The best mint tea
- adroit_minx Jan 25, 2007 01:19 PM
A good friend will be visiting this weekend and she's a huge fan of mint tea. I'd like to have some in the house for her, but I have no idea which brand is best. Any Chowhound favorites to recommend? Also, is there a brewing/seeping technique that renders a particularly good cup? All advice will be greatly appreciated!
My teacher used to go out in the garden, gather a bunch of mint - sometimes other herbs - and pour almost-boiling water over them in a clear glass pot. It was visually beautiful and made a lovely tea. I couldn't get enough.
Traditional medicinals makes a great mint tea. I've found it to be more flavorful than anything except buying bulk mint from herbal medicine specialist stores. It's also pretty easy to find as most health food stores carry it (including whole foods).
Upton Tea is a great source for all manner of teas and tisanes. I have found their teas to be really fresh and aromatic. You can also usually buy a sample for $1. I've had their organic peppermint and it really is minty fresh.
Other than that, mint is technically a weed. It's very easy to grow.
Wissotzky NANA tea. It is an Isreali tea brand. You can often find it in the Kosher section of supermarkets (if you happen to live in a part of the country where they tend to stock those foods). The tea is just wonderful!!