Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Bigelow, Ceylon

Bigelow Description:
Premium blend tea is 100 percent Ceylon Black Tea. Made with the highest quality Orange Pekoe and Pekoe Cut Black Tea. Comes in individually paper wrapped tea bags.

My Review:
This is a bagged tea. You can probably find it on your local grocers shelf. That makes it the kind of tea that originally sparked my love for tea.  Everyday tea! Some one should really start a blog about it. That’s a joke. Don’t let ‘em slide by you like that son (said in my best Foghorn Leghorn).

As easy as this tea from Bigelow is to find, I don't recall having ever tried it before. How did that happen?

Ok, so I opened the paper envelope – I haven’t seen a paper envelope in ever – and gave it a good sniff. It actually has a strong pleasant scent.  I heated the water to boiling and then let it cool down for several seconds. The steep was about 2 minutes. The brew turned very dark very quickly. Such is the nature of finely cut tea bag fannings. The bag really plumped up once brewed.

The aroma of the cup is fairly brisk. Surprisingly the cup is much more muted than the scent would suggest. There is not really any bitterness. It is moderately drying. The bag kind of knocks the rough edges off the sip. The downside is it kind of knocks the edges off the aftertaste. I happen to like a nice lingering aftertaste.

This will take milk and sugar well.  If you are just starting out on your tea journey this is definitely not a bad bagged Ceylon. If you are an experienced tea drinker this will work for those tea emergencies. You know, like when your cup is empty.

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