2175 Tasting Notes
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.
Nice rich, juicy cold brew to sip on during my break at Sobeys last night! Very guava heavy with a nice mango (4959) undertone keeping this from feeling flat and one dimensional.
My feet were pounding by the time I was done: from 3PM to 9PM they have me going through the store putting stickers on all the food that’s discounted right now which was such a miserable, tiresome job to do. And so hard to find all these weird brands of food I’d never heard of.
Plus, by the end of the night I’d built up a HUGE list of things that I want to buy when we’re actually open: Coconut Milk Ice Cream Bars, Toffifee, Dragonfruits (3040), Persimmons (4427), Tea Squared’s Honey Fig Loose Tea, this weird company’s “instant steep” tubes of Vanilla Peach (4038) Rooibos, Ketchup popcorn shakers, creamed honey, YOP, about fifteen different kinds of fancy soft cheeses including a Blueberry Vanilla flavoured Feta, and so many other interesting things. It’s totally going to be a constant struggle to buy food every shift for break. CONSTANT.
The bakery yesterday made SO MUCH FOOD for people to just snack on during the day: I had a Jalepeno (4693) cheese bagel and a really gooey cinnamon bun, both straight from the oven. Guys, I’m so in love with this job right not (despite stupid, extended job tasks).
I put three little bags of matcha in my work backpack, this one, Cheesecake and Pineapple. I am officially now out of this one (just at work though; not completely). I mixed it up, and grossed out some coworkers who said it looked really nasty (it did; puke green water). It just dawned on me though that I should have tried Strawberry Cheesecake! Oh well, next time…
I should not have opened up the DAVIDsTEA site here at work; all the “food” pictures for each tea are making me SO hungry, and I can smell Subway baking fresh bread for the highschool lunch rush. Killer combo.
This was my morning tea yesterday: and it was pretty good. When I watched it steep at home, the oolong leaves in it really unfurled. I mean, like completely. Usually it takes at least two steeps for me to get all the leaves totally unfurled. But, despite that the oolong flavour was still really weak!?
I spent all morning sipping at this in a state of slight aggrivation. Why did this taste so familiar!? I just couldn’t figure it out. Well, it finally hit me at like 10:00PM on the bus ride home: it’s really similar to DT’s Snickerdoodle from the autumn collection! I mean, two totally different bases and no butterscotch in this blend but both are pretty cinnamon heavy with bread and nut notes. This one does have an underlying fruit note in it too though.
Even though it’s not terribly complex or anything, this one is probably my favourite of the Winter/Holiday blends – at least at this point. But even still, don’t think I’d pick more than an extra 10g up of it.
This has a tiny amount of caffeine in it because of the coffee beans, but I thought the strong coffee flavour would maybe have a placebo affect and trick my brain into thinking I was having a ton of caffeine. No such luck though; still felt drained after I had it. It was super coffee flavoured though: the cold brew really, really exaggerated that flavour more than it did any of the others.
Hot is still a bit better, though.
Thanks again Sil for passing this along to me!
Made it in my timolino, and it was pretty good. I definitely tasted the cocoa and the vanilla notes, but unfortunately the hazelnut was pretty lost to me. The black base was nice though; I was sure I’d oversteeped it, but it didn’t have any noticeable indicators of that.
Definite downside though: for me, I associate Creme Brulee with a Caramel or Brown Sugar flavour, but didn’t pick up on either so there was a feeling something was missing and this wasn’t totally sold as a “Creme Brulee” tea to me.
Now that I’ve had this one and Divine Temptation individually and mixed, I’ve gotta say I agree with Sil’s ranking though: Divine Temptation is the best, then the mixed blend, and then this one.
Wee hours of the morning “Walk to work” mug of tea! Realistically, my tin of this is pretty well stocked but it feels empty just because I know soon I wont be able to get more to top it up.
This was nice; the orange (4012) was especially prevalent and it did get a touch “peel” like near the end of the mug, but that was likely more from sitting a while than anything else. It was a good balance of sweet dessert tea and fruit tea to start my morning with!
Also, I’m very nearly caught up on notes! What’ll I do during my shifts then? Other than talk to the awesome people on Steepster Chat, obviously.
I rated this 64? I must have been in a generous mood, ‘cause I just haven’t really been able to get this one to work for me. I like all of the stuff in it, but together I just can’t make it work. And there’s nothing specific I can pinpoint as bad; it’s just… Not good.
Too much fruit, too much mint, too much licorice-y stuff. Maybe the problem is just that there’s too much going on overall!? Still haven’t done a hot cup (as far as I can remember) so that next…
Well, I’m almost done this one now. I went to portion myself some for a hot timolino worth, and I could see the bottom of the tin – so it really wont be long now. Not sure if I’ll restock – I like this blend, but I already have a good range of mate/guayusa teas including another chocolate heavy one from DT.
Raspberry was really strong in this one; must have sunk to the bottom of the tin? Also, the little caffeine boost was so greatly needed and appreciated. I’ve been trying different things all week now: those caffeinated chocolate bars, energy drinks, caffeinated tea, lots of matcha…
Doesn’t seem to be doing the trick though because I’ve greeted the same guy browsing my kiosk about three times and given him the same “If you have any questions” spiel each time. I think he’s getting ticked off…
As a testament to how tired I am, when I was searching this I typed in “The Tea” and for a good five minutes couldn’t figure out why nothing even close was coming up. Ergh.
So, I think I my tea line up might be incorporating more Lapsang blends in it, not particularly because I like Lapsang (although this one is always nice; has a perfect balance of smoke and sweet) but more because I made this in a timolino for work and holy shit did it slap me awake.
I guess that means that I can probably justify getting a little of Butiki’s Taiwanese Lapsang Souchong which I foolishly really want to buy despite not liking Lapsang…