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Bigelow

Recent Tasting Notes

Traveling tea, made in the Timolino for the ride down to my fiance’s parents’ house.

I used to love this tea. It’s one of the few non-Lipton teas my mom ever purchased and I loved the cinnamon flavor. I needed something easy this morning and found a bag of this in my cupboard.

It’s still cinnamon, but it’s not as strong as I remember it being. The aftertaste of apple that I remember is relegated to the end of the cup when the tea has cooled.

I’m really glad I have Hot Cinnamon Spice as a replacement for this.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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82
drank Vanilla Chai by Bigelow
16 tasting notes

This is my favorite at-home chai! All the flavors are well balanced so you can taste more than just cinnamon! The vanilla is a really nice addition, although that is always my position :). Extremely enjoyable!

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85
drank English Breakfast by Bigelow
5 tasting notes

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85
drank English Breakfast by Bigelow
5 tasting notes

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75
drank Sweet Dreams by Bigelow
127 tasting notes

I’ve been trying to do some nighttime blends to see which I really prefer. Right now I’ve not seen a big difference except for Soothing Caramel Bedtime by Yogi. This tastes of, surprise, surprise… chamomile and mint. I’m beginning to think most chamomile teas are same. This one has a natural sweetness but a bit of sweetener doesn’t hurt either. The mint flavor blends nicely with a touch of vanilla. It helps put the chamomile in its place. (Not up in front overwhelming everything.) Besides being good for bedtime, I think this is good for the tummy or a headache, too. I’m still not sure of my favorite nighttime tea but this is still okay. I think I would go with the Soothing Caramel Bedtime. At least it’s different from the others.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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87
drank Earl Grey Decaf by Bigelow
1 tasting notes

This is one of my go to relaxation teas before bed. I’ve tried countless earl grey teas, but I keep coming back to this one. I’m not sure what it is about this one that is so different from others on the market, but I feel like it’s a stronger tea and the bergemot oils are a bit stronger as well, even for a decaf tea.

If you’ve had this one in the past that looks like the grey box in the picture, do yourself a favor and grab a new box when you go to the store. Bigelow redesigned all of their packaging, which looks better, and I swear the tea is even better than before. Maybe it’s just fresher, but it’s a welcomed change. Also with most of the new Bigelow packaging, they seem to be eliminating or slowly phasing out the use of staples in their tea bag packaging, which is nice. Could be purely mental, but I swear I can taste the metallic taste of the staple if I let it steep the entire time I’m sipping it, which I normally do.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp

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74
drank English Teatime by Bigelow
11 tasting notes

The first steep always has a pleasant bite, and dark liquor. I enjoy a cup or two of this in the afternoon, when I could use a bit more pick up than my sencha offers. I’ve never felt it needs milk, although I would often add milk to breakfast blends that somewhat stronger.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77
drank Vanilla Caramel by Bigelow
4 tasting notes

The first time I tried this, I did not like it at all. It tasted overly sweet, chemical-y and went immediately out of my usual rotation. However, after finishing my first box of Trader Joe’s Vanilla and Cinnamon, and unable to buy another at the time, I gave this one another shot, and I’m very glad I did.

It’s a nice alternative to my usual morning tea, with stronger dark notes, and a nice burnt caramel overtone.

Flavors: Caramel, Dark Bittersweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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82
drank Mint Medley by Bigelow
4 tasting notes

Strong mint flavour. I like a cup of this before bed, it’s good for the stomach, nice and refreshing.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Vanilla Chai by Bigelow
2 tasting notes

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Must be the carob that does it—a pretty good (strong enough you can actually smell and taste chocolate) little bagged tea!

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69
drank Darjeeling by Bigelow
1 tasting notes

Price wise, it’s a nice go to tea. It misses on the fruitiness but doesn’t overwhelm you either.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Raspberry Royale by Bigelow
1 tasting notes

I enjoyed this tea on my way to Contemporary Literature class this morning. It’s a delicious, flavorful tea!

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drank Earl Grey Decaf by Bigelow
242 tasting notes

Had a cup of this at my friend’s house with two fresh lemon wedges. Not bad. Nice and soothing after a busy day.

Could be the lemon, but I’m not getting all that much bergamot. I’m picky about my EG’s; the bergamot is best when it appears as a twist of citrus, not a perfume bath, and I like it best when it tastes fresh and not metallic. If it’s too light, I feel like I may as well be drinking English Breakfast, and if it’s too strong, it’s just unpleasant.

This blend is just kind of meh. It’s getting the job done, but not exactly setting the world on fire.

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83
drank Perfect Peach by Bigelow
18 tasting notes

Being a huge fan of anything peach-flavored, I knew I had to try this as soon as I saw it in the store. I was a little worried though, as many peach-flavored teas tend to taste too artifical or overly floral.

As I unpackaged it and began to steep it, I noticed a very prominent peach smell. The color was a beautiful pink-orange that I couldn’t get enough of. At this point, I forgot all about my hesitation and was eager to try it. Unfortunately, my excitement was short-lived. I didn’t care for this tea hot at all. It was what I feared: artificial and overly floral.

Luckily, it tastes much better as an iced tea. The flavors become much more subtle and the peach flavor is able to properly shine through. This would be perfect on a hot summer day if you’re in the mood for something light and fruity.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100

My friend introduced me to this tea last Christmas……. My Gosh! I loved it! A cool thing, since its a black tea, we both used abit of Egg Nog in the tea….best decision ever!

Flavors: Honey

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drank Cozy Chamomile by Bigelow
242 tasting notes

Unearthed this teabag from the bottom of my cavernous tea chest. Have no clue where it came from. I probably nicked it from my school’s dining hall at some point.

I seem to be on a chamomile kick lately. It’s like an old friend to me- I can go for months without missing it, and then run across it while searching for something soothing, and it’s just the same as it was when I last encountered it. Reliable, sweet, comforting, uncomplicated. Just what I need this afternoon.

This is why I always keep a stash of plain chamomile around. I never know when I’ll need it next.

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78
drank English Teatime by Bigelow
381 tasting notes

This came as a free sample in one of my other boxes of Bigelow (a good way to market it, by the way, because this is not one I’d reach for otherwise). It smells like a standard English breakfast and tastes pretty standard too, although there’s a touch of maltiness and even a little bit of a baked bread taste. It’s not bad. I won’t be buying it but I will finish the last bag of it I have without any problems.

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51
drank Sweet Dreams by Bigelow
242 tasting notes

Ughhhhhh insomnia!

I usually stay away from Bigelow blends, unless it’s either the straight chamomile or the straight peppermint ones, because they tend to be WAY too fast and loose with the hibiscus in their herbal blends. But for some reason, I don’t seem to mind it in this one.

This is mild and sweet. Just kind of generic and meh. I’m gonna down it because I want the chamomile to do its thing and make me feel sleepy.

I happen to have a lot of this tea because someone gave me a whole box of it as part of a gift. But I daresay that when I finish these bags up, I won’t be restocking it. I’ve had much better bedtime blends from other companies.

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75
drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
381 tasting notes

I expressed interest in this one after trying some other Bigelow teas and mom surprised me with it one day. I don’t exactly need more EGs, but I always appreciate them.

This one is pretty decent. The bergamot in it is actually perfect, just the right amount and intensity of fruit for my taste. The tea itself is bright, just a little astringent, and very nice for bagged. I wish it had a little more kick to it, because the aftertaste is slightly watery, but it’s still surprisingly good. I don’t think I touched this company until this year but I’m impressed by their consistency. Everything I’ve tried so far I would drink again.

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70
drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
55 tasting notes

Maybe it’s because I remember it from childhood, but sometimes there’s nothing like a good old strong bagged tea to put hair on your chest…..er, actually that’s not the desired result.

When I was a kid, the Boston Tea Party tea from the supermarket that came in a copper colored tin was the end-all, be-all of teas for me, and this reminds me of it. Sadly, the other one is no longer made. This is maybe a bit more clove-y, but still nice when time is of the essence.

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65
drank Cranberry Apple by Bigelow
1167 tasting notes

9 months ago I made this and noted I had 4 bags left… and I just made the tea up last night.

4 tea bags in 6 cups water overnight in the fridge.

I think I have finally come to the conclusion that I prefer fruit tisanes as cold brews. Even when they’re loaded with hibiscus, I would rather drink this than a cold-brewed black tea. Black tea can be hot brewed and poured over ice for immediate gratification, or in smaller amounts (2-4 cups).

So. I like this better than all the SBT’s I bought just because it’s not a black tea. Even though the SBT’s have better flavour, I just… have been brewing them and then leaving them in the fridge so long I have to throw them out.

So even last time I said less hibiscus-based bagged brews, maybe I should buy more?

Suziqzer

Hmmm… Interesting. I’m just getting started with learning what to try as cold brews… should be an interesting summer :)

OMGsrsly

Some people really like cold brews of black tea. I’ve realized that when I drink a cold brew it’s not because I want more caffeine, it’s because I’m thirsty and I’m using cold brew fruit or herbal stuff as a juice replacement. Iced black tea is great up till about lunch time, but I can’t drink at my desk at work, so it’s a weekend-only kind of thing.

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65
drank English Teatime by Bigelow
2 tasting notes

This is the one I drink at work when I need a caffeine fix. Still trying to get over drinking coffee too much, so this helps.

Flavors: Cloves

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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Tea of the afternoon here. I picked this up at the grocery store yesterday. Most decaf black teas I’ve tasted have been terrible no matter where they come from, so I figured I would get something cheap = low risk factor :)

This is ok, it reminds me of a ceylon a lot in flavor. Nothing remarkable, yet it doesn’t have some of the bitter/funky aftertaste I’ve had with a lot of other decaf teas. It tastes like tea, and this is a good thing. It’s nice with soymilk and sugar added. I can barely tell this is a decaf. This will be good for those times I am craving something basic but without the caffeine. Not bad, Bigelow…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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