349 Tasting Notes
Our landlords live above us and just got back from Paris yesterday. They came down to visit us tonight and actually brought me back the Kusmi Wellness Collection. I cannot get over how sweet they are :) Such a generous gift.
I decided to have this one to clear my mind so I can concentrate on a write-up I’m doing tonight for histology. I may have left it to the last minute.
I wasn’t completely sold on the dry scent, I’ll be honest. The steeped tea seems much more pleasant. It’s certainly not something I’d buy for myself, but I will be happy finishing off this tin. Also, the tins are adorable! The peppermint comes through clearly, along with a slightly less powerful taste of verbena (I believe?) and perhaps a subtle hint of liquorice. It’s actually quite a nice herbal, though I’d have to be in the mood to have it – but that’s true of a lot of peppermint teas.
I did add this into my Butiki order on the weekend, but this cup today came in the mail from Cavovorax :)
I was actually in the field today for my 8am lab. It was a chilly morning and after 3 hours of standing outside in 6 degree temperatures, mostly stationary, identifying plants and grasses, it was so, so nice to get back on campus and have this hot tea waiting in my Timolino.
I had tried this one quickly before and it was good, because all Butiki teas are, but not quite what I was thinking it would be. This time around, similar to Ruby Pie, it seems to be working out much better. The base is so lovely and comforting, and the somewhat subtle caramel and vanilla seem to pair perfectly. This is much better than the few caramel or vanilla teas I’ve tried thus far. I may play around with this one a bit more once I get my order to see what all this tea can do.
I’m going to start this with a story about my day – feel free to skip right ahead to notes on this tea at the bottom if you’d like :)
I spent the majority of last night extremely sick and slept away most of my night on the bathroom floor. This really did not make for a great start to my Monday morning. I barely dragged myself out of the bed I had somehow managed to get into at some point, and I ended up missing my first class. The class with the most terrifying prof with intense information overload each and every class. Delightful. I did make it for my next class, thank goodness. I also had the foresight to bring Bangkok in my Timolino today – favourite tea comfort, and ginger for the upset stomach. Mondays are my longest day, where classes run from 9-7:30p with one 1 hour break. So I endured all but one of my classes today with a horribly upset stomach and running on little sleep. Today was totally a sucky Monday. When I did finally arrive back home there was a tea parcel waiting for me, and this just seemed to make it all better – so thank you Cavovorax, and the speedy postal service, for brightening my day.
This was one in the package from Cavovorax. I have tried this one before and it just didn’t quite work out the first time. This time is going much better. I really do love rhubarb – almost as much as my love for watermelon and pumpkin. I don’t consume nearly as much or enough of it since I left home. I really should’ve brought my Mom with me to bake me rhubarb goodies. Why didn’t I have the foresight for that… Okay, back to this tea. I’m much happier this time around with it, and I’m even more thrilled it went into my Butiki order yesterday. I may try the resteep with a touch of sugar like is suggested. Yum!
I’m having the second resteep tonight and it is quite delicious. I’m even more excited about my Butiki order now.
This tea is delicious with a hint of brown sugar added, just as the description says it will be. I drink and eat pumpkin things throughout the year, but I don’t get as many weird looks when it’s fall haha.
I may have altered my Butiki order from last night to include more teas. Quite a few more teas. I may have a problem. But alas, I’m drinking this treat partly because I’m incredible frustrated with the assignment I’m working on, but mostly because I’m incredibly excited to try out Pumpkin Milkshake when it arrives. Pumpkin in all the things!
This oolong is delicious, as always. It never fails to amaze me. I drink oolongs so rarely since they strike me as an all-afternoon endeavour, and I don’t often have full afternoons to dedicate to sitting around drinking tea, unfortunately. I decided last time I enjoyed this beauty that this would be my permanent oolong.
I’ve been thinning out my tea cupboard drastically and it felt so good to be rid of stuff I wasn’t truly in love with. Now I’m finding my selection is too little haha! It appears I’ve cut off my nose to spite my face. So, I placed a Butiki order for eight teas, seven of which I’ve never tried before – YAY for new teas!
I’m on my fifth steep now, and I’m going to see just how many more I can get this afternoon. Each subsequent steep I’m steeping for an added minute and a half. It is still so tasty.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this one, and I have to say that I’m pretty happy with it. I had my first steep in my Timolino for my afternoon classes, and I’m just enjoying the second steep here as I prepare for my lab tomorrow morning.
The thing I like the most about this one is that you can still taste the non-genmaicha flavours in the second steep. I found the other flavoured genmaichas had only the first steep with flavour, then it was essentially regular genmaicha from there on out.
Both the raspberry and blackberry are evident and not fake tasting at all. The scent of the dry tea seemed like the flavours might come out too overwhelming, but they seem to be just right. This will be a nice switch up from my normal genmaicha every so often.
I have had this sitting in my swap-in box for months. I’m still not so sure of my tea tastes are experienced enough to taste what others taste, but alas, I shall try it today. Also, I feel terrible, in that I can’t remember who sent this to me. I know it was either Kittena or Cavovorax, however I looked through my inbox to determine and of course I had deleted the message to keep myself organized. So silly of me. I apologize profusely for that.
I shall update as I sip away here. I’m also researching methyl hydroxybenzoate. Joy.
The initial sip is very smooth. I believe I’m getting some barely in the background there, which is lovely. As it cools and I get further into my cup I’m getting that hint of dark chocolate almost.
I’m drinking this so fast – it’s just so delicious! Thank goodness I can expect so many resteeps.
I made this yesterday for my Timolino. I make two cups worth in my normal mug to fill my Timolino and always have a bit left over. I decided to throw the rest of this one in the fridge to chill.
I really enjoyed this one cold, it brings out the best of the flavours of the tea. The caramel is much more noticeable I found. I’d happily drink this one hot or cold. Yum!
Also, we went to the Eagles concert last night and it was AMAZING!
I brought this treat in my Timolino today and it’s quite enjoyable as I sit here reading up on every possible thing you could ever want to know about epithelium. H&S greens continually amaze me. This tea is so light with the perfect flavours of strawberry and coconut.
I’m working up to placing and H&S order and I was so upset to see this one is only offered as sachets online. I puchased my current stash at the SoHo store when I visited New York in July. I did email the customer service contact to see if there’s a possibility of getting it loose. I don’t think I can wait until I possibly visit NY again next summer to get this one again.
I made this one this morning, knowing very well I had absolutely no time to spare, and ended up pouring it into my normal ceramic travel mug and gulping it down en route to pick up my friend for school. I had to give it a fair shot and remake it once I was home for the evening.
I am continually impressed with Della Terra’s minty black teas and this is no exception. This is very reminiscent of all their other minty blacks, especially reminding me of Shamrocks & Shenanigans, minus the little green pieces. This one has little white pieces instead haha! All in all, I’m happy I ordered the 2oz.