565 Tasting Notes

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I can’t really believe that it’s the last tea of the calendar. I still have quite a few to drink still.. But it’s hard to believe that Christmas is tomorrow!

I smell mostly cherry and the black tea base. I can’t smell the pineapple or orange… Maybe they’ll be more evident in flavor.

Sipping… First I taste the cherry, then the black tea, followed by a very light pineapple note. It’s nice, but doesn’t really make me think Christmas. I suppose it faintly reminds me of a fruit cake.. But the flavors aren’t all that festive in my mind.

Here’s to a safe and happy Christmas Eve!

December 24 – Advent 2014

Fjellrev

It truly is hard to believe that xmas is tomorrow. Where did all the time go…

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75

This blend smells a little funky. It’s quite heavy on the fruit and light on the spices. Certainly not a bad thing as I prefer my spices to be in the background.

Sipping… I taste juicy fruit gum and that strange “doughy” thing that I get in some of Dammann’s other blends. It’s not bad, but it’s sort of a fruity and strange blob that sits on my tongue. I can’t pick anything out, unfortunately. I think this blend reminds me of a cup of juice in that it tastes decent, but lacks any sort of dimension.

December 23 – Advent 2014

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82

I am drinking this cup of tea while wrapping my Christmas gifts; one of my favorite things… :)

I was excited to try this tea because it sounded like it was a most delicious combination of fruits. Now that I’m sipping it, it’s perhaps a bit too subtle. I don’t taste individual fruits, but more of a medley, similar to fruit leather. It is tasty, but perhaps not a re-purchase for me. As always, happy to have tried this one!

December 16 – Advent 2014

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76

This tea smells very sweet – hints of apple and cherry…? There is something in this that reminds my nose of a past memory and I can’t put my finger on it. Nevertheless, I’m excited to try this one since it’s such a unique blend.

Sipping… I taste the apple first followed by the smooth black tea. I taste something that reminds me of cinnamon in the background. It almost reminds me of an apple drink I’d have during the fall, but it’s not quite there. I’m not sure if I dislike apple teas or if the ones I’ve had haven’t been that great. Maybe apple is just a difficult flavor to work with in the tea world. The apple flavor is too fake for me, but I do appreciate how unique this blend is.

December 20 – Advent 2014

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81

Eh.. still so far behind with the calendar, but I’m trying! This one doesn’t smell like much out of the bag and it’s just as subtle in the cup, in my opinion.

Eh.. still so far behind with the calendar, but I’m trying! This one doesn’t smell like much out of the bag and it’s just as subtle in the cup, in my opinion.It reminds me very much of Charlotte au Chocolat with a stronger nut note. It’s strange, but I’m not picking up on the apricot, pineapple or orange rinds. It’s a bit more drying in the mouth than some of the other black teas I’ve had from Dammann. Not a favorite, but a decent cup for this evening.

Eh.. still so far behind with the calendar, but I’m trying! This one doesn’t smell like much out of the bag and it’s just as subtle in the cup, in my opinion.It reminds me very much of Charlotte au Chocolat with a stronger nut note. It’s strange, but I’m not picking up on the apricot, pineapple or orange rinds. It’s a bit more drying in the mouth than some of the other black teas I’ve had from Dammann. Not a favorite, but a decent cup for this evening.December 19 – Advent 2014

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81

A special tea for my birthday today!

I was a little nervous to be trying this tea only because it has spruce needles in it and it smells like Christmas potpourri… definitely something you wouldn’t want to drink. I love the little snowflake sprinkles, though. They add such a nice touch! Once the tea has steeped, it smells sweeter, softer and mostly like orange peel.

Sipping… I first taste a very sweet almond flavor that reminds me of.. surprise… cake! The finish is where the orange peel comes out. It’s not an orange flavor, but really the bitter orange peel. I don’t taste much of the spruce needles, but perhaps they are lending something to the cup that I am not aware of.

I’m very glad to have tried this tea and it will be a nice companion this December. It’s certainly a very festive blend! I don’t know if I love it enough to repurchase, but I’ll enjoy it this year.

Nightshifter

Happy Birthday to you!

Roswell Strange

Happy Birthday! How old? :P

Veronica

Happy Birthday!!!

Anlina

Happy birthday!

QueenOfTarts

Thank you so much, everyone! :) You’re so nice!

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81

The scent of this tea reminds me of Fruit Stripe gum. I also get this weird mint that pops through occasionally. I love the pretty white and pink/red flowers that are mixed in with the white tea. Very festive!

Sipping… this tea actually tastes a little bit like Fruit Stripe gum to me, but with the addition of a white tea base. There is something a little tingly in the tail end of the sip, that makes me think of spices.. but it’s so faint that I don’t really notice it. While this tea has lovely flavors, it’s very delicate. I do wish that it had a little more strength.

December 14 – Advent 2014

Cameron B.

Jealous! Mine tasted like a ginger tea. :(

darby

I love fruit stripe!

Fjellrev

Wow, I can’t even remember what Fruit Stripe smelled/tasted like!

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90

Ah, happy to see a familiar favorite in the calendar. Still very much the same for me.. smooth, biscuit, poppy with a hint of something fruity. So delicious! One of my absolute favorites from Dammann Freres.

December 4 – Advent 2014

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85

This tea smells like jasmine, passionfruit and peach – very much reminds me of summer.

Sipping… this has such a nice fruit flavor. I love the passionfruit paired with the jasmine. The jasmine isn’t too strong, but sits in the background. It gives off just enough flavor so you know it’s there, but not enough to overwhelm the cup. While this tea is light and refreshing, I’m not sure if I’m in the mood to drink such a summery blend. It would be perfect for the warmer months, but not for the winter.

December 13 – Advent 2014

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While I’m excited to see a rooibos blend, I’m not really sure if I’m going to like this one. It smells very much like children’s Motrin.. liquid orange in a small plastic cup.

Sipping… oh, good! It isn’t as weird and medicinal as I thought it would be. The orange is light, fresh and pairs beautifully with the wood from the rooibos. It seems that the dry sharpness from the rooibos works really well with bringing out the tangy bits from the orange. I also love that there is a bit of sweetness in the background that makes me think of cheap, watery orange juice – that comforting hit of sugar and citrus.

I am enjoying this tea much more than I expected. Would I buy this again? Possibly, but it seems like it’s one of those teas I would enjoy in smaller amounts and only when the craving strikes.

December 5 – Advent 2014

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Tea (& Coffee) lover. Bookworm.

Favorite teas: Milk Oolong, Flavored blends, Dessert teas, Creamy Teas, Rooibos, Oolong, Black, Green
Dislikes: Spices, Peppery flavors, Cloves, Cardamom, Licorice, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Mate, Puerh, Chai, Ginger

My Rather Picky Ratings
90+ – Reserved for the very best! Always in the cupboard!
80-89 – Quite good! A very pleasing cup.
70-79 – Room for improvement, but not bad.
60-69 – Mediocre.
50-59 – Bad. Will not purchase.
49 & below – Depending on the more specific rating: Undrinkable. Yuck. Will not purchase.

Note: Teas in my cupboard are all of the teas that I’ve logged, regardless of their current presence in my actual cupboard. For an updated list on what teas I have available for swap, check out the swap thread and not my cupboard! Thanks!

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