Final tea of the evening, and another first note for a new tea!
I got this from RiverTea because I thought it sounded very different (I don’t have many savoury teas), and because it sounds like it would be awesome to drink when you have a cold.
I was a bit wary of the peppermint being so high up in the ingredient list, though, as well as the long steep time. The canister says 8-10 minutes, and I let that go even longer than I should have, since I was on the computer.
When dry, the leaf smells overwhelmingly of mint, though you can see other green things mixed in and what looks maybe like little flower heads. When brewed, it smells very savoury. I can smell the mint, but the rosemary and sage really come to the fore. This is reflected in the taste, which is reminiscent of a kitchen spice cabinet! Sage, rosemary, mint… I bet you could make a nice broth and add this in as a bouquet garni.
What I’m surprised by is how well the peppermint takes this treatment. In my experience, if you steep peppermint for more than 1-2 minutes, it starts tasting really harsh and chemically. Here, it does have a bit of a metallic aftertaste, but it’s quite light, and that’s after brewing for more than 10 minutes. I bet this would be just perfect for cold winter nights.