Review: Zhi Tea Turkish Spice Mint

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Its OK"For a straight peppermint, I give it kudos. For a mint with lots of spicy and exotic flavors shining through, I think it just misses the mark. I guess that's a caution and a compliment at once."
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zhiturkishmintI tried this blend a couple of nights ago and again this evening. Spring in the north is a thing that comes in fits and starts, and with temps forecast to dip to 33, I was ready to brew some tea.

I picked Zhi's Turkish Spice Mint tisane. The ingredients are many and varied, with the big star being, of course, mint. From the website, the listed ingredients are organic peppermint, licorice, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger root, stevia leaf, clove, and vanilla essence.

The dry leaf shows a few of these other ingredients mixed into the mint, and the smell is fresh and invigorating, very minty. There's a little hint in the nose of other things at work besides the mint.

I used a tablespoon plus one teaspoon to my 24 ounce pot, using fresh boiled water and steeping for 7 minutes, according to Zhi's recommendations. I had myself at the end of that steep what was basically a really fresh and tasty mint tea. To be honest, neither time I made this tea did I pick up on much spiciness and I had a very difficult time discerning some of the other flavors. The tea is sweet on its own and doesn't require any sweetener (though you could happily add whatever you like best with no harm done). So perhaps the stevia is coming through for me. But the other flavorings I just couldn't locate. The tea is very nicely minty, and does have some zing and pep, but I find that to be true of most peppermints.

Truth be told, while this is a nice, even great tasting and refreshing peppermint tea, I didn't find it to be exceptional or to really live up to the advertised exotic persona. For a straight peppermint, I give it kudos. For a mint with lots of spicy and exotic flavors shining through, I think it just misses the mark - the peppermint is too fresh and forthright. Is that a complaint? I guess it's a caution and a compliment in one.

— To purchase Zhi Tea Turkish Spice 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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