White Tea Pomegranate from The Boston Tea Company/Bentley’s Finest Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  The Boston Tea Company/Bentley’s Finest Tea

Product Description:

With this sleek tin you’ll be able to tote your favorite tea when you travel to a land far, far away, and pick an exotic pomegranate and bite into its sweet, tart flavor. Or just sip our premium Chinese pure white tea filled with pure pomegranate flavors to make the juiciest, most flavorful, and antioxidant-rich tea!

Taster’s Review:

I probably say this a lot, but, this bagged tea surprised me.  It has a lot of flavor for a bagged tea… it has a lot of flavor for a white tea!  It’s just really flavorful and quite tasty.

The pomegranate flavor is well-defined.  It is juicy, tangy and pleasantly sweet.  The pomegranate tastes like true pomegranate flavor.  It has a very nice fruit flavor without overwhelming the softer flavors of the white tea.  The white tea is very nicely balanced with the pomegranate flavor.  It has a lovely sweetness to it, and a freshness that reminds me of clean spring air.

This is a delicious white tea that is wonderful when served hot, but even better when served iced!  It is so refreshing and bright.  This should be a summertime staple in every tea lover’s cabinet!


Earl Grey Black Tea from Bentley’s Finest Tea/Boston Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Boston Tea Company

Product Description:

Awaken your senses with the aromatic bouquet of Earl Grey! A blend of premium high-grown Chinese and Indian black teas are enhanced with the tart, citrus flavor of bergamot. Named after a 19th Century English Prime Minister, you’ll regally partake of this lovely fragrant tea that’s freshly treasured in this sleek, classic black tin. Drink a cup of royalty with Bentley’s Finest Tea!

Taster’s Review:

When it comes to Earl Grey, it would seem that every tea company out there has one.  (Yeah, I know there’s a joke in there, but, not one I care to use when talking about one of my favorite types of tea!)  What I’ve learned over the years about those many Earl Grey choices is that even though they share the same name, they certainly do not taste the same.  Some are definitely better than others.

This is a pretty good Earl Grey.  It is especially good when considering that it’s a bagged Earl Grey.  The truth be known, I’ve not had a lot of luck when it comes to bagged Earl Grey varieties.  I’ve found a few that I’ve enjoyed, but I’ve also found a few that I was unable to finish the cup.  This one – I’m enjoying!

The bergamot is strong and flavorful.  It has a delicious citrus-y taste that is sweet, with that sharp edge for which bergamot is known.  There is not quite so much of a flowery/perfume-y quality to this bergamot as in some Earl Grey, so if you are one who might find that perfume-ish flavor somewhat off-putting, this Earl Grey may just be right up your alley.

The black tea in this blend is brisk and tasty.  It is not bitter and has very little astringency to it.  There is a pleasing tone of sweetness to the overall cup.

This is an Earl Grey that I’m likely to keep on hand.  It is one of the better bagged Earl Grey varieties that I’ve encountered and while I do prefer loose leaf to bagged teas, there are times when I appreciate the convenience of bagged tea, especially when I’ve a busy day ahead and don’t have time to spend in the kitchen, measuring, brewing and straining tea.  I still want to enjoy my morning tea, and good tea bags such as this one give me that option!

Blackberry Tea from Bentley’s Finest Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Bentley’s Finest Tea/Boston Tea Company

Company Description:

Dark, bountiful blackberries tartly sweeten our premium high-grown blend of Chinese and Indian black tea. Brew this fruity tart tea and get a taste of nature’s wild blackberries. Keep your tea fresh for many breaks to brew with this beautiful and reusable black tin; that’s portable too! Drink a cup of royalty with Bentley’s Finest Tea!

Taster’s Review:

This tea makes me think of my little girl (who is not so little anymore – she’s 9!) because while she enjoys most types of fruit, blackberries are her favorite.  In the house that we lived in a few years ago, we had a blackberry bush and she would eat them fresh off the vine!

The aroma of this tea is much what I would expect with a blackberry flavored black tea – it smells like blackberries and black tea.  No big surprise there.  That being said, it is a very pleasing fragrance – sweet, fresh and fruity.

The cup possesses a very nice balance of flavors.  The black tea is a medium-bodied tea with a somewhat mellow presence.  It is not overly aggressive and yet it is able to hold it’s own and isn’t overpowered by the fruit.  There is a light-to-medium astringency.  By that I mean that it starts out quite light, to the point of being barely there.  But by mid-cup, the astringency becomes a little more prominent and provides a dry finish.

The berry flavor is sweet but not overly so, with a twinge of tartness that arrives upon the palate in the aftertaste.   It has a very distinct blackberry taste to it; that is to say that it doesn’t taste like “berry”… it tastes like blackberry.  And it tastes good!

There is a wine-like essence to the cup with the berry flavor and the somewhat dry finish.  But I think I’d rather sip on this than a glass of wine!  Especially during chilly days such as this – I am finding it very comforting.  And as delicious as this is hot, it is just as refreshing iced.

Another fine tea from Bentley’s Finest!