Review: Summit Tea Decaf Vanilla Mint Bliss

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Thumbs up!"The dry tea blend has an aroma that I would describe as exquisite: it is fresh and crisp, with intense minty overtones and a delicate vanilla undertone."
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summitdecafvanillamint.jpgVanilla Mint Bliss Decaf is a wonderful blend of decaf black tea and mint leaves. This is the third Summit Tea product that I have reviewed, and I can say that this one by far has the most appealing and most promising flavor. This tea is a blend of decaffeinated China black tea and spearmint and peppermint leaves infused with vanilla. The dry tea blend has an aroma that I would describe as exquisite: it is fresh and crisp, with intense minty overtones and a delicate vanilla undertone. Even though I instantly fell in love with the aroma of the dry blend, I was cautious upon my approach to this tea, as my two previous samplings of Summit Tea blends resulted in disappointment with the fact that the enticing aroma didn't fully translate into the flavor. Luckily, that was not the case with this tea: the brewed liquid was full of flavor, and delicious flavor at that. If you are a mint lover, then this is the tea for you. The spearmint and peppermint flavors are definitely present, but not overwhelming (i.e. it manages to avoid tasting like mouthwash). The vanilla flavor is really subdued in the taste, but is present just enough to soften out the mint. This would be an excellent dessert tea because the vanilla-mint combo offers a sweet and palette-cleansing experience. Rather than have this as a dessert tea, however, I actually sampled this tea first thing in the morning; I must note that even though this is a decaf tea, the crisp mint flavors were enough of a pick-me-up that I didn't even miss the caffeine. As an added side note, I should mention that on my first cup of this tea, I accidentally over-steeped the leaves by about 3 minutes, but the blend held up quite well without turning the least bit bitter (which is unusual for black tea leaves, particularly for decaffeinated black tea which seems to be even more sensitive to over-steeping even more than regular black tea). In conclusion, I really enjoyed this blend, and I will be recommending this tea to mint lovers because it offers a nice twist on a plain herbal mint tea, but still maintains a healthy mint flavor.

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