Review: Friday Afternoon Ginger Mint Blend

Decaffeinated Tea, Friday Afternoon, Ginger Tea, Green Tea, Herbal Tea, Mint Tea, Peppermint tea, Sencha Tea Add comments
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Its OK"It's tricky business blending herbal ingredients with green tea. Green tea is a bit delicate and generally needs to be infused at lower temperatures on its own. But to extract adequate flavor from the herbs, you need near-boiling water. It's a balance that can be difficult to achieve."
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I am quite a fan of mint, and mint tisanes are some of my favorite nighttime beverages. I also like ginger on the whole quite a lot, but in teas, I'm a bit indifferent I guess. Nonetheless, the Ginger Mint blend from Friday Afternoon had me intrigued and excited. Unfortunately, there's something about this tea that just didn't sit right with me some of the time. Other times it seemed fine.

Friday Afternoon is a bit of a mystery company - this sample came to me in a plain white sack with only the company's name and the name of the blend on it. In researching their online presence, I could only deduce they are apparently from the Seattle area by looking up the area code location of their phone number. A basic online shop interface is about all that exists there. As of this writing, they offer roughly 40 teas and a small handful of accessories.

This blend contains decaffeinated Sencha, two kinds of mint (spearmint and peppermint) and chunks of dried ginger. The aroma in the bag is nice - cool and minty on the nose. Appearance is not much to speak of - the mints and the Sencha all blend together and all leaves are fairly broken. A significant amount of pebble-sized dried ginger chunks are peppered throughout the blend. The ginger bits exude a good amount of flavor when chewed, and I find that munching just one tiny nugget greatly enhances the enjoyment of the entire cup.

A 5 minute infusion using water at sub-boiling temp is what I kept with for all 5 cups I've had to date. The liquor brews up pale with an aroma that is neither potent nor unpleasant. A faint vegetal scent combines with the minty aromas, but is fairly weak. The cup produced has tended to be fairly good on one occasion, and nearly-off-putting on the next. I've come to find that it this tea depends highly on mood and flavor-appetite. Personally, this tea has not worked for me late at night, but mid-day has been much more palatable. For whatever reasons. I am attributing that to the earthy spiciness of the ginger, which I guess does not hit right at 10pm, versus mid-morning when it can be a bit of a pick-me-up on the senses. I'm also somewhat conflicted on commenting about the quality and/or freshness of the ingredients. At times I am convinced the mint is mildly stale or subpar on a variety of levels. Other times it seems adequate, and representative of a typically good mint tea.

It's tricky business blending herbal ingredients with green tea. Green tea is a bit delicate and generally needs to be infused at lower temperatures on its own. But to extract adequate flavor from the herbs, you need near-boiling water. But that can scald the green tea leaves and leave them bitter. So it's a bit of a battle and a balance that can be difficult to achieve.

All told, there is pretty even competition in the pros and cons columns for this tea. It's a bit too finicky to rely on - although that should be taken with a grain of salt, as it may be more of a personal matter.

— To purchase Friday Afternoon Ginger Mint Blend, 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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