Sunday, March 1, 2009

Bigelow’s Constant Comment Review

Type: Black (decaffeinated)
Origin: Not Stated
Price: Sample (regular price - $17.75 for 20 pouches)
Vendor: Bigelow
Brewing Method: 1 bag, 1 cup of filtered water, heated to 200°F-205°F, steeped for 3 - 5 minutes
Overall Score: 4.8 out of 5

Constant Comment is a blend of decaffeinated black tea, rind of oranges, and spices. The first thing I smell is the orange followed closely by the spices. Even through the thick white teabag I can see big orange peel pieces lying against the dark bits of black tea leaves.

The aroma of the spices really comes out while the tea is steeping. The orange aroma settles more in the background and ties the overall aroma of the tea together. The liquor is a dark brown color.

The taste is amazing! It is a brisk, but smooth, blend. The spice and orange flavors are right up front. I am not sure what is in the spice blend but I’m guessing that cinnamon is in there somewhere. I say that because in the aftertaste has a bite to it – some heat is left on the tongue. A slightly smoky black tea taste is also left to linger in the mouth.

I would say the tea is moderately sweet, but not candy-sweet, more like fruity-sweet. It is not bitter or astringent. If you like milk in your tea, I bet this tea would go really well with milk because it would smooth out the spices a little more.

I have never been a huge fan of Earl Grey, but I still like the idea of citrus in black tea. I guess it is just the particular taste of the bergamot oil that has turned me off from Earl Grey. Anyways, this blend of citrus and black tea is, well… freaking awesome!

Lately, I have been doing reviews for vendors who have sent me free tea (come on, who doesn’t love free tea?). However, I received this tea for free, but it wasn’t from Bigelow – it was from my grandmother. Apparently, my great-grandmother used to drink this particular tea all the time. My grandmother told me this as she handed me a couple of the teabags.

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1 comment:

Steph said...

Thank you for the book suggestions! Have you seen the cake made from Constant Comment? If you google it, I'm sure you'll find the recipe. It was featured in the Uniquely Tea blog, as well.