Finished this off in a tea press yesterday; I actually brought it with me to a birthday party. It’s crazy, I’ve been in Montreal a little over two weeks now and I feel like I’ve already been to more social engagements than I went to in the last six months in Regina. The crazy thing is, though, that I’m loving it – like for a very introverted and socially awkward individual I’m having a BLAST networking and getting to know all these different types of people. Plus, the venues have been AMAZING.
The coworker who’s birthday we were celebrating is the one person that I knew before moving out (the one who let me ship all my stuff to her when I was in the process of moving), and it was just at her house but it was a FUN party! Lots of people from our office that I hadn’t had a chance to really meet with that I’m now going to feel really comfortable interacting with at the office (again, YAY for networking!), but also people she knows from other places in Montreal. It was just a great time!
It was also a potluck – and that was such a COOL concept for a birthday party. However, what was even cooler IMO was that literally every person brought something homemade instead of store bought. And, like, really good food: homemade cheesecake, tabouli salad, croissants, pie, mead, etc! It was just really cool and noteworthy to me how much attention and pride this group of people took in making AMAZING home cooked dishes – and things that I would have considered fancier/a step above traditional potluck food. I made tea eggs, of course, but I’ll take about that in a different tasting note…
As for the tea, that was my drink of choice over alcohol since I don’t drink A LOT as it stands and I also can’t afford to hit up a liquor store right now and get something I would actually be interested in. I know I love this tea already, so it was a safe choice for me. I did love the sweet, toasted coconut notes and chocolate body profile though – it was rich and indulgent and a strong enough flavor profile to stand up to all these amazing dishes that we were eating. However, it also had a bit of a burnt sugar note that I don’t know I observed in my previous tasting – I liked it though because that very mild/soft bitter was the right contrast to an otherwise very sweet tea. It added complexity.