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This is an interesting one. The rooibos itself is lovely – the type of rooibos full of color and flavor. There is definite additional flavor here though. In a blind taste test, I’m not sure if I would call it pecan pie, but it would be tough to get that in a tea anyway. Oddly enough, there was some definite toasty nuttiness but only towards the very top of the cup that could resemble pecans. Otherwise there was an odd sweetness that clearly could be the sugary goodness of a pecan pie (my favorite!) The second cup the next night still had plenty of flavor, and steeping at boiling for a number of minutes didn’t seem to ruin the flavor at all. It will be a great late night dessert tea option!
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 minute steep

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Advent Calendar Day Five

Well, it finally happened – this is the first tea from the calendar that I just flat out didn’t like. It’s supposed to be mango/tropical fruit with hibiscus and apple, I believe? But as soon as I brewed it up and saw it was firetruck red I knew all it was gonna taste like would be hibiscus…

I was right; it was so tart and really didn’t taste like much else other than really concentrated hibiscus and apple. I wanted to taste the other flavour notes, but they just did not come through at all. So this was a miss for me as I’m not a fan of just straight up hibiscus…

Evol Ving Ness

The thing that troubles me about tea advent calendars is that some are caffeinated and others are not. I like to start the day with caffeine and end the day on a cup of without. Tough call on order and surprise drinking.

Kristal

Evol Ving Ness, I hear you. Plus I cannot drink black/oolong/pu’reh teas and that’s usually a huge portion of a calendar so it seems pointless to me :/. The GCTTB was my substitute :)

Evol Ving Ness

Glad it worked out then. Still, there can be a surprising variety in greens and herbals and rooibos/honeybush blends.

Evol Ving Ness

I do love my blacks though.

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I get four holiday teas to try from DF! This is the first. I’m going to try to guess the flavors before I look them up again and remind myself what they should taste like. This one turned out to be much different than it was supposed to. To me, the scent was more cherry. With apple pieces and roses in the blend. I was tasting cherry and almond, almost like a marzipan. The flavor should be anything but that basically. hah. The flavor isn’t bad but I would have loved to taste the peach, pear, and plum with hazelnut and chestnut that should be here. I guess DF is just setting up the disappointment with their lovely descriptions. Looking at the tasting notes of other Steepsterers, they were tasting more of the notes that should have been there. Maybe this was just an off blend of this one this time around.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep

Flavors: Almond, Cherry, Marzipan

greenteafairy

That’s disappointing! This one sounded so intriguing and unusual, but cherry marzipan teas seem to be a dime a dozen.

Zennenn

I also got cherry as the dominant flavor with this one.

tea-sipper

Must be the our batch from the order. I don’t think any of the other tasting notes from three years ago mention cherry.

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Advent Calendar Day Four

This is one of those Dammann Freres teas that I feel like I’ve seen it reviewed a million time, and always sort of gone “huh, that sounds nice” and then promptly forgotten about until the next time I saw it reviewed – so I’m quite excited to actually be getting around to trying it myself.

This is just so motherfucking good. That’s right; good enough to surpass ‘fucking good’ and go all the way to ‘motherfucking’! I took my first baby sip when it was still hot, and was like instantly drooling and ready to go back for a big gulp even though that would have most definitely burned my tongue.

The flavours just come through so well, in particular the sweet candied apricot with is just so sweet, fruity and uplifting. It almost feels like it’s just bouncing off my tongue; the flavour is so playful and juicy. The maple/toffee come through well too in the body of the sip, though I did feel like the finish was maybe a bit more like a soft honey note rather than maple/toffee/caramel. It also has complimenting notes of sweet, freshly sliced orange and light apple-y undertones.

Really magical, and smooth with such a lovely profile that’s clear and has rich, full bodied flavour while still feeling light and whimsical! This is my favourite from the calendar so far – though I’m hoping that I haven’t peaked at day four in this advent as there are many more teas to go…

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Advent Calendar Day Three

Ooh, a tisane!? I don’t think I’ve actually had a Dammann Freres tisane before, so part of me was really excited to pop that cherry. The other part of me was all “Darn, caffeine free for my commute tea…” and somewhat bummed out. I’ve been F/T at both jobs this week, so I’m essentially running on fumes. Caffeine is pretty well my best friend in the whole world right now.

But this was SO good! The range of fruit flavours was just perfect because it featured several clear and distinct notes, but was harmonious and didn’t feel bogged down with ingredients either. I’d definitely have to agree with DF that rhubarb was the key note here; and what a note! I love rhubarb so much, so any chance to try a new tea with that lovely sweet and slightly tangy profile is bound to be a winner in my opinion. The linden in the blend was also quite strong. I think because I drink a lot of Bluebird Tea Company’s Lime + Cola guayusa blend I associate the flavour of linden with lime now because linden makes up such a large part of that blend. So mentally I kept flipping between tasting linden leaf and rhubarb and tasting rhubarb and lime. Funny how the brain works like that. Other fruity notes present were orange/fresh citrus, and a strawberry-esque note. I say “esque” because it wasn’t quite strawberry OR raspberry, but leaned a little more towards the former than the latter.

Medium bodied overall, and really fresh! Perhaps a little weird for a winter/holiday tea given the summery fruit notes – but delicious regardless. Only thing it’s missing, in my opinion, is the caffeine content.

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drank Pecan Pie by Dammann Freres
767 tasting notes

Advent Calendar day 1 ! (3 days late)
so, i’m watching Fantastic Four. yes! the most hated movie of 2015 haha.
and i think its bad yes. and dumb. it’s pretty dumb.
wheeee!
i also have to go to a 4 yr olds bday party in 20 min and i’m really not interested.
procrastination!

i ordered a bag of the pecan pie when i ordered the advent calendar. i don’t hate it but i wish i liked it more.
i suspect it will grow on me though. you know how that can happen with a tea.

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Advent Calendar Day Two

So, I was pretty rushed this morning getting ready for work which meant no morning commute tea, which is definitely how I plan to drink most of the teas from the advent calendar this year…

However, I do work at a tea shop in the evenings so I just brought the little sachet/bag with me to work and I drank it there – it meant crossing off one less thing from the Project Tea Wall list, but I didn’t get behind on my advent and so early into the month too! so I’ll take it…

This was pretty lovely, I’ve gotta say. It basically tasted like gingerbread cookies without a super strong molasses-y note. For someone who doesn’t like ginger, I sure do like gingerbread. It’s gotta be the added sweetness, I think. And then of course that warming, sweet gingerbread flavour was supported by light, fresh orange/citrus undertones. I’m at the point in my “tea drinking career” where I’ve tried my fair share of gingerbread teas, but I’ve gotta say this is definitely one of the better ones! Plus, totally in line with the season/appropriately Christmas-y!

I can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s tea is!

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drank Rooibos Pecan Pie by Dammann Freres
892 tasting notes

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drank Rooibos Pecan Pie by Dammann Freres
892 tasting notes

I brewed 10 minutes with hottish water (just below boiling). It smelled a bit plain and like artificial pecan flavour, but it tasted much better. That caramelly buttery taste of pecan, as well as the butteriness, were present.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Creamy, Grass, Mineral, Nuts, Nutty, Pecan, Rooibos, Sweet, warm grass, Walnut

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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drank Tisane de Noël by Dammann Freres
892 tasting notes

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drank Tisane de Noël by Dammann Freres
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Flavors: Cardamon, Clove, Licorice, Metallic, Mint, Peppercorn, Spices, Sweet

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drank Tisane de Noël by Dammann Freres
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Flavors: Anise, Bark, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Cloves, Dirt, Ginger, Honey, Licorice, Metallic, Mineral, Nutty, Peppercorn, Spices, Spicy, Sweet, Taro Root

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drank Tisane de Noël by Dammann Freres
892 tasting notes

Although the spices like pepper, cardamom, ginger?, and cinnamon are lovely, the sickly sweet from the licorice root (or fennel?) is very off putting. I wish they had toned it back significantly.

Anyway, this brewed up smelling amazing (750 mL + hotish water, 10 minutes) and brews a pale amber yellow. The loose leaf is gorgeous with all those whole spices, seeds, and petals in there. Visually, this tea is fantastic.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Earth, Fennel Seed, Herbs, Licorice, Medicinal, Peppercorn, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML
greenteafairy

That’s so disappointing about the excess licorice root—I don’t know why so many blends include it in such large quantities, given how divisive an ingredient it is.

Arby

I think it even could have been the vstar ingredient if they had dialled it back a bit. I’m going to try steeping it for less time and see how it goes.

Zennenn

That’s too bad. It’s such a gorgeous looking tea.

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drank Pecan Pie by Dammann Freres
4334 tasting notes

Advent Calendar Day One

Hooray; it’s finally time to start drinking my advent calendar teas! This is the first year I’ve done a Tea related advent, and I’m super excited that this is the one I’m doing as I’ve admired this one specifically ever since I got into tea in the first place.

And this is a wonderful choice for the first tea as well because, when I placed the order for the advent as well as other teas, this was the one tea I didn’t order that I was REALLY back and forth on. So now I get to try it anyway! Can’t complain about that.

I really enjoyed this one a lot; but there was definitely something about it that missed the “Pecan Pie” mark for me. I did taste pecan notes, for sure, but more than anything else this one reminded me of almond/marzipan and pistachio. Actually, a whole lot of pistachio in particular. That really sweet nutty note was delicious but in my opinion is sort of lacked the almost “maple-y”/caramel sweetness that the filling of a Pecan Pie has or any of the bakery/confectionery notes you might see in a tea in order to replicate the flavour of the crust.

Though, this wasn’t completely devoid of nuance. While it didn’t do much to strengthen the idea of pecan pie in my mind I did feel like there were some more general warming spice undertones beneath all of the almond/pistachio sweetness. The kind of spice notes you get naturally from tea though, and not the sort that would result from added spices like cinnamon, etc. Still – it was a nice added layer of flavour.

As a “Pecan Pie” tea I think maybe this one is in need of a little bit of rebranding? I just don’t get that flavour drinking it – but as a nut melange sort of thing, I think it was really quite nice and smooth. I enjoyed the cup a lot! It was a really lovely way to start off the calendar…

Nattie

Gah, I’m so jealous! Next year. Next year I will get that calendar! I’m glad you mentioned that this tea misses the mark – I’m always looking for maple pecan teas to replace Butiki’s and now I can take this one off my list!

Roswell Strange

Glad I could help :)

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drank Pecan Pie by Dammann Freres
2185 tasting notes

I bought this tea a while ago, but I never wrote a review for it. It is the first tea in my Dammann advent calendar this year, though, so it seemed like a good time to do it.

This is pecan pie, but it’s really more a melange of nut pie. It smells a lot like almonds and hazelnut, and a bunch of other general nuttiness. I like this one better than the standard almond one because I think the other nuts give it depth. There is maybe a hint of custardy flavor, but it’s mostly all nuts all the time. Pretty tasty all in all.

Flavors: Almond, Hazelnut, Pecan

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Welcome back!

Roswell Strange

Yay advent calendar buddies!

Dinosara

I can’t resist the advent calendar!

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Oh my gosh, this tea! I can’t believe there aren’t more blackberry pu-erh blends, because it is a wonderful combination. The blackberry is perfectly balanced with the dark pu-erh. It’s even the perfect ripe pu-erh flavor to pair with the blackberry. Awesomely balanced! The pu-erh is very dark but has none of the unpleasant pu-erh qualities. I’m not tasting much from the vanilla or the rose petals but the blackberry is good enough for me. I think this will become a pu-erh staple for me, especially if the flavor really lasts.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for full mug // 10 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 min steep

greenteafairy

You’re making me wish I’d gotten some of this one! I kept going back and forth on it but ultimately decided to pass because I’m not that much of a pu-erh drinker. Next time!

tea-sipper

It’s a very pleasant pu-erh even for those who don’t normally love it.

Shmiracles

Yes I’m enticed too! I’m adding it to my mental list. Glad I saw your review!

tea-sipper

Awesome:D

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Thanks SO much Zennenn for all the work you put into the group order and thank you to everyone who split teas. This is enabling me to try so many of the DF blends. Though I’ve been sipping teas for years, DF is pretty much new to me. I wanted to try this one first, as it was the blend I wanted most. It was also a little pricier than most of the other blends I bought. Luckily, it is as delicious as I expected. A lovely bergamot over a blend of assam and yunnan teas. I love the briskness from the assam but would have loved more yunnan. I was hoping it would have been one of those lighter, golden Yunnans to better balance the strength of the assam but I suppose I could always add some light yunnan of my own! The Earl flavor was perfect in the first cup (note to self: steep it this way next time) but I think I should have waited a little while after boiling to brew the second cup. I’m happy with this one!
Steep #1 // heaping teaspoon for a full mug// 12 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 minute steep

greenteafairy

This one sounds so good! I was tempted to go in for 25g, but the price was a little off-putting given that I have a bunch of (slightly) more affordable EG favorites lined up already.

tea-sipper

Yes, I was a little hesitant about this one too, but it turns out I enjoy it, so I don’t regret buying it. :D

Zennenn

This one is really yummy!

tea-sipper

I’m glad you like it too, Zennenn. :D

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This is another of my new DF teas from the group order. I picked this one mainly because I was curious about the vodka flavoring. I mean, how can a tea taste like vodka? Alas, it looks like I may never know because that’s one note I’m not getting from this one. What I am picking up on, though, is all prune. I know it’s an old lady kind of flavor, but I happen to love it, and it’s something I don’t think I’ve ever seen in a tea before. Fresh plum, sure, but never prune. The caramel is the next strongest flavor, with just a tiny hint of cocoa in the background. I don’t know about the clementine either, but it may becoming through in the tart brightness I’d initially attributed to the prune. My one complaint is that the base seems a little flat—it could be that I need to go a little heavier on the leaf, though; I’ve been doing my standard 1 tsp/8 oz water but next time I might go up to 1.5. Even so, this is a delicious and unique tea, and I’m thinking it’s one I’ll want to restock whenever my next DF order comes around.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dustin

One of the many flavors in Dr. Pepper is prune!

greenteafairy

Wow, really? I would never have guessed! But I can kind of see it, I think.

Dustin

I may have to take that back! I have heard that from several die hard Pepper fans over the years, but I just googled it and Snopes is saying it isn’t true! :(

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drank Smokey Impérial by Dammann Freres
224 tasting notes

I’m a fan of smoky teas, so I wanted to give this one a try. Steeps out a deep amber color with a strong, smoky, Jasmine scent, both of which come through in the flavor, as well.

The Jasmine is too strong for me, as florals in general can really mess me up. I’m getting some acrid notes, as well, which I’m not sure should be attributed to the smoke or to the five minute steep. At 90C, however, I didn’t think that would be too hot.

Trying to finish this one feels like it could bring a migraine on, so I have to set it aside for the time being. Perhaps a quicker steep or letting the flavor fade a bit would help make it easier for me to drink.

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Smoke

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank Noël à Prague by Dammann Freres
224 tasting notes

I think when we ordered this we expected more subtle blend. This is too strong for us. The scent is very strong and the flavor is definitely fruity and sweet. The scent in the empty cup afterward is also very sweet. The taste of the tea itself doesn’t really come through as much as we’d like. We’ll probably give this one another shot with hotter water, but it’s probably ultimately not going to be for us.

Flavors: Caramel, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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My first tea from the DF group order Zennenn so generously organized. I’m always on the lookout for new and different caffeine-free options, and I’d been eyeing a bunch of the DF tisanes for a while now. But when it came time for the group order, it turned out I was the only one interested in just about all of them. I went back and forth about whether or not I wanted to risk ordering a whole 100g just for myself, but in the end this one sounded too enticing to resist and I went for it. Berries and rhubarb are some of my favorite flavors, and dates and orange flower are pretty up there too. Plus I haven’t had the chance to try too many (or possibly any?) linden-based tisanes, so it’s an educational experience of sorts.

So how is it? It doesn’t pack quite the punch I’d hoped it might have—the flavors are pretty muted, and indistinct—but it’s very drinkable. It turns out I like linden pretty well; it’s not too herbal-tasting and almost reminds me of a weaker, better version of chamomile. That’s the dominant flavor; I’m getting some general fruity and floral notes in the background but nothing I think I’d be able to identify had I not known what the flavor profile was meant to be. Though I don’t think I’l have any trouble drinking this one down it’s probably not something I’ll restock, partly just because of the difficulties of sourcing DF, but if and when I have the chance to place another order I’ll probably try another of their tisanes.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Zennenn

This one smelled so good as I was packaging. Another was Tisane de Noel.

tea-sipper

I’m sorry we didn’t help you with the tisanes more! I’m glad you liked this one though. :D

greenteafairy

Honestly, I suspect most of the tisanes I was eyeing taste pretty similar to this one—lots of linden with some faint fruits and florals—so I’m just as happy having a big stash of the one as smaller sizes of several, I think!

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Superanna began a Thanksgiving tradition a few years ago of bringing a Christmas tea to serve after the meal when we are playing games. This year she brought this one and Christmas by Whittard’s of Chelsea. It will not be in my cupboard long because it is delicious and youngest is guzzling it.

This is a black tea with fig, strawberry, and honey flavor. The base is smooth and the flavors really have melded with the base for a seamless flavor. I love honey flavor in tea and it really complements the fig. We are loving it!

Thank you, Superanna!

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Advent Calendar Day Twenty-Three

Second tea of the calendar that I’ve tried before/own; though yesterday I was quite thankful it was one I had familiarity with because I had my abscessed tooth pulled early yesterday morning and I spent the majority of the day groggy, and in varying degrees of pain. So sticking to things I had familiarity with was a good plan, I think. Really enjoyed the cherry notes – it was something smooth and comforting for my sore mouth.

Also, I’m feeling much better today – for the record! No pain, just adjusting to the weird hole/gap in my tooth line….

Evol Ving Ness

Glad that it went smoothly, Ms. Strange, and that you are now on the mend. Shocked that you were able to taste anything at all, but yay!

When I had a tooth pulled, I found steeping up a teabag of black tea, popping the used teabag in the fridge for a bit, and then resting the teabag in your mouth, where your tooth used to be is very soothing and helps the wound heal up more rapidly. Clearly a remedy for tea people.

Maddy Barone

Oh my goodness. I hope you feel better soon!

VariaTEA

Thank goodness you for it pulled and glad to hear you are feeling better :$

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Morning cuppa!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…

Woke up this morning at like 8AM, but I didn’t leave my bed until 10AM because it was just so damn cold in the whole condo and I couldn’t bear to leave my warm, toasty covers. Of course, when I did, the first thing I did was make myself a hot cup of tea to warm me up before then immediately proceeding back to my bed to drink some tea and play FNAF: Sister Location before getting ready for work…

This one still tastes a lot like Cherry Cola to me, even hot. It’s sort of weird – though not for the ‘cherry’ part since cherry IS a flavour in this blend but for the “Cola” element, because I’m not sure where that’s coming from. However, as a hot tea it’s definitely not as seamlessly Cherry Cola flavoured as I can pick out ginger notes, especially in the finish, and it’s a tiny bit astringent as well. Still quite enjoyable, though.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQg11FO44K0&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=132

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