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66
drank Orange and Spice by Bigelow
40 tasting notes

On par with Constant Comment for the Christmassy memories it evokes! Great orange flavor!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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33
drank Chocolate Chai by Bigelow
40 tasting notes

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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drank Lemon Ginger by Bigelow
244 tasting notes

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60
drank Spiced Chai by Bigelow
56 tasting notes

This is not the worst tea I’ve ever tasted, but it’s definitely not one I’d say I enjoy. I don’t know which black tea they used is in this one, but it must be weak, because it’s masked by the smattering of spices…which aren’t all bad, but not the greatest in combination. I made the mistake of judging chais on this tea early in my tea drinking life. I have recently had some chai teas that I really like, but I waited a long time to try them. I’ll finish out the 20 bags in this box because I hate to waste tea…but I won’t buy it again.

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70
drank Lemon Lift by Bigelow
15 tasting notes

This tea delivers what it promised. And that is a black tea with hints of lemon and some unnamed spices. I’m normally more of a green tea sort of guy but on a whim decided to try this since they stock it free at work. I added half a tsp of sugar since with black I’m not a fan of straight up like I can with a good green. I have to say I’m rather impressed. Since they don’t have earl grey at work I may have to have this as my go to black [at work anyway]. As I sit here and type this it has a very pleasant aroma wafting up to my nose. Some people said it is very bland but I find it perfect. I do tend to prefer less strong tea though so shrug.

Overall a good bagged tea that delivers what it promises.

Flavors: Lemon, Spices

Preparation
1 min, 15 sec

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80
drank English Teatime by Bigelow
56 tasting notes

This is another case of me being easily satisfied when it comes to black tea, I suppose. :P I usually do not care for Bigelow teas (from what I remember, I really didn’t like their green tea). Anyway, this is a good basic black tea, in my opinion. It’s smooth, not bitter, and it has a strength that lends itself to drinking any time of the day. I hadn’t had this one in a couple months, and I’ve tried a lot of black teas in the meantime, so I figured I wouldn’t like it when I tried it today, but, I have to say, it’s a good everyday black tea. My usual routine in the past was to throw 2 bags in 16 oz of water right after it boils and wait 10 minutes…usually had it around 4 PM to give me a little caffeine to finish out the workday and head to the gym.

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drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
1 tasting notes

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60

Do not leave the tea bag in the water for too long. The black tea becomes too strong to handle and leaves the whole cup tasting like licorice. There are better pomegranate teas out there.

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86
drank Apple Cider by Bigelow
8 tasting notes

Pretty solid fall tea. The cinnamon is a perfect balance (take note, Celestial Seasonings) and the apple comes out as the dominant flavor. Smells delicious and tastes delicious too!

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75

I didn’t mean to buy the decaf :( Great tea otherwise!

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57

Pretty decent lower end green tea. Very mild flavor for those drinkers that prefer a non-grassy experience. Still not sure what’s up with the liquor being brown instead of green? Can steep it for a long time without any bitterness or grassyness. I would place this a notch or two below Lipton Green Tea. Obviously it doesn’t remotely taste like loose leaf green tea, like a good Sencha for example. That could be a good or bad thing depending on your likes/dislikes.

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec

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75

My manager gave me one of these teabags! Holy crap, is it delicious.

The tea base is a little astringent, but the white chocolate and candy notes smooth it out.

It’s a Valentine’s Day themed tea, and I think it suits the holiday. Felt like a treat.

Flavors: Candy, Sweet, White Chocolate

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drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
182 tasting notes

I never used to like earl grey, but I think I’ve changed my mind. I’ve started to like it with milk and sugar. I had this with french vanilla creamer and milk while running the first session of my tabletop game. It was pleasant, but maybe just a tiny bit more floral than I’d prefer. I don’t think I really care for too much of a floral taste with black tea, and I wish it had been just a touch more citrusy. I think I am realizing that I really like teas that have both a fruity and floral flavor, so I’ll have to look around for more like that.

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Bigelow
19 tasting notes

I don’t hate this tea, and some of the hate in the reviews seems unnecessarily hostile. But eh.

If you don’t like chai, this cup is totally a big cup of NOPE, though.

Strong spicy cinnamon and ginger, little bits of clove, and a pumpkin-like sweetness in the back.

Definitely recommend milk + sweetener. A 50/50 of milk to water while brewing seems to soften and smooth it quite a bit.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Green Tea by Bigelow
18 tasting notes

Okay. Okay. Okay. Finally, after a few months of eyeing this tea in stores and having a bag sitting in a drawer, I tried it.
It’s a basic green tea, but that’s it. It was almost hard to stomach.

I’d highly recommend you use it in adding to drinks and smoothies if you wanted to add green tea to them. Don’t just drink it straight up.

Would I recommend it? Not at that price!

Get something more traditional. Green tea from a bag is just… WROOONG.

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec

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drank Apple Cider by Bigelow
1925 tasting notes

This is a waaaaay back backlog. I had a bit of a sore throat one night and thought this would be the perfect thing before bed. No caffeine and nice spices that I associate with cold weather and comfort.

It did the trick helping my throat and I enjoyed the spices, but I didn’t get tons of Apple taste from it like some folks did. I did taste the hibiscus for sure, much more than getting apple flavor, but that is okay because the spices were right on.

Thank you, GMathis!

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drank Salted Caramel by Bigelow
242 tasting notes

I’ve been absent from Steepster, and will probably continue to post sporadically until my personal issues are resolved.

I got this a while ago from a steepster friend. I also drank it a while ago, but have been unable to log it until now. I believe the member called this a ‘cheapie steepie’. For a cheapie steepie, I remember it being really gooooood. I don’t recall getting the saltiness, but I do remember the strong caramel flavour, and how much I enjoyed it. Whenever i’m in a grocery store (and if I remember) I have a look to see if they have it. I’d buy a box of it for sure.

Thanks for the sample, gmathis. For a ‘cheapie steepie’, this is mighty tasty!

Stephanie

Welcome back and hope your personal issues get worked out!

scribbles

Thank you!!

gmathis

Can you get Bigelow there? (Laughing at myself as I ask that…you live much closer to actual civilization than I do :)

scribbles

Actually, I wondered that too :) in the grocery store I was at today they had Bigelow k cups. Sadly, not what I was looking for.

gmathis

Blecch. K-cups just taste like the cups.

scribbles

Never tried them, but now I know not to :)

Fjellrev

Hope things will get better for you and it’s great to see you around!

scribbles

Thanks:) Can’t wait for the stress to end.

Kirkoneill1988

the cheapie steepie part makes me laugh

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60

(60 = Would drink again if that’s what I had lying around.)

A couple years ago I was a big fan of dessert-flavored teas (anything with vanilla, really). I loved this one so much that I stocked up on extra boxes before it disappeared from the store. Sometime after that my tastes changed, though.

So the only reason I decided to try this out again was to log it so I’d remember why I did (or did not) like it and would (or not not) buy it again if the opportunity came up.

Opening the package I was hit with an overwhelming (almost nauseating) eggnoggy scent. However, the tea itself isn’t bad. It’s a generic black tea with a sweet aftertaste. Eggnog lovers would probably go wild over it. Me, I might buy it again next winter if I see it, but I won’t stock up again.

RECOMMENDED FOR: Eggnog and black tea lovers.

COMMUTER NOTES: Individual bags. Black tea, so it might overbrew bitter.

Flavors: Eggnog, Sweet, Tea

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70

It’s strongly flavored but extremely drinkable and never overpowering. If you add a hint of sugar a rich cinnamon flavor comes through. A great mug to warm you up.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange Zest

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20

Terrible. Astringent with a harsh and unpleasant taste.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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65

I’m going through the tea cupboard (yes, it’s grown from half of one shelf to the whole shelf, then two, now the entire cupboard. sigh.) in an effort to itemize and arrange per company, type, etc. Came across this. I’ve not had it a loooong time and decided to have an afternoon cup. It’s not bad. It’s a bit astringent, just tish bitter. Maybe because it’s old? Maybe I over steeped? I wonder if those chopped up tea leaves keep their flavor as long as whole leaves. At any rate, this one is okay if I’m looking for a black tea without caffeine. But really not a favorite.

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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
230 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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