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Bravo Andrews and Dunham, Bravo!

This tea is fairly reminiscent of Tim Hortons steeped tea. And as a Canadian, it doesn’t get much better than that. Ha ha.

The tea is quite bold and thick. Not too much and not too little, but just the right amount of malt. I can’t really distinguish what type of black tea this is, but there are definitely hints of ceylon and a bit of Darjeeling. There are light hints of dark fruits, maybe plums. There is a heavy creamy flavour profile. It reminds me of eggnog, not the taste of eggnog, but how it coats your mouth. There is a slight burnt bitterness that is very pleasant at the end of the sip. It is almost like overly roasted nuts maybe. Overall a delicious cup. Very much the idea of the holiday season.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
whatshesaid

I wish they would’ve had a shipping sale!

Cameron B.

This sounds yummy! :)

Lala

I’ve given up on sales and free shipping sale with this company. I love them so much I just pay full price. Same with Harney…sigh.

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
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Day 11.

I would not associate the name jardin bleu with rhubarb. But nevertheless…

The dry tea smells like rhubarb and cream.

The brewed tea very eerily makes me think Harney’s Paris. I had no idea why. But I do a double take every time I take a sip.

The tea is thick but the flavours are not bold, this is a light and mild tea. There is definitely rhubarb in this tea. There is a hint of artificial strawberry in the background. Very minimal sweetness to the tea which I actually think makes it taste better. Sometimes too much sweetness can come across as artificial. There is a slight floral flavour. I know this is a black tea but I would not be surprised at all if the base was actually a white tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I was confused by the name as well… Maybe it refers to the blue flower petals?

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drank Dune d'Épices by Dammann Freres
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Day 10.

I said the same thing last year. Juicy fruit bubble gum. Ha ha. I don’t remember much of this one becuase I was in an intense meeting staying quiet, trying not to get noticed , shying away from eye contact and sipping my tea in fear.

The green tea base is very light. This tea is slightly floral. There is a definite fruity flavour that translates to bubble gum for me. I think I noticed some sweet candied citrus in there somewhere.

I got me through the meeting in one peice without being noticed. Big plus!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Totally bubblegum! It was too much for me, ha ha. :P

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drank Earl Grey Yin Zhen by Dammann Freres
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Day 9
I managed to make it 6 days before I forgot to bring my daily advent tea with me to work again. So this is for yesterday.

I love Earl grey. And to be specific, I love bergamot. So I was quite excited for this tea.

This was smells strongly of bergamot from the dry sachet. Once brewed it has a sweet citrus bergamot scent.

The tea tastes lightly of bergamot. The citrus essence is nice. The black tea base is moderately bold, is lightly dry but not stringent. I think the silver tips bridge the gap between the bergamot and the black tea. It adds a hay like taste and thickness to the tea. The flower petals smooth it out and add a faint hint of sweetness and pastry.

This is quite a good and interesting Earl grey. I would prefer a kick in your face black te and bergamot type Earl grey but this one is still tasty.

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

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drank Passion de Fleurs by Dammann Freres
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Day 8. A brand new tea to me.

This one smells strongly floral, rose petal floral. There were under notes of what I first assumed to be strawberry. I then read the ingredients and realized it was apricot and on tasting the tea again, I can agree that is was apricot.

This tea is fairly good. Slightly chemical tasting due to what I am assuming is the rose fragrance. But the Rose and apricot flavours go really well together. This feels like a really fancy tea. The white tea base is not terribly smooth, a bit of astringency but I had some brewing problems so it could be due to that. The tea is very thick and juicy tasting.

So it is my habit when brewing a tea bag, I always fill the cup with the hot water then put the tea bag it. I dislike when you pour hot water over a tea bag and it puffs up and floats to the tops. So I put my water in the cup, threw in the tea bag and turned my back for about 2 minutes. I could smell the beautiful aroma of the tea. When I turned out I realized that only the smaller corner of the tea bag was in the water, the rest of the bag getting somehow stuck on the rim of the cup, holding itself out of the water. So I put the tea bag in the water for another two minutes. But ther was a small portion of tea that had already been steeping. So I think that might have changed the flavour profile a bit. #teabagprobs

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

Stupid puffed-up tea bags! :P

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drank Christmas Tea Vert by Dammann Freres
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Day 7.

The smell of this tea very much screams HOLIDAYS!! It makes me think of when you go into one of those cutesy decor stores. The ones that burn scented oils and blast Christmas music and are always too warm. And you don’t want to move because if you turn your bag will slightly buffet the air which in turn will make thousands of delicate ornaments chinkle and then the lady working the counter will follow you around scowling until you leave. Ahhh, the holidays…

I thought this tea would be kinda chai, but it isn’t. The green base is strong but slightly astringent. There are hints of vanilla, sweet cinnamon, something nutty.

I liked the black tea version better. It is essentially the same but with an obvious black base.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Hah, I love your description of those little decor stores that go crazy for Christmas. And I love how we always have totally different tea experiences, it makes this so much more fun! :P

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Day 6.

This is one of my favorites. Today I am finding it with a bold black base. The citrus profile is also bold. It is not tart of bitter but also there is no overpowering sweetness. Because of this tea I had a period where I added an orange slice to my black teas. I am going to have to start doing that again.

Let the advent calendar continue…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
Ysaurella

this is indeed a very lovely tea

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drank Citrus Rooibos by Dammann Freres
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Well I woke up to no Internet. I actually have no Internet, no TV and no home phone. And the service provider cannot come for 7 days. And that’s my fault because I can’t accommodate their schedule and refuse to take an entire day off work to wait all day for them to show up and prolly change a dumb cable or something and be done in 15 minutes. It’s amazing how much of my life revolves around Internet.

Day 5.

The smell of the dry tea is very much like Orangina. Sweet but tangy orange citrus. The brewed tea is woody rooibos with kind of medicinal citrus. There is a bit of a metallic tang. There is a sharp aftertaste.

I am not a huge rooibos fan but this one isn’t terrible.

I typed this out on my cell phone. It was horrible :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Did you taste the cold? I thought it was a weird addition.

Lala

I think what you are calling cola, I am perceiving as the Orangina.

Cameron B.

Well, technically they called it cola! But I can see that. :D

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Drinking Day 4 on Dec 4!! Yah for me! I am finally caught up. Ha ha, it only took me one day to get off track.

This is one of my super favs from Dammann. I actually bought a 100g of this tea at the same time I bought the advent calendar. I am glad this one was in the calendar again.

Pastry, cake, almond, sweet candy floral. Moderately bold but smooth black base. Neither the base nor the flavours overshadow the other.

This one is a bit more sweet than I remember but I am ok with that. It still tastes delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

sounds amazing

ashmanra

I love this one so much. I am getting low and there are a couple of other Dammann teas I want, so I might make that my birthday list…a few Dammann teas at a time to justify the shipping!

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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
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Day 3 of advent calendar.

Black licorice water.

That is what this one tasted like. I actually went and looked at my old review and I actually seemed to quite like it last year. This year I am getting mostly black licorice. Every once in a while I wonder if there is caramel or vanilla in the cup but then it turns back to the black licorice. Reminds me of licorice allsorts candies.

I actually didn’t even finish this cup. I am not much of a black licorice fan at all. I will leave my rating as it stands from last year. Weird this one is so different to me this year.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Wow, I got strong orange blossom out of this one. So weird how different teas taste to different people. :P

Lala

I’m assuming part of that is because, with all tea bags, they probably using what left in the bottom of the barrel of the tea blend. So you might not be getting an accurate picture of the real tea blend.

Stephanie

Weird I hate licorice and I loved this one!

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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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