607 Tasting Notes

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I’m 1.5 weeks from my due date! I’m sooooo ready to meet this baby and also to get my body back. I had the easiest pregnancy up until the last couple months. I’ve gained more weight than I should have and I’m not all that tall. I think my body wasn’t built to handle this much weight, so I’m pretty much in constant pain. Sleeping is the worst. Any time I’m laying down, I hurt everywhere: hips, thighs, abdomen, back. It’s obnoxious! I get about an hour of sleep and then I wake up in so much pain that the only way to get rid of it is to stand up and walk around, which obviously means I’m exhausted and fatigued. This is much harder than I had anticipated. I walk at the speed of a 95-year-old lady. I constantly feel like I have to pee even when there’s no pee in me. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night because I vomit in my sleep. Yuck. I feel helpless. It’s rather pitiful. I can’t wait to be normal again. And of course, it’s all worth it. But that doesn’t make the pain any less at this moment. At least I’m not afraid of labor anymore! The number one word to describe how I feel about labor is excited! Bring it on! Well, that was a huge digression but at least an on topic one. :)

ON TO THE TEA!

I tend to steep this once for 5 minutes and then again for 15. That way I get two cups out of one teabag. Today I kind of forgot about it and steeped it for 20 minutes out of the gate. Whoops! Anyway, this tea is a surprise. I guess I always assumed red raspberry leaf would be red and taste like raspberries. But it’s the color of your average herbal (a dark amber) and tastes like mint. Watered down mint; it’s not super strong.

Overall, it’s an enjoyable tea. It’s obviously not something I would drink if I wasn’t pregnant, but I can recommend it to other women in their third trimester. Now I have no idea if this will bring on labor any faster, but it’s supposed to be good for me. So I plan on drinking two cups a day until I run out of tea or the baby arrives, whichever comes first. Let’s hope it’s the latter. :) Come on, baby! We want to meet you!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Sil

hahaha oh man. way to sell being preggers :)

Veronica

Bless your heart! I remember those days. You are right though, it’s all going to be worth it when you’re holding that sweet baby. Good luck. Remember you’re stronger than you think!

rosebudmelissa

The last few weeks were definitely worse than the delivery for me. Knowing that the end is in sight really makes a difference. Arnica lotion really helped with my aches and pains. I know you can buy it, or you can make it yourself: http://healthimpactnews.com/2012/pain-relieving-coconut-oil-arnica-salve-recipe/ . It’s really good for tension headaches, bruises, and soreness from exercising as well.

Indigobloom

I love raspberry leaf tea!

CHAroma

Thanks all! The end is in sight. :) And thanks for the link, rosebudmelissa! I’ve never heard of arnica before, but I’ll be sure to check it out. :)

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Uh oh. Looks like Steepster is having problems again. Before posting this note, the tea page said there are 5 tasting notes for it, yet only 3 are visible. :/ Look out, Jason! It’s the case of the disappearing notes again!

The dry leaf aroma of this is stirring something in my childhood memory bank, but I can’t pinpoint what it is. For a moment, I thought it was Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape. Anyone else remember this stuff? http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lgo6dfDbRe1qdnc7ho1_500.jpg But this tea is definitely berry flavored and that gum wasn’t from what I can recall.

Unfortunately, this tea’s flavor isn’t nearly as strong or delicious as the aroma. I’m surprised. Usually hibiscus is quite strong, and I steeped this for 5 minutes. Hibiscus is the dominant flavor at the beginning and end of the sip, with the yumberry sneaking in in the middle. The end of the sip is also really tart, which I am confident can be attributed to the hibiscus as well. Yumberry Hibiscus would be a more appropriate name.

Overall, this is only mildly disappointing. I feel like it could be amazing if the yumberry was punched up to be more prominent than the hibiscus. I got this as a free sample at work, so I have no idea how old it is. Maybe a fresher batch would have more oomph. Regardless, I really like the yumberry flavor. I just wish I could remember what it reminds me of…

Flavors: Hibiscus

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Chai by The Boston Tea Company
607 tasting notes

This is a nice black base with a light chai spice undertone. The spice would need to be kicked up about 1100 notches for me to call this a true chai. I prefer ultra-spicy chais. It’s not bad, just light and boring. LOL! That’s quite an endorsement, isn’t it? :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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The cupboard sorting feature is back!!!!!! YAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!! Oh, how I’ve missed you!! This is probably the best feature of the entire site (IMO), and I have sorely missed it these past few months. Thank goodness it’s fixed!

The aroma of this one is a little lighter and weirder than the Earl Grey Black by Boston Tea Company. The flavor is equally weird. Have I ever had an Earl Grey Green? I don’t know. I’m not sure about this combo. The grassiness of the base doesn’t seem to mesh well with the bergamot flavoring. It’s not terrible but it’s not yummy either. I don’t think I’m a fan.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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50

I haven’t had Earl Grey in over a year. It’s funny how the aroma of bergamot is immediately transporting. Too bad the flavor here is pretty weak. Although if I’m being honest, I’ve left this stringless teabag exposed to air for about two weeks. Whoops! I’ve been a little busy and thought if I laid it out on the counter I’d remember to drink it. But that strategy didn’t really work.

So although I’m most likely to blame for the poor state of this tea, I still have to rate it rather low. It needs a lot more punch in flavoring to be an Earl that I’d reach for over others. At least the flavoring isn’t harsh and the base isn’t bitter. It’s not bad.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

That’s a long time to go EG-less! That is, if you really like it in general.

CHAroma

Bergamot is a taste that’s grown on me over time. I really disliked it several years ago but now I like it. I’ve been avoiding black teas a lot since getting pregnant so EGs were just one of the many neglected teas in my stash. Once I brewed it up and inhaled the aroma, I was like “Oh hello, old friend!” :)

Fjellrev

Oh wow, I had no idea that you have been pregnant over the past year. Overly belated congrats! That must have been tough avoiding caffeine for that long.

CHAroma

Thank you! I haven’t avoided it 100% except in the first trimester, but I try to keep my consumption way below the recommended cap. I’m due in 1.5 weeks! Can’t wait to meet this baby! We’re Team Green so we have no idea what we’re having.

Fjellrev

Wow, so close! I can’t wait to hear about your bundle of joy. It must be so exciting not knowing.

CHAroma

I’ll be sure to post pictures. :)

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“Office is busy.” Umm, what? Since when does Microsoft control when I open Word on my computer? That’s incredibly creepy. So, I’m drafting this note in Notepad before posting it. Ugh. Notepad sucks. This is one looooooooooong horizontal line. Makes proofreading pretty difficult and kind of defeats the purpose of drafting the note before posting it in the first place.

Anyway, this tea is super weak. The aroma smells like a Ceylon, but the flavor is nearly tasteless. Maybe it would be better if it was fresher and brewed longer. Currently, it’s like drinking warm water with a tablespoon of tea in it. So, this is a bust all around. Stupid Microsoft and stupid tea. :(

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Tealizzy

Lol! Bummer all around.

K S

Format: check mark Word Wrap, should solve the notepad problem. The Office one is strange. Open task manager and see if Office shows up. Kill the program there and reopen. If that doesn’t work – shutdown and restart.

CHAroma

KS, you are my savior! I had no idea you could select Word Wrap in Notepad!

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For a mint tea, this is pretty weak. I think it’s because this contains “mint flavor.” I don’t know what that means. The green tea base is equally weak in flavor. So, this tea isn’t a winner. But I’ll drink it and then go off to bed like the good little incubator that I am. 3.5-ish weeks left till we have our bundle of joy!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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50

This must be the base Boston Tea Company uses in all their green blends. It’s only slightly grassy probably because it’s old. It’s not bad, if a bit boring. It’s also a tad astringent at the end of the sip.

Maybe I can convince my husband to drink up the rest of these stringless teabags. He tolerates low quality bagged teas, especially greens, a lot better than I do. Some may say he even enjoys them. :) For me, this is mediocre at best and thus rated appropriately.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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2

Another stringless teabag! I don’t know if it’s because I just read Sil’s note or what, but upon first sniff, the brewed tea aroma smelled like dirty diapers. Ewww! Upon second sniff…floral dirty diapers. Yuck. I am not looking forward to trying this one.

Luckily, the flavor doesn’t quite match the aroma, but it also doesn’t taste like any jasmine green tea I’ve ever had. The rest of this is definitely going down the drain. Blech. I wish I could wash my nose out. I think the aroma burnt my nose hairs. *Grimace.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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76

These Boston Tea Company stringless teabags sure have potent aromas! This smells strongly of blueberry. The flavor is not bad for a bagged tea. Blueberry hits my tongue first, with the green base being more apparent at the end of the sip and in the aftertaste. As with the other Boston Tea Company offerings, I find that it’s tastier once it cools a bit. This is pretty enjoyable and a good alternative when my loose leaf stock is unavailable. I like this one!

Flavors: Blueberry

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Entering the sweet blissful world of tea aromas!

Having discovered this website at the end of July 2011, I’m so excited to share my tea adventures with all of you! I grew up with my grandmother serving Twining’s English Breakfast with cream and sugar.

But on a trip to Seattle in 2010, I stumbled into a Chinese teashop and tried my first oolong tea. I was forever changed! I embarked on a startling new love for green and white teas.

With a world of teas to discover, I was inspired to keep a tea journal to record my thoughts and new favorites. Let’s get brewing!


My ratings are completely subjective and 100% my opinion. All ratings are given in relation to each other (ie. teas are rated in the order of my enjoyment of them). Therefore, my ratings will constantly change as I try more teas.


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