Chelsy’s Teaview Snapshot
|"Aptly named, this is a most delightful peppermint black tea. "|
The different between peppermint tea and peppermint stick tea is quite simple, the later gives a high expectation of the time honoured holiday treat. In my previous reviews and scoring thereof, I have come to be known to deduct points for poorly named teas. If a company calls a tea "banana split" but only puts banana, chocolate, strawberry and rooibos together without tying in the ice cream tradition, it is- at least in my mind- false advertising. In the same way peppermint + black tea are not = peppermint stick tea. That being said, Friday Afternoon named their tea very well indeed. By adding caramel into the blend, and balancing the ingredients and flavours meticulously well, they have created a tea that is peppy and sweet like the red and white treat.
I brewed this tea at 212 Fahrenheit (boiling-as all black teas must be brewed) for 3 minutes. The result is a medium brown cup that smells of minty goodness- as it should with nearly half of the dry tea being peppermint. The ceylon comes through in the flavours rather nicely- but is a bit elusive in the aroma. There is just enough sweetness to cut the mint, which allows the ceylon flavours to shine through. Overall, this is a fantastic cup, great for the post dinner events and wonderful to sip in the morning to liven the senses. I am considering serving this up at my next Christmas get-together.
— To purchase Friday Afternoon Tea Peppermint Stick, 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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