380 Tasting Notes
So, I went for tea yesterday with a friend who is also pregnant and the coffee shop has this as their tea line.
This tea was a favourite of mine for a long time. I had a different friend buy me this one years ago and I drank it every night as I worked 4-midnights and it was just a great after dinner wind down kind of a tea. I always loved it. Then I got introduced to the loose-leaf version and I couldn’t be happier as it’s even better than the bagged.
But this tea is very good. It’s nice and smooth. It brings back so many good memories. It was so nice to have again and even though I’m still a fan of loose over bagged, this is a great option when you’re on the go ‘cause flavour-wise it’s very very good. It’s quite similar to loose-leaf. It’s very full of flavour. It’s not lacking in that way at all which can sometimes happen. Definitely recommend this one.
I feel like my cup of this today wasn’t quite strong enough even though I did add more leaves than usual. But I do love this tea and it’s nice to see from what I’ve found about the ingredients that it’s okay for me right now.
I don’t think I can ever get tired of this tea. It’s so pretty and the cinnamon is so nice.
I’m at a job location for a couple of days and this is the tea kind they have for their machine. Was very leary of it, but I forgot to bring something with some caffeine to work today and today I definitely need a bit of a pick-me-up. Very tired this morning…
Anyways, I had this one with milk and sugar. I don’t care for it at all. It tastes like a powder to me. I had the Chai one by this company too and same thing. It tasted like powder almost… if that makes sense. It’s a strong tea for sure. Almost knocks your socks off. I still prefer loose-leaf. I do have some caffeine-free options here at work with me so I’ll probably go to those this afternoon as I think today is most definitely going to be a day of reading and tea ‘cause it’s quiet here at work and the lady said I could read if I wanted. What a strange day… meh.
I have had the worst luck with work the last few weeks and I believe a lot of it is because I’m pregnant. I think some funny business is going on at my job and honestly I’m not surprised… anyways, I’m getting help from the temp agency again to place me in jobs again until next year when I go on mat leave. Today I’m working at a Financial place answering phones and helping people that walk in. I’ve been here an hour and had to help one person. I think it’s going to be a very quiet day. Glad I brought some tea!
I was convinced that I would drink this one faster than the English Breakfast Decaf tea that I have, but this poor tea keeps getting forgotten, while the other one has needed to be restocked already. So, today I’m enjoying it again and it’s amazing how much I love it. You really can’t tell that it’s decaf, well other than the lack of caffeine boost. I’m quite content with it this morning. It’s malty again like it always was and handles the milk and sugar very well. I love the rock sugar btw that Teavana sells (the only thing that I’ve actually liked from them so far).
Anyways, I have to share some non-tea related news too about my pregnancy. I was able to score a $25 change table!! I couldn’t believe it. It is used and is a bit worn, but my cousin said she’ll help me out by painting it! I think that painting it will help it look really good and cover over the few rough spots it has. I’m so excited. AND I went and finally broke down and got myself some maternity clothes! Got 5 tops, one pair of dress paints (they’re a bit big but whatever) and a pair of leggings for $113! All used items (expect the leggings) but I’m so excited! I have really been trying to find deals and everytime I turn around I’m finding something. I’m so happy and I’m really excited ’cause I think I caught wind that I might have up to three baby showers! I am feeling so blessed and happy about how everything is going with this pregnancy and how loved I am feeling.
Now I just have to kill the time between now and March 6!
I should have tried this before I added my milk and sugar but I didn’t so this is a review based on the after. haha
So far, I LOVE this tea. It’s sweet and malty, which is what I love in a black tea. I’ve come to realize this over the last few years. I’m not one for the floral black teas (although, since being pregnant, I have one decaff floral black tea that isn’t too bad).
Anyways, this one is a strong flavour that definitely can handle milk. It’s strong in a good way though. It’s not strong in a bad way where it’s in your face. It’s just right.
So far, I’m loving this tea.
I’m breaking all the rules at the moment and I don’t care. I’m reviewing this even though I haven’t had it a long time. But the reason I feel I can and not feel too bad is ‘cause I just bought 250g of this one yesterday and I’m dying to get it here even though I shouldn’t drink it until after the baby comes… either way though… I am reviewing this and making a note…
Mostly because yesterday was the worst day ever and my retail therapy helped some and I’m hoping that tomorrow will be the end of my worry for good. I’m going to get kind of personal here… Something I haven’t really done too much on here, but here we go!
My husband and I chose to have the baby tested for Downs and Spina bifida. Yesterday I got a call from the receptionist that one of them came back positive. My world shook. I was so upset I was late for work.
I got in to see the doctor that afternoon and he told me it’s not Downs, it’s the Spina bifida that came back positive and it’s just barely into the positive range. I’m so relieved and yet so nervous. I have been worried that I’m screwing up this baby by not eating well enough or whatever. And part of this Spina Bifida can be that the mom hasn’t had enough folic acid, which I’m taking multivitamins everyday and whatnot, but still..
I’m rambling now. Okay, not really. But I can tell he’s wanting to get it all checked out and make sure that everything is okay, but at the same time I don’t think he’s too worried about it ‘cause it’s not too far into the positive range… like it’s in the lowest end of the positive range it can be. And the thing is, there’s a chance that this could be a FALSE positive too. There is such a thing come to find out…
So, I figure that can’t be too bad. And if the worst thing that happens is the child needs some assistance walking and getting around, we can make that happen no matter what. That won’t be too bad.
I’m praying the baby is fine. Tomorrow at the ultrasound they should be able to tell me what’s going on. I’m praying. Hard. My family is praying. My mom and aunt have a lot of peace that everything is going to be fine and I’m trying to take their lead on that. I know what I keep picturing as the outcome, but I’m almost too scared to say it in case I’m wrong.
Anyway, to the tea! This is a “Back from the Dead” tea for Halloween. I hate Halloween. Never have liked it. It’s a creepy, dark holiday to me. BUT! If it means that a favourite tea is coming back and I can enjoy it again for a long time, than I will like Halloween this year!
To those that are praying folks, please say a prayer for this baby. For those of you who don’t, I apologize if my openness about talking about prayer offended anyone. It’s important to me and I’m thankful that I have my faith to help me through.
I’ll update everyone once I know what’s going on.
You know you’re congested when you can’t taste your tea… ‘sigh’ I’m so disappointed I can’t taste it, but it helped my throat feel a little better so that’s nice. I’m getting over the worst cold ever. I got to work on Wednesday, barely lasted two hours before I was finally able to go home and for the rest of the day/evening/night I slept. I only got up long enough to eat (goofy baby in the belly was hungry haha jk) and to go to the bathroom and then back to bed for me. It was terrible. Chills, aches, congestion that still won’t quit… It was just bad. And being pregnant, there’s nothing you can do but tough it out.
If I didn’t start feeling better today I was going to call the doctor’s office and see what he said, but I got up today (yesterday was also spent mostly in bed) and I actually feel alive! I’m congested and I’m still feeling a bit of sore muscles in my upper back, but otherwise I’m almost back to normal! Yaaay!! I definitely slept it off this time.
Being pregnant has really put a halt on my tea drinking addiction. I have really cut back and most of the time I don’t drink any tea, which is kind of weird for me.
So, last week I had this one. I thought I had logged it but I didn’t obviously.
This tea was so good, and so comforting that I took my first sip and then after that, I became like a ravenous animal. I gulped it down with such furry that I couldn’t believe it. It’s like I was trying my first cup of tea ever and I finally realized that it was amazing!
Now I’m sitting at work here and all I can think of is I want this tea. So, when I get home today, it’s the first thing I’m grabbing. Then, I’m going to go through the collection of teas I have and pull out the safe ones to drink and I’m going to start drinking them!
I’ve been dreaming about this tea for two days. I couldn’t find it. I knew I had it somewhere, but it was hiding from me… but then today, I happened to find it.
This tea is so good. I am going to treat myself soon to 100g of this one. How could you not like this one. It’s so smooth! And just what I needed today.
I had this one yesterday morning after a headache all night… trying to fight a headache without Tylenol or Advil or whatever has been very interesting…
And why am I avoiding these things, including my caffeinated teas?
I’m pregnant! Yaaay! I’m excited and scared and just can’t wait. I miss my teas, but I don’t know which ones are safe and which ones aren’t…
Anyways, yesterday I needed a comfort tea. I didn’t sleep the best and I just wanted something warm and awesome and I can have some caffeine and it’s all good, so why the heck not? This tea was like the sweet heaven that I have loved all along. It screamed of falling autumn leaves and the crisp cold of the weather changing. I could almost taste the frost on everything and yet it had the warmth of sweaters and mitts.
As much as I don’t want fall to come, I guess you could say I’m excited for it too in some ways. Or Maybe I just miss the teas… haha