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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
I converted another one. Mwuahaha.
Now I shall go make a cup of this for myself.
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!
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.
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.