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drank Eggnogg'n by Bigelow
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I found a holiday tea! :O

I had given up after never finding any near me, and not seeing any when I went to visit my mom either. But yesterday we were walking in the store randomly, not even near the tea section, and bam! Bigelow holiday teas on the side of an endcap! Not even the brand I was looking for, but I was just excited to see any. They had several flavors, but this is the one that sounded yummiest to me, and I certainly wasn’t going to buy multiple boxes considering the state of my cupboard…

Anyway! This is tasty. It doesn’t really say eggnog to me though, because there’s no nutmeg, which is kind of the main flavor in eggnog… Mostly it tastes like some sort of creamy egg custard with a dash of cinnamon. It’s actually reminding me of something specific, but I can’t quite put my finger on it… It’s slightly artificial tasting, but nothing extreme. There’s something almost Biscoff-like about the spicing, which is pleasant.

I’m not in love with it, but I’m just happy to have finally found some form of holiday tea at the grocery store. I guess next year I might as well just order some online, ha ha… :P

Flavors: Artificial, Cinnamon, Cookie, Creamy, Custard, Sweet, Vanilla, Wax

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
ashmanra

How is it eggnog without nutmeg? I’m all about the nutmeg.

Cameron B.

I could be crazy, but to me it’s missing the nutmeg part ha ha.

Evol Ving Ness

If no nutmeg, this is just begging for a good glug of eggnog for balance.

gmathis

Milk does help this one. I used to be absolutely in love with it and snagged multiple boxes at a time when I could find it. I’m maybe a little less enamored these days, but I do appreciate the reminder to hunt out my remaining bags and get ’em sipped down!

Sakura Sushi

In total agreement with the review and the comments. Custardy, yes. Artificial, but in a good way, if that makes any sense. I, too, am all about the nutmeg, so, why not just add a little nutmeg of your own to it? Just sayin’. I was enraptured with this one a few years ago and can’t seem to find it easily this year. There are still two bags of this hanging out in the cupboard at my mom’s house for when I visit. That being said, if I don’t end up seeing any more to buy, that’s OK – it was a guilty pleasure and I’ve got more than enough of those. Besides, I’m pretty much doing Lupicia’s White Christmas these days. And yes, definitely milk with this.

gmathis

Sometimes I forget how easy it is to doctor up a tea. There is nutmeg under my roof. I can do something about it!

Evol Ving Ness

:)

Gmathis, I suspect we are all like this to some degree.

CrowKettle

I’m a fan of adding extra spices to lacklustre chai or as “toppings” on lattes :)

Cameron B.

I guess I’m more likely to put a tea into my rehoming box than to doctor it up.

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ashmanra

How is it eggnog without nutmeg? I’m all about the nutmeg.

Cameron B.

I could be crazy, but to me it’s missing the nutmeg part ha ha.

Evol Ving Ness

If no nutmeg, this is just begging for a good glug of eggnog for balance.

gmathis

Milk does help this one. I used to be absolutely in love with it and snagged multiple boxes at a time when I could find it. I’m maybe a little less enamored these days, but I do appreciate the reminder to hunt out my remaining bags and get ’em sipped down!

Sakura Sushi

In total agreement with the review and the comments. Custardy, yes. Artificial, but in a good way, if that makes any sense. I, too, am all about the nutmeg, so, why not just add a little nutmeg of your own to it? Just sayin’. I was enraptured with this one a few years ago and can’t seem to find it easily this year. There are still two bags of this hanging out in the cupboard at my mom’s house for when I visit. That being said, if I don’t end up seeing any more to buy, that’s OK – it was a guilty pleasure and I’ve got more than enough of those. Besides, I’m pretty much doing Lupicia’s White Christmas these days. And yes, definitely milk with this.

gmathis

Sometimes I forget how easy it is to doctor up a tea. There is nutmeg under my roof. I can do something about it!

Evol Ving Ness

:)

Gmathis, I suspect we are all like this to some degree.

CrowKettle

I’m a fan of adding extra spices to lacklustre chai or as “toppings” on lattes :)

Cameron B.

I guess I’m more likely to put a tea into my rehoming box than to doctor it up.

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby-related things… ;)

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I’ll also often use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, oolong, and herbal varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, and honeybush. I love matcha and drink it often! Fruit tisanes are not a favorite, but I’m always willing to try them.

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. Osmanthus is also a favorite of mine. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a starring flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

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Kusmi
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50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
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