716 Tasting Notes
Today I required approval for two things. One for a social psych presentation, and one from the biology department to take a spring course. Not just any spring course. I took histology last term, which is actually a med school course, but they offer it at my school for health science students, and other science students that are brave enough to take it. I did, and it was the hardest thing I’ve done in my years studying biology, hands down. I still have nightmares about it, literally. They’re offering another histology in spring, which promises to be just as challenging (or more, considering it’s completed in half the time), so of course I wanted in. I am always up for a challenge, and the prof is absolutely amazing and highly intelligent. I was fully prepared to be denied, because first priority goes to health science students and the cap on the class is only 10 students (eep!). But my request was approved! YES. I may have done a wee dance outside the bio department where my friend was waiting. Hopefully the prof didn’t see that. :P
I’m home now, working on conservation, and having this tea in celebration. This tea is a delight. I’ve been impressed with the three Market Spice teas I’ve had so far. This one had mint leaves clearly throughout the dry tea, but I always secretly hope they won’t be too prominent. Success! The main flavours here are raspberry, followed by more subtle chocolate. The mint is barely there at all. I find I absolutely love raspberry teas when they are well done. And this one is. :)
Thanks EvaGrimm for sending some my way!
This was a sample from EvaGrimm! Thanks :)
This smells very similar to Butiki’s Peppermint Patty. Though, the black tea base gives it a darker colour. I don’t smell any coconut, but there were huge flakes in the dry tea, so it’s in there somewhere.
At first sip, the coconut is subtle under the mint. But subsequent sips are not sitting as well. It’s leaving a bit of a drying feel in my mouth. The tea base seems to be coming through more and taking over, though the flavours are still barely there.
This could be all me. It’s getting late, and I’m tired. I’m also frustrated because the school database says “SSL connection error” and hasn’t allowed me in for the last 2 hours. I have to read 6-7 more scientific journal articles before tomorrow afternoon, and not being able to access the database does not bode well for that.
This tea is every bit as delightful as I remember. But what’s even more delightful? EvaGrimm who sent this amazing swap package.
The Star Trek handmade mug cozy. OMG. I can’t even. Star Trek is one way to my heart guys. The other way is marine biology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.