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drank Landpartie by Demmers Teehaus
237 tasting notes

I picked up a bunch of Demmer’s teas during a recent trip, so I’m excited to start trying them out. This one sounded so summery and smelled so good in the shop, I had to pick some up. I’m a little surprised that they sell this one as a black tea; looking at the dry leaf you’d think it was a green tea or perhaps even a tisane. It’s got noticeable chunks of dried apple which, along with the elderblossoms, contribute to a heavenly sweet aroma, which reminds me of being in a summer orchard.

It steeps to a medium orange-colored tea, a little cloudy with sediment, and still with a fantastic scent – the peppermint starts to come through a little here, as a bit of a high note behind the earthy apples. The flavor is a really nice blend of fruit and flower, with just a little hint of freshness from the peppermint. Nice that they didn’t overdo it with this flavor. Very little astringency and no bitterness to this. I tried it straight this time but next time will try it with cream and sugar – it would probably be great iced, too. A winner!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Grandma introduced me to tea as a kid (lipton with milk and sugar; a bit poured into the saucer to cool it down and then sipped from there), and I’ve never looked back. Still have a slight preference for teas that go well with milk (or even better, cream) and sugar, but since Grandma’s day I’ve branched out to appreciate green and white teas, rooibos and pu erh. Absolutely love Mariage Freres!

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