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drank No. 511 1876 by Paper & Tea
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Paper & Tea 2022 Advent Day 3: 1876

This was a tasty tea. Light bodied with hints of sweetness. I honestly didn’t really take any notes. I’ve been quite bad for this calendar with that (since I did this one in November, though somehow December is possibly busier?). The downsides of being too busy/overwhelmed.

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drank Grynet by Nabo
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Nabo 2022 Advent Day 2: Grynet

Another winner from Nabo! Lex described it as “phenomenal”.

We made this one into a teapot and it did not disappoint. I really enjoy genmaicha, but then with a whisper of cardamom, wow. I found the cardamom was more prevalent in scent as opposed to taste, so it was perfect for us. Delightful!

P.S. Not sure if anyone knows this, but Swedes love their cardamom and I’m here for it.

Martin Bednář

Hm. What I did wrong? Steeping too mcuh leaf in small volume?

Cameron B.

My cardamom was more like a piercing scream ha ha ha. I enjoy cardamom but dayum!

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Paper & Tea 2022 Advent Day 2: Mighty Green

Definitely oversteeped this one (though not by much, but still), blech. Dumped.

Martin Bednář

Shame, but looking back to my tasting note — it wasn’t tea I was impressed about.

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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 1: White Christmas Tea

I wasn’t overly excited when I saw this one, but we were both pleasantly surprised. The scent is quite strongly cinnamon, but the blending of this tea was really well done with the spices not overtaking the base at all.

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Nabo 2022 Advent Day 1: Pepparkakshus

The smell of this both dry and steeped is amazing. The spices here are lovely and almost sneak up on you – more at the end of the sip. The base is lovely and complimentary as well. I really enjoy that the spices aren’t too overwhelming/overtaking the base completely. A great cuppa!

Cameron B.

Loved this one too! :D

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drank No. 504 Muse by Paper & Tea
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Paper & Tea 2022 Advent Day 1: Muse

This tea is very smooth with a nice sweetness in the sip. The overall flavour falls somewhere into a light to medium bodied with no astringency.

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drank Peach (Persika) by Nabo
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2022 sipdown no. 61

This one I wasn’t too sure about at the beginning, but after about 1/4 bag, it really grew on me. I shortened the steep and found that quite helpful. The aronia berries really are at the forefront here, and being such a bold flavour I don’t get too much peach. I like to think the peach adds some complexity to this tea, because it certainly isn’t pure chokecherry. The blackberry leaf adds hints of sweetness, but nothing overwhelming or cloying. Overall another wonderful tea from Nabo and importantly, one I would certainly re-order.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Cameron B.

So excited to start this advent on Thursday!

Martin Bednář

Well, we are at least two Cameron!


I can hardly wait!

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drank Fresh Mojito by Curtis
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2022 sipdown no. 60

Thank you Martin for another great tea!

I am officially allowed to begin data collection for my thesis project and was prepping email drafts while I drank this tea. Naturally, I was so absorbed in what I was doing, I neglected to make a single note. However, I do recall this tea being delightful. The flavour popped with freshness and was mojito-like. I would really consider having these Curtis teabags on hand if they were available nearby.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Martin Bednář

Ah, I am so glad you liked them!

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2022 sipdown no. 59

I feel terrible because I somehow made it through my entire order of this tea without ever making a note. I had this three times today (first, second, and third steeps) with every intention to thoughtfully consider what I would write in a note and didn’t. However, I can say that I have never tasted gardenias, but I can’t say I could taste anything specifically gardenia-like here. This was a delightful green oolong that I thoroughly enjoyed and would order again.

1st steep 200°F, 1 minute
2nd steep 200°F, 2 minutes 30 seconds
3rd steep 200°F, 4 minutes

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2022 sipdown no. 58

Another lovely tea from Martin!

I found the blackcurrant to take a slight backseat to the mint, but actually neither was too strong. The balance of flavours was quite well done and the base was complementary. I could see myself enjoying this one again. A lovely surprise from a bagged tea!

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My partner and I live with our bunnies and cat. I’m currently working on my MSc in biology and enjoying tea along the way!

I love black tea and this is usually what’s in my mug.

I’m also happy to enjoy a cup of green or red rooibos (green preferable to red), herbals, oolongs (unroasted and red preferable to roasted), whites, and subtly flavoured greens.

Raspberry, peach, rhubarb, passionfruit, and most fruits in general, maple, creaminess, hay, biscuit, lavender, and cacao/dark chocolate.

I enjoy bergamot when paired with flavours that mellow it (Camellia Sinensis Earl Grey Cream is one of my favourites).

Any smokiness at all, stevia, too much blackberry leaf, rose, ginger (except in chai), cinnamon-heavy teas, anything cloying or fake/candy-like.

I’m vegan with an allergy to potatoes, so I avoid any animal products in tea, along with sprinkles as these often have potato starch (I usually just pick them out of blends).

Last updated December 2021.



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