I steeped this tea for 4 minutes at 175 degrees with one bag in about one cup of water.
The packet says to steep for 4-6 minutes but it smells plenty strong enough at 4 so I stopped there. Plus, since mint can get bitter if oversteeped, I didn’t want to wait too long.
It smells nice and minty while brewing. I can’t really distinguish it from plain peppermint tea by the smell. After steeping is over, the tea is a yellowish cedar-like color and not noticeably viscous.
First sip: Surprise! It tastes just like mint herbal tea–to me, anyway. Or at least not different enough that you would be positive there’s something else in there rather than just a variation on the minty flavor. (Maybe if I had prepared a cup of plain mint tea at the same time to compare against, that would have helped me pick out any differences, but alas–I didn’t think of that until it was too late.)
What that means is that this could be a clever way to have something caffeinated in the morning if you’re an herbal tea drinker and don’t care for green or black tea or coffee! Or if you only drink black tea with milk (like me) and are avoiding milk because you have a cold, but still need that caffeine boost. (I know that sounds oddly specific but it happens to me more often than you’d think!)
The mate isn’t roasted, I’m guessing, so maybe that’s why it doesn’t have a strong enough flavor to dominate this tea blend (after all, peppermint is a very powerful flavor and it’s hard to overcome that). So if you like peppermint tea, you’ll probably like this!
With sugar: It’s still good and minty, nice and easy on the throat (which means that it’s both good for colds and for vocal health if you’re trying to relax your voice and stay hydrated, although I guess caffeine is a little bit controversial where vocal health is concerned).
Overall this blend is both useful and enjoyable when prepared as a hot tea beverage, and it seems to have plenty of potential as a cold brew as well, although I didn’t try it that way.
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Leaf Type: Yerba Mate
Where to Buy: Choice Organic Tea
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Some teas and tisanes I drink for a very specific reason. Today I would like to share with you TWO reasons I decided to reach for Tummy Mint from Yerba Buena Tea Co.
It was the middle of the week and I went out for lunch with ‘the boss’ and ‘the owner’ and I had a large salad with various nuts, seeds, fruits, and veggies on it. The dressing I chose was a potent balsamic. It was tasty when I was gnawing on it but it left gurgles later. I went back to the office and decided to try Tummy Mint from Yerba Buena Tea Co for the first time. GOOD CHOICE.
Tummy Mint from Yerba Buena Tea Co not only calmed my gurgles it freshened my breath. It was the perfect combination of peppermint, marshmallow root, chamomile, ginger, and fennel. It was minty – sure – but it also had a slightly sweet, subtle creaminess, and hint of licorice type taste to it. It seemed as tho all of the ingredients were evenly distributed throughout the sip. Not sure how they did it – but they did! Nothing was too overpowering. Tummy Mint from Yerba Buena Tea Co was my friend that day!
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Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Yerba Buena Tea Co.
Marshmallow root was commonly used as a digestive aid by ancient Greeks, and peppermint is considered one of the oldest remedies for stomach ailments. Our tummy tea adds ginger, chamomile and fennel – which has a long belly-satisfying history. We round out this deliciously soothing blend with calendula flower.
Ingredients: Organic Peppermint, Organic Marshmallow Root, Organic Chamomile Flowers, Organic Ginger Root, Organic Fennel