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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.
Flavors: Astringent, Caramel, Maple Syrup, Sweet
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
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!
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
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
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.
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