I’ve tried a few mint teas in my time, but I’ve yet to find one I really like. I’ve found them all sort of lacklustre and one-dimensional. This is the biggest exception so far, perhaps because it’s a blend of both Peppermint and Spearmint. Perhaps that’s what I’ve been looking for all along.

Let’s just say for starters that I don’t think this tea quite lives up to its “Mint Humbug” name. It lacks the vanilla for that, and the sweetness that would give. It certainly smells like a Mint Humbug, though, and it’s a stellar mint tea.

In the cup, this tea brews to a medium olive green/brown colour. It smells strongly of mint (as you might expect!), but almost as if you’re smelling mint leaves fresh from the plant, rather than the stale afterthought I’ve often found in mint tea. To taste, you get a strong hit of cooling menthol, and then a lovely sweet finish from the spearmint.

Put simply, this is divine. I may try replicating an actual mint humbug by blending with some vanilla, or maybe adding a pod to the cup as I brew it, but that’s for a later date. For now, I’m just content to enjoy this tea — my favourite mint to date!

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 29, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.


Norfolk, UK

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