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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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
The combination of the mint, the tartness of hibiscus and the flowery of chamomile makes for a very soothing brew. These bags are super forgiving to excessive brew times.
That said, I wish each of the flavors had a bit more punch to them. Celestial Seasonings’ Peppermint has a bite to it that the mint here is lacking. Still this is a solid before-bed tea.
Flavors: Floral, Peppermint, Pleasantly Sour