Constant Comment

Tea type
Black Tea
Black Tea, Orange Peel, Spices
Citrus, Tangy, Orange Zest, Orange, Spices, Cloves, Citrusy, Clove, Spicy, Cinnamon, Smooth, Cardamon, Bitter, Cream
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 10 oz / 287 ml

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  • “I was reading one of my classmate’s essays for senior seminar and it was about her family—her mom, specifically. It was so well written that it made me homesick for my mom. Two of the things that...” Read full tasting note
  • “So, I’m sick and staying with family/friends in Colorado. I was craving some comfort tea from the moment I woke up. Something with lavender. So my cold-medicine-addled self put on boots and...” Read full tasting note
  • “Had this for afternoon tea. I think I overbrewed it a bit, but it was still drinkable. That’s what is great about this tea- it takes abuse and still tastes pretty much the same way you remember....” Read full tasting note
  • “Wednesday Jan. 12, 2011 1st Steep of the Day. After 2 Hours of Shoveling Snow. Came in to a Steamy Hot Cup Of Biggie’s Constant Comment. Could not have been a Better Choice this Morning. Big Bold...” Read full tasting note

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Created by Ruth Bigelow in her kitchen over 60 years ago “Constant Comment” is today America’s most popular specialty tea. This original blend of the finest mountain-grown tea is deliciously flavored with rind of oranges and sweet spice. There’s no other tea in the world quite like it.

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This is one of the first bagged teas that I really liked, back when I had just started drinking tea. I hadn’t had any in a while, so I decided to have some to wake me up this morning. I steeped it at the 2 minutes that everyone says makes it taste wonderful. Turns out, I don’t like it at two minutes. To me, it just tastes like hot water that somebody thought about adding spice to. Normally, I leave it in for closer to 4 or 5 minutes, and the spice and orange flavor really comes out. It’s a great way for me to wake up in the morning. While this cup wasn’t wonderful, I’m normally very fond of Constant Comment

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Dylan Oxford

I’ve never actually had Constant Comment, but always had Stash’s Orange Spice. I now buy MarketSpice from.. well… MarketSpice. It’s a very wonderful cinnamon orange tea, though I’ve read some reviews that it’s TOO-cinnamony. I like it though.


I’ve tried a good number of Stash teas and haven’t been very impressed with any of them. I’ve just given up on them. I may have to look into MarketSpice! I like my teas nice and spicy! And you should definitely give Constant Comment a try at least. The good thing about it for me is that my cafeteria has some teas, including Constant Comment, in a hidden corner, and nobody else drinks them, so they’re all mine!


I like Good Earth Original for the reason that it’s really spicy and in the Winter sometimes I want that! Also the decaf version tastes just like the non-decaf and you don’t need sugar in either because the spice is sweet.

Dylan Oxford

I’d be willing to send you a sample! Although, there’s a tea that was recommended to me called Söderblandning from Sweden that I’m awaiting a shipment for. Might make sense to wait until that gets here, since if it blows MarketSpice away, I wouldn’t want to recommend the wrong one!


Sure! I’ll let you screen them for me :)

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714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: 8 ounces hot water from carafe
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: orange, spice
Steeped Tea Smell: orange
Flavor: spice, orange, black tea
Body: Full
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: dark brown

Enjoyable, and great selection if your choices are teabags in a conference center. It resisted over-steeping as I had multiple cups of this. It was better with a bit of sugar.

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While this is far from my favorite tea, I’ve always felt such respect for Constant Comment. For me, this was my first gourmet-style tea. You have to give a lot of credit to Bigelow for bringing specialty tea to supermarkets. Like you mentioned, at many a conference I’ve sipped this and been taken down memory lane to tea times with my grandmother. Here’s a link about the history of Constant Comment:


Thank you! i love little notes about how a tea came about, i would not even have thought to check wiki for that tea :)

I still love ‘gormet’ supermarket teas, sometimes you just need a quick bag of tea, everything has a place i think

and i find smell is a very strong memory trigger


There is actually a video with Mr. Bigelow talking about his mother. I actually was looking for it when I found the wiki page. Be warned – it is not a flashy video. If tea makes me think of my grandmother, the video reminds me of my grandfather’s story telling that could vividly take me into the good ole days.

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I drank Red Rose tea at my Grandmother’s when I was growing up and didn’t discover Constant Comment until I was an adult. I know there are hoards of CC fan club members out there who’ve said everything there is to say about this tea, so I will just make note that this tea is nice and I enjoy a cup of it every once in awhile. :)

-Standard teabag.
-Teabag smells spicy with a hint of orange. Tea liquor aroma is of sweet cloves and oranges.
-Tea liquor is a cloudy medium brown color.
-Strong malty orange flavor with a spicy finish. Sweet and numbing clove aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. A flavorful and comforting cup.

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Interesting! I had no idea that so many grew up with this tea. I will need to try it.


For some reason, I always thought constant comment was just a chammomile tea. Apparently I was wrong. Will have to try this sometime.

Josie Jade

I hope both of you like it! :)

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119 tasting notes

I know that I shouldn’t like this tea, but I actually do…

It’s affordable, and I like the taste of it. It can be a little overpowering sometimes, but overall I think it’s a nice tea that’s easily available at my local quick mart, and our school cafeteria.

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I tried it because so many people on here said it was their introduction to tea. I like it, too!


I haven’t had it in a long time but I remember liking it too…


This is in the break room at work in a basket next to the coffee machine. Probably not the most ideal place to try it! lol Perhaps someday I will buy a box and see what the hoopla is about. Your review reminded me to add it to my list. :)

Bigelow Tea

Ian, so happy you had the chance to give this flavor a try, and enjoyed it!
Kathy for Bigelow Tea

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237 tasting notes

Staying at a cabin in Big Bear Lake, California, where this tea was on offer. My, it’s been a long time since I’ve had it! I remember it being so different from “normal” tea, almost like it was something I should save for special occasions. Jaded, jaded, jaded. Now it tastes flat but still carries with it the associations from the good old days. Suppose I should be honest and rate it how it tastes to me know rather than how I remember it tasting to me…

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I have a soft spot for this too. I have one that I love at my local tea shop (Orange Cookie) which is a much richer loose leaf homage to this one. I love it in the fall and winter!

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34 tasting notes

I love this tea!! I’m sipping some now. I’m studying vocabulary for my exam next Wednesday. I’m going to work on vocabulary tomorrow. Have a good night everybody. I wanted to welcome all my new followers. Thank you.


Such a comforting classic.

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44 tasting notes

This is, by far, the best smelling tea in my collection, both straight out of the package and while steeping!!! It reminds me of the pomanders we would make by pushing whole cloves into oranges for gifts when I was little! Simply put, it tastes like Christmas in a cup!


Gotta appreciate the classics.


This was one of my “gateway teas;” I remember my mom suggesting it in high school when I needed an eyes-open drink en route to various early morning activities.

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583 tasting notes

1 bag for 300 mL water @100C. Steeped two minutes. Drunk bare.

I drank this a lot when I was younger, but then I abandoned it for Stash’s Orange Spice. Stash reformulated, and I find their new Orange Spice way too sharp and strong. In the supermarket before work this morning, buying something for lunch, I saw the Bigelow teas were on sale, and I thought I’d pick up some CC.

I used to steep this to death, leaving the bag in the cup. I’d get a caffeine charge, but the tea could get bitter. I never, ever read the box, never saw the ‘steep 1 to 2 minutes’ recommendation.

Guess what? Steeped for just 2 minutes, this is quite lovely.

It’s not a brilliant black tea base, but the whole effect is one of balance. It’s smooth; it tastes of real oranges and cinnamon and probably cloves; it still tastes of black tea.

It’s easy to turn up your nose at bagged tea like this, but sometimes there are treasures out there. Constant Comment’s been around for decades, so clearly Bigelow is onto something with this blend.

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Agreed! I have some of this in my cupboard, and I sent some to my future son-in-law in Ireland. It is a very good bagged tea and really can be a comfort tea.

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709 tasting notes

There are definitely ‘rinds of orange’ in here…you can smell them in the dry bag and taste them (albeit tempered by the spice) in the steeped brew. For a bagged tea, this is kind of nice. Nothing special about it, but drinkable and easy to pop in a cup at work if my Perfect Tea Mug is dirty. Fairly nondescript, though I do enjoy the orange. Reminds me of Christmas at home, as my mother heats our leftover clementine peels on the stove to make everything smell orangey. Almost reminiscent of a really orangey gingerbread. Man, I want gingerbread!

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I have a huge soft spot for Constant Comment. It was the first real tea I ever had (as opposed to herbal teas), way back when I was a kid and staying overnight at my grandmother’s.

I think I’ve outgrown it a bit, but I every now and then I brew a bag just out of nostalgia. It’s not my favorite tea anymore, but the flavor is good and it’s comforting and spicy and has just the right amount of orange.

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It is good iced as well. I have the same type pf memories with this one.

Bigelow Tea

We always love to hear that our Constant Comment can spark such fond memories!! We would like to share the following link on the history of Constant Comment and Bigelow Tea.
Kathy for Bigelow Tea

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