When I was perusing the closely placed bookshelves at a favorite cozy bookstore, I noticed books that were not books. These faux books were glossy tea tins of the NovelTeas tin collection. I immediately noticed the Pride and Peppermint tin and knew that I had to try it. It was snuggled in between Sencha Sensibility and Don Quixotea: Man of La Manchai. The tea tin, complete with a two-ounce bag of ‘Pride and Peppermint” tea brought puns, tea, and Austen references together. What kind of Austen fan would not love everything about it?
The NovelTeas tin itself was very fun. Apart from the tea, it also came with a Mr. Darcy bookmark, a bookmark with the brewing instructions on it, and two sticker name tags with a tea-themed rectangle frame. On the back of the tea tin, it states that the tea resists “the smarmy and snobbish with a blend of biting wit and sweet charm that will buck all the minty norms.” I largely agree with this humorously academic sounding statement. The tea definitely goes against the ‘norm’ of peppermint teas that I have tasted by not being aggressively harsh. It consists of peppermint, rooibos, and chamomile. It was very tasty and was not a biting peppermint but softer, more mixed in with the chamomile. The peppermint taste was solid and strong but not in a way that overpowered other flavors no matter how concentrated the brew was. The rooibos provides a bit of an earthy taste, while the peppermint and chamomile come together for a soothing tang-