492 Tasting Notes
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.
Having this lovely tea as a bit of a pick-me-up. I took a break to throw ingredients in the crockpot for chicken tortilla soup, but I’m back to work here now. I feel like I managed to get a substantial amount done today. I still have a good hour to get some more done too, before I start falling asleep at my computer.
I keep this tea in a plastic bag, inside a tin to keep the scent from leeching out. The scent is wonderful, and so very root beer-esque, but not all my teas need to smell like that! I think S&V teas lose their potency a little quicker than other teas, but they all start out incredibly potent smelling, so I don’t really mind.
KittyLovesTea sent such a generous amount of this tea, I’ve been able to enjoy it again and again. I wish more pumpkin teas were available year-round. This one is so tasty.
Did anyone else’s parents put apples or pears in the edges of grilled cheese sanwiches growing up? My mom always did, but when I made J a grilled cheese he was astounded at this.
Now I will enjoy this delicious tea with my grilled cheese sandwich with apple. :)