697 Tasting Notes
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.
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.
This was the special campaign blend from the Zoomdweebies kickstarter.
I have to admit I was slightly disappointed when I found out this was the special secret campaign blend. Only because it is kind of a repeat of the Dreamsicle Darjeeling. Now I have never even had the Dreamsicle Darjeeling, and this is technically still a new blend because this one is pu’erh.
But after I brewed this tea I was not disappointed at all. The smell of the dry tea is spot on for an orange creamsicle. I am interested in what kind of pu’erh tea this is as it doesn’t look like any of the pu’erh teas I have tried. To me it is the colouring of white tea, but the shape of the leaves looked like loose pu’erh.
The brewed tea has more of an orange rind and sharp vegetal smell.
I added a few small pieces of rock sugar to the brewed tea. Initially it is very much an orange tea, orange rind with that same vegetal flavour. But it quickly dissipates into a definite sweet orange and cream taste. Not quite an orange creamsicle, more like an orange Campino candy, but still delicious. I would consider adding some cream next time I brew this up.
Most of you that read my notes know my struggles with pu’erh. I recently declared that I had finally given up and decided I just don’t like pu’erh. But I don’t get any of those evil tastes with this blend :P
No longer disappointed.
Edit: From Frank at 52 teas re: what type of pu’erh was used. “The dreamsicle is a sheng puerh. It’s mildly earthy but more like a green tea, in my opinion. As of this writing there are only four pouches left and this one will not be reblended, so if you want one, you should jump on it. =) Thanks.”
From the Great Canadian TTB.
I am not sure if this was meant to be. I could not, for the life of me, find this tea on steepster, I also had trouble finding it on the Camellia Sinensis website. So I added it. So this note might be in the wrong place. I am not sure what’s going on at the moment. Its supposed to blizzard today, it hasn’t started storming yet, but my boss called me and told me to just stay home today so I don’t get storm stayed anywhere. So now I am a bit out of sorts because I am ready to go but no where to go. I don’t like it when my schedule it all messed up. HA. I shouldn’t be complaining, its basically a paid day to stay home and drink tea all day :D
This tea smells strongly of vanilla. The brewed tea is a light black base, but the bergamot is moderately strong. There is definitely a strong caramel and vanilla flavour. As it cools, the caramel is getting quite bitter. But while hot, it was super delicious.
This was a gift from my mom.
After trying this tea tonight, I vaguely recall trying this tea, or something similar, a long, long time ago.
The smell of the dried tea is very similar to Christmas cake. It is kind of orange-y and cranberry-y in a dried fruit kind of way. The smell of the brewing tea is very similar with a health dose of cinnamon added in. Makes it more like a cinnamon cranberry muffin or something like that.
The brewed tea is quite a disappointment to me. It is basically black tea with dry cinnamon. I am not getting much orange or cranberry although there is the slightest hint of sweetness. The tea is very dry, like how ground cinnamon would make your mouth feel dry. Maybe I will try some sugar or make it as a latte next time. The tin also suggests directions for making iced tea, however I am suspicious these are generic instructions on all of the tea tins. I have a whole 1.66g to experiment with.