Review: Boston Tea Company Decaffeinated Apricot Green Tea

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Thumbs up!"The green tea is enhanced by the apricot, rather than hidden by the flavor. It's not over scented or flavored, which I really appreciated."
Melanie’s Teaview: 7.8/10
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I can't believe I'm enjoying tea bags! Well... to be exact, they are silk tea sachets. But it's been really great to find some that I actually enjoy. They are easier to take on the road, and nice when I need a quick cup of tea without measuring and clean up of loose leaves.

Decaf Apricot is a green tea. It strikes me as kind of funny that they call this a decaf when green tea is naturally low in caffeine. I guess they are just trying to emphasize that green tea is naturally decaffeinated.

It's a nice silk sachet and the tea is a vary dark green. They are nice sized leaves for a "tea bag" and they aren't all crunched and broken. The tea smells a bit grassy as well as a gentle smell of apricots. The ingredients include: Naturally Decaffeinated Premium Blend of Chinese Green Tea, Apricot Bits, Marigold Petals, Apricot Flavor.

The biggest problem I have with Boston Tea Company's website, is that they do not give brewing instructions for their tea. The website if full of nice descriptions and information, but as I've grown to enjoy green tea, I've found that the steeping time is not always predictable and just a couple of minutes can make a huge difference to a cup of tea. I like it when a tea company has figured out the precise temperature and timing for each tea, rather than my having to experiment.

That being said, after finding a good temperature and time for this tea, I really enjoyed it! I ended up using fresh water brought to 170 degrees, and I steeped the first cup for just 2 min. This made a very nice, golden cup of tea.

The flavor is gentle and smooth. A bit grassy as it smelled, with just the gentlest touch of apricot. The green tea is enhanced by the apricot, rather than hidden by the flavor. It's not over scented or flavored, which I really appreciated.

I found that I could reuse my teabag 3 times. Each time I increased the steeping time by a minute, and I had 3 lovely cups of tea. The apricot flavor barely discernible in the second cup and gone in the third cup, but it was still a nice cup of green tea.

This wouldn't be my first choice in a flavored green tea, but a great choice for the times I would prefer a tea sachet over loose leaf.

Visit Boston Tea for more information on this tea and many more from their extensive product catalogue

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