Review of Plantation Mint® Black Tea

6 of 103 of 54 of 561 of 100
GoodFairGood Value

RateTea has been good for my life, by motivating me to variegate my tea sampling, and opening up new flavor and olfactory worlds. How's that for advertorial testimony? :-) That, however, has included getting me to sample nasty to mediocre teas, as well as some very good ones I otherwise wouldn't have had. This classifies mostly as "mediocre".

Another motel tea I grabbed to taste for rating's sake, this spearmint-blended black tea left me in a dilemma. Tolerant of spearmint, but far preferring peppermint, I knew personal taste would drag this rating down some. Of course it did. But *for* a spearmint tea, how is it? In short: not bad, not great! Spearmint, which isn't a particularly intense herb to begin with (at least vs. peppermint) thoroughly dominated the dry-bag and in-cup aroma, to the extent I couldn't detect the black tea. I barely could taste the black tea, and only with some conscious effort. Only in the wet-bag smell did the black tea become apparent, with spearmint still there. For this blend, Bigelow uses a good-quality spearmint—smooth and naturally sweet—but apparently a very weak black tea that limply whimpers in the background. It's basically a naturally caffeinated spearmint tea, and not bad at all for spearmint, if you're curious to try.

A side note: Bigelow has changed the first part of the tea name from "Plantation" to "Perfectly".

Add your own review

Login or Sign Up to comment on this review.