Albanian Mountain Tea 50g
Brewed with water at 90 Degrees, let the flower unfurl do not remove flower. This is can be steeped a number of times.
Not only is our Albanian Mountain Tea delicious, wholesome, invigorating, and even beneficial to health, but it also shares a very close and personal history with The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, particularly its owner, Mr Richard Smith. This tea has long been recommended by our Albanian friend, Mr Jimis Hilas. And now, we have it to share with you.
Renowned in its homeland and loved around the world, Albanian Mountain Tea is a herbal tea like no other. It is a close relative of Greek Mountain Tea, Cretan Mountain Tea Malotira and Mountain Tea Sideritis Scardica Olympus Tea (all of which can be bought with us), belonging to the same Sideritis family. But this particular variety comes from the Sideritis syriaca plant, which as its non-botanical name suggests, originates from Albania. When brewed, Albanian Mountain Tea boasts strong herbaceous flavours with a mouthwateringly refreshing aftertaste that lingers on the palate long after you’ve drained your cup. Better still, consuming Albanian Mountain Tea on a frequent basis might help with a number of ailments. The possibilities are nearly endless.
Syriaca is one of 150 different types of the Sideritis plant, a family that includes Sideritis raeseri, Sideritis euboea, Sideritis montana and Sideritis Scardica. Increasingly, the Albanian-native Syriaca is found growing in neighbouring Greece, often alongside its cousins. In fact, at least 17 of the 150 types of Sideritis can be found in Greece. It is the country where Mountain Tea is most consumed, followed closely by Albania, Turkey, Macedonia, and Bulgaria. With the latter, in particular, the Bulgarian government has long protected plants of the Sideritis family by law. Only a select few people are allowed to harvest it, and even fewer are allowed to grow it. But why?
While Bulgaria was under the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, all knowledge of the herb was blocked from the public domain, with only a few members of the Communist Party permitted to consume it. This was because it was considered a sexual stimulant (need we say more?). Today, not only communists consume Albanian, Cretan, and Greek Mountain Tea for this purpose but also a sizable population of Bulgaria! We cannot vouch for this particular health benefit, but that doesn’t mean that Albanian Mountain Tea is without its medicinal qualities. Read our Health Benefits Section Below to find out more information.
Type of Tea: Herbal Tea.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
How to Serve: Lemon may be considered with this brew, although it is best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: Albanian Mountain Tea has defined notes reminiscent of mint and sage. It is sweet, smooth, and herbaceous with every sip, leaving a delightfully refreshing aftertaste to finish.
Colour in Cup: Pale yellow liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits: All types of the Sideritis plant have been described by a recent study as “potent as Green Tea at inducing cellular antioxidant defences and prevent oxidative stress”, according to a published report in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. That alone is a great reason to choose Albanian Mountain Tea but there is also more. Other studies have suggested that the frequent consumption of Albanian Mountain Tea can potentially combat the early signs of Alzheimer’s Disease, although further research is undoubtedly required. However, Albanian Mountain Tea has all the makings of a true medicinal wonder.
Health PointsAnti Oxidants, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing, Weight Loss
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon