2183 Tasting Notes
One of the only companies I wanted to order from today is RiverTea but right now their website is super weird. They were down last night for store maintenance, but now today everything in the store is showing up at “100% off” (so, free) with free shipping. That can’t be right. I mean, I know people go all out for Black Friday but that’s GOT TO BE WRONG.
I really, really want to place my order though! After I’m done here at CC today I wont be around another computer until after midnight. Ugh. Please fix your site RiverTea! I can’t take advantage of those glitchy prices; I just can’t…
Anyway; speaking of RiverTea I did say I’d sip this one down and get it out of the way, which is what I did this morning. I added some milk because I’m kinda over this one plain right now, and I needed a switch up of some sort. I tried drinking it one the walk to work but the streets/sidewalks are really bad right now: it snowed very heavily last night and people haven’t really had a chance to clear the streets or shovel their sidewalks yet so i had to walk through thick piles of snow and kinda create my own path. Boo. Whenever I tried doing that and drinking I just would up spilling tea on my coat from the shaky/exaggerated walking.
Drinking it now at work though; it’s ok. Milk wouldn’t normally be my first choice with this blend but it definitely doesn’t hurt. If anything it sorta mutes the floral notes of the lychee/base. So definitely not terrible.
Finished this one off in one big ’ol 16 oz. mug last night while watching Jane The Virgin (I need to catch up on my weekly shows so badly) and it was so good!
Now that I’ve had it again I can definitely confirm that this is more of a Bosc Pear flavour than other pears, and definitely accurate to the name: poached. In addition to that sweeter pear flavour, there was this kind of “Cinnamon sugar” tasted that felt like it was sprinkled on top, and much more creaminess than I remember registering with the last brew. Like, an almost shocking level of creaminess definitely comparable to the thich creaminess in DAVIDsTEA’s Cranberry Pear blend. This would be so stunning as a latte!
Please DAVIDsTEA, please please please bring this one back instead of the stupid lime/mango one (that shouldn’t even be a pairing that’s a thing, sorry). I’d buy it, for sure! And then I’d own three DT blends with pear in them – but I wouldn’t even feel ashamed about it. Not at all!
Reviews of this one have generally been negative or, at the very least, really critical of the use of lavender in this blend but despite that I’ve sorta abstractly wanted to try it pretty much since it was announced and I really don’t have any sort of justification for why. Although not that it’s winter/Christmas sorta type I can at least drink it “in season”.
Maybe it’s because I had low expectations going in, but I thought this was actually kinda nice. There was a sweetness/fruit flavour to it that, while “sugared”, wasn’t quite plum, but still pretty good. And hay notes; I definitely got underlying hay notes from the base tea, which actually kinda tasted better to me than Frank’s Shou Mei normally does? But that lavender…
Oh that lavender is strong and, really, why is it necessary? Even if it was only 50% more muted/toned down that would make this SO MUCH BETTER/balanced. It really does detract from the tea. So concluding thoughts: nice tea, but could be so much nicer without the overkill of perfumey-lavender.
Bring on the Black Friday crazies. At last Calendar Club’s sale today isn’t crazy; just “tax fee” for everything, so we shouldn’t be stupid busy.
Follow up to Brisk tasting note; I have a date with Lee on Saturday, after work. I’m gonna be crazy stupid tired, but what’s the worst that could happen? And, we spent most of last night texting. He’s so sweet and nervous and flustered and I feel so flattered, no one has ever been flustered over the idea of going on a date with me before (at least not visibly). He even came to work early today so he could come talk to me at my Kiosk before he started. Blushblushblush.
Anyway tea; I finished this one off at a latte last night: I’ve never had a straight black tea as a latte before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I mean, how much of the natural tea flavour can you really expect to come through? Turns out just enough! Visually this looked golden and beautiful and taste wise it had just the right amount of malt and cinnamon notes coming from the tea to make this different from just hot milk. Really simple, really tastey!
Also I have to confess; every time I do a tea latte my favourite part of eat the milk film/skin that collects on the surface. That might be kinda weird, but I just love it!
This is what I’m currently drinking.
I think I must just not be a fan of straight/simple lemon and black tea blends. I do love lemon flavouring with almost any other base, but I’ve yet to really find a black tea focusing on lemon that really works for me. Although, admittedly this is probably the best one I’ve had yet.
There is a creamyness/richness and natural sweetness to this but I’m encountering the same problem I’ve faced with pretty much every other black lemon blend I’ve had and that’s a “lemon rind” sort of flavor that’s a little bitter and loosely reminds me of Pledge. In this one, I’m experiencing the creaminess first and then the bitter lemon rind flavour as the aftertaste. Not especially the way you want to end a sip.
And now I’ve let it go cold; I’ve been dragging out drinking it so much. Oh well, thank you Cameron B. for the sample anyway; I’ve got another cup left and I’ll definitely tweak this and see if I can’t make it a bit better – but worst case you’ve just helped me to rule out a tea type, and saved me time and money trying more out, and can’t complain about that.
I’m actually almost out of this one, which means I’ve definitely burned through a substantial amount of leaf. And you know what? I think it shows because I am growing a little tired of this one. I mean, it’s still delicious – subtle lychee and a nice malty black base with some subtle floral tones, but I definitely don’t find myself craving it frequently and at the point I don’t think I’d miss it if it was no longer in my cupboard…
So, I may just push towards a sipdown. Wont rule out restocking it because I do love it for a reason, but if I do it wont be for a while; I need to go without this one for a little bit so I can get to a point where I miss it, and where I don’t feel like I’ve gone through so much of it.
Mmm, I can smell Safeway baking cinnamon buns right now…
So yesterday, I made this in a timolino before I left for work and then when I got home, after taking a nap, I drank this when it had cooled enough in the timolino to be a perfect temperature. I don’t know if it was from sitting in the timolino for several hours or just from being prepped in a timolino in general (or maybe I’m just crazy), but this was very cherry, and not necessarily good cherry.
If it’s happened before it was a while ago because I don’t remember it, but this actually tasted kinda medicinal and borderline cough syrup like instead of like fancy cherry candy!? Still drinkable, but no…
Probably going to avoid timolino prep with this one, to be on the safe side.
Happy Thanksgiving ’Mericans!
I imagine it’s going to be a slow day here on Steepster while you all celebrate with your families and eat lots of turkey and that kind of thing, but that’s ok I guess. Gonna miss my morning conversation with the people in Steepster chat though.
Crazy things to write about: we’ll start with the negative stuff from today and end with the positive stuff from yesterday; even though that timeline is weird I think the order will be better…
So today; I showed up to work this morning (on time, thank God; usually I’m like 10 minutes late because I’m good at opening the store quicker than the time allotted for me to do so) and my boss, Doug, was there already. Super weird because I always open on weekdays, and it’s never busy enough in the mall to justify having two employees present. So right away I knew something was up.
Apparently last night the girl who closes the store was robbed. It sounds like the guy was a scam artist and had done it before (or at least definitely knew what he was doing), he waited until five minutes before close and bought the cheapest thing we sell – and paid with a hundred dollar bill. If the poor closing girl, Ellen, had cash handling experience that probably would have been a tip off but she didn’t. So she gave the guy his $96 in change and then he dropped it. While they were both bent down picking up all the money, he reached up and grabbed all the bills in the open register and bolted.
She must have been incredibly shaken up, but she called Mall Security (who lectured her, of all things) and our boss Doug which is why he was here this morning – to talk to mall security, see if there was security footage (there wasn’t, turns out we’re in a blind spot) and prepare all of the stuff to file a police report. I’m thankful it wasn’t me working last night; if I had the same availability as last year it certainly would have been me – and I’m sympathetic to Ellen. I can’t imagine how paranoid she’’s going to be feeling closing up tonight.
So that’s the bad thing. Now the good thing right?
Well, yesterday I wrote about how one of the seniors in this mall had given me a Christmas card – what I almost wrote about it this guy who works in the grocery store in the mall who stops by every morning to say hi, and ask how my day’s going. Well, right before the end of my shift he spent like 20 minutes browsing the store, and when Doug showed up to take over for the day and I started grabbing my stuff to leave he approached me and basically gave me his number and asked me out for coffee. I feel all flattered and blushy, especially since I looked like shit yesterday. Since I didn’t have a shift at Sobeys I didn’t bother showering or putting on any make up, and I basically wore sweats and a baggy hoodie…
So, now I’m not sure what to do? I’m flattered and he’s not bad looking but between two jobs I don’t know if I really have time to do the dating thing? And I wasn’t totally looking to do the dating thing either…
Plus, how does one go about “being the guy” and calling the dude? I mean, he gave me his number but obviously he’d like to go out since he asked me out? So do I wait three days or? Is texting cool? And, he works in the same mall as me anyway, so I see him every day? Which is a little weird, right? I don’t know. My head is all fumbly.
Lets see how quickly I can write this, my boss just showed up a half hour early, but he’s doing a recycling run right now…
Drinking this currently, in a thermos with some milk: it’s so sweet, definitely honey notes (smelled so strongly of honey when it was steeping) to it. And then there’s this fruity note cropping up and it’s weird because normally I’d describe fruit notes in a straight black as either stonefruit like, raisin-y or citrus-y but this comes off to me as more of a “red fruit”, almost berry like but not berries. Not totally sure how I should be describing it at all, but it’s delicious, anyway.
I got a really cool surprise at work today too; one of the seniors in the mall brought me a Christmas card which was shocking and very thoughful. I mean, it’s heavily religious and I’m not religious, but it’s the thought that counts anyway and that was really thoughtful. Made my morning, really.
The “Eggnong” problem from last year returns…
Well, finished this off last night while waiting for my taxi home. I prepared it in a timolino with a couple splashes of milk and I think the milk certainly helped a lot with making this feel less thin, although it still wasn’t as rich as I’d have liked it to be flavour-wise (mouthfeel; check!). Definitely creamy white chocolate, and a little nutmeg to add a bit of depth.
If I had more I’d try it again with double the amount of leaf, but as is I’m out and I doubt I’ll be repurchasing it again just on a hunch that might taste more flavourful.