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This is one time I wish I had read other’s reviews before tasting. I mean there is a snow man on the box with kind of not decorated Christmas trees in the background and Bigelow says its a holiday season blend (IE Christmas without saying it). I am all geared up with a scarf and mittens (metaphorically speaking) and ready for a cinnamon and sugary ginger snap cookie like my grandmother made. So… this is nothing like that. Had I realized I would have approached this differently. This smells of ginger and lemongrass/lemon verbena. It tastes of lemongrass/ lemon verbena. The ginger to me only briefly appears late in the sip to add a little spicy heat. I added a little sweetener to see its affect. At first, I liked it better without. As the cup cooled it did bring out the ginger more, balancing the ginger with the lemon. Now, there is nothing wrong with the flavor. In fact it is a very pleasant and relaxing sip. The problem for me is it does not stir any holiday memories. I would be far more inclined to enjoy this one on a cool summer night out under the stars. Would I recommend this one? Yes, as long as you understand what you’re getting – It’s a lovely lemon herbal tea. Thanks GG!
It’s Cheapster Steepster time, it’s Cheapster Steepster time. I love bargain teas when they deliver. This one does. GGmathis shared this with me. It is not something I would have tried on my own. The smell when I open the bag is spot on to those little square squishy candies. The tea brews up a dark reddish brown. The taste was at first less than spectacular. I could taste the simple black base and faint traces of caramel. Nice enough but mostly meh. Then I noticed on the bag it said to add sugar and milk. I opted for Splenda. Just wow! it is like biting into one of those candy squares without the calories. Pffft. I could have the whole bag and not feel the least bit guilty. Except with green tea powder, I never add milk. Today, I made an exception. The taste was not a lot different but the tea looked more like the candy and it did feel richer and a little more decadent.
I am left wondering, if I used an apple tea bag and a bag of this, would I get a good caramel apple – the kind that does not get all over my beard? I guess first I would have to find a cheapster apple tea that actually tasted tart.
Oh and bonus, my fingers smell like caramel from squeezing the bag.
I yoinked a bag of this from the office kitchen today out of sheer curiosity. Those cheerful penguins on the packaging are hard to resist!
I did not have an opportunity to remove the bag, so I ended up tasting it at a variety of steeping lengths. I think the optimal steep time is about 4 minutes. At that point, it’s all creamy vanilla goodness with a hint of cinnamon and maybe even nutmeg. The longer it steeps, the eggier and cinnamonier it gets. I really dislike egginess (yes, even in eggnog). I like cinnamon, but it ends up drowning the other flavors here if the bag sits too long.
My rating is based on the 4 minute steep time.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Eggnog, Nutmeg, Vanilla
I had a cup of this the other day at my sister-in-law’s house. It’s been several years since the last time I’ve had this tea. It’s just as good as I remember it being. The peppermint and spearmint flavors blend well, and are a nice change of pace from straight peppermint.
I usually go for teas with tea in them, but I’ve had a couple cups of this now, usually late at night when I want something hot. I have to refrain from wafting any of the vapors too close to my nose—piu, that smells! I can taste the apple-flavor chamomile is reportedly supposed to have, so that’s nice. Apples and grass. I sometimes feel the need to neigh while drinking this. Hopefully that’s just me.
Flavors: Apple, Grass
Yesterday was just kinda stinky; so we’re trying to perk the day up today, even if it’s by artificial means. Wearing the Yellow Sweater (reserved especially for doldrum winter days; usually, it doesn’t come out until January) and broke the a.m. unflavored routine in favor of something nostalgic.
Constant Comment is chummy and reliable; not finicky on time and temp; enough orange and clove to warm up your mouth, but not to interfere or go bitter on you. It was my mom’s pantry standard when I was growing up. This bag was a snitch, but a box of my very own sounds tempting.
I’ve been drinking this a lot at work lately because I’m trying not to run out of my Taiwanese green tea too quickly and it’s free at work. It’s very… generic. When it’s hot it’s okay, but after it cools it’s really apparent that it’s just not very flavorful. There’s kind of a teaishness to it, but it’s basically a lackluster and somewhat tea-scented water.
Wouldn’t recommend this unless you’re desperate for something warm (as I often am at work).
My mom bought me a sample box of Bigelow herbals when I visited my family back in May, and for the most part it’s sat untouched since then. I’m trying to drink more herbals at night, so I thought I’d give this one a try.
This is pretty nice. The orange flavor is sweet and fruity, and the cinnamon is strong, but it doesn’t overwhelm the tea. I’ll happily use the remainder of these tea bags.
I believe this was the tea I had this morning.
I wasn’t overly impressed with this one. It was very bland to me. I added milk and sugar, but it still didn’t seem to make it overly nice. I was expecting a lot more flavour as the Metropolitan Tea Company’s loose-leaf version has been so full of flavour and it has an almost slight floral taste to it. This tea though, and I don’t know if it’s the brand or the fact it was a bagged tea, but either way, didn’t have very much to say for itself at all.
Definitely wouldn’t get this one again, but it was something to start my day off with if nothing else… and it was decaf so that’s good.
Hello Steepster. Sorry I’ve been absent. Its not been my intention. I’m just very busy, and a little ill. My stomach is really choosy right now, making me loose my appetite, and not wanting more than a few bites. I didn’t want to try my usually beloved black tea, this morning, so my boyfriend rummaged and found some mint tea for me.
Good old mint tea. Does wonders for a jumpy stomach, and always makes me calmer. Its powerful stuff.
I’m… not sure how much of a difference that I can taste between various teas that are all 100% the same flower.
Still, I think I slightly prefer the loose leaf versions that I’ve had to this. Huh. Still, not bad, slightly sweet.
It’s chamomile, and approximately what you would expect as such.