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drank Holiday Tea by Market Spice
566 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!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
OMGsrsly

That sounds cool. :) It’s always so exciting to get into a super interesting course, especially one taught by an awesome prof!

Courtney

It is! She teaches only 2-3 courses because she is near-constantly publishing. By far one of the best profs I’ve ever had. :)

OMGsrsly

That is still a lot of courses. Most profs at my uni only teach one per year.

Courtney

What?! I’m not at a big university, and I was speaking to another prof the other day and she’s supposed to teach 4 courses with labs per term. There are less than 20 full-time bio profs though.

OMGsrsly

I think they’re supposed to teach two classes, but most profs buy themselves out and only teach one. We have lecturers who might teach 3-4 courses per semester tho. Which is RIDICULOUS.

Hello.Kiki

Congrats! Histology is tough! I know it’s definitely an upper level biomed class where I did my undergrad. Even better that it’s a great professor. I find that can make all the difference.

Courtney

A great prof does make all the difference. It was definitely challenging the first time around, and I’m looking forward to this next one.

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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.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

That sucks! I hope it’ll work for you so that you can get that all done.

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This tea is every bit as delightful as I remember. But what’s even more delightful? EvaGrimm who sent this amazing swap package.

http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/6D6C2F0D-20BF-4660-B7AF-DFD56C55193E_zpsddhzo62u.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

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.

OMGsrsly

“Page cannot be found.” So sad! That sounds AWESOME.

Courtney

Oh no! It opens for me. :( Maybe because I’m signed in, or maybe because my Insta is locked down? I’ll upload to Photobucket so I can share.

OMGsrsly

Probably because you’re locked down. :D

That is SO AWESOME! Wow, I totally need to make me something like that somehow. :)

keychange

For all things marine themed, I suggest david’s tea’s spring everything. That is all!

Courtney

Haha keychange, don’t you worry. I was in there as the mall was opening buying my Perfect WHALE mug.

Courtney

I was so impressed OMGsrsly. I have zero creativity haha. Such a thoughtful addition to the swap package.

__Morgana__

So pretty!

Stephanie

That is amazing!!!

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
566 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
OMGsrsly

Eee!!!!! The whales are SO CUTE!

Is this tea really minty? They say a “hint” of mint, but I don’t see mint in the ingredients.

Courtney

I thought that upon first smell, but the more I sip away, the more what I thought was mint just becomes cucumber melon to be honest.

keychange

Would you say the flavours are weak though? so sad because I bet the smell would lead me on so much!

omg omg must get to dT! three hours to go now!

Courtney

Yep keychange. The smell is much stronger.

OMGsrsly

Thanks. :)

MissLena

Ahh I think I am going to my store tonight, I looked at all the teaware and am freaking out, I want ALL of it. Haha I think I’ve narrowed it to 2 for myself, 2 for the bf lol..and I really want to try all the new teas!! This one looks so refreshing!

keychange

Alrighty. Still so excited to check it out!

Stephanie

The new whales mug is SOOOO cute. The last thing I need is another mug though, LOL

Cavocorax

Yay! We’re almost matching whale mug buddies! I chose the noric style bc I like the grip better, although I envy that yours has a whale in the inside…

Courtney

Stephanie I didn’t either, whoops!

Cavo I contemplated the Nordic mug, because my Spock mug has a similar shape, but I love the inner lime green and little whale too much.

Fjellrev

Ha, I was wondering if this would smell like late 90s cucumber melon lotion.

And I sure hope there isn’t lemongrass in the coconut oolong!

Courtney

I agree about the coconut oolong Fjellrev.

Fjellrev

Don’t call it coconut oolong then, damnit. :)

Lynxiebrat

OOooo I love lemongrass! Maybe I will try that one. I remember Bath and Body Works had a Cucumber Melon scent in the ’90’s…that wouldn’t happen to be the one ya’ll are talking about, would it? That was my favorite for the longest time.

Courtney

We’ll have to wait and see in April. That’s all word of mouth, so I could be wrong!

Hah! The cucumber melon scent is amazing.

Fjellrev

Yeah, I’m curious to see if it’s just rumour or if it’ll be like the original! Oh, that blasted telephone game.

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drank Queen of Berries by Tea Palace
566 tasting notes

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.

Thanks Angrboda!

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.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Yay for Jamaica! Where are you going? I went to Ocho Rios once many years ago with friends and had a blast.

Courtney

Montego Bay! My parents go to Jamaica quite a bit, and they also loved Ocho Rios.

keychange

I am so so jealous! you’ll have so much fun!

__Morgana__

I am pretty sure we flew into Montego Bay and drove to Ocho Rios. In any case, I remember being there briefly. Sounds like a great time!

caile

Yay! That’s great!

Angrboda

I’m glad you liked it. :)

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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
566 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
566 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
566 tasting notes

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
566 tasting notes

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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Bio

Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), travel, science, 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 always in the mood for them. Greens and pu’erhs I’m working on, but they’re coming along at a snail’s pace. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino). 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 chocolate flavour), rhubarb, to be continued…

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss, to be continued…

Location

Canada

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