Name: Organic Cascade Mint
Type: Herbal tisane, peppermint and spearmint blend
Form: Paper teabag, individually wrapped
Review: Mint lovers rejoice: This is the tisane you’ve been waiting for.
Cascade Mint is a part of Stash’s organic line, blending both peppermint and spearmint into one tasty drink. I love Stash’s decision to blend two types of mint, instead of relying on just one for this tisane. It infuses to a light bodied, yellow-gold liquor, with a strong, minty nose. At first sip, I detected the smoother, sweeter spearmint leaves, which were almost immediately followed up by an ice-blast of peppermint in the finish. Yowsa! This is probably the strongest mint tisane that I’ve ever tried.
(Not that there is anything wrong with that.)
Stash wraps all its tea bags in sturdy foil pouches, making their teas quite portable. If you are the sort who likes mint tea before bed or after a meal, these tea bags travel quite well.
About the Leaves: Stash sources the mint leaves for Cascade Mint from certified organic farms in Washington state.
Preparation Tips: The mint leaves used in this blend are potent, so watch those steep times. Stash recommends steeping for 3-5 minutes, but frankly, that may be too long, particularly if you prefer a milder mint flavor. I’d go so far as to suggest that you sample it at 30 or 60 seconds to ensure the intensity of flavor that suits you. On the other hand, its strength makes it a great iced tea: No need to double up on the teabags, and the cold tampers its intensity.
Caution: While mint tea is a traditional remedy for digestive complaints, mint can also exacerbate some digestive disorders, including acid reflux (GERD). As with all herbal tisanes, it’s a good idea to learn more about the herbs you drink so as to avoid side-effects and drug interactions.
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