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Spiced Apple Cider Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 16th, 2023

While I had some of this tea at work, steeping in an open steel Thermos, my co-worker smelled it across a fairly large room, and asked me if I were drinking spiced apple cider. My response: "Yeah: a herbal tea by that exact name." I guess that tells you how closely this mimics real cider; if not, I'll vouch for it ...

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Cinnamon Stick® Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 27th, 2023

Somehow, this Bigelow offering escaped me for many years, but it finally emerged from hiding and surrendered to my tea-greedy clutches at a Denver-area hotel—and only then, because striking a huge deer at full speed east of town totaled my vehicle. After that ordeal, and stuck at the hotel amid 30 hours of cold rain...

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Toasted Coconut Almond Bark Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 18th, 2023

For a few years, Tazo and Bigelow, in particular, have gone on a bender of producing explicitly dessert-flavored blends, which doesn't bother me, even as it might annoy some tea purists. Hey, who doesn't like some yummy sweet treats after a good dinner? However, Bigelow may have overplayed its hand here and missed th...

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Plantation Mint® Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Black Tea with Mint – Region: ?????

61 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 22nd, 2021

RateTea has been good for my life, by motivating me to variegate my tea sampling, and opening up new flavor and olfactory worlds. How's that for advertorial testimony? :-) That, however, has included getting me to sample nasty to mediocre teas, as well as some very good ones I otherwise wouldn't have had. This clas...

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Premium Tea Decaffeinated from Bigelow Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

46 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 13th, 2021

This tea came from a motel. That isn't surprising, considering that the Bigelow website for the product offers 48-bag boxes and cases thereof, as if targeting the food-service market. I've gotten the regular version of this (which is mediocre too) in motels as well as on airplanes.

For a decaf tea, Premium Decaf w...

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Green Tea with Lemon from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea with Lemon – Region: ?????

58 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 7th, 2021

Back to traveling with motel stays again this year, and back to finding their teas I haven't rated yet! As always, I'll bring an extra bag home to try in my well water for consistency in rating, so that bad local water doesn't affect a tea's rating unduly.

The concept behind "Green Tea with Lemon" left me with a s...

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Earl Grey Decaffeinated Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

51 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 7th, 2020

Having not been either impressed nor repulsed by Bigelow's regular Earl Grey, and having not gotten any new teas to review for some months, and having to work down a stockpile of reviewed teas, I finally raided my wife's cache of the decaf version to try it for a report here. I've missed RateTea more than I've missed ...

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Constant Comment Decaffeinated from Bigelow Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

76 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 11th, 2019

Caveat: Constant Comment is one of my very favorite teas, so even a noticeable dropoff from that still garners a favorable rating from me.

The Good: As bagged decaf teas go, this is one of the most tolerable, and dare I say pleasant. Most of the wonderfully clove/orange/cinnamon aroma and flavor of original Const...

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English Teatime Decaffeinated from Bigelow Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

41 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 7th, 2019

Caffeine generally doesn't bother me, even before sleepytime (lower-case, not to be confused with the Celestial Seasonings brand of herbal tea). As such, I am still rather inexperienced with decaf teas, outside of 1) a couple of lame food-service brands and 2) a strongly flavored variety that I have loved dearly for a...

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Raspberry Royale® Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: ?????

81 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 3rd, 2019

This was among the better bagged, fruit-flavored black teas I've had. Raspberry teas are uncommon in my experience, so I figured to try some that I saw on a hotel tray in Gillette, Wyoming. Their water ain't the greatest, so I drank one there and also took a bag home. Upon ripping open the foil-lined pouch (s.o.p. f...

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Lemon Ginger Herbal Plus Probiotics from Bigelow Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

68 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 23rd, 2019

Caveat: While tolerant of them in some combinations and contexts, I'm not a big fan of either lemon or ginger. Please take this rating in the context of assessing the nominal mix of two flavors that, while not repulsive to me, aren't particular favorites either.

When I do have ginger, I look for it to give a good...

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Cranberry Apple Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 27th, 2019

Most Bigelow teas I've tried, I've never bought, thanks to hotels, restaurants and conferences. This one was no exception. I don't care for cranberry as a flavor, so you wouldn't catch me plunking down even a couple bucks at the Wal-Mart clearance bin for any herbal tea named after cranberries. Fortunately there is ...

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I Love Lemon® & C Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

71 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 12th, 2019

I don't love lemon. Regardless, if you do, this seems to be as reasonable of a presentation of the natural flavor as you'll find in a hot beverage, short of cooking lemonade. Perusing the ingredients, this should be expected with three different plant sources of the lemon ester: lemongrass, lemon verbena and lemon (...

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Darjeeling Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

71 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 18th, 2019

We first found this in an estate-sale pantry. Then my wife bought another box, because she enjoyed it as a morning and midday tea, when she didn't want something quite as potent as her favorite Assam or Irish breakfast blends. Loath to pilfer her teas and disharmonize domestic tranquility, I've just had a couple bags...

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French Vanilla Decaffeinated Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Vanilla Black Tea – Region: ?????

61 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 19th, 2019

I don't see a point in proactively obtaining this tea, especially for money. Here's another offering I got at no cost (the best way), thanks to its being available in a tea box at a meeting, at a Holiday Inn Express. I'll rate "value" based on the prices I usually see for Bigelow teas in-store.

The best part of ...

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Organic Pure Green Tea (Premium Green Tea Organic) from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

61 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 1st, 2019

This tea somewhat flummoxed me from before I poured the first drop down my esophagus, to the last aftertaste. For starters, what is it? There's no "Premium Green Tea" available on Bigelow's main website, just something called "Green Tea (Certified Organic)". Then on RateTea, there already was an "Organic Pure Green ...

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Mint Medley® Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Mint Tea – Region: ?????

59 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 24th, 2019

I've been more impressed with most other mint teas I've chugged so far, including a couple of store brands. Still, Mint Medley is mediocre, not bad. Like most live-performance musical medleys, the sum is worse in quality than the individual parts.

The dry-bag and in-cup aromas were hardly there, while the wet bag...

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Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

58 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 5th, 2018

In many ways, the behavior of this concoction from bag to cup to esophagus reminded me uncannily of the berry-flavored members of Celestial Seasonings' "Zinger" line:
* Fruity, hibiscus-heavy dry-bag and in-cup aromas,
* Initial cherry-red color turning a deep, opaque purple-gray with time,
* Strongly fruity,...

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Lemon Lift Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Lemon Black Tea – Region: ?????

62 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 30th, 2018

About 15 years ago, out by L.A., I saw a dude outside a smoothie shop dressed in yellow hat, yellow shoes and yellow tights, wearing a lemon costume. Had he asked me for a lift, I could have handed him a bag of this tea and satisfied the request.

Otherwise, the tea is not too useful. It reminded me a lot of flavor...

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English Teatime from Bigelow Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

61 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 24th, 2018

Trying this tea 24 hours after "English Breakfast" and under nearly identical circumstances, I had a hard time telling the difference between the two. This one left less of an aftertaste (strength, and for sure duration) but was a little more bitter. Since the aftertaste of the other tea wasn't bad, the "more bitter"...

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English Breakfast Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: ?????

66 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 23rd, 2018

Pulled from a hotel breakfast stash (lower-case, not the tea brand), I brought a bag home to chug in my usual well water. Dry-bag and in-cup aroma were feeble, as has been my experience with most Bigelow teas (except Constant Comment, a major favorite). The brew got dark fairly quickly, tasting pleasant enough, rather...

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Green Tea with Pomegranate from Bigelow Tea

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: ?????

62 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 1st, 2018

Mistakenly and distracted by engaging conversation, I grabbed a couple of bags at a conference, thinking this was straight green Bigelow tea as typically served, without looking carefully at the little red strip declaring, "with pomegranate". I still didn't notice upon ripping open the wrapper, dropping bag into cup a...

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Green Tea - Classic from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 3rd, 2017

Several bags of this tea have been sitting around my pantry for up to a year after bringing them home from a professional conference, occasionally consumed either alone or teamed with a bag of peppermint. Finally I'm thinking to rate it!

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Green Tea with Peach from Bigelow Tea

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 25th, 2017

Bigelow's peach-flavored green tea pleasantly surprised me. I had rated their "Perfect Peach" herbal blend slightly lower, primarily because of the artificial flavoring that partly tastes that way.

The quality of the green tea seems good, and brews up a rich, deep amber in-cup. Some finely powdered sediment even fe...

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Perfect Peach® Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 14th, 2017

I tried a peach tea that has some artificial flavoring. Here's what happened.

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For several years, my wife has used this, in combination with at least two other brands of peach tea and some black tea, to make a thoroughly delicious peachy iced tea...

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