838 Tasting Notes
Day 19. Same as last year.
I think my taste buds have changed a bit from last year. I actually don’t find this one too bad.
I am getting strong vanilla. Slight fruity flavours, like apricot. Getting no citrus and absolutely no chocolate. I am not getting the smokey base tea this year that I complained about last year. I don’t necessarily think it is my tastes buds that have changed so much but it is that these are tea sachets which I know are not always consistent. Especially when they are made from normally loose leaf tea.
Getting a bit bored with this calendar this year unfortunately. I just wish they would have at least mixed up the order of the teas this year as compared to last year.
Still love Dammann tea though.
This one reminds me of cola flavouring for some reason. I think it is probably the ginger and cloves. I am not finding much black cherry flavour this year. I found the rooibos to be the predominate plavour this time. It was ok. It was hard to enjoy this one because I just wasn’t looking forward to a rooibos today.
Is this a new tea? I had to add it to the website. There is black version on steepster but not a green. Hopefully this is getting posted in the right spot.
On first smell of the dried tea, all I could think of was cherry cough syrup green tea. Not exactly appetizing.
The taste is much better. It is a smooth, creamy, green tea. The creaminess may be a bit of vanilla or a bit of caramel but I can’t quite place the source of the creaminess that I am feeling on my palate. I am getting some kind of fruity flavour which I attribute to cherry but I am a bit unsure. There is also a nice floral component to this tea. It is just very slightly sweet. There is a very tiny touch of astringency to the green tea at the end of the sip. The flavours of the tea feel a bit watered down.
I did not look up the description of this tea before I postd about it. So I could be way off taste. But that is what I am tasting.
I was again disappointed in this one, as I was last year. I feel like I am getting strong black licorice flavours, but I aam wondering if that is supposed to be the fig. I am definitely getting a creamy texture, but not so much strawberry. The black tea base is extremely bold. I only intended to steep for a few minutes but I am wondering if I lost track of time.
This tea smells delicious. But I am scared to try it becuase the deliciousness appears to be quite perfumey. There are scents of sweet jasmine and lychee.
This tea is interesting. There is definitely a jasmine base. It is not as strong as I would have thought in comparison to the smell. There are hints of lychee flavour. Lychee fruits are delicious. But the bad thing is that often in tea is comes across as very perfumey, and I am getting that in this case. This tea is strongly floral. Strong hints of rose. The tea liquor is light and thin, but the flavours remain quite strong.
My snippet review for this tea would be: smells perfumey, tastes perfumey.
So I guess I pretty much didn’t like this last year. I wish that when you make subsequent posts on a tea you can add additional ratings. Because this year I am finding it not too bad. So I am going to change the rating. But that doesn’t change the experience I had last time. So in short, I wish I could give a tea a different rating each time I had it to reflect my experience…
Also I find it quite amusing that on this teas page, the English translation description of the tea is different from the French one.
This tea smells very delicious. Creamy cherry with almonds and rose petals. The taste of the tea is a fairly nice white base. Slightly astringent. There are notes of cherry and definitely some almond nuttiness. I feel like I am getting rose this year, although I don’t think rose petals are part of this blend.
As I noted above I am bumping the rating up from 60.
I thought I would like this one a lot more than I did. It smelled and tasted heavily roasted. But there was also a very strong floral oolong flavour, very greenish tasting. I much prefer a darker oolong vs a green one.
It did brew up very light and clear. There was a slight natural sweetness to the tea. I just wish there was more roast to the flavour profile. I will have to try further steeps.
I think Damman has to get a little more inventive because several of the teas are the same day this year as they were last year.
I quite liked the smell of this dry tea. Reminded me of tart grapefruit. I was really looking forward to trying this tea. Same thing I thought last year. Then I read my review and didn’t seem to like this tea a whole lot last year.
I brewed it up, I am actually not getting too much jasmine at all this time, which is pleasant. The tartness now is definitely pineapple and not grapefruit. It is almost as if the jasmine with the pineapple makes grapefruit. The black base is fairly smooth.
Overall I wish this tea tasted a bit more like it smelled.
Free sample from Nina’s Paris. Thanks so much Laurent!
This one came as a sachet.
This tea is quite reminding me of something and I had a hard time putting my finger on it until I looked at the ingredients. It has rhubarb. It is quite similar to Dammann’s Jardin Bleu that was yesterday’s advent tea. How funny it is that they taste similar and are also French teas.
The black base in this one is quite strong. There is a strong rhubarb flavour with floral scents. I don’t think I have much experience with violet, which is what is in this tea, so I am unsure what I should be tasting.
Overall this one is good. It is a bit bitter but that could be a brewing issue. I have another sachet to try.
Day 12. Half way there!
This one is interesting. Before I read my last years review I thought the dry tea smelled of burnt caramel pastry, the kind with a cookie crumble base. The taste of the brewed tea is quite strong lemon. Unfortunately it is coming across as artificial and a bit waxy. I would definitely use lemon custard with Graham crust as a descriptor. Not getting much caramel in the flavour. There is a bit of tartness in the flavour.
Then I read my last years review and realized I had a totally different experience last year. That is what I love about tea, it is different each time.
I would say I don’t think I enjoyed it as much this year as I did last year. I do however still want to spend a Christmas in Venice.