I cut open a bunch of bags to make a Christmas gift blend and noticed that the material inside is 100% chamomile petals. The aroma is assertive for a flower I generally find demure. Definitely more apple in taste than floral or haylike. Sweeter than expected but it does finish a tad drying. Leaves a lingering sweet pollen-fruity-floral aftertaste which is surprising!

This one’s pretty impressive as far as bagged chamomile goes.

Aside: My cupboard has finally reached sub-230 teas, the majority of which are puerh samples. I am excited about this.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

What did you blend the chamomile with?

ashmanra

Yes, inquiring minds want to know!

derk

I honestly don’t remember everything in that blend, something like CS Sleepytime… chamomile, lemon balm, spearmint, lavender, hops, linden, a few more herbs I think might’ve been California native plants.

I made a few others. Nettle and rosehips; red clover and marshmallow root; linden and osmanthus.

gmathis

(Visions from some young adult novel from a hundred years ago of a little bent-over granny puttering in her stillroom with the cat watching :) I love the notion of making your own for gift giving!

Shae

I’m intrigued by the red clover and marshmallow root!

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gmathis

What did you blend the chamomile with?

ashmanra

Yes, inquiring minds want to know!

derk

I honestly don’t remember everything in that blend, something like CS Sleepytime… chamomile, lemon balm, spearmint, lavender, hops, linden, a few more herbs I think might’ve been California native plants.

I made a few others. Nettle and rosehips; red clover and marshmallow root; linden and osmanthus.

gmathis

(Visions from some young adult novel from a hundred years ago of a little bent-over granny puttering in her stillroom with the cat watching :) I love the notion of making your own for gift giving!

Shae

I’m intrigued by the red clover and marshmallow root!

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Always up for a trade. I keep an updated cupboard. Check it out. Don’t be shy — message me if you want to try something! I send international :)

Most enjoyment:

Wuyi and Taiwanese oolong, sheng puerh, Yunnan and Wuyi blacks, GABA oolong. I also appreciate Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Darjeeling and Nepali teas, bagged tea and herbal teas/tisanes.

I take my teas without milks or sweeteners except sometimes chai and the rare London Fog, matcha latte and golden milk.

I’ll try anything once because it helps me learn. Not opposed to well placed herbs, flowers, fruity bits and flavorings, just nothing cloying. And no added sugars, sweeteners, candy or chocolate.

I abandoned both my preference reference and the recording of detailed steeping parameters in January 2020, favoring a focus on qualitative descriptions. At this point, I am still comfortable toggling the “Not/Recommended” button.

Preference reference:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.
89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again. Some could be daily drinker teas.
79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.
69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.
59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.
Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s puerh, I likely think it needs more age.

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