Charleston Tea Plantation

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70

This was one of the teas that my friend gave me. I actually made it for breakfast this time. I tried a few sips of it plain and it was nice. It was a stronger flavor but the flavor did not punch you in the face. It was more of a “hey, it’s time to wake up now” buzz.

I put a little bit of milk in it, just enough to turn the tea from a nice rich brown to a nice toffee color. The milk let the flavors mix better and made for a smoother cup.

Overall, I really like this tea and I wish I had more of it to drink.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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46

I just steeped this as my cuppa before bed. My friend went to the tea plantation this summer and brought me back some samples.

It smells nice and peachy. This is my first peach tea so I’m not sure if I’ll like it. It is just hot and plain right now. Something tells me that I should have let this steep for much longer than I did. It doesn’t taste like much but I’m not sure if it is just because I have a bigger mug or not.

It isn’t bad but I was expecting a stronger flavor. A few more sips later and I have decided that the tea is very light and almost buttery. It leaves my throat a little try but it isn’t unpleasant. Maybe if I had more fruit teas, I would like this more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Bigelow Tea

Meg,

Thanks for trying the tea…we have many more fruit teas so check out the website when you are ready, www.bigelowtea.com.

Thanks,

Valorie for Bigelow

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98

This Tea was given to me as a gift and started intense love for this tea!
It has a “woody” bouquet, rich amber color. As far as the flavor (this is the first time I’ve ever put into words my opinion) it is silky smooth, with a very delicate ligneous, earthy flavor. It is fabulous!
I have purposely over steeped this tea with no ill effects to my palate or experience. This tea does not know “bitter”! Reminds me of aged Pu ehr.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Bigelow Tea

So glad to hear you are enjoying your Bigelow Tea from our Charleston Tea Plantation! Enjoy!!

Valorie for Bigelow Tea

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100

This is probably one of the lightest Earl Grey-type teas that I’ve had. Not a bad thing, since some can be quite overpowering. It’s my favorite, no-frills Earl Grey. This is another purchase from my visit to the Charleston Tea Plantation.

I think I’ve said it before, but there is definitely a distinct taste to these Charleston-grown teas. I can almost taste that it was grown in the South; it’s got some quality that makes it perfect for sipping on the porch and letting the day drift by. I would love to be at the tea plantation today, curled up in one of their rocking chairs on their front porch, simply staring out onto the tea fields.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

I won’t pretend that I’m a knowledgeable tea drinker. I couldn’t tell you the differences in the flavor profile of an Assam versus a Ceylon versus a Darjeeling. Someday I hope to be able to tell you that, and also be able to tell you the differences in how different varietals of tea taste. But for now, you’ll just have to deal with my ignorance of such things.

And, in all my ignorance, I think this is perhaps the best, plain, straight-up black tea I’ve had to date. It’s rich, thick, and slightly sweet. It has the perfect astringency.
And, if you like good ol’ Southern-style sweet tea, there’s nothing I’ve found yet that makes a better pitcher.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Bigelow Tea

Jaime,
There is no such thing as tea ignorance, there is only what you personally enjoy! So glad to hear about American Classic Tea.

Valorie for Bigelow Tea

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100

I loaded my One-Touch with this last night. How did I live without this machine before now? After a night spent tossing and turning and trying to sleep, I woke up to a pot of tea. No putting the kettle on. No finding a clean strainer. No spilling of tea due to sleep-induced dexterity. Just pour.

Yes, I do notice a difference in the taste of this tea when made with the Breville (I shall have to name her, she is quite special). The taste of the tea itself is much more developed and prominent, with the peach as a very delicate note. It’s still very much one of my favorite teas.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100

This is perhaps my most favorite tea. The scent is pure peaches. Ripe, southern-grown, juicy peaches. The peach flavor isn’t as strong as the scent, but rather it pulls out the sweet notes of the tea and enhances the tea’s natural flavor. It’s one of the most comforting cups I’ve ever had; no matter what has happened, I know I can drink a cup of this and instantly be soothed. Happy Wednesday!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Bigelow Tea

Jaime,

Thanks so much for sharing this…so great to know that Bigelow Tea is so comforting for you!!

Valorie for Bigelow Tea

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90

Mmm…raspberry.

See prior log for more notes. It’s still as good as it was the last time I drank it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90

I was lucky enough to visit the Charleston Tea Plantation this past March. It was a wonderful experience that every tea lover should have.

Rockville Raspberry has a very delicate raspberry taste. You can tell that flavoring is used rather than actual raspberry bits, but it is a more natural flavoring rather than the candy-like flavorings I’ve had in other teas.

I can definitely taste a difference between the Charleston Teas and teas grown elsewhere in the world. One sip from any of their teas and I’m transported back to the plantation, where I sat and drank that first cup whilst gazing at the tea plants.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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41

A souvenir to taste from the Charleston Tea Plantation. I had it iced.

Bigelow Tea

Hannah, so glad you are enjoying your tea!!

Valorie for Bigelow Tea

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56

Makes a tasty southern style sweet or a simple hot black tea.

Bigelow Tea

Hannah-so glad you are enjoying our American Classic Black Tea!

Valorie for Bigelow Tea

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67

I haven’t had many fruit teas, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The first thing I noticed was the sweet peach aroma.

When I actually tasted the tea it was more like black tea with a hint of peach. Overall, I enjoyed it for not being overwhelming, but a little more peach flavoring wouldn’t hurt.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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52

My hubby is home sick and wanted “plain Lipton.” This is the closest I have!

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52

Makes great Southern Style sweet tea!

Preparation
Iced 6 min, 0 sec

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75

Better than most grocery-store brands. Smooth and basic.

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75

I drink this loose leaf tea at home in the South. Makes a great iced green tea and a nice alternative when suffering from a sweet tea overdose. PLUS it comes from the only tea plantation in the United States. I didn’t know until recently that you can purchase it online. Now I don’t have with(Southern)drawal.

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