Review: JING Tea Moroccan Mint

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Thumbs up!"The liquor brewed to a pale green with a surprisingly understated mint scent. Peppermint has a tendency to clear the sinuses with one sniff, but I didn't get that impression here."
Geoff’s Teaview: 9/10
Other Teaviews: Dan gave it 7.0/10, Lynn gave it 9/10, Laura gave it 8.5/10
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jinmorrocanmintIn parts of Africa and some Arabian countries, where cooking is wholly a female affair, the opposite is true for tea. It is the drink of any social gathering, and the preparation is considered best by male hands. The drink of choice is known as "Touareg" or "Mint tea"; gunpowder green tea flavored and blended with peppermint and added with sugar. The social ritual is Moroccan-inspired, hence the "Moroccan Mint" title in Western countries.

The first green tea I ever properly enjoyed was a bagged Moroccan Mint. The flavor was cool and mild, and - since I was still developing a caffeine tolerance - I never felt achy having it on an empty stomach. In succeeding years, I graduated to better quality, loose leaf, mint-blended examples. Some more unique than others. Usually, I preferred them blended with spearmint rather than peppermint, but on occasion the stronger mint earned a pass.

JING Tea followed the originally recipe to the letter - Chinese gunpowder green and whole peppermint leaf. No deviations. The dry form revealed the minty fanned leaves, and the tightly-rolled camellia cannon pellets. As one would expect, the scent was all mint-grass, like mowing a lawn with paste-lathered toothbrush.

As the vendor website suggested, I brewed 1 teaspoon in 1 cup (8oz) of 80C water for three minutes. Although they said 1 or 2 teaspoons, I went with 1 heaping teaspoon to split the difference. The liquor brewed to a pale green with a surprisingly understated mint scent. Peppermint has a tendency to clear the sinuses with one sniff, but I didn't get that impression here. The flavor was as JING described it, almost perfectly balanced. I would go as far to say the Chinese green tea base dominated. Only by a hair, though. My breath also felt clean, which was kind of a relief since I forgot to brush the day I tried it. In order to somewhat capture that mid-afternoon, "Casablanca"-ish feeling, I added sugar. Most of the time, peppermint doesn't sweeten well at all, or green tea for that matter. Thanks to its more understated mint profile, it sweetened beautifully.

This is an exceptional green tea blend...and I'm not just saying that because I'm the man who prepared it.

— To purchase JING Tea Moroccan 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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