Have you ever wondered what it would taste like, if you could have a drink made from York peppermint patties? Snow Day, one of DavidsTea's winter 2015 seasonal blends, makes for a good approximation - at least as far as herbal blends go! And yet, I found it to be so much more. Mixing dried peppermint leaves with white chocolate, dark chocolate, sugary sprinkles (this is starting to sound like a cupcake, rather than a tisane), and cocoa beans, this blend sounds like it is going to be intense. Time to get steeping...
For herbal blends, I like to steep them strong. Since peppermint can sometimes make for light-flavored blends, I steep Snow Day for a full seven minutes, using just boiled water. (There were two teaspoons of dry mixture in my twelve ounce mug.) The aroma coming from the steeping cup is fantastic. York peppermint patties define the smell of this tisane, while cocoa nibs lend an earthy background, and I cannot wait to learn, if it tastes the same way that it smells!
Yes, it does. At least, my initial sip of Snow Day reminds me exactly of that iconic candy. Yet, it is more than just minty chocolate flavors. The body, comprised of the peppermint, stands-up well to the myriad of chocolate and cocoa notes. In contrast, they complement the mint in such a way that it seems accented and sweetened, not overwhelmed or subdued. With all of the seemingly-sweet ingredients listed on the package, I had been worried that the cup would be too sweet, but I am instead finding it to be rather pleasant and complex. Interestingly, the flavors do not entirely meld, and the balance between the sweetness of chocolate, earthiness of cocoa, and sharpness of mint shifts, as the liquid moves across the tongue.
DavidsTea has done a great job of crafting a delicious herbal blend with surprising facets and depth. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate Snow Day a 95/100. I highly recommend that you give it a try, if you enjoy mint "tea." It may surprise you, as it did me.
Photo credit to Built from Ink and Tea.
DavidsTea's Snow Day is available from their website, here, and in DavidsTea retail stores.
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