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I don’t know that I’ve ever had a citrus/oolong blend, but the fruitiness of the oolong in this bagged Bigelow version is a really nice frame for the citrus. Grapefruit and lemon are both in the ingredient list, but it skews grapefruit to me. Even with inattentive office steeping, there’s no bitterness in the oolong.
This afternoon pick-me-up was sponsored by Michelle, with my thanks! (And on the look-for-it-locally list it goes!)
Drinking this one hot. Have been working through a harder-hitting bout of seasonal affect disorder than usual this month, and so low-maintenance bagged hot herbal teas are the order of the day.
Unsurprisingly, this tastes mostly of peach and ginger, with a warming, brothlike mouthfeel. Perfect for cold & flu season, as it’s slightly medicinal, loaded with all kinds of healthy herbs and spices.
Flavors: Fruity, Medicinal, Spicy
When I ordered this along with my groceries I was under the impression that it was an herbal spearmint tea. So I was surprised when it arrived and was labeled as a black tea.
I made a cup of this today with a bit of non-dairy milk added. I over-steeped it so I figured the milk would fix it. I actually quite like it this way. It’s nice and minty and the milk helps smooth the base tea/ hide it. I bet this one would be good iced during the summer.
This doesn’t get much love from other reviewers and I feel sorry for it. This was in my “random scavenged bags” caddy that I generally save for my Sunday kids on Tea and Cocoa Day, but I was craving lemon last night.
It’s bagged and its decaf, so you can’t expect much from the tea base, but I do like Bigelow’s dainty hand with the lemon—gentle; not so tart it stings your tongue and makes your eyebrows sweat.
Of course, a few minutes of peace after a crazy adrenaline day made it taste that much better.
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