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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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Noël à Vienne by Dammann Freres
709 tasting notes

Day 19!

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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

Haha glad to hear I am not the only one who tasted hazelnuts!

Lala

I think it is something to do with Dammann’s “chocolate”. I get a nutty taste with most of their chocolate teas.

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82
drank Thé sur la Lune by Nina's Paris
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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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Rooibos de Noël by Dammann Freres
709 tasting notes

Day 18!

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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

sounds interesting!

JoonSusanna

Haha. I do all of those things too! I added this last night so probably about the same time you were looking for it – for some reason it takes a bit for the tea to show up when you do a search for it, though…

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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.

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drank French Toast by 52teas
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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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Crazy that you can taste the eggs!

Lala

I know , it was weird. I never tasted that with this tea before. I am wondering if it was something in the maple candy I was tasting. I am going to try this one with maple syrup to see if I get the same flavours, I don’t think I have tried it like that yet.

Fjellrev

I’m sure that would be fabulous. I’ve been meaning to pick some maple syrup up so I can do many Steepsterites have been doing and using that as a sweetener. Genius.

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95

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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Roswell Strange

See, I found the same thing as you where the smell was dead on, but I had a hard time drinking my first cup because I found it uncomfortably peppery… Maybe I need to try it with sugar, like you did. Anyway – I’m sending nearly all of it to Kittenna. I’m curious how it’d do as a tea soda, though…

Lala

I think this would make a good tea soda. I think though I would make an iced tea concentrate out of it and then mix it with the soda. I will have to experiment a bit. I definitely think it tastes much better with sweetener.

Sil

does this taste like Canada mountain dew or US mountain dew? heh

Lala

I would say the Canadian mountain dew. But I haven’t had US mountain dew in a super long time, so it is hard to compare.

K S

If there were no tea, I could live on Mtn Dew. That said, what is the difference between Canadian and US Dew?

Lala

There is a different source of sweetener in the Canadian vs US Mountain Dew. I always found the US version to be much sweeter. Also Canadian Mountain Dew is traditionally caffeine free, although you can now get it with caffeine I think. I always found the US Version to have more “kick” or “jolt”, if that makes sense.

Sil

i like to boil it down to. US version tastes gross and the canadian version is nice ;) canadian = more lemon/lime US = caffeine gross tasting blech

haha

Cavocorax

Crazy! I had no idea there was a difference!

Sil

cavo..oh yeah. mountain dew was? is? at one point the most caffienated of all the pops in the us. canada it’s always (until now apparently) been caffeine free

caile

I had no idea about mountain dew differences either – interesting!

K S

Orange Crush is high on the caffeine scale as well. No caffeine in Canadian MD? That’s just wrong. ;) Sil, everyone is entitled to an opinion – even when you are wrong. lol

Lala

It’s funny because orange crush (and the other crush’s), Mountain Dew, root beer, gingerale, and I am sure a few others, are traditionally caffeine free in Canada. Not sure why the difference. We also have ketchup chips. Ha ha.

If you just google Canadian vs US pop (or soda) there is some interesting info.

caile

Orange crush is high in caffeine in the US?! So different! I’ll have to Google it out of curiosity sake.
Smiles, and I just happen to have ketchup chips on the table in front of me right now.. not than I am eating them.. :-)

K S

Here is a link I found for US caffeine content. http://www.cspinet.org/new/cafchart.htm

Sil

oh man..now i want ketchup chips…

caile

Thanks, KS – interesting the amounts of caffeine in some things.
Sil, I know, I keep looking at the bag of chips… ;-)

OMGsrsly

Mountain Dew now has caffeine in Canada! I think it’s only certain kinds though. “The new Mountain Dew will feature a proprietary bottle, fully embossed with the Dew logo and both Mountain Dew and Diet Mountain Dew now contain caffeine while still having the same bold, great taste. The caffeine content is in line with the standards outlined by Health Canada.”

http://www.pepsico.ca/en/PressRelease/Mountain-Dew-brings-the-mountain-to-you-Toronto03022012.html

Roswell Strange

Mmmm, ketchup chips. I have ketchup popcorn flavouring at home, so when I get home from work that’ll have to do…

Lala

Wow, I didn’t know they were starting to make MD with caffeine it, I will have to check the ones I have at home. Hope it still tastes the same.

On another note, I have had the jingle for mellow yellow in my head all day after doing some looking up about Mountain Dew online…“and they call it mellow yellow…”
caile

I should get some popcorn flavouring. I never knew it came in such flavours as ketchup though!

Sil

“…just butter it!….”

OMGsrsly

Dill Pickle chips as well. I think I need to stop for “groceries” on the way home!

Sil

better than dill pickle chips are regular ruffles chips with creamcheese dill pickle dip.

OMGsrsly

Hmmm….

Sil

it’s like the guilty pleasure here in the house…Ian noms it all before i can ever get some most of the time haha

Cavocorax

OH man, I am totally craving some of that right now. I… I don’t even know where my nearest convenience store is. We have an Iranian market down the street, but they don’t have chips.

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81
drank Noël à Prague by Dammann Freres
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Day 17!

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!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Starfevre

All of you are really making me wish I’d gotten this Advent Calendar

Sil

Technically. You still can get it haha

Starfevre

Can’t mail anything that would get to my place before January 1st so I’m afraid to buy anything online.

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drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
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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.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Noël en Provence by Dammann Freres
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Day 16!

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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.

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