Green tea with mint is a classic combination. When it’s blended right, you get a warm grassy note from the green tea with sweet, refreshing menthol high notes from the peppermint. But you’d be surprised at how often mint tea goes wrong!
I was sent a sample sachet of Basilur Moroccan Mint and here’s what happened. In my full tea review, you’ll find some detailed tasting notes, the best brewing method for this, a little info about the origins of Moroccan mint tea, and finally a place to buy this tea if you want to try it yourself. Let’s get started.
Basilur Moroccan Mint Green Tea at a Glance
Full Review – Green Tea and Peppermint
- Type: Loose leaf
- Tea: Ceylon green tea
- Additives: Peppermint leaves
- Flavour Notes: Sweet, subtle peppermint, mellow, soft, warm green tea
- Aroma: Toothpaste, candy cane, nettles, gunpowder green tea
- Milk or Lemon: Lemon, if desired
- Where to Buy: Amazon
Ripping open the sachet, it’s strong! The initial aroma zips down your throat with sweet toothpaste menthol. It’s very bright and sweet, like a candy cane. There’s also a hint of stinging nettles in the aroma, either from the Ceylon green tea or the natural peppermint leaves.
It brews into a pale yellow green tea colour, unlike the usual golden green that peppermint teas tend to create. That’s a good sign that the green tea part of the blend creates the main body.
Breathing in the steam from the teacup, there’s a smoother aroma with subtler peppermint sweetness. The green tea smells great – slightly grassy but mostly mellow and hay-like.
The flavour matches.
Sip after sip, the peppermint and menthol refresh your mouth. But it doesn’t overpower the mellow green tea body. Well done, Basilur! This tea is perfectly balanced.
How to Brew Mint Green Tea
This is a green tea blend, so you need to use water at 80°C to stop the green tea getting too bitter. If you don’t want to fuss around with a thermometer, just let your kettle cool for 5 minutes before pouring it over the tea in your cup.
I brewed for 2 minutes to create a light brew, but Basilur Moroccan Mint tea can be brewed for up to 5 minutes if you want to boost the flavour.
This tea doesn’t need any additional sweetness, but a slice of lemon floating in it could be nice, to balance out the natural sweetness and menthol. Obviously, don’t add milk!
Why Choose the Basilur Oriental Collection?
The Basilur Oriental Collection contains some of my favourite blends, like their milk oolong and masala chai (one of my all-time favourite chais), so I knew this one would be good too. Just look at the quality of the green tea. When it brews, those curled green tea leaves unfurl beautifully! Make sure you use your largest infuser, so they have plenty of space to expand. That will help the flavour.
Interestingly, I can’t find out exactly where Basilur’s mint is from. It simply labels it as natural peppermint leaves. Traditionally, Moroccan mint tea is made with spearmint leaves, green tea, and a tonne of sugar. So, Basilur Moroccan Mint tea isn’t a traditional tea. But I do like that it’s healthier – with the natural sweetness of the peppermint, you don’t need any additional sugar like you do with spearmint.
The quality is pretty good and you can either buy a 100g loose leaf pouch (I’ve linked to this one) or you can spend a little more and get the nice curved tea caddy.
I highly recommend this tea! If you enjoy peppermint tea but need a little caffeine in your cup, this is perfect. If you’re used to your spearmint Moroccan mint tea, this will feel more refreshing than usual thanks to the menthol. Buy this tea on Amazon (use my affiliate buttons and links to go directly there) or find it on Basilur’s website. Sometimes this tea pops up in unusual places too – I’ve even seen it in TK Maxx.
Basilur Moroccan Mint tea is lovely, but sometimes it’s good to try a new tea. Check out my review of Bion Lemon Verbena tea next. It’s refreshing and totally caffeine-free. Don’t forget to subscribe to my mailing list too, so you can be the first to read my new tea reviews each month.