338 Tasting Notes
Homework lost the battle tonight, due to stress. I’m gonna unwind with a cup of this stuff (I’m hoping it will counterbalance the near pound of cake frosting that I ate straight from the jar today… Oops) and just revisit the assignment tomorrow.
It’s sweet, it’s gentle, it’s warming… Just what I need.
I’ll echo everyone else on here and say that I had my doubts about this blend at first pass. A chai masala with a green tea base? How could that possibly work? And when I ripped open the packet, I was assailed by an onslaught of cinnamon so powerful that I thought I was going to sneeze.
I decided to make the cup up anyway. YOLO
It’s not bad. It’s a light chai, with an emphasis on the cinnamon and cloves perhaps, but overall, pretty inoffensive. The dragonwell base holds up okay, but I think I still prefer my classic chai masalas with an Assam base instead.
If this tea were a schoolchild, and I its teacher, it would be a B student.
Sipdown! (I know I’m posting this from the Sampler Pack entry, but for some wacky reason, my computer won’t let me get onto the regular, full box entry for CS’s Peppermint. Same tea, different quantity.) I’m drinking the last two bags in the box.
I’m not really sorry to see this one go. It was fine for a plain peppermint tea, and it never mistreated me, but I didn’t love it. The best part about it was that there was a free Celestial Seasonings collectible tin inside the box, which now houses my fair trade peacock feather earrings.
So long, and thanks for all the peppermint, but I’m onto smoother and higher quality peppermint pastures.
Drank a double-strength mug of this before bed last night. I’m thinking that I might make chamomile an important part of my tea-drinking regimen, because I drank like four cups of chamomile-based tea yesterday, and I slept like a log and felt great when I woke up this morning. I did some reading up on chamomile, and although it’s pretty unexciting flavorwise, it provides a number of wonderful health benefits, such as helping with nausea, digestive problems, sleeplessness, and mild stress.
This is the classic go-to bedtime tea. I often forget about it for months at a time, forget how nice a blend it actually is, and then dig it out, think, Eh, why not?, brew up a cup of it, and remember why I always seem to have a box of it around. It’s mild and minty, extremely soothing, and puts me right to sleep, but not in a clearly-this-tea-is-going-to-knock-me-out-way. It’s more like a gentle nudge- my eyelids start drooping after I’m 2/3 of the way into the mug, and I feel more inclined to snuggle up with a book under the covers.
Sometimes, the old, tried-and-true sleep remedies like chamomile tea work the best.
Unearthed this teabag from the bottom of my cavernous tea chest. Have no clue where it came from. I probably nicked it from my school’s dining hall at some point.
I seem to be on a chamomile kick lately. It’s like an old friend to me- I can go for months without missing it, and then run across it while searching for something soothing, and it’s just the same as it was when I last encountered it. Reliable, sweet, comforting, uncomplicated. Just what I need this afternoon.
This is why I always keep a stash of plain chamomile around. I never know when I’ll need it next.
I usually stay away from Bigelow blends, unless it’s either the straight chamomile or the straight peppermint ones, because they tend to be WAY too fast and loose with the hibiscus in their herbal blends. But for some reason, I don’t seem to mind it in this one.
This is mild and sweet. Just kind of generic and meh. I’m gonna down it because I want the chamomile to do its thing and make me feel sleepy.
I happen to have a lot of this tea because someone gave me a whole box of it as part of a gift. But I daresay that when I finish these bags up, I won’t be restocking it. I’ve had much better bedtime blends from other companies.