1917 Tasting Notes

Ah, back to relaxing after a busy three days of running around. I did have some tea during that time, although I don’t know what it was. I was staying with a friend for Christmas Bird Count, and she made me some kind of strong black tea at our 4am wakeup. She’s married to an Englishman, so she makes tea that is designed for additions. Even though the plain tea was bitter, some milk made for a perfectly pleasant cup and certainly provided a jolt of energy.

Now today is Christmas part II… we spent actual Christmas at the BF’s parents, and now we’re having Christmas with my parents. A nice way to extend the holidays. :)

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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
1917 tasting notes

Aww out of Dammann sachets now. Well I enjoyed them a lot. Coming to appreciate this one more than I first did. The orange blossom and chestnut are working together, making a nice sweet cup.

Preparation
212 °F / 100 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

orange blossom & chestnut? Wow!

Fjellrev

That sure sounds like a wonderful combination!

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I got a sachet of this for free in my order from DF, so I saved it for when I was away from home. I thought I would indulge in it today!

Still loving the cookie-ish, marzipan flavor with lots of poppy floral goodness. However, even though I am almost out of this one in my main stash I don’t think I will restock it just now… perhaps in the future.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Shmiracles

You sent me a sample of this in a random swap. And I loved it and it stuck in my head and I just recently received my very own 100g worth. Since then I have drank several pots of it and I love it just as much as I did that very first cup. You’ve totally passed the torch!

Terri HarpLady

I love the name of this one!

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drank Noël à Pékin by Dammann Freres
1917 tasting notes

I love this one! The freshness of this sachet reminded me of how much I love it. I’m almost out of it in my cupboard and I am contemplating a restock. Love the tropical passionfruit, pineapple, and floral jasmine.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Merry Christmas! I’m glad to have a few extra Dammann Noël teas for celebrating today.

Mmmm figgy loveliness. Strawberry jam and honey. Delish!

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Christmas Tea by Dammann Freres
1917 tasting notes

Dammann advent calendar, day 24. I expected this one to be the last one of the set. I love that the sachet packaging is red with fancy lettering. Also I am so sad that it’s over! I want more!

Thas maraschino in it, which probably means I won’t love it to pieces, but I’m hoping all the other flavors (caramel, orange, pineapple[!]) balance it out. Steeped, it smells pretty much caramelly and fruity. I’m not sure I can pick out individual fruits, but cherry and orange certainly make sense. I liked this one. Not love, because the blend of fruits wasn’t perfect for me, but I certainly enjoyed it a lot. I am a sucker for their caramel! But this was a nice tea to finish it off and celebrate!

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Loke Lani by Lupicia
1917 tasting notes

The temps have dipped yet again, and so the temps in my bf’s house have dropped. I don’t know how people live in such a cold house.

So! Hot tea is necessary. Love this one. Earl Grey, passion fruit, a nice base. I’m sure I’ll go through this one quickly because it is convenient for travel (sachets) and unfortunately I won’t be able to easily pick up more. Well, I’ll enjoy it while I have it.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Dustin

Is that blend only available in Hawaii? I saw they had some exclusive to their San Francisco store, so I’d guess they have special tea for other locations too.

Dinosara

It is a Hawaiian exclusive but earlier this year they had a limited amount for sale online and I snagged some.

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drank Noël à Paris by Dammann Freres
1917 tasting notes

Dammann advent calendar, day 23. Christmas in Paris!

When I smelled the dry leaf of this one I correctly picked out the flavors: fruity (I thought perhaps cherry), almond, and a hint of spiciness (turns out to be ginger). We’ll see if this cherry goes over ok for me.

This one isn’t too over the top cherry, so I’m good with it. I mean it’s cherry, but it’s not cherry. Perhaps it’s a bit more natural and less candy-like (I do like fresh cherries). Anyway, the cherry and almond are the main flavors, with some mild spices. Overall not a bad cup, but I wouldn’t go for it again.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Shmiracles

i’m gonna brew this to take with me to a holiday party. tea is the best drink for ALL OCCASIONS! happy holiday to you!

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drank Orange Zen BIO by Dammann Freres
1917 tasting notes

Backlog of Dammann advent calendar, day 15. Finally getting around to trying this one! This is actually a tea I was interested in as an evening herbal, so I am glad to get a sample of it.

Steeped, it smells lemony and the slight apple-hay of chamomile. I like the flavor of this one pretty well, but it doesn’t stick out to me as particularly special. I would wish for more rose, but I never get enough rose in herbals. It is a nice evening blend but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get more.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Rainy day, finally nothing to do except sit here, drink tea, and comb through ravelry to plan out my next knitting projects. It’s nice to have a total slug day.

As always, I have some Tower of London sachets to keep me company. So comforting and familiar. Plus I have to keep myself from drinking up all the extra Dammann sachets in one day. I love having sachets for easy tea brewing when traveling… sure, an infuser basket and mug wouldn’t be too difficult to deal with, but when I’m at someone else’s house, I prefer the ease and tidiness of sachets. I just wish I could find fill-your-own silken sachets… I think that they do exist but are very difficult to find. Oh well, for now I will be satisfied with my delicious sachets from Harney, Dammann and Lupicia. Such a hardship. :)

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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