Peppermint Bark Black Tea

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Peppermint Bark Black Tea
smooth peppermint, creamy white chocolate and festive peppermint candies

FLAVOR PROFILE
Peppermint Bark Black Tea is a year round favorite and for good reason. Bright peppermint, smooth chocolate and festive peppermint candies join together to make a holly jolly cuppa. This flavor packed blend is perfect for sipping fireside by a Christmas tree or to enjoy in a poolside lounger.

BENEFITS
As a black tea, Peppermint Bark contains moderate levels of caffeine, approximately half of a cup of coffee cup per cup.

As with all quality black teas, like ours, this tea contains high levels of antioxidants

Black tea** offers a variety of health benefits:

  • Contains polyphenols that have antioxidant properties that may decrease the risk of chronic disease and improve overall health
  • Contains flavonoids, another group of antioxidants, which are beneficial for heart health and may reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Studies have found that black tea may help reduce LDL levels and decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Contains polyphenols and antimicrobial properties may help improve gut health and immunity
  • Contains polyphenols that may decrease cancer cell development
  • Contains several compounds and one specifically (epigallocatechin gallate) shown to improve insulin levels
  • Contains the amino acid L-theanine that increases alpha activity in the brain to help improve focus and alertness

Peppermint leaves have been used for centuries to aid digestion, help relieve stress, provide headache relief and to improve sleep.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Peppermint Bark Black Tea
is excellent served hot or iced. This tea takes well to sugar, honey and other sweeteners. A bit of sugar enhances the mint in this black tea and rooibos blend. Milk may also be added for a creamy treat. Suggestion: Sweeten hot tea to taste and allow to cool. Fill glass with ice and pour sweetened tea over ice for a delicious minty refresher.

PREPARATION
Traditional Hot Tea
Measure one heaping teaspoons of tea leaves per one cup water into a tea filter or into an infuser of your choice. Keep in mind, the infuser you choose must be large enough to allow the tea leaves to swell and unfurl. This allows the tea leaves to release their full flavor. Place filter into teapot or mug. Bring filtered or freshly drawn water to a boil then pour into teapot or mug. Infuse 1-2 minutes, for mild flavor, 2-3 minutes for medium flavor and 3-5 minutes for bold flavor. Remove the filter and discard or remove infuser and discard tea leaves. Garnish as desired with sugar, honey or other sweeteners.

Iced Tea
Measure eight to ten heaping teaspoons of tea leaves into a tea filter and place into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Bring 2 cups of filtered or freshly drawn water to a boil. Immediately pour boiled water over filter into teapot or heat-resistant pitcher. Infuse 3-5 minutes. Remove filter and sweeten tea with ½ cup sugar if desired. Add 2 cups of filtered or freshly drawn water to a serving pitcher. Pour in prepared tea and mix well. Add 2 cups of ice and stir. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Cold-infusion Method*
Measure six to eight teaspoons of tea leaves into a tea filter and place inside a clean glass jar or small pitcher. Position filter so that the tea leaves will be submerged and the top hangs over the side of the jar or pitcher so that leaves do not spill out once water is added. Pour four cups of filtered or freshly drawn water over the filter. Cover with lid or plastic wrap. Refrigerate 8-12 hours (or overnight). To serve this tea hot, simply pour the cold-infused tea into a saucepan over medium heat and gently warm to desired temperature.

*Cold-infused tea has higher levels of antioxidants, less tannins and less caffeine.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Peppermint Bark Black Tea
, like all teas, should be stored out of direct light and in a cool, dry place. Properly stored, this tea will stay fresh for up to two years.

Ingredients: black tea, peppermint leaves, peppermint candy (contains—pure canesugar, cornsyrup, peppermint oil, red 40), chocolate bits (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla), red sprinkles (contains—sugar, cornstarch, vegetable oil, red 40 lake,dextrin, soy lecithin, confectioner’s glaze, yellow 6 lake, natural and artificial flavor, carnauba wax), white sprinkles (contains—sugar, cornstarch vegetable oil, soy lecithin, dextrin, confectioner’s glaze, natural and artificial flavor, carnauba wax)

**Autumn Enloe, MS, RD, LD“10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Black Tea” Healthline, May 16, 2018