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583 Tasting Notes

drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
583 tasting notes

First tasting note! I went in to the store early today, mainly to pick up the awesome whale perfect mug. I still have an unopened perfect mug from last spring (the elephants), but whales are the love of my life (shh don’t tell J :P). I was really only interested in this tea and Blue Lagoon, but Blue Lagoon was shipped to the wrong store, so I only grabbed this one.

This smells amazing. It smells just like a body cream I ran out of ages ago, that was my favourite. Something about cucumber melon is awesome. The steeped scent is (mint?) all cucumber melon. The flavours are light here and don’t come through too strongly. But the base also isn’t overwhelming. Overall a light tea. The scent is definitely what makes this tea amazing. Every time I bring it for a sip, the smell is just delicious.

P.S. I’m not supposed to tell you guys, but apparently Coconut Oolong is making a reappearance in April. They said it has lemongrass this time around though.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
OMGsrsly

Eee!!!!! The whales are SO CUTE!

Is this tea really minty? They say a “hint” of mint, but I don’t see mint in the ingredients.

Courtney

I thought that upon first smell, but the more I sip away, the more what I thought was mint just becomes cucumber melon to be honest.

keychange

Would you say the flavours are weak though? so sad because I bet the smell would lead me on so much!

omg omg must get to dT! three hours to go now!

Courtney

Yep keychange. The smell is much stronger.

OMGsrsly

Thanks. :)

MissLena

Ahh I think I am going to my store tonight, I looked at all the teaware and am freaking out, I want ALL of it. Haha I think I’ve narrowed it to 2 for myself, 2 for the bf lol..and I really want to try all the new teas!! This one looks so refreshing!

keychange

Alrighty. Still so excited to check it out!

Stephanie

The new whales mug is SOOOO cute. The last thing I need is another mug though, LOL

Cavocorax

Yay! We’re almost matching whale mug buddies! I chose the noric style bc I like the grip better, although I envy that yours has a whale in the inside…

Courtney

Stephanie I didn’t either, whoops!

Cavo I contemplated the Nordic mug, because my Spock mug has a similar shape, but I love the inner lime green and little whale too much.

Fjellrev

Ha, I was wondering if this would smell like late 90s cucumber melon lotion.

And I sure hope there isn’t lemongrass in the coconut oolong!

Courtney

I agree about the coconut oolong Fjellrev.

Fjellrev

Don’t call it coconut oolong then, damnit. :)

Lynxiebrat

OOooo I love lemongrass! Maybe I will try that one. I remember Bath and Body Works had a Cucumber Melon scent in the ’90’s…that wouldn’t happen to be the one ya’ll are talking about, would it? That was my favorite for the longest time.

Courtney

We’ll have to wait and see in April. That’s all word of mouth, so I could be wrong!

Hah! The cucumber melon scent is amazing.

Fjellrev

Yeah, I’m curious to see if it’s just rumour or if it’ll be like the original! Oh, that blasted telephone game.

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drank Queen of Berries by Tea Palace
583 tasting notes

This one was sent my way from Angrboda.

The steeped tea smells strongly of berries. The taste is more subtle, with the berries clearly there, but not overwhelming the tea base. The tea base also complements well. I’m not generally a fan of berry amalgamations, though I love berries individually, but this tea is quite delightful.

Thanks Angrboda!

In other news, the flights to home/Jamaica are officially booked! I couldn’t rearrange my psych presentation, but that only means I’m back one day early. YAY. But I’m finding it difficult to be excited because the amount of work I need to get done in the next three weeks is seriously overwhelming. I should probably just install an intravenous caffeine drip.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Yay for Jamaica! Where are you going? I went to Ocho Rios once many years ago with friends and had a blast.

Courtney

Montego Bay! My parents go to Jamaica quite a bit, and they also loved Ocho Rios.

keychange

I am so so jealous! you’ll have so much fun!

__Morgana__

I am pretty sure we flew into Montego Bay and drove to Ocho Rios. In any case, I remember being there briefly. Sounds like a great time!

caile

Yay! That’s great!

Angrboda

I’m glad you liked it. :)

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Tonight I mixed 2 parts Guayusa with 1 part Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble.

I always make the fatal error of steeping guayusa when I’m already exhausted. By that time, there’s no turning back. Tonight is no exception. It’s only 9pm and I’m fighting to keep my eyes open.

I hope my matcha order shows up on Wednesday. I would say tomorrow, but it’s still in Chicago, with the last update on Friday. I’m so impatient.

Stephanie

Sounds potent! And yay Matcha soon :)

Memily

Oh thanks for the heads up on that “tea”! I wasn’t really sure where to log that stuff, I know there’s also a “custom” label but I feel like that’s more for an established delicious blend as opposed to a “hmm I might just try this with that”.

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drank White Coco Dream by Tealux
583 tasting notes

I ordered two samples with my Tealux order, this being one. This one is pretty similar to any other white coconut tea. I’m not sure if the creaminess is added, or just an effect of the coconut. It’s not the teas fault though. As my tea palate has expanded, white teas have been edged out. They need to be pretty amazing to wow me. I do have enough to try shorter/longer steep times, so perhaps something will change.

I’ll have no problem finishing my sample, but I don’t think I need to reorder.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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drank Love Life Tea by Harney & Sons
583 tasting notes

Having this one tonight as I read through scientific journal articles. That’s basically my entire life. Good thing I enjoy it most of the time. Tonight I’m reading about and writing a short report on fracking.

This tea is awesome. The flavouring here complements the base well. The only green teas are keep around are three flavoured ones from H&S. I love how they do green teas. I’m getting close to a sipdown of this one, which was pretty slow going, considering I picked it up in August when we were in New York. I do miss New York.

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drank Phenix by Mariage Frères
583 tasting notes

This came in a swap from Ysaurella.

This is an enjoyable cup. There are hints of vanilla and caramel/honey. I would say more caramel than honey. I’ll try a resteep after I’m finished this one as well. So many of these French teas are enjoyable, but not overly memorable. Thus far it’s just L’Automne and Japon I require in my life.

Thanks Ysaurella for expanding my French tea repertoire!

Ysaurella

you’re very welcome Courtney :)

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
583 tasting notes

I’m on the resteep of this one now. I’m always impressed with this tea. So much delicious flavour. I can’t drink this one all the time though. I really need to have the time to sit back and enjoy it, or else the whole White Rhino experience it ruined.

We went to see the newest Liam Neeson movie last night, Non-Stop, and it was great. Liam Neeson is always such a delight.

I have the house to myself this afternoon. Unfortunately, this has not aided in me being more productive. I’ve decided I need to complete two lab assignments by the end of the day, and at least add in a few more columns of information to my albatross spreadsheet.

I also need to find a bridesmaid dress. Sigh. It’s a pain being a made of honour from across the country.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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Having this delight this morning. I took the day off work because I have a lot of data analysis for my albatrosses to work through.

Also, it’s not nearly as cold here as in SK, but it still feels like -40. However, I checked the forecast for Jamaica and it feels like +40 there. YES. Maybe I’ll just skip the flight back. That is exactly the kind of heat I’d happily live in forever. I could probably pass as a reptile.

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I had no sooner packaged the last of my cheesecake matcha up to send off to Roswell Strange, that I got in matcha samples from Sil and it reawakened the joy of matcha for me. I am getting so impatient for my order to come in!

In my surprise package from MirandaGou yesterday this was also included, so thank goodness I have a few servings to get me through the next week until Red Leaf arrives.

I also needed a bit of a caffeine jolt, because I’m feeling overwhelmed. This seems to be a recurring theme this term. I’m not a huge fan.

VariaTEA

Haha that is how I felt about my matcha order. I have soooo much matcha and yet I am still planning my next one (probably because I am going through Caramel Popcorn matcha withdrawal :P)

Courtney

Right?! I didn’t think I would survive. I was hoarding my last serving of Bananas & Cream for a rough day between now and when it arrives haha! Thank goodness I got that surprise package with a bit of Cheesecake.

Courtney

I’ve added Caramel Popcorn to my wishlist, but I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to order it yet. How much of the popcorn do you get from it? Or is it more similar to the caramel matcha?

VariaTEA

I had robust caramel matcha and what I believe was delicate caramel popcorn and honestly, I got more caramel from the latter. It also has a nice butteryness. I think it captures the popcorn flavor well. Next order I make will definitely have a large package of it.

Actually, talking about order, my friend said she would happily do a group order with you, me, and Roswell Strange :P.

Courtney

Yay! Massive group order for the win!

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I added the tiniest amount of brown sugar to this one tonight, and it’s quite delicious. I don’t have rock sugar, or I would’ve tried that one. I have only one cup left after this sadly. I hope Bluebird brings this tea back next fall, because it may be the catalyst that finally gets me to make an order with them.

Thanks again KittyLovesTea, I’ve truly enjoyed every cup of this one. I’ll be sad when my sample is gone for good.

Yesterday my friend made a comment that basically said someone could perform a Google search to learn everything I’ve learned from being in university for 5 years. Generally it takes a lot to offend me, but that really bothered me.

Nattie

How did I miss this tea?! I have literally just ordered a batch of Bluebird teas, which I love, and have never noticed that they do a pumpkin tea! :/

keychange

That would really upset me, too. I would say it’s a sign of insecurity, although sadly that isn’t even necessarily true. Way to trivialize all your efforts, though. It could also be though that they didn’t intend to come off as they did—I’m a pretty sensitive person, and if I overthink things, can end up putting a different spin on the story than was intended.

Courtney

Thanks keychange, it helps when someone understands. :)

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Bio

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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