Cup Characteristics: Very pungent with a cool fresh taste.
Infusion: Tending yellowish green with a bright green infused leaf
Antioxidant / Caffeine Level: Medium / Caffeine Free Herb
Luxury Ingredients: Peppermint leaves
The best peppermint comes from the northwestern United States. The pure, moist mountain air of the spring and early summer
growing season gives this peppermint some of the highest volatile oil counts of any member of the mint family. Generally
(dependent upon weather patterns) the second cut (takes place during mid/end August) is the most flavorful, coolest and most
pungent, (literally takes your breath away and makes your eyes water).
Peppermint is an herb and contains no caffeine. Quite often peppermint is consumed after meals as the oils stimulate the flow
of bile to the stomach and helps relieve gas pains. Additionally, it has been reported and written that peppermint sweetens the
breath and calms the digestive system, plus it helps heartburn, stomachache and nausea. An interesting and tingling way to use
peppermint is to place a handful of peppermint leaves in your bath water which will lower your body temperature - perfect for
cooling fevered skin or after working on a hot summer’s day. Peppermint is believed to be a hybrid species that evolved from
spearmint and watermint. However, peppermint has been around so long its genealogy is obscure. It has been reported as a
stewing herb by ancient Hebrews and it has been found in 3000 year old Egyptian tombs. 2000 years ago the Japanese
cultivated peppermint as a source of menthol. Peppermint is a primary ingredient in remedies used in the relief of
gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, and local aches and pains. Because of its bright, pungent flavor, peppermint is often used
to mask the unpleasant taste of various medicines. Peppermint tea is made from both the leaves and the flowers. As a hot tea it
is cool and refreshing, as an iced tea the menthol content produces a pleasantly chilling taste sensation.