709 Tasting Notes
Day 6 of 52 teas 12 days of Christmas.
I literally just finished off a package of this. So I am not super excited about today. I don’t have much to add to my previous tasting notes. I get a bit of chocolate, some kind of peanut/nut taste, not so much butter. There may be a slight cheesecake but not a lot. I find this rooibos blend to be very peppery but the pepper mellows as it cools. I also add about 1/4 tsp of brown rock sugar to sweeten it up.
I think it is ok to say I was not a fan of this one. It is not a bad blend, but I am just finding the tastes are not working for me. There is definitely a really strong smokey black tea. I am getting a bit of chocolate taste but it tastes quite watered down. This one is reminding me of those chocolate oranges that you can get around Christmas time. I am also getting hints of vanilla.
I definitely got hints of hazelnuts with this one in taste and smell.
Having another cup of this one this morning. I openend the 1.6 oz bag of this tea last week and it is in a resealable foil pouch. I found the smell and taste profile has changes quite a bit in a week. It is not bad, or flat, or lost its taste. It is just mostly blueberry to me now, in smell and taste. Not sure why, maybe it is my taste buds and nose today. It is still good. A light, sweet but not too sweet blueberry jam taste over a moderately bold black tea base with no bitterness or astringency. Pretty good. I made some cold brew and am hoping to try later today.
Edit: Cold brewed for about 12 hours. Its just ok as a cold brew. Not as good as I would have anticipated. I find it to be a very heavy and thick cold brew, for me this is good when its hot tea but I don’t like so much as a cold tea. This cold brew is definitely very strong blueberry tasting on the bold base, maybe a bit smokey. There is also a bit of the passionfruit flavour.
Darn you steepster!! Making it super difficult to find a tea. Most people would give up after it wouldn’t come up in the find a tea search box. The rest would give up after manually searching through all of Dammann’s teas on the site. But no… I am a tea addict (and proud to say it). I will attempt to add the tea, only to find out there is already a tea that exists by the same name that doesn’t come up anywhere else on the site. Whew!
Anyway, this tea is super delish. It quite reminds me of flocon d’epices. I think Dammann must have shares in hubba bubba gum because that is what all of their teas taste like for me. I get minimal rooibos taste. I definitely taste the black cherry and red fruits. I am not getting much ginger bread but the liquor is quite thick. I am getting a bit of clove but it is not too spicey and pleasantly sweet.
Made this one as a cold brew. Brewed for about 12.5 hours.
This one still smells like delicious mountain dew. But it tastes nothing like mountain dew at all.
It is still really good though. I would describe it as a sprite with more lime. Or like lime jello mix before it congeals. Like lemon and lime flavoured gummy candies – the kind that are coated in sugar. It is pretty good. The liquor is very thick. I added about a tsp of white sugar and that was just enough sweetener. I wouldn’t want any more sweetener in it. There is just the slightest rooibos taste.
Day 5 of the 52 teas 12 days of Christmas.
I have had a whole package of this one before. It is not too bad. I think in comparison to the pancake breakfast, the pancake breakfast if better. But this one is still quite a good blend.
I brought this to work today. I normally add some rock sugar to this when drinking it at home but forgot to bring some to work today. I have some maple candies at work so I thought I would try adding one of those to the tea to see if it would add some sweet maple syrup taste. It did not dissolve very good and left a melted sticky mess on the bottom of my cup, but it did add some sweetness.
Today this tea tastes quite bread-y and egg-y. There is a sweetness from the maple candy. There is definitely a cinnamon and icing sugar taste. I have never had that egg taste before so I am wondering if the maple candy brought that out. This is still good, even if the flavour profile is a bit different today.
I super love mountain dew. Almost as much as I love root beer. So I had to jump on this one. In saying that, I did leave it sitting in my cupboard for quite a while because I am trying to finish the teas that are open first before opening everything else.
The smell of this dry tea is dead on mountain dew. Delicious. I almost wanted to crack open a can of the real stuff.
I brewed this 1.5 tsp, 10 oz, and about a 1/4 tsp of rock sugar. I normally don’t add sugar right off the bat, but I figured since it was based on the soda, I would add some sugar. The smell of the brewed tea is what I would guess hot mountain dew smelled like.
The taste is a bit different. My immediate reaction was jelly beans. Like a red fruit flavoured jelly belly. Towards the end of the sip there is a mountain dew flavour. I would like to try this one without the sugar, but also as an iced tea/cold brew. I think the sugar may be giving it more of that jelly bean flavour.
Also a very important note, this is a 52 teas honeybush blend and I am getting NO pepper, this is historic for me!
Edit: Made another cup, same specifications, but this time with no sugar. The smell of the brewed tea is still the same but the taste is quite different and not as good. There is a vegetal astringency. I can definitely tell it is missing something, specifically the sweetener. I feel like there is a lot of mint in this blend, but it is too much, giving it a bit of a spice. Not sure what the ingredients in this blend are, but this is what I am tasting. I definitely prefer with sugar.
I can’t believe I am 17 days in already. I feel like I have travelled through France with all of these Noël teas.
This one smells deliciously, caramel and chocolate, very sweet.
In the brewed tea I am not getting any chocolate or cocoa taste at all. I do get dark caramel. I am unfortunately not getting any vodka taste. I would have liked to have added vodka to this tea but I am at work. There is a slight prune taste but it does not have the sweetness a prune has. I get a candied orange peel taste at the end of the sip. This tea liquor is very thick. We are back to the thick and luxurious Dammann tea again, yumm!
Day 4 of 52 teas 12 days of Christmas.
I have had this one before and quite liked it. The s’mores gave the genmaicha just enough sweetness.
This time around it is not as good. I recall reading lots of reviews on this tea (or it may have been on the brown coat genmaicha) about the re blend not tasting the same as the original. I wonder if this is something that I have run into.
I am finding this one to be much more seaweed-y than I remember. There is very minimal sweetness or even marshmallow flavour that I am able to pick up. I feel like I am getting a bit of vinegar taste, reminding me of pickles. Pickled genmaicha anyone?
The roastiness is quite strong which is something I normally like but just doesn’t seem to be working for this one today. It could have been something to do with my steeping as well. Who knows? I will try again.
Edit: So above I talked about having had this before, but what I had before was the marshmallow genmaicha, which I quite liked. So it would be a bit different from this one. I will have to try this one again and see if I can coax some other flavours out of it.
I quite like rooibos de Provence, so I was expecting this one to be similar, but it isn’t really. In saying that, every company, I am sure, will have a slightly different blend.
This one is definitely a more smokey tea base, the smoke is subtle but present. I feel that this black base is a bit more bold than some of the other Dammann teas I have tried but it is not bitter or astringent or overpowering. I am getting notes of ripe strawberries and the cornflower petals. Not so much fig but the liquor feels quite thick and I equate that with how a fig tastes. It tastes and feels creamy as well. I do not get any lavender at all. Which is ok becuase I am not a huge lavender fan but I would have liked just a bit more lavender flavour for the Provence feel. There was a taste I was having a hard time putting a name to, but after reading the description, it is the honey.