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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
1774 tasting notes

This tea is a bit of a miss for me today, and the other one I brought was so undrinkably strong that I had to dump it (no milk or sugar here to fix it with). It’s cold here too. And mediocre tea = a SAD Cavo!

Also, I had to laugh at how my friends in BC are freaking out about the 5 cm of snow that fell. :P Ahahahahha. Ok, that’s mean, but I can’t believe how extreme the weather is in Toronto, while I managed to wear sandals for 80% of the year when I was in Vancouver. Granted if you go to SFU it’s a bit different because the mountain is pretty undrinkable, but it’s not a crisis situation all around.

Ok, enough poking fun at my BC people ILU guys, really. I’m just jealous. :P
I’m gonna make myself finish this cup (or not) and then move on to something tastier.

Courtney

Haha! Are you originally from BC Cavo?

keychange

Yup, this one was a miss with me also!

Cavocorax

I am! I grew up in Merritt, then went to college in Kamloops (both in the Interior). I went to Northern Alberta for a few years to work, then retreated to Vancouver Island, and then finally Vancouver. So I’ve seen a few different climates!

I never really believed that the Island/Van were an actual rainforest until I got out there, but then Merritt is pretty much a desert (with actualfax tumbleweed!) – I didn’t expect so much variety so close!

Cavocorax

Keychange – I had a sample of it before and it was amazing. So I wonder if this one is just really finnicky?

Courtney

Haha we drive through Merritt every summer when we visit Vancouver. It always amazes me that people live there. :P I lived in Burnaby for 6 months before I had to move to Calgary since J was here. I loved being out there. :)

keychange

Hmmm, it’s possible. Definitely wouldn’t be the first time I screwed up a tea haha.

Fjellrev

Wow, Cavo, I had no idea you lived in AB or on the Island. I’m going to have to ask you sometime about your thoughts on where you are now, and how it compares to Vancouver. Because as much as I love it here, job prospects-wise, it seems like it would be a smarter move to head to TO eventually. :)

Cavocorax

I don’t know why people live in Merritt either! :P Especially before the music fest was a thing. Pretty much everyone I knew that I graduated with moved away.

And fjellrev – it might depend on your personality etc, and what kind of job you are looking for. It was tough to find something on the island, but within a month I was working in Vancouver, and when I was laid off there, it was less than a month before I found another job (making $15+/hour in an office setting).

It took me 4+ months to get a job here in Toronto, and even then I only got this job because my sister-in-law recommended me and got me the interview. Before that I was trying to find something within the same wage that I had back in Vancouver, and wasn’t too far of a commute.

Toronto is far more formal than Vancouver, which is NOT great for me because I am a jeans&t-shirt lady all the way. I do not do formal business wear very comfortably and would have had to buy a full wardrobe if I did get an office job elsewhere… IDK if any of that helps. :P

Fjellrev

Wow thanks, that’s very helpful. I keep hearing and reading that it’s next to impossible to find a job in Vancouver, and if you do, it’s usually around minimum wage and/or you’d have to juggle 2+ jobs in order to earn a living. And this is why the younger crowd are getting driven out. But yeah, I’ve been hearing and reading about Victoria being just as bad, if not worse. So I’m so torn on what to do once I graduate. It doesn’t help that my mom wants to retire here, so in a way, if I am on the west coast, I feel like I’d be obligated/stuck staying on the Island.

But the formality part doesn’t surprise me. I’ve never been to Toronto before, but seeing that it’s essentially the corporate centre of Canada, I can see that. I’m shocked it took you that long to find a job though? I don’t know why, but I always had the impression that there are far more job opportunities there than in Vancouver.

Cavocorax

Part of the issue was that I needed to make at least $17/hour in order to make paying for daycare/transit etc worthwhile, especially when daycare can start at $700month. If I was willing to work for $15 I might have had a job within a month, or at least made it to the second interview. And these jobs were all for Office Managerial roles, or something like that where I’d be in an office and have some degree of responsibility.

It’s funny but with both jobs I had in Vancouver, I found them both through Craigslist, even though people say it’s all scams etc. And the second job was AMAZING. Until I found my new job I was a little sad we had to move and I had to quit because it paid well and was interesting. What field are you going into? And do you have any experience? I guess that would make a difference as well since I’m 32 and have had several different jobs with a wide-range of experience, making me both more and less hirable. :P

Fjellrev

Oh ok yeah, dealing with extra expenses such as daycare can definitely complicate things. Haha I’ve never applied to jobs on Craigslist before but I’m glad it’s worked out for you.

Outside of academia, I have mostly retail and supervisory experience, and within academia, research and teaching assistantship duties. I’m open to trying to get into HR, or some sort of office/government job. Teaching languages. There’s a lot I could do with my degree, like it can be applied to many domains. But it’s always nice to hear from someone who’s lived in different cities what the job market is, or can be, about. :)

OMGsrsly

Fjellrev, Vancouver is easy, especially if you have any office skills. $14+ an hour to temp reception? Uhh, ok! Can be boring, but it’s easy money, and you can gain experience/work up to longer contracts/permanent stuff. Gov’t jobs, check out the temp agencies. I forget which one has a gov’t contract here, but it’s a good place to start. Once you’re temporary you can apply for inside positions. Which sounds terrible, but whatevs. :)

I have a feeling I’m going to be back in office work by 2015.. I’d just make more money, and that’s sadly really important.

Fjellrev

Huh, you know, I never considered temp agencies before. You’re making it oh so tempting. My gut says Vancouver would be better than Victoria too. I just keep hearing that it’s super competitive and you need connections.

I also read that the wages you earn in Vancouver support the COL there, whereas in Victoria, they don’t. Gah!

OMGsrsly

Haha. Cost of living here is just over $19/hour (about $40k). I don’t make anywhere near that, and it’s hard, but it’s do-able. Temp agencies are nice because you can temp while you look for something permanent. Get a feel for different companies and corporate environments.

Maybe check out Victoria, see what’s available. I had a really hard time finding work there because I’m definitely from Vancouver. :)

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82
drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
1774 tasting notes

And this was another one Sil was kind enough to share with me! It has strawberry in it!!! And rhubarb sourness. And a lot of great things.

JustJames first introduced me to this, which I am grateful for because Sil might not have realized it’s one I would gladly take from her! Everyone rocks!

Sil

….plus the tin is super cute

Cavocorax

It is! And once it’s empty, my kid will have a lot of fun with that. :)

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82
drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
1774 tasting notes

Thank you JustJames for this sample! I read your review, and I have to say that your wife is missing out, although I can see why it would make a great perfume.

Each sip is like a mouthful of fruit. It’s delicate though, so I couldn’t immediately identify it as strawberry. I find that as it cools slightly (my colour changing mug is still at full colour) that the tartness from the rhubarb makes an appearance at the end of the sip. I feel like a dash of sugar would probably bring that out more, but I’m enjoying this so much I don’t really want to mess around.

I have a feeling that this is a tea that will hover around in the back of my mind for months, much like TARDIS did, until I finally break down and get my hands on more. :P

Thanks again JustJames! This was a delight! :D I love how the flavours linger on after each sip.
Sipdown (90)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

cough clearly…you don’t read my tasting notes. that is all i will say..

Cavocorax

I saw that you weren’t keen on it. :P And I assumed that you had given away what was left… but if you haven’t I will give it a good home: I promise. :P

Sil

its in my swap box..not actively looking to get rid of it, so it’s here :)

JustJames

you are most welcome…. good point on that too. tardis blend has been hovering in my mind for some time. hmmmm.

Cavocorax

Yeah? I can send you some of that. I’ve got TONS.

Cavocorax

I’ll add some into with the other ones I said I’d send you. :P

JustJames

i feel spoiled! i loooooove tardis blend and i keep forgetting to buy it. i’m sorry sexy! (directed at the tardis)

Cavocorax

Well I have 6 oz. Also. It’s REALLY Difficult for Canadians to acquire bc of Adagio ’s ridiculous $35 shipping fees.

JustJames

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? well, to be fair i paid at least that much for shipping from france. ooof. i believe the technical term for that is a shipping cougar.

Cavocorax

Yeah, but your teas from France are…. special? exquisite! Adagio is good, but NOT worth the price. I had someone on Steepster buy it and ship it to me for $10. :) I’m sure you could arrange that if you feel in love with it.

OMGsrsly

Jardin Bleu is strawberry?! I had not actually realized that. Moving it up to the top of my list for tomorrow. :)

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82
drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
2182 tasting notes

Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 11

I’m going a little out of order here because yesterday I didn’t get a chance to drink my advent tea at all, but I prefer to start my mornings with a black tea, like this one, and not green, like the previous day.

I couldn’t remember if I had tried this tea before, but apparently I got a sample of it from Sil once (so it is new to the advent calendar this year). I’m not big on strawberries in any form except fresh, so it’s not my favorite blend. I liked it better cold brewed than hot, but I’m having it hot again here just to try it out.

I am enjoying this cup, and I don’t find it astringent like I did my first time. I wonder if that is the “benefit” of the sachet, which tends to mute flavors a tiny bit. Jammy strawberry, a bit of tart rhubarb. I do think I would still prefer this cold brewed, but it was a nice cup this morning (if a bit spring-y).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I feel weird drinking anything other than a black blend first thing too… :P

Kittenna

Man, 3 reviews for this tea all in a row on my dashboard! Haha, and you all rated it very similarly. (Amused.)

Cameron B.

Hah, I saw that too! Funny. :P

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82
drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
2182 tasting notes

Sipdown, 121. I cold brewed the rest of this tea… I didn’t quite have enough of it for my usual cold brew amount so I combined it with some rhubarb vanilla tea from IKEA that I am trying to drink up via cold brew. Perfect, rhubarb and rhubarb!

This was super delicious. Although it was only one small part with the combined blend, the strawberry really came through in the tea and was very juicy and sweet. The rhubarb provided a nice tartness and the vanilla rounded things out. Yum!

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82
drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
2182 tasting notes

Another tea from Sil! Thanks! I never picked up this one from DF because although I love rhubarb, I am not huge on strawberry-flavored things (I do love fresh strawberries).

This one was less successful for me than many other Dammann teas that I’ve tried. Not sure why; there was almost something weird about the base blend, which usually is invariant across their teas. It had almost a hint of astringency to it, which it never has. Maybe the tartness of the rhubarb was messing with my mind? That said the flavoring is definitely well done in my opinion, with nice authentic strawberry and rhubarb flavors. Glad I never picked up a full pack of this one, but I wasn’t really in danger of doing that anyway. It does help me toward what seems to be my quest to try all of DF’s teas, though, haha.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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hey! i think i’ve finally nailed this one!!! 2 minute steep (not 4), oolong setting vs full boil, cream, no sugar.

this is my progress so far! although…. jardin bleu is still my fave =0)

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okay, i really need to review my personal standpoint on stubbornness. i did this tea SUCH a disservice yesterday. overleafed, oversteeped…… i wonder if admitting that and having the brilliant new fancy kettle permits me to buy teas i might have muddled….? lol. ah, life is full of justifications for loose leafers!

WHEN IT’S DONE RIGHT and you aren’t being a know-it-all-jerk (that would be me i’m talking about)this tea is: light and sweet. almonds, but not marzipan. reminds me very much of amaretto the alcohol. if you OVERLEAF it it will come across much more like amaretto but with a harsh acrid bitter kick. which i totally deserved. …. ……. …….. i might have put in 2 tbsp. …. ……… and left it for 6 minutes. possibly. lol.

light, sweet. very smooth! i’m not used to ceylons (heh heh, the sci-fi dork in me wants to say cylons) being so agreeable! the tea base is warm and round on its own, separate from the flavour level. it gives me a light amber flavour, though a darker colour steep.

very nice.

back to lab 5. we’ll see how up to date my human geography professor is with sex ed is in sub saharan africa. i think my analysis may catch him a tad offguard, lol. but i always get good marks. partly because i citation him to death.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
OMGsrsly

Yes! Cite everything! One of my friends is marking for a first year class, and it’s an automatic D if they don’t cite. You wouldn’t believe (or maybe you would) how many students don’t cite their sources. :/

JustJames

we have three pages of citations. for a lab. it makes it much harder to argue with us. our information is rock solid…. if he disagrees with our opinions or my somewhat shocking analysis then that’s a different thing, but our numbers and our data are BACKED UP.

(hmmmm….) we’re evaluating the 5 best and 5 worst countries for child under 5 mortality and i stumbled onto a fascinating piece of information…… not sure i should reveal it here, but i don’t think he’s expecting it.

my lab partner and i like to be bullet proof. =0)

OMGsrsly

Awesome. :)

JustJames

nothin’ like a PAIR of bullet proof smarta…. well you know how that word ends. =0)

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91
drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
382 tasting notes

ah! my first birthday review! i’ve been 38 for a whole half a day and nothing….. i feel no different. then again, it’s always like that =0)

after last year (when my mother bought me a huge amount of wine most of which is still kicking around our kitchen) i went out on a limb and discussed with her the concept of going a different direction this year: if she really wanted to pour a couple hundred dollars into beverages in honour of my birthday, could we go with something that I like? please? are you imagining me tap dancing dear friends? can you imagine how dicey that conversation that might have been? she laughed, said that if i wanted my GRANNY’S habit indulged she SUPPOSED she could. granny? really? what part of tea says senior citizen? i mean i’d have thought she could have gone for grampa at least….

anyway, as always, i digress!!! when the box from dammann freres arrived my mother could have called me anything she wanted. the smells drifting up from the box after i carefully opened it! berry and biscuit, chocolate and nuts….. separate blends that somehow all played together happily; separate but still comprising a mutual fan club. this one was the first of my day….. i sipped it in a daze on the way to school. what a way to wake up on your birthday!

this in my cup with music that was likely way too loud, smile wrapped around my head two times. i worked all weekend on a lab that i only got half done until i ran it by my prof who said i could stop with what i had because i had done so impressively much. it’s been a good birthday so far!

sushi coming up for dinner, new kettle kettle humming in the background…. a buffet of spoiled boy teas to chose from. why is it i shouldn’t like birthdays again?

my wife refuses to try this tea…. though she says she might consider wearing it as a perfume. =0)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
caile

Happy birthday!

JustJames

=0) thank you! it’s a good day to be 38!!!

ifjuly

Yay, happy bday!

JustJames

=0) what better way than to celebrate with friends?

Fjellrev

Happy happy birthday!

JustJames

thank you! they wrote ‘happy birthday’ with a smiley face on my sashimi container and i swear it tasted better than usual, lol. maybe they reserve the best stuff for birthday boys?

keychange

Happy birthday, you!! I’m so glad your mom got you a ton of tea!

JustJames

okay, i cannot express the value of a temperature programmable kettle!!!! wow stuff tastes amazing!!! i feel very spoiled. and i found out at about 3 this morning that i got 90% on my big psych project and she’s offering me 100%. THAT is a hell of a birthday!

Cavocorax

Happy Birthday! :) (belated – whoops!)
And that’s great about the new kettle and the awesome marks!

JustJames

thanks and thanks! say….. anything interesting in your mail box?

Cavocorax

No…. not yet. :( I’ll let you know as soon as I see something!

Ysaurella

Bon anniversaire + 1 jour !

JustJames

merci! est-ce-que votre cadeau est arrive?

Ysaurella

non pas encore mais peut être demain ou samedi :)

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drank Mousson sur Hanoï by Dammann Freres
6407 tasting notes

sipdown on this one because i’m going to give the last little bit of this over to a friend who will appreciate it more. I was a bit of a bonehead and didn’t register this morning that it was a green tea oopsy so i brewed it in too hot a water. Therefore, also not going to rate it but what i tasted behind the crap job i did with this seemed to be pretty tasty. I do enjoy lychee as a tea flavour from time to time heh thanks dinosara!

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Backlog: I steeped this two nights ago, actually. Yeah, I’m that behind. My little girl isn’t often happy long enough for me to pull out my laptop and write a review.

Anyway, this one was VERY floral, with some marshmallow-y hints that I supposed was intended to be the “macaron” flavor. I’ve never actually had a macaron, but I hear they’re sugary and delicious, much like a marshmallow, so I suppose they did a good job! And I say it was “floral” because while yes, the jasmine flavor was definitely present, it wasn’t the only flower I could detect in there. I wasn’t a huge fan, but kudos to Dammann Fréres for achieving the flavor!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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86
drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
6407 tasting notes

enjoying another cup of this today as we managed to get through another round of clean up in the house. This time i forced myself to donate clothes that i’d been holding on to for too long. I still have too many clothes, but well, it’s a start lol

boychik

Way to go. I have to brag too. Today I gave 5 huge bags of my son’s clothes to my friend. But still it’s like one drop in a ocean.

Sil

haha awesome! it feels good to let things go, especially when they go to good second homes.

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
6407 tasting notes

mmmm sooo good to visit this one again in a non travel mug lol. I quite like this one, though it never tastes as wonderful when i bring it to work in a travel mug :) Oh well, there is still lots to enjoy :)

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86
drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
6407 tasting notes

Another tea from this morning, though i have to say that today it fell flat. I’m hoping it’s because i steeped it for a shorter time than normal, rather than because it’s old (only 5 months!). It was still nice, but nearly as delicious as i wanted it to be….as it usually it. hmmm have to try it again soon and see if it’s the tea or just my “today”

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86
drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
6407 tasting notes

nom nom nom nom nom drinking tea while playing board games and being sick. My other half is willing to join me in a year of taking 1 picture a day of something that makes us smile/we’re grateful for/we appreciate etc… so here’s to trying to keep that up for a whole year :) Anyway, this tea? love it. so glad i picked up 100g of it…though it’s going fast!

Cavocorax

Oh that’s an awesome challenge!
Are you trying to do it for the entire year? I just all of a sudden feel like maybe I should do that again because when I did it made me go outside and do things – otherwise it’s 365 pics of cat/baby. :P

I think the last time I did I made it to 100 days (not just things that made me happy, but just… pics?) and the best one was on my last day of chemo – so close to freedom!

Anna

Sounds like a great project! Also nom nom Fleurilège.

Cavocorax

Oh – just read your post – you are doing the whole year! Yay!
I like that it’s things you like appreciate etc. Seems like there’s less pressure that way to making sure the picture is artistic etc, while still letting you have some freedom to experiment if you want to.

Sil

yeah…day one picture – the crockpot making pulled pork for tonight’s meal lol Ian’s picture – helen. hahaha

Cavocorax

Hahah. That’s awesome.

Nicole

that’s a neat idea for a project!

keychange

What a lovely idea.

caile

Gosh, that’s such a great plan!

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86
drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
6407 tasting notes

…aaaand more tea is here. now up to 185 with a few more things on their way from what i understand lol. Oh well. saw a tasting note for this one and it reminded me that i have lots of this. Figured it would be a decent cup for this evening before i pull out the herbal blends to finish the night off. still enjoying this one quite a bit.

Lala

Sil, were you sick today just to stay home to receive your tea? Ha ha, JJ.

Sil

lol naw I can work from home any day, so i don’t have to be sick to do it heh. Weirder still our mail didn’t get here until 6pm. that’s abnormal

Anna

Abnor-mail!!!

Anna

(I’m so sorry.)

Sil

HAHAHAHA that’s awesome. no. seriously lol

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
6407 tasting notes

mmmm had a lovely cup of this tonight while finishing up both Downton abbey AND doctor who (up to the end of the season…still have 50th anniversary to watch for the dr).

just a happy tea to have tonight…

JustJames

can’t wait until you watch the 50th….. then i don’t have to worry about spoilers, lol!

Sil

haha

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
6407 tasting notes

sipdown! I adore this tea and i’m super sad to see it go. All this makes me want to do is travel over to europe for a weekend of shopping at tea stores! :)

(168) nice thing is, i picked up 2 David’s teas to try but sipdowns today = a cupboard that hasn’t moved!

Nicole

Ooo, ooo! I’m up for that! Let me know when you want to leave and I’ll meet you in, say, Paris? :)

Sil

don’t tempt me madam! I’ve started a mini fund to do it..even if it means leaving ian behind haha

Nicole

Oh, the trouble we could get into on a tea expedition without the men… :)

Dinosara

LOL Steepster trip to Paris!

Sil

yes please!

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
6407 tasting notes

excuse me while i roll around in this one for a while. Oh man. This is a delicious vanilla and hazelnut tea! I’m not sure what i was expecting when i opened up this sample from dinosara but it wasn’t something this deliciously wonderful! Seriously… oh yum.

Anna

Haha, I JUST drank this…

Sil

awesome :)

TastyBrew

Sounds amazing! Yum!!!!

Dinosara

This was my surprise favorite of my order. Love it!

Dinosara

This was my surprise favorite of my order. Love it!

Dinosara

This was my surprise favorite of my order. Love it!

Dinosara

This was my surprise favorite of my order. Love it!

Dinosara

This was my surprise favorite of my order. Love it!

Dinosara

Holy crap so many posts! Sorry about that. Wish I could delete them haha

Sil

hahaha too funny. I used to be able to delete people’s comments on my own posts, but now it looks like i can only delete my own. hmmm not that i’d delete yours ‘cause that’s just funny :)

Dinosara

What can I say, I guess I really love the tea. :D

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drank Amande Amaretti by Dammann Freres
6407 tasting notes

nom nom nom. While not my favourite of the DF teas, this is one of the few amaretto sorts of tea that i can drink and really enjoy because it’s not as sweet and cloying as a lot of them are. This one came via shmiracles and it was nice to revisit this friend :)

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drank Amande Amaretti by Dammann Freres
6407 tasting notes

sipdown! I am on a roll today. haha I’m hoping i can carry through over the weekend as well since the sooner i get to 150, the sooner i can justify buying a couple of teas to last me until black friday grin I quite like this tea, though it doesn’t need to be a staple. The occasional purchase would absolutely satisfy me. Delicious almond flavours!

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drank Amande Amaretti by Dammann Freres
6407 tasting notes

another delightful sample from dinosara :) This one reminds me of amarettoe in dry form and scent. Steeped, it’s a delicious almond, marzipan sort of tea. I am really enjoying this on this super cold day!

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drank Elégie Pourpre by Dammann Freres
6407 tasting notes

sipdown on this one as i’m sending the last little bit out for tea friends to share :) I quite enjoyed this one this morning as well – a nice complement to breakfast! Thanks dinosara!

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