Last Wednesday, I enlisted the help of some fabulous ladies to sample and review 4 different mint-based teas from David’s. I love mint – mint and chocolate especially – but mint…well, mint doesn’t like me. Fortunately, these 7 women do!
Did you know…Peppermint stimulates passion and creativity. It’s good for upset tummies and soothes sore throats.
All of these teas are herbal, and therefore, caffeine-free. I asked the ladies to sample each tea and provide their description of it. Then I asked them to rate them from least favourite to favourite.
#4 Organic Serenity Now. It currants, rosehips, apple, lavender, spearmint, hibiscus, blueberries, strawberries, quince, and rose petals. Lavender is calming and spearmint is rejuvenating.
Ranking: 4/7 placed this in #4 place, while the remaining 3/7 placed it in #3.
Comments: From “plain”, “flavourless” and “no mint” to “very bitter, no fragrance”. Someone commented that it was “minty, hint of fruitiness, mild overall” as another noted “very floral but not minty”.
#3 Organic Peppermint Amour. The only ingredient is peppermint leaves. This tea is Fair Trade.
Ranking: This received one each for spots #1 and #2. 3/7 ranked this #3, leaving 2/7 placing it #4.
Comments: It had a nice golden colour, but the majority of comments related to an aftertaste. Some liked it; others found it “dry”, “bitter”, and “sour”. Some found it very minty while others found no mint flavour. I noticed that the leaves expand significantly.
#2 Organic Mother’s Little Helper. This contains peppermint, lemongrass, hibiscus, rosehips, chamomile, valerian root, cornflowers, and peppermint flavouring. Valerian root is known to relax nervous tension and induce feelings of sleepiness.
Ranking: 2/7 in #1; 3/7 in #2; 2/7 in #3.
Comments: This tea was “similar to Sleepy Time Tea, with equal parts mint and chamomile” and someone else noted that the “lemon grass comes through”. While an aftertaste was noted, most of the comments were “good”, “very nice flavour”, and “mild peppermint”. One comment still didn’t find it “minty”.
DRUM ROLL PLEASE…
#1 Organic Cold 911: This particular tea contains peppermint, apple, eucalyptus, juniper berries, and natural orange and peppermint oils. Eucalyptus can help relieve sore throats, sinusitis, and bronchitis.
Ranking: 4/7 placed this as #1, with 3/7 placing it as #2.
Comments: The words “good” and “best” were used to describe this tea. It has a “strong mint flavour but rounded, with little to no aftertaste”. It was also described as “smooth, containing a light fragrance and taste, while another described it as “strong peppermint flavour which reminds me of spearmint gum”. I noticed that it had a vibrant, bright yellow colour, which was very inviting!
Many thanks to the lovely ladies who took time to sample and provide their feedback.
A cup of tea warms the soul like a good friend.