Egyptian Mint from Zhena’s Gypsy Tea

Egyptian MintSome mint teas on the market are overwhelmingly minty, on the verge of tasting a bit like mouthwash.  This tea, however, is not.  The peppermint is actually quite soft, and very smooth tasting.

What pleases me most about this blend is that the Green Tea is not masked by an overpowering mint presence.  The bright, only slightly vegetative green tea is very prominent in this blend.  These fresh, grassy notes work very well with the mint to create a cup that serves as a very palatable after-meal tea, or a great pick-me-up for that mid-afternoon slump.

The description for this tea on the website and the description printed on the sample package that I received do not agree, so I shall provide the description on the package.

Zhena’s Gypsy Tea says this about their Egyptian Mint Tea:

With its heady aroma, this soft steep is flavorful, distinctive and calming.  Peppermint is soothing to the digestive system.  One of our tastiest and most popular infusions.

Ingredients: Green Tea, Peppermint, Licorice Root.

The website indicates no licorice root in this blend, and instead lists stevia (a leafy herb that is sometimes used as a sugar substitute) as an ingredient.  To be honest, I cannot detect a licorice-like flavor in this cup.  Generally speaking, I am not particularly fond of stevia, because it often has a funny after taste.  I’m not tasting a funny after taste either, just a very pleasant, clean feeling left on the palate courtesy of the peppermint.

So, I’m really not sure which description is correct.  What I can tell you is that this is a very lovely mint green tea blend.  While it is a bit softer than some mint blends I’ve tried, the flavor is still quite vibrant.  It is delicious hot, and would make a very refreshing and invigorating iced tea too.

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