2235 Tasting Notes
Once again something crazy happened. I woke up this morning to not one, but two food packages from Jenny Craig. That is ONE MONTH worth of food! I called in and turns out they sent the food twice but only charged me for the one order. I offered to send the second order back to them but they said it would go bad before it got back to them. So now my freezer is jam packed and what I couldn’t get to fit in there is hanging out in my barbecue (I figured I would put the freezing weather to good use!). Although, of course when I want it to be freezing, Montreal weather is above zero but I will eat those meals first and hope for the best.
Anyways, onto the tea! I was packing this one up for a friend the other day and it smelled so amazing. Since I had 2 oz of it, I thought I would experiment with it to see if I could taste a black tea. I am picking up on hints of marshmallow-y caramel! Yay!! However, it is very, VERY subtle. I am not sure if that is a result of my taste issue right now or my use of an excessive amount of water for a non-excessive amount of leaf. Nevertheless, at least I can detect something so I am taking that as a win :)
So the craziest thing happened today…someone tried to buy over $1000 of paintball gear and apple online purchases on my credit card!! Luckily I keep my limit low so when I went to the grocery store and got denied for my $45 worth of groceries I thought I would check what I bought that made me hit my limit so soon. Then I saw a purchase for $608 from apple online. $608!!! Someone tried to buy an iphone or an ipad on my dime I am guessing. Of course I called the bank and when they went through the recent purchases I learned that in addition to the apple products, the asshole tried (and thankfully got declined) to buy over $1000 in paintball gear. SERIOUSLY!?!?!? Luckily. my bank has assured me that I don’t need to worry about the fraudulent charges. However, now I need to go through the hassle of getting a new card and trying to recall all the companies with automatic payments set up. I suppose that is a small price to pay for what could have been a far more costly situation had I not caught it early.
Anyways, in celebration of my taking care of this issue before it got out of hand, I decided to have a cup of Birthday Cake tea. I figured, even if I couldn’t taste it, I could at least smell the sweet birthday cake goodness scent that always makes me smile. Also, I have a fair bit of this tea so I didn’t mind brewing a cup to enjoy the smell more than anything. Tastewise, there isn’t much going on but that is probably a combination of this being a relatively weak flavored tea and my recent inability to taste. Nonetheless, I am glad to have dealt with this situation and to now be able to relax with an awesome smelling cup!
Still drinking this, waiting for my ability to taste to return. I actually have been craving teas and can’t have them because I can’t taste them. What I would give for a tasty cup of Nina’s Japon or Marshmallow Snow Flake Earl Grey. Alas it would be a waste to make them right now so instead I am using this time to make dents in many of the teas I wouldn’t usually reach for. Here’s hoping that this tea works and will help me get over this cold faster.
Having this as a latte yet again. It is not my favorite and that is why I don’t mind drinking it while my taste buds are off. Today I steeped it for about 10 minutes which brought out the banana flavor more. This tea is overly sweet but with my tasting off it is nice because it is mellowed. All in all, not a bad cup.
So I was thinking about making a cup of tea and I ended up having a huge craving for this one. Then when I opened the bag and smelled the sweet scent of a delicious pistachio ice cream I got very excited to take my first sip. Alas, like all my teas as of late, this is bland. Soon, soon I will able to taste teas again…I hope.
I was trying to decide on what tea to have today. Since I am still battling a cold, I thought it best to stay hydrated which meant no caffeinated teas. Plus, due to my lack of taste, I didn’t want to try something new. Furthermore, I wanted something I could make as a latte just so I could get my milk servings in. Then mewakeling posted about this tea and it wasn’t the most glowing review but it reminded me that I have some of this tea I have wanted to use up and I have wanted to try it as a latte. I only realized after draining the tea out of the steeper that I should have steeped this longer. Nonetheless, it is not horrible. I added about 1/3 cup of frothed milk. The tea is sweet (probably due to the dates) and the banana is also quite prominent. I am not getting bread but the nuts are also present in the cup. It isn’t my favourite but mixed with the milk it is creamy and not bad at all. I think I will be drinking what is left of this in latte form.
I can actually taste this one! Unfortunately I don’t like it nearly as much as my other teas. The smell of the tea is kinda off putting as it is more nutty than vanilla or cream. Tastewise, the nut is most prominent to me but there is a hint of vanilla. I added some milk to boost the creaminess. All in all, this cup is drinkable but not great and life is too short for wasting time with “drinkable but not great” teas so to the swap box with this.
I was packaging this up for a friend and it smelled so great that I decided to make myself a cup. I figured since I could smell it so clearly that I might be able to taste it. Unfortunately that is not the case. I pick up some vanilla in some sips and black tea in others but mostly I am not getting anything at all. I want to taste the teas so badly :( damn this cold!
I made this in my timolino and it is the first tea I have made in the timolino since I forgot it at home in Thornhill. Unfortunately, I believe the timolino tainted the flavor of this tea. This was never a problem before but when I opened it today it smelled off so I think it just needs a really good soak. Not much to say about the tea given I still can’t taste much :(