740 Tasting Notes
Red Leaf arrived! YES. I absolutely love the resealable bags.
After a 12 hour day at school, I finally made it home, ready to fall asleep standing up, and this was waiting for me. I pulled myself together enough to choose this one to put in a mason jar and shake up with milk.
I haven’t had super fresh matcha in a long time, and the green colour was so vibrant. This one has the scent of chocolate that I know from somewhere, but I can’t pinpoint it. It’s pretty tasty in cold shaken milk, but it may be better hot. Or in a smoothie. So many choices. The memory of that chocolate taste is right at the edge of my mind. Gah. My brain is exhausted, but hopefully it will come to me.
I came to school bright and early today, a full 7 hours before I have my classes. It’s nose to the grindstone for the next 20 days before I leave for paradise. The scent of this tea is wafting out from the Timolino and it is intoxicating. Part of me doesn’t want to drink it, just so I can smell it for as long as possible. This tea may get permanent cupboard status.
I’m taking a quick break to write this note, and to do some math. I love quantifying things. Everything actually. I average 75 hours per term per class in both lecture and lab, and for spring histology, the amount of time I’ll spend in scheduled lecture and lab is 108 hours. HEYO.
This tea is confusingly tasty. There is a definite creaminess, but the cranberry is playing some sort of game with me. It’s there, and then it isn’t. There is also some sort of carbonation-likeness going on in the background. Not immediately, but I get a carbonation after-effect at the back of my throat.
I tried it last night as well, and the confusion was there as well. Perhaps the flavours will become clearer as it cools. Despite all these bizarre happenings, I am really enjoying my cup.
Thanks EvaGrimm. :)
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!
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.
This tea is every bit as delightful as I remember. But what’s even more delightful? EvaGrimm who sent this amazing swap package.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.