Sunday Tea and Books: Vanilla Mint

Sunday Tea and Books: Vanilla Mint

It’s Sunday, which means that it’s time to sip some tea and think of books. I’m going to make this a weekly thing since I have lots of teas I haven’t tried, and even more on the way. So what’s in store for today?

Today’s tea: Today I’m sipping Vanilla Mint from Golden Moon Tea. Golden Moon unfortunately is expensive to ship to Canada, but when a relative of mine spent her winter in the US, I had some shipped to her, which she then brought back for me when she returned.

How it’s brewed: Pretty simple, actually – 1 tsp for a cup, using boiling water for 4 minutes. Nothing too fussy about it.

What it’s like: At first glance, it’s an unusual mix of flavours: green tea, black tea, mint, and vanilla. I’ve found that I’m not a huge fan of mixing green tea and vanilla together, but I don’t mind black tea and vanilla, and mint goes well with both kinds. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was prepared for something discordant when I tasted it, and that expectation was reinforced when smelling the dry leaf – smelling vanilla and mint together is just a weird combination for me.

But what’s this? When brewed up, it’s surprisingly smooth, and well blended! The flavours are distinct, but they don’t fight against each other, instead combining to form something even better. It tastes good both straight and with a little bit of sweetener added, though I prefer the sweetened version.

So, this was a tea I expected to be weird and jangly and disorganized, only to have it defy my expectations and become a smooth, delicious cup. Oddly enough, the first literary character that came to mind when I thought of this was Father Chains from Scott Lynch’s book The Lies of Locke Lamora. Think about it. On the surface, to those who don’t know any better, he’s a blind main chained up in front of a temple, begging alms for his patron deity. But those chains are a ruse: in reality he’s a talented con man, and he’s putting together a team of similar con artists to bilk the nobility out of untold sums of money. He’s a man using a rough, disorganized exterior to hide the smooth machine running beneath. And like this tea, he’s got a small vein of sweetness running through him, as seen through the title character’s flashbacks.

Where to get it: Golden Moon Tea.