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B&B Advent 2021 Day 2

This one brews up a lovely hibiscus pink. The taste is not too strong, but very true of mulled spice. There’s perhaps a hint of orange as well. Overall, a tasty cuppa!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 2

Disclaimer: I don’t think anyone else is doing A.C. Perch, but let me know if that’s not the case and I’ll try to hold off posting until a bit later in the day.

I don’t know if I ever had a jasmine tea. I certainly don’t seek them out, but I don’t really have a reason why.

This tea smells of jasmine and mint and I don’t really mind the scent. The jasmine seems to be a mix of sweet and musty (though the sweetness could be the mint).

The taste is very mellow. Subtle hints of mint and jasmine intertwined equally, not neither too strong. I understeeped this by one minute because 5 minutes seemed extreme for a green tea base (granted so did 4 minutes). There is a slight peppermint coolness in the aftertaste, but it’s still mellow. I’m quite happy with this one!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

Whaaaat never had jasmine?! It’s one of the few florals I really like. :)

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A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 1

ADVENT SEASON IS UPON US!

We’re so excited to dive into A.C. Perch!

The first tea has a wonderful background and on top of that it smells amazing steeped! A mix of floral with sweetness and makes me think of a delicious high mountain black/oolong mix.

There was a delightful sweetness to this tea paired with a pretty oolong flavour (I’m not sure exactly how to describe that — it wasn’t mineral/cardboard, but something else). I sadly was running around like a mad person attempting to get to work early and only had a few sips.

By the time I got home, the tea had been left out but was ice cold like it had been put in the fridge haha. The sweetness was still present, but with a slight edge of bitterness.

I made a resteep and it’s decent, but I don’t know that it’s really one I’d bother resteeping.

I’m happy with this start to the advent and anything that comes across as not completely positive was all on me and my ridiculous current work schedule.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

Yay advent time! \o/

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B&B Advent 2021 Day 1

So, we did our B&B caffeinated calendar from 7-30 November!

The dry smell is okay, like cranberry and maybe chemicals? The steeped smell is much nicer: like a cranberry apple cider. Hmm, there’s not too much flavour coming through at all when it’s still quite hot. However, there is the awful aftertaste of stevia ruining the end of my sip. Even as the tea cools, there’s not much more than barely flavoured warm water and that stevia taste in the back of my throat. Why, why must tea companies ruin teas with stevia?

One other note: they have the ingredients and steeping time, but not temperature on the boxes. Sigh.

Bit of a rocky start, but here’s to a great tea tomorrow!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
AJRimmer

Yeah, I have 50g of this, and I’ve been drinking it cold, and it’s better like that, but just not a great tea unfortunately.

Cameron B.

Oh no! Please no stevia, B&B!

Devon Bartholomew

Gosh, I know – I feel the same way about stevia! I was excited about some Red Rose teas, and I ended up giving them away.

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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We ordered a glittery teaspoon from David’s for Lex’s mom (sidenote: the size of the spoon is enormous compared to my beloved B&B one), and this sample came with it.

I haven’t had Santa’s Secret for many years but did enjoy it once upon a time. I picked out all the wee candy canes and divided the leaves evenly into a cup each for Lex and I. It was surprisingly tasty. I usually steer clear of mint teas, but it was a great tea to start the day. I enjoyed the creaminess blended in with the peppermint so it was just mellowed enough to notice.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

I love their perfect spoons, I use a heaped one for a 16-ounce mug/pot. But yes, they are ginormous ha ha. I think 2.5 teaspoons?

Courtney

I couldn’t believe the difference! I slightly heap my B&B and love it, but it’s good to have different spoon options for different preferences!

Cameron B.

Totally. I’m a bit of an overleafer anyway. :P

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2021 sipdown no. 111

Ahh, this was delightful while it lasted, though I found myself never really wanting it these last few months (no fault of the tea, just my own preferences). But a lovely banana flavour and I’ve mastered the steeping on this one to achieve zero astringency!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Shan Lin Xi by Camellia Sinensis
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2021 sipdown no. 110

This one has a fairly strong vegetal mixed with the sea scent when dry. Thank goodness it wears away a bit as it steeps.

I drank this while writing this paper and barely noticed the flavours, ahh! It was tasty, but I can safely say that my reigning unroasted oolong favourites are still Ali Shan and Si Ji Chun.

1st steep: 200° F, 4 minutes
2nd steep: 200° F, 5 minutes, 30 seconds

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Sil

did you see the TTC sale? but also shipping changes sigh

Courtney

I sawww! I immediately deleted to email to not be tempted (but haven’t stopped thinking about it) XD. Did you place an order?

Sil

Thinking about it…need to find 5 mins to look at a few other teas since shipping is sort of flat rate,

Courtney

I went to check it out too, but eeek that shipping. I don’t think I can swing it right now, but can’t wait to hear if you order something!

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drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
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2021 sipdown no. 109

Another enjoyable tea from DF. I do think I preferred this one quite fresh. It’s still tasty (and ~9 months old), but more of the cherry and currant is coming through now and I prefer some of the other flavours for this tea.

I’m trying to get in some sipdowns so my teas do not end up forgotten as advent season begins. Work is so busy lately that I’ve barely been home to enjoy more than one cup of tea early in the day, so these sipdowns make me feel better.

We picked up three advent calendars this year (plus another for February), and decided to start one on 7-November (so it effectively counts down to the next)!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
AJRimmer

That’s a great idea! I’m definitely excited for advent season!!

Courtney

I can’t wait! What advent(s) did you pick up!

AJRimmer

I ended up with 52teas, Brutaliteas, Kusmi, and the homemade advent swap! Though I drink the teas all year instead of trying to do them on the right days :P

Courtney

That works too! It’ll be so exciting to see everyone’s notes this year!

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2021 sipdown no. 108

I have to say I prefer the second steep to the first for this tea. I’m drinking this as I attempt to write a paper I took a day off for, but yet have been forced to repeatedly answer time-sensitive work emails. I’m a little frazzled today, so not paying enough attention to my tea.

However, from the first steep I remember more of a strong vegetal flavour, which isn’t my favourite. The second steep is more mellowed, with some sweetness coming out and perhaps the subtlest hints of hay? There’s some vegetal-ness, but it’s fallen to the background now.

I’m not sure I need to re-order this because there are other unroasted oolongs I enjoy from CS.

1st steep: 200° F, 4 minutes
2nd steep: 200° F, 5 minutes 30 seconds

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
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It seems the cherry and redcurrant is coming through more than the raspberry and caramel I was getting before. Perhaps DF’s cherry flavour lasts longest in their tea blends? Nonetheless, still a tasty cup (though not necessary to re-order this time around).

I’m getting close to a sipdown with this one (just in time for another DF order perhaps — Cameron XD).

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

I think I’m going to limit myself to 5 teas… :P

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I live with my partner and our two bunnies: Callie and Ben, and two cats: Freyja and Ivan. I’m currently working on my MSc in biology and enjoying tea along the way!

I love straight and flavoured black teas and this is what I’m usually drinking.

I’m also happy to enjoy a cup of green or red rooibos (green preferable to red), herbals, oolongs, whites, and subtly flavoured greens. Other teas I’m happy to try at least once!

Likes:
Raspberry, rhubarb, passionfruit, and most fruits in general, maple, creaminess, cacao/dark chocolate, honey, coconut, and chai spices. I’m open to other flavoured teas but they can’t be cloying or fake/candy like.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness at all, stevia, too much blackberry leaf, flowers (rose and jasmine), and ginger (except in chai).

Flavours that can go either way:
Hibiscus, vanilla, and peach.

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