1792 Tasting Notes
Finally getting down to the sample that the lovely Stacy passed down in my last order. Thanks a million!
I do get the hops accent in the background, and the base is slightly astringent. I’m glad that the hops aren’t too POW! because I’m not really a fan of ultra hoppy beers, anyway. The peach is subtle but distinctly peach. I’m glad I was able to try it.
Had another cup of this with some half and half. This batch still isn’t as good as the original sample I had. So hormones are ruled out? But it’s still pretty decent. At least the base doesn’t go bitter.
Epic Rant Time
Off-topic, but man am I ever fuming about online orders/shipping right now. Aside from the Herbal Infusions fiasco, I made a Bare Minerals order whilst visiting my mom here in Alberta at the end of October. The company never gave me a tracking number, and since the shipping notification email vaguely said that they sent it either via USPS or Fedex, I assumed they therefore sent it via the former. Weeks went by and nothing. Finally decided to contact Bare Minerals to inquire about tracking. Took nearly a week for them to respond, saying that they need to retrieve the tracking number from the warehouse. Finally got an email from them this morning, the freaking day I’m flying back to the West Coast , giving me a Fedex tracking number, and the employee orthographically giggled gleefully and assured that the package should be here by December 2nd.
But wait, it gets better. Look up the tracking number and you will see that my parcel has in fact been here since November 6th and they attempted to deliver it four times. They didn’t have my phone number since Bare Minerals didn’t ask for one when placing the order, plus my mom lives in an apartment with 28 floors so I didn’t see a shipping notification tag (and neither was I looking out for one since this entire time, as mentioned, I was expecting a package via USPS/Canada Post). Plus the apartment doesn’t have a buzzer. So, of all times, they decided as of 12:11 this morning to send it back to Bare Minerals and has just left the facility. So I missed it by one day after all of this.
SO, I called Fedex asking if I could possibly get it rerouted to my Victoria address since I’m heading back there today and the employee said nope, no can do, it is already in Saska-freaking-toon on its way back to the Bare Minerals warehouse in Ohio, so I’d have to ask them to reship it to my Victoria apartment when they get it back.
An email later asking for them to resend it to my address once it gets back to them and I am sitting here on pins and needles. Ugh! Crossing the fingers they won’t recharge me for shipping and won’t have a problem with a reroute.
And have I mentioned that I was never able to make a Dammann Freres order because my bank thinks that European addresses are evil and has therefore barred me from using my credit card to order from their site?
On the upside, I snagged some great local teas yesterday and will be enjoying/writing about those once I get back!
Chose this as my free birthday tea the other day because I didn’t know what to get and something pepperminty sounded nice after a grandiose meal. The employee suggested adding a touch of agave so I went with it. Eh, something about agave that tastes fake. Definitely prefer this without any additives. The vanilla wasn’t as present this time around.
The name got me all excited but this is not how I envision a sugar plum forest to taste like, quite frankly. I wish they didn’t bother with the hibiscus. The key is to not steep this for too long (maybe for 3-4 minutes) in order for the other notes to have a chance against the quickly tartifying hibiscus. Steep this for too long and that’s almost all you taste, save for a dash of cinnamon.
They should have gone with an apple-based tea sans hibiscus and doctored it up with prunes, cinnamon, and maybe a dash of allspice for good luck.
Hmm, overpowering cinnamon. It’s sad that I can’t really taste most of the other notes in here. Maybe a slight nuttiness. Funny because I happened to purchase baklava the other day, so having the two side-by-side really highlights the flaws in this tea. Totally not even close to the flakey, honey-sweet dessert.
So so ecstatic to have some of this back in my cupboard! One last time. I filled a paper filter with this beauty and did what some would probably cringe at: I left the bag in the cup all the way to the last drop. It was amazing, creamy root beer to a T(ea). I’m looking forward to dribbling some coffee cream in this next time. It’s even better with cream.
And many thanks to Stacy for the wonderful surprise in my parcel! You must be psychic because I almost threw in one of those filters but forgot.
Wow, colour me surprised. The dry leaf smells rather funky to me, most likely due to the coriander, but I took a chance and got some anyway. Lo and behold, I don’t taste any coriander in this. I had my first cup of this last night and the vanilla was singing at the top of its lungs. This time around I’m getting a little more apple, but it’s balanced with the vanilla. Creamy apply vanilla custard, for sure!
I’m oddly not getting much chamomile either. I think it’s just contributing to the overall flavour profile without being in-your-face chamomile.
David’s nailed this one, I’d say. Pretty much.