God Dammit Steepster! Eating my tasting notes while I’m at work… On this stupid work till I can’t copy/paste so there’s no way to save my notes. Plus side? I have plenty of time to rewrite it…
Anyway this morning I went to make my work tea and I saw that the package of this was out on the counter despite my not having it in several days and definitely not bringing it out last night. Maybe Tre pulled it out and made himself a mug? That’d be out of character for him (especially since he hates Cherries) but I guess not totally unbelievable. I did just mail away the last of my Red Velvet Cake (I hated it, he loved it) so I suppose he has to find a replacement tea to drink now.
I decided, though, that why not make this as one of my two work teas? I haven’t had it in a while, and it’d be a good contrast to the other tea I had in mind. So for preparation, I used a level 1 1/2 tsp. in 10 oz. of boiling water for 4 minutes. I also steeped my other work tea (Buddha Bamboo, from Tea Desire) at the same time and the two teas steeping together, both with very strong aromas, created this really, really weird smell.
This was was poured into my water bottle because I figured I MIGHT like this better cold – I seem to have a problem with hot cola flavored things (coke just isn’t supposed to be hot – it’s not comforting and off putting). So, after the nice chilly trip to work this one is pretty cold. I can start sipping at it now!
Taste wise – the cakeyness is REALLY coming through strongly today. Everything else, though, is just a garbled mess where even though I know I’m tasting each listed ingredient the blend is just too busy and overwhelming for my to pin point anything in particular. However, occasionally in every few sips I am getting this very sharp note of cherry (like those cherry coke gummy candies) that bites through the mess of other things going on. However, that tastes fades back into the clusterfuck of other things going on just as quickly as it emerges.
Halfway relevant to this tea drinking experience, when I was making my tea this morning I forgot that I had cut open my gums under my lower lip – and each sip I take is irritating the cut and my poor, swollen, and tender mouth. I doubt the Buddha Bamboo is going to be much nicer on the mouth (but maybe on the taste buds) later today either. Ow :(
And, totally not related but on a more positive note, I’m happy to note that my mall seems to have invested in a few more holiday CDs (I’m convinced they were looping one, maybe two, with lyrics and then another one of all instrumental music). Maybe that’s because ‘Santa’ is coming to the mall today (his first day all the way until Dec. 23rd) and they wanted some variety and ‘newer’ music (what they’ve been playing is all old timey type of carols) for all the children and younger parents who’ll be in the mall.
Something else neat? When he shows up today he’ll be bringing his reindeer. That’s right – you heard me. There will be live reindeer in the mall today for a couple hours (though not 12, just four).