How to Tea Taste, Tea Tasting with Cindi Bigelow

Tea Tasting?  What’s That?

Blog Note: How to Tea Taste, Tea Tasting with Cindi Bigelow was inspired by an all expense paid trip via a contest that I won from Bigelow Tea for writing “Around Grandma’s Table“.  I was uncompensated for this post but some of the content does come from that trip.  

How to Tea taste Tea Tasting with Cindi Bigelow

Cindi Bigelow, President of Bigelow Tea gives “Tea Tasting” instructions. Photo Courtesy of Olsonography

still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks:

Cindi Bigelow explains How to Taste Tea in this video

12 Steps of tea tasting

  1. Provide enough spoons so each participant can have two per kind of tea
  2. Taste one kind of tea (green or black or herbal) at a time
  3. Fill tea cups (5 is a good number) with various brands of one kind of tea. One brand per cup.
  4. Be careful that tea is not to hot.  Like Goldilocks, the temperature needs to be “Just Right”
  5. Take a spoon in each hand
  6. Choose one spoon to be your “dipping spoon”
  7. Choose the other spoon to be your “tasting spoon”
  8. Dip the dipping spoon into a cup, take a spoonful of tea,  pour the tea into your tasting spoon
  9. From your tasting spoon, slurp the tea into your mouth such that it sprays all over the inside of your mouth
  10. Be careful not to choke from slurping too enthusiastically
  11. Move on to the other cups of tea
  12. Do NOT MIX your spoons!

The Chief Blonde gives tea tasting a try in this video below

Psst==>Watch for the Chief Blonde’s funny face at the end! Also, there is no sound.


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You can win this lovely tea chest from Bigelow Tea valued at $55!

filled tea chest

Bigelow Tea Chest filled to the BRIM with Bigelow Teas valued at $55 from Bigelow’s Gift Shop

UPDATE:  The Bigelow Tea Chest Giveaway is over.  The rafflecopter entry device has been removed and the giveaway had 3060 entries.  See Giveaway Winners. 
Blog Notes

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This is article is the first in a multi-part tea series, see the rest here!


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  1. Elizabeth Gentry says

    I’ve never heard of Constant Comment before but I’m not a big tea drinker however my mom and my boyfriend love tea and I am sure they would be familiar with the brand. Any brand that has been around for over 60 years has to be doing something right.

  2. Michelle C says

    Ruth Bigelow created “Constant Comment” tea in 1945. And that she suffered from Depression. Why it touched me depression runs in my family so I understand.

  3. marya mann says

    My hubby loves constant comment. He has me liking it too. I cant believe how long ago everything came together and it originated in her kitchen!

  4. Elise says

    I love Ruth’s legacy and the naming behind Constant Comment. I love that it’s an American company truly living the American dream.

  5. Kathleen says

    I LOVE that each and every tea bag is overwrapped and sealed in a stay fresh foil packet so that you always have the best possible cup of tea. Thank you for the giveaway!

  6. Sara M says

    I like that they are planting trees & trying to help the environment. As they say on their web page, because it’s the right thing to do. They seem like a company that really cares about their employees & their customers.

  7. meme says

    I am inspired by companies that give back and help others as this company has for the last 25 years with it’s annual Bigelow Tea’s Community Challenge

  8. Vikki Billings says

    I think what touches me the most is that his mother created Constant comment in her kitchen over 60 years ago. I love it when some one started a small business in their home and then it becomes a house hold name for years and years. It says a lot about some products that were developed with love. It makes it so personal and it makes you want to pass it down in your own family.

  9. Trish says

    I loved reading that one of my favorite teas, Contant Comment, was invented by a woman (Ruth Bigelow).

  10. sarah oswald says

    what touched me was the fact that through him telling the story you could feel the love of family and tea. I have never heard of constant comment even though I have drank quit a few of their teas. I will have to try it!