Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Bigelow, English Teatime Decaffeinated
Sipped throughout the day tea quenches, soothes, satisfies ... and delivers healthful antioxidants. Typically English, rich in flavor, and appropriate for any tea drinking occasion.
Today I am sampling the fifth of six in the variety pack I bought recently. I have had the regular version before and after learning to properly brew it, was pleasantly surprised. So I have hope for this meager bagged offering.
The bag comes in an individually sealed envelope. I find they help hold in the freshness for a very long time. Removing the bag, I smell tea. Bags, especially unflavored, often don't have much aroma - and this is decaf to boot. So it is a wonderful start!
I used a 6oz cup, I believe I could have gone bigger. I prepared this with boiling water. The steep time was three minutes. This resulted in a nicely dark and aromatic cup. The scent is decidedly malty.
My guess is this is a blend of Ceylon, Assam, and maybe something else, but that is just a guess. It only says black tea on the label. It tastes like tea. Not the blended for blandness type tea that too often comes in a bag. This is actually quite flavorful.
Its shortcoming is also its selling point. Being decaf (and bagged) it takes the depth out of the cup. That being said, this is a very nice evening decaf. I could drink this often.