697 Tasting Notes
Back to delicious Dammann teas! Yumm! I agree with Dinosara, this one reminds me of a cookie. It is a hard and thin shortbread biscuit type cookie with Christmas spices like clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. It is super delicious. The liquor is sweet. I think it could have used a tiny bit of sweetener but I still didn’t add any. I get a bit of lemon balm in the aftertaste, it lingers for a while. But that is ok because the beforetaste is so good.
Day 9 of 52 teas 12 days of Christmas.
I have had this one before and it was ok. It is just not doing it for me this time around. Not sure if it was my steeping parameters or just if it was a really small sample. I think sometimes with complex flavoured teas, when you have a small sample amount, they dont always taste as good as when you have a large bag to stir up and get a scoop of tea out of.
Anyway, there is definitely a candy corn taste, it is creamy and sweet. The melted candy corn definitely added the sugar needed. But I am finding the black tea base to be quite astringent today.
I quite like this one. I was getting a bit worried because that last few Dammann teas I hadn’t really loved. But I am excited about this one.
I definitely taste the cinnamon which is nice. I am getting some almond. Not getting any apple though. I am getting a cake type flavour from the marigold petals.
Day 8 of 52 teas 12 days of Christmas.
This one smells and tastes just like the butter rum lifesavers you get around Christmas time in those lifesaver books. Unfortunately, those ones have never been my favorite.
This one taste pretty much like most butter rum candy, or flavouring, not so much like a real hot buttered rum drink. You can taste the usual 52 teas black base underneath the rum flavour. It is fairly sweet on its own. There is also a creamy taste and feeling to the tea.
OK so maybe I figured it out. But I also have 2nd degree burns. Ha ha. So I made this again. Underleafed. 1tsp for 10 oz cup (normally use 1.5-2 tsp). When drank super hot, it tastes just like flat mountain dew. But sensitive mouth over here, burnt my tongue and palate and inside of cheeks. Ha ha, but I figured it out! Huzzah for me. I need an ice cube now.
Side note: I had no intention of burning myself on purpose, I just wasn’t paying attention when I took the first sip. Watching the movie The Mexican, with classic James Gandolfini, it is awesome and ridiculous at the same time. Gotta love those old movies.
Day 7 of 52 Teas 12 days of Christmas.
I can see what everyone raves about. This one smells like a black tea with creamy toffee. It smells like crunch n munch. The tea tastes a moderately bold black base. There is toffee flavours. A slight bit of salt. I am not getting much popcorn though.
This one dry smells of apples. The brewed tea tastes like apples and rose petals. There is a bit of plum. I am finding it has abit of a waxy flavour but I think it is from the rose petals. As it cools there is maybe a bit of pear in there.
This one is ok. But I definitely prefer Marie Antoinette for an apple/rose tea.
So I bought this to blend with another tea. But I thought I better try it by itself before its all gone and blended away. This one smells sweet, not too smokey. There is a light sweetness to the tea, also a little but of malt. Hardley any smoke, but there is some there. The liquor is thick but the flavour is very light and basic. I feel like there is some vegetal flavour to this like it is almost a black tea but not quite. Just the slightest metallic tinge in the aftertaste. No astringency or bitterness. I love keemun. I am kind of sad I blended it all away, but I know where I can get more :)
So on a sidenote, I have found my favorite tea blend. It is this tea, mixed half and half with lapsang (also from Cuppa T, although it really doesn’t matter where the tea is from) mixed with two fresh slices of ginger, and a slice of naval orange. Brewed for 1 minute at just less than boiling. The orange and ginger stay in the cup. It is delicious. It is like Sunday breakfast, when you stuff your face with bacon, pancakes, milk and orange juice. And then lay on the couch the rest of the day. So good.
Day 6 of 52 teas 12 days of Christmas.
I literally just finished off a package of this. So I am not super excited about today. I don’t have much to add to my previous tasting notes. I get a bit of chocolate, some kind of peanut/nut taste, not so much butter. There may be a slight cheesecake but not a lot. I find this rooibos blend to be very peppery but the pepper mellows as it cools. I also add about 1/4 tsp of brown rock sugar to sweeten it up.
I think it is ok to say I was not a fan of this one. It is not a bad blend, but I am just finding the tastes are not working for me. There is definitely a really strong smokey black tea. I am getting a bit of chocolate taste but it tastes quite watered down. This one is reminding me of those chocolate oranges that you can get around Christmas time. I am also getting hints of vanilla.
I definitely got hints of hazelnuts with this one in taste and smell.