Brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
High above the mountains of Crete, an unusual yet wonderful plant grows in great abundance: Sideritis Syriaca. This is the plant we use in the making of our exceptional Cretan Mountain Tea, a herbal beverage like no other.
This remarkable infusion comes from sources close to our hearts. Indeed, this refers not only to its location but also those who harvest it. Our company's owner, Mr Richard Smith, considers Crete his second home. His journeys through this vast and beautiful landscape have seen him make many friends along the way. One such friend, Yiannis, is the shepherd who supplies our Cretan Mountain Tea Malotira.
But why choose this beverage? There are many reasons. First, it has an extraordinarily herbaceous flavour. Second, its frequent consumption comes with equally extraordinary health benefits. Third, it shares a fascinating history with the stunning island of Crete. Fourth, we pack this Herbal Tea, like all of our Teas, fresh to order. This ensures both quality and consistency with every cup brewed.
Embrace the Greek saying "philoxenia" with Cretan Mountain Tea Malotira, which means "friends to a stranger". In other words, why not widen your social circle with this wholesome and nutritious brew? This Tea makes for an excellent choice to share with family, friends, or even strangers-turned-friends. It brings people together, which is arguably the best reason of all for choosing Cretan Mountain Tea.
History of this Herbal Tea
There are an estimated 150 types of the Sideritis plant. This includes "Sideritis raeseri", "Sideritis euboea", "Sideritis montana", and "Sideritis scardica". The latter species, in particular, is another Tea we stock: Mountain Tea Sideritis Scardica Olympus Tea. Historians believe that many of these species, including the two we stock, have found their way into Herbal Tea since the 1st Century CE.
Dioscorides (c. 40- c. 90 CE) recommended drinking Cretan Mountain Tea Malotira for many ailments prevalent in ancient Greek society. What's most interesting, however, is that little has changed today. Indeed, this beverage, as well as Mountain Tea Sideritis Scardica Olympus Tea, have become increasingly popular because of their health benefits.
It offers diuretic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. These qualities, combined with its antioxidants, can improve daily living in a multitude of ways. What more could you want from your morning cuppa'?
Type of Tea: Herbal Tea.
Origin: Crete, Greece.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water. Infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
How to Serve: This beverage tastes best without any accompaniments. However, some may choose to add lemon to bring out its citrusy notes.
Tasting Notes: Cretan Mountain Tea Malotira boasts a zingy citrusy flavour with herbaceous notes reminiscent of mint.
Colour in Cup: Yellow liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits of Cretan Mountain Tea Malotira
A 2012 animal-based study published in The Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology suggests that this Tea can lower blood pressure. Researchers measured arterial blood pressure and found that doses of Sideritis extract led to blood vessel dilation. This, in turn, helped to lower blood pressure levels and reduce stress on the heart.
Health PointsDetox, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing, Weight Loss
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon
CountryMore Than One Origin