Tea of the week – Egyptian Mint by Eloments

We have a new and exciting tea for our TOTW – the Egyptian Mint from Eloments! Eloments was founded in Australia by Julie Hirsch and Nicole Lamond after meeting at a creative writing workshop and bonding over their passion for teas, wellness and ethical business.

This tea is so different because it is infused with B vitamins, zinc and vitamin C. This is really something, especially as all of the teas from Eloments are 100% organic. Even the vitamins are sourced from natural ingredients – nothing synthetic is used at all. Today we are tasting the Egyptian Mint infusion, which you may have received in the last Varietea subscription box.  The ingredients are Egyptian peppermint, Egyptian spearmint, lemon extract, holy basil extract, guava extract, amla extract, sesbania extract, and annatto extract. Some of these ingredients sound unusual – there are the herbs, fruits and botanicals that provide the all-natural vitamins in this infusion. As well as being certified organic, Eloments teas are also fairly traded and use plastic-free tea bags.

Tasting notes

This tea comes in a paper envelope (although a little digging reveals that their classy black marble-effect envelopes are actually 20% plastic – but they are working on this) and contains a little unbleached paper tea bag complete with tag. The minty fragrance emanates gently from the envelope as soon as you open it, as well as a hint of citrus, presumably from the lemon extract, and something I can’t quite put my finger on – this must be those natural extracts that are rich in vitamins. I steeped this tea in freshly boiled water for five minutes, although I did leave the tea bag in while drinking as I often do, and added one sweetener. The taste of the peppermint and spearmint together was quite subtle but also rich – if you enjoy a good quality mint tea, this will be right up your street. The citrus taste is a pleasant sort of aftertaste, again accompanied by that ‘not-quite-sure-what-it-is’ mystery taste which must come from the vitamin-providing ingredients. I did get to try some of the other Eloments blends – my favourite was the Bourbon Vanilla, which is amazingly delicious – although this Egyptian Mint comes a close second.

Good to know

Mint tea is widely known as a natural way of relieving stomach ache, indigestion and cramps, and would be perfect when drunk after meals or any time during the day you need a refreshing, caffeine free beverage. As mentioned before, this tea contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, vitamin C, and zinc which all help support the health of the whole body, and provides over 40% of the recommended daily intake of each in one cup. This is actually verified by independent lab tests and dietitians, so you can be sure you are getting an accurate amount of vitamins and that they are not damaged by the tea being steeped in hot water. Eloments recommend drinking one to two cups a day.

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