I first tried this one literally ages ago, but I remember being pretty impressed. When I placed an order with T2 a while back, I had to pick up a box based solely on the fading memory of that previous cup. Turns out it was a good decision, because this is absolutely a tea I can see myself finishing 100g of. No issues there.
I made today’s cup as a Toffee Brulee Latte, using a recipe from T2’s website. It combines 1.5 tsp of Creme Brulee (which wasn’t a favourite when I tried it alone…) and 2 tsp Teriffic Toffee, brewed in 150ml boiling water, and topped off with 250ml milk and 1 tsp honey. It’s actually really, really good – better than I expected. The Teriffic Toffee seems to make the most impact, with clear, prominent creamy nougat and caramelised sugar flavours. The Creme Brulee brings up the rear, adding some much-needed vanilla and a touch of extra sweetness. The milk stops it from crossing the line into crazy sweetness, augmenting the creaminess and toning everything else down just a little – enough to be pretty perfect, in my opinion!
My rating was for Teriffic Toffee alone, but I’m going to leave it as-is until I have chance to drink a straight cup again. I was pretty impressed with this combination, though – it made for a soothing, comforting latte which was just what I needed after another day at work.
Which brings me to the reason I needed comforting and soothing. Next week is my last week in my current job, and up until this point (I had to give 4 weeks notice) none of my managers had really acknowledged that it was happening – not that I expected them to, really, but you’d think it would be the human thing to do. Then, in the afternoon, I got an email from the senior manager – the head of department – saying she was surprised to hear I’d managed to get a new job since in her opinion I’m of no more than average ability and have no skills in either teamwork or cooperation. Plain, vindictive nastiness, basically – and totally untrue. I wouldn’t have been able to do this job for nearly five years without having those skills in abundance. It’s only reinforced my belief that leaving is exactly the right decision, but it bothered me a little. If they wanted to make my last week that much more miserable, then they surely managed it. Next Friday can’t come soon enough.