French peppermint tea, £8.50/20g. This French peppermint comes from Mars, a very small village 500m high in the beautiful mountains of the National Park of Cevennes, France. Veronica Mas cultivates, picks and dries her peppermint manually without using any artificial fertilisers or pesticides on her tiny half acre farm which was loaned to her in 2013 by the last farmer in her village. It is rare to get peppermint of this quality. The aroma is fresh and clean, with a slightly savoury mint flavour that fills the mouth. It is especially excellent taken in the evening or as a digestif after a meal. Brew using a small leaf/water ratio and infuse for 4-5 minutes.
Plant: Mentha x piperita
Size of farm: 0.4 acres
Brewing: 100°C, 1g per 150ml. Many infusions.