Friday, July 5, 2013

Bigelow, Constant Comment Decaffeinated Tea

Bigelow Description:
Sipped throughout the day, tea quenches, soothes, satisfies... and delivers healthful antioxidants. From the wonderful aroma that fills the air the moment it starts steeping, you'll know that Bigelow Tea is like no other. To create "Constant Comment®" Decaffeinated, we blend tender, hand-picked tea leaves with the rind of oranges and sweet spices, then individually wrap our tea bags in flavor-protecting pouches to seal in its goodness.

My Review:
I continue through my variety box of decaffeinated Bigelow tea. Today it is Constant Comment. The regular version is the first tea I ever bought. At that time there were 3 or 4 varieties of Bigelow on the shelves in our local grocery stores. Everything else was Lipton or Nestea and that last one was an instant tea (yeah - Eeeww).

This is a bagged tea containing 1.67g per bag. Each bag is sealed in its own mylar envelope that maintains the freshness very well. I used just off boiling water and an 8 ounce cup. The scent is classic Constant Comment - orange, clove, and other spices.

In the past, I have tried to force this to produce a full 12 ounce mug with meh results. Using about 6 ounces of water in an 8 ounce cup produced a very fresh and aromatic cup. The orange and clove separate nicely from each other, and the other spices. This produces a far more interesting cup than is typical of grocery store flavored teas.

The black tea base can be tasted, however it is a bit thin due to the decaffeination process and the bag. Taking that into consideration, it is really not bad.

My opinion is this is a successful and worthy cup not only as a decaf but as a bagged tea. Nicely done.

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