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I don’t think I’m ever going to catch up on tasting notes…
Anyhow, I may have slightly oversweetened this chai today (especially think it may have already had some natural sweetness from a bit of licorice?), but it’s pretty enjoyable. The right sort of “chai” spice, though I think I prefer Tazo’s version if we’re talking bagged teas, just because the latter is a bit more potent (and potent is good for chais when you like to add milk/cream to them). Also not the biggest fan of licorice in chais, and I think this has a bit more of that than I’d like, although once sweetened, it’s difficult to tell.
Noooope. Not a fan. Not gingery enough, and there’s a licorice sweetness (for all I know, that’s ginseng). Anyways, not really my thing. Hopefully it doesn’t contaminate my Timolino too much… (I hate putting herbals into them because they always cause funky smells… e.g. I had some Apple Custard in a Timolino a while ago, and that particular mug has now been out of commission for a week, because the tea permeated into the rubber and then went funky. Sigh.)
I’m going to start this review by disclosing that I’m not a coffee drinker. I never have been and probably won’t be. I might get the odd ice capp from Tim’s but that’s about it.
So, anyways, my husband and I got a Keurig. I still can’t believe we got one, but we did so that when family comes over that actually do drink coffee, we can finally offer them some.
But while we were at the shop in town that sells the cups individually, we thought we’d get us a few things too, and this is one of the ones that I grabbed as it looked almost like loose leaf in the cup!
So it’s a STRONG tea. Like super strong. I was almost thrown by it. I ended up adding some milk to it to hopefully tone it down, but it didn’t really touch it too much. I did end up drinking most of it, but I think next time I would steep it up and make it into a latte. I would steam up some milk and add it afterwards and see what happens. I bet with the milk it would be amazing.
Anyways, I would get this again and see how well that works before I fully feel about it.
I went out for dinner tonight and this was the tea I received when I asked if they had lemon tea. I wasn’t too impressed with it. Not bad but not great either. I can taste the lemon and the honey flavours but it’s artificial and sharp tasting and not what I would call smooth. This tea would do in a pinch but it wouldn’t be a tea I would ever buy for home use.
Flavors: Artificial, Honey, Lemon
When I go out to eat lunch or dinner at a restaurant and ask for a green tea, this is almost always the one that is brought to me. Tends to be a little strong and bitter for my taste but I don’t dislike it, I just wouldn’t buy this brand for myself to have at home. There are other brands of green tea that I prefer over this one.
When I get tired of drinking plain green tea, this one is a nice alternative. A mild green tea with a tropical twist. The green tea goes so well with the zing from the fruits. Makes me feel like I’m sipping tea on a tropical island somewhere! This tea always makes an enjoyable cup for me.
Flavors: Citrus, Green, Tropical
I had a fantastic food day today. I made sticky buns with pecans for breakfast which turned out moist and gooey and awesome. I don’t do a lot of baking with yeast doughs, so it was a good experience and something I’ll definitely be making again.
And then for dinner, we went to check out a new restaurant with my partner’s family. I didn’t really know what to expect, as this restaurant was basically a total remaking of a restaurant and lounge that used to be one of my favourite places to go for drinks and live music. It’s very different in this incarnation, but gorgeous and my god, was the food ever amazing.
We started off with some lovely oysters, and then for apps had bacon wrapped figs stuff with blue cheese (wonderfully balanced flavours!), pounded cheese whipped with butter on fried sourdough bread, and a really nice assortment of olives.
The entree I chose was a rack of Berkshire pork with apples, fennel, dates and cider. Sweet, delicious and rich. I also tried the bison flatiron steak with whisky glaze, chicken livers with chorizo and tomatoes over grits, and eggplant and quinoa sausage. For sides we shared garlic mushrooms, roasted cauliflower with currants and fries with truffle salt, thyme and pecorino cheese.
And then for dessert, brown butter cheese cake with deep fried sage and stewed pears. And tea. The food was all amazing and the tea was a very decent accompaniment. I kind of hope for loose leaf tea at fancy restaurants, but this is a nice, balanced Earl Grey. It was good with cream and sugar, and a fine way to cap off the evening.
This is one of my favourite Earl Grey teas. It is so smooth and fragrant and tastes as good as it smells. There is a sweet tinge to the bergamot and it blends in lovely not too overpowering just the right amount. Side note – the first place I actually had this was at McDonalds and was surprised the tea was actually so good!
Forget delicate, this tea has incredibly strong floral notes, more than I was expecting from a straight black tea. I’m almost surprised that there isn’t some jasmine in there or something of the sort. I tried adding milk and honey and found that I didn’t mind it, but I think that overall I prefer more of a malty than a flowery cup of black tea.