1550 Tasting Notes
Don’t you hate it when you mishear someone and give them an answer that clearly states you’re an idiot? Yesterday at work, I was running on fewer than three hours of sleep (plus barely got sleep the night before that too) so I was nearly dead by the end of my last break that I took ultra late. A coworker, who was waving his bag of Quaker rice snacks around (and to be fair, just started making conversation with me after I was sitting in the room reading a magazine in silence for a while), apparently asked me if I was closing, and I somehow thought he asked me if I wanted one, so I said no thank you but went on in a humorous yet oddly rambly way about how I shouldn’t have one, and he looked at me like I was crazy. I think I especially feel bad because it made him then feel like he should offer me a rice snack. To make matters worse, I thought I’d try to explain how I’m sleep-deprived and caffeine does nothing for me (was drinking my second cup of coffee) and made a joke about how I’d probably need to graduate to cocaine in order to save me. It was so freaking awkward! I hate when a semi-functioning sleep-deprived brain puts you in embarrassing situations.
My point is that, caffeine or not, I end up being a dumbass so no amount of tea or coffee can save me from such situations. My mom accidentally knocked over and broke the glass Contigo I was using for bringing cold brews to work so for now I’ve been going without them at work. At least I happily chugged a whole jug of this at home over the past day and miss its tropical fruity vibe and green rooibos base. But holy moly, does this brew a lot more strongly than I remembered. I added 12g to an approximately 1.3 litre jug and the liquor was such a dark mossy green. Flavour-wise, the base was a little strong for a green rooibos too, so looks like I could get away with more like 7-8g next time. I kept refilling the jug after pouring a glass to try to dilute it so I got a lot of cold brew out of this in the end. Very glad they brought this one back since it’s been a long time since experiencing it.
It is freaking freezing out there. Only -20°C but -25°C with wind chill, yet it felt even colder. Maybe I’m not used to it? A friend and I met up at a cafe both new to us which required a bus route that had me stand outside a bit, but the real kicker was when I thought I’d walk a few blocks down to a nearby makeup store afterwards seeing that I was in the area, only to discover that it closed early due to weird post-New Year semi-holiday-for-them-still hours. Damnit! That is literally the third time I tried going to an establishment in that area only to discover that something closed early or wasn’t open that day at all.
So, why am I yapping about this? This meant having to be outside even longer trying to walk back to catch a bus, and despite wearing thermal gloves, my fingers were freezing and starting to hurt. Once I got on the bus, the pain got even worse as they were thawing out. Geez. What would happen in -40°C weather? Which I experienced much more often as a kid in the countryside? Once I got home, I felt like a steaming hot cup of tea, something soothing, so I opted for this. It totally hit the spot with that toasty rice and broth-like mouthfeel. Thank you for scaring off the frostbite, genmaicha!
I finally sipped this down a few days ago, cold brew style. Lovely melon flavour but I prefer Golden Honeydew for that wonderful green rooibos base which allows for that melon flavour to come through more strongly, whereas this green rooibos base tends to get a little vegetal. Oh man, that Golden Honeydew is truly all that, folks. Not overrated at all, in my opinion. This was also the very last of my Lupicia teas, and while I’d love to make an order sometime, I didn’t really find any others that I found repurchase-worthy so justifying another order is tricky.
Sipping this down with some milk. Isn’t it funny how Christmas was nearly two weeks ago already but it doesn’t truly feel over yet? At least for me. I guess it’s like that when you’re in retail, still selling leftover gift sets and whatnot. Now that my hours were cut back a bit, I have some time to sit down and enjoy some tea at home. I still like DAVIDsTEA’s Chocolate Macaroon more than this one. The nuts add a little more body to that one, plus I swear it’s more chocolatey too. But this is still worth checking out if you like chocolate and/or coconut.
A glorious waft of what I think is chili con carne is coming from the hallway. Blast those neighbours making delicious-smelling food. I could go for a bowl now, especially in this chilly weather!
I felt so proud sipping this down at work. My new place of work actually has a kettle unlike Sephora! There is a proper break room which makes tea-enjoying more doable and enjoyable. I bought a Perfect Mug on sale after Christmas just for work since I’m too ridiculous not wanting to give up one of my mugs from home. I know it probably doesn’t sound like a big deal to most, but it felt pretty damn good being able to sit down, relax, and sip on this tea at work. Like whaaaat? Such a good feeling.
Would I get more? I would if I needed to make an ATR order more worthwhile. Excellent lychee flavour.