English Teatime

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  • “We arrived at Duke Medical this morning for the removal of the skin cancer about a quarter of an inch from my eye. The paperwork had said to eat a good breakfast as most people can expect to stay...” Read full tasting note
  • “My tea strainer is gone from the office, whether it was stolen or misplaced I have no idea. :( Anyway I decided I would have a teabag of this today, it has caffeine it it and that’s good but...” Read full tasting note
  • “Yum! This may be a plain black tea but I really like it. It is a nice tea to have while focusing on other things because you don’t feel guilty about not noticing all the special extras about the...” Read full tasting note
  • “OK, it was dark and my retinas were scorched by looking at (literally) four million Christmas lights—we had our traditional family day at Silver Dollar City yesterday—but I could have sworn the bag...” Read full tasting note

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Typically English, rich in flavor, and appropriate for any tea drinking occasion.

For this special recipe we use only hand-picked tea leaves from higher up in the mountains where the best teas are grown. These mountain grown teas give you a full bodied, yet smooth cup, making English Teatime the perfect pick-me-up tea any time of day.

Taste Profile: Bold bright brew
Aroma: Sweet malty aroma
Liquor: Rich amber with coppery tones
Recommended Temperature: 208 degrees F

-Nov. 2015

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576 tasting notes

I swear this used to be called English Breakfast. Now it’s English Teatime and there’s a pink box for English Breakfast…

Anyway, the chai didn’t wake me up enough so I went hard core. This has a very pleasant tea taste, robust and hearty. And caffeine-y.

I need to find my “fast lane” tea – that’ll get the job done.


Do you like puerh latte? Good A.M. kickstart!

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Ahhh tea…..gotta love tea. This tea probably ended up being one of the tastiest teas I’ve had – not because it’s the best tea ever, but any post-disastrous day tea is bound to be tasty. Lost my tea stash in our house fire Wednesday (along with pretty much everything else – but let’s be honest, the tea stash is the biggest bummer ;) ) The hotel we stayed at had a pretty typical stock of Bigelow tea (yaaay). I had some of Verdant Tea’s Diyi Cornfield puerh in my purse and some more tea at work so I am pretty happy about that, but at this point tea is just one of those things that makes everything seem like normal again for a little while and I am enjoying every cup.

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I am sorry to read about your house fire. I hope you are working your way back to some normalcy, and so more time for tea!


Thanks, things are a lot better now. Finally started rebuilding my tea collection, which promises to be better than before (kind of like a lot of things right now :) )


Loss is loss, whether it’s the roof over your head or the tea in your tin. My heart is going out to you, as well as my prayers that you’re getting the help you need to be at home again soon.

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553 tasting notes

Whoops, I closed the tab without meaning to. Too busy admiring new Steepster.

Anyway, I found one last bag of this in my Mom’s stash and purrloined it. Hot with milk. I still think it is a little peppery (in a good way) and goes really well with poached eggs and toast.

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433 tasting notes

Wanted a second cup today (I think I was trying to be hopeful that it might rain and cool down since the sky is all grey), so this was the pick. Mediocre and boring, but it does the trick for caffeine content.

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635 tasting notes

I found this slightly battered tea bag at the bottom of my tea stash. I’m not really sure where it came from or how long I’ve had it. But it’s tea, so why not brew it?

As I poured the hot water over the bag, the tea bag filled up with an inordinant amount of air. Despite my best efforts, I could not completely submerge the bag. Weird.

The brewed tea doesn’t have much of an aroma. Perhaps it’s because it’s so old. The liquor is a deep, dark, opaque brown. I accidently added some sweetener before I tried it out of habit. So, I can’t comment on what this tastes like sans additions.

But I was actually pleasantly surprised by this tea! It’s very smooth and still quite flavorful. There’s not even a hint of bitterness or astringency. I think I added a tiny bit too much sweetener because it’s a bit tart. And I can’t imagine that’s from the tea leaves themselves.

I also almost always add milk to black tea. I usually find it either tannic or bitter. But this is great even without milk! That’s pretty impressive to me.

This is really quite good. My Twining’s English Breakfast may have a contender. Now I have to go pick up a box of this!

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Bigelow was my introduction to tea beyond Lipton. Back in the day, I lived on Constant Comment and Earl Grey. This started my Earl Grey addiction. Even liked Lemon Lift and Cinnamon Stick. When I was given a bag of English Teatime it took me back a few decades (even though I have never heard of this particular tea). So I put on appropriate music – BTO’s Sledgehammer and started brewing. First off this appears to be a 2g bag. Most Bigelow is a wimpy 1.6g anymore. Second I did not read the instructions – I steeped for 5 minutes. Should have steeped less. The pucker factor was pretty high. This was followed by a moment of blandness but surprisingly the aftertaste was very pleasant. I don’t drink a lot of unflavored blacks because of the aftertaste. I found this tea enjoyable. I would definitely add sweetener and maybe a bit of milk.

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This is not as strong as Teavana English Breakfast and I like this better! It is the perfect blend of bitter and smooth with more on the smooth end. Nice smell in the mug and took a splash of milk perfectly. You can’t beat the price for this tea.

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I agree the price is right for Bigelow for sure!


I have spent alot of money searching for this taste. I don’t need something spectacular in the mornings, just a black tea that takes well to milk.

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Dad bought me this tea because he didn’t like the idea of me drinking plain hot water while I was sick this week. Gotta love that man, even though I wasn’t drinking tea because I didn’t want to waste my little stash all up when I couldn’t enjoy the taste of any of it.

This stuff is pretty good, I had it with honey. It has a better taste than Twinnings, which I was surprised by. I got the water up to boiling and only set the bag in for about 45 seconds and it was surprisingly strong and flavorful.

I ended up dumping half of it out in favor of more hot water, after all, I was sick.

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37 tasting notes

Okay, so knowing that I SOMEHOW screwed the first cup of this tea up the first time I made it, I tried, again, and made sure to make it as carefully as I could.

This tea was included in a sampler I picked up at Sam’s Club a week or so ago. After trying The London Cuppa, I was originally in the mood to try more of the same, and so I yanked one of the bad boys from the sampler out.

Now, here’s where things screwed up, horribly. Without thinking anything of it, my ditzy self left the damn tea bag in the drink. I left the tea bag in the tea, and I somehow managed to make the most bitter, godawful tea that I have ever made. And I am sorry for the rating I made for my original tasting of this tea, which showed my own mistake in the rating itself. I know I did this, because tasting it now, I cannot taste ANY of that “bitterness” that I tasted before. So, to Bigelow Tea, I am genuinely, from the bottom of my stupid, naive heart, sorry, and I really like this tea. As in I really like it as a step up from the usual straight-up black tea that I have tasted before.

This is an incredibly strong, in my opinion, black tea that does not stand for you draining all of its flavor into a cup of hot water. Do not make the mistake I did, friends, or else this one will bite you in your mouth like the innocent fool that you are. TAKE THE BAG OUT AS SOON AS IT HITS TWO MINUTES!

This tea reminds me of happier times; of my biological father’s iced tea, which, to me, was that rare treat that rarely lived past a full day in the fridge. What I think lead to my warped previous review of this particular tea is really its strongest – sorry for the pun – point: its strength.

A really very rich black tea, this one is great hot or cold, sweetened or not. I made my close-minded fiance take a drink of this, and he said that this did, indeed, also reminded him of his childhood homemade sweet tea – sun tea.

As I said before, I do believe that my earlier, um, scathing review was due to a misunderstanding on my part. Thank you, Bigelow Tea, for apologizing for my own stupid mistake, and agreeing to let me try you guys in another tea, but it’s really not necessary – everything that I’ve tasted by you guys is delicious, and I really just appreciate the nudge you gave me to try it again – properly steeped this time around!

I think your guys’ great prices, great all around quality, and compassion regarding my own stupidity have made me a lifelong fan of your brand – I really think I’ll especially enjoy this tea, made into a really delicious iced tea that even my choosy fiance will drink.

Sorry I even had to re-write this review, but trust me, I’ll definitely be buying a few more boxes of this tea down the road.

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Kayla, so sorry to read of your unpleasant experience with our English Teatime, if ever you’d like to try a sample of one of our flavors to try, prior to purchasing of coarse, please let us know and we can send along a sample for you to try. You may call us directly at 1-888-244-3569 to request the flavor of your choice.
Thanks for you comments,
Kathy for Bigelow Tea

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5 tasting notes

after adding sugar and a splash of milk, my mom and I both enjoyed this tea.


it was good

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