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Republic of Tea Ginseng & Peppermint Tea Review

A Very Unique Tasting Herbal Tea

Summary : This tea from the Republic of Tea smells strongly of peppermint. But, once brewed, this tea tastes more like a rather sweet licorice tea. The flavor of peppermint is sort of lost, buried behind the sweet licorice taste. But it is still a tasty and enjoyable tea.

Review : This was the first ever tea from the Republic of Tea that I tried. I had been wanting to try their teas for a while, but could never locate them...at least here in the tea capital of the world, Reno, Nevada.

But alas, I found a place online where I could buy all that I needed, Republic of Teas at Amazon.Com. And so during my last tea order I picked up a pile of teas from the Republic of Tea to see what they were like.

The first I tried out was their Ginseng Peppermint Herbal Tea. The reason for this is because it was late at night and, quite simply, I was in the mood for something very sweet. And a tea that contains peppermint, ginseng and licorice should be very sweet...at a minimum!

Here is the description of this tea as provided by Republic of Tea : "A healthy blend of eleuthero, peppermint, cinnamon, licorice, and echinacea root. This masterful blend offers herbal benefits and a naturally sweet, smooth, pleasing flavor."

This tea contains the following ingredients : eleuthero, peppermint, cinnamon, licorice, shizandra berries, sasparilla root, panax ginseng, and echincea pur purea root.

A loose-leaf tea was used for this review, by the way, so don't be confused by the tea box photo on the right! In any event, once I opened up the package that held the leaves I was greeted with a strong aroma of peppermint (no surprise there), along with a weak smell of cinnamon and licorice. The aroma was quite unique...definitely not what I thought it would be like (I was expecting a more true peppermint tea aroma).

Once brewed, the flavor of this tea is "all it's own," for lack of a better way to describe it. I was really expecting a strong peppermint flavor to this tea, simply because peppermint has a very strong flavor and tends to overhwhelm many other flavors. But not here. Instead, once brewed...this tea essentially becomes a licorice tea!

Now, if you have never tried a licorice tea...hah...you are in for a big surprise! You see, licorice is a natural sweetener...and a very, very sweet sweetener at that. The taste of licorice just lingers and lingers. And more importantly for our review here, the flavor of licorice simply overpowers any/all flavors in a tea I've discovered. As such, any tea that contains a health amount of licorice in it will inevitably taste like licorice...with most of the other flavors in the tea simply "vanishing" to a large extent.

And that is exactly what happened with this Ginseng Peppermint tea. Once brewed, well, good luck finding the ginseng, cinnamon or peppermint flavors...since this tea is licorice tea pure and simple once brewed.

In any event, if you love sweet teas...and in particular licorice teas...you'll definitely love this sweet creation from the Republic of Tea. However, if you are looking for something "less sweet" or more like peppermint, then pass on this tea...as you'll get a big and probably not very pleasant surprise!

Recommendation : Yes. If you love sweet teas, and adore teas with licorice in it, you'll fall in love with this tea guaranteed. However, if peppermint is more your thing and the sweet flavor of a licorice tea is "too much" for you, you'll be better off finding a true peppermint tea instead.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Ginseng & Peppermint Herbal Tea
  • Manufacturer : Republic of Tea
  • Available from : Republic of Teas at Amazon.Com
  • Type of Tea : Herbal Tea
  • Leaf Type : Loose Leaf
  • Date of Review : January 12th, 2007
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Use 1.5 teaspoons per cup. Pour boiling water over leaves. Let brew 5-7 minutes for full flavor.

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