4148 Tasting Notes
YUM! I think I want to move to France and live next door to the family Dammann. (And in this fantasy of mine, they invite me to tea every day)
I seriously have not yet encountered a tea from them that I do not like.
I need to thank Doulton for this experience – thank you! This tea is incroyable!
Noël à Vienne translates into Christmas is coming. I can taste a bit of christmas in this cup – there is a certain “baked” flavor to the tea that reminds me of the apricot cookies my grandma would make at christmas time. And of course, there is the chocolate. It is a bit more delicate than I would like (but then, I’m a chocoholic, so more chocolate is always better). There is also a light touch of citrus and a pleasantly creamy character to it. This is SO GOOD!
Thank you again Doulton!
Trying this one courtesy of TeaEqualsBliss – my SororiTEA Sister!
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This one is kind of weird. I don’t necessarily mean that in a good or a bad way (mostly because I haven’t really decided yet)
I tried it first unsweetened (as I do with all teas) and this one definitely does better with a little sweetener as it is just a bit too bitter for my liking without it. I added a drizzle of agave nectar and that really improved the flavor for me. There is still some bitterness which doesn’t taste like a “tea” bitterness, so I am going to attribute it to the Neem – which is an herb with which I’m unfamiliar… so I don’t know how it really tastes except based upon this cuppa. It isn’t a foul bitterness or even unpleasant, but its there.
It also has a very pleasant aroma that I enjoy (both the dry leaf and the brewed liquor).
It is an enjoyable cup, a robust tea that invigorates. I’m glad I had the opportunity to try it.
Another A&D sampling courtesy of Jillian – thank you Jillian, I really appreciate it!
This is a really nice Ceylon. Very smooth with a natural sweetness that is very pleasant to enjoy this morning. I am really glad that I decided to reach for this tea today!
Thanks again to Jillian for letting me try this – I am so very glad I was able to try it!
I made a big pitcher of this last night for the refrigerator, and I have just enough for one more hot cuppa.
The flavors come together well in this tisane. The coconut and pineapple are sweet and don’t taste artificial. There is a low woodsy note from the honeybush, as well as a honey-esque finish.
YUM! I really look forward to this as an iced tea later today!
I’m starting my day with Thomas Sampson today – and finishing the last of the sampling that Jillian so graciously shared with me. Thank you again Jillian!
This experience with Thomas is much like my first. Malty and brisk. Bold. A lot of gusto which I need today – my first born is graduating today.
Anyway, on with the show Thomas! We’ve got a lot to do today.
I just got back from errands, and I could use some cooling off with iced tea, but I can feel a caffeine deprivation headache coming on so I decided to have a cup of hot tea first. I really like this Darjeeling a lot! It has a very nice complexity to it. In one sip, I can taste notes of fruit, nut, and honey. Yum.
Here is a link to the review I wrote of this tea:
Experimenting a bit with this Earl Grey today. I tried “awakening” the leaves with a quick 10 second boiling water rinse before infusing to see how that would affect the first infusion.
The first infusion is now a bit smoother than the previous first infusions of this tea, which is definitely a plus for me. Interestingly, the tea has a slightly smoky flavor to it this morning – something i didn’t pick up on previously. It is not a strong smoky essence, but definitely there… almost like I brewed it in coffee (which I would not do, especially since the only coffee we have in the house is my husband’s instant coffee). It’s an unusual taste, but I don’t dislike it…
The bergamot also tastes a bit lighter.