1015 Tasting Notes
Not technically a sipdown because I have a new bag in the drawer, but this cup is the last of this bag. I am a big fan of Lupicia’s fruity barley teas. Unfortunately, the way I show my appreciation is by squireling them away and only drinking them on rare occasion in order to really stretch it out. Which is bad! I need to stop doing this with teas I love! Why do I still have any Butikis left, which are probably still tasty but surely past their prime!
So, yes, drinking my favorites is a work in progress. But I really enjoy this one. The barley is great: soothing hot and refreshing iced. And the lychee is subtle but definitely present, slightly sweet, and a wonderful complement to the barley. Really glad I still have another bag of sachets, and will try to make myself actually drink them!
Day 23 of the Dammann Freres advent calendar. This one is so fun! It’s an herbal, but with a relatively unusual oat base. I would happily drink more of this, hot or cold. The oat is really cozy, the raspberry is sweet and gently tart, and there’s just an overall softness to the flavor that makes it go down oh-so-smoothly. I’d say this is one of the highlights of the whole calendar and easily one of my favorites.
I’ve drunk so much of this over the past three weeks. Since I can’t take NSAIDS, herbal remedies are my only anti-inflammatory option short of steroids. Like I said in my Adagio peppermint note, I like their straight herbals better than their teas/blends. This has a good amount of gingery bite and heat, which I like in my ginger tea. Will note here also that I quite enjoyed their candied ginger.
To be honest, I’m usually not a fan of Adagio’s blends or camellia sinensis teas. I just typically find them poorly balanced or on the meh side, respectively. But I’m finding that their straight herbs are pretty good! This peppermint has a clean, crisp taste that made it very easy to finish off the three-serving sample pack. Another last-minute September sipdown from yesterday!
Actually managed to get in a September sipdown, which I had given up on! (Sipdown September is now going to be Sipdown October, them’s the breaks, er, sprains). Counting this as a hardest-to-reach tea for ashmanra’s sipdown challenge since it’s in my bottom drawer and bending down is still a project.
I picked this up in my jumbo order from Deb and this is my first sipdown from that order. Not because it’s my favorite but actually because it’s one of my least favorite, so it was an easy one to lean into when I wanted a flavored hojicha but maybe not one that I’ll miss when it’s gone or one that I feel the need to focus on a lot. This is fine, but just fine, which is made the more noticeable in comparison to some of the other teas in the order (Orange Creamsicle Mousse, for example, is an absolute killer). Made as a latte per package recommendations, this is a roasty hojicha base with a sort of muddled, generic tart berry flavor and a creaminess that’s amped up by the addition of oat milk. Not bad by any means, just not my favorite Deb blend. The Hojicha Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding and Matcha Key Lime Pie are calling my name though…
ETA I notice now, looking at other people’s notes on this tea, that they were struck by the hibiscus in it. Which yes dear reader, if you don’t like hibiscus this probably won’t resonate with you. Since I do generally enjoy hibiscus, I’m less sensitive to its overuse, but I can absolutely see how its presence in this blend could read as too strong – and indeed is probably what my brain was reading as “generic tart berry.”
Day 22 of the Dammann Freres advent calendar. This doesn’t taste bad, per se, but the dry leaf definitely smells better (or at least more interesting) than the brewed tea tastes. The dry leaf smells very clearly of candy apple and maraschino cherry. I so wish that those flavors had translated more clearly into the brew itself! This uses the same black tea base as so many of the other flavored black teas in this advent calendar. It’s a bit dry, a bit malty, and rather reminds me of black bread. It also dominates the sip. The caramel apple and maraschino cherry flavors show up delicately, mostly at the end of the sip. I know that’s the thing with a lot of French teas, for the flavoring to be very delicate, but I find that frustrating when the base tea being used is the same one over and over again. Maybe if it was a base that I really loved, I’d be more open to it, but DF’s standard black tea base unfortunately just isn’t that.
So apparently the last time I wrote a note for this tea was ALSO celebrating the dashboard being back! This is practically a tradition now!
I’m in that halfway place now where I’m healing and somewhat mobile, but still should stay off my ankle so it can fully heal. Which I’m trying to be ok with – as much as I am eager to be able to do things for myself and around the home, I’m trying to be ok with not always being able to. So in that spirit, I’m still having my partner make most of my tea. DavidsTea’s salted caramel oolong has been in heavy rotation because it’s one of the few teabags we have at all and specifically one of the few that isn’t made with plastic, so there’s no need to fuss with tearing it open and putting it in a metal strainer. This is a solid sweater-weather tea: sweet, cozy, caffeinated but not in a keep-you-up-all-night way. Juuuust on the edge of possibly too sweet, but not quite there; it straddles that line very well.
Day 21 of the Dammann Freres advent calendar. An herbal, yay! I’m getting plenty of sweet, juicy, tart hibiscus and berry, but not any of the titular mint. Which is fine, it’s still tasty. And it’s good hot and cold. I added seltzer to the last bit of it and it made for a nice tea soda, so bonus points there.
Day 20 of the Dammann Freres advent calendar and it’s more bergamot! If you like bergamot, oh boy, is the Dammann Freres catalogue for you. I, alas, generally do not. I was happy to see another green tea, but the hopefulness that struck in me was significantly dampened by the strong aroma of bergamot as soon as I opened the packet. The bergamot definitely translates to the flavor, but thankfully there are also some other, pleasant notes: peach or apricot, and maybe a hint of cream or vanilla. But really that bergamot is overwhelming.