Peppermint Willamette - Health Tisane
Pungent, cool, fresh, menthol, peppermint flavor. The Infused leaf is bright green, tending yellowish, producing a yellow-green liquor. According to nutritionists and natural health practitioners, caffeine free Peppermint tea can aid digestion, soothe the mind and soul and ease inflammation in the body.
HEALTH PROPERTIES: Medium in anti-oxidant levels.
CAFFEINE LEVELS: Caffeine Free
TEA SOURCING: Willamette Valley, Washington State, USA
INGREDIENTS: Peppermint Leaves, Grade A New Crop, Fine Cut
ETHICS: Ethical Tea Partnership and GMO free
THE STORY OF PEPPERMINT WILLAMETTE
According to a myth from Ancient Greece, this cool herb gets its name from the nymph Menthe. So beautiful was Menthe that the god Pluto fell in love with her on sight. Naturally, this didn't thrill his wife Persephone, who turned Menthe into a plant, so that she would be trod upon for the rest of time. Distraught, Pluto tried to reverse the spell but could not. What he could do however was infuse Menthe, (the plant version) with the sweet aroma we all know and love.
In Victorian England, Peppermint was prized for its ability to promote love, this time within the home. Stories maintain that in certain parts of Britain, it was common to add a few sprigs of peppermint to wash water, before mopping the floors to remove stains from wood, and cleanse the hearth from negativity.
In the Willamette Valley where this finecut Peppermint is grown, farmers have come to love Peppermint for its ability to provide family income for generations. In the old days, legend has it that barrels of peppermint oil, made from fresh Willamette leaf, were stored in bank vaults while holding out for prices to go up. (And go up they did. To this day a barrel of Willamette peppermint oil can be worth $10,000.) Why so valuable? Consider that a single pound of Willamette peppermint oil can flavor upwards of 40,000 sticks of gum, or 1500 tubes of toothpaste - you do the minty math.
We love this Willamette Valley Mint because it makes what we believe to be the finest mint tea known to humankind. Exceptionally clean, sharp and loaded with minty character, you're going to fall head over heels for this one in no time.
BREWING INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOT TEA: Infuse one slightly heaping teaspoon for each 8 ounce cup with water brought to a rolling boil (85 degrees Celcius) for 3-7 minutes.
Infuse 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of tea with 1 1/4 cups of boiling water for 7 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water, and add the infused tea, straining the leaves, to the pitcher. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Add lemon and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.
Infuse 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea with 6 ounces of boiling water for 7 minutes. Add the tea to a 12 ounce glass, filled with ice, straining the leaves. Add hot tea to a 12oz/375ml acrylic glass filled with ice, straining the tea or removing the bags. Add lemon and sweeten to taste.
NUMBER OF CUPS: 15-20 cups from each 50 grams of tea, with a single use of the leaves. Loose leaf tea is traditionally infused 3 times, with a different flavor profile following each infusion. Accordingly, each 50 gram bag can make up to 60 cups of tea.