Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Bigelow, English Teatime Decaffeinated

Bigelow Description:
Sipped throughout the day tea quenches, soothes, satisfies ... and delivers healthful antioxidants. Typically English, rich in flavor, and appropriate for any tea drinking occasion.

My Review:
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.

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