2972 Tasting Notes
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.
I don’t think I steeped this long enough last night (I believe I only gave it 2 minutes at boiling), as it’s pretty mild in my travel mug this morning (still warm though! Nice considering I made it before midnight last night, and it’s currently 8:30am). The predominant flavour I’m getting is kind of a nuttiness, which is nice, but doesn’t really fit with my recollection of the tea. There’s perhaps a bit of orange, too, but it’s not overly strong. Still fairly pleasant to drink, though. Hopefully I can get a nice resteep later.
Grumble. So I’m writing these incredibly backlogged tasting notes between calls at one of my jobs, and am making a bit of progress today since it seems to be fairly quiet so far… but this is definitely not the most comfortable environment in which to be writing – there’s some sort of issue with the heating/cooling system in this building, and it is NEVER a good temperature. Right now, the ducts above me are blasting cool air and creating a breeze that is freezing me. When they are turned off, the call centre starts to get super hot and stuffy (I question whether there are any settings between “COLD” and “HOT” on the thermostat).
Anyhow, grumbling aside, new Verdant tea, woo! I believe I had some Verdant Jin Jun Mei quite a while ago (3 years? Possibly from Azzrian), though I don’t even know if it would have been sourced from the same farmer or not. I don’t recall what I thought of it (and can’t access my tasting notes right now to check, of course), but I probably didn’t much care for it, since back then I had a strong bias against most unflavoured blacks. This bias has of course, changed, and I am enjoying this tea with its smooth, slightly malty and sweet breadiness. Definitely not a favourite over my Taiwanese Black or Laoshan Black, but it’s still a nice morning tea. One interesting thing to note, though – I’m oddly reminded of Alphagetti while drinking this tea. Yes, the pasta shapes in tomato sauce. Not the tomato though, just the pasta. I guess they have some flavour note(s) in common!
Worked an overnight shift this weekend…. not impressed. Not with the shift itself, but with the fact that I had to go in at all… because the person working had worked since 8am (between his two jobs, which included a full 8 hours at our common workplace), the overnight guy called in sick, and no manager could be reached. He managed to reach me, and because I felt terrible for him (he would have ended up working 23 hours straight had I not gone in), I opted to pretty much mess up my whole weekend and relieve him. Sigh. This two-jobs thing is just getting to be way, way too much. (This tea was one that I brewed up at work using water from a Keurig machine. It was okay. I was mad and that probably coloured my opinion of everything that night).