711 Tasting Notes

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
711 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
711 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
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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
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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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drank Noël à Paris by Dammann Freres
711 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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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, 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 generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. 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 dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

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