Name: Moroccan Mint
Brand: Golden Moon
Type: Green tea, flavored
Form: Loose leaf
Review: Mint teas and tisanes are ubiquitous, and as a tea reviewer, I confess to getting a bit tired of them. While the combination of mint and tea can be very nice, tea companies are not always careful about quality control. Bad mint gets used as a cover-up for bad tea. Palate chaos, or boredom, ensues.
But Golden Moon usually does a good job with its flavored blends, so I figured I’d give this one a try.
This is a traditional blend of gunpowder green tea (think tiny, rolled pellets of green tea that are fired in a wok) and spearmint. The dry leaf has a pleasant, not overwhelming scent, and infuses to a gold-green color. The infused tea continues to have a subtle, minty nose. On the palate, the green tea dominates, surprisingly. It is smooth and slightly vegetal, and it is only after the medium-bodied tea slips down my throat that I really taste the mint. The mint is cool and refreshing, but doesn’t have the harsh burn that some mints leave behind. The weird, slightly sour aftertaste that sometimes emerges after drinking cheap mint tea is also absent.
If you like mint tea, particularly one in which you can actually taste the tea, this is a great one to try.
Preparation Tips: Golden Moon recommends making this tea with freshly boiled water, but I’d recommend cooling the water down some. Try 195F or so. If you don’t like very intense mint notes, make sure you watch the steep time and keep it between 1.5 and 2 minutes.
Recommendation: Mint green teas make an excellent introduction to green tea. They are also intensely refreshing, particularly after a big meal or as an iced tea on a hot day.
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