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85
drank Sweet Dreams by Bigelow
307 tasting notes

Admittedly, I’ve not been feeling the best today. We all have our physically off days, and this was one of mine. But even through the ickiness, the soothing, sweet mix of mint and chamomile has been lovely. It almost tastes like there’s honey in it, though I know better. (Another time I may add some, just to see how it goes. I wonder if the sweetness would be a nice complement, or if it would become too sweet with it?)
Anyway, this was a good tea choice for tonight, and even cooled it’s going down wonderfully and soothingly. Hooray for good choices and good cuppas.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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(No ranking because I’m congested right now.)

A mild lemon-ginger flavor — didn’t get strong even though I accidentally left the teabag in the cup for half an hour.

Bought this by mistake and not sure I really want specially engineered extreme-temperature resistant gut bacteria on a daily basis (search for GanedenBC30, you’ll see what I mean), but it’s okay once in a while.

Commuter Notes: Teabags in individual foil-lined pouches; withstands long steeping times.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemongrass

Preparation
8 min or more

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45
drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
177 tasting notes

Bigelow has always been my least favorite brand of tea, so I’ve never tried this one before. But Bigelow was my only option this morning, so I decided to give Constant Comment a try. It was a pleasant surprise: not amazing by any means, but not undrinkable either. There’s a mild orange flavor and a tiny hint of spice layered on top of a smooth, nondescript base. It also didn’t go bitter even though I left the tea bag in while drinking it. Not something I’ll buy for myself, but I’d drink it again.

Flavors: Orange, Smooth, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

Oh, this one always reminds me of my mother, and even though it is a “grocery store” tea, I love it. Bold black tea with a hint of orange spice. It’s also one of the few teas I always drink with milk and/or sugar.

Flavors: Orange Zest

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I’m usually not a fan of Bigelow teas, but this is a good one. I usually add two bags to 16 ounces of water for a nice strong cup.

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75
drank Raspberry Royale by Bigelow
25 tasting notes

I like to occasionally take a bagged tea to work for my lunch break, and that’s where this one made its debut. It’s definitely got a berry flavor, but not completely overpowering. (It smells stronger than it tastes, thankfully.) The raspberry has a tart finish, which I liked because it, too, wasn’t overpowering. And caffeine, caffeine is always great.

Flavors: Tart

Preparation
8 min or more

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80
drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
25 tasting notes

This is a great, basic, spiced tea. It’s a staple in my tea cupboard, and will be unless I miraculously find an orange spice tea (with caffeine) that trumps it. My only caution is that it can turn bitter if you steep it for too long. I usually don’t take the tea bag out of my mug, so I suck this one down to avoid any astringency.

Flavors: Cloves

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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40
drank Lemon Lift by Bigelow
32 tasting notes

The I Love Lemon is better. The spices do not blend with the lemon well in this cup. But hey, it’s still lemon flavored black tea.

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85
drank I Love Lemon by Bigelow
32 tasting notes

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89
drank Perfect Peach by Bigelow
32 tasting notes

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drank Sweet Dreams by Bigelow
3 tasting notes

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65
drank Green Tea by Bigelow
111 tasting notes

Not bad. Not “good” either. Wouldn’t mind having this served to me in a restaurant if I were lost in conversation. But the conversation certainly would not be about the tea :)

Curiously, it generated a thin layer of foam in the cup, not sure what that is about. Got the packet somewhere a few years ago… does old tea foam? lol

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88
drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
43 tasting notes

The endless cold that has been January has gotten into my very bones, and it feels like I can’t wear enough layers of clothing or turn the heat up high enough. So that means it’s the perfect time for this tea! It’s not a fancy brand, it’s a bagged tea, but it will get me through the rest of the hideous winter. With low fat milk (of course), it’s super creamy, the spices are perfect, well-balanced, and makes it taste almost like a baked good. Been drinking this for the past three winters, and when I couldn’t find it locally, I got online and ordered that stuff! That’s how much I love this tea. Truthfully, I haven’t tried any other eggnog flavored tea, so no comparison notes, but when I’m this contented, I’m not that motivated to try another.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream, Eggnog, Nutmeg

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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50
drank Vanilla Chai Tea by Bigelow
19 tasting notes

Disclaimer: I’m a former tea bag drinker converted to loose leaf teas, but am trying to use up my stash of bagged teas. They are convenient for work, so not a problem.

That said, I find this tea rather “meh”. A chai should be spicy, but this one isn’t. I do taste the vanilla, and the tea has a rather smooth feeling which is nice. It also took a considerable amount of sweetner to make it drinkable and bring out the vanila. Unfortunately, no spiciness ever appeared. I get a nice warminess when drinking it, but it’s flat.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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Well howdy American Breakfast Black Tea. You are a smooth fellow and I’m enjoying the pick me up you are providing me this afternoon.

This may have to be a staple in my work tea stash just for the sure ease of preparation and how good it is. It has a very smooth rich flavor. I needed that this afternoon. Tasty!

Edit-Don’t forget about this one or you will have a bitter cuppa awaiting you!

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70
drank French Vanilla by Bigelow
238 tasting notes

This is my friend’s favorite tea. It was on sale this week in the grocery store, so I picked up a box to try for myself. Dry, the scent of the tea bag is overwhelmingly french vanilla — creamy, sweet. Steeped, the smell is just as strong, though I think it only smooths out the black base and the only french vanilla I’m getting is in the scent. As it cools, this becomes astringent, in contrast to the still-overwhelming scent.

I like this one. I shouldn’t have a problem working through the rest of the box.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
1 tasting notes

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7
drank Spiced Chai by Bigelow
23 tasting notes

THE RUNDOWN
1) Free teabag at the chiropractor. But because some people say I don’t give bagged tea enough credit, here goes. Smells like cloves, mud, and dirt.
2) First Taste: Yup, definitely cloves. The whole things tastes like someone went a little hard on the muddling spices at the company christmas party. A bit of imitation vanilla there too. At least it’s warm.
3) Second Taste: I can barely taste tea, and this is supposed to be Chai? No way. There’s a bit of nutmeg too, but not in a good way. Almost an acidic taste too.
4) Final Thought: I won’t be drinking this again. And lord knows I’ll stick to my feelings on Bigelow and Lipton until I turn red. No thanks

Flavors: Cloves, Dirt, Mud, Nutmeg, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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85
drank Plantation Mint by Bigelow
15 tasting notes

It’s hard for me to find a BLACK mint tea that really hits the spot—I like a strong, crisp mint flavor—but this does it for me. The mint is clearly spearmint, so if that’s not a mint you like, steer clear of this. It’s really, really refreshing on ice.

Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Ginger Snappish by Bigelow
1893 tasting notes

This is another Bigelow tea that was included in my Christmas card from GMathis! Thank you!

Tonight was writers’ group night at my house, and because of the severe cold weather I had decided to make a bean soup – rather like a vegetarian chili – for supper to warm my hubby. Then I wondered if that was such a good idea with a house full of company coming…

To stave off any tummy grumbles I decided to try this since ginger is supposed to be good for digestion. I think it worked! The tea smelled very good, like freshly baked cookies but not overly sweet. I did detect a note of round sweetness that I associate with licorice and slippery elm. It turned out to be a hint of licorice.

I bought ginger snaps a long time ago and didn’t like them, but then my youngest daughter made gingerbread men at Christmas this year and we all loved them. The store bought ones were too hot and spicy for me. Hers were just right. That is how the tea was for me. By the end of the cup, the ginger was building up and becoming more noticeable, but at no point was it too much or unpleasant.

gmathis

Normally I despise teas with licorice, but it’s not obnoxious at all in this one.

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drank Salted Caramel by Bigelow
1893 tasting notes

A few weeks ago I received a lovely handmade card from GMathis with a few tea bags tucked in. Today was the perfect day to try them! It is really, really cold for where I live. We will be below freezing for a total of about 40 hours, and that is a big deal here in Eastern NC!

I chose this first because I recently fell in love with a dark chocolate salted caramel candy bar. I felt like I was having a dessert after lunch! The smell is remarkable – spot on caramel. It reminds me of 52Teas Weeping Angel.

The taste: a very enjoyable black tea with lots of caramel flavor. I enjoyed it plain, and I expect if you like to add sugar to your tea it really would taste just like candy.

Bigelow has been good to me. This is the tea they serve at the cancer center and I have tried a number of flavors there. All have been superior to most of the bagged teas I have found in the grocery store.

Thank you, GMathis! This was a great afternoon cup for huddling by the fire!

gmathis

It’s been a long john’s week here, too. However, sun has been shining, mostly; my un-scientific contention is that 20 and sunny is warmer than 40 with dampness and clouds.

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67
drank Vanilla Chai Tea by Bigelow
8 tasting notes

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65
drank French Vanilla by Bigelow
8 tasting notes

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