697 Tasting Notes
I may or may not have had this before. There are way too many reviews to wade through to see if I have reviewed it before.
I quite like pistachio’s. I love pistachio pudding and ice cream. So I figured it is pretty much a given I will like this tea.
The dry tea smells quite nutty. Not pistachio, maybe hazelnuts (?).
The brewed tea tastes strongly of the green tea base. It is vegetal and creamy. I added a few pieces of brown rock sugar on the suggestion from the description of this tea. But it didn’t bring out any pistachio or ice cream flavours. I am getting a bit of a nutty spice. There are a few hints of vanilla but unfortunately still no pistachio or ice cream. Hmmm…
I will have to steep this again to see if I get better results.
Edit: It becomes more pistachio tasting as it cools to about luke warm, but still not the creamy nutty ice cream taste I was expecting.
Received this one from the amazing AshleyE as another Holiday card surprise. This is such an awesome community.
I love London Fog, this is a tea that had been on my radar for the next time I made an order. So I was super happy for this surprise.
The dry tea smells mostly like an earl grey crème. The brewed tea, while initially hot tasted fairly similar to a London fog. It was earl grey and milky and creamy. Not earl grey crème but like London Fog – which is different. The only thing that was missing was the thickness of the liquor you get from the steamed milk. But quickly after it started to cool it became more just an earl grey crème. And as it cooled further it started to become astringent.
Overall a good tea, a really interesting and well done idea. I am happy to have tried this one. Unfortunately, I think I still prefer my Starbucks London Fog – Oh, excuse me – my Starbucks earl grey latte :P
I received a wonderful holiday surprise from Sil. She sent me a tea sample in a card. So awesome!
Inside the card it reads “I know you’re ok with not loving puerh, but since you’re not buying it – I thought you might like to try another flavoured one”. Ha ha. Bring it on!
This dry tea smells like an orange creamsicle. Quite delicious.
The tea package recommended a 10 minute steep – eek! I stuck with 2 minutes, ha ha. It was quite a thick liquor, dark after steeping.
The tea tastes more like an orange rind black tea. Does not taste so much like puerh to me – and I am more than ok with that. The creamy orange creamsicle taste returns in the aftertaste. This one is definitely better as it cools. Not so much blood orange to me, but more just orange, which is also ok. I think if I would have steeped longer, that might have brought out more of a tart blood orange flavour.
The 12th day of 52 teas 12 Days of Christmas.
I think this was a good choice for the last tea. It was also neat that is was not a repeat from the rest of the year but a brand new tea.
I don’t get much from the smell of the dry tea. There is some fruity sweetness.
The brewed tea tastes strongly of white tea, maybe it was my steeping. There is a fruity (glucose) type sweetness to the tea. I get a pastry/bread type flavour. I am also getting some cinnamon, maybe some nutmeg. Like Christmas-y spices. I don’t get any sugar plum per se, but just a generic fruity taste. I do get a slight hint of prunes as the tea starts to cool.
I think for my next cup I will add some sugar/sweetener.
Overall, I really enjoyed the 52 teas 12 days of teas. I loved the novelty of scratching to reveal the tea on each package. I would most likely do this again next year. It was a great way to try some favorites, bestsellers, and new teas I would never have tried otherwise.
Edit: brewed again. This time I overleafed and added some white sugar. The sugar plums are starting to peak out a little bit. I wouldn’t say they are dancing through my head, but they are subtly there in the background.
11th tea from 52 Teas 12 Days of Christmas.
I knew I would not like this one because of the ingredients, but I am still going to try it.
On initial sip, there is a burning in the back of my throat from the cayenne pepper, but it disappears really quick. That’s the napalm I’m assuming :)
After the cayenne wears off, there is a very ripe banana taste. I am not a huge banana or banana flavoured type of girl, so that is why I assumed I wouldn’t/don’t like the tea. The banana taste disappears really quick as well, then the cayenne comes back in the aftertaste. Double napalm!
The banana and cayenne work really well with the gunpowder green tea. The cayenne does mellow a bit as the tea cools.
Not my taste, but this is a really neat idea and really well blended tea.
I am a bit behind as I was not doing my daily Christmas teas or Christmas, ha ha. But I think I will get caught up and finish pretty quick.
This one smells super delicious. Reminds me of Queen Anne’s chocolate cherry thingies. I don’t even like those, but they always smell so good.
To me the flavours in this one are a little bit lacklustre. Don’t get me wrong, it is super delicious, but IMO not as good as some of the other previous teas. I guess I was expecting the best for last, maybe my high expectations are really the problem.
This one tastes like maraschino cherries, lots of orange peel. Definitely feels like Christmas fruits. You can taste the black tea base under the flavours. I feel like I am getting a bit of almond or nuttiness as well. This might be due to the black tea base, as I got this flavour with some of the other Dammann teas as well. I am getting just the slightest hint of caramel in the aftertaste. It disappears pretty quick.
Overall, definitely impressed from the Dammann advent calendar. Would order again next year, the reminder is already in my calendar so I order in time to get for Christmas. The shipping from France is amazing though, faster for me to get something from France than to mail something across Canada.
It’s here, it’s here, it’s here, IT’S HERE. It’s finally here!
I was so excited for this blend. It was a great Christmas gift (to myself, ha ha), it was waiting in my mailbox when I got home from Christmas.
I have been away for a few days. Drank a lot more coffee than I should have. There was no real good way to drink tea where I was, microwaved or keurig warmed water. So I had a bit of Keurig earl grey, but mostly coffee. So to come home to this tea was a blessing.
The dry tea smells deliciously strong, malty, sweet.
The brewed tea is just unbelievable. These guys have to be magic or something. The tea is thick and bold but not astringent or bitter. It is smooth, super smooth, like liquid silk. It is malty, but there are also hints of cocoa. When people writer about wanting a tea that is like hot chocolate, this is the tea you need. It is sweet and a little but earthy. The flavours are bright and distinctive. It is creamy. I generally don’t add milk and sweetener to my black teas, but I don’t think this one would need it anyway.
So happy to have this one in my hoard.
Christmas in Paris, yes please!
This one is a nice smooth black base, I am getting a slight metallic tinge from the ceylon. I am getting sweet cherry and smooth almond. I am unfortunately not getting any ginger, I think this one would be quite delicious with ginger, well it is already delicious. Ha ha. The flavouring is light and compliments that black base very nicely. The pink cornflowers seem to provide some thickness to the liquor. I am imagining walking through the Paris streets in the evening with a bit of snow falling around me. Le sigh!
It’s almost time for Christmas Day tea. I am excited to see what it is. I’m assuming, best for last.
Day 10 of 52 teas 12 days of Christmas.
First of all, I am really surprised there are not more reviews on this one.
This one is quite well done. It smells similar to other 52 teas chai blends. But after brewing it smells like a delicious gingerbread cookie. No jokes here. The chai spices mix with the popcorn flavours and you get a delicious cake like drink. There is a slightly salty, seaweedy green tea base, but it is also sweet, not overpowering, and works really well with the chai spices. I would describe this as a very “light” genmaicha. I think anyone interested in trying genmaicha should try this one. It’s definitely a winner.
On a side note, I hope that there is lemon merengue chai in the last of these 12 days of Christmas. Fingers crossed.
Received a surprise ninja sample from this from Roswell Strange!
This one is interesting. I do not know what the ingredients are. The dry tea smells like figs and rose. It almost has a champagne type smell to it.
The brewed tea, there is definitely some hibiscus in here. You tried to hide from me but I found you! Thankfully the hib is not overpowering. I am getting strong fig, and some light rose. I feel like I am getting rhubarb tastes, almost like rhubarb pie. It is kind of tart but also sweet at the same time. I am getting the same yeasty alcohol taste that I got in the smell. This one is pretty good. Next time I would brew for less time just to make sure the hibiscus stays in the shadows. This one gets better as it cools.
I would describe this one a fig-rhubarb pie with rose water and champagne. Ha ha.
Edit: This seems to be one of those teas that has a “fine line”. It was ok hot, great as it cooled, but as it cooled too much the hibiscus drop kicked me in the back of the throat. I had to throw out the bottom of my cup. Which is ok, at least now I know there is a time frame for when this tea needs to be drank.