1563 Tasting Notes
Oh goodness NO!!!!
How many levels of ewww can a tea travel? Many, apparently, I can assure you.
I didn’t exactly read the ingredients list before purchasing this one, so I didn’t realize there was enough cinnamon in here for an unruly teen to participate in the “cinnamon challenge”!! Ugh. Whoever thought hibby, stevia, ginger AND cinnamon would blend well together must have been delirious. Stevia? Really? I’ve seen it work in some dessert teas, but I never imagined it working with any spices or spicy type additives, and that was evidently for a reason.
Of course, in the spirit of disclosure, I am in a terrible mood, having been laid off from the job that I really didn’t like. I’m part relieved and yet horrified. Sure, it was THE least challenging role I’ve ever taken on (asides from retail back in Uni that is) but then I really need the funding to pay some bills. Moreover, for my tea! ha!
Nevermind that. This is still a nasty tea. Slightly better when cold, where I can actually taste some of the hibby. Funny, I never thought I’d see the day when something could dominate that formidable flower… but then I hadn’t considered pitting the two most overpowering tea additives I know of against each other. Makes sense, I suppose, to match the intensity of flavours. But then, isn’t that somewhat like mixing soy sauce and oatmeal??
Bleh. Overall, I think it is the general combination of things that makes it all so terrible. Stevia is the icing on the proverbial cake (Ick. cake is delicious. Or at least it is supposed to be!)
Gah!!! I had a whole note on this written out. A clever one. With puns! and now it’s gone. Boo.
Coles notes: this was tasty. Comforting. I’d have it again. I was sad to not taste any cranberry but atleast the hibby didn’t dominate the whole darn cup. There was something soft about it as well. Like cotton candy. Could that be the apple paired with strawberry? Hmm.
Yay for free samples!
Piping hot, this is a stunning tea. I gotta say it again. YUM!
It reminds me of red berries. Plum and strawberry and I’m not sure what else. Rather mild, but in a pleasing way.
Then as it cools, I get more citrus and spice. Very well blended. I like that part as well, but not quite as much. If only I could convince my tea to stay warmer longer. Perhaps I’ll try it in a double walled my next time. If I remember.
Thank you for the sample Lala!
Well boo. Apparently I had more than one sample of this kickin around. I think this was one I had intended for trading. Oops :/
No matter. It tasted off anyhow. Partially because last time I used the whole packet and this time I went with half… so apparently you need to pack 2-3 tsp into your steeper to make it worthwhile!
Also… I need a new job. I just got this one less than a month ago and already it is driving me nuts.
First, now that I am used to the duties, it is kinda mind numbingly boring! and we aren’t permitted to have a radio on.
Second, I sit at reception, even though it has nothing at all to do with my actual job other than manning the phones. They just want someone there to greet candidates.
That isn’t the bad part- what makes me cringe is that every single time I want to leave the desk to grab some water, hit the washroom, and of course for lunch, someone has to cover me. They have to leave their desk, interrupt their work, and sit at mine. This just started two days ago. Previously, I would simply transfer the phones to whoever was covering me. Not SO bad. Right?
But now… I have to raise my hand (ie send an email), ingratiating myself to whomever’s turn it is, to let me take care of my bursting bladder. Not only that, but this way my habits are on display for the whole office (eight people). So now I feel like asking if they can ALSO sit in my seat while I boil water and then two minutes later go back to fill my cup, is too much. In fact, I know it is, because I was actually asked if I could drink less water. Or if maybe I could go on my lunch hour, which was then amended to say maybe we should schedule a midmorning or afternoon break. Oy!!! Maybe next they will start timing me. Ha! I dunno, I think that is a bit too invasive. Or is it just me?
It’s funny, but having tea less often somehow makes it taste so much better. My cup of this today wasn’t half bad!
Also, I’ve had a series of Tim Horton’s teas foisted on me, so I have something truly lacklustre for comparison.
Anyhow. I am hoping this will all change because a) we are working out the kinks in my work schedule/load, and b) roll up the rim will soon be over!
Oh and I won’t have the constant temptation of endless apple or strawberry strudel paraded over my head. Ha!!
Now the cup? Sure it could have been dark chocolate, but I doubt I would have picked that out as a flavour if I hadn’t known. Meh.
Wow it’s been awhile since I posted here. Jeeze, how did that happen?!
Well I started a new job last week(still, I haven’t posted for even longer than that, when I thought I had?? curious!) It isn’t the greatest pay, nor is it exceptionally challenging. But it is super busy, so it’s been fun learning the ropes. Sadly, I can already tell that it will get old fast so I really need to get on the ball looking for a “real” job. I’m happy to have a pay cheque. For now. And the people are nice, for the most part. Oh and I am not loving the 8am start. Too early!! More because of my commute. The way the train timings worked out it means I need to wake up at 5:30. Ugh. That extra hour of sleep make all the difference to me. I miss it so!!!
Anyhow. I’m not sure if this is the one I tried. I had it a few weeks ago and someone threw out my empty packet. Sighs.
All I know is that my tea tasted like vanilla yogurt! I shared a pot with my friend Jo and she agreed. Yummy delicious yogurt. Sadly, it covered up most of the “oolong”-ness.
The second steep was more or less the same, only it became quite scratchy on my throat. That was a surprise, as I haven’t experienced scratchy throat from tea syndrome in quite a while. Covering up an iffy tea base with tasty flavouring hmmmm?
Oh David’s….! Please don’t do that…
My verdict? I’d have it again, if it was free.
I love how these leaves look when steeped! So soft and fluffy.
The taste follows suit, with a light airy sortof long jing profile. A hint of grass, leading into a rather sweet and nutty finish. I went for a second steep as well, which was more or less the same, only the sweetness took on a mild sort of mallow flavour.
Overall, quite enjoyable!
Gah!! My cupboard intake freeze has been broken! Someone gifted me a whole bunch of this. and then I found a small stash of teas in my bag, that I had forgotten about. So half the sipdowns I’ve been working on, are now neutralized. Sighs.
That said, this particular batch of la la lemon is quite good. Dry, it smells heavenly. Just like freshly cut lemons rolled in sugar, one of my favourite childhood indulgences. My last sample wasn’t nearly as fragrant or accurate to lemon.
Steeped, the tea is less sweet lemon. The bitterness of the rind comes out as well, which I find is a harsh contrast to the dry scent.
Dunno what got into me lately, but I found myself craving lemon teas. Lemon black tea that is. Now I really need to try this iced!
I thought I’d give it another go, this one. Well, I’m glad I did because this is much better!!
There is a lot more blueberry flavour now. It still won’t replace my secret love of the DT version by any means, but at least I am finding this cup enjoyable.
Shame though, that it seems to be a flavour distribution issue, as well as a base choice problem.
SO. This particular cup would garner a rating of about 77. Darn inconsistencies.