Review: Boston Tea Company Boston’s Mint-in-Tea

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Laura’s Teaview Snapshot
Its OK"I ended up preparing a glass of this iced and this one of those blends that I DEFINITELY prefer as an iced drink. The black tea is hearty enough that it lends itself to icing and mint tastes a bit more refreshing to me when iced."
Laura’s Teaview: 6/10
Other Teaviews: Dan gave it 7.9/10
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bostonmintinteabagged"Take one sip of our classic mint tea, made with a blend of Kentucky spearmint and premium orange pekoe black tea, and you’ll make it a staple in your pantry. Proudly serve it in your home like First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who shared this favorite tea flavor with her guests in the White House!" ---Boston Tea Company website.

After eating some food earlier that was a little spicy and had some garlic in it, I found myself wanting a mint tea tonight. While I was very tempted to drink one from my personal collection, I thought it better to review one of the several mint blends in my sample stash. This particular offering stood out from the others in several ways---it was the only mint black tea offering, the only one that had spearmint as the mint type and the only one that came in the form of a tea bag. Truthfully, I pretty much drink no bagged tea with the exception of through my affiliation of Teaviews. Yes, I am a bit of tea snob. I own it. That said, the combination of the black tea and the spearmint sounds kind of appealing this evening. I shall do my best to keep an open mind.

When I opened the paper package that my tea bag came in, I held the tea bag to my nose to take in it's aroma. The Kentucky spearmint used in this blend reminds me very much of a stick of Wrigley's chewing gum! I proceeded with my preparation of the cup by boiling some water and infusing my tea bag in it for about 3.5 min. The resulting cup brews up rather dark in color and the spearmint is a little more subdued in the prepared cup than it was in the initial aroma---and that is probably a good thing as it was rather strong. The spearmint doesn't necessarily strike me as being particularly fresh, but I wouldn't describe it as stale either. The black tea used is pretty typical of what you will find in most bagged black tea blends. The black tea leaves are broken and small. The black tea brews up rather strong and is a little heavy, but it is not really bitter or astringent. It actually isn't bad considering it is a bagged tea. I have had worse. I ended up preparing a glass of this iced and this one of those blends that I DEFINITELY prefer as an iced drink. The black tea is hearty enough that it lends itself to icing and mint tastes a bit more refreshing to me when iced.

I think that Boston Tea Company is wise to get word out that they offer a spearmint black tea blend. That pairing is not featured together regularly despite the fact that they do blend together nicely. I can think of one of more folks that refuse to drink anything but bagged tea blends (despite my attempts to get them to drink loose whole leaf), and they would likely enjoy this offering as a something a little different. While I enjoyed the pairing of the black tea with the spearmint, it does not appeal to me enough personally that I would seek this one out for purchase. That is largely due to the fact that I would want some really mind-blowing fresh spearmint coupled with some higher quality black tea in order to consider adding it to my stash. And, yes, I would really want to buy it as a loose leaf tea. However, if you are a lover of spearmint and refuse to use anything other than a tea bag, then this isn't a bad choice.

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