95
drank Terrific Toffee by T2
2207 tasting notes

271/365

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp
mrmopar

Just hold your head high when you leave. The only opinion you should worry about is that of yourself. The rest is irrelevant. You know you did your job and it is their loss.

eastkyteaguy

If I were you, I would find out who the senior manager reports to, pass the email along to them, and file a formal complaint. Heck, you could also just report it to HR. I know you only have a week left, but there is no excuse for treatment like that. What’s worse is that this manager insulted you in an email. If you are going to insult a subordinate, you never do it in writing. That’s just dumb because if you wanted to make it an issue, this person would be pretty much dead to rights, especially if any of your formal performance reviews contradicted the opinion expressed in the email. It could be treated as workplace bullying at that point. It is also worth nothing that they would also theoretically not be able to do anything about it or punish you in any way considering that you already have a new job lined up and have limited time left under their supervision. If making a stink about this seems unnecessary, you could also save the email and use it to rip this person in an exit interview. I’ve done similar things with two former managers who were extremely vindictive, and one ended up getting demoted over their treatment of me after I left. The bottom line is this: you are at a point where you do not have to put up with this sort of behavior, so don’t. Just my two cents.

__Morgana__

That person needs medication. Seriously. Great that you’re getting out of there!

Rosehips

Cripes! What a totally rude and petty thing to say. I’m glad you are getting out of there.

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mrmopar

Just hold your head high when you leave. The only opinion you should worry about is that of yourself. The rest is irrelevant. You know you did your job and it is their loss.

eastkyteaguy

If I were you, I would find out who the senior manager reports to, pass the email along to them, and file a formal complaint. Heck, you could also just report it to HR. I know you only have a week left, but there is no excuse for treatment like that. What’s worse is that this manager insulted you in an email. If you are going to insult a subordinate, you never do it in writing. That’s just dumb because if you wanted to make it an issue, this person would be pretty much dead to rights, especially if any of your formal performance reviews contradicted the opinion expressed in the email. It could be treated as workplace bullying at that point. It is also worth nothing that they would also theoretically not be able to do anything about it or punish you in any way considering that you already have a new job lined up and have limited time left under their supervision. If making a stink about this seems unnecessary, you could also save the email and use it to rip this person in an exit interview. I’ve done similar things with two former managers who were extremely vindictive, and one ended up getting demoted over their treatment of me after I left. The bottom line is this: you are at a point where you do not have to put up with this sort of behavior, so don’t. Just my two cents.

__Morgana__

That person needs medication. Seriously. Great that you’re getting out of there!

Rosehips

Cripes! What a totally rude and petty thing to say. I’m glad you are getting out of there.

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.

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