I openly admit I'm not a big fan of Gunpowder Green tea. I've tried the pure forms via reputable vendors and I can't get past the notes of copper that tend to linger in some of the varities. It's just a preference.
So it's taken me a while to get on board the Moroccan Mint train, though I've read lovely things from fans of the blend. But in planning my fall tea purchases, I thought I'd give Boston Tea Company's version a try, notably because it's blended with spearmint. Another quirk of mine is that I prefer spearmint to peppermint, so I told myself that this might work.
And work it did indeed! It is a true Gunpowder Pingshui Green, not as tightly rolled as the Numi Organic brand I've previously tried. They say that the smaller or more tightly the leaves are rolled, the higher the quality is supposed to be, but I don't know that I detect a real difference here. The spearmint is either masking the aftertaste I otherwise had been avoiding or perhaps this grade is a different quality than the others I've steeped before and more gently processed. The yellow liqueur is a distinctive dark yellow, which hints at the copper business I mentioned earlier. Darker, smokier, more exotic than your average green tea.
I really enjoyed this blend this week as the weather started to get more seasonable, meaning c-o-l-d! It's not as piquant or syrupy-sweet as a peppermint tea, and I think it will be making a permanent stay in my cupboard as a soother. Coincidence that the tin is copper-colored? Perhaps, or perhaps not.
I'm also intrigued by what I've been reading about Moroccan Mint tea as a process, an event, a cultural phenomenon. Perhaps there'll be room to explore the Morrocan tea ritual in a future post?