Review of Bigelow Constant Comment Black Tea

One of the teas that I like enjoy during the autumn and winter months is chai. I find it a comforting tea that I associate with Christmas. On a trip to America I found it quite difficult to get a cup of tea. So I have to admit being a little surprised when I was offered Bigelow Constant Comment tea as an option. It was completely different to any of the other teas that I had been offered so of course just I had to give it a try. Now the good thing I noticed about being in America was that you tended to get given two packets of tea. This meant one to have after my dinner and one to take home.

Now onto the tea itself I liked the simplicity of the packaging, with the bold red colour with a black strip scheme to the top with constant comment to the centre. I checked the back of the packet where the ingredients were listed as black tea, rind of orange, sweet spice and natural flavour. The tea is also labelled as being gluten free and there is no may contain warning.

On opening the packet I have to admit to being a tad surprised. There was a fairly strong sweet spice aroma coming from the teabag with a faint undertone of citrus noted. On undertaking my famous close up sniff test the sweet spice aroma remained the same but the citrus element intensified. I placed the teabag in my cup and added the hot water. It didn’t take long for the tea to infuse with the water resulting in a light/medium brown colour. On infusing the tea the predominant aroma was the black tea but both the sweet spice and orange were fairly strong. The aroma remained the same on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea I have to confess to being surprised. It tasted like a nice every day black tea however the sweet spice and orange added a chai element to this tea. This impacted more on its flavour than I had anticipated and as a result made for a much nicer drinking experience. I gave the tea another try at home to ascertain if it tasted any different with freshly boiled water and in a nice teacup. It’s aroma and flavour were just the same as I remembered.

So would I recommend this tea? Yes I would it is nice to have an everyday black tea with a chai twist. The overall combinations of aromas and flavours complimented each other nicely. I liked everything about this tea which I have to admit being pleasantly surprised. So thank you Bigelow for producing a nice black tea.

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Review of Bigelow Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea

One of the teas or herbal infusions that I like enjoy on a regular basis is chamomile. It is often a tea that I tend to drink later on in the day. On a trip to America I found it quite difficult to get a cup of tea. So I have to admit being a little surprised when I was offered Bigelow Sweet Dreams herbal tea as option so of course just I had to give it a try. Now the good thing I noticed about being in America was that you tended to get given two packets of tea. This meant one to have after my dinner and one to take home.

Now onto the tea itself I liked the simplicity of the packaging, with the grey colour with a dark blue strip scheme to the top with sweet dreams to the centre. I checked the back of the packet where the ingredients were chamomile, hibiscus, peppermint leaves, rose blossoms, spearmint leaves, spice, and orange blossoms. The tea is also labelled as being gluten free and there is no may contain warning.

On opening the packet I have to admit to being a tad surprised. There was a fairly strong mint aroma coming from the teabag with faint undertones of grassiness that I associate with chamomile. On undertaking my famous close up sniff test these aromas intensified with a hint of hibiscus noted. I placed the teabag in my cup and added the hot water. It didn’t take long for the tea to infuse with the water resulting in a red/brown colour. On infusing the tea the aroma changed the predominant aroma was hibiscus with a nice mint aroma intermingled with subtle grassy aroma and a faint hint of spice. I was not really able to distinguish the citrus element to this tea. The aroma intensified slightly on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it had a light mellow taste from the hibiscus subtle grassy undertones from the mint and chamomile noted. The spice and orange added a very slight chai element to this tea. Despite all of the elements to this tea it was light, refreshing and provided a slightly comforting and soothing sensation in my stomach. I gave the tea another try at home to ascertain if it tasted any different with freshly boiled water and in a nice teacup. It’s aroma and flavour were just the same as I remembered.

So would I recommend this sweet dreams tea? Yes I would it is nice to have a chamomile tea with a twist. The overall combinations of aromas and flavours complimented each other nicely. I liked everything about this tea which I have to admit being pleasantly surprised at. So thank you Bigelow for producing a nice herbal tea.

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Review of Bigelow Cozy Chamomile Herbal Tea

One of the teas or herbal infusions that I like enjoy on a regular basis is chamomile. It is often a tea that I tend to drink later on in the day. On a recent trip to America I found it quite difficult to get a cup of tea. So I have to admit being a little surprised when I was offered Bigelow Cozy Chamomile tea as option to enjoy after a meal in a restaurant in San Francisco. I of course just had to give it a try. Now the good thing I noticed about being in America was that you tended to get given two packets of tea. This meant one to have after my dinner and one to take home.
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Now onto the tea itself I liked the simplicity of the packaging, with the bright yellow colour scheme to the top. I checked the back of the packet where the ingredients were listed as chamomile flowers. The tea is also labelled as being gluten free and there is no may contain warning.
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On opening the packet I have to admit to being a tad surprised. There was a fairly strong grassy aroma coming from the teabag. On undertaking my famous close up sniff test this didn’t change. I placed the teabag in my cup and added the hot water. It didn’t take long for the tea to infuse with the water resulting in a pale yellow colour. On infusing the tea produced a nice subtle grassy aroma that I associate with camomile tea. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it had a light mellow taste with a subtle grassy undertone noted. It was light, refreshing and provided a slightly comforting and soothing sensation in my stomach. I gave the tea another try at home to ascertain if it tasted any different with freshly boiled water and in a nice teacup. It’s aroma and flavour were just the same as I remembered for a split second I was back on my holidays.
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So would I recommend this camomile tea? Yes I would it is one of the nicer everyday chamomile teas that I have tried. I liked everything about this tea which I have to admit being pleasantly surprised at. So thank you Bigelow for producing a nice chamomile tea.

Review of Mighty leaf organic earl grey tea

Our first part of our journey on the California Zepher started in Chicago. We got complimentary use of the lounge whilst we waited to board the train. My friends went exploring to find out what food and wine they could sample I went straight to the hot drinks section. To my amazement there was a little selection of teas and it wasn’t Lipton. It consisted of earl grey and decaffeinated breakfast teas from a company called Mighty leaf. As you can as you imagine I was a little excited. So I got a cup added the hot water and grabbed a teabag, or silken package as I later found out.
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I Googled the Mighty leaf website to check the ingredients and it consists of organic black tea leaves and organic bergamot oil. No allergens are highlighted in the ingredients list and there is a no may contain warning. It is also listed as being gluten free and suitable for vegans.
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On opening the package there was a delightful aroma of bergamot intermingled with a slightly strong black tea. I was unable to work out what tea this was. Not only was this a posh teabag it smelt wonderful. This was looking promising. It had a recommended brewing time of 4 minutes, so I let the tea infuse with the hot water for this time. What I noticed was the lack of aroma it had simply disappeared, even on my close up sniff test it just about smelt like a weak everyday black tea. On sipping the tea it tasted like a reasonable quality black tea, what had happened to the bergamot ? I was a little disappointed to say the least. On a positive note I preferred it to the Lipton tea that had been on board the train on our trip from New York. So I had another cup as I knew that I was about to embark on a long journey with limited access to tea. I also grabbed an extra one to have on the train after my dinner. I put this somewhere so safe that I couldn’t find it. I found it once I had unpacked at home. So I gave it another try to ascertain if it tasted any different with freshly boiled water and in a nice tea cup. Sadly, its the aroma and flavour were just the same as I remembered.
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So would I recommend this earl grey tea ? I’m afraid not. The initial exciting aroma just seemed to disappear and I was unable to taste the bergamot. Sorry Mighty leaf this tea just wasn’t for me.

Review of Teapigs apple & cinnamon tea

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My mission to reduce my caffeine intake continues to prove successful. I am still discovering lots of caffeine free teas, fruit and or herbal infusions. So I was a little excited when I was lucky enough to receive a free sample of the Teapigs apple & cinnamon tea. I couldn’t wait to dive in and give them a try as it seemed like the perfect autumnal tea.
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As it was a sample there were no ingredients listed on the packaging. So I went straight onto the Teapigs website to check that they were safe for me to try. The tea primarily contains apple (38%), cinnamon (25%) alongside apple pomace (20%), roasted chicory root, citric acid, sweet blackberry leaves, and natural flavourings. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list. It is highlighted that they are made in a factory that handles nuts. They are labelled as being both dairy and gluten free and suitable for vegans.
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On opening the packaging I was greeted by the sweet aroma of both apple and cinnamon. The intensity of this didn’t intensify on the close up sniff test. It reminded me of a nice apple crumble. I was really looking forward to giving this tea a try. I just hoped that the lovely aroma remained the same or intensified on infusing with the hot water. I have tried and reviewed several teas when the aroma and flavour seem to diminish once the tea is added to the hot water. Fingers crossed this wouldn’t be the case.
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I placed the tea in my cup and let it infuse with the hot water for 5 minutes as instructed. The water soon changed to a light orange / brown colour. The aroma from the tea seemed to weaken as it infused with the water. It was only on my close sniff up test that I could smell a hint of apple and cinnamon. On sipping the tea the flavour was weaker than I had hoped. I could taste the subtle flavours of both the apples and cinnamon, but these were weaker than I had hoped. I was anticipating a refreshing yet comforting tea, but sadly this wasn’t the case. It was a light refreshing beverage that had a hint of apple and cinnamon. Completely different to the warm comforting autumnal tea that I had hoped for in both aroma and flavour.

So would I recommend this tea. If you want a light refreshing tea with just a hint of apple and cinnamon than this could be for you. If however, you want a tea that reminds you of an apple crumble then I think you may be a tad disappointed. I’m sorry Teapigs but this tea just wasn’t for me.

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product. All of the opinions in this review are honest and my own.