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drank Chamomile by Carrington Tea
502 tasting notes

Still the best deal going for tea. A dollar for a box of 20 bags? Sold!

Will be restocking as a staple tea. I’m down to my last four cups. It’s everything you’d expect and want in a simple bagged chamomile.

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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.

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drank Cozy Chamomile by Bigelow
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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.

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drank Sweet Dreams by Bigelow
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Ughhhhhh insomnia!

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.

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I want a job at Stash. Their blend masters are geniuses. I love love LOVE this tea. It has all my favorite things in it. Smooth and fruity and sweet with just a twist of mint. If the word “mellow” had a flavor, this would be it.


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I thoroughly enjoy this one. You’d think that it would be really bitter and unpleasant, but it is actually very smoky and mellow. This morning, I chose it because mate helps me to feel full (thus, I don’t feel the need to overindulge with mid morning snacks) and because it is super efficient at waking me up without giving me jitters.

I tasted burnt toast notes, chocolate, and earth. Absolutely wonderful idea to mix mate and black tea together! They really work well as a blend.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Earth

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Peppermint tea is one of those simple pleasures in life. I like it because it’s such a warming, soothing herbal tisane that has so many health benefits.

Today, I’m hoping that it helps lower my blood pressure- we had a plumbing issue this morning that got fixed, but has now become a leaky ceiling problem.

Not. Good.

So I’ll just continue to sit here and sip my tea, hoping and praying that everything works out okay.


that’s too bad. hopefully things work out ok!

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drank Kava Stress Relief by Yogi Tea
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Decided to try this one again. I think as long as I only drink it once in a great while, it’s no worse than having a few beers. (Which again, I only do once in a great while.)

I really love the flavor. The hazelnut and carob are wonderful together. I adore hazelnut coffee, so it makes perfect sense that I enjoy this one. It’s like having dessert, without the calories and sugar.

Except that this drink does exactly the opposite of what hazelnut coffee does! I definitely feel drowsy, and my tongue tingled a little while I was drinking it, although I’ve been assured that that is normal while drinking kava. I’m definitely only going to drink this one before bed or when I know I don’t need to drive or be anywhere after.

This is easily the best-tasting tea from Yogi that I’ve ever tried. I’m glad I decided to give it another chance.

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Tulsi is always good… Especially this flavor. It’s strong and floral, but sweet and earthy at the same time. Leaves a pleasant taste in the mouth and a calming feeling in the body.

It’s the perfect “just stop and breathe” tea.

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drank Calming by Yogi Tea
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This stuff really doesn’t taste great… It smells like wet clay. And it tastes bitter and medicinal.

I’m only drinking it because I’ve heard good things about gotu kola. We’ll see if it “eases my mild tension,” like it promises to.

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Hello! I’m a recent college graduate, trying to find my way in the world. I love literature, politics, and tea. I work in the Information Technology field.

Favorites: Black, oolong, and rooibos. Blends that are vanilla, chocolate, nutty, or dessert-like are especially appealing to me.

I like green teas as long as they are blended with fruit and/ or spices, and I LOVE them when they’re floral.

I have a love-hate relationship with kombucha, and I’m very picky about my chai- It has to have a high-quality black tea base and be heavy on the cinnamon and light on the nutmeg. Also iffy about mate and herbal teas in general, although chamomile and I are usually on speaking terms.

Dislikes: White tea, unflavored green teas, honeybush, fruity herbals, hibiscus in high quantities, plain peppermint. (Although I am not opposed to trying blends that cross into these neighborhoods if they come from reputable companies.)

I’m not a swapper, but I hope we can still be friends :)

90-100: Perfection and heaven and magic, all in one cup.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.


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