drank English Teatime by Bigelow
1244 tasting notes

I don’t know why this tea is in the stash; I have no memories of ever acquiring Bigelow; is it one of those items that every household secretly has if you look hard enough? A mystery, but a good one, as it turns out this is the tea bag that goes well with lemon and honey (and dark, caramel-like Kraken Rum). I liked the result so much I made two cups (one without rum and one with). The final result admittedly may taste a little like flat vanilla coke (so strange, not questioning it).

The tea itself smells pleasantly of broken black tea (from what I can tell) and tastes like one would expect – straightforward, astringent, and malty-sweet. This is the perfect base to add the lemon slice (which bubbles as it steeps), honey, and (optional) a little rum (but not too much because the cough meds don’t play well). I may revisit this even when I’m not sick (the hot toddy-like drink finally won me over).

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
Evol Ving Ness

So pleased that you gave this a whirl! Too bad about the cough medicines interfering with my father’s approach to scaring evil badness germs and their effects away.

For full effect, in future when meds are not in play, use black builder’s tea, a whole lemon, juice and pulp, two big spoons of pure organic honey, buckwheat if available, and two good glugs of dark rum. Drink hot-Ish and go to bed.

Funny, my father, who was an abstainer, would always deliver this rather potent drink to whomever was ailing. It always did the trick.

CrowKettle

I need another whole lemon lol.

gmathis

Buckwheat! Never heard of that.

CrowKettle

Yeah, the addition of buckwheat would be interesting (I like buckwheat but don’t have any on me right now)!

Evol Ving Ness

Buckwheat honey or wildflower honey. NOT buckwheat the grain.

CrowKettle

Oh.. that makes sense. Buckwheat honey is nice too (buckwheat “tea” powder would’ve added thickness to the concoction).

Evol Ving Ness

Haha, sounds like you are coming back to yourself. Yay! Clearly, the tea worked :)

gmathis

Sorry … four days on Sudafed has turned my brain into one giant cobweb. Buckwheat honey makes sense! Oy.

Evol Ving Ness

I hope YOUare coming back to yourself too.

CrowKettle

Yes, everyone take care! :)

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Evol Ving Ness

So pleased that you gave this a whirl! Too bad about the cough medicines interfering with my father’s approach to scaring evil badness germs and their effects away.

For full effect, in future when meds are not in play, use black builder’s tea, a whole lemon, juice and pulp, two big spoons of pure organic honey, buckwheat if available, and two good glugs of dark rum. Drink hot-Ish and go to bed.

Funny, my father, who was an abstainer, would always deliver this rather potent drink to whomever was ailing. It always did the trick.

CrowKettle

I need another whole lemon lol.

gmathis

Buckwheat! Never heard of that.

CrowKettle

Yeah, the addition of buckwheat would be interesting (I like buckwheat but don’t have any on me right now)!

Evol Ving Ness

Buckwheat honey or wildflower honey. NOT buckwheat the grain.

CrowKettle

Oh.. that makes sense. Buckwheat honey is nice too (buckwheat “tea” powder would’ve added thickness to the concoction).

Evol Ving Ness

Haha, sounds like you are coming back to yourself. Yay! Clearly, the tea worked :)

gmathis

Sorry … four days on Sudafed has turned my brain into one giant cobweb. Buckwheat honey makes sense! Oy.

Evol Ving Ness

I hope YOUare coming back to yourself too.

CrowKettle

Yes, everyone take care! :)

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

My favourites are teas like Milk Oolong, Silver Needle,and Japanese Sencha/Gyokuro, or fruity and floral flavoured ones. However, I generally enjoy ALL the teas, including a good old cup of Earl Grey or Breakfast blend.

FAVOURITE INGREDIENTS/NOTES:

DESSERT FLAVOURS
Vanilla, Maple, Caramel, Butterscotch, Cream, Toffee, Nougat, Marzipan, Butter

FRUIT & BERRIES
Blackberry, Raspberry, Currants, Blueberry, Elderberry, Banana, Melon, Pineapple, Persimmon, Rhubarb, Passionfruit..

CITRUS
Lime, Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot, Yuzu (orange is a hit or miss)

SPICES
Ginger, Turmeric, Clove-forward chai

AROMATIC & HERBACEOUS NOTES
Musky, “Fresh,” and/or Woody Incense-like stuff: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Mints

FLORALS
Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Lilac, Violet, etc. ALL the flowers!

VEGGIE/GRAIN NOTES
Spinach, Grass, Hay, Cucumber, Rice, Sweet Potato

Less Preferred Flavours/Ingredients:
Stevia, Apple, Cocoa Nib, Almond, Licorice, Cinnamon-forward blends, Chinese Sencha

Subjective Rating System:
I don’t give a lot of low ratings out, since a) I tend to grab tea I know will appeal to me, and b) I don’t have a lot of strong dislikes.

90-100: Favourites. The Desert Island Teas.
80-89: Loved teas. Possibly staple-worthy.
70-79: Good teas, but I’m less likely to repurchase. Minor quibbles.
60-69: Ok teas. Likely a few preference and/or quality issues.
50-59: Cup of meh. Will do in a pinch.
11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea.
1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This tea is the embodiment of the primordial swamp, an unholy abomination. It’s very gross and I’m almost positive it doesn’t exist.

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