If you like a warm drink in the evenings but want to avoid caffeine, you can't do much better than a cup of peppermint tea. Here in the UK we love peppermint tea, and a recent YouGov poll showed that it is well up there in terms of our favourite tea to drink.
With that said, you won't be surprised to learn that there are more peppermint tea choices than ever here in the UK, making it actually a little bit difficult to know which to buy. Obviously in an ideal world, you'd just buy them all and see which you preferred. But we know times are tight, so we thought we'd save you the hassle and highlight what we believe to be the best peppermint tea(s) that you can buy in the UK right now. Let's get into it:
teapigs peppermint leaves
teapigs is a brand which has grown massively in the past few years, and a big part of that has been their peppermint tea range - in fact, it is one of their best-selling products. It's won a Great Taste award and although it's one of the more expensive options in this list, if you're looking for a great cup of minty deliciousness then this is definitely one of the best in the UK. We also love that all of the packaging can be recycled and some of it (including the teabags, which are made from plant starch) can be composted. Overall, it's definitely a great product. You can buy it here from Amazon - amazon.co.uk
Clipper Organic Peppermint Refreshing Infusion
Clipper is another excellent tea brand with a delicious peppermint tea - it has a very light and refreshing taste which is ideal for after a meal. The tea is made from organically grown peppermint and were one of the first tea brands to use unbleached, plant-based and biodegradable tea bags (we remember buying Clipper years ago and thinking, wow these teabags are ugly). It's a great product, you can buy it here - amazon.co.uk
Pukka peppermint & licorice
The peppermint & licorice tea from Pukka is the first tea in our list which contains more than just peppermint as a main ingredient, but we had to include it because we enjoy it so much. Unlike most of the other teas in this list, Pukka is actively marketing this product as an 'after dinner' tea, with the brand stating multiple times on the packaging and on the website that this tea will help you digest your food.
Tipson is not a tea brand you'll see too often in the UK - we've only seen them stocked in our local Holland and Barrett, not in any supermarkets - but if you can get some then their tulsi & peppermint tea is definitely worth a try. Tulsi (also known as Holy Basil) is a great and underrated herb, and when combined with peppermint it not only provides a lot of additional benefits, but it also tastes really great. Buy it here - hollandandbarrett.com
Twinings BioBlends (Peppermint, Fennel & Spearmint)
This is our first tea from Twinings, one of the biggest tea brands in the UK. It's part of their BioBlends range, which is a very interesting take on healthy tea. Not only does this tea contain peppermint alongside fennel and spearmint, but it also contains friendly bacteria. Peppermint on its own is already great for your gut and digestion, but adding in the fennel and spearmint plus the friendly bacteria makes this a really good tea to drink if you want to soothe your tummy.
Heath & Heather
Heath & Heather is actually Holland and Barrett's own brand of tea, and it's pretty great. Their Peppermint tea is one of the most popular in the range, and we think it is deserving of a spot in our list. We were really interested to see a lot of customers saying that they enjoyed drinking this tea cold - not something we'd usually do, but we might give it a shot! Buy it here - hollandandbarrett.com
Twinings Pure Peppermint
Another Twinings in our list, and this is probably what we'd describe as the best 'no-nonsense' peppermint tea you can buy in the UK - it's not too expensive, and it's just pure peppermint with a light, refreshing taste. It's widely available too (we've seen it stocked everywhere from Tesco to Waitrose).
Waitrose peppermint infusion
You might have noticed that we didn't include any other supermarket own-brand peppermint teas in this list, and that's because for the most part, we don't think they're very good! The one exception was the Waitrose Peppermint Infusion tea, which was actually very nice tasting and definitely had a quality that the other supermarket peppermint teas were lacking. Admittedly, it's a tad more expensive than those other supermarket options, but you get what you pay for when it comes to peppermint tea. Buy it here - waitrose.com
Everyone should have a stockpile of peppermint tea in their cupboard for those moments when you've eaten a bit too much or you're feeling a bit bloated. We're lucky here in the UK to have some great peppermint tea to choose from, let us know which is your favourite and if you agree with our above list of the best!