Day 7: North African Mint

Hi fellow tea steepers!

Welcome to Day 7 of #24DaysofTea, where we somehow let a groggy and still-in-bed Andre one-up our review of this tasty blend. Take it away, generic description and ingredient list!

Tea: North African Mint

North African Mint

Description: Explore Northern Africa, from its souks to its deserts, with this intense combination of spices and mint. It combines organic green tea and peppermint with organic cardamom, ginger, licorice root, fennel clove and black pepper. Deliciously sweet, with all the romance of the Maghreb.

Ingredients: Green tea, ginger, peppermint, cardamom, licorice root, fennel, clove, black pepper

Stacey: My Mom said this tea doesn’t really taste like mint, which is odd because this is a mint tea…
Brooke: Guess we will see-  I remember liking this one. It’s one of Andre’s favourites, so it’s gotta be good!

*sip*

Brooke: Mmm..
Stacey:  Oh! Oh. Wow.
Brooke: I love this! Mmm! I mean, it’s not like an herbal peppermint, it’s got some caffeine to it because of the green tea leaves. And is that licorice? No, it can’t be.
Stacey:  Yes, ingredients say there is licorice and fennel in it!
Brooke:Well then, there you go.
Stacey:  I like that it has a nice earthy flavour to it.
Brooke: Mhmm, this is the type of tea that you can’t steep for too long, I bet. I think the flavours would be too strong if you did. This one has to be soft on the palate to be fully enjoyed.
Andre: (Groggily from bedroom, through the door): Are you ….drinking North African Mint? That’s my favourite…. It reminds me of chai tea because of the cloves. ..And I like the pepper in it. The …. added mint really lets you taste the spectrum of flavours, from cool to spicy, you know? Depending on how long you steep it… the spectrum will be hit somewhere different. Mmm.. (goes back to sleep)
Stacey: Wow, I feel like we don’t need to be review the tea any more, Brooke.
Brooke: We’re out of a gig!

Final thoughts:

Brooke: This tea is great because you taste the pepper, cloves, licorice, and ginger. It’s so complex and really comes together quite nicely.
Stacey: I am really digging the mix of flavours.Glad they didn’t change much about it from last time we tried it. I think it’s more than just mint tea, so don’t be fooled by the name!
(Sleepy Andre gives North African Mint 5/5)
Brooke: I like how he contributed most of this post but didn’t even sip the tea.

Twitter was equally impressed with today’s tea:

organic north African mint! Delicious and delicate flavour! This calendar was a great investment~
  – Day 7 – North African Mint – perfect for soothing my sore throat
 Day 7 N. African mint! A complex green tea w/peppermint, cardamom, fennel & cloves. Perfect to soothe a sore tummy!

And there you go! Another winner from DAVIDsTEA from the 24DaysofTea set.

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey (and sleepy Andre)

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North African Mint

Hello all!

Stacey here to bring you another round of tea reviews. This time we have two special guests: my mom, Lorie, and my brother, Kyle. Mom decided to visit me in Ottawa for a few days to take in the sights (which included Parliament, The National Art GalleryThe Currency Museum, The Royal Canadian Mint, The Rideau Canal Skateway, among many others) while Kyle was here to take a break from his training for work. It was a fun filled weekend which would not have been complete without some tea. Cue North African Mint!

North African Mint (organic) from DAVIDsTEA

Tea: North African Mint

DAVIDsTEA Description:  An exotic journey
Explore Northern Africa, from its souks to its deserts, with this intense combination of spices and mint. It combines organic, fairly-traded green tea and peppermint with organic cardamom, ginger, licorice root, fennel clove and black pepper. Deliciously sweet, with all the romance of the Maghreb.

Ingredients: Cardamom, peppermint, ginger, Japanese-style Hojicha green tea, licorice root, fennel, clove, black pepper.

Brooke combined 84°C water with 10 g of the tea into a pot, steeped the tea for 4 minutes and we were ready to go. WOW, what a smell. The cloves and licorice were really hitting our senses, making us all a little uneasy.

*Sip*

Lorie: I’m not sure if I like this one. It leaves an aftertaste…

Mom made a sour face, scrunching her nose.

Stacey: It does have a funky smell to it.

Lorie: Maybe it’s the fennel seed or the licorice that smells like that, it’s very strong.

Brooke: Unlike Sweet Dreams, where the fennel was very subtle.

Lorie: I guess the flavour gets better as it goes. You can taste the cloves, but no mint.

Stacey: I taste the mint!

Lorie: I taste more clover, er, cloves. I’m not a lover of this one.

Brooke: Oh…no I definitely taste the mint! Yummy!

Kyle: It… just tastes like warm water.

Brooke: KYLE! No, no, it’s a nice strong mint flavour that I am getting.  I am really getting the taste of pepper, too.

Stacey: It’s definitely a different mint tea, wow.

Brooke: Yeah, it’s not your normal peppermint taste. I really like how the cloves compliment the mint. I am diggin’ it!

Stacey: It’s good, but I’m not blown away.

Brooke: But a tea doesn’t need to do that. Hmm…this tea makes me think of White Point resort in Nova Scotia. I went there with my family when I was younger and they had an activity where you punctured an orange with cloves for a decoration. Whenever I smell cloves I get brought back there. : )

Tea Vibes:

Stacey: Hmm. Well, I don’t like the smell but I like the taste. Actually it’s interesting because it seems like the opposite of most teas; usually it smells better than it tastes. I’m liking the mint and the cloves are an interesting twist. I was told recently that honey goes well with mint tea so that would have been fun to try with this one. Next time! 7.5/10

Lorie: I didn’t like the smell and the cloves taste was too overpowering. It tasted more like a roobios than a green tea. Like I said, I wasn’t a huge fan of this one.  5/10

Brooke: I was nervous when I gave it a sniff but was pleasantly surprised with my first sip. The cloves and licorice do a good job to compliment the mint, bringing it from a regular mint tea to a new level. With pepper-y undertones it would not be a tea I would have every day but I enjoyed none the less. 7.5/10

Final thoughts:

Brooke: I could go for some sorbet right about now. Hm.

Well there you have it folks, have some mint tea and you will crave sorbet. And thanks Mom for coming down for a visit, it was a blast! Kyle… isn’t a tea drinker, apparently. Ah, can’t win ’em all!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke

A beautiful sunset in the nation's capital.

One of the many beautiful sights to see in Ottawa, the National Art Gallery

Sweet Dreams

Hi tea lovers!

It’s Brooke again. As you may have noticed, we usually switch it up with every post… but when Stacey came in after skating tonight she was practically sleep-walking. I knew just the tea so I hurried to put on the kettle before she floated off into dreamland. She obliged, as long as I took the reigns on this one. It’s going to be a short post but you’ll know if this sleepy tea is for you by the end of it.

sweet dreams

Tea: Organic Sweet Dreams

DAVIDsTEA description: Getting enough sleep is the key to everything. You’ll have more energy. You’ll have more patience. Your jokes will be funnier. Everyone will love you. Which is where Sweet Dreams comes in. A delicious blend of sleep-inducing chamomile, lemongrass, hibiscus, licorice, lemon, orange and rose petals, it has everything you need to drift off into dreamland – and stay there all night long.

Ingredients: Chamomile flowers, lemongrass, fennel seeds, hibiscus flowers, lemon peel, orange peel, licorice root, lemon myrtle, rose petals.

I eagerly tossed the boiling water into our mugs, each with 1.5tsp of the loose leaf and I brought Stacey to the family room. The tea was a light orange and gold and it smelled strongly of the chamomile flowers. Stacey was drooling a bit (maybe).

Stacey: This is just sleepiness… in a… cup. I’m nervous.. I think I’m allergic to chamomile.

Brooke: But Checkmate had chamomile in it. You’ll be fine!

Stacey: But this is different. The things at the top are really unnerving. They’re weird.

The infuser hadn’t caught all the debris and some smaller bits remained, much to the dismay of sleepy Stacey.

*sip*

Stacey: Mmmm. I have an image!

Brooke: Oh?

Stacey: We haven’t done imagery in a while. I feel like I’m on a cloud.

…Before I could even get a word in, Stacey giggles. Then she giggles because she was giggling. Cut to two minutes later, Stacey is still silently laughing at her own “cloud imagery”. I’m just… sitting here.

Stacey: Brooke, make the laughing stop.

Brooke: Okay, what in the, Stacey, you’re crying.

Stacey: I’m tired!! I don’t know why I’m laughing! What do you think of the tea, Brooke?

Brooke: I haven’t even sipped it yet!

Stacey: I’m sorry, I was premature there. Go ahead.

*sip*

Brooke: …Yep. Definitely a cloud! Well done on the imagery, sleepy Stace.

Stacey: Yeah! See? I’m not crazy.

Brooke: Alright, alright. You know, this tea mixture is like a more hollow version of a straight up chamomile, which a good thing. It doesn’t hit you as hard, I find.

Stacey: And there’s more depth to it. There’s more to it than just chamomile.

Brooke: It really makes me think of Detox though. Without the olive, of course.

Stacey: Still don’t get that. Ooh! I sneezed! See, totally allergic!

Brooke: I have a very very small hint of black licorice. VERY small. Wait, ingredients? Hooray! Fennel seeds! And licorice root, too! I totally tasted those, what do I win?

Stacey: Yeah, there’s… yeah!

Brooke: Seriously you need to go to bed. You’re helping no one.

Tea Vibes:

Stacey: Uhhhmm. … … …It warms you in more than a hot liquid way… It’s like you’re wrapped in a blanket. Very comforting… I really like the taste… A good soothing tea. I don’t think I’d buy it, I’m not a big chamomile fan… I don’t really do the sleepy time teas, but it stands on its own as a good one. Zzzzzz 7/10

Brooke: I’m also not a huge fan of chamomile but I’d rather drink this than a regular chamomile blend. The fennel is a really nice hint, it coats the throat but doesn’t attack the flavours and bowl them over. I don’t really taste the lemon nor the orange but I do sense the citrus undertones. I like it, but I also agree we don’t need to buy it any time soon. 7/10

Final thoughts:

Stacey: I’m tired and want to go to bed.

Oops! Sweet dreams : )

Until next tea,

Brooke and snoozin’ Stacey

sleepy cat (cat,sleepy,cute,funny,adorable)