Review — Stash Organic MerryMint Green Tea

Gold Gift SetName: Organic MerryMint Green Tea (included in Stash Tea’s Gold Box Gift Set)

Brand: Stash

Type: Green tea, flavored

Form: Paper bagged tea

Review: Deck the halls with boughs of wintergreen! Yes, this tea has both spearmint and peppermint added, but they barely make any impact on this blend. If you like the cold, bracing tingle of wintergreen, Organic MerryMint Green Tea from Stash is the way to go.

The tea brews up to a light/medium-bodied green gold with a strong nose of wintergreen. On the palate, the wintergreen continues to dominate, though the lemongrass is evident in the finish, and I rather like its slight tang. I can’t taste much green tea, though, which isn’t surprising giving the intensity of the flavor, but I suppose it supports the blend by adding some body. Unfortunately, the ginger also disappears in this tea, which I find very sad, as I am fond of ginger. Still, I like this tea and particularly like that Stash’s blenders decided not to “tone it down” but gave the strong wintergreen and lemongrass flavors free reign. Invigorating stuff indeed.

Recommendation: If you don’t like wintergreen, give this tea a pass. I mean it. The other mints don’t stand a chance against it and the flavor completely dominates the blend. I find this tea to be good for appetite control, which is never a bad thing during the holiday season. Unlike some mint teas, however, I don’t find MerryMint to be particularly relaxing: The wintergreen kick is more stimulating than soothing, which is just as well, as its green tea base includes caffeine.

Preparation Tips: Infuse in slightly cooled water, maybe 195F or so, for no longer than 40 seconds. If you let it infuse any longer, the mint becomes overwhelming and can take on a distinct mouthwash-like quality. Just give the teabag a quick dip and you’ll be fine.

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