Source: I’ve no idea where the herbs and things are grown. I bought the tea from Tea Palace.
Cost: a 50g carton (the size I have) is £6.95. Because this is a chamomile and peppermint based tea, 50g is a lot of volume – the same size carton usually holds 125g of black tea.
You can get an 80g carton for £9.25.
Ethics: No idea. I’ve previously bought the same tea from another supplier, but they’ve sadly gone out of business – although they were pretty hot on ethics, so maybe this is ethical if from the same place? But really no information here.
Brewing instructions: Put a good dessertspoonful (that’s two teaspoons’ worth), at least, into an infuser / disposable teabag / pot / etc. Like this:
Using boiling water, infuse for 3 or 4 minutes. You can’t overbrew this, so you don’t have to worry about timing it – and you do want a good long time to get all of the flavours.
Nose: if you know what you’re looking for (smelling for?) you can make out the peppermint and chamomile. If you don’t, then you get warm, and slightly herbal, and soothing.
Taste: It’s a well-balanced, complex herbal tea. This was the first herbal tea that I really liked (I first had it a couple of years ago), because it has different notes and flavours and really tastes of something.
There’s a bit of peppermint and a bit of chamomile, but those provide a base for the tea rather than dominating it – when I first started drinking this I didn’t like plain peppermint tea, and I didn’t like plain chamomile tea, but I liked this.
It tastes slightly honeyed, which I think may be the orange blossom showing through (and a touch of sweetness from the rose? I can’t taste rose, but I think it is contributing here), and then it also feels cleansing – which I think is the lemongrass (and to some extent the peppermint). And I’m sure that the lavender is doing something, but as I’ve never had lavender on its own in a tea I can’t quite tell what.
Food match: I think the key to matching this to food is to remember the words ‘honeyed’ and ‘cleansing’. The sweet side of things means it goes well with slightly sweet foods, but on the other hand the slightly astringent taste means it wouldn’t work with creamy foods. Accordingly, I think this goes well with things that are sweet-but-crisp – lemon thins, for example.
Having said that, I was very tempted whilst drinking it to go and get some leftover pizza out of the fridge … I think the impulse there is that it would counterbalance the slight greasiness of the pizza by tasting healthy and clean. This makes sense.
So I’ll need to make another cup if I want some with the pizza.
Or I could just eat the pizza.
What’s your favourite (or most hated!) herbal tea?