About 10 years ago, I drank herbal tea for the first time. I was immediately hooked by the refreshing mint flavor. From that point on every tea order was a request for mint tea. Talk about being obsessive. However, as all obsessions go, the fascination waxed and waned.
Two years ago, I once again picked up the tea habit. Over the last six months, my tea consumption has increased, actually almost doubled. While tea has numerous health benefits, it is very important for me to limit my caffeine intake – thus resulting in my recent purchase of two caffeine free teas. One is Peppermint Herbal, the subject of this tea review.
Peppermint Herbal was my tea of choice last night and it was a wonderful experience!
Composition: Peppermint Leaves from Oregon (USA)
Visual: Bright, almost Kelly green.
Dry Aroma: Invigorating! I opened the tea tin and my senses were assaulted by the mint bouquet.
Flavor: Minty! Full bodied and minty this tea can be enjoyed with or without sugar. Last night, I enjoyed with a little sugar.
Liquor: Golden brown – more gold than brown
Brewing Time: 5 minutes
Manufacturer: Harney & Sons Fine Teas
Special Note: One tea bag makes two cups of tea. I made two cups in one large mug – I drank half as hot tea and the other half as iced tea. Peppermint Herbal makes an excellent iced tea.
What is herbal tea?
An herbal tea, tisane, or ptisan is an herbal infusion made from anything other than the leaves of the tea bush (Camellia sinensis). The English word “tisane” originated from the Greek word πτισάνη (ptisanē), a drink made from pearl barley.
Herbal teas have been heralded for their medicinal effects; however that is the subject of another post. I look forward to enjoying another cup of this highly aromatic mint tea and hope you do the same. Until then… Happy tea drinking!
Herbal tea. (2008, April 7). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:24, April 9, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Herbal_tea&oldid=203894460