Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Culinary Teas
Two all natural mints, peppermint and spearmint were cut and blended with our Sencha tea leaves. The mint has a relaxing and calming effect and is a great thirst quencher.
These large 5 gram teabags contain specially steamed and fired Sencha leaves which have been blended with a hint of Matcha. Specially processed to brew in cold water, just add a bag to a 20 oz bottle of water shake and you’re ready to go!
I must admit that I’ve been skeptical about cold brewing. I guess I just always thought that you had to brew tea in hot water for it to taste good… but then, that doesn’t explain sun tea tasting so good. And let’s be honest, sun tea is essentially a cold brewing method because the water never gets hot enough for a hot steeping process, and if it did, the tea would become bitter from overbrewing.
There has been some controversy about whether or not sun tea is actually good for you, as it promotes bacterial growth. I don’t know how much it will hurt you, but it would seem that cold brewing in the refrigerator is the perfect solution if that bacterial growth concerns you.
And Culinary Teas makes cold brewing so easy with their new Cold Brew Green Tea Collection. I did not do as suggested, and pop one of these pyramid bags into a 20 ounce bottle of water. Instead, I added four of the bags to my half gallon pitcher and filled it with cool, freshly filtered water, snapped on the lid and stuck it in the refrigerator overnight. I knew it was finished the next morning when my husband took one glance in the fridge and said it looked like a science experiment (really, it didn’t – he likes to tease me about my tea obsession).
The result of my “experiment”? This tea is fantastic! The peppermint and spearmint flavors are strong. The Sencha has a sweet, buttery note to it that I find very intriguing and the combination of minty and buttery keeps me sipping on this tea. It tastes really good. Sweet, slightly creamy, and somewhat savory too. I can also taste a distinct Matcha flavor to this too, it isn’t a strong presence, but it is just enough to give this a very pleasing dimension.
I love it when sweet refreshment like this is so easy to attain – and this Cold Brew from Culinary Teas is the key to the simplicity. So good!