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Dragonwater Hibiscus Mint Herbal Tea Review

A Beautiful Tea That Tastes Like Hibiscus But Not Mint

Summary : This tea really gave me a surprise. The aroma hints of a very, very good mint tea. Instead, you end up with a very beautiful and very strong tasting hibiscus tea. Yet, while this really isn't a mint tea...if you like hibiscus...you'll like this tea immensely.

Review : I was in the mood for mint. I love mint. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner...never mind the fact that usually is the "one meal" a day I eat. And so finding myself in the mood for mint, I started digging through some of the samplers I recently ordered from the Dragonwater Tea Company (now out of business).

And then I came across a sampler pack of Hibiscus Mint, a herbal tea. This tea contained organic spearmint and organic peppermint. So...can we say mint?

And my hopes weren't dissuaded either by the very strong and potent smell of mint when I opened up the sampler package either. A very pleasant aroma of mint soon invaded every knook of my kitchen...always a mint lovers delight.

The Hibiscus Mint Tea from Dragonwater Tea Company (now out of business) contains the following ingredients : Hibiscus Mint Tea. Hibiscus blended with organic peppermint and organic spearmint.

So...imagine my surprise when the tea was fully brewed that instead of finding a traditional light brown/light green tea (typical mint tea colors), I was instead looking at a drop-dead gorgeous deep maroon colored tea. Which of course made me think that this is definitely not your typical "mint tea."

This tea, once brewed, has a light flowery aroma. This should have been my tip-off that this was NOT going to taste like a mint tea...but I was so wrapped up in my mint fixation at the time that that thought never crossed my mind!

And so I took my first sip and nearly choked! Not because the tea was bad. No, it was because this tea couldn't have been more opposite of what I was expecting! I was expecting a mint flavored tea of some kind. Instead, what I found myself drinking was a "flowery tea," for lack of a better word. There was absolutely no taste of mint in the tea at all. Instead, you are greeted with the very strong flavor of hibiscus flowers. And believe me...it IS strong.

I must confess, I'm still a bit puzzled at how a tea could look and smell so strongly of mint right out of the bag...yet neither taste nor look nothing like mint once brewed. Oh well, I won't dwell on it, but instead will simply accept it.

In the end, if you are searching for a "mint tea" in the normal sense, skip this tea and go find another mint tea. However, if you want a flowery tea or enjoy hibiscus, then this tea quite simply has your name on it.

Recommendation : Yes. This tea is very unique, to say the least. Despite its name...and its ingredients...this is NOT a mint tea in the traditional sense. If you are looking for mint in this tea, well, go find a good peppermint tea instead. The reason is because first and foremost this is a "flower tea" that has the very strong taste and aroma of hibiscus. So, if you are in the mood for a flowery tea, or simply love hibiscus in all forms, then by all means...you'll love this very unique tea tha the Dragonwater Tea Company (now out of business) has created.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Hibiscus Mint
  • Manufacturer : Dragonwater Tea Company
  • Available from : Dragonwater Tea Company (now out of business)
  • Type of Tea : Herbal Tea
  • Leaf Type : Loose Leaf
  • Date of Review : December 15th, 2006
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Use one teaspoon (or a bit more) of tea leaves. Pour 1 cup (5.5 ounces, but 6 works quite nicely) boiling water over the leaves. Let the tea brew for 5-10 minutes.

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