Friday, February 15, 2013
David's Tea North African Mint
Leaf Appearance: mostly green with light brown pieces
Ingredients: organic cardamom, peppermint, ginger, Japanese style Hojicha green tea, licorice root, fennel, clove and black pepper
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: deep gold
I sampled this tea as part of my David's Tea 24 Days of Tea advent calendar. This blend was way too doctored up for my tastes. All you really need for Maghreb style tea is green tea and mint. Gunpowder green tea is typically used and I really missed that smoky element. The warming spices took away from the cooling mint. I also tend to dislike licorice because of it's cloying aftertaste. The Hojicha was barely detectable underneath all of that conflict. I'm normally a big fan of North African style mint tea but this is not really a traditional version. There are plenty of reviews on Steepster from folks who enjoyed this blend and just like with any tea, it's a matter of personal taste. This one was simply not for me.
You can find out more about this tea here.