Purple Mint Tea from JusTea

Today’s review will focus on another new Purple Tea product from JusTea. This is the Purple Mint Tea. It is a blend of purple tea leaves, spearmint and peppermint leaves, and rose petals.

If you did not read my recent review of the Purple Leaf Tea from JusTea, which includes much more information on Purple Tea, and some special limited time offers from JusTea, go check it out now.

Let’s get to the review.

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Purple Mint Tea from JusTea – Dry Leaves

The dry leaves vary in color from the pale green of the mint leaves, the dark charcoal grey of the purple tea leaves, and the dark red of the rose petals. The vast majority of the mix consists of the peppermint and spearmint leaves (>/= 90%), with maybe 5% of purple tea leaves, and <5% of rose petals. The refreshing aroma is also dominated by spearmint and peppermint scents. The rose petals and purple tea are undetectable.

The dry leaves were infused in 200°F water for 3 minutes.

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Purple Mint Tea from JusTea – Liquid

The tea liquid has a dark golden-yellow color. The aroma is strongly dominated by the sweetness of the spearmint and the spiciness of the peppermint scents, and there is a slight trace of rose petals. The scent of the purple tea leaves is undetectable. The body is medium-full, with a refreshing, mentholated feel, and a lively texture. The taste is dominated by the peppermint and spearmint, and the rose petals and purple tea are undetectable. The aftertaste continues the refreshing, mentholated feel that coats the tongue and throat, and the mint character.

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Purple Mint Tea from JusTea – Wet Leaves

The wet leaves again vary in color from the green of the mint leaves, the green and purple of the purple tea, and the pinkish-white of the wet rose petals. The mint leaves are all small fragments, the purple tea leaves are all medium to large fragments (with a bud or two in the mix), and the rose petals are large fragments. The aroma again is dominated by the sweet spearmint and the spicy peppermint. A mentholated, tingly, cool feel in the nose is very interesting and unique.

The combination of the peppermint and spearmint truly hits all parts of the tongue (and nose), and is quite the sensation to focus on. The coolness touches the front end of the tongue, followed by the spicy bite towards the middle, and an extra mentholated feel at the back. Although I would prefer to see, smell, and taste a little more of the rose petals and purple tea in the mix, the blend of the spearmint and peppermint is very tasteful and uplifting (even without the caffeine). Increasing the proportion of the tea and roses is an easy problem to solve, if other reviewers and consumers feel the same way I do. But the cool, mentholated feel was the highlight of this experience.

You can purchase 60 grams of the Purple Mint Tea for USD $12.00 from the JusTea website.

Many thanks to JusTea for providing this sample of Purple Mint Tea, and thank you to my readers for taking your time to check out this review. Cheers!

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Purple Leaf Tea from JusTea

On behalf of the good people at JusTea, I am happy to introduce the readers of this blog to their newest product, the Purple Leaf Tea. This organically grown, fairly-traded, one of a kind tea is carefully produced by small-scale farmers in Kenya. JusTea can actually  arrange to have you meet the purple tea farmers via Facebook Live!

The beautiful contrast between new Purple Tea Leaves and ordinary Green Tea Leaves
Purple Tea Field in Kenya (Image used with permission from JusTea)

Purple tea is certainly one of the lesser known types of tea in the market, especially among the casual tea drinkers. The term “purple tea” has created somewhat of a debate in the tea industry, as it has challenged the more traditional classifications of tea (black, green, white, oolong, etc), and the criteria used to determine the classification of specific tea products. And although I can understand the purist viewpoint, I can also understand the marketing benefit of differentiating Purple tea from Green tea, although the processing technique is nearly identical.

That being said, I would expect the popularity of the JusTea Purple Leaf Tea to increase in the future, as awareness and consciousness of better nutrition and wellness gain traction in the United States, and around the globe in general. In particular, Purple Tea producers and the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya claim that the fresh purple tea leaves contain an antioxidant known as Anthocyanin. This is the same antioxidant that is present in blueberries and pomegranates, and we all are familiar with the healthy reputation of those two products. So expect to see more and more Purple Tea products popping up in your local grocery store.

Purple tea, 2 leaves and a bud growing in the garden
Purple Tea Bud (Image used with permission from JusTea)

So, let me tell you a little about the promotions going on at JusTea. As of the publishing of this post, JusTea is offering a free tea sample as a birthday gift to anybody who signs up for the newsletter on their website. We all could use more free tea, right?! Also, they are also offering an opportunity to enter to win a pair of John Fluevog shoes AND free Purple Leaf Tea for a year! Honestly, I don’t know much about the shoes, but they are rather expensive (I am not an expensive shoe kind of guy, except my Timberland hiking boots). So you will get an expensive pair of shoes and a year’s supply of healthy, delicious Purple Leaf Tea. So be sure to check those promotions out while they last!

Alright, so let’s get to the tea review.

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Purple Leaf Tea from JusTea – Dry Leaves

The dry leaves have a uniform charcoal gray color. The leaves appear to be medium to large fragments, with a few bare stems and buds in the mix. The leaves appear to be hand-rolled. The aroma has scents of dark chocolate, dried plum, freshly picked spinach, light smoke, and light vanilla.

The dry leaves were placed in a ceramic tasting cup and infused with 175°F water for 3 minutes. The leaves can be reused at least 2 or 3 times.

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Purple Leaf Tea from JusTea – Tea Liquid

The liquid has a color that reminds me of the flesh of a plum, with a pale, light purple color. The aroma has scents of plum, wet stones, and a pleasant earthiness. The body is medium, with a clean, brisk, lively mouthfeel. The taste has notes of plum, wet stones, cooked spinach, fresh swiss chard, and a light earthiness. The aftertaste carries the clean, mineral essence of wet stones and very light plum.

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Purple Leaf Tea from JusTea – Wet Leaves

The wet leaves are mostly a fresh, forest green color, with some spots of purple. There are a few bare stems, and a few nicely developed buds. The leaves are unusually thin and delicate. The fragments are mostly medium to large size, with a few leaves that are nearly fully intact. The aroma has scents of steamed spinach, chard, wet stones, light plum, and earth.

The Purple Leaf Tea from JusTea is an excellent escape from other teas, and is certainly unique in its own rite. I really enjoy the tastes of the mineral and earthiness, which is often found in teas that are pan-fired, as the Purple Leaf Tea is. The feel and texture of this tea was also noteworthy, having a clean, refreshing, and brisk character. The color is most definitely unique and interesting, with a pale, light purple color that looks similar to the flesh of a plum. The used leaves were uniquely delicate and soft. The experience of this tea, from start to finish, can best be summarized as unique.

The Purple Leaf Tea from JusTea is currently selling for USD $13.60 for 60 grams, not including any applicable shipping fees or taxes. They also offer the following Purple Tea blends:

Purple Jasmine – USD $12.00 for 90 grams.

Purple Mint – USD $12.00 for 60 grams.

Purple Rain – USD $12.00 for 90 grams.

All of these 60 and 90 tins come nicely wrapped in colorful fabric, and also include a hand carved wooden teaspoon. As I mentioned in my review of the Nandi Hills Black Tea, the packaging design is pretty awesome, and the wooden teaspoon is an interesting keepsake.

Thank you to JusTea for providing this sample of Purple Leaf Tea, and thank you to all of you who took your time to read this post. Cheers!

Steamed Purple Tea From Kangaita Factory, Mount Kenya

A short time ago, I reviewed the Fermented Purple Tea, considered more of a wulong style of tea due to partial oxidation. The Steamed Purple Tea is considered to be a green tea in terms of processing. This Steamed Purple Tea is also from the Kangaita Factory in Kirinyaga, on the southern slopes of Mount Kenya.

Let the journey begin…

Steamed Purple Tea Dry Leaves
Steamed Purple Tea Dry Leaves

The dry leaves have a very dark purple to black color. The leaves are rolled, with some being long and wiry, and others being in somewhat of a semi-ball shape. The leaves appear to be mostly medium to large fragments. There are very few bare stems in the mix. The stems show a two leaves and small bud pluck. The aroma is sweet (hay and light malt) and bakey, with light earthy hints.

Five grams of dry leaves were placed in a 9.5 ounce (280 ml) Tokoname teapot. Purified spring water was heated to 175°F (75°C). The leaves were infused for one minute and thirty seconds.

Steamed Purple Tea 1st Infusion
Steamed Purple Tea 1st Infusion

The first infusion produced a liquor with a light, pale yellow color and a light purple tint. The color is very unique. The aroma is grassy, fresh, with light scents of red grape juice. The body is light, with a delicate, refreshing feel. The taste is very refreshing, with notes of delicate grass, light red grape juice, and mineral (wet stone). The aftertaste is lightly fruity, with a light flowery and grassy essence being left on the breathe. Given the dark appearance of the dry leaves, I was surprised by how light, grassy, and delicate this tea tasted.

Steamed Purple Tea 2nd Infusion
Steamed Purple Tea 2nd Infusion

The second infusion produced a liquor with a slightly stronger purple tint than the first infusion. The aroma is fruitier, and lighter on the grass. The body remains light and refreshing. The taste has lightened on the grassy note, and the mineral note has become more potent. The grape juice undertone remains. A slight bitterness appeared, indicating that the infusion time should have been decreased by about thirty seconds on this second infusion. This tea is quite delicate to the infusion time, very similar to a green tea.

Steamed Purple Tea 3rd Infusion
Steamed Purple Tea 3rd Infusion

The third infusion produced a liquor similar to the second infusion. The aroma has lightened, but remains fruity and grassy. The taste has also lightened, and maintains the dominantly mineral note, and light grass and grape notes. I do not expect a fourth infusion to have much to offer.

Steamed Purple Tea Infused Leaves
Steamed Purple Tea Infused Leaves

The infused leaves have a mostly dark forest green color, with some purple leaves. All leaves are medium sized fragments. There are some stems showing the two leaves and small bud pluck. There are a few tips in the mix. The aroma reminds me of a wet forest floor with soft hints of grape juice.

This Steamed Purple Tea was an interesting contrast to the Fermented Purple Tea. One thing that was very similar in both varieties of the purple tea was the thirst quenching and refreshing quality. There is something about a clean mineral taste that I find very satisfying. This Steamed Purple Tea had a very nice balance of tastes, blending grass, grapes, and minerals. The color was intriguing, showing the presence of the anthocyanin pigmentation in purple tea, compared to the dominant chlorophyll pigmentation of the traditional green tea bushes. This tea is a great way to take a break from the typical green teas. It has the refreshing character of other steamed green teas, with a noticeable difference in taste, aroma, appearance, and body to make it unique.

I am very grateful to my source in Kenya for providing me with these purple tea samples. Cheers!