This weekend I returned from a trip to Boston. I apologize for the brief hiatus for a few weeks — I made a big out of state move, and then took this awesome trip.
It was my first visit to the amazing historical city, and I had a great time. I will talk about the tea room and Tea Party Ships Museum in a future post (it’s a must visit for any traveller, especially fellow tea lovers), but today I’m going to review an Earl Grey I picked up during my trip.
As you may know from history lessons, the Boston Tea Party wasn’t a
fancy event, but rather, a chance for citizens of Boston to rebel against a tax on old bitter tea as well as overall British control of the colony, by
dumping expired tea into the ocean.
While I am not an advocate for the destruction of tea, this tea wasn’t great, and the cause was important for our nation’s history moving forward. It is considered “the most significant event leading up to the American revolution,” because it was a big turning point in gaining independence from Britain.
I bought a lot of tea on our trip, but the one I’m going to focus on today is the Boston Tea Party Tea Commemorative Earl Grey, made by the Mlesna and the Metropolitan Tea Company, Ltd to honor the fighting before and after the “party.”
This tea comes in a painted box with a scene of the tea party, which is what attracted me to buying it. It has a smooth, classic earl grey taste — strong black Sri Lanka ceylon tea accented with bergamot for a floral and citrusy flavor. It’s similar to Bigelow’s Earl Grey, but a little more smooth and less bitter.
To prepare, pour boiling water over the tea back and steep five minutes (preferably in a Boston mug, for ultimate enjoyment). It can also be prepared iced, but hot is good for this chilly weather. I didn’t add sweetener or milk, but it would definitely taste great with those additions.
I enjoyed a couple cups at breakfast time, and it woke me up, giving me energy to tackle the day and remember the importance tea played in our nation’s history.