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585 Tasting Notes

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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drank Noël à Paris by Dammann Freres
585 tasting notes

Wow, this one smells strongly of marzipan. The black tea base balances out the marzipan flavour so it isn’t quite so strong, which is nice. It’s in the latter half and aftertaste of the sip, with the black tea in front. This is an enjoyable cup.

Thanks MirandaGou!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I had a surprise waiting for me when I got to the house. An envelope from MirandaGou! If you guys recall, a few weeks ago I was in a state of shock that she had disappeared from Steepster. All traces gone. She wrote a note of explanation to go with the teas. Awesome.

This was one of the teas she sent. Generally 52Teas don’t work for me. I don’t order them any longer myself, but it’s nice to try them in swaps. I overleafed slightly, and I steeped both a lower temperature and for less time. I’m getting banana here with a nuttiness in the background. There is a bread-like flavour in the aftertaste. I’m actually quite enjoying this cup. I need to remember to steep 52Teas at lower temperatures from now on.

In other news, I spoke with both my psych and conservation profs today. My conservation prof is a sweetheart, and said I could present to the class rather than the department, and we could just have my poster up for the department presentation. She jokingly said we could put a cardboard cutout of me next to it. :P My psych prof said that as long as I could get someone to switch days with me for the presentation that would be fine. I emailed and so far I have no responses, but worse case scenario – I book a flight back one day early. YES.

We also had a fascinating presentation in conservation today on wildlife corridors and habitat fragmentation. My ultimate goal is to be a conservation biologist, so this was endlessly fascinating to me. J was nodding off as I was telling him about it. Sigh.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
keychange

I’m so glad you rediscovered Miranda! I similarly wonder where Yvonne has gone off to…

__Morgana__

Yay for Jamaica!

Courtney

Haha yes me too. We sort of became more like friends, so I was a little distraught. Yvonne does seem to have disappeared though.

Courtney

Yes Morgana! My parents are just making sure everything is a go and I’ll know for sure tomorrow I believe. The hardest part is done though. :)

Suziqzer

So glad your trip looks like it will work out for you!

Suziqzer

Love the cardboard cutout idea the prof had for u :)

Fjellrev

Sweet! I really hope a classmate won’t mind switching with you.

Stephanie

Congrats on the trip! And I’m glad you found your friend :)

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I can’t believe I have only one tea note on this one. I drink this all the time. I alternate this one out with Laoshan Black to take in my Timolino almost every day. They both hold up exceptionally well in the Timolino. I also love this can be steeped at boiling. Teas steeped at boiling delight me to no end.

The scent is drifting to me over my keyboard as I type away to you guys, and on my annotated bibliography for conservation. Mmm. This tea is the best parts of Laoshan Black with added chocolate-y goodness and the roasty toastiness of rice. I’ve seen some people mention the oolong – either I enjoy the oolong, or I just don’t notice it. I’m more inclined to say the latter.

I wasn’t entirely sure on this the very first time I had it. I thought to myself “this is so similar to Laoshan Black, close enough I don’t need them both”. Now I’m on my second 4 oz. bag and I definitely need them both. I always make sure to shake the bag so I get in the cacao and rice, because often I find those ingredients accumulate at the bottom of the bag.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
caile

Love this one too!

Fjellrev

Ha, I just had this a while ago too, and I haven’t even written a note on it at all yet despite having it quite a few times already. Go figure, eh?

Hope that annotated bibliography is going well. Talk about busywork.

Courtney

I’m done! And I just completed my yoga for the day too. I was on quite the roll tonight. :)

Fjellrev

Nicely done!

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I had my morning cup of Irish Cream Breakfast, but I didn’t write a note for it. I didn’t bring tea to school today, so now I’ve arrived home and I’m making a resteep of Japon with 1/2 tsp. of Cacao for a little extra oomph.

My stepdad called me today to invite my to Jamaica from March 28-April 3! I was so excited, then it hit me I present my conservation poster to the department March 28. And I have a psychology presentation April 3. Of course. I plan on speaking with both profs tomorrow to see if I can’t present a day or two early. What do you guys think?

Lala

Certainly worth talking to them about it? You wouldn’t want to ask and miss out on the vaca when you could have potentially gone.

Courtney

That’s what I figured too Lala. I feel like if I ask to present early rather than late it won’t look like I’m just trying to get an extension. I don’t think the department presentation will go over, but it won’t hurt to ask.

Suziqzer

Maybe you can arrange flights so you can still go, just different flights. ? I’d hate to miss a trip like that if there was a chance you could make it work

Courtney

I asked my parents that but it’s a coordinated group vacation thing. In fact, they’re even flying me home to fly out from there versus the city I’m in, because apparently that’s how it has to work.

__Morgana__

I don’t think anyone would fault you for wanting to present early if it’s possible to do so. If the March 28 one can’t be pushed up maybe you could meet them down there? I know you said it’s a coordinated thing so it might cost more to do that but it sounds like it might be worth the additional cost (within reason) to get to go as family thing.

Courtney

If I can even have the April 3 one moved, I would absolutely do that Morgana. I have a feeling that’s what will happen. My mom said it would be difficult, but I think we can all pull a few strings. :P

Courtney

It’s all I can focus on tonight, rather than what I should be doing haha!

caile

Hopefully you can work it all out – a trip to Jamaica would be fantastic!

OMGsrsly

Fingers crossed! That sounds like an amazing opportunity.

Terri HarpLady

I went to Jamaica once. Somewhere around here there is a pic of me with my entire head done in tiny braids. I left it in for the rest of the cruise.

Courtney

That’s awesome Terri! When we went to Dominican I had my whole head done in wee braids. With beads haha.

Terri HarpLady

yup, I had the beads too! It was great! I didn’t have to detangle my hair for almost a week, but then the rude awakening happened when it was time to take out the braids…my hair is very long…it took a very long time…

Stephanie

Oh man, beach vacation! That will be a blast!!!

Fjellrev

I really hope they would let you work around this! It’s so annoying to miss a vacation because of school. Ultimately, life’s too short.

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
585 tasting notes
Stephanie

Good job :D

OMGsrsly

Success! :)

Courtney

Right!? Another Japon cult member. :P

Indigobloom

lol what is SCC?

Courtney

Strawberry Cream Cacao :)

Cavocorax

OMG, they seriously need to give you and VarieTEA a commmision or something. I know Sil and I just bought some and it was probably because of one or both of you. ;D

Courtney

VariaTEA got me hooked in the first place haha. All credit to her, for sure.

Indigobloom

oh! haha. Now I really need to try mine…

VariaTEA

Haha I am just happy to spread the Nina Japon love. I was worried I would send it to people and they would all be like “wtf is wrong with her? This is not that good” but luckily that has not been the case.

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drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
585 tasting notes

This is one of the teas I go through so fast, I barely realize it’s just disappeared before my eyes. That’s true of the few herbals I have though. Considering I essentially only drink black teas, those few herbals serve to mix it up and reduce my caffeine intake.

This one is delightfully creamy from the chocolate chips, with a not overwhelming amount of peppermint. Peppermint is generally reserved for when I’m sick, so when it’s in a tea that I drink a lot, that’s quite an accomplishment.

I just finished packaging up some teas for my friend tomorrow. She asked me to bring some teas so she can start exploring the tea world. When I inquired as to if she preferred flavoured or straight, she wasn’t sure what straight tea was. Flavoured it is!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

It’s funny because I know a few people who don’t understand the concept of a flavoured tea, and are only aware of the straight teas. Go figure!

TeaBrat

mmm. I had some of this yesterday :)

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This sample came my way from VariaTEA.

I’m not a fan of Earl Greys to be honest. I don’t hate them, but I don’t enjoy them either. That being said, this one is not too bad. I certainly don’t need any for myself, but I happily sipped away as I read through the incredibly dull book I have to write a report on that’s due Wednesday.

The bergamot, which is what I do not like, was dulled sufficiently by I’m guessing the marshmallow. The base worked well and didn’t over- or underwhelm. Overall a decent cup.

Marshmallows and marshmallow leaf in tea intrigues me. I must find more.

Thanks VariaTEA!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Cream Irish Breakfast by Tealux
585 tasting notes

This was my choice again this morning. I also just ordered 100g along with a couple other Tealux samples, because I’m going through the 50g I originally ordered alarmingly fast.

You guys, I’m so over winter. I try to be positive, but it’s feels like -36 here this morning, and I want to hibernate. I want it to be summer, so I can be home. Even better, I want to live somewhere where there’s one season – sweltering hot summer. Sigh. At least I have delicious teas, like this creamy delight to start my day.

keychange

I know. I’m so over winter also. I’m tired of pretending to be good-spirited about it when it’s just overwhelming and makes me want to hide.

Courtney

Thank goodness it isn’t just me. I try so hard, but it just gets tiring to be positive when I never want to leave the house.

keychange

I definitely get it. I mean, I hardly want to leave the house even when the weather is nice, but weather like this makes every time I leave the house feel like a monumental effort.

Stephanie

-36??? I’m feeling thankful we reached a high of 40 degrees today. Above freezing! WOO! I feel for you Canadians…that must suck.

Tea Sipper

I’d rather live in perma-autumn! But I agree.. this better be the last week of snow!

Stephanie

Heck yeah Tea Sipper…Autumn is the best!

Courtney

Haha I could do summer and autumn. I’m good without winter and spring through.

OMGsrsly

And here I am super excited that we actually have snow. :) Up to my knees at work! (I work at a higher elevation.)

Courtney

Haha! I have never liked snow. It wouldn’t be so bad if it was a rare occurrence. Or if it didn’t come hand in hand with -20 temperatures. :P

But enjoy it over there! :)

OMGsrsly

It’s raining just down the hill from me, and snowing here a bit but it’s just one step up from rain. :) Yes, I do live on the wet coast!

Courtney

Aw I miss the rain. I love the rain!

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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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