Why Did I Have No Problem with “Plantation Mint”?

“Plantation” vs. “Perfectly.” Property Bigelow Tea. Image by author.

This morning, as I sometimes do, I had tea with breakfast, flipping on the electric stove in my apartment to start a kettle boiling. The distance from the stove to the cupboard was short, yet in that walk back I noticed the packet I had chosen — the brand of mint tea I had been buying and brewing for years — was not what I’d thought it was: what the company Bigelow had once called “Plantation Mint” was…