after having a steaming cup of peppermint vs a steaming cup of spearmint, all alone… Peppermint definitely takes the cake.

Part of this has to do with the fact that… spearmint is evidently more prevalent in most of my dental products than I thought. As much as I sat and tried to drink this with an open mind… I thought of mouthwash. I thought of toothpaste. I thought of mint waxed dental floss. I swear in my head that flavor was a candied peppermint, but no, evidently it’s spearmint.

Now, I’m not saying this flavor doesn’t belong places… but I really think that I want it in a slightly lesser abundance than the peppermint. Maybe 60/40.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Bonnie

Sounds like those mint leaf jelly candies that are spearmint.

tigress_al

Interesting review. I like how you are trying to understand tea ingredients!

Dylan Oxford

Bonnie – mint leaf candies?
Tigress – thanks! It is definitely interesting and enjoyable.

Bonnie

Yes Mr. Mint! There are candies shaped like mint leaves and sugar sprinkled that are heavily flavored spearmint. (Just like the orange slice jelly candies)

Bonnie

Daisy is correctomundo!

DaisyChubb

Now I want one! Or spearmint flavour licorice ropes! yum :)

Cheryl

Love those mint leaf jelly candies!

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Bonnie

Sounds like those mint leaf jelly candies that are spearmint.

tigress_al

Interesting review. I like how you are trying to understand tea ingredients!

Dylan Oxford

Bonnie – mint leaf candies?
Tigress – thanks! It is definitely interesting and enjoyable.

Bonnie

Yes Mr. Mint! There are candies shaped like mint leaves and sugar sprinkled that are heavily flavored spearmint. (Just like the orange slice jelly candies)

Bonnie

Daisy is correctomundo!

DaisyChubb

Now I want one! Or spearmint flavour licorice ropes! yum :)

Cheryl

Love those mint leaf jelly candies!

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My fiancé and I are beginning to enjoy tea infusion, and it’s slowly becoming an interesting hobby that the two of us can share. Maybe not slowly… it’s somewhat amazing how much tea you can buy when everything looks shiny and new.

Tea Rating system:

90 – 100: This is a tea I will always have on hand at work, and at home. I will leave it on altars as offerings of perfection.

80 – 89: This, or one of it’s close cousins, will likely be in my cabinet at home. When this tea runs out, I will buy more. I’ll always wonder if there is something better, but be too afraid to look to stray from home to find it.

70 – 79: Definitely good, but not a clear winner. I enjoy it, I’ll finish it, but I probably won’t buy it again until I’ve exhausted all other versions of this product from any reputable retailer. Though, it may enjoy a resurrection for custom blending.

60 – 69: This tea is okay, but definitely not something I’m going to brew again. I’m going to give what I have left away.

30 – 59: I didn’t finish drinking this tea. I actually poured it out, and went for something else. I’ll still give this tea away, but I’ll do it with a warning and a plead for forgiveness.

0 – 29: This tea is riding securely towards an iceberg at the helm of the failboat. I’ve taken this out of my tea tin, and laid it on a napkin as potpurri. I do not consider it fit for human consumption.

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