Over the weekend I purchased a wonderful new tea mug from Sur La Table. I’ll have to take some pictures and post. So this morning, I thought… now is the perfect time to break in my new mug and what better way to do so, than with a cup of Sloth Tea. Thanks Felicitea for the picture. I have enjoyed more than one cup of this wonderfully soothing tea – just delinquent on my review. So without further adieu, lets talk about tea.
Composition: A unique combination of green tea, chamomile, peppermint and catnip.
Dry Visual: I am reminded of potpourri – the chamomile dominates this loose leaf tea.
Dry Aroma: A pleasant mix of peppermint and chamomile, Slot Tea smells refreshing.
Flavor: I really enjoyed Sloth Tea. The Chamomile is dominant and soothing. However, the peppermint provides a mild, but unexpected, refreshing kick. I have never described a tea as both soothing and refreshing as that seems to be a blatant oxymoron, but that is exactly what you get when drinking Slot Tea. The green tea was detectable, but not vegetal – I almost forgot that green tea was included in the mix. I have enjoyed both with and without sweetener. Today, I am drinking with a little honey.
Liquor: A rich golden amber hue.
Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 3 – 5 minutes and of course I brewed for 5 minutes.
What is Catnip?
Catnip, actually known as Nepetais a genus of about 250 species of flowering plants in the family Lamiaceae. The genus is native to Europe, Asia and Africa, with the highest species diversity in the Mediterranean region east to mainland China. It is now common in North America as a weed. Most of the species are herbaceous perennial plants, but some are annuals. Catnip has been prepared and used by people for many years. It was originally used as a tea, juice, tincture, infusion, and poultice and has been smoked and chewed. Catnip, in humans, has a soothing effect and has been used to treat nervous headaches, hysteria, and insanity.
Sloth Tea was exactly what I needed this morning - a nice, hot, herbal tea. I have heard others talk of brewing and drinking as an iced tea. I’ll have to try that the next time I enjoy a cup. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!
1. Nepeta. (2008, August 3). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:57, August 4, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nepeta&oldid=229522594
2. Catnip: Its uses and effects, past and present. In Can Vet J Volume 31, June 1990. Retrieved, August 4, 2008, from http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/picrender.fcgi?artid=1480656&blobtype=pdf