1942 Tasting Notes

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drank Christmas Tea by Dammann Freres
1942 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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drank Loke Lani by Lupicia
1942 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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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
1942 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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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
1942 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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drank Tisane de Noël by Dammann Freres
1942 tasting notes

Dammann advent calendar, day 22. An evening Christmas tea!

This smells extremely Christmassy in the sachet. Cinnamon and spices for sure! Steeped, it smells like cinnamony Christmas cookies. Mmmm! This tea reminds me of one of the Verdant blends but I can’t place which one. Spices, a cookie flavor, and some sweetness from the licorice root (although i don’t get licorice flavor). I quite like this one, it would be nice to have for the evenings!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Noël à Venise by Dammann Freres
1942 tasting notes

Well, since this morning’s (22) advent calendar tea was not a morning tea, I pulled one of the sachets from earlier in the calendar that I brought with me for the trip. The funny thing is I thought I was pulling Noël a Provence, but instead I pulled this one… I noticed it smelling way more caramelly than I expected!

I am, of course, not sad to be drinking this tea because it is delicious. Lemony, caramelly, creamy, yum!

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drank Noël à Londres by Dammann Freres
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Dammann advent calendar, day 21. Is the lead-up to Christmas all “Noël” teas? Maybe so!

Of course, the English Christmas tea is the prototypical Christmas tea, to me. Spices, almond, a bit of fruity (this time apple, not orange). And the steeped tea is like, holy crap cinnamon! And I think there has to be clove in this as well. The initial part of the sip is all spices, with perhaps a bit of smoothing vanilla. Then as I sit, a while after taking a sip, the almond flavor grows strongly in my mouth, like amaretto or almond extract. I wish this tea was a little more balanced—perhaps cinnamon and almond together at the same time, instead of separate—but it is still a tasty tea and I enjoyed drinking it this morning.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Dammann advent calendar, day 20. Yay more “Noël” teas! Makes sense that this is the perfect way to try all of those.

Very fruity! Honestly yesterday morning I couldn’t focus too hard on it, but it certianly came across as a well-blended, fruity tea with no one flavor taking over the others, and all working together to make a tasty cup. I would bet this would make a really tasty iced tea too (funny for a Christmas tea), and I certainly wouldn’t turn down another cup of it.

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drank Noël à Vienne by Dammann Freres
1942 tasting notes

Dammann advent calendar, day 19. I skipped 18 because I am not drinnking rooibos anymore, so it will have to get passed on to another person. Thankfully there has only been one rooibos tea in the advent calendar so far!

So I drank this tea without knowing what was in it at all… and wow were my taste buds off! To me it was very hazelnutty, which is not an ingredient at all. I didn’t really get fruitiness from the apricot or orange. Makes me want to have it again to properly wrap my head around it. Weird!

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Sil

no drinking rooibos because it’s bothering you? or just cause. :)

Stephanie

Yeah screw rooibos. I hate that stuff, lol.

Dinosara

No rooibos because when I drink it my throat gets scratchy and it feels like I am allergic to it. Also I almost never actually like the flavor. But mostly the former.

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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.

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