Review: Naivetea Mint Oolong

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Thumbs up!"A strong blast of refreshing mint. It all but masks the oolong behind it all, but if you are a superfan of mint, this is your tea!"
Dan’s Teaview: 7.5/10
Other Teaviews: Laura gave it 7.6/10, Vanessa gave it 7/10, Nicole gave it 7.5/10
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naiveteamntoolongAs with all of Naivetea's gorgeous offerings, the mint oolong buds are perfectly uniform in size, texture, and nuggetiness (That's right. I said it). One whiff of these buds will bowl you over with a super-potent sweet scent of a peppermint stick parade. One can't help but ignore the image of a toothpaste factory either. Whatever peppermint memories you harbor, the pungency of this tea will drag them out of the cockles of your mind

Naivetea was kind enough to complement me on my previous glowing reviews of their product, and through a series of email exchanges, they offered some wisdom which may not be apparent on their site. Their recommendations are to brew at slightly-less-than-boiling for a mere 30-60 seconds, tops, using 1 tablespoon of leaves. Sadly, I discovered this after I enjoyed all of my sample. But I feel my methodology worked out OK in the end, nonetheless.

I began this brew with fully-boiling water for 2.5 minutes. the liquor brews up to a pale peach-like hue, and retains that urgent peppermint aroma in the cup. From first sip to last, this was an extremely powerful blast of mint. An amusing juxtaposition is to imagine two men in a small room, in close conversation: one is drinking black coffee, and the other is drinking this tea. Which one benefits from the smell of the other's breath? The cooling sensation in all corners of the mouth leaves the drinker feeling ultra refreshed - crisp and clean. The mint itself is a powerful stimulant, a bright ray of sunshine, a cacophonous "HELLO!" in your mouth. Have the slightest aversion to mint? Please stay far away from this tea, or within a 50 foot radius of anyone enjoying it.

Much as I revel in the mintiness present in this tea, I am sure it will be offensive to many. It could certainly have been toned down a notch and still provide full, rich oolong flavor, and a satisfying amount of mint. Here, it just seems to mask the lovely oolong tea that is undoubtedly present, but one would not know on taste alone.

A second infusion for 2 minutes, also with boiling water, leaves similar results - big, bold peppermint flavor. The shorter steep time and the fact that this was a second infusion, had little effect on the flavor. Although equally minty, the flavor somehow seems a bit more tame overall - hard to explain, but it's perhaps gentler on the palette than the first cup. But still a bit of a shocker of sharp mint.

This tea is quite to my liking, as I enjoy a big, bold mint flavor. The fact of the matter is, though, that the mint all but obliterates any oolong flavor that might be hidden in there. For all it matters, this could be a Ceylon, a delicate white, an Assam, or - frankly - a straight-up mint tisane. And I'm not sure I'd be able to tell the difference. The mint flavor is good, and potent, and very nice. I would just recommend taking it down a notch.

— To purchase Naivetea Mint Oolong, 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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