Review: Ducky Life Tea Susan’s Mint Medley

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Thumbs up!"I thought I detected a citrus bend, but that may have been the ginger-...carda-...gincardaspice playing tricks on me."
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Most people already know the name Mint Medley from another tea vendor. They can find it anywhere, even at WinCo. (No, I'm not dissing WinCo...I'm just saying they're not known for their tea connoisseurship.) This "other" Mint Medley is a regular staple for me when I have a cold. Since all of Ducky Life's teas and tisanes are on a first name basis, they can gleefully sidestep name similarity with a simple "Susan".

Ingredients for Susan's Mint Medley were...well, they didn't have it listed on the site. I guess it's a closely guarded secret or something. Peppermint was obvious to the eye and nose; it practically dominated. Ginger was also in their somewhere, although the root chunks were hard to make out. May have been cardamom. As to the rest, that's anyone's guess.

Brewing instructions called for boiled water, a two-minute wait, 3/4th of a teaspoon, and a one-to-three-minute steep. I could have gone with their approach, but it was entirely wrong. Mint tisanes - or any herbals for that matter - could take at least a six-minute steep. In fact, most needed it. Peppermint-ish ones among 'em. I did a full teaspoon in 8oz of boiled water, steeped for...oh...five. Just to be on the safe side.

The resulting liquor ended up a dark amber infusion with a smooth, nostril-clearing, mint-rich nose. I thought I detected a citrus bend, but that may have been the ginger-...carda-...gincardaspice playing tricks on me. The foretaste definitely gave off the spice first, followed by a breath-freshening mint blast, and an aftertaste I would only call relaxingly grassy. I wish I knew what else was in this, so I had more of a template for comparison. But this has me too relaxed to write the vendor to find out. Funny how that works.

— To purchase Ducky Life Tea Susan’s Mint Medley, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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2 Responses to “Review: Ducky Life Tea Susan’s Mint Medley”

  1. Jane Says:

    Thank you for the great feedback on our tea Geoff. The ingredients are secret — but you can count on: wintergreen, peppermint, spearmint, cardamom(you were right, a little pepper and just the tiniest bit of black tea leaf for body.

    Yes a five minute infusion is better than 3. We are going to change that label! Thanks for the feedback and your relaxed review…. now that is why we say “Drink Tea for a Ducky Life!”

  2. Geoff Says:

    Thanks for your response, Jane. Glad you appreciated the feedback. I *KNEW* that was cardamom! Yay. :-)

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