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597 Tasting Notes

drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
597 tasting notes

This was sent to me by keychange in our swap.

The rhubarb comes through clearly here, and the base complements nicely. The strawberry gets lost in the rhubarb a bit, but it’s there in the background. A lovely tea to add to my French tea tastings.

Thanks keychange!

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drank Sweet Almond by Herbal Infusions
597 tasting notes

This one came my way in a surprise envelope from Sil. Thanks!

I read the notes beforehand thankfully, and steeped this below boiling. I got preoccupied actually, so the water was nice and cool. I’m not getting any astringency here, but the smell is far better than the actual taste. The taste seems watered down, but I would say that’s definitely my fault. I should have added more leaf, since my mug is oversized, but I wanted to save enough for a second cup in case I messed up haha. There is a hint of soft spiciness and a touch of nuttiness.

I also spent the last hour worrying about the feedback on my albatross research, because three other classmates received their feedback last night. I was sitting here thinking “the feedback/editing must be extreme, how much could I possibly have screwed up?!”. But my prof just emailed me and said it was excellent and looked professional. PHEW.

OMGsrsly

Yay! It’s so awesome to get good feedback.

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I am going through this buttery delight faster than I’d care to admit. Between this and Banana & Cream I’ll be placing another matcha order at any moment. I don’t think I can live without them. I cannot get over the butteriness of this one. The scent, the flavour. It’s all so heady. Butteriness itself doesn’t seem overly appealing to me, but in vanilla cookie tea form it just works. I’m so impressed, and all with the delicate flavouring.

I discovered Dem White Boyz on Vine a few nights ago. The juxtaposition of teenage boys doing choreographed dance is hilarious (https://vine.co/v/hMZLYMIdAH0). This morning I was reenacting some dances, because you know, procrastination, and I threw out my knee. Old much? My knees are already a mess from years of running, but I hurt my left one the other day, and I really should not have been reenacting dance moves. So now I can barely walk. Sadly, I haven’t danced since this morning and now I’ve wrapped my knee and been icing it all afternoon.

Sil

you just made me lose like an hour of my life lol

Stephanie

Which do you prefer, this one or cheesecake, if you could only have one? Sorry you hurt your knee :/

Courtney

Hmm. That’s a good question. I may actually say this one. Gasp.

Stephanie

Gasp indeed! I might have to order this one someday instead of cheesecake…

Courtney

Cheesecake is awesome, but at the moment, I’m loving this one. I would recommend ordering it for sure. :)

Jennkay

Hope your knee is feeling better!

TeaBrat

feel better :)

caile

Hope your knee feels better!

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I have a feeling this will be my last cup of the day, but it’s a good one. Coconut and mint all rolled into a nice nighttime tea.

I’ve had the worst craving for something sweet for hours, and I finally gave in and made a peanut butter mug cake. So delicious.

Suziqzer

Looking at this one when I place an order with them :). Sounds good!

Jennkay

I love mug cakes! What recipe did you use?

Courtney

Here it is Jennkay! I make it in an oversized mug I actually use as a bowl haha. It definitely wouldn’t fit in a regular mug. http://lacreativitedelafille.blogspot.ca/2012/06/peanut-butter-mug-cake.html

Jennkay

Thanks! I have the perfect oversized mug in mind for this recipe :)

Courtney

It is my favourite mug cake by far. I hope you enjoy it!

Suziqzer

Thanks for the link to the mug cake! I’m gonna have to try this too! Love’s me some peanut butter :)

Jennkay

Have you tried Nutella mug cake? It’s been my favorite, but we will see after I make the peanut butter one! (recipe: http://livelovepasta.com/2011/05/nutella-mug-cake/)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
597 tasting notes

I’m getting dangerously low on this tea, ahh. This morning I’m having this awesome tea with my oatmeal with maple syrup and coconut (I’m out of blueberries, but avoiding the grocery store as long as I possibly can). I’m planning on adding Cacao to the resteep, mwuahaha.

I’ll have to start thinking of a Verdant order, but I never have quite enough to hit the shipping threshold.

I’m also working on a bunch of smaller assignments I didn’t get done last night because the internet was out. :|

OMGsrsly

Umm. I had oatmeal with maple syrup and coconut too. It’s a good combo. :)

Courtney

Haha it is a good combo!

caile

It does sound good! I’ll have to do this tomorrow.

OMGsrsly

I baked up a bunch in the oven last night so I could just microwave it in the morning. I just used the normal ratio for my gluten free oats, which is 1/2 cup oats and 1 cup liquid, and filled up my baking pan. Worked out really well!

Sil

courtney…sooo if it’s instant oatmeal… use tea instead of boiling water ;)

Courtney

Fancy! I’ll have to remember that Sil.

Sil

it’s just fun to try the different flavours of tea..and it adds a little kick to your morning oatmeal heh

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Ehh. I don’t know guys. This one is alright, but it’s nothing compared to Strawberry Cream. I’m not huge on mint anyway. Mint equates to sick for me. I’m picky about it in my regular teas. I forget where it came up now, but I hope they come out with a orange cacao. That would be awesome.

I had the best intentions to get 2-3 smaller assignments done tonight… then I discovered Vine, and more importantly “Dem White Boyz”. I felt old for not knowing what Vine was (I definitely got stuck at 20 and the last few years evidently just haven’t happened), but more importantly I spent the last hour watching the videos of these guys and laughing. Not productive school-wise, but awesome nonetheless.

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It was another long 12-hour day at school. I’ve only gotten 4 hours of sleep the last two nights because I’ve been working on conservation, and tonight will be the same. But tomorrow night I will be able to get at least a full night of sleep. Now to just make it to then…

I came home and wanted something comforting and thought of this tea. Breakfast teas are amazing, and although I love black teas, I haven’t too many straight ones around. And the ones I do have are special ones that I don’t want to drink all the time. Thats where this tea comes in. Comforting? Check. Black? Check. Not too unique that it will be ruined by drinking it too often? Check. Thank you Northwest Breakfast.

You know, I may need to add this to my cupboard.

TeaBrat

hang in there!

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This one smells so deliciously buttery, gah. This one will be a permanent fixture in my cupboard. I am loving it. It may be time to go through and rate some of these matchas. I so rarely rate things, but every so often I feel I should.

I meant to have this one last night, but in my attempt to keep my caffeine levels consistently high, I went a little overboard and had to burn off some adrenaline in the form of exercise at 11pm because I felt like I had rocket fuel coursing through my bloodstream. But, despite that, I managed to register for both spring and fall courses and got into all the courses I needed. YAY!

This is also my 500th tasting note. Certainly a great tea for it.

__Morgana__

Congrats on 500!

MissB

Woot! Congrats!

Stephanie

Woohoo 500! I think I might have to try this matcha, sounds great!

keychange

Delicious note! and woohoo on registration and 500!

VariaTEA

Yay! This note makes me happy on so many accounts. For one, I am so happy my excitement over this matcha didn’t lead you to buying it and then hating it. Also, it is so rare for people to get into all the courses they need without a bit of a headache (at least that’s how it has been at McGill) so yay for that. And finally, 500 tasting notes is awesome so congrats!!

OMGsrsly

Yay 500! :) That’s pretty awesome you got into all your courses. And also weird to me that you register for more than one semester at a time! :)

Fjellrev

Happy 500!

Courtney

Thanks!

VariaTEA it was definitely a great option. I always stress over registration for that very reason. Especially in the higher level courses.

OMGsrsly It is bizarre! At Dal, we registered for both fall and winter at once. Then when I moved to AB, I was only registering for one term at a time, right up until this time. Strange.

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This one came in the Hapa-tite swap I signed up for via Nicole.

First off, look what a pretty colour it is! The camera didn’t quote do it justice, but you get the picture.
http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/33EC3561-975D-40EB-98D2-FE3B8DCA8FEC_zpsr2vinemz.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

This one smells just like Forever Nuts, Brioche Free, etc. I have a pretty good feeling it will taste similar. Although, it does have popcorn as an ingredient.

What a shock – IT DOES! Haha. I do enjoy the taste of all these teas, but I can’t drink them all the time. This was nice surprise though, since I haven’t had Forever Nuts in ages. Probably close to a year. This is a great herbal in between my matchas.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
hapatite

So glad that you got some good teas in the swap!

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When I initially bought this one in my first Red Leaf order over a year ago, it was my least favourite. Little did I know, it would sneakily grow to become my favourite of the four I picked up.

I’m happy I picked up more because it is a delight. I’ve been drinking so much matcha today, but I’ve been trying to keep my caffeine levels consistently high so I can stay awake for registration. I’m having this one now, shaken with cold milk. I didn’t let it sit, but I’m sure it tastes the same as if I had. The French Butter Cookie on the other hand, is still sitting in the fridge for later. Yum.

You guys, I just got this order in on Friday, and I was already on the Red Leaf site and chose my next 5+2 order. There’s a screenshot saved on my desktop. Oh dear.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

Nice to see that this one turned around for you. :) I’m going to order this next time. Seems popular enough that you really can’t go wrong.

Courtney

This one is awesome. I would definitely recommend.

VariaTEA

What are you thinking for your next order?? Wait for me!!

VariaTEA

Oh also, this one has grown on me too. It is definitely a tasty treat :)

Courtney

Haha! My mood tonight decided on more Banana & Cream, Coconut, and French Butter Cookie, then also Strawberries & Cream, Caramel Popcorn, and Peanut Butter Pie. all at the next flavouring level.

VariaTEA

These all sound like something I would drink…Maybe we should order together haha. Also, French Butter Cookie, Strawberries & Cream, and Caramel Popcorn are all good at delicate so I would be worried about having them distinctive. I haven’t tried the others though. I wish you could specify a flavor level for each tea in the buy 5+2.

Courtney

I also wish that. Le sigh. I wanted to try French Butter Cookie up one level, just to see what it’s like. But not having tried Strawberries & Cream or Caramel Popcorn at all made me a bit wary of that. Caramel Popcorn makes me a bit wary as it is haha, but the reviews have just been so great. We can definitely order together.

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), travel, science, and all things summer.

That’s my mug! I may have a slight love of Star Trek.

I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not always in the mood for them. Greens and pu’erhs I’m working on, but they’re coming along at a snail’s pace. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino). Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Likes:
Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true chocolate flavour), rhubarb, to be continued…

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss, to be continued…

Location

Canada

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