Review: Boston Tea Company Decaffeinated Apricot Green Tea

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Its OK"While not the most delicate green I've had, it does provide a convincing, sturdy tea flavour without the caffeine. The addition of apricots adds a refreshing, mildly sweet dimension to the cup, and consequently is a good candidate for having iced. "
Sophie’s Teaview: 6.9/10
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Sometimes a caffeine-sensitive girl like me wants a cuppa that taste like tea without the drawbacks. That's where a good decaffeinated brew comes in handy. Containing a naturally decaffeinated blend of Chinese green tea, apricot pieces, marigold petals, and apricot flavor, this offering is described as sweet and fruity. A slightly tannic apricot perfume scents the silky pyramid sachet. I can see through the tea bag that, although somewhat broken, the leaves are still reasonably well preserved. They have not been reduced to dust as is often the case with bagged teas.

Unfortunately there were no available brewing instructions on Boston Tea Company's website. I elected to infuse this tea for 3 minutes in water heated to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, just to be on the safe side. This cup brews up to a bright amber in colour, again bearing a gentle apricot aroma. At the fore, the fruit flavour is mild but satisfying. It's honeyed sweetness blends well with the tea base's astringency and woody lean. While not overly bitter, there is some roughness to the leaves' contribution. It might not please those who like a tea that is completely smooth. Adding a touch of sweetener does enhance the apricot flavour. However, personally I did not feel the need to add anything more to the cup. I found that the fruit flavour was well matched to the tea's profile au naturel. I had a portion of my cup iced, thanks in part to the frigid temperature in my apartment. The cold magically enhances the fruit flavour, making it even sweeter and more refreshing than while hot.

A second, 4 minute-long infusion leads to a merely passable cup. The tea base seems more watery, with a rougher feel, an unlikely but unpleasant combination. I don't recommend steeping this blend more than once.

While not the most delicate green I've had, it does provide a convincing, sturdy tea flavour without the caffeine. I would take care not to over-steep or overheat these leaves, as they seem like they have the potential to easily become unpleasantly bitter. The addition of apricots adds a refreshing, mildly sweet dimension to the cup, and consequently is a good candidate for having iced. While the pyramid sachets are not terribly expensive, this tea is also available in a loose leaf format, which is much better value for the money. Overall, it satisfies as a simile but nothing beats the real thing.

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