The 6 Best Peppermint Teas in 2021

The most flavorful, refreshing options in loose leaf and bag form

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Among the many types of tea in the world, peppermint is a popular option among tea drinkers. It’s refreshing, aromatic, and delicious. It's also quite simple to create on your own; you can buy peppermint leaves to make a variety of blends with unique flavor profiles. That said, even if you like to DIY concoctions, it's also great to have some premade options on hand for the sake of time and convenience.

Here are the best peppermint teas.  

Our Top Picks
Teapigs uses whole leaves and packages them in convenient, plastic-free bags.
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These extra-cooling bags are perfect on a hot summer day.
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For the casual peppermint tea drinker, these are an ideal choice.
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The flavor is vibrant and bright, but not aggressively minty or cool.
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This tea has a strong minty zing, but it’s balanced by layers of flavor.
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It's a flavorful option from a beloved tea brand.
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Teapigs Peppermint Leaves Tea Bags

What We Like
  • Whole leaves

  • Very minty

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than others

Teapigs promises the “mintiest mint of all time” from its peppermint leaves tea bags, and the flavor delivers on that promise from the first sip. For tea connoisseurs, loose leaf tea is generally preferred because you get larger pieces of the plant. In tea bags, however, the leaves inside are often pulverized, meaning the aromatics have dissipated before the tea bag hits your cup. (Some tea brands even throw in cheaper or less flavorful parts of the plant as filler.) However, the Teapigs bags contain whole leaves like you’d find in loose leaf tea, but do so in convenient plastic-free tea bags. In other words, you get the best of both worlds.

Form: Bags | Whole Leaves or Pieces: Whole leaves

Yogi Purely Peppermint Tea

What We Like
  • Extra cool flavor

  • Organic

What We Don't Like
  • Stronger than some others

If you love peppermint tea with a strong minty zing, you’ll love this one from Yogi. These certified organic bags are compostable, but unlike some of the other eco-friendly options, they do have the traditional string and tag, which some people prefer for ease of retrieving from your cup of tea. Yogi is a brand that many know and love for its great herbal options, and the peppermint tea is on par with the rest of the brand.

Form: Bags | Whole Leaves or Pieces: Pieces

Allegro Organic Northwest Peppermint Tea Bags

What We Like
  • More affordable than others

  • Organic

What We Don't Like
  • Not as minty as others

These bags are not quite as minty, vibrant, and zingy as some of the others, but that's actually preferred by some people, so if you're into a more mild option, this is the brand for you. These bags also have many of the same eco-friendly benefits as others: The peppermint is organic, and the tea bags and cartons are recyclable and compostable.

Form: Bags | Whole Leaves or Pieces: Pieces

Harney & Sons Premium Organic Herbal Peppermint Tea

What We Like
  • Kosher and organic

  • Vibrant, but not too strong

What We Don't Like
  • On the pricier side

Since the 1980s, Harney & Sons founder John Harney has traveled the globe in search of the best teas. The brand started with six initial tea offerings and boasts 300 today. The peppermint, sourced from Oregon, is organically grown and kosher. The peppermint flavor is vibrant and bright, but not aggressively minty or cool, making it a great middle-of-the-road option. If you like milk in your tea, you might find that this is one of the better options for that. Because it’s not overly minty, the milk will bring out the flavor of the tea and not clash with the cooling properties.

Form: Bags | Whole Leaves or Pieces: Pieces

Rishi Tea Peppermint Loose Leaf Herbal Tea

What We Like
  • Balanced and refreshing

  • Loose leaf for more vibrant flavor

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than others

If you’re looking for a premium loose leaf option, you can’t go wrong with the Rishi Tea Peppermint Loose Leaf Herbal Tea. As the packaging explains, this tea offers a bright, candy cane-like sweetness and long-lasting flavor. There’s no shortage of that minty zing, but it’s balanced by layers of flavor. Because it’s loose leaf, it’s easily compostable, and it’s grown organically in the Pacific Northwest. It’s pricier than some of the other options, but if you’re looking for something rather exceptional, you found it.

Form: Loose leaf | Whole Leaves or Pieces: Whole leaves

Twinings Peppermint Herbal Tea

What We Like
  • Fresh, zingy flavor

  • Inexpensive

What We Don't Like
  • Tea bags are individually wrapped

There are few tea brands as iconic as Twinings. Founded in 1706 by Thomas Twinings, the brand has gone from a little neighborhood shop in London’s The Strand to a global brand found in 100 countries. To have captured the adoration and loyalty of a tea-obsessed place like the U.K. is no small feat. The peppermint tea is sourced entirely from Egypt, and the bags are individually wrapped inside the packaging. If you’re eco-conscious, that might be a drawback, but it keeps the bags extra fresh. It’s one of the more affordable options per ounce and offers excellent flavor, so we highly recommend it.

Form: Bags | Whole Leaves or Pieces: Pieces

What to Look for in Peppermint Tea

Format

In general, tea bags are more convenient, but loose leaf is going to be fresher and have more flavor. But there are exceptions to every rule, and the tea bags we chose are some of the best on the market.  

Whole Leaves or Pieces

In general, the whole leaf options will have more complexity and quintessentially minty flavor than pieces. However, they also tend to be pricier. We included both in this roundup.

Mintiness

Peppermint is famed for its zingy, menthol-like cooling properties. Some of the brands we featured are on the stronger side of that spectrum, and some are a little more subdued. Which is best for you will really depend on your preference. Do you love a big burst of cooling tea, or do you prefer something a little less aggressive?

FAQs

Does peppermint tea have caffeine?

Peppermint tea does not have caffeine, but some peppermint-based blends will use other caffeinated teas. Check the ingredients list to find out.

Do you put milk in peppermint tea?

As with any other tea, adding milk is entirely up to you. It can be great with a splash of milk (or non-dairy milk) and honey.

How long do you steep peppermint tea?

This depends based on the type you’re using, but around five minutes is usually good for dried leaves. Fresh leaves are going to be less potent than dried, so those can take up to eight minutes.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Writer and professional cheese eater Christine Clark is a food and beverage nerd. She loves finding new gems made by small producers, and unfortunately for her bank account, she tends to be willing to pay whatever it takes to try them. She also is a devoted tea drinker who enjoys three to five cups of tea per day, both herbal and otherwise. Peppermint tea is her favorite after a big lunch.

Christine teaches cheese, wine, and pairing classes throughout the United States and has a cheese podcast dedicated to it. She is a Certified Cheese Professional through the American Cheese Society.

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