Rain Drop (Organic)
Country of Origin: Egypt (Blended by Neat Jane’s Tea House)
Grade: Whole Leaf, Cut and Sifted, Organic
Altitude: 750m – 1350m above sea level
Manufacture Type: Field grown, Sun dried, Machine milled
Cup Characteristics: Pungent with cool lingering fresh taste. A beautiful blend of peppermint and spearmint. This herbal infusion reminds one of the fresh forest scent after rain.
Infusion: Tending yellowish green with bright green infused leaf
Ingredients: Peppermint leaf, Spearmint leaf
Information: 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).
Mint is an herb and contains no caffeine. Quite often Mint 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 Mint sweetens the breath and calms the digestive system, plus it helps heartburn, stomach ache and nausea.
An interesting and tingling way to use Mint is to place a handful of RainDrop 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 Mint as a source of menthol. Mint 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, Mint is often used to mask the unpleasant taste of various medicines. Raindrop tea is made from the leaves of Peppermint and Spearmint. As a hot tea it is cool and refreshing, as an iced tea the menthol content produces a pleasantly chilling taste sensation.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of RainDrop for each 200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 5-10 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time, the better the flavor as more fruit and herb flavor is extracted). Garnish and sweeten to taste
Iced tea-brewing method (to make 1 litre): Place 12 slightly heaping teaspoons of RainDrop into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the RainDrop. Steep for 5-10 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced RainDrop is to increase the strength of hot brew since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.
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