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drank Orange and Spice by Bigelow
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On par with Constant Comment for the Christmassy memories it evokes! Great orange flavor!

Preparation
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gmathis

They are very, very similar, aren’t they? I have never had a bad Bigelow tea—maybe some varieties I didn’t care for because of flavor preferences, but you can always count on a decent bag of tea.

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33
drank Chocolate Chai by Bigelow
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The chocolate and chai flavors in this tea just don’t mesh as well as I’d hoped. There isn’t much depth to either flavor, though the chocolate is a little more prominent in this tea. However, the chocolate isn’t particularly good. I have to add more honey or sugar and milk to a cup of this tea than I do to other Bigelow chai teas. This is the only chai from Bigelow that has disappointed me.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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55
drank Chamomile by Celestial Seasonings
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A nice, mellow Chamomile. It’s not the best I’ve ever tasted, but it’s not the worst! This one has been in my cupboard for awhile, so perhaps getting a new package of this flavor would improve my perception of this tea. I need to let this one steep longer than other Chamomiles, but the longer steep does so much for the flavor.

gmathis

Chamomile doesn’t vary much in personality, no matter its age or brand. I guess that’s a good quality.

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95
drank Salted Caramel by Bigelow
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I LOVE this tea! For an inexpensive cup that really packs a flavor punch, please try this one! The caramel notes and a very slight saltiness come through beautifully. I wasn’t sure I’d like this one, but it intrigued me and it was in my “stocking stuffer for myself” budget, so I thought I’d give it a try and I’m glad I did!

gmathis

Yup. Thumbs up here, too, especially for a cheapster.

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90

A fantastic pumpkin spice tea! I really love the flavor. I may let mine steep a little longer than some but I like the flavor bold (I do add a splash of milk and some honey to make it more like a slice of pie in a cup). I didn’t find that a 6-minute steep soured the flavor at all.

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75

A simple green tea. Nothing fancy about this one, but it does brew up nicely when you want a quick cuppa green. I also thought the cost was very reasonable.

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85
drank Green Tea with Lemon by Bigelow
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I really enjoyed this tea. I wasn’t expecting to get as much natural lemon flavor with this one, but was pleasantly surprised. I added honey and it was the perfect remedy for a sore throat!

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85
drank Peach Brulée by Tea Forte
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This tea is definitely better chilled! The peach notes are perfect—both in aroma and taste. The slight sweetness is also just right…not cloyingly sweet.

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70
drank Blood Orange by Tea Forte
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This was part of a sampler pack of Noir teas by Tea Forte. The aroma of this was very subtle but a true scent, not fake like some orange teas. The flavor was definitely a different kind of orange…the difference between blood orange and navel oranges is distinct. The black tea is dominant in this blend.

Flavors: Blood orange

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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30

I haven’t changed my mind much since the last time I rated this tea. Despite a nice lemon scent right out of the box and a slight honey flavor present when I steep it, the flavor is so subtle—to the point of blandness—that it’s just not a tea I would drink daily. I had to add honey to make it worth drinking. If I was sick or had a cold and wasn’t able to taste much, I might like it just for something to soothe a sore throat. Maybe it would be better iced.

Flavors: Honey, Lemon

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec
carol who

I’ve never had much luck getting a full flavor with Celestial Seasonings teas either :(

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