1363 Tasting Notes
Allergy update! :)
So I went into the shop this AM before work and let loose on my situation, and the tea barista agreed to steep my tea in a bag instead of a tea master. Yay!
He said that they bleach the tea masters out ever week but sometimes it leeches into the plastic pretty quickly and therefore I should be careful.
So I ordered the lapsang souchong. Feeling extra diva-like this morning, I mentioned wanting to try it with milk but not being sure about it so the other worker, a girl this time, poured some into a small cup for me.
I gotta say, it was kinda weird with milk!! The DT version was great with milk, I suppose cuz the smokiness is less intense. Here, it just made the tea floral and marshmallow-ey in an odd way that made no sense to my taste buds.
So I drank the rest of it bare. Yummmm! nary a bergamot leaf to be smelled. Ahhhhh…
Nothing will compare to the first time I tried this one. I always get so excited the first time lol
Anyhow, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. One day I’ll pick some up to take home with me and maybe try more than one steep!
I’ve had this far too often lately. Not that I have anything against Tims, for what they offer… but what I REALLY want is a looseleaf tea of my choosing, not this bagged concoction.
The last week or so, looseleaf tea has taken a back seat because of my hectic schedule and troubles with Teaopia. I miss it.
Sunshine Mate seems to taste ok with our tepid water. Maybe I can make some of that…
Erm, not bad but not great either. As usual they left the bag in… which meant that by the time I could take a decent sip it was wayyyyy oversteeped.
I miss my savour moments! you know, when you just take a moment to really enjoy the cuppa in front of you even if your days is swarming with distractions and work.
In fact, I really can’t comment much on the flavour besides saying I think it’d be pleasant when done properly. It had a hint of sweetness at the end to.
Bah. throws hands up in the air
So I have a bergamot sensitivity… yada yada yada…
Normally, this would never impact my having a plain darjeeling, savy? well it does if the tea master used to steep leaves has bergamot essence leeched into the plastic! which is my best guess as to why for the second time when having a black from this location, I had to dump my purchase. I paid extra for it, since it was a premium tea!! I’m a bit put off…
Esp since I doubt they will break out a new Tea Master and keep it bergamot and maybe even jasmine free just for me.
I would HATE to ditch teaopia just because they can’t accommodate me. Here’s hoping they can. *fingers crossed
Wow, what a difference!! this is fantastic when done right.
I taste more raspberry than chocolate, which I find odd since it was more chocolatey before. Then again I used a proper measuring spoon this time.
With or without milk, I would love this. A dash of sugar really helps bring out the raspberries to.
Ceylon is typically not my style, but this, THIS is my new love of the week. It reminds me of childhood for some reason, and I suspect it’s sentimentality that causes my swooning. My tastebuds are impressionable, by memory, it seems.
I wonder if they will pop in the second steep as well…
On unrelated business: The hot water I can get at my Monday/Wednesday office is terrible! ick! I’m so not looking forward to work tomorrow…
On the plus side, I’m over my tea aversion! :)
This is indeed a very tasty tea! no surprise there… I knew the same tea combination from Davids was amazing so I expected more or less the same. One day, I’ll do a side by side comparison to see which I like better.
Sadly, the Davids tea may win that battle. Apparently places that do blends like this usually use flavoured oils to enhance the tea, and this shop, being more “pure” has decided not to indulge in such unpure practices.
Also, the white peony from Tea Dynasty is a little rounder, and not as delicate in flavour… which is part (just a small part!) of what I love about the Davids version.
Does anyone know why some white teas have that delicateness, and others don’t?? I’m curious!
That said, the TD version uses freshly dried strawberries that really punch through on the first steep. They come out nice and tart, while DTs is only sweet and far from tart, compared.
By the second steep of the TD tea however, the strawberry is mostly gone… leaving the barest suggestion of strawberry, and mostly in the aftertaste.
On another note, I just love that the shop owner will make whatever blend I want! this wasn’t on the menu so I asked him to do it up for me and he did! one of many things that sets this place apart from the other shops :)
In an effort to consume less floral caffeinated beverages, I opted for this tisane. It was interesting, but I’m not in love.
Hot, it was very fruity and sweet. As it cooled, I tasted… bubblegum?! Odd. Not something I would normally choose… but I’m glad to have tried it atleast.
My tasting abilities seem to be dampened with this darned allergy plaguing me. Gah, come back taste buds, come back!!
This was my first tea of the day. Unfortunately, it seems that I’ve overdone it with the Bergamot and Jasmine experimentation and was temporarily allergic to tea!! :(
but I seem to be over that, as long as I stay away from those nauseating petals.
So… when I tried this tea, it really did nothing to impress. I’m still queasy so I’m thinking I need to take a break from blacks for awhile- until my body figures out that there are no flowers in plain black tea!
Anyhow, I’m leaving the rating on this one til I come back with a fresh palate. I should try lover’s leap again to… I don’t want to be an anti-black tea drinker!!