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Typhoo Peppermint Tingle Tea Review
A Disappointment From the Land of Tea-A-Holics
Summary : I really did think it would be difficult to make a truly bad peppermint tea. I've only had one before, and even that wasn't "truly bad." Well, now I can honestly say I've had a truly bad peppermint tea, and unlike the other poor one I tasted, this one isn't a generic supermarket variety but instead comes straight from the land of teaholics, the United Kingdom.
Review : No fuss. No mess. That was my mood this evening. Hence, no loose leaf tea. The other requirement for this evening was, no black tea, no green tea, no rooibos tea and no white tea. Why I wasn't in the mood for those types of teas tonight I have no earthly idea, but things were as they were.
Hence, with those requirements, I was left sifting through my tea samplers for a bagged herbal tea. And then I came across a buried box of herbal tea samplers I picked up from Amazon from the Typhoo Tea company. Hmm....a herbal tea out of England. A rare tea from the UK indeed, considering how crazed the UK is about black tea.
So, curiosity aroused, I pulled out the peppermint tea from the sampler box. Now, I truly did have high hopes for this tea. The tea had a nice, moderately strong fragrance to it. And it has been my experience that if a peppermint tea has a nice fragrance to it, the odds are high that I'll at least enjoy the tea, if not actually fall in love with the thing.
I was wrong.
This imported peppermint tea is best sent back to the UK. And indeed, if this tea is any indication at all, I can fully see how the UK sticks with black teas. Anyone in the UK who tried this tea would come away with a bad feeling about herbal teas in general and peppermint teas specifically.
What a pity, since black tea gets so old and "blah" after a while.
But yet, Typhoo really did accomplish a neat trick. After all, you really do need to work at it to create a bad peppermint tea. I mean, the tea is nothing more than peppermint leaves! Yet, Typhoo accomplished it quite adeptly.
How poor in flavor was this tea? I adore peppermint. Yet, I couldn't finish this disappointing tea. After 3/4 of a cup of grimacing and forcing it down, I had enough...and down the drain the rest of it went, disappearing into the murky depths of the Reno, NV sewer system.
And, as if this wasn't enough, what did Typhoo do with the after-taste? One of the greatest qualities of peppermint tea is the ever-lasting after-taste, giving the drinker the wonderful flavor of peppermint on their tongue long after the tea has disappeared.
Well, I really did search for an after-taste with this tea. True, drinking only 3/4 of it might lead to a "bit less" after-taste than if I forced this tea down in its entirety. Yet, I could find little after-taste except when I burped, and a rather unpleasant flavor of peppermint appeared.
And no, my rant isn't over. Compared to a quality bagged tea (think Tazo or Mightly Leaf), this tea is a laughable joke in both taste and after-taste. And in comparison to a quality loose-leaf tea peppermint tea, this tea doesn't even deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence. And so I won't.
There are many good to superb peppermint teas in the world today, both of the bagged and loose-leaf variety.
This tea isn't one of them. So save your money for something more tasty and interesting, such as a peppermint lifesaver.
Recommendation : No. I've sampled a ton of mint, peppermint and spearmint teas for reviews on this website. And well, as of the date of this review, this mystic creation from Typhoo Teas is by far the worse I've had by a significant margin.
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