Posts Tagged ‘Mint’
Tea Company: Shanti Tea (website)
Ingredients: Hibiscus, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Rose Petals, Red Clover, Calendula, Shatavari Root
Vendor Suggested Preparation: Leaf Per Cup: 1 tsp. Water Temperature: 90-100 degC Steep Time: 4-5 minutes
As I peered into the sample bag, I was struck at the beauty of this blend. It needs to be stored in a glass container just to admire the tapestry of colors. Think miniature potpourri.
The smell of the dry leaves reminds me of spearmint gum.
7 minute brew with boiling water
Burgundy colored brew
The first sip is sweet and minty. I really enjoyed this cup of tea. Sweet, but not too sweet. The mint is nicely balanced with the other flavors.
You can purchase the PITTA BALANCE directly from the Shanti Tea website.
Category of Tea: Herbal
Tea Company: Celestial Seasonings (website)
Ingredients: Chamomile, spearmint, west indian lemongrass, natural french vanilla flavor, tulia flowers, blackberry leaves, hawthorn, orange blossoms and rosebuds.
Vendor Suggested Preparation: Boiling, 5 minutes
I have a confession. I consider myself an herbal tea fan. Yet, I hate chamomile.
And a lot of teas, especially ones designed to soothe and relax, like to focus on chamomile. So I used to convince myself (on those nights where I’ve had a horrible long day and want a nice, mellow cup of tea to help me relax) that maybe the chamomile won’t be so bad this time. So I brew, and I relax, and I sip. And then I go and calmly dump the cup out and wonder why it’s still on my shelf of tea. Blech.
This cycle continued until I found Sleepytime Vanilla. This is an herbal tea, designed to relax you. And it has chamomile in it. And I actually like it. The blend of mint and vanilla with the chamomile mellows the flavor, and enhances the brew. As you sip, you’re first hit by the mint and chamomile, pleasantly combined, then the vanilla shows up with a creamy aftertaste. The flavors play off each other, and remove whatever it is that consistently makes me go BLEA.
These days, when I’ve had a horrible long day and want to relax, this tea is the one that finds its way into my cup. I sip contentedly, and actually gain that relaxation I am so craving.
You can purchase Celestial Seasoning Sleepytime Vanilla directly from their website.
Tea Company: TeaFrog (website)
Ingredients: Gunpowder Green Tea, Ceylon Orange Pekoe Tea, Peppermint
Vendor Suggested Preparation: 1tsp/cup, 85 deg C water, steep for 3-4 minutes
I have been on a Black/Green Kick lately! There are just some blacks and greens that do go good together and when you add something link mint to it – I’m always game! For this particular one, I think you can taste the Gunpowder Green more than the black tea but the Mint is what makes it in more ways than one. Here is what I mean by that…if you like Mint, you will probably like this. If you like flavored black tea - you are certainly going to want to try this. And if you are into greens that are blended with others – you can’t pass this up! On the other hand…if you aren’t sure about gunpowder and are willing to give it another try – TRY THIS. I repeat TRY THIS. The Gunpowder and mint go together perfectly. It takes away from the grassy taste and the aftertaste is pure minty goodness! I would classify this as a very versatile blend! It would appeal to many and maybe even gain some newbies to try new things and find their love of gun powder teas and/or black & Green blends. In addition…if you are worried there is too much mint – I don’t believe there is. I’m a huge mint fan…and usually the more the merrier but feel this is one of those ‘just enough mint’ type scenarios! Overall this is one of my favorite TeaFrog Teas so far! Thumbs up on this one from me!
You can purchase the Asian Mint directly from the TeaFrog website.
Tea Company: Da-u-de (website)
Ingredients: Lemon Verbena, Organic Peppermint, Marigold, Violet, Jasmin, and European Organic Rose
Vendor Suggested Preparation: Boiling, 7 minutes
Some teas should just have songs written about them! This is one of those teas!
First, I must say I LOVE the tins and labels from da.u.de …and so far ALL of the teas I have tried! I have sampled 3 of them thus far.
My experience with Seffarine from da.u.de was almost surreal. You can clearly see all of the ingredients in this blend mostly the Lemon Verbena and Peppermint. The other ingredients are NOT hard to find but are more off to the side as a secondary. It has a very mild but pleasant smell and is very relaxing and pretty.
I can taste the peppermint but it’s not over the top considering how much I can see in the blend. Many of you know I like peppermint and (usually) the more the merrier but this works with the other ingredients perfectly! It’s a little minty but mellow, sweet, and lemony. I can pick up a little floral but it’s the perfect amount for my tastes. WOW! Talk about happy herbal goodness! It’s beautiful in EVERY way!
I’m curious about the company’s tasting tip – adding Gunpowder and Sugar Cubes…eventho I don’t add sugar in my tea/tisanes…I just might expand my horizons! I must also say that usually I’m not much for herbal tisanes but will always try them…I do like my MINT, tho. With Seffarine from da.u.de – I just officially moved it towards the top of my favorite Herbals!
You can purchase the Seffarine directly from the Da-u-de website.