(Last Updated: Sep 08, 2014 at 12:12 PM)
The Peppermint variety of Harmless Harvest’s Namacha is made with water, organic peppermint leaves, organic tea leaves, lemon juice and agave. Like the other flavors, this product uses raw (as opposed to dried) tea leaves that are cold-steeped and then high pressure processed. This gives the product a very fresh and “raw” taste with a flavor that’s definitely unlike any tea that we’ve ever had. It’s earthy and green, but much smoother and less bitter than a bottle of pure green tea (which is probably the closest point of reference to traditional bottled tea). As for this particular flavor, the addition of peppermint, lemon, and agave give the product more depth than the other two flavors. This iteration of the product definitely benefits from the slight splash of lemon, but it otherwise is very minty. Lastly, this product has some kick. Not from caffeine, which it’s low in, but from the tea polyphenols. On the outside, the product is still available in a 10 oz. bottle, but the branding has shifted from being “Raw Tea” to Namacha. While on the surface this might be something to question, we think that this change will be a good one for the brand. For starters, it looks and feels more like the Harmless Harvest coconut water line, which should make it stand out more than the old version. And the Namacha branding does a nice job of promoting the product’s Japanese roots. We could, however, live without the all capital letter copy on the back of the bottle (it’s slightly tough on the eyes). Overall, a very enjoyable product from Harmless Harvest.