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30
drank Salted Caramel by Bigelow
12 tasting notes

This tea put me off immediately by smelling sickeningly sweet. I made it at work, and my coworker seated on the other side of the cube kitty-corner to me could smell the cup, it was just so syrupy-sweet smelling! I enjoy sweet teas, and it took me a long time to wean myself off adding sugar to my cuppa, and even I thought, “Ugh, that looks way too sweet!”

The taste was far too syrupy to me. There was certainly a caramely flavor to it, but it came off as a caramel-infusion of maple syrup rather than a caramel-flavored tea. I thought that adding sweetener was throwing fuel onto the fire, but trying to drink it plain, it somehow came off as far too astringent, despite having such a sweet flavor. The whole taste was just off-putting to me. I found it drinkable when I sweetened it, but it was so sweet I didn’t particularly like it. I couldn’t seem to find any happy medium where it came off right. The flavor and the blend just wasn’t my cup of tea.

Full review: https://teatimetuesdayreviews.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/tea06/

Flavors: Astringent, Caramel, Maple Syrup, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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40
drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
37 tasting notes

Not a fan of Bigelow’s Earl Grey offering. I found it to have a slightly bitter aftertaste when following the company’s suggested brew (2-4 mins / boiling). I had better results steeping it for 4 mins at 190 degrees.

For both steeps, I tried the tea plain, first. My first steep I went with 2 mins with boiling water. The tea was bitter and required the addition of milk and sweetener in order for me to finish it.

I did my second steep at 190 degrees for 4 mins. This round I detected no bitter aftertaste and while I could have finished the cup without sweetener and milk, I would have been forcing myself to do so.

Unfortunately, I found this tea offering to be mediocre, at best.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Herbs, Smoke

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68
drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
15 tasting notes

Don’t know if it’s really delicious or it’s just the feeling it gives my heart, but I love Constant Comment. It was the tea of my childhood and the tea that I’ve been giving my kids since they were kindergarteners. The scent always reminds me of happy fall days and the taste always comforts me. To me it’s all orange rind and clove and astringency mellowed with sugar and milk. Happiness in a cup!

mrmopar

One of my first ones as well.

gmathis

Ditto. Orange rind, cloves, and lots of sentimental memories. I’ve never tried it with milk, but now I will.

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40
drank Pumpkin Spice by Bigelow
37 tasting notes

I’m not normally a big fan of Bigelow teas, but, for some reason, I recall drinking this tea last fall and enjoying it and, I think, may have coveted a few bags.

Upon brewing, though, it was not as I had recalled so I think it my review could be off the mark, if my recollection is correct and the bags I have on-hand are about a year old, making their flavor much less flavorful. ;)

I will buy a new box once I run through my currently piled up teas and see if my review remains the same. If so I will update this one.

I found this to be bland with little flavor. I’m usually a big fan of autumn brews (harvest, pumpkin, cinnamon), but this one missed the mark for me.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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30
drank Cinnamon Apple by Bigelow
37 tasting notes

I am normally a fan of cinnamon based teas, but this one is a definite pass.

The main flavor I detected reminded me of a light sour apple and I got an almost unnoticeable hint of cinnamon at the end of each sip.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Sour

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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22
drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
9 tasting notes

too much bergamot for my taste

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73
drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
12 tasting notes

A good tea for “tea-bag tea” on the road. I tend to use two bags in the 12 oz. cup at the hotel with some cream and sugar.

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90
drank Premium Ceylon by Bigelow
3 tasting notes

Great tea! Love the flavor of this tea – I would describe it as leathery with some citrus hints. Perfect plain without milk or sugar, the way I like it. So happy my local grocery stores carry this one at a low price, as it will do when I run out of loose leaf teas. Might even make this one my usual for the office, so I don’t have to deal with tea infuser. I only wish that Bigelow offered more regional tea blends (Keemun, Assam, Yunnan, Kenya, etc) in this format! I know there is Bigelow Darjeeling, so I’ll have to check that one out.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75

Still find K-cup tea a little insulting, but this was not too bad

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50
drank Darjeeling by Bigelow
6 tasting notes

Eminently drinkable for a relatively inexpensive tea. Two minutes for the first steep, and however long for the second.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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34
drank Green Tea with Lemon by Bigelow
28 tasting notes

Either the box I got was just old or this has no taste.

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69
drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
1812 tasting notes

This is a pretty generic Earl Grey, but luckily it is a sipdown.

Enough bergamot to be flavourful. Something citrusy (or lemon dish soap residue on my cup?). The base is brisk but not very bitter. It is flavourful enough that you could add milk without covering up the flavours of the blend. Nothing spectacular, but nothing bad either (as long as you stick ot a short steep time of ~2 minutes).

Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey, Tannic

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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51
drank Lemon Lift by Bigelow
331 tasting notes

Had this at hotel during a super cold/damp wedding day to warm up. I think I might have this at home for a sick tea – one where you can’t taste much and as honey delivery. Lemony brown colored hot water. Good for warming up after. Not good tea though.

Flavors: Lemon

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77
drank Pumpkin Spice by Bigelow
2358 tasting notes

This is actually probably very old… I snagged it from a teabox a while ago. But it is actually pretty tasty! Bigelow has quite a few good teabag options. There is quite a lot of that pumpkin spice flavor on a sturdy black tea base… and there are even pumpkin flakes listed in the ingredients! I couldn’t taste too much of the pumpkin under all that spice but I sure do appreciate that Bigelow actually tried with the pumpkin. I’d buy this! Also, this is insanely better than Celestial Seasonings Pumpkin that I tried years ago. (Sidenote: “spice” just reminds me of the Dune movie that I personally like a lot… I haven’t read the books… yet.)
Steep #1 // 13 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep

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75
drank Plantation Mint by Bigelow
2 tasting notes

Plantation Mint has a name that doesn’t really recommend it. It also comes out of the packaging smelling like chewing gum, which was a bit disconcerting, but at least makes it clear they do really seal in the freshness with those little pouches. Once brewed, the scent becomes more subtle. Upon tasting, the mint is still a dominant flavor and leaves a bit of a pleasant aftertaste. Though this tea is a blend, the black tea in Plantation Mint is smooth and not particularly noticeable. The tea’s flavor is not at all bitter and is pleasant to drink completely unsweetened. I don’t drink mint tea everyday, but this one is surprisingly good for the price and it may become a mainstay in my cabinet. In sum, this is a smooth, sweet and inexpensive change from the more typical peppermint teas that line grocery store shelves. Bigelow’s done good with this one.

Note: For those looking strictly for a herbal or decaf tea, please note that is has a black tea and contains a fair amount of caffeine.

Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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58
drank Green Tea by Bigelow
60 tasting notes

I’d call this an “introductory” green tea. Just as the package suggests, it’s very smooth and mild. It’s reminiscent of buttery spinach: it has a mellow mouthfeel and then only a little bitter punch in the aftertaste. As far as everyday teas go, this one is perfectly respectable…if you’re looking for a nondescript but pleasant drink to sip during a work session or whatnot, you won’t be disappointed.

Flavors: Grass, Metallic, Spinach, Vegetal

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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59
drank Raspberry Royale by Bigelow
51 tasting notes

This was one of the limited choices when I attended a meeting last week. I tried steeping longer, added sweetener and half and half…nothing really brought out much flavor. Not a bad black tea if that’s what you want but for raspberry, not my choice at all.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Spiced Chai by Bigelow
513 tasting notes

I had planned to come home in between my morning appointment and the rest of my daily agenda, but I had underestimated how much time would be spent waiting in the hospital waiting room and then in the examining room.

I then opted to stay in the city and continue my day without my usual stash of steeped tea to see me through the rest of the day. Hence, I stopped into a restaurant and got this to go. Added half and half to it and loved it so much that I came back an hour later to get another one, although the second one was not quite as good as I had not steeped it long enough. With the half and half and the large bit of nutmeg in the blend, it tasted just like eggnog with a dash of ginger and cinnamon. Really good. That said, there was no tea flavour to speak of. I am not usually a fan of Bigelow teas, but this in my books is a winner in the context of a good drink, not necessarily a good tea if you are wanting a tea tea. I hope I will be able to find it in shops to stock at home though I don’t tend to keep half and half at home and it likely won’t be quite as good black.

Hmm, now that I have read the rest of the reviews of this tea and discovered that the rest of the tea world hated it, I am wondering whether I was tricked into loving this by the half and half—the first bit of half and half I have consumed in months and months.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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82
drank Thin Mints by Bigelow
657 tasting notes

Sipdown! Om nom nom. This is a solid bagged chocolate mint tea, best enjoyed hot with a splash of rice milk.

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drank Cinnamon & Blackberry by Bigelow
584 tasting notes

Drinking this for my health. It’s very tasty though. The cinnamon is divine. It’s fruity and sweet but not cloying and obnoxious. Blackberry is my favorite fruit.

Not in a great place mentally/ emotionally today. Cinnamon always cheers me up though.

Flavors: Apple, Blackberry, Cinnamon, Fruity, Spicy, Sweet

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56
drank Cinnamon Stick by Bigelow
28 tasting notes

Didn’t like the Black Tea flavor underneath the Cinnamon

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35
drank Orange and Spice by Bigelow
28 tasting notes

Was too spicy for my taste

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