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by Eunice Bigelow

I knew my mother in law (Ruth) was a peppermint fan. But I loved spearmint. Every time I would mention spearmint to Ruth, she showed no interest.  So I decided to take matters into my own hands. My husband David and I went behind closed doors and started experimenting.  We wanted a smooth flavorful black tea to partner with a subtle spearmint flavor.  We tried tea after tea to find the perfect combination.  Then we set out to find a spearmint grown in America.  We tried several spearmints and fell in love with one from a farm out west. Once we created  the perfect blend we had to figure out how to share with Ruth our new invention. To be honest, we were nervous.  That is when David came up with the "perfect plan."  So, on Mother's Day that year we were celebrating with Ruth and gave her a gift.  Yes, the very first box of Plantation Mint!!!  She gave us a funny look and then decided to try it....SHE LOVED IT!  All these years later we think back to that day and smile.
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