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Proud of Our Roots From countryside to cup, every leaf in our famous teas and infusions is carefully sourced. Take our English Mint for example. We wanted a plant with an old-fashioned aroma, like the mint last grown in England around a century ago. Black Mitcham fitted the bill and is now grown especially for Fortnum’s on the Malshanger Estate. This slow-growing variety took over a decade to re-establish in Britain and now thrives in Hampshire’s chalky soil – and is transformed into an infusion with minimal waste along the way. Any excess material composts over two years and is then spread across the farmland to improve the soil. In this process there is no loss of waste material as the matter is broken down and in turn feeds the soil, one of the most natural forms of recycling.
ENGLISH MINT INFUSION £8.95 Code 2166410
Each summer the mint is distilled to release its essential oil, which is left to mellow for three years. But don’t put the kettle on just yet. Freshly harvested leaves are then dried and steeped in the fragrant oil for a double burst of classic icy mint flavour. Brace yourself for an extraordinary cup.
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