Constant Comment

Tea type
Black Tea
Black Tea, Orange Peel, Spices
Orange Zest, Orange, Spices, Cloves, Citrusy, Clove, Spicy, Cinnamon, Smooth, Citrus, 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

From Bigelow

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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123 tasting notes

Ah Constant Comment, like many people here I grew up with it as well. But sadly it is not a fond memory. I really can’t stand orange flavoring so I admit I’m very biased. It smells like old clove that’s been sitting with Christmas tree ornaments all summer and it doesn’t taste much better. It does taste very winter time and is the closest I’ve gotten to mulled tea but I think I’ll try one day to make my own then to return to this. Another trip down memory lane but I’ll skip it for now.

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16 tasting notes

reminds me of my Granma, she used to make this quite often, I have it loose in the oval cardboard canister

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I am not really sure, why I am drinking this tea, but it was something different, which I have not had in a long time.

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176 tasting notes

I was super tired yesterday and this was my work tea. THERE IS JUST SOMETHING SO COZY about constant comment. Makes ya feel good inside.

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57 tasting notes

The first thing I think of when I pull this tea bag out of the wrapper is pomanders, which is certainly not a bad thing. Because it is a black tea with the many spices, which remind me both of Chai and Earl Grey teas, I felt the need to add milk as well as the usual sugar sweetener. This tea is rather good. Of course, I managed to get my hands on some because we’ve had a few bags wrapped up in a Ziploc (with a few other kinds of tea) in the cupboard for a few years now. I’ll be anxious to see the difference between these older tea bags and a fresh box, as I do plan on purchasing some when my supply of free, aged Constant Comment tea bags runs out. (And because it’s free, I don’t care how “aged” it might be. It’s still good.)

Up date (1/17/2011): So I picked up a fresh box aver the weekend, as I had finished off our “aged” bags of Constant Comment. Wow! The citrus flavor was even more apparent, and that wonderful clove aroma was even stronger! Fantastic!

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So glad you enjoyed that Constant Comment!

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9 tasting notes

Another vote for the nostalgia rating. I still like it and it is my go to tea when I have a cold because of the comfort factor and I can still taste it. I prefer the loose but due to the spices I don’t taste the paper when prepare with the bags

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9 tasting notes

A classic bagged black tea. Orange and spice make it inviting and fragrant. I’ve been drinking Constant Comment since I could boil water on my own.

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We love finding new Constant Comment tea drinkers, thanks for sharing!

Valorie for Bigelow Tea

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Thanks for the note, Valorie! The fragrance that wafts out of the Constant Comment box is enough to make me very happy. I’m looking forward to trying the loose tea version as soon as I can find some!

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38 tasting notes

Probably my favorite bagged tea; like many others have said, I grew up on it. I’ll have to try the loose leaf version one of these days. Brewed 16oz with two tea bags and added a bit extra honey. The result was fabulous. The perfect comfort tea and a great way to start my day.

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58 tasting notes

Another comforting tea, this time from my childhood. One of the teas my mom always had around, and one of my first exposures to tea. This is a guilty pleasure, purely because of sense-memory. I know there are plenty of other, better blackteawithorangespice combinations out there, but…it’s kind of like Alpha-Bits. Older and presumably wiser, I know that I don’t want to know what’s in those marshmallow chunks…but they still taste good as they chalkily deliquesce in my mouth, you know? ;)

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My mom always kept this around, too! It’s been a lonnnng time since I’ve had it, though.


I think I gave in and bought a box…mmm, maybe 5 months ago? Finished it fairly quickly, especially with how much tea I tend to drink in a day. I keep looking for nice black/orange spice blends. And I find them, but they’re not the same. XD It’s kinda trashy, I know, but comforting at the same time.

I’d never drink it every day, though. Only when in the mood for nostalgia.

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55 tasting notes

It’s been a very long time since I had a Bigelow tea. They have a really bad rep with some people (almost as bad as Lipton) so when I found my one lonely little Constant Comment tea bag in my tea cupboard that I stole from my last job’s break room, I was a little hesitant at first. I really don’t know what all the hate is about. It reminded me of my Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai and I regret not waiting until the cold weather came before I had this. It’s a perfect autumn/winter, cold-weather, tea. Not as good as my Twinings one, but I would definitely drink this one again.

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