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OK SO SOMETIMES I AM A BAD TEA DRINKER AND I AM SORRY.
So, thank you very much CelebriTEA for the sample from way back when in the 12 Days of Christmas tea swap. I honestly have NO CLUE why it took me so long to try this one, but it did and I feel terrible. If it makes you feel better though; I use the cute little hen pot holder pretty well every day. It’s on my table in my bedroom/the living room and it’s my go to coaster for hot cups of tea that I drink during the day or at night. It’s very, very well loved and used.
As for the tea itself; I don’t know how I feel about it. It was nice enough and I really don’t have anything negative to say about it – it just didn’t leave much of an impression overall and I think that, if it weren’t for the circumstances drinking it (having it for so long, and receiving it in the Christmas swap) it’d probably be relatively forgettable.
But anyway, I picked up on notes of lemon, licorice/anise, and caramel. Apparently there was lemon/caramel in this – but not licorice/anise. Hmm, weird. I didn’t really get much apple/cinnamon from the leaf – in fact, I didn’t get any apple and I guess maybe the cinnamon could have been misinterpreted as anise? Possibly. Black base was smooth; no bitterness or astringency. I feel like I should have loved this one; I just really only found it to be kinda decently good though.
Flavors: Anise, Caramel, Lemon, Licorice, Vanilla
It’s exam day, yay! I get to say yay because I give the exam, I don’t take it. Also, that means that my day is not made up by solid teaching, and I had enough time for a cup of tea this afternoon before we start grading (yaayyyy… not.)
My tin of this tea is getting distressingly low. As in, there is only enough for one more cup here at the office. I did take some home with me, so I will have to see how much is there, but it has to be less than 10g all together. Justification for a DF order in the near future? I can’t be without my hazelnutty, vanilla-y, creamy goodness.
Bought years ago at a tea/cofee shop in Louvain (Belgium), I cannot be absolutely sure it´s the same brand name of tea, but it´s very similar by looking at the picture. I loved this tea from the start (before rating teas on steepster), and I rediscovered a bit of it in a tin today, and enjoyed a nice cup of it ths afternoon. Very floral, with a subtle hint of smoke, it´s an ideal afternoon tea. An added plus : even when the cup cools, it´s still a nice tea (it actually might make an enjoyable iced tea as well).
Another tea from Shadowfall. Yay more Frenchies! I chose this as an afterthought because I didn’t want to make her ship $2 worth of tea to me. I love peach and I love vanilla even more, so I’m glad I get to try this one. It smells lovely, very peachy with lots of vanilla. There are a few chunks of candied peach and some rose petals mixed in with the tea leaves. I did the usual 3 minutes at 200 degrees.
This tea is delicious! It definitely blew away my mediocre expectations. Yes, the peach is lovely, but the vanilla flavor is done really well here. I would definitely describe it as a bourbon vanilla, I can taste that lovely woodiness alongside the sweetness. This is quite possibly my favorite type of vanilla. There’s also just a little whisper of rose, especially near the end of the sip. The aftertaste is lovely tart peach and that amazing vanilla. I added a little sugar and it’s just sublime. The base tea isn’t really detectable, which is fine by me considering how well done the flavoring is. Maybe it’s part of that bourbon vanilla woodiness? I couldn’t say.
Well done, Dammann Freres! And I’m so glad that I have a decent amount of this tea. Many happy peachy, vanilla-y days ahead!
Flavors: Apricot, Peach, Rose, Vanilla
What do you do when you’ve been stressed beyond belief for so long that you no longer remember what it’s like not to be in a constant state of tension and panic?
You make jam, that’s what you do.
Tonight, I took a punnet of blackcurrants and a punnet of cherries and added some caster sugar and a touch of vanilla and made a jam that takes me right back to the homemade blackcurrant jam my grandmother would make when I was a wee slip of a girl. GOOD GOSH, this is good stuff. It’s sweet without being overly so, and the vanilla lends it a little depth running through the sweet-tartness of the currant and it’s just dark and rich and gorgeous. And I had a cup of this tea while I was making it.
And GOOD GOSH, this tea is still really good too. It’s got a nice medium weight to it, and a buttery sweetness with that almost dried fruit thing happening around the periphery alongside the pleasant nuttiness. Boy, do I wish I knew I was going to have enough money to pay rent this month, AND enough to put in a Dammann order and get myself a giant-ass bag of this comforting stuff. Soon, baby. I don’t know what I’ll do without the joy that comes from knowing this is in my cupboard.
From Here’s Hoping Teabox 3
Woot, my first Dammann Freres tea! This has an amazing scent steeped – florally and fruity. Big black tea base that is slightly astringent. I’m getting apple, bit of tart with a bit of a licorice aftertaste. Not bad, but not fantastic either. I’d love to try more Dammann Freres tea and happy I was able to try one via a travelling tea box. (rest assured, there’s still more of this tea in the teabox!)
This has such a nice caramelized smell! Instead of adding sugar, I added a dollop of vanilla whipped cream that I had in the fridge and it really elevated the toffee flavor. This was a nice hot cup of creamy caramelized goodness.~
This is a sample that shmiracles sent me a while back but I never got around to making a tasting note. I’m already craving another cup! Thank you :)
Flavors: Caramel, Toffee
I wouldn’t call this a fruit tea, it tastes more like the chestnuts and biscuits to me! Maybe a little bit of floral fruit, but I added cream which can take down flavours like orange blossom.
I would like more, please and thank you.
hearts to Shmiracles for sharing it with me!
This is the only tea I “saved” from last winter’s disastrous Dammann Frères order.
I am so glad this one survived, as it is one of the rare flavoured pu’erh I really enjoy.
The description is so enticing “biscuit, caramel, vanille, amande douce”…
Well, I’m so happy that this blend is not all about caramel. It’s a beautiful earthy woody smooth pu’erh before anything else. It’s like having pu’erh while eating vanilla almond cookies.
I had a little bit of an upset stomach tonight. My fault, I ate fresh pineapples, and the acidity doesn’t agree with me unfortunately but sometimes I just can’t resist! Like all shou Pu’erh, this one is medicinal when it comes to stomach issues, forget anti-acids, this does the trick and it tastes so much better.
It’s such a keeper!
Felt like going beyond my normal routine so I went to find my box of French teas; picked one out at random; poets tea won out. Nice to revisit this one. Yields a nice blend of flavors – apple, cinnamon, caramel and lemon. Not too sweet but pleasantly enjoyable for its flavor blend. I appreciated the diversion from my usual straight blacks and puerhs.
I got this from Anna when she was selling some teas a few months ago and after having plain teas this morning, I figured a flavored one would be a good mix-up.
The dry leaf smells like a peachy, floral bouquet. Not an ‘OMG FLOWERS!’ in-your-face sort of bouquet, but just lightly floral.
I wish steepster would let me put the 1.5tsp I use instead of changing it to 1 tsp. (just noticed it happening and it kinda annoys me. XD)
Brewed this smells divinely peachy with a hint of floral.
Taste wise this doesn’t live up to the smell unfortunately. It’s kinda peachy/floral, but it’s also got a green taste that I wasn’t expecting at all. Very strange. No hint of the vanilla this is supposed to have either. Even adding some truvia just makes it a kinda sweet, green, peach/fruit-ish tasting tea. It’s more drinkable with sweetener, but if I wanted a green fruit tea, I’d drink the only green fruit tea I have stocked in my cupboard. Lol!
Such an unfortunate miss.
Another lovely sample from Shmiracles. :) I adore the name of this tea. So much fun to say.
But.. poppy, biscuit and marzipan flavours? What? This is a sweet, fruity, floral tea to me. Are my taste buds confused due to the coffee I had earlier? What is going on? I LOVE marzipan, so why can’t I taste it?
But.. poppy, biscuit and marzipan flavours? What? This is a sweet, fruity, floral tea to me. Are my taste buds confused due to the coffee I had earlier? What is going on? I LOVE marzipan, so why can’t I taste it?Sorry, tea. I’m feeling kinda let down.
The des Poets we meet again!! I owe many thanks to both MzPriss and CelebriTEA for making this rendezvous possible. CelebriTEA sent this tea out to all of us for the 2013 12 Days of Christmas exchange and I fell madly in love. This was such a warm comforting cup. For me the flavors mingled so well. It is a tea that I can’t really pick out one flavor, but the melding together of all the flavors is what makes it perfect. For this particular cup I did note a bit of a licorice taste which worked well with the overall taste of the cup. After 6 months this tea is still a hit with me! I had to seriously restrain myself from snatching up the entire bag of this tea. I did take a nice helping but tried to leave enough for others to try.
Yesterday I drank this one and I was originally not going to log it, but I want to be better about logging the teas I drink since I do like the idea of my “most drank” teas to be accurate.
Originally I was thinking about drinking an older tea, or even another cup of Caramel-Toffee to drink what’s left of it down before I order 100g of it, but this one called to me. Delicious, delicious cup of caramel, chocolate, stewed-fruits goodness. I am also excited that this year I’ll be visting Prague in the fall! Not quite Noël in Prague, though.