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drank Mint Earl Grey by Thay Tea
1177 tasting notes

I will finally review this tea! I have drank it quite a few times, especially on our trip, but haven’t written a note on it yet. Well, tonight is the night! I have been sipping shu all day while re-seasoning my pot (it’s done now, just drying, hopefully it worked!). I need a little caffeine break, and this is such a delicious tea I had to have it again tonight.

The thing that sold me on this tea in Ucluelet’s tea shop Thay Tea is that it is a mint EG. Just contains spearmint, peppermint and bergamot! A wonderfully simple concept but not one that I had seen before. So I smelled it, and was blown away by the freshness of it. I mean, citrusy bergamot and mint? It was SO FRESH. Mmmm. Smelling the bag now takes me back to the west coast. I’m happy I have that memory attached to this :)

I brewed this for around 2 minutes. The liquor smells not quite as minty when steeped, but definitely still there, and the bergamot is not overpowering. As for the flavor, this is so fresh. Mostly mint yes, but the bergamot adds this brightness and livens it up from a straight mint blend by adding citrus notes. SO REFRESHING. I bet this would be amazing iced too! This helps clear out my sinuses too, and it makes me happy :) a lovely combo!

Overall, I am so happy I picked up 50g (smallest in-store size) of this tea. It is one I will drink quite frequently for the memories and flavor. The fact that it is caffeine free means it will also get drank frequently. If you like mint and want to try something a bit different, this is for you. Tasty and fresh!

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Mint

Fjellrev

I love how you were able to visit these rural tea shops on the Island! I haven’t even done so since I don’t have a vehicle haha.

mrs.stenhouse12

Awe, well hopefully you get to go to them at some point! We had a rental car so we went everywhere put a lot of miles on it haha. Luckily they do have online ordering so you can still try them :)

Fjellrev

Smart plan renting! I only have my learner’s so no can do, but regardless, I’m sure it must have been a nice experience going to these places in person, smelling the teas, etc. It must have been a ton of fun!

mrs.stenhouse12

Yeah we had to pay the young renters fee but luckily we still could or our trip would have been much less eventful haha, well you will be able to go to them all in a couple years at least! It was quite fun :)

Fjellrev

I wish I were that young! I could have been getting my license for well over ten years now but kept brushing it off since I always took the bus in Edmonton. Now that I’m here, I just do the same thing.

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Fjellrev

I love how you were able to visit these rural tea shops on the Island! I haven’t even done so since I don’t have a vehicle haha.

mrs.stenhouse12

Awe, well hopefully you get to go to them at some point! We had a rental car so we went everywhere put a lot of miles on it haha. Luckily they do have online ordering so you can still try them :)

Fjellrev

Smart plan renting! I only have my learner’s so no can do, but regardless, I’m sure it must have been a nice experience going to these places in person, smelling the teas, etc. It must have been a ton of fun!

mrs.stenhouse12

Yeah we had to pay the young renters fee but luckily we still could or our trip would have been much less eventful haha, well you will be able to go to them all in a couple years at least! It was quite fun :)

Fjellrev

I wish I were that young! I could have been getting my license for well over ten years now but kept brushing it off since I always took the bus in Edmonton. Now that I’m here, I just do the same thing.

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

mrs.stenhouse12’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

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