548 Tasting Notes


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.

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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!


Congrats! such a happy time! dont let small staff bother you. make sure the paint is not toxic.


What lovely things you have to look forward to! (Baby toes…adorable baby clothes…storybooks…cuddles!) Hope you are feeling well.


awesome! congratulations!


Thanks! :)

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drank Duplicate03059595 by Duplicate
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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.


Sounds good! I am a sweet and malty lady, too. :)

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
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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.
Thanks Steepsters!


My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know it is hard waiting and trying not to worry, and I wish you the best of news tomorrow!


My prayers are with you and your baby. Take care and hoping for the best!


Thanks! I’m VERY happy to report that the ultrasound pics came back the other day and the doc said the baby’s spine is fine! SO happy!!

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drank Green Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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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.

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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!

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drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
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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.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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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


Yay, congratulations! :D




Congratulations! I’m currently starting the third trimester of pregnancy, so I’ve looked into this quite a bit. In general you want to keep your your caffeine intake low, so decaf or herbal teas are best for everyday drinking. Raspberry leaf tea is recommended throughout pregnancy,especially in the third trimester. Rooibos and Honeybush teas are also recommended throughout pregnancy.

For the first trimester/morning sickness: peppermint, spearmint, ginger, chamomile, and citrus flavors (lemon, orange, hibiscus), can help calm your stomach. I also drank Traditional Medicinal’s Pregnancy Tea first thing in the morning with a dash of ginger. I could usually drink that when even plain water turned my stomach, so give it a try if you have morning sickness.

If you get heartburn later in pregnancy, you want to avoid: peppermint, spearmint, acidic teas (hibiscus and most citrus flavored teas, some lemon teas added lemon juice are an exception since lemon is high in potassium, which reduces heartburn), Cacao/Chocolate, and Camellia Sinensis (although I’ve usually been fine with the occasional Chai made with a lot of milk). Ginger and chamomile are good for soothing heartburn, and so are Marshmallow leaf and root, though the blend I tried contained spearmint, which I seem to be a strong heartburn trigger for me, so I’ll probably try a different version at some point. Slippery Elm is another herb that may help heartburn, but it’s less certain that it’s safe for pregnancy, so I haven’t tried that either.

Off the top of my head, I can’t remember which herbs should be avoided. I know licorice root and I think Pau D’Arco, but I can’t remember any others off the top of my head. I’ve found a lot of information through Google, so it’s not hard to check if you’re at all concerned about an ingredient. Congratulations again, and I hope this gives you a place to start!


Thanks everyone!
@rosebudmelissa: Thanks so much for the info! And congratulations also!


You’re welcome! Please share if you find any teas that work particularly well while you are pregnant. My selection is rather limited at the moment, so I’ll be buying some new teas to try in the coming months.


Also, I got my raspberry leaf from Mountain Rose Herbs. They have many herbs and spices if you are at all interested in making your own blends.


Congrats ! I read that you should avoid camomile . If you are going to nurse pls don’t drink any mint, it decreases milk supply and drying up the milk. I would stick to decaf. Vanilla Camoro is good one

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Another decaf tea.

I like this one quite a bit. I’m trying to compare it to yesterday’s decaf, and I think the main difference is this one is a bit more on the floral side, and the Irish Breakfast is more on the malty side.

Both teas are very good. I’m happy with both and will probably stock both for the next several months so I don’t have to worry about my caffeine intake. But I can see myself being drawn to the Irish Breakfast a bit more ’cause of the maltiness.

Either way, delish!

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Decaf tea! What a weird thing to have.
I’m so thankful for this tea this morning.

I’m working at a job for the last five (?) or so weeks, and today is going to be my second last day. I applied for the full-time position and even though I’ve been working in the position for this long, they decided to go with someone else. That makes me feel just so awesome. thumbs down
So, I’m trying to stay focused and actually try to work hard today, but it’s not really going super well ‘cause I unfortunately have mentally checked out.
Plus, this morning I didn’t feel super well. But that’s more or less passed now, which is good. Food and water is a good thing.

So, the tea! I got this on the weekend from the shop a couple blocks away that sells many teas (the store I believe I mentioned in my Wild Strawberry note). I picked up two decaf teas, this is one of them.

It’s tasting pretty much the same as it’s caffinated counterpart. The Irish Breakfast that I had was with Steeped Tea, whereas this one is with Metropolitan. Adding milk and sugar is making this one just so nice. I’m getting some happy vibes now coming through to me from this tea. It’s making the day much better. Much much better. Very thankful for this tea this morning. The cup is almost gone already. It’s just that delicious. I will be resteeping this one this morning. I have to. It’s too good to waste. Maybe it’s just my day, but yeah. Seriously, good.

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I’m a 30-something-year-old aspiring writer. I’ve written several short stories that I’m looking to get published someday soon.

I work as a paginator (I do page layout for our local weekly newspaper) and absolutely love it! I’m also an amateur photographer.
I’m the proud mommy of two sweet little boys! One born Feb. 3/15. He showed up 4.5 weeks early, but thankfully after a week in the hospital he’s great now. :)
The second one came just Monday evening at only 2 weeks early so he’s healthy and perfect!
Life just got so much more busy and crazy but I’m so excited.
I’m married to an absolute amazing man who “puts up” with my tea obsession.

It wasn’t until a few years after high school that I finally became interested in tea. I started with Orange Pekoe double double (milk not cream), and peppermint. Since that time, I’ve really opened up to other kinds of tea and I’ve well… I’ve kind of just went nuts since then.

I don’t drink much bagged tea anymore. It’s mostly loose leaf in my cupboard. The only except are a couple that were given to me and they sound too good!

I would have to say my favourite kinds are (in no particular order): black, herbal, white and rooibos (definitely prefer the green to red, but will drink the red too).

Green teas, pu’erh, and matcha are starting to grow on me but I’m very picky about them still. I am finding I like pu’erh tea cakes much better than loose. And with matcha I much prefer flavoured ones over straight.

I still don’t really care for mate teas but there a couple that are the exception to that.

I drink tea every single day. I absolutely love it. I can’t image my life without it.

I don’t log every time I drink a tea as I don’t want to spam everyone with tons of duplicate loggings, but I will log when I have a new tea, which happens on a regular basis and when I do a SIPDOWN! :D


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