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Steeped 5-ish heaping tsp. leaves in 500 ml. water in the Breville at 8 minutes even

My stomach was not very happy after dinner for some reason so I decided mint would be a good way to settle it. Boyfriend has been feeling under the weather (he caught my cold from last week) and loves mint tea anyway so he partook as well.

I prefer spearmint to peppermint because I find it so much milder in taste. This herbal smells wonderful, and doesn’t make me feel like I’m drinking gum. Actually, it tastes like I’ve just pulled a spearmint leaf off the plant to chew on – sweet and clean, but not overpowering at all.

The boyfriend especially is looking forward to drinking it all winter long.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "

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