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This is going to be a very trying day for me as I am having a lot of trouble getting my fingers to communicate correctly with my brain. Case in point [though you can’t see what just happened and will simply have to take my word for it]: I just had to delete and re-type the word “communicate” seven times. And three more just now.

If this is indicative of how the rest of the typing I’m going to be doing to get schoolwork done today, maybe I should just cut to the chase and start crying now.

Luckily, during some of life’s gloomier and more frustrating sequences, we have tea. And I picked a good one this morning.

I can see this becoming a staple.

Carolyn mentioned in her review that she caught a flash of midori when she drank this and that is exactly what I parse out. For me it’s more present in the smell than in the taste, but that’s perfectly fine by me. Anyone who’s ever had midori knows how sweet it is, [and for those of you who don’t know…er, it’s pretty sweet] and so to have it take over the taste in this tea would be cloying.

Don’t get me wrong, midori is actually my absolutely favorite liqueur. Midori sours are my go-to drink when I’m out because I’m a girly drinker and I don’t like to taste the alcohol in what I’m sipping on. But, that’s a different class of drinking. When I’m drinking tea I don’t want to think that I’m drinking alcoholic kool-aid.

Sometimes when I sniff this as the scent rises out of the cup, I think I’m smelling apple cider, which is also something I enjoy quite a bit. The scent of the leaves themselves has little hints of both the melon and the cider, but also something else I can’t place. As a single entity, it smells a little bit like candy.

The tea is light, but has the softness in its flavor that honeydew melon, or perhaps cantaloupe contribute. I find it subtle and calming. There are likely to be aspects of it that I’m not picking up presently, but I’m too busy typing and retyping characters to be too bothered at the present. I expect I’ll be spending some quality time with it in the future.

This tasting note has been brought to you by Carolyn, the letter K, and Mavis Beacon.

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Auggy

Melon and cider? Hmm. I am curious how these combine… seems like it would either be not so good or else add a great depth of flavor. Based on your rating, I’m guessing option 2?

takgoti

The cider bit was only in the scent, I didn’t really get it in the taste. I think it’s because the smell coming off the cup is more fume-y [not a word] and it almost took on that wavery, almost gritty note that alcohol [and consequently, midori] has. Apple cider has that same kind of smell texture to me, which is probably the main reason why I smelled it.

I’m talking that sweet apple cider, too. Not the really dark, mulled, spiced kind. Like the kind Starbucks uses in their caramel apple cider, or what you might pick up in a grocery store. It seems funny, but the more that I think about it in my head it doesn’t seem too crazy far off of what midori’s like.

Auggy

Ooooh, I get that. Okay, this sounds good!

Carolyn

I agree with that sense. That was why it reminded me of Midori. The slight alcoholic scent (that you’ve identified as apple cider) gives it that feel.

teaplz

Oh my gawd Mavis Beacon. I remember her in computer classes in grammar school! BLAH.

P.S. This is one of the samples that’s coming in the mail for me. :D I’ll get one cup of it, but I can’t wait to try it. Midori is delicious!

takgoti

Hahaha, yeah, good ol’ Mavis. My parents wouldn’t let us having gaming systems when I was younger, so the closest thing I could get to Super Mario Brothers was this laughable spinoff called Mario Teaches Typing.

Yes, I played it a lot. “Played” it a lot.

Micah

Count me among the Mavis Beacon “scholars.” At my high school our computer classes consisted almost entirely of fiddling around on Mavis Beacon. I guess that’s what you get with non-essential credits.

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Auggy

Melon and cider? Hmm. I am curious how these combine… seems like it would either be not so good or else add a great depth of flavor. Based on your rating, I’m guessing option 2?

takgoti

The cider bit was only in the scent, I didn’t really get it in the taste. I think it’s because the smell coming off the cup is more fume-y [not a word] and it almost took on that wavery, almost gritty note that alcohol [and consequently, midori] has. Apple cider has that same kind of smell texture to me, which is probably the main reason why I smelled it.

I’m talking that sweet apple cider, too. Not the really dark, mulled, spiced kind. Like the kind Starbucks uses in their caramel apple cider, or what you might pick up in a grocery store. It seems funny, but the more that I think about it in my head it doesn’t seem too crazy far off of what midori’s like.

Auggy

Ooooh, I get that. Okay, this sounds good!

Carolyn

I agree with that sense. That was why it reminded me of Midori. The slight alcoholic scent (that you’ve identified as apple cider) gives it that feel.

teaplz

Oh my gawd Mavis Beacon. I remember her in computer classes in grammar school! BLAH.

P.S. This is one of the samples that’s coming in the mail for me. :D I’ll get one cup of it, but I can’t wait to try it. Midori is delicious!

takgoti

Hahaha, yeah, good ol’ Mavis. My parents wouldn’t let us having gaming systems when I was younger, so the closest thing I could get to Super Mario Brothers was this laughable spinoff called Mario Teaches Typing.

Yes, I played it a lot. “Played” it a lot.

Micah

Count me among the Mavis Beacon “scholars.” At my high school our computer classes consisted almost entirely of fiddling around on Mavis Beacon. I guess that’s what you get with non-essential credits.

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