Hey there Teacups! I can’t believe were almost in September I’m happy about it because my birthday is very soon, but I’m still shocked with how fast the year is going by it just seems to go by faster and faster each year. Anyway, back to what today’s post is all about … the tea, this time around I’m going to be reviewing The Tea Brewers’ – Green Refreshment. If you want some more information on The Tea Brewer and a much more in-depth dive into what it is and what it does check out my first post featuring them from last month – you can find that here
Mint (Strong – Slight Overpowering) – Slightly Sweet – Underlying Vegetal – Refreshing
It’s safe to say that this blend definitely has mint in it you really can not miss it in fact it’s very strong and quite overpowering. It’s slightly sweet and somewhere in there is an underlying vegetal note but it has to fight against that mint quite a bit and if you aren’t actively looking for it you will struggle to find it. If you’re struggling to wake up in the morning go to this tea and simply let that strong mint note hit you, you will be ready to go in minutes I promise you that. I won’t lie after smelling this blends aroma I wasn’t excited to try it every part of me was just waiting for it to disappoint me.
Tea Tasting Notes
First of all, let me just say that I think that Tea Brewer missed out on calling this Green Refreshmint! It would have been such a perfect name and as a lover of puns It would have put this tea in my good books from the get go. My worry with this tea before I even tried It was that the powerful mint from the aroma was going to overpower the delicate vegetal notes of the green tea I’ve had a few blends that pair the two together and hardly any of them have ever worked out because I love a pure unblended green tea and when I can’t pick out any kind of vegetal note at all from a blend that boasts that it contains green tea well it’s just a bit redundant. Every single part of me wanted to really enjoy this blend and while for the most part it’s pleasant it just wasn’t for me.
Even though the mint notes from the aroma mellowed out a little bit in the last it was still really strong and took a lot away from the green tea, just like the aroma you could tell there was a green tea based but it had to fight quite hard against the mint to come through. I wish it had been able to come through a little more because what I did get from the green tea was amazing it has a light/sweet vegetal note and a somewhat mineral quality to it. What I will say is that because of the mint this is incredibly refreshing and it’s just as nice cold as it is hot because of that, its also naturally quite sweet so I wouldn’t suggest adding any sweetener at all because that would probably completely drown out what little of the green tea is able to come through. If I were able to advise The team behind The Tea Brewer on how to make this blend balance out a little bit is to use much less mint peppermint was the best mint to use for this blend but I would have loved for the green tea to be there hero and for that to be a bit more of a underlying flavour.I would recommend that TeaBrewer change this water temperature guideline on the back of their packaging as well. As this is a green tea I used my better judgement and steeped this at 80-85 degrees but people who are new to tea and don’t yet know about water temperatures and how they can affect tea wouldn’t know to do that and as a result of using boiling water they could burn the leaves and make them bitter tarnishing green tea for them and stopping them from finding out how good it actually is. I know it might not seem like it’s incredibly important, but it is, and it can really affect the way that tea tastes so if you want to get the most out of you tea make sure you are using the right temperature water to brew it. (If you want some more info on that water temperatures or steeping time let me know and I’ll do a post all about them as soon as I can)
Overall Teacup Rating: 3.5/5 | While this wasn’t my cup of tea I have no doubt that others out there will probably enjoy it so please don’t let my opinions and overall teacup ratings stop you from giving this tea a fair chance yourself.
If you want to find out more about The Tea Brewer and purchase some for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley