Review: Canton Tea Co. Green Tea and Mint

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Thumbs up!" This is balanced, smooth, creamy and refreshing. The Pouchong is some of the best that I've had in a long time."
Laura’s Teaview: 8.4/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 8.2/10, Erika gave it 8/10
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"Pouchong is grown high on the Xu family farm in Wenshan, the mountainous interior of Taipei County. The leaves are large, dark and very lightly tumbled and baked so they are around 25% oxidised. Though the locals call it a green tea it is almost an oolong. The peppermint leaves release a strong aroma having been ‘rubbed’ to give up more of their flavour. The combination of the mint and green leaves is a refreshingly fragrant infusion which can be made into an iced tea for hot summer days – or drunk after supper as a soothing tisane which is low in caffeine and high in antioxidants." ---Canton Tea Co. website.

Well, I've been schooled! I always thought that Pouchong WAS an oolong. Hmmm. Through the years I have had an opportunity to try I number of offerings from Canton Tea Co. and have found most of their stuff to be quite good. I sought out this particular blend from my sample stash tonight because I had these rather spicy garlic potatoes at Macaroni Grill tonight that, while delicious, are giving me a bit of indigestion. Mint tends to settle my stomach. Like fellow reviewer, Vanessa, I was under the impression that this would be a Moroccan Mint type blend and was expecting this to be mint paired with gunpowder green tea. I will take Pouchong over ANY day. Anyway, my sample package contains the a nice amount of dark green Pouchong leaves and a somewhat smaller amount of the rubbed peppermint leaves. The amount of peppermint leaves seems sparse when compared to the amount of Pouchong leaves.

I prepared this using the recommended healthy amount of leaf and the 185 degree water temp. I infused this for a tad bit over 3 min (distraction), but was still greeted by a very tasty cup (not oversteeped in the least). If you are used to Moroccan Mint blends, then you are probably used to a more assertive mint. While there are times when that is nice, this one is much more subdued and gentle. While I still think that Pouchong tastes more like oolong than green tea, the peppermint used here balances nicely with Pouchong. You can actually taste some of the nuances of the Pouchong such as some nice floral notes and a fair amount of creaminess. The Pouchong is of a nice quality and is quite smooth. Perhaps the rubbing technique referred to in the description is why there is such a sparse amount of peppermint leaves? I can't say that the peppermint seems super fresh or totally wows me, but I really love the Pouchong and the balance of the two in the cup.

Overall, I would definitely like to drink this again. This is about as close to a flavored tea as Canton Tea Company comes. While I happen to be a lover of flavored teas, I also truly appreciate companies like Canton Tea Company that are able to source and consistently provide quality pure leaf. I would not hesitate in recommending this blend to others. This is balanced, smooth, creamy and refreshing. The Pouchong is some of the best that I've had in a long time. Further, at $7.23 for a 50 gram bag, I consider it to be a steal. Bottoms up!

— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Green Tea and 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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