1609 Tasting Notes
Dammann advent calendar, day 1. I just got my calendar today so I have some catching up to do. To avoid spoiling I will wait until the next day after each advent day to post my reviews, but after the day of, it’s fair game.
Lucky for me the first day was a tisane that I can drink tonight. I was actually curious about this one when I placed my order, wondering about the hawthorn base. The sachet smells familiar but I can’t place it… It does smell nicely sweet.
I do get a bit of a chamomile feel to this, and it think the apple is contributing to that (I always find chamomile appley). However, I like this considerably more than I like chamomile. The mallow blossoms add a sweet and creamy flavor and texture. I don’t taste all the individual flavors here, but they all come together to make a sweet vanilla cream with a light fruitiness and a bit of hayishness. I like it! I would consider picking up more in the future.
I have had no tea for two days! It feels so nice to sit and have some tea, and it will feel even better to get home to my tea stash and drink some of my new Fauchon teas that I haven’t even tasted yet. However, Tower of London is certainly a lovely thing to have right now.
Another one of my standbys… I have this one in sachets as well (though not wrapped), and brought a small tin packed of them home. I haven’t had this one in a really long time and I don’t know if I’ve ever had it back to back with Paris. I always thought I loved this one more, but now I think I love Paris more! By a small margin, haha. Still have to have both of them around always.
Saaad sipdown, 98. On of my favorite teas ever. The last time I bought this I bought individually wrapped sachets which were perfect for tucking into my purse and taking around with me, and I tore through them. I put in an order to Harney today for a gift but I decided not to restock this one just yet… when I start traveling a lot again or run low on other sachets I will likely pick them up again.
This is the other Hawaiian blend that I got in sachets from Lupicia recently. I love Lupicia’s flavored green oolongs, including their pineapple (+coconut) oolong. Pineapple + guava oolong? Yes please!
Again, under suboptimal brewing conditions, but I can tell this is awesome. That nice, buttery-floral green oolong base with tasty pineapple and guava. Very tropical, very refreshing. I also recently had a different guava flavored tea from Lupicia and was very fond of it, so it seems like I like their guava flavoring too. This is really great, so glad I bought it!
Backlog from earlier today. The best part about reaching my tea goals is finally being able to try all the teas I bought in the last month, haha. I had such a strict tea consumption schedule that was inviolate.
When I saw this one, I knew I had to have it. Lupicia’s Earl Grey is my favorite earl, so take that and add passion fruit and rose? Yes please. By the time I got around to ordering it, it was already only available in sachets. I guess if I love it I will have to go to Hawaii to get more, or hope they do a limited online sale of it like this time.
Yes, this is lovely. Even under suboptimal steeping conditions this is really good. Strong bergamot, just like their earl, but so well balanced, and the passion fruit just adds a nice sweetness to it, plus the tastiness that is passion fruit. The rose is present but not very strong, just adding some light florals. Really nice, and I’m very happy I picked this one up.
Over the time that I drank through my two ounces of this (which wasn’t too long because this is quite a heavy tea) I grew more and more fond of it. Do I wish it didn’t have so much hibiscus in it? Yes, but it wasn’t overpoweringly tart. It had berries and a lot of almond flavor (like they dumped a ton of almond extract on it), and I love almond. However, I doubt I will be restocking because there are others I like better.
Sipdown, 100!! Made my Black Friday goal! Cold steep of this one.
I think a cold brew is actually my favorite way to drink dancong. It is SO tasty! Fruity, refreshing, all around delicious. Next summer I might have to get some cheap dancong to keep around for cold brews… It would be so nice on a hot day.
Sipdown, 101. After having this one regularly for the past two weeks I have definitely come to the conclusion that it is not for me. Although it is clearly a lovely tea, it’s just not the kind of black tea that I tend to enjoy; too fruity, too much of whatever that note is that I don’t like. I am definitely glad that I got to try it, though. Also apparently my like/dislike line for Taiwanese black teas is hard to judge, meaning future orders for Taiwanese black teas will be tricky. Ah well, that’s what samples and small amounts are for!