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drank Mountain Tea by Cretan Life
620 tasting notes

First time drinking ‘Greek Mountain Tea’ (otherwise known as Ironwort but that doesn’t sound like something you’d want to drink) and I had no idea what to expect! My brother and his girlfriend went on holiday to Crete last summer for his birthday, and brought this back with them for me, which was super sweet of them.

I looked around for similar reviews and couldn’t find anything to tell me what it should taste like, or steeping temperature etc. I ended up guessing with boiling because it’s a herbal, and luckily my guess seems to have paid off. I made myself a big pot of this, and I’m sipping away at it with the leaves left in the infuser inside the pot. I used 3 spoons just as suggested, but the leaves were so big and fluffy (and so soft and downy!) that it was a struggle to get them into my measuring spoon and I was a bit worried I’d either under or overleafed. The package it came in said 2-3 minutes, and at first because the flavour was so delicate after that time I thought I hadn’t used enough, but now a good half hour later it’s pretty robust. I think if I weren’t making a pot like this though I would definitely have to use more leaf per cup.

At first tentative sip, I was surprised by how much it tasted like a cup of hot lemon water. After leaving for a few more minutes, something herbal like nothing I’ve ever tasted joined the lemon note, and overall it actually gave a pretty similar impression to a lemon verbena. The longer it’s steeped, the more pronounced the herbal note is getting. The lemon is still there, but it’s like a citrus mist over the herbaceous body. There’s a pleasant tingling mouthfeel after the sip, and a mild sweetness takes over with an almost menthol herbal zing on the tip of the tongue. Now that I think about it, the herbal note does have something akin to fresh mint about it. Fresh mint mixed with something else that’s harder to place… thyme? Nettle? Actually, it reminds me of ayurvedic. Yep, that’s as close to a description of this unique herbal as I’m going to get, I think. Body of verbena and ayurvedic, veiled with sweetness, fresh mint, nettle and thyme, with a very subtle hint of smoke. I’m pretty happy with that for now.

It’s a nice herbal. It doesn’t blow me away flavour-wise, but I’m really enjoying it and it’s nice to try something unusual which I hadn’t even heard of before. I read up on the herb too and apparently it’s really good for anxiety, which is a huge bonus for me! It’s also supposed to be good for upset stomachs, colds etc. so I’ll have to bear that in mind! I do like a tea that can multitask. (:

Preparation
Boiling 3 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML
derk

It reminds me a bit of mild oregano.

Nattie

Yeah I can see that comparison

Arby

I drink this herbal all the time and agree it is similar to oregano. I also found it similar to lemon verbena/citrusy notes. Maybe a bit of sage or stinging nettle leaf. I enjoy it while sick. PS you can find this at many ethnic grocery stores, especially Greek deli or Middle Eastern import stores. My Greek friend introduced me to it years ago and showed me some stores that sell it. It is too bad mountain tea isn’t better known.

Nattie

Thanks for the info! Yeah I’d never heard of it, but I’m happy to know where I can find more now when I run out. It seems like it’s good for a lot of herbal remedies!

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derk

It reminds me a bit of mild oregano.

Nattie

Yeah I can see that comparison

Arby

I drink this herbal all the time and agree it is similar to oregano. I also found it similar to lemon verbena/citrusy notes. Maybe a bit of sage or stinging nettle leaf. I enjoy it while sick. PS you can find this at many ethnic grocery stores, especially Greek deli or Middle Eastern import stores. My Greek friend introduced me to it years ago and showed me some stores that sell it. It is too bad mountain tea isn’t better known.

Nattie

Thanks for the info! Yeah I’d never heard of it, but I’m happy to know where I can find more now when I run out. It seems like it’s good for a lot of herbal remedies!

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I first got into loose leaf teas when a friend of mine showed me Cara McGee’s Sherlock fandom blends on Adagio a good few years back, but they weren’t on sale in the UK so I started trying other kinds instead and have been hooked for almost three years (and have purchased several fandom tea sets including the Sherlock one I lusted over for so long).

Flavoured teas make up the majority of my collection, but I’m growing increasingly fond of unflavoured teas too. I usually reach for a black, oolong or white tea base over a pu’erh or green tea, though I do have my exceptions. I will update my likes and dislikes as I discover more about my palate, but for now:

Tea-likes: I’m generally easily pleased and will enjoy most flavours, but my absolute favourites are maple, caramel, chestnut, pecan, raspberry, coconut, blueberry, lemon, pumpkin, rose, hazelnut and peach

Tea-dislikes: vanilla (on its own), ginger, coriander/cilantro, cardamom, liquorice, pineapple and chocolate

I am a 25 year old bartender, English Literature sort-of-graduate and current student working towards finishing my degree. I am hoping to one day complete a masters degree in Mental Health Social Work and get a job working in care. Other than drinking, hoarding and reviewing tea, my hobbies include reading, doing quizzes and puzzles, TV watching, football/soccer (Sunderland AFC supporter and employee of my local football club), music, artsy weird makeup, and learning new things (currently British Sign Language).

I should probably also mention my tea-rating system, which seems to be much harsher than others I’ve seen on here. It’s not always concrete, but I’ll try to define it:

• 50 is the base-line which all teas start at. A normal, nothing-special industrial-type black teabag of regular old fannings would be a 50.

• 0 – 49 is bad, and varying degrees of bad. This is probably the least concrete as I hardly ever find something I don’t like.

• I have never given below a 20, and will not unless that tea is SO bad that I have to wash my mouth out after one sip. Any teas rated as such are unquestionably awful.

• This means most teas I don’t enjoy will be in the 30 – 50 range. This might just mean the tea is not to my own personal taste.

• 51+ are teas I enjoy. A good cup of tea will be in the 50 – 70 range.

• If I rate a tea at 70+, it means I really, really like it. Here’s where the system gets a little more concrete, and I can probably define this part, as it’s rarer for a tea to get there.

• 71- 80: I really enjoyed this tea, enough to tell somebody about, and will probably hang onto it for a little longer than I perhaps should because I don’t want to lose it.

• 81 – 90: I will power through this tea before I even know it’s gone, and will re-order the next time the mood takes me.

• 91 – 100: This is one of the best teas I’ve ever tasted, and I will re-order while I still have a good few cups left, so that I never have to run out. This is the crème de la crème, the Ivy League of teas.

I never rate a tea down, and my ratings are always based on my best experience of a tea if I drink it multiple times. I feel that this is fairest as many factors could affect the experience of one particular cup.

I am always happy to trade and share my teas with others, so feel free to look through my cupboard and message me if you’re interested in doing a swap. I keep it up-to-date, although this doesn’t mean I will definitely have enough to swap, as I also include my small samples.
Currently unable to swap as I’ve returned after a long hiatus to a cupboard of mostly-stale teas I’m trying to work through before I let myself purchase anything fresh

I also tend to ramble on a bit.

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