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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Review: The Boston Tea Company’s Bentley Oriental Treasure White Tea

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The Subject: Bentley Oriental Treasure White Tea from The Boston Tea Company.


Rating:

Water temperature: below boiling, per label
Steeping time: 2-3 minutes

Tea type: White
Scents, flavorings, etc.: N/A
Aroma, dry: Fresh, planty, sort of hay-like
Aroma in the cup, plain: Fresh, planty, sort of hay-like
Taste, plain: Very mild, slight aftertaste, not bitter
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: N/A
Taste, enhanced: N/A

2nd Infusion: Didn’t do

Chilled: Strong hay flavor, needs sweetener, overall weak, disappointing


Comments:
This is not a full leaf tea, but very small pieces (fannings). In addition, those pieces are encased in bags with strings and tags. I can only imagine this is because so many people can’t be bothered to use a strainer. Hubby and I, though, don’t like some bag coming between us and our teas if we can avoid it (there are exceptions, such as Devonshire Tea or Barry’s Gold Blend Tea).

No problem. We just cut open the bags and dumped the tea pieces loose into the pot. They’re large enough that the strainer caught most of them when we poured the steeped liquid into cups.


The liquid was a pale orange color, almost rosy, and had a very mild flavor. There was a slight aftertaste but no bitterness. This is a tea we could drink virtually every day as a refreshing break from heavier teas. It seems like it would go with just about any food.

The chilled version has a prominent hay taste and not much tea taste. The taste is improved a lot with sweetener but is still too weak to be a good chilled tea.

Overall, we were ambivalent about this tea. On the down side, it was bagged fannings, not full or broken leaf, and there was nothing very special about the flavor, certainly nothing to justify the claim on the can that this is the “Champagne of Teas.” On the up side, the mild flavor makes this tea very drinkable. To be fair, I thought this was loose leaf tea when requesting it, so I bear part of the fault here. The other teas they sent are loose leaf and larger pieces, so hubby, Little Yellow Teapot, and I all look forward to some wonderful tea tastings.

Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.

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