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drank Berry Mint Cassis by Teavana
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The first thing I noticed upon opening this tea was the strong smell of menthol. It was overwhelming and reminded me of the lingering aroma in an empty pack of cigarettes. The tea itself has large pieces of dried citrus (oranges, perhaps?) and what I think might be bits of apple pieces. I brewed enough to fill my 16 oz. tumbler and noticed again the menthol scent mixed with a little berry. The tea smelled mostly of mint though once it was finished steeping.

This tea is slightly bitter and very astringent. It also produced an uncomfortable cooling sensation in the back of my throat. I could taste the rooibos, but was mostly distracted by the way this tea made my mouth and throat feel while drinking it.

I managed to finish all 16 oz. but it took me a few hours of sipping to get it all down. I do not like this blend at all and cannot imagine wanting to drink this again. I still have plenty left so instead of letting it go to waste I will most likely try mixing this with other teas to see if I can bring out something good in it. If anyone has any suggestions for this one, I would love to hear them!

Flavors: Astringent, Berry, Bitter, Menthol, Mint, Rooibos

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Anlina

I really love this tea. I wonder if maybe less leaf and a shorter steep would improve it for you? Or possibly a cold brew? I might also try mixing it with a tea that has more intense berry flavours and sweetness.

Shae

Thank you so much for your suggestions, Anlina! I’ve read in some of the other comments that this tea works well when iced so I’ve been meaning to try it. The cold brew method is especially appealing; I’m interested to see how this technique affects the flavor of different types of teas. I’m hoping this makes for a smoother and sweeter cup.

Along with your suggestion to mix with a berry tea (I have a few that might work here), I’m also planning to incorporate this with another rooibos tea to help tone down some of the stronger flavors. I’ve heard that Teavana’s Citrus Lavender Sage goes well here too when iced.

One person did mention that putting this particular blend on ice will bring out more of the mintiness, and I’m wondering now if I’m not enjoying this because of the mint. I’ve had a few mint teas before, but I’ve yet to find one that I thought was memorable. Either way, I’m giving this a go. And, like you said, I can always try a shorter steep with less tea.

Lots of plans for this one – I really want to find a way to love it!

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Anlina

I really love this tea. I wonder if maybe less leaf and a shorter steep would improve it for you? Or possibly a cold brew? I might also try mixing it with a tea that has more intense berry flavours and sweetness.

Shae

Thank you so much for your suggestions, Anlina! I’ve read in some of the other comments that this tea works well when iced so I’ve been meaning to try it. The cold brew method is especially appealing; I’m interested to see how this technique affects the flavor of different types of teas. I’m hoping this makes for a smoother and sweeter cup.

Along with your suggestion to mix with a berry tea (I have a few that might work here), I’m also planning to incorporate this with another rooibos tea to help tone down some of the stronger flavors. I’ve heard that Teavana’s Citrus Lavender Sage goes well here too when iced.

One person did mention that putting this particular blend on ice will bring out more of the mintiness, and I’m wondering now if I’m not enjoying this because of the mint. I’ve had a few mint teas before, but I’ve yet to find one that I thought was memorable. Either way, I’m giving this a go. And, like you said, I can always try a shorter steep with less tea.

Lots of plans for this one – I really want to find a way to love it!

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

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Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, chocolate, bergamot, chai spices, cinnamon, cream, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, stone fruits, coconut, valerian root

Not a fan
Lime, white teas (someone tell me what I’m doing wrong with these!), most green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice

I’m open to tea swaps! Just reach out if you see something I have that you want to try.

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-60: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

61-75: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

76-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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