3822 Tasting Notes
This is from the little sample I stole from my Step Mom’s Christmas gift. If no one here tells her, then she never has to know that it’s not exactly 50g I’m giving her!
Made this as my morning mug to drink while walking to work. I’ve had a couple incarnations of Ginseng Oolong now, and somewhat shockingly the DT version has been the best IMO. This one is $15.00 for 50g, so if I hadn’t picked some up as a present for someone I never would have spent so much on it for myself when DT’s is only like $8 for the same amount.
It was really good though; essentially it tasted like ginseng. Kinda just like ginseng, but with a very subtle licoriceyness or anise flavour (3338) to it. I always struggle describing ginseng because it’s rich and sugary, but so natural and almost “earthy” tasting. It reminds me of trees. Big, lush trees. Someone should tell me how to describe ginseng so I can do it for myself. That’s a good plan.
I saved the leaf, so if Tre doesn’t toss it out I’ll eventually try a second infusion. This version has the oolong really solidly coated in it and one infusion wasn’t enough to wear it all down and let the leaves really expand.
Flavors: Anise, Licorice
Cold Brewed this one.
It was ok, but it cold brewed for a really long time and as a result the licorice root in this was really, really intense and after a few swigs it was getting way to sweet for even me – and I normally love licorice root. So I dumped out the last third or so of it. I still have like 50g of this one (from the surplus of people giving it to me last Christmas on top of my buying it for myself) so it didn’t feel like a waste.
For the first time since moving to Saskatoon last year, I have a really “proper” uniform that I have to wear at Sobeys. Sobeys issue black pants, white shirt, sweater and then branded green apron. During our Saturday training shift they fitted us all for our uniforms; the womans’ ran like four sizes too small though, so the onl y thing that’s fit me was a men’s uniform. So everything I’m wearing is the mens uniform. I don’t mind – I actually probably would have elected for mens clothing anyway since that’s what I usually wear and am comfortable with. It’s just that, our pants already had to get hemmed, and now my new ones take mens longer legs into account, and I’m really short. So they go about 1/2 foot past the very bottom of my foot.
SO MUCH PANTS. One of you “Adults” should give me a crash course in hemming because I’m one broke bloke, and I have a sewing machine but no idea how to use it…
This comes from Sil! I’ve had this one mixed with Creme Brulee from the same company, but I wanted to try them on their own, so she sent me generous samples of both so I could. Tea Friends are awesome!
Dry this smells INCREDIBLE! Toasted marshmallows and roasty nuts. Very decadent, and it reminds me of roasting marshmallows, and S’mores and camping and fun stuff like that. The steeping smell is the same thing, but more intense. And then best of all: the taste is exactly like the dry and steeping smell completely. I don’t know if this is supposed to be a marshmallow tea but regardless, it’s the best one I’ve ever had.
I’m trying to remember how I rated the mix of the two of these, but I think I like this one ever better – and I definitely remember liking the mix a lot.
Flavors: Marshmallow, Roasted nuts
So much malt and just a bit of cream and stonefruit! Really nice way to being the day, too.
Also; someone literally just stole a wall size calendar called “Butt Guy”. I was ringing a customer through, and then I went to do my perimeter walk around the kiosk right afterwards, and it was missing from the shelf. It was there before I helped the customer, and now it’s gone.
Who steals Butt Guy!?
Cold Brewed this one…
Mmm, Caramel/Nut Apple Crumble! I’d write in the produce code for apples like I’ve been doing with other kinds of produce, but there’s like twenty different codes (one for each kind of apple) so that’d take a long time. And as is, I only have like four memorized…
4145 – Jonagold
4139 – Granny Smith
4015 – Red Delicious
4178 – Spartan
This is what I brought for lunch for my first actual shift at Sobeys! It was a pretty mundane shift; mostly I just memorized produce codes for a couple hours, and then they did a “produce walk” with me where I learned to identify the different kinds of fruits/vegetables and saw what some of the Deli foods with codes look like as well as the foods in the bulk bins/dispensers. After that they plunked me on till and I learned the buttons (it’s a simple layout) for a while, and then I rang through some actual people. An easy, fun shift!
So far, I’ve got about 75 of approx. 300 produce codes memorized. Every other cashiers has like 15, tops. So, I’m kicking ass. I want to be the best. I’m competitive and I just cannot help it. Also, it helps I have a long ass buss ride there and home so I just memorize as many as I can on the bus.
Lets see… Other cool work things…
We sorta get free food. There’s always a selection of stuff from the bakery/deli in the staffroom to eat on break/lunch for free. When I was training at the open store (my store isn’t open until Friday, so my first few shifts were at a different store and then they sent me to the new store to help with set up) they had four different cakes so the two days I was there I had a big slice of carrot cake (amazing carrot cake) for lunch each day. At the store not set up yet, they had cookies they were “practice baking” one day (Maraschino and Smores!) and yesterday they baked a loaf of bread for every employee. Also, whenever they’re sampling something in store they always bring some of the samples up to the staffroom too. So one day at the open store they were sampling Hazlenut Cream Chocolate bars, so there were like 50 of them for staff…
Oh! And, there are three people with my name working in the same department as me! One other is a cashier, and then there’s a guy who’s in my department but a Courtesy Clerk (he finds things for customers, carries groceries out to people, and does price checks). So, lots of name confusion…
Another heavy herbal…
I bought 10g of this, and that was just enough to brew up a timolino worth. I should have accounted for weight when buying, and got more so I had a little wiggle room and could have tried it a few different ways. And, I wish I’d gotten more for Cameron B. than I did, because she’s gonna likely have the same problem…
- Kinda hard to describe
- Sweet, but not cloying
- Thick mouthfeel
- Even balance of Apple/Vanilla/Caramel
- VERY faintly taste the coriander in it
- Chamomille is present but not greatly
- I think it detracts a little bit overall
- If it wasn’t so heavy I’d be tempted to repurchase
- As it, wasn’t good enough to justify it
- Maybe as a “To Go” though? While it’s still in season…
I have to say, I really really like starting my morning off with a hot mug of tea like i’ve been doing all week. I take my two usual “work teas” to work with me (hot timolino and a cold brew), but I’ve been steeping a third now which I drink while walking to work – keeps me warm. I used to steep my work tea in the morning, but wouldn’t drink it until break halfway through my shift.
This is what I chose for the first day of sales at Calendar Club: I figured it’d be stressful morning because there was still a lot to set up, and we had to test our debit/credit connection and get bank deposit keys, and lots of other stuff. So, really I just wanted something sweet and rich, and reliable.
This was all of the above. Luckily, it really wasn’t a stressful day though. Everything went as smoothly as it possibly could have. And how often does that happen? I think the answer is probably “not often”.
Cold Brew! I had planned for a hot cup to finish this but ultimately I ended up doing a cold brew just out of convenience and a sort of lack of other good teas/samples to cold brew. Vanilla soaked cucumber (4593) spritzed with a tiny bit of lemon (4053) is how I’d describe it; but, like, light? Well, more gentle anyway. Very refreshing. Glad I revisited this one.
I brought this with to sip on during store set up for Calendar Club last Thursday night: usually Jerome (the district manager) brings water and granola bars, but I’m more a tea person as I’m sure we kinda all are ;)
It was a good night: the crew/set up people actually building the kiosk were the same as last year, and just hilarious – and Jerome didn’t have his cane anymore! So, I guess that means in the year since I’ve been at Calendar Club he’s recovered enough to walk around without it. And he was right there with us cracking open boxes/cases of calendars and games and setting things up. Last year he wasn’t mobile enough to do that.
But probably most “awesome” was that it was so easy, and I thought I’d need like a short “refresher” since it’d been awhile but once we started everything just came right back and I was flying through boxes getting them on the shelves, and matching things to the plan-o-grams. Plus, with my new knowledge from Dollarama I was able to break down the skids/freight without assistance, and I was moving the empty pallets “one armed” without aid, and I think that impressed everyone. Basically, I just kicked ass – and I knew and they knew it.
I haven’t felt a sense of accomplishment like that in months – certainly not at Dollarama. It was nice feeling needed and appreciated by my boss, for once.
And back at work!
Last night when I got home I finally got through the ridiculous wait line for my internet provider at about 12:30AM (yeah, after midnight – didn’t get home until 11:30 and was on hold for 40 min.) – but the good news is that they fixed whatever the problem was, and now my internet works just fine again!
Today, tasting note-wise, we continue after I had dropped off my new hire package post getting lost in the industrial area of town. At this point, I was at the really big mall downtown with DT in it, and I was _finally_picking my Christmas/Holiday teas, and Christmas/Holiday teas for Cameron B.! The haul overall was pretty good; not counting what I got for Cam, this is what I picked up for myself:
50g Cocoa Canela (Points redeemed for it)
50g Ginger Pear (Points redeemed for it)
30g Ginseng Oolong (‘Cause it’s getting discontinued!)
10g Apple Custard
10g Bubbie’s Baklava
10g Cocomint Cream
And then, this was my “To Go” Latte. I’ve had this one, plain, a long time ago – back before I joined Steepster. Honestly, I didn’t like it then but I thought “Hey, a year has passed and this is a different prep method so maybe it’ll be more to my liking”. Yeah, it wasn’t.
I did give it as fair a shot as I could: more than half of it, but ultimately it was just a cup with this weird artificial taste to it on top of a cinnamon/burnt sugar/scalded milk overload. The scaled milk quality kinda makes me think it was maybe just badly prepared, but given my not liking this in the past I’m leaning towards it just being something not to my taste.
Oh well, at least I’ve reaffirmed that.