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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.

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Drink Me: Teapigs, Liquorice and Mint

In my neverending quest to find a licorice tea that I love, another selection I added to my last Teapigs order was their Liquorice and Mint tea.

This blend contains liquorice root and peppermint leaves.  That’s it. I love the simplicity of these teas.

Liquorice and Mint is available in a sample size for $2.50, 15 tea temples for $9.99 and a pack of 50 tea temples for $24.99.

When I opened this one, the smell of both mint and liquorice came through.  When I tasted, I first got the mint flavor, but then I could feel the warm liquorice heat and spice almost at the back of my throat. I didn’t use any sugar for this one; it was sweet and perfect without.  This might very well be my favorite liquorice tea that I’ve had – it might even beat out the discontinued David’s Tea, Licorice Twist, which I’m hoarding because there is no more.

Drink Me: Teapigs, Fennel & Liquorice

Almost two years ago, I purchase the Licorice Twist blend from David’s Tea and reviewed it here on the blog.  Sadly, when I went to purchase more, I found it had been discontinued and I’ve been on the hunt for a good replacement ever since.

So when I decided to place an order with Teapigs for some samples, one of the first blends I put in my cart was the Fennel and Liquorice blend.

From the label, the decaffeinated herbal blend contains 80% fennel and 20% liquorice root.

I purchased the sample size of 2 teabags for $2.50.  There is also a package that contains 15 tea bags for $9.99.

When I opened the package I could definitely smell the fennel. The tea definitely had a savory smell. I prepared it with just a bit of sugar.  The tea was very light. I mostly got the taste of the fennel with a bit of a liquorice finish.  It was quite good, but also not quite what I was looking for.

Drink Me: Republic of Tea, Downton Christmas Blend

I found myself at home unexpectedly yesterday afternoon, and what better way to enjoy an afternoon free from work than with a cup of tea? It is finally what I consider Christmas season (I don’t start until after Thanksgiving) and I have a few great holiday teas to share in the upcoming weeks.

This afternoon I decided to start with a cup of Republic of Tea‘s Downton Christmas Blend, in my very own Downton Abbey mug.

From the packaging the blend contains black tea and mulling spices, including cinnamon, cloves, licorice root and apple pieces.

It’s available in a canister of 36 tea bags for $12.00. Be sure you order soon because it’s marked as a limited edition!

 

When I first opened the package I smelled cloves and maybe a bit of orange. The orange isn’t listed in the ingredients, but I wonder if there’s a bit of peel in the mulling spices?  Once brewed I smelled the cinnamon.  This was a great black tea with the extra flavor of the mulling spices. It would be perfect for a cold night in the snow, or an afternoon spent decorating for the holidays. This one is definitely going to be a favorite – so how many tins should I stockpile?