So which lemon ginger tea is better? Celestial Seasonings Jammin’ Lemon Ginger tea or Bigelow Lemon Ginger tea? In a side-by-side taste test, Celestial Seasonings’ version of lemon ginger tea was waaayyy better than Bigelow’s version. How much better? Well, I’m giving a rating of 5 out of 5 stars to Celestial Seasonings Jammin’ Lemon Ginger tea and only 1 out of 5 stars to Bigelow Lemon Ginger tea. That’s how much better Celestial Seasonings’ version is!
The packaging for these two teas is entirely different, and I actually thought that the individually wrapped Lemon Ginger teabags from the Bigelow box might mean better tasting tea. Not true at all. Celestial Seasonings tea bags are not individually wrapped, but rather come stacked in an inner waxed paper envelope in the box; you simply unfold the wax paper, take out a teabag, and then refold the wax paper to keep the remaining tea bags fresh.
I brewed these two lemon ginger teas next to each other. When brewed, the Celestial Seasonings Jammin’ Lemon Ginger tea is a rich and golden brown color. It’s much darker than the Bigelow Lemon Ginger tea, which turns out to be a lighter, yellowish brew. Celestial’s lemon ginger tea smells way more gingery and spicy than Bigelow’s. And the taste? Oh, the difference in taste and quality was incredible.
My first thought when I sipped on the Bigelow Lemon Ginger tea was “Where’s the ginger? Where’s the lemon flavor?” The ingredients listed on the Bigelow box reveal lemongrass, lemon peel and ginger flavors, but what I tasted was vanilla and licorice, and an off-putting medicinal-like flavor that I can’t quite describe. I’ve actually decided to return this Bigelow tea to my grocery store because it is so disappointing, and I think Bigelow should seriously consider completely revamping this Lemon Ginger tea. Bigelow does make good teas, such as its Constant Comment Black Tea and Salted Caramel tea. But Bigelow’s Lemon Ginger tea fails miserably.
On the other hand, when I first sipped the Celestial Seasoning Jammin’ Lemon Ginger tea, I was bowled over by how gingery, lemony and generally how much more flavorful it was than Bigelow’s version. The ingredients on the Celestial Seasonings box list ginger first, and yes, you can really taste the ginger. The lemon flavors are much more pronounced as well. Celestial Seasonings lemon ginger tea’s flavors are far richer, spicier, and deeper than Bigelow’s lemon ginger tea.
If you’re buying a tea that you want to taste like, well, lemon and ginger, then the choice is a no-brainer. Celestial Seasoning Jammin’ Lemon Ginger tea hits a home run and Bigelow Lemon Ginger tea strikes out. My rating of Bigelow Lemon Ginger tea: 1 out of 5 stars. My rating of Celestial Seasoning Jammin’ Lemon Ginger tea: 5 out of 5 stars.
All of my opinions are independent and unbiased, and I received no samples, payments, or financial incentives from Celestial Seasonings or Bigelow for this review.
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