714 Tasting Notes
Time to get started on the overwhelming amount of tea that arrived today. Heyooo. I may just be up all night sipping away at tea after tea. But two upsides: 1. I have more tea, and 2. Now I can mail out some swaps that were waiting on the orders that came in today. Yes!
This one came my way from Stephanie. She’s pretty awesome.
Just yesterday I saw VariaTEA’s post on this one and decided I needed to get a sample with my next Butiki order, but I’ve been doing so many swaps I’d forgotten it was already en route haha.
I’m getting both the honeybush and root beer scents here. The honeybush is slightly stronger, but not by much. In the taste I’m getting is much more honeybush than root beer though. I have a feeling this one may be better cold. I have another cups worth though, so perhaps that’s just what I’ll do.
I overslept this morning, but I feel great. I technically don’t have classes until close to lunch today, though I generally always go to school early to be productive. Not today! I’m laying on the couch in my sweats sipping tea and listening to Ben Howard. What an awesome Wednesday morning.
This tea is great! I wanted to have it last night, but I held off to have it for the morning. It’s creamy and Irish-y and perfect. It’s very similar to Butiki’s Irish Cream Cheesecake actually, minus the pretty blue and yellow flowery bits. It’s a lovely strong black tea with the cream flavour to mellow it out. Also, no astringency. This could easily become my morning tea. I’ll be keeping this one around.
Update: This one is so delightful, I just made another cup to have with my oatmeal. Oatmeal with maple syrup and blueberries this morning. This day is great.
This one smells like a sour Jolly Rancher. Fascinating. I have a feeling I should’ve cold brewed this one, but we’ll see what it brings hot. I would say the scent is much more potent that the actual taste here. I’m not getting much in the way of flavour at all. A bit of sour-y sweetness.
I wrote my exam today, which I feel great about, but all I wanted to do tonight was relax for about half an hour before getting started on some research for my term project. But alas, it was not to be. Is anyone else ever driven crazy by their other half? While I did one thing after another, he laid on the couch and watched TV. All night. Erg.
But yay for great exams, and tomorrow is a fresh day. :)
Making this one as a wee pick me up to get in a few more solid hours of studying. I’m also using my matcha bowl for the first time! MY grandparents gave it to me for Christmas two years ago, and since it takes up precious room in my tea cupboard I really ought to start using it.
And, it’s awesome!
I’ve had my Timolino now for a while. I got it during the fall, because I distinctly remember walking around downtown without a jacket to go get it. I bought it primarily because I find myself, more often than not, in the lab at 8am, and when I escape hours later, any hope of hot tea is gone.
Upsides: It keeps tea hot, like really hot. Piping hot. It’s sleek, and fits nicely into my bookbag. And it holds 16 oz. of tea.
Downsides: The tea really is kept hot. For a long time. I’ve burned myself a few times, but I’d really rather have too hot tea than cold tea. Another downside that really bothered me when I first got it was the fact that the lid is so difficult to clean. The lid holds scents (the silicone part I’m guessing), and the worst by far was soap. I soaked it in baking soda, vinegar, hot water, you name it. The soap flavour has gone away over time, but the only thing I take in my Timolino now is black tea. The one time I attempted an oolong I couldn’t even taste the delicate flavours.
I should also mention, that wee silicone bit that holds scents – I tried one day to leave it behind. Fail. That wee piece is what makes the thing leakproof. Lesson learned.
I picked up another on boxing day, that I’m using for the first time today. I’m going to reserve this one for herbals, since Super Ginger went into it this morning. I don’t think I’d pay full price for another one, solely because of the lid issue, but I had no problem picking up a second one on sale.
I’m here bright and early this morning, hence my two Timolinos. http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/82623033-17E6-4131-90C0-15E2BA4EA582_zpsovrlfbjb.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0
I went and picked up 50g of this yesterday after having some from my swap with MirandaGou. And evidently, I was none too soon, because I’ve got an upset stomach now. Joy. I’ve been writing out cue cards all afternoon for my exam Tuesday, and I’ve got such a good roll going I don’t want to stop just because of my stomach. I also cannot seem to warm up no matter how many layers I apply, so hopefully this will ease my stomach and heat me up. Yay ginger!
P.S. I sent in some flavours for the first time yesterday, and one of them was ginger. It’s not in the flavour database yet, but hopefully soon.
VariaTEA sent such a generous amount of this, I made a cup each for J and I this evening. I am really enjoying this tea, which continually amazes me. The orange seems to work well with the rooibos base – simultaneously balancing each other so neither is overwhelming, but so they’re both still present. The chocolate flavour is lovely in the background.
At this point, any herbal or rooibos that I like enough to keep around needs to be added to my cupboard. I love my black teas, but I have an awful tendency to forget to eat, but continue to drink black tea, and the caffeine just wreaks havoc on my empty stomach.
Does anyone know the best way to order Fauchon to Canada?
This is actually a lovely tea. I avoided this one for a time, then I discovered Bangkok, which has ginger, and decided maybe ginger wasn’t so bad after all. I didn’t want to buy a bunch of this myself, so MirandaGou was awesome and sent some in a swap. It’s sweetly gingery with a little kick of peppercorn. Truly what the name suggests. Today has been a good tea day, and I’ve secretly been sipping down swap samples. I’m almost through them all. Mwuahaha.
Next I will have to try the Ginger Crystals I see pop up on my feed so often.
Update: This tea is heating me from the inside out. I can actually feel it go down my esophagus and hit my stomach. I’m always cold so that is just delightful!
This one came my way from KittyLovesTea – thanks!
What an interesting black tea. It’s so creamy! I love creaminess in teas. The flavour is creamy and thick, yet also light. There’s a very subtle nutty flavour in the background as well. Somewhat reminiscent of a green tea minus any vegetal flavour. I’m so happy I got a chance to try this one.
I started off the day so productively with studying, and I’ve really lost some speed on that front. However, on the upside, I’ve gotten rid of a bunch of stuff on Kijiji hah. Yay for ridding my life of clutter.
This one was sent to me by VariaTEA :)
I bypassed this one in favour of Campfire Blend in my Verdant order, and now I’m wishing I hadn’t haha! This one is much better. The black tea is so lovely with nice spiciness to it. It’s almost cake-like. I must have more.