Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"The tea starts out with a smooth and pleasant fruity element that does give it a good brandy-esque effect, but the peppermint was what made this tea worth drinking. "|
Since I am not exactly a big brandy drinker, I wasn't sure what to expect of Culinary Teas' Brandy and Winter Peppermint Black Tea. However one sniff of the dry blend assured me that this was going to be a pleasant experience. The Culinary Teas website doesn't provide an ingredients list, but does describe the tea as having a "fruity taste of a good Brandy with the cooling zing of Peppermint Schnapps". The tea leaves are of respectable size (i.e. no dust or fannings) and do have a little bit of a shiny coating to them, which might be a result of flavorings added to the leaves. I don't see any sign of real peppermint leaves mixed in among the tea leaves, making me suspect that the peppermint flavor is a result of peppermint oil or some other means. I prepared a cup of this tea by steeping one teaspoon of leaves in boiling water for three minutes. The liquid is fairly dark in color, and got darker the more the tea sat in my mug. The tea starts out with a smooth and pleasant fruity element that does give it a good brandy-esque effect. Soon after noticing the subtle brandy flavor, however, the much stronger peppermint flavor asserts itself, and I must say that for me, the peppermint was what made this tea worth drinking. The peppermint is crisp and refreshing, the type that would clear out stuffy nasal passages or wake up even the groggiest person. I found this to be highly enjoyable and a well-done blend of fruity and minty flavors. The black tea does take a back seat to the added flavors, but that was okay with me, as I really was savoring the peppermint flavor. I sampled this tea hot and iced and found that while it was delicious both ways, this tea just seems more appropriate when taken as a hot beverage. This is definitely a tea I would consider purchasing and would recommend this to anyone looking for a unique twist on more traditional mint teas.
— To purchase Culinary Teas Brandy and Winter Peppermint Black Tea, 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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