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Drink Me: Rishi Tea, Mystic Mint

When I received Mystic Mint from Rishi Tea in one of my Tea Runners boxes, I wasn’t sure whether I would like it or not.

Mystic Mint contains organic peppermint, organic cardamom, organic licorice root, essential basil and clove leaf oils.

It is available in a variety of sizes: teaser for $2.00, 1/4 pound for $14.00 and a full pound for $49.00.

On one hand, just reading the ingredients this sounded like something I would like since I really like both spicy teas and licorice. I was a little skeptical of the combination of flavors, but thought I’d give it a try. Then this week due to the change in the weather I had a bit of a sore throat, and I though the licorice root and a bit of honey would help so I brewed this one up. In general, this one was okay, but it isn’t the first tea I’d grab. The peppermint was refreshing, there was only a hint of sweet licorice at the finish, and even though it was a tea of strong flavors it wasn’t overwhelming. However I didn’t find it as smooth a blend as I might have liked; the flavors didn’t all meld and enhance each other. If I’m looking for a mint tea, I’d probably stick with Upton’s Moroccan Mint and if I wanted mint and licorice I’d hands down prefer Teapigs’ Liquorice & Mint.


Drink Me: Tea Market, Berryade

A few weeks ago I went to my local tea shop, Tea Market. Another summer blend that I wanted to try was Berryade.

Berryade contains black tea blended with cranberries, raspberries, raspberry leaves, lemon zest, freeze dried lemon and a hint of basil. You can purchase Berryade tea for $4.60 per ounce.

When I first opened the package I got a lot of lemon – I could see the chunks of lemon in there and they smelled so fragrant. After it brewed, I got more of the berry aroma. The taste was light and refreshing, even though it had a good strong black tea flavor underneath. I think this is definitely a fun summer blend to add to the collection!

Drink Me: Republic of Tea, Organic Strawberry Basil Green Tea

I decided with summer rapidly approaching (we’re already getting the humidity!) it was time to check out some iced teas.  I placed an order with Republic of Tea, eager to try their Organic Strawberry Basil Green Tea blend.

From the label, Strawberry Basil contains organic green tea, organic apple, organic sweet blackberry leaves, organic basil, organic lemon balm, natural strawberry flavor and organic strawberry bits.

It is available in a tin which contains 8 pouches (to make 8 quarts of tea) for $7.99.

When I opened the tin it smelled like fresh strawberries – a scent that only grew as I brewed the tea.  I added just a bit of sugar and it tastes delightful. I don’t get a lot of the basil or the lemon balm, but I do get plenty of strawberry goodness. The tea is light, fruity and a bit sweet and I think it will make a delightful addition to my summer iced tea rotation.

Drink Me: Tea Market, Lemon Basil Oolong.

Last time I went to the Tea Market, my friend and co-worker tried some of the Lemon Basil Oolong. She let me try a bit too, and I really liked it. So the second time back I purchased an ounce for myself.

From her menu, the Lemon Basil Oolong is a blend of dark leaf oolong, with the fruit and zest of lemon and a hint of savory basil.  She sells it for $4.55 per oz.

When I smelled the blend in the store, it smelled very light, and almost savory with the tang of the lemon rind and a bit of the basil.  Once brewed it definitely smelled lemony, with less of the basil scent.  I really like this one hot – it’s a great refreshing afternoon blend – but I also think I’d like to try it iced, particularly on a hot summer day. I’d definitely recommend it!