Since I have a heart condition (SVT) that causes my heart to race from time to time, I like to avoid caffeine when I am fixing either coffee or tea. The choices available for non caffeinated herbal teas is not as broad as I would like, but I found a great tasting “holiday” tea by Bigelow, called Ginger Snappish.
Bigelow Ginger Snappish Herb Tea is flavored with lemon, and does not contain any caffeine. The 1.64 ounce box pictures a gingerbread house with a snow man in the yard. There are snowflakes falling down around the two, and it conjures up images of cozy winters spent inside next to a fire, while sipping a cup of hot tea.
The box contains 20 tea bags, which Bigelow refers to as their “Individual Fresh Pack”. Once the tea bag is removed, you can steep it in boiling water for three to five minutes. When you are finished you can easily lift the tea bag out via the attached string. I find that steeping the Ginger Snappish Tea for more than three minutes results in tea that is too strong for my tastes.
Bigelow Ginger Snappish Tea contains lemongrass, lemon peel, cinnamon, ginger, lemon verbena, rose hips, natural ginger and natural lemon flavors with other natural flavors (soy lecithin), licorice root, and citric acid. There is a little too much lemon flavor in this tea, and not enough ginger taste, and because of that I cannot enjoy this tea unless I add some sweetener to the blend. My choice is pure cane sugar, which gives it a nice dessert like quality.
Bigelow Ginger Snappish Tea is a seasonal tea, and the company also makes flavors such as Sweetheart Cinnamon, Pumpkin Spice, Eggnogg’n, Apple Cider, and White Chocolate Kisses. I have not tried any of the other flavors, but based on my experience with Bigelow Ginger Snappish Tea, I want to give their Sweetheart Cinnamon a try.
I love that a cup of Bigelow Ginger Snappish Tea contains 0 milligrams of caffeine. The box has a “Caffeine Meter” on the side, which lists the amount of caffeine in a variety of drinks. Coffee contains 100-120 milligrams, black tea has 30-60 milligrams, green tea has 25-50 milligrams, and decaf tea 1-8 milligrams. I can enjoy this delicious tasting ginger lemon tea without worrying about the bad effects of caffeine on my system.
Nutrition facts are not much to speak of. One tea bag in an 8 ounce glass of water contains zero calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 milligrams of sodium, 30 milligrams of potassium, 0 grams of carbohydrates, and zero grams of protein.
The side of the box also gives directions for making fresh brewed ice tea by the glass, by pouring four to five ounces of boiling water over one tea bag. After steeping for a few minutes you can add sweetener to your desired tastes, and pour into a tall glass filled with ice.
Bigelow guarantees your satisfaction with their products, so you really don’t have much to lose by giving them a try. If you like ginger, you might like this flavored tea, but I personally expected it to taste a little more like ginger and a little less like lemon. Still, a nice treat for a different change of pace.