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Friday, November 19, 2010

Review: The Boston Tea Company’s Ginger, Peach, & Apricot Black Tea

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The Subject:
Ginger, Peach, & Apricot Black Tea

The Boston Tea Company [More info]


Water temperature: 212° F
Steeping time: 4-6 minutes (per label)
Tea type: Black
Scents, flavorings added: Peach, apricot, ginger
Aroma, dry tea leaves: Peachy/apricotty
1st Infusion (in the cup):
Aroma, plain — Mainly peach/apricot
Taste, plain — Ginger tang, peachy, apricotty, yet Chinese black tea characteristics still evident
Aroma, enhanced — N/A
Taste, enhanced — N/A

Additional Infusion(s):
2nd infusion — Only used half as much water (8 oz. instead of 16 oz.), lighter color and aroma, still fruity, ginger tang gone, mild, not bitter.

Someone said recently that the reason he likes fruit in his tea is that he hates the taste of tea. Considering the plethora of fruit tisanes (some of which have been reviewed on this blog) available, this person needs only to resort to one of them to avoid the flavor he so detests. Why ruin good tea with all those fruit, spice, and other flavors?

Actually, some of those fruit, spice, and tea blends do not ruin the tea taste. The best ones work with the tea’s natural flavors to create a symphony on your tongue. This is one of those teas.

The dry tea was comprised of broken leaf pieces (Chinese black tea) and dried fruit and ginger root chunks. The tea leaf pieces expanded nicely and the fruit and ginger pieces got quite plump during steeping.

The liquid color of the 1st infusion was a dark, rich reddish brown. The color of the 2nd infusion was a lighter reddish brown. One of the biggest issues we have had with flavored teas is not being able to get a decent 2nd infusion and therefore get more bang for our tea buck. Those flavored teas mainly used oils to make their tea taste fruity, spicy, etc. This tea (and others we’ve tried) used actual fruit and spice pieces. The flavors, therefore, carried through to the 2nd infusion.

The instructions on the label were written for both bagged and loose versions, but some kind person crossed off most of the bagged version parts. (Honest, this is how it came to me.)

Only one little issue with this tea: it does not take milk well. We’re talking BIG mistake. As Geena Davis said in the remake of The Fly, “Be afraid. Be very afraid.”

Little Yellow Teapot was so happy to have that special tea cozy by his side during the whole tea tasting.

NOTE: This pouch is what the Boston Tea Company uses for samples. Their normal pouches are opaque, not clear, and block out light, very important for preserving your fine teas.

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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