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Another one I wouldn’t normally have picked for myself; it just fell into my husband’s shopping basket. I was a little wary—the strawberry/orange/lemon version of this line of Bigelow cold infusions is so licorice and and hibi heavy, I have to cut it with a bag of plain tea to make it drinkable.
However, there’s no licorice in this one, and the hibiscus/rosehips accentuate the lime rather than overwhelm it. Honeysuckle? Not so much. But this was a pleasant iced feet-up cooler after a busy Sunday.
Another August-won’t-let-go-heat wave ahead; I think that’s what prompted my husband to grab this funny little box of Bigelow cold brew. Tried my first pint jar this morning after an overnight steep in the fridge. Lots of licorice frames the orange and strawberry candy fruit flavor; lemon was hard to detect. I think I will prefer it diluted further than recommended to thin out the licorice. It’ll do for yard work, but probably not worth a repeat.
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Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange Zest, Sugar, Vanilla
The rose is prominent but not overpowering. It tastes light pink, that airy kind of rose. Mint is subtle, a little herbaceous (unless that’s the raspberry leaves), and comes out more several minutes into sipping as a cooling in the mouth and chest. Light tulsi taste mixes with the rose and peppermint.. Definitely has that thin herbal tea body. Lingering gentle, sweet and fruity elderberry-appley chamomile-licorice root finish. If I hadn’t read the ingredients, I wouldn’t have known there to be rosehips in the blend. I guess now I taste their tartness after the swallow. Pretty good. Still don’t think I’d buy a box but happy to sip. It’s too complicated and clunky for my herbal tea likes.
Flavors: Apple, Chamomile, Elderberry, Fruity, Herbaceous, Licorice, Peppermint, Rose, Tart, Tulsi
I have received this tea bag from postcrossing. Thanks goes to Houston this time.
Honestly, I had no idea what to expect as ingredients list isn’t very attractive.
But decided to brew it anyway, for recommended 4 minutes being afraid it will be terribly spicy and hot. It isn’t.
I got rather a milky, mild spicy, muddy drink with hints of vanilla and cream. While it wasn’t bad per se, it was somehow boring, plain… and overall not impressive. As for bagged stuff, it is below average; as for teas overall… nothing to try again.
Flavors: Creamy, Milk, Mud, Spicy, Vanilla
To say I’ve been drinking this tea for fifty years is no exaggeration. It the only tea that I now find brings bittersweet tears to my eyes, so strong is the association with childhood and mother (RIP). As a kid I called it “consta comet”, and as an adult I’ll call it a comforting if mediocre tea. The brilliance is not the actual black tea quality, but rather the spices blended with it that have transformed some generic black into a satisfying brew. Of course I recommend it, how could I not. Because of the heartstrings it pulls, it gets my rare 100 rating. Your mileage may vary. Now I have to go to work with puffy, moist eyes.