3556 Tasting Notes
It was a really windy and on again, off again drizzly day today, especially earlier in the morning. So drinking this tea, which is like a pina colada with a whole bunch of floral notes and tart but sweet cranberry undertone, was kind of the perfect thing to lift me out of such drab weather. You know, ’cause of the tropical vibe of the pina colada notes…
So, as I’ve commented in recent tasting notes I’ve been very sick all week. While I’d say I’m like 80% better now, this is still day seven of being sick. I don’t actually feel super bad other than being very stuffed out but I sound awful…
I have the most amazing coworkers though! Truly, I’m blessed with their generosity. Twice now this week I’ve had coworkers bring me food as a kind of gesture and way of saying “Please, feel better”. And I’m not talking ‘do you want the rest of my chips?’ sort of food (although that’d still be quite generous). The first coworker, Sabina, brought me a giant container worth of sweet rice which is something her family eats when they’re sick. It was the most heavenly thing; it had cane sugar, nuts, fennel, coconut. I’ve honestly never tasted rice prepared like that and it was mind blowing. I’m going to need the recipe from her, for sure.
The second was today; my Supervisor Laura (who is also a vegetarian) made me easily three days worth of vegetarian mango chicken curry. Today was her day off. Honestly, she got ONE day off this week and she took time out of her day to not only cook for me out of the goodness of her heart but then her and her wife drove into work today to deliver said cooking to me. Laura and her wife Sharla are human jellybeans, and precious cinnamon rolls – too good and pure for this world.
Now, Root Beer Float tea and mango curry? Not exactly a match made in heaven but certainly not the worst pairing either. Actually, the cinnamon notes from the cold brew kind of made it less of a super juxtaposed pairing. I can’t complain though; my coworkers have been a Godsend this week and with how awful I’ve been feeling and how easily exhausted I’ve been getting any time and energy I can save by not cooking is a huge blessing.
Well, I’m not at 100% yet but I’m certainly getting there.
Still, no fancy tea for me until I’m in tip top shape – my palate definitely isn’t at its best right now. So in keeping with more of my basic, every day drinkers I made this for my commute to work. It’s my most drank tea, according to Steepster, and I do adore it. There’s not much left of it that can surprise me, honestly.
I will say that I think I used a bit too much leaf today; I was trying to compensate for a my stuffy nose and dulled tastes and I ended up with a really, really strong brew. It wasn’t bitter or astringent levels of concentrated ’cause I kept my steep time show but it was very, very sweet.
I guess you could call this a toddy?
I steeped up a mug of Meyer Lemon, ‘cause go to sick tea. However, that wasn’t enough so I added a shot of vodka and a shot of limoncello liquer. Mmm! Hot lemon alcoholic tea. And guess what? I can actually taste the lemon! Made one for Trey too, though added some Peach Schnapps to his as well. Apparently it tastes really strong? I guess it must be kind of strong if I can taste it. But strong isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I suppose.
Drinking this one now;
I can still hardly taste a thing (curse you, stuffy nose!) but drinking this anyway because I figured that the ginger would probably be good for me. Not totally sure it’s doing anything, but at the same time I’m not totally sure it isn’t? At least it’s washed the taste of peaches and phlegm out of my mouth. Bleck. Still feel mildly nauseous though…
DAVIDsTEA order arrived, and since I feel the best I have in the last five days I figured I’d dip into it in an effort to get a bit more back into tea…
Don’t remember this one tasting this peachy last time I had it. Though, that was years ago and I suppose DT could have reformulated it since then? Really all I taste is the brightness of peach, and then of course the grossness of my own phlegm and sickness. I’ve had the taste of peach and phlegm stuck in my mouth for the last few hours now, and it’s making me feel a touch nauseous.
Need to revisit this when I’m not sick; something about it isn’t working for me right now and I feel confidant in saying that it’s me and not the tea itself…
Another wasted cold brew from my ongoing “Sick Period” that I just couldn’t taste…
So, instead of writing about something I couldn’t even taste, I’m going to share some of my favourite songs at the moment, ok? Kay.
Princess Chelsea – The Cigarette Duet
The Antlers – Stairs to The Attic
Watsky – Sloppy Seconds
Iron and Wine – Her Tea Leaves
Cold brew, but from the first day I was sick.
This cold caught up to me so damn quickly that I went from feeling completely fine the night before to curled up in the fetal position on the couch with a bag of halls and a box of Kleenex that first day. I wish I could comment on the tea, ‘cause I sure as hell drank the whole 25 oz. of it but I honestly couldn’t taste a damn thing.