970 Tasting Notes
We’re trying to get our stash down a bit, and so when I was trying to decide what tea to take to work in my 1 L thermos, I reached for this, as I only had 10 g left.
It was good, warm and comforting on what turned out to be a very stressful day. My coworkers refused to believe it wasn’t alcoholic XD. However, I talked to the wife about it and we agree. Buttered Rum is nice, but there are many other teas we tend to reach for first. When we have it, we enjoy it, but we don’t seek it out. So it will not be replaced…for now!
So my package from Ashley arrived a few days ago, yay!! I immediately reached for a cup of this.
I was underwhelmed. It seemed a bit bitter and just…not good. I think I need to play with the steeping parameters.
Meh. In an effort to stash-bust my tea count down a bit, I used the last bit I had of this tea to make a litre of iced tea. I remembered someone recommending it to me iced. Anyway, it’s okay, I guess. A bit bitter, but that’s likely my fault. Still, I’m glad to have tried it. I’m even more glad to know that I will not miss it once it is gone. This just isn’t the tea for me.
So yesterday my wife and I headed downtown and decided to give Tealish another chance after talking to the owner about some of the issues we’d had with the store. We picked up 7 bags of tea, well, 6 bags and a cup to go, but as we were waiting for the streetcar, the wife decided she needed a bag of that as well XD.
One of those teas was this lovely little number. After disclosing that I have over 250 teas in my cupboard, my wife mentioned we should make a spread sheet of them: Tea name, company name, how much I have, and where it is in my tea storage system.
So we did. It took us three hours, but I had a cup of this while we were working and it is beyond delicious. It’s so fruity and light and yummy! I definitely see this becoming a favorite, and I do need to try it iced. The rooibos isn’t overpowering at all, and the strawberry and kiwi mix together beautifully. Awesome, awesome tea.
So I went into this tea a little blind. I had no earthly clue what lychee tasted like.
This tea, to me, is mouth-wateringly juicy…however, the juice tastes like my grandmother’s rose handsoap smells. Yeah, it’s just not good to me. I don’t know if I don’t like lychee or if I just don’t like this tea, but this is not one I’ll be replacing.
When I spoke to my mother in Tennessee this morning, she let me know it’s around 80F where she is today. When I am, Toronto, we are expecting snow tomorrow. To honor my new Canadian home (and because I bought it a few days ago and have been wanting to try it), I brewed up a nice cuppa this morning.
Now, every time I’ve gone into Tealish, I’ve had a bad experience. I am almost always ignored, and the employees seem less than enthused about tea, which is a shame. Tealish could be such a nice, happy place. But when a customer is ignored, even when they’re the only other person in the store, something needs to be done about their customer service. Now, you all know how I am about customer service (Harney and Sons, anyone), so I tweeted about it and got a reply from Tealish asking me to e-mail them the full story. I did and got an e-mail back within twenty-four hours. Not a form letter, an actual response. I was very, very impressed. When I left Monday evening, I didn’t ever want to set foot inside Tealish again, but their terrific response and actually listening to what I had to say has convinced me to give them another go. So if you’re in the Toronto area, given Tealish a chance. They may not be 100% yet, but they’re trying and that says a lot. Better than some of the local juggernauts that sell inferior products.
As for the tea, I’m really enjoying it! It’s strong without being bitter, the mix is different from that of Irish breakfast or English breakfast, and it is certainly waking me up. This might become a standard in my home. I thought I didn’t like breakfast teas, because I haven’t liked any English breakfast I’ve tried, but no. I love Irish breakfast and I’m loving this tea, so maybe I’m just not English enough for the other ;)
Had another cup of this while taking a break from the office, they finally let me buy a bag to take home! So excited! So yummy…I understeeped it out of fear of over steeping, but it was still delicious. I brought home 50 grams for the wife.
It’s an amazing combination, it’s chocolatey without being overly so, and it just really hits the spot.
Edited to add: There is apparently no chocolate in this! It just combines flavors to trick your mind into tasting chocolate. Ingredients: Bai Mu Dan, black tea, chamomile, and coconut.
So I had a really, really bad day at work yesterday. And I ate a blue cheese burger that really didn’t agree with me. I was up until 2 in the morning with my stomach in a knot, wondering what to do about the current situation at work. So when I got up at 7 this morning, my stomach was still all twisted up. I wanted something to help me wake up, but my stomach wouldn’t hear of it, so I reached for this standard.
I’m glad I did. With the help of this tea (and a wonderful coworker), I feel a lot better about my current situation. As soon as I started sipping this, I felt a lot better.