Review: Rishi Tea Mahgreb Mint

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Thumbs up!"A deliciously complex blend of mint, green tea and spices... sort of a "mint chai" that - if you close your eyes - can easily transport you to a Tunisian street cafe."
Stephen’s Teaview: 9.5/10
Other Teaviews: Cindy gave it 9/10, Nicole gave it 7/10, Lea gave it 9/10, Shelly gave it 6/10
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rishi-tea-maghreb-mint.jpgIf you've read through some of my older reviews on this site, you'll probably know by now that I am a sucker for a well-made cup of mint tea.  You may also know that Adagio's Casablanca Twist (a blend of green tea, spearmint and peppermint) is one of my all-time highest rated teas.  There's something refreshing, soothing, energizing and just all together wonderful to me about a steaming hot cup of mint tea.  Day or night, hot or cold, any time of year, its one of those teas that just hits the spot for me.

When I read the description for Rishi Tea's Maghreb Mint, I immediately got excited.  The blend includes green tea and peppermint, no big surprise, but it also throws in a whole truckload of spices and zingers - cardamom, ginger, licorice root, fennel, clove and black pepper.  This, I thought, had some serious promise.

And true to form, it delivered.  Rishi's Maghreb Mint is perhaps best described as a sort of a "mint chai" - it certainly has all or most of the usual ingredients found in many chai blends.  The spices are there in the brew, but - thankfully - they're not completely overpowering.  This isn't a chai first, mint second kind of brew... both elements tie-in and compliment each other very nicely.

Of course, the real question is - how does it compare to Casablanca Twist?  And incredibly, I have to say this is just as good - if not better - than my previous favorite mint tea.  Casablanca Twist is a bit mintier, a bit sweeter, and a lot more subdued.  Mahgreb Mint is much  more complex and interesting, and while the use of so many spices might be a turn-off to many tea drinkers, for me it was exactly spot-on.  Close your eyes and its easy to imagine yourself transported to a Tunisian street cafe, awash with the tastes and smells of a nearby spice market.

Really a brilliant blend - and one I'll continue to drink for a good long time.

— To purchase Rishi Tea Mahgreb Mint, 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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