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65
drank Plantation Mint by Bigelow
253 tasting notes

This tea is fragrant with mint right out of the packaging but it steeps into a nice black tea with a gentle mint flavor. A friend at work recommended this to me as one of her favorite teas . I’m not a huge mint fan, but it’s certainly nice every once in a while so I was glad for the recommendation.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 212 degrees + 22 minutes

This isn’t a bad cup really, though I’m not sure it’s worth the extra steep. I can still taste the mint, but mostly it’s just a watered down cup of black tea.

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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81
drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
215 tasting notes

Backlog. Had this one yesterday early evening, after a LONG day at the zoo, in which we got completely drenched in a summer shower. So, after getting home and getting in some dry clothes, I reached for what I hoped would be a comforting pick-me-up. This tea, while not the tastiest Earl Grey I’ve ever had, certainly did the job. There was a hint of vanilla somewhere in there, though there shouldn’t have been, but it made it interesting nonetheless. I would drink this tea again, but won’t buy it to have in stock.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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65
drank Chocolate Chai by Bigelow
455 tasting notes

This tea is meh. Watery cinnamon with a vague cocoa taste. Not terrible for a bagged tea, but not exactly setting the world on fire. At least it woke me up. It lends itself well to travel-mugs, so it makes a suitable companion on the drive to work, at least.

H & S whole-leaf silk sachets have spoiled me!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Tea

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My cousin and I are big tea addicts. I introduced her to Kusmi and Teavana and she got me a David’s Tea gift card last Christmas.
She is moving into a new apartment in two days and so she had to do some sorting : I inherited this Constant Comment, some green tea, and a waffle maker! It’s very good with some agave nectar and soy milk. I think I’ll also try the regular caffeinated version.

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45
drank Sweet Dreams by Bigelow
253 tasting notes

I steeped this a bit too long so it’s a little astringent. It tastes mostly of mint but has a spice that sits in your throat and on your tongue after each sip. I put too much honey in this cup so it’s far too sweet. I may like this better with a lower steep time and less sweetener. As it stands now, it’s not a favorite.

Flavors: Astringent, Mint, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80
drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
40 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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58
drank Cozy Chamomile by Bigelow
253 tasting notes

This is a pretty typical chamomile. Predictable but also enjoyable. I added honey and it makes for a nice, sweet afternoon tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Orange and Spice by Bigelow
253 tasting notes

This actually smells much better than I expected. It’s certainly spiced and reminds me of mulled cider. While it’s steeping, it smells strongly of cinnamon sticks. The color is a deep red, presumably from the hibiscus. It smells strong, like Red Hots candy. The taste is very bitter. They honey helps but there is still a bitter edge to it. I can taste both the hibiscus and the cinnamon. As it cools, the bitterness is fading and it tastes more like the mulled cider that it smells like. The more this cools, the more I like it. It’s still not something I would ever turn to though so I don’t plan on buying more.

Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Apple Cider by Bigelow
10 tasting notes

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Upon first inhale, this tea’s aroma reminded me of a heavily malted brown ale. This was slightly off-putting as it was an aroma I did not associate with tea. However, I had finally spotted the ever-elusive American Breakfast at my local market and I was willing to take the dive.
I am SO glad that I did. It’s smoky and smooth upon first tasting and it finishes cleanly with a sweet note. I’m not sensitive to caffeine (coffee addict, ahoy!), so I’m unsure how much this cuppa’s content will effect me. Either way, it’s a solid and satisfying cup that I intend to linger over every morning.

Flavors: Roasted, Smoke, Sweet, Winter Honey

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Organic Green Tea by Bigelow
15 tasting notes

BACKLOG: Made this in my starbucks teapot yesterday as a got-most-of-the-stuff-moved-into-our-new-house-lets-relax-now treat. It was delicious albeit somewhat weak despite using two bags and not a full pot of water. I remember buying a big box of 4packs of this in 2013 to drink at work and enjoying it regularly. I think I just found the last 4 pack. Nothing distinctly remarkable but not bad.

Flavors: Earth, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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56
drank Chinese Oolong by Bigelow
2 tasting notes

I can understand why this is Bertie Wooster’s afternoon tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I really didn’t feel like do anything today except enjoy the sun and air, and start planning the garden. But I had a few things that I needed to pick up, and wanted to get to a garden center to get some ideas. So I needed something that would jolt me into action. In comes this tea. Yeah, it worked.

Smooth and tasty. Wish I had added milk to it, but I drank it sans additives. I think the caffeine is still circulating in my system because I feel like doing jumping jacks or running. Maybe this will be a productive day after all.

Thank you for the sample gmathis!

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67
drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
441 tasting notes

Eating breakfast at the restaurant in our hotel. They gave us a choice of tea bags and this one looked the best. I’ve had it before just never reviewed it. Bigelow has some good teas, not great mind you, just good. This tea is a good balance of flavors. Really doesn’t need anything added but a touch of honey or milk doesn’t hurt.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

I agree! Good tea when you are away from your tea things. They had it at the cancer center and I got to try several different ones. Not bad.

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This earl grey tastes a little funky. I’m not sure if it’s the decaf or what, but there’s something off about it. Or maybe I’m coming down with a cold….great. I picked some of this up b/c I was missing my grandma and this was one of the teas she would give me when I asked for tea when I was little. Adding cream and sugar seemed to help it out a little bit, but not much. Boo.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tea, Earl Grey, hot.

It’s not just you. Bigelow’s Earl Grey is my first-cup-of-the-morning tea, and you’re right, the decaf tastes weird compared to the regular version.

IllBeMother221B

Weird right?

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I picked this one up on a whim the other day in the market. I like tisanes now and again and I realized I don’t have any. I wasn’t expecting anything stellar from a bagged tea. But I was happily very wrong. All I can taste and smell is blueberry and it is awesome. So flavorful and a perfect late afternoon/evening tea. In fact I had a coworker ask me if I had baked blueberry muffins when I made a cup this morning!

Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity, Pastries, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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69
drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
709 tasting notes

Thanks to Albertocanfly I get to try this tea I’ve been dying to try! Apparently it’s like in every store around the holiday season but the ones which I go into xD
no idea why…
It’s kinda weird-haha!
Wasn’t expecting too much because I’ve had an awful experience with Bigelow, their tea just tastes bad to me.
But this one surprised me!
The dry leaf smell did remind me of egg nog.
Couldn’t focus much on the steeping aroma because I got my order from DavidsTea and only 1/4th of it was right…so I was in a state of unbelief because the packing slip was right but they sent me a tea I didn’t even add to my cart ever. Ughh sometimes that company….
I think I’m the only one who has bad experiences with them ever, that’s what It feels like at least.
So I didn’t focus on the flavors too much because I was busy writing them an annoyed email.
This tea does remind me of egg nog, but I think that DTT Winter Nog reminds me of it more just because the cinnamon isn’t as over-powering. This one is good but not something I would buy. Super happy I got to try it though! And thank you, Albertocanfly for sending me more than one of those tea bags because hopefully next time I won’t have to be so distracted by having to email a company for screwing up the simplest of orders. xD But really, thank you, Albertocanfly! :D

Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutmeg

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60
drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
36 tasting notes

I’m pretty riding the fence any time I drink this tea. On the one hand it’s pretty decent for a bagged black tea. But on the other hand compared to some of the good loose leaf I’ve had it doesn’t come close.
Even if the taste doesn’t make you scream out for joy, the smell is quite nice. Definitely a scent that would be soothing and relaxing on a cold or stressful day.
I taste and smell the orange flavor for sure. It lingers as the aftertaste for quite awhile too. The spices are right there in the background when you take a sip.
Wouldn’t write home about this tea, but it’s a decent cheap tea bag.

Flavors: Orange Zest, Spices

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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Not bad. But nothing remarkable. Mild. Ingredients: rose hips, spices, hibiscus, orange peel, roasted chicory, natural orange flavors (soy lecithin)

Flavors: Orange

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
3 tasting notes

I’ve sampled this from a package of Vanilla Chai by Bigelow and was intrigued by the scent of this tea. However, I felt I was hit with the strong aroma and taste of cloves. I am not a fan of cloves, although I did enjoy how unique the flavor was. I did sense hints of orange, and nothing else. I am now curious to taste older versions of this flavor after having read many reviews by loyal Bigelow tea drinkers having this for 50+ years. I was honored to have sampled Bigelow’s first and original tea flavors.

Flavors: Cloves, Orange

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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