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Have you ever drunk Moroccan mint, a blend of green tea and mint? If not, and you ever feel like venturing in a little further, it could be a gentle, reliable next step.
I used to drink the usual type of tea but went off it completely.
As I don't drink coffee either, I've started carrying out mint teabags with me, for emergencies only...but many cafes and restaurants now seem to sell either green tea or mint tea.
I enjoy simply cutting a sprig of mint from my garden and letting it steep with the tea, a trick I learned in Israel.
2> I have a loose leaf blend that's labeled as Morrocan Mint, but the description on the package says that it's black tea, not green. The leaf looks awfully green to me though, so it's possible that they mislabeled... It's been a while since I've tried it, so I couldn't even tell you whether my tastebuds say it's green or black.
I haven't yet posted elsewhere in the group--mostly due to time restrictions this week--but I plan to! I couldn't help myself seeing this thread, though. I too am a huge fan of Moroccan mint tea, and I usually get my tins of tea from Tevana. If you're anywhere near Atlanta, there is a store in (I believe) Lennox Mall called Elephant Tea, and you can get it in bulk there for a pretty good price.
I'm not sure about the brands from other companies, but the Morrocan mint from Teavana is pretty potent, so I like to mix it with other teas--especially regular old black tea in the summer and make some southern style mint sweet tea!
I can't see it as a morning drink, but do find it occasionally worthwhile as an evening drink. As a Brit in contrast to #10 I've been drinking it for years.
Planting it in a pot (even in a pot buried in the garden) helps control the spreading.
2/3 strong black tea
1/6 peppermint leaves
1/6 spearmint leaves
This makes a lovely iced tea in the summer & I'll embelish it with some fresh mint from the garden.
The best pot to make it in is those "traditional" metal teapots u get in north africa.
this is for a liter teapot
-one or one and a half teaspoon of gunpowder green tea (u can get that in any oriental retail shop) more tea makes the tea too bitter i think
-one branch or two (20 or 25 leaves) of mint i think spearmint kind of ruins it but some ppl like the spicy coolness of it...
-traditionally u put at least 12 sugars in... of course some ppl dont like it sweet but...
when u serve it, u need to pour it in a cup first then pour it back in the teapot, do that 2 or 3 times to "break the water like grandma says :) "
there u are w/ some over sweetened and fat moroccan pastries, you almost get the smell of the desert tickle your nose :)
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I looked up Harney & Sons, and it's a flavoured black tea.
Are there any chocolate mint tisanes (teas that don't contain black tea or green tea) out there? Or, failing that, a chocolate mint tea that is based on green tea rather than black?
I have nothing against black tea per se, but in those flavoured blends that are based on black tea, the tannic acid always seems to be too pronounced for me to really enjoy.
Tea 'controls female hair growth'
Spearmint tea may help to control excessive hair growth in women, say Turkish researchers.
Drinking the tea twice a day, reduced levels of male sex hormones, which can cause excessive hair growth (hirsutism) on the stomach, breasts and face.
Treatment for hirsutism, usually involves drugs to reduce the levels of androgen or male hormones in the body.
Writing in Phytotherapy Research, the Turkish scientists said spearmint could be a good natural alternative therapy.
For the rest of the article, click on the URL.
Sadly, I've got trouble making myself drink enough tisanes, so don't know of lurking mint-chocolate without the black basis.
The link is obscenely long, but it's item no. TE94, on Upton's site, http://www.uptontea.com .
Their website says, "Note: Orders going to Canada cost $9.00 no matter the weight or value." Aha! So it may make sense to order and try another tea at the same time.
Eurydice, do you have any other personal favourites from Upton's?
One you might enjoy is (ZG59), Jun Shan Yin Zhen, a nectar-like yellow tea with a very faint bite. I loved it.
Most of the rest have been black or herbal. (An oolong or two are no longer in stock.) Their herbals tend to be of a very high quality. Both Honeybush Vanilla (BA26) and the out-of-stock Rooibos Lemon Yogurt were delicious. The ginger (BH10) is expensive, but good. I can't say Peach Melba became a favorite, but they get an amazingly fresh, genuine peach taste out of it, and so may hook others, who crave fruit tisanes, more effectively. - And do equally well with other blends.
Heirloom Tea Flowers (BH81) you can read my thoughts on (as with some of these), but it's an interesting experience, and reasonably cheap.
Jiangxi Golden Tips (ZK93) and Yunnan Hao Bin Ren (ZY89) have been my favorite Chinese blacks. Both are excellent. - Teas to savor, like the Jun Shan Yin Zhen. Rose Congou (TP40) is surprisingly good at its price. The rose flavor is natural, lingering, and spicy; the base tea acceptable, if slight.
I'm not sure whether you like Assams and breakfast blends, but of scented blacks, Finest Russian Caravan (TB70), Sacher Blend (TE22), St. Isaac's Blend (TE06) and Baker St. Afternoon Blend (TB75) are all, like Melange du Chamonix, worth trying. :) St. Isaac's and Baker St. are the least distinguished, but very enjoyable teas.
Apologies to everyone on length and digression.... :)
In the meantime, I think I'll go drink one of the teas I already own (perhaps a white tea, bought locally) ... all this talk of tea is making me thirsty!
Thank you for the detailed answer, Eurydice, and in lieu of an actual cup of tea, I'd like at least to offer you a virtual one:
It isn't everyday one gets offered even a virtual cup! - Much less a visible one! :)
In case it helps: Sample sizes, and their prices, vary with the given tea; but all have felt like enough to enjoy. I recently came to the conclusion that, aiming at value, I'd ordered too few. Also, I've drunk none of the white teas (yet), but ordered some for a gift. I noticed alluring descriptions, a couple well-reviewed at what struck me as very modest prices, and one tea chosen 'Best' (out of how many, or few, who knows), by a Wall Street Journal critic.
>38 LA12Hernandez: I'm glad to know about it's use as a colic remedy. I will pass that thought on to daughter.
I make a blackberry cordial and served it as well. Last year I experimented adding spearmint to two bottles. For me, it made it taste medicinal. But one of the guests really liked it and so took the bottle home with her.
Not until I started growing my own did I realize how many varieties of mint there are. My very favorite is applemint, which actually does have a fruity freshness to it, followed by chocolate mint--yep, if you think about it enough, you can taste the Hershey bar.
For medicinal purposes, I keep a tin of strong, professionally dried peppermint leaves for everything from headache to stomach upset.
Did you know that some tea bags contain plastic?
Red Rose changed the bags not too long ago, and my sister has been less keen on it. We've been trying to find a new one but we keep going back. So far, nothing has panned out.