181 Tasting Notes
I’m starving and am about to go into the kitchen to see what there is to eat in this house, so this note will be brief.
First things first: I got the results of that exam I took a few weeks ago and I passed! I did! I really did! I know, I couldn’t believe it either. I didn’t realize how much tension and anxiety just waiting for the results had generated, but I can’t tell you how much I feel as though a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I don’t know about my specific grade, because those aren’t given to us, and no one actually knows what grade constitutes a pass, but by golly that doesn’t even matter! I think I will celebrate by opening my rose scented!
Anyway, I had this tea with me at work today. I think it’s a perfect tea to take to work when you aren’t even in the mood for tea, because it manages to be tart, creamy, and sweet, and seems to taste delicious regardless of what vessel it’s in. I used two tsp of leaf steeped in my timolino, and intend on adding this tea into my “take to work” rotation. as I sipped on it today, I could taste more of the cranberry and a bit less of the vanilla. I don’t think I really got distinct almond, but that’s ok, because it was delicious all the same. Despite cranberry somehow being a fall thing, I can imagine enjoying this tea during the spring and summer months as well, because the cranberry taste is so refreshing.
It happened again this morning, but I realized something. There’s no point in fighting myself or my morning urges towards a particular type of tea. I mean, I’m already doing the arduous and magnanimous task of waking up far earlier than my body appreciates, and the last thing I need is to wake up to a lecture from none other than yours truly. So the Queen it was. But guess what, guys? I had it with the bagel and cream cheese!! Bagel in my left hand, cup of tea in my right. Bite, chew, sip. Swallow. repeat. Amazing. I want to do it all over again!
Well, I was all good and ready to rumble full-tilt towards a sip down, but at the last minute, Mr. Keychange asked me not to brew him a cup because he’d have to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. It’s a good point—one that actually used to stop me, too. But what can I say: addicts know no logic.
So yes, close to a sip down, but not quite. even still, I’m going to be getting more of this before the end of the season; I just need to decide how much.
To all a good night!
I’m always a little scared to try a beloved steepster favourite the for the first time, because I get my hopes up and keep reading reviews, get my package, and then read reviews all over again just to get myself excited, and it can be a bit intense haha.
I could smell this through the tin; there was no denying that this was Boston: there were no two ways about it. I wasn’t actually going to have this, but decided (after I screwed up something at work and then fixed it in a blaze of glory) that today called for a new tea!
So I brewed it up using a heaping tsp for 8 oz of water, usual cream and sugar. The smell of the dry leaf definitely had cranberry, and its tartness was evident.
When I tasted it, the first thing I noticed was the creamy vanilla-almond mix that seems to underpin the cranberry. It’s a relatively light vanilla, in that it isn’t like a full vanilla bean flavour, but rather a more mild vanilla so as, I suspect, to allow the cranberry to shine its brightest. And shine it does. Married pretty harmoniously to the vanilla almond, and even with milk and sugar, the tartness of the cranberry holds its own, and even provides a slightly tangy sharpness at the tail end of the sip, that I couldn’t decide if I liked or not. There was something a wee bit underwhelming about this cup, even though I liked the tea very much. It may just be that it’s following in the footsteps of The Queen, and let’s be real now, there’s no competing with that caliber of royalty. Definitely a wonderful, wonderful cup, and I actually think it might be a good candidate to take to work!
A great afternoon tea, and I am still very happy that I have 4 oz of it! mmm.
Well, I’ll be damned. One of the ladies here at work stopped at Timmys on her way back from somewhere and picked me up a bagel. I can’t say it paired perfectly with this tea, but this tea was wonderful nonetheless. Creamy, minty, and underpinned by a light chocolate. I’m nearly out of my stash for this one as well, and it’ll likely make an appearance when I put in my next dellaterra order. it’s funny: I seem to have come up with a few tea rules for myself, and one of the loose ones seems to be that I only take flavoured tea to work in my timolino. I find that the vessel I’m drinking from makes a difference and teas with strong flavour seem to do better in the timolino than unflavoured ones, so I’m really glad I have a sufficient dellaterra stash to keep me supplied.
I should have known that any attempt to have a tea other than this one would have been futile, but that didn’t stop me from at least trying to (half-heartedly) convince myself.
“Come on, kc. don’t you want Sugar and Spice this morning? You always did say it was perfect for winter, and lo, winter it is!”
“Ok, simmer down now. How about this here darj you haven’t had in a while? show it some love. Remember those apple, woody notes you love?”
“I said noooo!” I was getting frantic.
When i was about to literally start stomping my feet and pitch a fit that would have no doubt reminded me why i don’t want children, I knew the fight was over. If it had ever even started. I’d told myself to stagger this; I kept telling myself that I shouldn’t keep having this again and again, it’ll lose its beauty, but like an abusive lover, I just keep going back. Only there’s no abuse, unless you can count the effects on my bank account, and it’s not abuse if I like it, so there!
Omg. Try this, guys. Seriously.
My only regret? Well, there are two. 1) I didn’t have anything for breakfast, and i’m hungry; and 2) I should have had a second cup. This is probably the only tea I would say can actually address my hunger, insatiable as it is. The smoke, I think, comes mostly from the keemun here, and although I don’t think I like keemun on its own (as per the keemun I had from art of tea), h and s really, really worked some magic here with the combination that is The Queen.
Wait, is there even keemun in this tea? I don’t know, and quite frankly my darling, I don’t give a damn!
I had about 80 g of this at the start of the season, and I think I have enough left for maybe two or three more servings. I brewed this up as a treat for myself when i got home, because my feet still feel as though they belong on a dead person and wading through inches and inches of snow in my not-made-for-snow work shoes didn’t do anything to improve the situation. And of course the bottoms of my dress pants were soaked, and and and…I needed tea as soon as I came home.
I strongly prefer this tea to Santa’s secret. I think I prefer the peppermint used here, because it’s closer to the mint more commonly known as “wintergreen” than true peppermint, and perhaps that’s because the sharpness of the mint is tempered by the white chocolate. Add in my usual cream and sugar, and it makes for a wonderful caffeine-free treat. I know i’ll be picking up some more before the end of the season, especially as I have very few caffeine free options for the obligatory post-workday soothing in the chilly winter months.
On a side note, Mr. Keychange isn’t in this evening: he’s playing for a Christmas party. Despite the fact that I can certainly enjoy my alone time, the house just feels so empty without him. Like, I had my cup of tea, I’m going to play around on the internet for a while, maybe wash the dishes…but I typically chat to him about my day when i wash dishes. Ha, I’m really not this needy in real life (or maybe I am), but I just mean that it’s interesting how quickly we become used to a certain arrangement. Saying yes to Mr. keychange is among the better decisions I’ve made in my life, and there haven’t been many of those!! LOL.
Ok, off to do those dishes, and then maybe lay around and watch trashy TV.
Wow, talk about the weather outside being frightful! I just got back from having lunch with a friend, but I honestly wish I could have gone home, changed into warm PJs, make a steaming mug of fragrant tea, and huddle with it under the covers to the tune of a good book (Wally Lam’s ‘We are Water’, FYI). But alas, I am here at work, and just finished the last drops of this tea in my trusty timolino. I’m nearly at the bottom of my tin of this, and have an unopened 4 oz bag of it that I’ll probably dig into soon enough. this tea is also a hit with Mr. Keychange, and we both prefer it to David’s version.
Moral of the story: I want to go home, warm up, and sleep! If, unlike me, you are at home in your cozy sweats/with a cup of tea, know that one Ontario-based girl is feeling very jealous!
I had this lovely tea again this morning. I think it has blown every other unflavoured black I’ve ever had right out of the water. I’m afraid, however, that i’m going to need to stagger this tea, because I’m scared that I’ll drink it every day and then lose my admiration for its perfection, and I just don’t want to get desensitized like that, not quickly, anyway. But it’s such a perfect combination between smokey and sweet, mellow and brisk, and even verges on being savoury. I am inclined to give this tea as a gift to other people I know who love black tea, because I know i’ll be able to promise them that they will never have had a tea quite like this. Although I know that this tea wasn’t actually made for Queen Catherine herself, I can’t help but imagine it being presented to her and her drinking it, although to be honest, this tea is versatile enough to be served to the people with the most wealthiest and most modest of lifestyles alike. it can demand your attention and captivate you, or stand gracefully in the background as you guzzle it down distractedly, always assuring you of its completeness. It’s wonderful with a banana nut muffin, although I’m dying to try it with an everything bagel and cream cheese like one of the reviews says. Oh my gosh, I’m craving this all over again.
Well, my timolino full of this tastes delicious as usual, and my supply of this tea is dwindling. I’m not overly concerned, though, because despite originally thinking this tea was going to be a definite restock, I think I’ll try and make it through some of the tea I have yet to try before worrying about this one. I don’t know if my local dt is even still carrying this, although it was there the last time I was there. It travels in a timolino really well though, and I don’t feel that way about many teas, so there’s that to lose. So the moral of the story is that although I’m glad I got 100 g of it, it may just be all I need to keep me happy until this hopefully comes back again next fall.