3834 Tasting Notes
So, I have like six hours of paid online training to do for Sobeys but it took a week for them to process my employee hire info (even though I started working) during that week and get me an employee number and add it to their system. I get it, ‘cause Dollarama had to do that too for new employees; but it took two weeks to clear. I finally got my employee number on grand opening though, but I still can’t log online to do the online training portal. My account just gets rejected. It’s very frustrating because if I don’t get that done I’ll get in shit, but also because, I’ll repeat again, it’s paid.
But anyway, thank you again Sil for sending this. I cold brewed the last of it because sweeter dessert teas usually work surprisingly well when prepared that way and this is definitely a sweeter dessert type tea. Sadly, I didn’t like it very much as a cold brew. Here’s basically what I jotted down in my online notes:
- Coffee/Burnt Caramel notes
- Sweet but in a very artificial way
- Kept getting strange bitter coffee notes too
- Not actually a huge fan; took me all day to finish it off…
Every time I read the name for this one it makes me want Cream of Wheat, with a nice sugar glazed top coat, like my mom used to make. Well, not every time; but a lot of the time.
Recently I mixed this with a bagged tea blend and had good results. You can read the expanded tasting note for the pairing here:
This one was a weird hybrid tea combo: I steeped one bag of this in a timolino along with 1 tsp. of DAVIDsTEA’s Cream of Earl Grey. I was going off a bit of a hunch that the butterscotch like notes in the CEG would connect these two together, and the result would be something sweeter and more decadent. I think I was pretty spot on, actually, with that theory.
The most present flavour was a strong butterscotch/caramel kind of richness and then there were several other flavours layered around that; some mild spices like cinnamon/nutmeg, weaker citrus flavours, and vanilla. Finally, all that sweetness faded away to a bergamot aftertaste. This’d probably be too sweet for a regular thing to drink, but it was actually very pleasant as an occasional “EG twist”.
Non Tea Related: Saturday was my first “complete” day off in about two weeks (over that, actually) so I spent the bulk of the morning sleeping in and then lounging around the house until about 1PM when my Dad and Step Mom came over; they were in town for a concert the night before, so they just took me out for brunch (mmm; Peaches and Cream waffles!) and then drove me around to a few places I had to go to run some errands (like the post office, to mail VariaTEA’s Christmas gift). It was the first tme my Step Mom had come up to visit, since my moving over a year ago. She was surprisingly cordial compared to her normal bitterness.
Then back home; caught up on TV and stuff. Finally around 7PM Tre got home; he’d just finished all his Christmas shopping and had decided that we weren’t gonna wait until December to exchange Christmas gifts: we were gonna do it now…
So we did that: I got him three different kinds of recipe/cooking books ‘cause of the whole chef thing and then some Star Wars candy. And he got me Pokemon Alpha Sapphire! So, I spent Way longer than I should have playing that Saturday night. My trainer’s name is Edison, and so far I’m rocking a team of three (and just beat the second gym)" my Marshstomp named La’Gaan (yeah comic book references), my Lombre named Psych (’cause his final form looks like a pineapple, and the whole running pineapple gag thing in Psych), and a Slakoth named Arastoo!
So, it was a great first day off in ages.
Cold brewed the last of this to drink as a “pick me up” on confetti cannons go off the GRAND SOBEYS OPENING! Not gonna talk a lot about “D-Day” though, because it actually went off, to I think everyone’s surprise, very smoothly. I mean yes, it was crazy busy – but that was expected, and well handled.
I was, however, early as balls because I just came straight from my Calendar Club shift; so I ended up wandering the super crowded store for like two hours just sampling all the free food; chocolate tarts, like five different kinds of cheese, Red Velvet cupcakes, and some other things. I also bought a few things for myself that I’d been eyeing all week during set up: one of the Tea Squared bags of loose tea (though I picked a herbal, so it kinda doesn’t count), a Blueberry Vanilla goat cheese, gooseberries, lemon cookies…
And all that time around the cheese department? Well, I made a friend other than a cashier/courtesy clerk (that’s my department). His name is Andrew, and his job title is “Cheese Ambassador” which is just fucking brilliant. But he’s a big ’ol nerd like me, and seems pretty goofy and stuff so hooray new friends!
As for the tea itself; very chocolately! Mate was, shockingly, well hidden. I have to say I’ve enjoyed having this one around a lot, but quite honestly I might be a little sick of it. If I do ever repurchase it, it’s certainly never going to be in a 100g amount anymore: silly newbie Kelly getting easily talked into shit like that!
And caught up again!
This is what I’m currently drinking here at work; it’s more vanilla today than orchid, and has a sweeter vegetal tone to it as well. It’s pretty good, but ultimately not super satisfying because all I can think about is Caribe tea soda, and being nervous for the grand opening today, and how fucking tired I am. Also, my throat is sore and scratchy, which is not fun. I keep feeling like I’ve just had a WHOLE BUNCH of pepper every time I talk to a customer: tickle-y throat indeed.
It appears I’m just a bundle of complaints today. I need to go have a nap in the mall lounge again, between shifts, once I get off. And then show up to work early, so I can go and eat everything they’re sampling in the store today. More cheese, more smoothie…
This may be my last note until Monday: tomorrow my Dad’s in town for the day, and Saturday and Sunday are the first days I’ve had totally off in over two weeks. I need sleep, guys.
I can’t find my last tasting note on this. I remember it was a cold brew though, and just going off the impression I’m feeling now I remember it being a little underwhelming but with potential. I rated it 73, but right now my memory of that cold brew is not deserving of a 73 – maybe more a 65?
I switched things up though for this one: I steeped the last tbsp. or so I had left and made it into simple syrup which I then chilled and later floated, a few days later
Christ, I wrote “years” later first… “Aged syrup” anyone? in some club soda. Now this? Caribe Tea Soda? That’s worthy of a 73, or higher. It was SO freaking good!
Basically it was this super, super sweet and juicy guava flavour with ripe strawberry notes floating right underneath which just slightly outlasted the guava. So, you started the sip with a punch of guava and then ended it with a smooth strawberry flavour. And those two fruits/flavours just lend themselves wonderfully to carbonation. It actually felt like the kinda of thing that could actually be a soda in production. Buy a bottle of “Caribe Soda”: real fruit, real tea, real bubbles!. Get on that shit Mr. Harney! We’ll work out a reasonable deal; I’ll take a 5% royalty for the idea being my brainchild. That’s fair right?
So, gonna actually boost my rating a little more. And now this is a tea that’s on my radar for being reordered; since last night I’ve been craving Caribe soda all morning here at my little Kiosk…
Made in my timolino, the flavour profile was almost identical to the mug worth I had a few days ago, but this one was just slightly stronger on the fruit notes and had a very slight, floral rose note to it as well.
I still think this is the most enjoyable and justifiable of the Winter teas to repurchase, but even still I’m not impressed enough with it to do that. I’m getting too picky guys; but then again that’s probably a good thing. And I still have lots of last year’s teas I stocked up on (Gingerbread and Choconut Oolong) anyway…
Picking off from yesterday, where I had finally caught up in my queue! Today I just have what I drank yesterday, and what I’m drinking now so I’ll be done by the end of my shift here at Calendar Club.
This was my “energy boost” cold brew choice yesterday, it had the usual juicy orange (4012) and pineapple (4433) taste to it, but the papaya (3112) in it, which is usually more of an underlying flavour, was very forefront and bold. It was a beautiful, delicious switch up the way this normally tastes. But honestly I barely got to touch it yesterday! My shift at Sobeys was SUPER short: only just over two hours. But that’s because it was the day before the Grand Opening, and there wasn’t any cleaning or prep left to do. Instead, the entire staff was there (all approx. 250 of us – probably more), and we just went on a super detailed, fancy tour. They took us section by section and explained what about that section separates us from comparable sections in other stores.
Best part? There was free samples in each section! So I got paid to eat – and eat well. We had Veggie Spring Rolls, Italian Pomegranate (3440) Soda, Mango (4959) Sorbet Smoothie, Strawberry/Banana (4011) Smoothie, Balsamic Vinegar Coated Organic Tomato (94064) Cubes, Deep Dish Chicago Style Pizza, Mini Cannolies, Cucumber (4593)/Avacado (4224) sushi rolls, some kind of fancy cheddar, Shortbread/Mascarpone Cheese tarts with Raspberry topping, Popped Corn (4078) Chips/Wafers, and chocolate dipped Rice Krispie treats. And then non-vegetarians also had this Maple Salmon and Steak Cubes, but I passed on those two.
Then they gave us a “pep talk” for tomorrow’s (well, today’s) grand opening and, as we left, these huge “Swag bags” of groceries! It was easily $100 in groceries; things like candy, salad dressings, bags of Gourmet pasta, a lot of Jamie Oliver stuff (Sobeys is partnered with him), chocolate pretzels, cans of vegetables, Italian soda, and a fair bit of other stuff. Damn I love Sobeys!
Guess what! This is officially my last note in my queue! I am now all caught up again!
I’m actually currently drinking this. Well, the last of it really. I brought a mug to take on the walk to work, and since starting this morning I’ve just been saving the last little bit of it and taking very small baby sips. It’s so good, and really tying me over while I wait to get off. Only half an hour to go!
The top note here is very fresh, tropical pineapple (4433). A little bit sweet and a little bit juicy. Then there’s this very buttery bottom note of coconut (4261) that really anchors every thing and gives more depth to the tea. The combination of these two glorious flavours, somehow, also makes a toffee/brown sugar flavour that very nearly (with the buttery coconut) adds a confectionery element. And then just the most perfect, smooth black base.
My favourite pineapple/coconut, no questions about it.
In my timolino!
Unfortunately whatever I made this particular timolino last
Creme Brulee, I think left some residual flavour which combined with the really nice green melon/Honeydew (4329) flavour created a weird sorta “musty” attic flavour. Despite that, this is still a solid enough blend to pretty much over come that unintended flavour.
I’ll have to clean my timolinos better; I’ve been rushing to do so when I get home and obviously I’m not doing a totally effective job.
PS. Since starting produce codes I’ve learned there are some really unusual melons! Like, for example, the “Santa Claus” melon. It’s not even red or white! I felt so ripped off when I found that out.