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I purchased 2 oz. of Moroccan Mint at Teavana today against my better judgment. It’s not that the tea is bad; it is quite the opposite, but the salespeople are so pushy. I know that they work on commission, but when I say I want 2 oz., do you really think I might be interested in purchasing 1 lb. of tea despite the 10 percent discount? (Edit: Maybe I should have bought one pound. I am really going through it.)

Had I gone to yoga today, I would have picked up a Moroccan Mint from Kookoo Cafe, but alas, sleep was more important to me this morning.

While at Teavana I also bought a new mug (w/lid) for my new job. I am really excited about all the tea and teaware I can store at my new desk. My prior job was pretty much open to the public, so it was hard to have any personal effects. I think I might be on the market for either a perfect teamaker from Teavana or a ingenuitea from Adagio. If you own one of these, please let me know what you think.

I did have a cup of the Moroccan Mint tea after coming home from a day of shopping, and it was so refreshing. I think Moroccan Mint is a tea that works well both iced and hot. I was pretty sure that I preferred green tea with peppermint, but I do so enjoy the spearmint with gunpowder green tea in a Moroccan Mint.

Do you ever put sugar in your Moroccan Mint? I have seen it various places that sugar in this type of tea is a good combination. Your thoughts, please.

After watching STeaPTV’s tea showdown over the weekend, I decided to locate the winning tea, Rishi Tea’s Jade Cloud organic green tea. This evening I made a trip up to Whole Foods to take advantage of their sale on Stonyfield Farm yogurt and to look for the highly praised tea.

I was in luck. The tea was in stock. And I came home and brewed a pot of tea. I used a heaping tablespoon of leaves, probably half a tablespoon more than directed. Steeped for three minutes, and drank a very familiar drink. This tea was very reminiscent of another tea I have tried, one that I can’t exactly place.

Needless to say I was unimpressed by this tea. It’s a rather mild tea, not too vegetal. It could be said that the quality of the tea was not very good. This is not to say that the leaves were dusty, which they were not: very little residue was left in my cup. All in all, I will drink this tea, but I had higher expectations for it. Maybe I will have to enter the next STeaP showdown. I am thinking a Mariage Freres tea would be a nice selection.