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Green Tea - Classic

This page is for the caffeinated version. See also Green Tea Decaffenated (Classic).

12 ratings
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Brand:Bigelow Tea
Style:Green Tea
Product page:Green Tea - Classic

This tea's info last updated: May. 30, 2014

Commercial Description

A favorite throughout the Far East this tea creates a fragrant, light, and mellow brew reputed to have many healthy properties.

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Reviewer pic65 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
(126 reviews) on

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!

Where I grew up, a troublesome percentage of fellow youth sniffed glue, paint and even crack. Instead I sniff tea bags. It's less harmful. This tea, in dry form, offered a sweet, mild, pleasantly vegetal odor, like celery. The poured tea and wet bag, by contrast, smelled a bit smoky. That's hard to explain. Yet the taste was like the dry aroma—mild, not strong enough for my preferences even after steeping many minutes, but smooth and pleasant, and somewhat like celery or (since I sweeten my tea) rhubarb. I've certainly found worse conference/office teas! For a mass-produced, bagged green tea, it ain't half bad.
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Reviewer pic45 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
(15 reviews) on

This is a tea I've been drinking after coming home from work. It's OK. Seems to have a very dark color, close to black tea. Not much flavor so I always put a spoonful of honey in this.
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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
(9 reviews) on

Simple and does the job if you're looking for regular green tea.
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Reviewer pic40 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
(19 reviews) on

As many others have said, it's not really a bad green tea. It's just so mediocre in every respect.
If I only had this tea and no other, I would certainly drink it is tea after all :)

I steeped it for 2 1/2 minutes.
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Reviewer pic50 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
(3 reviews) on

This tea is basic, not much of an aroma, plain flavor but a good value. Definitely don’t leave the teabag in too long or the taste is bitter.
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Reviewer pic30 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
(58 reviews) on

I feel a little bad rating this so low because it's not that bad a tea--but there are so many better options out there that I feel like I can't find any justification for rating it higher. This tea has little scent and barely any flavor, and it doesn't even have enough of a kick to justify drinking it purely for the caffeine.

Not that I'd choose Lipton either--I prefer ITO-EN or Yamamotoyama or Takaokaya or Twinings or even the mysterious tins of cheap loose leaf that I get from the grocery store, labeled only in Chinese, which never run out. Anything.

And to be fair this is definitely better than nothing, but Bigelow has much better offerings than this. They seem to do well with those sweet herbal teas that I think of as the "serve to people who hate tea" teas, and if you want to try something caffeinated their green tea with pomegranate blend is also quite sweet. And, hey, if you're a person who hates the taste of green tea and yet still maintain some sort of masochistic commitment to drinking it, this might be just the tea for you!
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Reviewer pic30 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
(108 reviews) on

no smell at all, no flavor, no anything...nothing to rate!! pretty much gets a zero score....but nothing negative...
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Reviewer pic53 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
(169 reviews) on

Meh. Typical green-tasting grassy green conveniently bagged, easily acquirable tea. Not a holy grail by any means - but I'll take this over a cuppa Lipton any day! And, yes, I had this in an old law firm I worked at years back. (Office tea!) And at cheap delis in Philly and NYC.
Oh - and now in 2014 we have this & Lemon lift on hand in the office.
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Reviewer pic43 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
(1343 reviews) on

It's funny, the other reviewers comment on how they've had this one in office buildings, and I also have memories of drinking it in an office too.

Recognizable as a Chinese tea (some brands, like Twinings, use Japanese tea or at least a Japanese style of tea for their basic green tea), but otherwise somewhat generic. Golden amber in color, not very vegetal or grassy, and rather flat tasting. Flavor is somewhat muted: I think I prefer green teas that are both sharper and more aromatic.

To my tastes, Bigelow offers some much better flavored teas and herbal blends. And in this price range, Ten Ren and Foojoy both offer Chinese green teas I strongly prefer to this one.

That said, I still find this tea drinkable, and there are a lot of green teas in tea bags that I find much worse--and completely unpalatable. So Bigelow does have something going with this one!
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Reviewer pic40 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
(15 reviews) on

This is the green tea in my office; perhaps that alone makes me dislike it more. Maybe I'm unsophisticated, but I take the aroma to be weak and bland, not delicate. It has a very light body, and fairly pale copper hue. The flavor is mild, and lacks both the grassiness and the roastiness that I associate with most decent standard bagged green teas. To Jenna's point, I have never found it bitter, even when I oversteep it (such as when I take a call and forget it is steeping). If I were buying, I'd pick Lipton (which is less expensive) ten times out of ten. But I get this for free at work, so...
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