Absolute Spearmint

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Flavouring, Oolong, Spearmint
Flavors
Green, Smooth, Spearmint, Sweet, Thick, Ginger
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Caffeine
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 14 oz / 413 ml

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  • “So if you’re going to be alternating between a cup of black tea and a super light, fruity oolong you probably want a palate cleanser between sips. For me that’s where this one comes in; it’s...” Read full tasting note
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  • “It came! Our RiverTea order came! I squeaked at the poor postman, I was so excited. The packaging is so adorable, I immediately fell in love. They also put these little stickers on top of the...” Read full tasting note
    100
  • “Another one from Roswell Strange. I didn’t look at this tea very closely, so I thought it was a spearmint gunpowder green tea. Imagine my surprise when I opened the bag to make some, and...” Read full tasting note
    78
  • “Marco Lewis TTB I can’t really give this a real numerical rating because I’ve come to dislike flavored teas lately. This is Spearmint flavored oolong but I taste all spearmint and no oolong. I feel...” Read full tasting note

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Experience the refreshing sensation of high mountain tops snow and blowing wind with a nice cup of Absolute Spearmint Oolong Tea. This premium oolong blend gives you a zingy boost with the cooling sensation of spearmint. This tea is known to increase mental focus and stimulate your senses. Its enlivening flavor makes it ideal for a summer drinking tea to give you a cup of freshness, it also makes an intensely refreshing iced tea, not to mention the multiple health benefits oolong brings to your body.

Ingredients: Oolong Tea, Crisped Mint leaves, Spearmint flavouring

70°C/158°F 1 tsp 2-4 min

See more at: http://www.rivertea.com/absolute-spearmint-oolong-tea#sthash.GYBLYEaI.dpuf

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15 Tasting Notes

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So if you’re going to be alternating between a cup of black tea and a super light, fruity oolong you probably want a palate cleanser between sips. For me that’s where this one comes in; it’s absolutely my favourite palate cleansing tea and it also just tastes super good too!

It’s fresh and minty and breezy, like chewing on a piece of Spearmint Gum and then inhaling a large mouthful of crisp outdoor air. Your mouth gets all tingly but in a really good way. Mmm!

Flavors: Spearmint

Nxtdoor

So you’re drinking three teas at one time? My mind is blown… a little

Roswell Strange

Yup, three at once. That’s nothing though; on my days off when I have time I do four 12 oz. mugs of tea and a matcha soda/cup of matcha milk/mason jar of something cold brewed.

Sami Kelsh

Wowzers. I can’t handle more than 2 at a time!

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It came! Our RiverTea order came! I squeaked at the poor postman, I was so excited. The packaging is so adorable, I immediately fell in love. They also put these little stickers on top of the wrapping for each box of teas, and since we ordered enough to get two boxes, one sticker read “For Rita” and the other “For Rita’s wife”. So cute! But the packaging is so beautiful and the stickers so sweet that I actually cried when I opened the box. And then when I found the little gift in each box…so sweet. I immediately started smelling the teas and a few of them smelled so good that I actually moaned out loud. (Dolce Vita, I’m looking at you)

ANYWAY, onto the tea. I could smell this tea from outside the box, so of course I had to try it first! I am a huge fan of everything spearmint, but most blends use peppermint, which I really don’t like. I know, I’m weird. But this smelled like the spearmint that used to grow in my mom’s backyard that she would use in sun tea every summer. It also smells like DoubleMint gum, to the point that my mouth began watering.

I brewed it carefully using medium heat and my standard steep time of two minutes (And two lumps of sugar, also my standard). It tastes…well, it tastes like a spearmint oolong! I love the fullness of the oolong with the smooth spearmint wrapping around it. Mmmmm. It is so, so good and I can see this becoming my go-to when it comes to a post-big-meal tummy soother. Or, you know, any time I want to feel happy :D.

Now the real question: Do I resteep the leaves to see how they hold up, or do I try something new?

Both. Definitely both.

Edit:
The resteep (steeped for 4 minutes) was weak and not nearly as good, but that’s fine for me. I’m not a resteeper anyway.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Roswell Strange

Yes! This one is amazing!

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Another one from Roswell Strange. I didn’t look at this tea very closely, so I thought it was a spearmint gunpowder green tea. Imagine my surprise when I opened the bag to make some, and discovered it’s actually a rolled green oolong! In my opinion, that makes it about five times more interesting. Dry scent is mild and sweet spearmint.

The steeped tea has a mild spearmint smell, but I can also smell the oolong underneath. The spearmint is also fairly mild in the taste, which is very nice, as I find that strong spearmint teas remind me of chewing gum. The oolong base contributes and thick and silky mouthfeel and a little bit of “green” flavor. Happily for me, it’s not an overly flower oolong. Pretty tasty!

Flavors: Green, Smooth, Spearmint, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

I bet I would like this

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Marco Lewis TTB

I can’t really give this a real numerical rating because I’ve come to dislike flavored teas lately. This is Spearmint flavored oolong but I taste all spearmint and no oolong. I feel like I could have just drank actual spearmint instead, y’know? That being said it does have a nice minty flavor with a hint of ginger in there.

Flavors: Ginger, Spearmint

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Another sample from aisling of tea‘s amazing bottomless cupboard! Also, this was oolong #2 on today’s oolong journey.

I followed the steeping instructions provided on my sample: 1 tsp for 8 oz of water, 70°C, for 3-4 minutes. The liquor was a nice pale yellow and it did smell of mint.

However, something about it tasted off. Perhaps I didn’t rinse my metal infuser thoroughly enough to remove all the traces of soap. But there was an undeniable, weird, almost acid-like taste on the edges of my tongue when I drank this. I’m not sure what caused it, but this blend didn’t do much for me. I finished off my cup, and even tried making a second infusion to see if that would change things, but that one tasted equally weird. I ended up pouring the second cup down the drain after a few sips.

There are still a few spoonfuls of the leaf left. Perhaps I will make a big pot of it all so I can finish off the remaining leaf.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
keychange

If you ever find that you haven’t gotten around to finishing this one and don’t want to, I’d be happy to take it off your hands sometime. But I know you’ve hit the hold button on swaps for a while so no pressure!

Christina / BooksandTea

That would be great, keychange! Let me see if I can get a few more sipdowns done, and then we can arrange something?

keychange

Oh yeah, take your time. The great thing about steepster is that we’re all ok with one another being slow to get around to sip downs and swaps, so absolutely no pressure at all :D.

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