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drank Ginger Drink by Gold Kili
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I know this is not really tea per se, but it is already in the data base so I thought I would give my review.

I have become addicted to bento. For most of my life I have been addicted to Asian cuisine, very specifically Japanese. And every once in a while I fancy myself an amazing chef and try my hand at making some delicious food. Just a note, Japanese chefs are amazingly skilled, that stuff is hard to pull off and make taste good. But even harder to pull it off and make it look good too. Throughout my bento quest I have been doing a lot of experimenting. So long story, I decided this weekend I was going to go all out and make sushi. I haven’t made sushi in such a long time. I ended up doing maki-sushi, a whole bunch of different onigiri, tamygoyaki, and some lettuce rolls. I wasn’t even hungry by the time I had everything prepared.

So anyway the point of this story is that I had to go shopping for ingredients, and I couldn’t find everything I wanted and I was scouring the shelves and came across this. And of course, I had to buy it.

I was not expecting too much, but if you were sitting in the room with me, this was my review: coughs out loud and then “WOW!”.

Holy spice, Ginger Drink! I actually used more water then recommended too. This comes packaged in individual servings. The granules are actually a fare size, they reminded me of yeasty coloured pellet fish food (gross, I know). The smell was kind of ginger but you could also strongly smell honey. After the tea is dissolved it smells strongly ginger, but it is almost not like real ginger. Is there such a thing as fake ginger? The taste of this is definitely kick you in the face ginger. There is quite a bit of spice too it. There is a very strong honey sweetness. There is more honey then I would have liked but this will work.

Someone in one of the threads was asking about teas for your nose? Well this one would definitely get your nose running and your sinuses clear.


My partner drinks this several times a day. It’s super tasty but a little too in your face for me to drink on a regular basis.


That sounds like quite a sushi-making adventure!


I’m sure your sushi is delicious! I used to make a couple vegetarian kinds at a previous job and it was so hard to truly perfect.

This sounds like an ultra strong ginger beer without the carbonation.


I love these ginger teas! And yes, Fjellrev, that’s basically what they taste like. But, ULTRA strong. :)

Lala, making sushi is so much fun! I hope you got to enjoy at least some of the finished product. :)

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Another wonderful free sample from Angel and Teavivre.

This one is definitely a very dark oolong.

The reviews are interesting as they are so varied in what this tea tastes like.

I am finding this smooth, thick, slightly creamy. There is only very light floral oolong flavour. The roastiness of this tea is definitely present but I would not say it is strong. There is definitely a sweet potatoe/kind of yammy flavour. Slightly nutty. This oolong is definitely closer to a black tea than a green.

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Thank you very much to Angel from Teavivre for this free sample!

There are a lot of tea companies that have good customer service, and there are a few that have excellent customer service, and Teavivre falls into the excellent category. I do have to apologize that it has taken me this long to review this free tea.

This tea is large rolled nuggets. It brews up a very dark, brown tea. It smells floral, sweet, vegetal, and roasty.

The tea brews up lovely. The nuggets unfurled so large that they almost could not be contained in the regular sized tea basket I always use. The dry nuggets were greenish in colour but the brewed tea leaves are more brown.

The taste of the tea is much less flavourful than the smell. It definitely has the flavours of a green oolong, vegetal, strongly floral, almost perfumey. But there is a light roast flavour on top of that. There is a strong buttery/creamy quality to the tea liquor.

I quite prefer the heavily roasted or darker oolongs compared to a green oolong.

This was is pretty good, not as roasty as I prefer, but I love the buttery quality to this tea.

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Matcha Superior by Hibiki-an
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I bought this when I bought Hibiki-An’s house matcha to use for cold shaken in the mornings. I wanted to try a few grades to see what would work best. The house matcha ended up being perfect.

The superior matcha is ground so fine it is way beyond dust consistency. There is strong green tea vegetal aroma, but still sweet. It smells delicious. It barely needed to be sifted and does not clump too much. The colour of the matcha is dark, rich, uniform green.

I have tried this one two ways so far.

Cold shaken
My usual recipe of 1 heaping tsp (prolly 1.5tsp) in 8 oz water, with a pinch of white sugar. It is actually quite good. However, I think the house matcha is better than the superior grade for cold shaken. The superior grade is much more vegetal but is still smooth and quite creamy. It dissolves very well and doesn’t clump at the bottom of my shaking glass.

Matcha latte
1.5 tsp, matcha, 1/2 tsp white sugar, approx. 6 oz frothed warm milk. Dissolves excellent. There is not a lot of sediment. The taste is creamy, light matcha, slightly vegetal. It is perfect for a latte.

I think this superior grade is much better as a hot matcha. The house blend is much better cold (which I find funny because you would think the higher the grade the better it would be for everything). That makes me happy. The house blend is cheaper and I don’t drink a whole lot of hot/traditional prepared matcha. This superior matcha is probably the best tasting matcha [made at home] that I have had.

I still have another box of the houseblend to get through but I am getting excited to make another order with Hibiki.


For a matcha latte, you add no water then, just milk? I am curious on it. I drink a coffee latte every morning, the only way I like coffee and get all into it.


It really depends on the matcha I am using. If I am concerned about the matcha dissolving then I will dissolve it in a bit of water before I add the milk. Other times I just dissolve it in warm milk before I add the frothed milk.

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drank Pour Maman by Nina's Paris
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While hot, the base had quite a burnt taste. Not burnt in a bad way, like burnt caramel but without the sweetness. I think it is from the black/green mix for the base. The tea becomes much more caramalized sugar type burnt as it cools. There are strong vanilla and mallow flavours. It makes the tea liquor feel quite thick. There is a generic red fruits flavour to the tea but I am not able to distinguish which red fruit. There is maybe a bit of red currant in there.

This tea is a bit too strong on the mallow flavour for me, but that could be how I brewed it. It is definitely a great tea, would make a great dessert tea.

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

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drank Christmas Tea by Dammann Freres
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Day 24!

Last one of the advent calendar.

This tea is not as good as it was before. For some reason this year it is not really reminding me of Christmas at all.

This one is a mild black base. There are strong pineapple notes, lots of citrus. Very light cherry flavour. It has that generic Dammann bubble gum flavour. Maybe it is the bacon and eggs I had before I had this tea. The flavours are just not screaming Christmas to me. It tastes good tho.

Overall I really enjoyed this advent calendar but not sure if I will order next year. After two years in a row I feel like I have tried most of dammanns Christmas teas. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to try their teas tho.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Tisane de Noël by Dammann Freres
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Day 22.

Writing this review for posterity only. I totally messed this one up.

I am so disappointed. I quite liked this last year too.

I steeped this one for maybe an hour… I have had a super crappy day, have lots to do tonight to get ready for Christmas holidays. I felt guilty about not getting to this one yesterday, so I thought I better brew it up. But then I forgot about it, sitting on the counter, tea bag steeping away in the now warmish water.

It is strongly cinnamon, lots of lemon balm. It feels like it is scraping my throat all the way down. cries. I wanted cookie…

Next time I guess.

Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Noël à Paris by Dammann Freres
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Day 23!

I have not yet done day 22 becuase I forgot it at home yesterday and then this morning I realized it was a herbal, which I won’t drink during the day.

I love this tea. I had wanted to order a bag of it from Dammann when I ordered this advent calendar but my Steepster wish list wasn’t working (no surprise there) and I didn’t realize this one was on the list until it was too late. Ahhh, next year I guess.

This tea is a lovely black base. There are hints of cherry with some floral. Makes me think cherry blossom. Mmmmmm. The black base is smooth but there is just a little kick at the end of the sip. This tea is slightly creamy, but not really in a dairy sense. Maybe it is the almond. It is thick. There is just a little hint of sweet ginger. Kind of like candied ginger. It is very faint.

I will have to savour this cup for a while.

Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Nuit à Versailles by Dammann Freres
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Day 21.

Bergamot. I Like.

Just a note to Dammann, whom I am sure is not reading these reviews at all. Please try to put your green teas in the green tea coloured packaging. And not sometimes put the green teas in the same coloured packaging as the black teas. Or just not colour code at all, because you are kinda not good at it. But I still love your teas.

So I realized this was a green tea upon taking the sachet out of the package.

This was is heayy on the bergamot, and I am enjoying that. I smell peach in the tea, but I am not getting any type of fruitiness in the flavour. The green tea mixed with the flower petals is coming across as quite woody.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Pomme d'Amour by Dammann Freres
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Day 20.

I am behind by one day. I didn’t have a chance to have this yesterday.

This is an apple tea. Nina’s Marie Antoinette is so good that I had high hopes for this one.

This year many of Dammann’s teas give me a black licorice taste and scent. I am pretty sure it is not me as I am not getting this with other teas. I don’t recall this last year.

This tea, to me has quite a scent of black licorice. It is supposed to contain black cherry so I wonder if that is what I am getting.

This tea has that black licorice/black cherry flavour. There is an artificial, but pleasant, sweet red apple flavour. It makes me think of candied apples. I think I am getting a bit of caramel. There is a very slight floral flavour. Initially the black tea base seems quite light but closer to midsip it becomes bold. There is a strange astringency in the aftersip. It is more a tingling sensation,

I wish this one was a bit more apple, but it wasn’t too bad.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

hummm this is really strange Lala.I imagine you have this in a bag version due to the calendar.
Pomme d’amour normally has a strong taste of caramel apple and really nothing more. I wish you could taste this tea in the loose leaf version.


It is the sachet version from the Christmas advent calendar. I am thinking there may have been some contamination during shipping or something because a lot of the teas this year tasted like that to me. Even the ones I have had before with no problems.

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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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