I have a love for fruity and flowery teas. Sometime in the last few months, I developed a love for peppermint, which has been described at the farmers market as chocolate mint. And I’ve had an obsession with finding good peppermint teas. Overall, the mint family is said to have a variety of medicinal properties. The naturally occurring menthol can aid in digestion, help to open the sinus passages, and help foster relaxation. I think these are why I almost always have some peppermint tea on hand, but lately, I’ve been exploring new brands and varieties. This week’s tea time is the mint addition. There are tons of different mint teas available – from pure peppermint or spearmint to blends of peppermint, spearmint, Japanese mint and the like. This edition features 5 varieties of mint tea for your drinking pleasure… Numi Moroccan Mint, Teekanne Triple Mint Tranquility, Teekanne Purely Peppermint, Yogi Purely Peppermint, and Bigelow Mint Medley.
I have trouble finding the right words to explain just what it is about this tea that I like so much. I don’t know if it’s the subtle flavor of the mint that is just so refreshing or what. I can say that this is definitely one of my favorite mint teas on the market. It is light and refreshing. It’s definitely become my go-to tea when I want a caffeine free pick-me-up or just a nice warm beverage in the middle of the afternoon. This tea happens to be great both hot and iced, and I definitely recommend trying it iced sometime. I’ve even drank this with green tea (steeped the two bags together) and I find that it blends quite nicely with green tea. I am finding that I have trouble keeping this one stocked in my tea cabinet, so next time, I’ll be trying the loose-leaf variety and we’ll see if there is any difference in flavor or enjoyment.
A few weeks ago, I first tried triple mint tranquility. The blend of mints is nice and the peppermint is definitely not overpowering, like I’ve had in other tea varieties in the past. The flavor is really nice. And after a stressful morning or afternoon, I could feel how the tea was helping to soothe and relax the body. After drinking this tea though, I seem to always feel ready to take a nap. So, I’m definitely enjoying the tea, although it might be better to drink right before bed or when I have time to just let go and relax, because feeling in need of a nap is not exactly the best way to increase productivity at work. It’s among the must-have’s in my tea cabinet.
Purely Peppermint is exactly that, pure peppermint tea. It is the smell and scent of a candy cane without any of the calories. The aroma is great for opening up the senses. This tea isn’t as strong as a peppermint candy cane or candy, which makes it much more pleasing to my palate. And it is very soothing. This might actually be a tea that I would mix with instant hot chocolate for a peppermint hot chocolate when I’m in the office.
This pure peppermint tea is full of flavor and very strong peppermint taste. And as it claims on the bag, it is very soothing on the belly. It is very similar to the Teekanne variety, although the leaves are organic rather than conventional. For a plain peppermint tea, I definitely think either this or the Teekanne are good options. It all depends what’s on your store shelf. And going beyond that, I think this variety would probably mix just as well with instant hot chocolate for a peppermint hot coco (steep the tea first, then add the instant coco mix).
As soon as I begin steeping the tea bag, I can smell the spearmint and peppermint. On the first sip, I can taste that citrus undertone that you get from the lemon peel. It’s an interesting blend. I am not sure that I can taste the rose or hibiscus, like I might in some of the more flowery teas, but I know that it’s there. After a few sips, the peppermint becomes more pronounced. This is a good, refreshing tea. I might try to make it and then let it cool next time to have as an iced tea.
What are your favorite mint teas? Do you like pure mint or prefer it to be blended with other mints or other things?