2012 Tasting Notes
I was going to get this as one of my free 50g bags but now as I sip, I’m not loving it as much as I did last time. I just seem to be very wishy-washy about this tea and so 50g might be a bit much to have around, even if it is free. Today there is caramel and popcorn but there is also a little more apple than I would like and a touch of a butter flavor that is sorta offputting. o, as I finish this cup, it might be my last for a while and I am okay with that. 170.
A little while back, I stopped in at the Holt Renfrew holiday shop and picked up some beautiful Mariage Freres teas. Unfortunately, the beautiful tins came with a not-so-beautiful price tag of $45 a tin. Plus, I had the added bonus of having the Holts employees basically glued to me as if I came to steal all their precious tea. So, I was not too motivated to splurge on anything. Consequently, I bought two tins: one of Mousse au Chocolat, which I tried before and really enjoyed, and this tea since it is one that I have been eyeing for over a year.
When I smelled this tea, it smelled deliciously rich and fruity. When I brewed it up, I hoped the smell would transfer into the taste and it did to some extent as the tea was quite fruity. However, it had a generic red fruit taste and not much else other than a mediocre base that fought for center stage. With that said, I steeped it for 5 minutes at 200F according to the Mariage Freres instructions and I think that might have thrown things off so I will be trying this again and again until I get it just right. I mean, at $45 a tin, I’m not about to just give up on it :P.
Yesterday was inventory day at my store. That meant I had at least a 10 hour shift starting at 1 am and in order to start the shift off on a positive note, I went to DAVIDs and just ordered two eggnog lattes: this one and an Eggnog eggnog latte. I got this because I loved it last time and this was the tea of the day so I figured why not.
Tbh, it wasn’t as good as the first one I had since it was a bit thinner than I recall. Plus, compared to the Cranberry Pear, it was lacking just a touch but still, it was amazing. Also, I ended up drinking most of this cold since I didn’t get a chance to finish it before starting work. Weirdly enough, I think I liked it better that way as it was delicious!!
So I fell asleep prior to writing this last night but this is the eggnog latte “my mother” ordered aka this is the latte I instructed her to order so I could drink two simultaneously without being judged by the DAVIDs employees. Honestly, this was really nice, though I did prefer the Cranberry Pear. Nonetheless, the eggy quality of eggnog suited this tea beautifully as it really brought out the custardy notes while still allowing the sweet sugar to shine as well.
Well my eggnog latte obsession has reached new heights because today, rather than getting one at the start of my shopping trip and another at the end, I sort of just convinced my mom to pretend like she was getting one and then I simultaneously drank both of them. This is the one “I” ordered and it was amazing. The tea already has a creaminess to it that really lends itself nicely to a latte preparation style. As I sipped, there was a familiar taste that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. At first I thought the fruity sweetness and the thick mouthfeel was reminiscent of a milkshake but that wasn’t quite right so as I continued to ponder, it hit me…BUBBLEGUM ICE CREAM! That’s what this tasted like! Amazing :)
After the maple sugar disappointment, I decided to end my shopping adventures with this brewed as an eggnog latte. It was good, though not my favourite (that honor goes to Santa’s Secret…so far). I thought the creaminess of the eggnog would lend itself well to the vanilla pudding flavor of this tea and though I got some of that with each sip, I got a lot more orchid than usual and that sorta took away from the experience as a whole. It wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t as “WOW” as I hoped.