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September 2, 2013 Comments Views: 635 Food & Drinks, Girly

Tea Review: Loki Blend

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loki blend

created by: Cara McGee

‘So I am no more than another scorned idea, locked in your mental tea cabinet until you might have use of me? You could have told me it wouldn’t happen from the beginning! Why didn’t you? What, because I— I— I am the caffeinated blend parents won’t let their children try at night? You know, it all makes sense now, why you favoured Holmes all these years, because no matter how often you claim to make tea, you could never have a Frost Giant featured in your signature blends!’ [Thank you to the anonymous writer that left me this note, and prompted me to make a blend for Loki. Cool, refreshing, but just a bit dark, with a hint of floral undertones. This blend truly shines when iced.]
Inspired by the Marvel Comics character Loki. I have no affiliation with Marvel or Disney or any of those related companies. This blend is made for my own enjoyment.

ingredients:
gunpowderspearmintrooibos jasmine
My Review

I was terribly excited when the UPS guy delivered my package of teastuffs today (and then I was a little annoyed because dude threw it over the fence. Seriously?! He didn’t even wait for me to get to the door and I RAN to answer the doorbell. It took me maybe 5 seconds to race to the front of the house? I mean, I saw him as he was walking back to his truck so it’s not like it took me a long time. Anyway.)

To start: I love mint teas. I love how they’re so crisp and yet relaxing and for some reason they make me exceedingly happy, I can’t explain it.

The spearmint is obviously the most noticeable fragrance when you first open the bag, with the jasmine subtly coming through. I let mine steep about 3 minutes – I probably could have let it go another minute or two since I don’t mind strong teas, but 3 was quite all right with its lightness of flavor. I used the lovely ingenuitea: 1 heaping teaspoon for approximately 16 ounces of water. I’m sorry, I was trying to avoid my mother giving me grief over using a kettle, so I ended up microwaving my water to about 190 degrees Fahrenheit. I might (read: probably will) mess around with these figures the next time around.

Surprisingly, the spearmint doesn’t overpower the gunpowder or rooibos jasmine, which both lend a smooth, almost smoky flavor to balance the brightness of the mint. I think the flavors complement each other quite well. The slightly minty aftertaste it leaves in your mouth is also quite pleasant (for me, anyway.) It’s like a minty jasmine flavor, and since I like both, it works out well, leaving me with a fresh feeling.

I’m curious to try this tea iced. I mean, Loki’s a Frost Giant, after all, so it ought to turn out well…? Also – does that mean I should get the iced ingenuitea?

I gave this tea 5 out of 5 stars. You can purchase it here.

 

Review Update:

It’s been a year, and Loki has proven to be my favorite. I have tried this tea iced and it is fantastic.

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This is a glass of iced Loki, with sliced strawberries and a basil simple syrup. Would recommend (though it does not have to be a basil simple syrup, I just had extra.)

 

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