570 Tasting Notes
Day 4 of Dammann Freres advent caldendar. This is my last one for today. I am finally caught up. Dinosara suggested in one of her notes that she was going to review the “day of” tea the following day so not to spoil the surprise for everyone, I think I will do the same thing, keeping day 5 review for tomorrow.
The dry tea smells strongly of dark chocolate, with definitely nutty notes. The brewed tea tastes like a smokey Keemun base to me. I am definitely getting dark chocolate but not bitter chocolate. There is just a tinge of astringency on the back of my tongue towards the end of the sip, but it disappears really quick. It actually works really well with the chocolate. There is the lightest nutty notes, not specifically getting almond though. The sunflowers really balance the tea out and keep it smooth. I am not a huge chocolate tea fan, but this was is pretty good. The liquor of this one does not seem as thick as the other Dammann teas I have tried so far.
Day 3 of Dammann Freres advent calendar. I am almost caught up :)
The dry tea smelled strongly of black licorice to me. I was a bit worried as that is not a good flavour for me. But I read the description of this tea and was a bit confused, becuase it still only smelled like black licorice.
The brewed tea smells like sweet toffee to me. It tastes like toffee. Maybe a bit like burnt caramel, I think that might have been what was giving me the licorice scent. I definitely get a short bread type biscuit or heavy pastry taste. To me there is a quick floral and candied fruit taste right at the beginning of the sip. As with some of the other reviews, I am not getting much orange blossom per se, but I do get a light floral flavour. Again this tea is thick and luxurious (stealing a note from Dinosara).
Day 2 of Dammann Freres advent calendar.
This tea is all cherry bubbilicious with hints of juicy fruit.
The smell of the dry tea is like the gum mixture as stated above. There is a sweet, citrus, but floral smell to the tea. The brewed tea is light and smooth. No astringency. I still get the cherry and juicy fruit flavours. I am getting sweet orange. I do not get much of the cinnamon or nutmeg. There is a sweet floral component to the tea. The tea is moderately thick and for some reason is reminding me of syrup (kind of like chokecherry syrup). Whatever is in this blend, it is pretty darn good.
I love French teas!
This is Day 1 of Dammann Freres advent calendar (sorry for the spoiler). Its December 4 but I just got the calendar today. Woot! So I have lots of tea to drink tomorrow to catch up. Very excited that this one is a herbal so I can drink it this evening. I thought the teas would be loose, but they are actually in silk sachets, which is really nice for ease of use.
This one is good. There is a chamomile type taste to it in my opinion (I am assuming this is the hawthorne?). The beginning of the sip is a bit vegetal/hay like, also dry. The mallow is quite strong initially. This gives way to the cinnamon and orange flavours. The vanilla adds some sweetness at the end of the sip. The dryness has disappeared. I think the cinnamon and orange make it taste like a winter type tea.
Made this one as a cold brew today. Brewed for just under 12 hours.
I was disappointed in this one as a cold brew. It pretty much just tastes like cold brewed rooibos to me. There is a very slight sweetness to it, but it is not necessarily mango. Oh well, you never know until you try.
From the Bestsellers Sampler.
This one smells strongly, strongly of blueberry. There are dried blueberries mixed in the tea.
The brewed tea initially tasted weird to me. At first I was thinking there was something wrong or just different in the black tea base that pretty consistent in the 52 teas blends. But as it cooled a bit I realized what I was tasting was the cream cheese taste. There is a light blueberry taste. It is definitely not as strong as it smells. The cream cheese hits towards the end the sip and lingers a bit in the aftertaste. The tea liquor feels thick and creamy. I am maybe getting a few hints of pastry, but not too much.
This one is definitely better and more flavourful as it starts to cool.
From the Great Canadian TTB.
This one is ok. I have definitely had better cherry blossom teas. This one smells delicious. It smells similar to sakura cherry teas, there is a strong cherry scent. It is tart. The brewed tea tastes like candied almonds and cherries to me. It is quite artificial. Reminds me of what Robitusson tastes like but without the medication/chemical taste.
Received this one in round 2 of the Secret Pumpkin swap from Darby.
The smell of the dry tea is very much like apple cider.
The brewed tea initially tastes quite like apple cider. There is a strong apple taste, its sweet and sour at the same time. I am also getting mulling spices. It doesn’t taste much like tea at all. But sadly, as the tea cools, it looses all of the apple taste. It almost seems like the apple flavour was all sitting on top of the cup and I drank it all in the first sips. The rest of the cup tastes mostly like black tea with lots of cinnamon, there is a very slight apple flavour.
I enjoyed the first few sips but not so much after that.
From the Great Canadian TTB.
The dry tea smelled just like your basic rose scented tea.
The brewed tea, however, is lovely. Rose is the predominant flavour, however it is not perfume/chemical tasting. The white tea is very light and provides a mellow base, it is just slightly on the vegetal side, maybe hay tasting. There is a creamy texture and taste to the tea. I would say the champagne notes are very subtle but they are there. I think I would better describe this tea as roses an cream. It is very gently sweet. I am getting a very quick and slight tinge of metallic in the aftertaste but it is not bad tasting. The rose flavour lingers for a long time in the aftertaste. I feel like I just freshened my breath with rose water.
From the Zoomedweebies bestsellers sampler pack.
I do not like the smell of mate, so I wasn’t sure about this one when I opened the package. There was definitely a dark chocolate smell as well.
This one tastes not too bad once I got past the mate smell. There is a slight roasted mate flavour to the tea but it is not the dominate flavour. I am getting a dark chocolate taste, like 40% dark. There is a malt flavour. I love malt. I think this one may have been better as an iced tea or maybe mixed into a smoothie. I just really want a chocolate milkshake now.