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drank Cozy Chamomile by Bigelow
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Really nice when my stomach isn’t feeling well, but I love the flavors and will drink even if I feel fine.

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drank Spiced Chai by Bigelow
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Absolutely horrible, tried one bag and threw out the entire box. I do not know what was going on with this tea. It tasted like stale gingerbread and some sort of rancid nut oils. Upset my stomach and I was burping the nasty taste for hours and felt like I could still smell it. Maybe I got a bad box?

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0 OZ / 0 ML

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drank English Teatime by Bigelow
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I’ve been working on finishing up all my random teabags, and I found this one. It tasted all right both with and without milk. Nothing special about it, but it was a pretty nice, regular breakfast blend.

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Single tea bag from a tea box. The main flavor I get from this is licorice. There’s some earthy ginger as well and some light fruitiness. It tastes pretty good, but I definitely would have preferred more peach with a touch of ginger. I didn’t expect as much licorice as I tasted considering the name.

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A tea bag from Madeline, thank you!
Oh well. Delicate green tea with the added touch of sweet pomegranate they claim. I call it a cheap green tea with an apple flavour.

Pomegranate? Not even in the aroma of the moist bag. That was actually quite sour.
Brewed and steeped for three minutes as they suggest was okay. I was craving for fruity green today. Unfortunately not a single tea was what I was looking for. This one, is mostly hay. And artificial, stinging a bit, apple flavour. Yes, I don’t get any pomegranate from it, not even in the colour. It looks like a swamp water.

Dismal.
Two greens today, as I need to work on my statistics paper due on Monday, and I was studying for one of two exams on Monday all day too. I prefer Mathematics instead of Economy. But yep, my nerves are going crazy a lot recently, which is completely normal and I am afraid tomorrow I won’t be able to study at all (but I should)

Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od6hY_50Dh0

Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Hay

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

Oh Martin-no disrespect but I think this video is a better choice… : )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a01QQZyl-_I

Martin Bednář

Haha, true! Both are masterpieces though :P :)

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drank Caramel Apple by Bigelow
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Another tea bag from postcrossing and now I even had to add this one to the database. It’s a new one? Postcard: https://www.postcrossing.com/postcards/US-7099102

To be honest, I am not even much impressed. I steeped it accidentaly for 5 minutes and it was like a sweet apple black tea. No depth, no genuine apples, rather just its sweetness. Caramel? Kinda.

Not offensive tea, but I would expect way more when I was drinking “a decadent tea blend of buttery rich caramel and sweet tart apples”

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Cozy Chamomile by Bigelow
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drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
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Another tea from postcrossing, same envelope as Thin mints tea. I don’t recall drinking eggnog ever in my life. And I don’t really think I miss it.

Anyway, this is certainly a festive blend, as many of you were/are drinking it during the holidays.

But my impressions about this tea? Well, it is a bit weird in aroma when dry, same as Thin Mints; I guess it is only because I am not familiar with those flavours.

Taste was very thick, vanilla-like, creamy and eggnog like I think. Maybe a bit unpleasant and boozy.

Overall, it was a nice experience, but again, I won’t need this in my cupboard.

Flavors: Alcohol, Creamy, Eggnog, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Ilse Wouters

By the way you describe the taste of the tea, I think they really made a true to the real taste tea! I´m not a fan of eggnog either, in last year´s advent calender I had a blend named like that and I left it last for that reason ;-)

Martin Bednář

I think you are right, it is pretty well made Eggnog flavoured tea. It was nice, but not my favourite taste.

Mastress Alita

I’ve never had eggnog either, Martin!

Leafhopper

I’m also not an eggnog fan. I love the spices, but the texture doesn’t agree with me.

Martin Bednář

Happy to hear I am not the only one who don’t like/didn’t had eggonog :)

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2020 Advent Swap – Day 25

Merry Christmas! This is one of my favorite bedtime teas and I thought I’d save it so you can wind down with this tea that smells like the holidays. :•) It’s been fun!

It’s been such a long time since I’ve tried Constant Comment, but I remember not really liking it all that much. At least not as much as I expected to since it seems so popular. But this was really good! I enjoyed the orange and spices. It reminded me of Harney & Sons Holiday Tea, which is a favorite. A great way to end this year’s advent tea swap. Thanks so much to Devon Bartholomew for being my tea buddy this time around!

Flavors: Orange, Spices

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

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drank Thin Mints by Bigelow
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A tea I have received just before holidays from postcrossing, postcard link here: https://www.postcrossing.com/postcards/US-7096930

I don’t know why, but it seems a bit festive for me. Scouts don’t sell here any snacks, so at least a little chance to get know again something known to me just from movies and series. Although I am pairing it with the chocolate I wrote about a few days back (Thortons Mint Crunch), this is a liquid.

Of course, I had a mint chocolate before. As for me, I prefer chocolate plain. Nuts causes toothaches often to me and other things added I never was very fan of (though Studentská pečeť (Student’s Seal) have a special place in my heart)

The dry bag had kind of weird aroma. The mint was strong and then there was something less pleasant. Like a some musty cocoa? I decided to brew it anyway, as I just wanted to have my day tea quota.

Steeped for suggested 4 minutes; with almost boiling water. It’s quite creamy with menthol twist; and luckily not that strong. Not sure about the cocoa… chocolate, or what should Thin Mints be like. Are there some filling, biscuit or something? I don’t know! Are they baked by scouts themselves?

The tea from Bigelow is tasty though. Not a tea I would really need to have in my cupboard, but certainly a nice experience. The chocolate wins though, as it isn’t that cloying as the tea. I blame the chicory with licorice is making the swallow bit cloying.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Mint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
gmathis

Bigelow also did a chocolate/coconut spinoff of a Girl Scout cookie (Samoas) that was far too chemical tasting for my liking—disappointing, because I love the cookies!

White Antlers

Chicory is not an ingredient that would cause the taste to be cloying. Chicory has been used, in the past, as a coffee substitute and in New Orleans, certain brands of coffee are still part chicory. I bet it’s that Devil Licorice that’s doing it.

And Thin Mints. There are Girls Scout cookies by that name but there is also a choclate that used to be considered a digestif-an ‘after dinner mint.’ You could say, for lack of a better description, that they are candy. A miniscule layer of mint sandwiched between two thin layers of dark, semisweet chocolate. https://www.amazon.com/Andes-Creme-Menthe-Mints-120-Count/dp/B0015A2W32/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=thin+mint+candy&qid=1608931497&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFLTUFCNk5CQTlTQzAmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTA0OTYxODIxTDNPTkFXWTU1WDFMJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA1MTA2MjQyWUUzSlZKUE4wQkhNJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

Martin Bednář

gmathis: what a shame; I would prefer chocolate/coconut cookies too.
White Antlers: Ah yeah, I think I get the concept. It reminds me a bit After Eight chocolate. I guess it will be pretty much same. Yep, chicory won’t be cloying, but licorice is, very probably.

Ilse Wouters

chicory is the root and endives are the leaves of the same plant, and proud to say this is a typical Belgian product. I remember my grandfather having chicory infusion (instead of coffee indeed…I think we call it the poor man´s coffee, although times have changed and access to coffee as well). The drink is dry and bitter and I reckon it needs a while to get used to ;-) But I agree with White Antlers, it shouldn´t cause the taste to be cloying, rather the opposite as described above. Licorice can and will be, however.

Martin Bednář

Yep, I think I confused chicory for something else :) It was quite popular here too.

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2020 Advent Swap – Day 24

One of our traditions on Christmas Eve is Chinese food. Here is one to compliment our tradition!

I was completely surprised by how good this one turned out to be! I didn’t expect much, mostly because I don’t drink much oolong tea, and a bagged straight oolong didn’t sound promising (no offense, Bigelow). Guess I shouldn’t be so snobby about the bagged teas! It didn’t have a roasted flavor like I was expecting. Instead, it tasted very chocolaty. I’m sure I wouldn’t have guessed it was oolong if I didn’t see the name on the bag. I would have sworn it was a black tea. Great pick, Devon Bartholomew! I hope you and your family enjoyed your holiday tradition! :)

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Salted Caramel by Bigelow
489 tasting notes

This tea I received a teabag of in a Swapbot Tea Bag Swap she said it was one of her favorites.
I’ve never rated this one though I do believe I have tried this one before several years ago.

I accidentally oversteeped this by a lot :/ Whoops
This tea smells really good very dessert like and reminiscent of caramel
I know I oversteeped this by a lot but It’s tasting Burnt with a very artificial almost alcohol like butterscotch flavor. I do believe that this tea was also somewhat similar tasting when I have previously tried it and not oversteeped it.

Flavors: Alcohol, Artificial, Bitter, Burnt, Butterscotch

Preparation
Boiling 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Organic Ceylon by Bigelow
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2020 Advent Swap – Day 23

A straight organic tea to keep you going – almost the big day!

According to Bigelow’s website, their organic line has been replaced by the steep by Bigelow line. I did a quick look thru and don’t see anything similar there, so I’m guessing this one’s been discontinued. I’m hoping Devon Bartholomew is right – I need something that will keep me going this afternoon. Work is slow so I’m getting some things done, but I’m sleepy. The flavor of this one isn’t very strong, but it does have the maltiness that I love in straight black teas. I’m still not able to drink black teas side by side and say whether they are Darjeeling, Keemun, Assam, etc., but I’d like to get there one day. For now, give me a strong cup and I’m happy.

Flavors: Drying, Malt, Tannic

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

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drank Hot Cinnamon by Bigelow
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This smells like cinnamon and wet soil. Really strange. I’m tasting a lot of the licorice root, which isn’t helping the blend at all. Tastes like a red hot, but the wet soil aroma is transferring to the flavor as well. Really odd.

Courtney

Wet soil haha, how bizarre!

Dustin

Sounds like you are describing a cinnamon puerh!

amandastory516

Dustin- It’s strangely a different type of soil than pu’erh…more like a potting soil?

Dustin

LOL! I love that we are getting into different types of dirt flavors in teas!

tea-sipper

Yeah, sometimes I think non-tea people would just be boggled by Steepster’s whole deal. haha

Dustin

“Tastes like murkey cave water, but in the good way”
I don’t know where else that would translate well aside from tea!

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drank Ginger Snappish by Bigelow
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The gingerbread house on the label tricked me- thought this would be a gingerbread flavored blend. But, it’s ginger and lemon. I was actually pleasantly surprised, though! The lemongrass really enhances the citrus flavor, while the cinnamon works extremely well with the ginger. Really tasty blend.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass

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This is really hibiscus forward, but I don’t mind it here. The tartness is appropriately paired with the cranberry. The cinnamon is also really nice with the tartness. I’m definitely getting a spiced cranberry sauce thing, which I’m enjoying.

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drank Salted Caramel by Bigelow
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I’m giving mugs and tea to my staff this holiday, and bought an assortment of Bigelow and Twinings teabags to include. I’m tasting all of the blends before giving them out…for science.
Not a fan of this one. It’s sickeningly sweet and the chicory is extremely strong, which is a really odd combination.

Martin Bednář

I feel wrong liking it :D Well, maybe… maybe I wouldn’t anymore?

Dustin

Martin, I still like a couple of Celestial Seasonings herbal blends. We like what we like. :)

Mastress Alita

I remember this being one of the first teas I ever tried when I was “getting into” tea back in… 2016? (Yes, I’m still relatively “new” to the game compared to the rest of you!) and didn’t like it either! But I usually struck out with Bigelow and my palate. Twinings and my palate, on the other hand, tend to always be a home run!

Inkling

“For science”…haha! :D

amandastory516

Martin- Don’t feel wrong liking it! We all have different tastes!

Martin Bednář

Well, there are so much things that affect final “enjoyment”, from water to actual ratio of ingredients in the tea; counting as well actual mood. And i do like salted caramel, soo… :)

amandastory516

Martin- That’s very true!

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drank Vanilla Chai by Bigelow
1204 tasting notes

2020 Advent Swap – Day 14

A good bedtime treat, it’s milder than some I’m used to trying, which is a nice change.

I enjoyed this one! I didn’t taste the chai spices – it smelled to me more like sugar cookies. But not fresh-baked sugar cookies. More like the kind you buy pre-packaged. I don’t think that’s a terrible thing though because I would drink this one again. Thanks for sharing, Devon Bartholomew!

Flavors: Cookie, Sugar, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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