1962 Tasting Notes

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drank Noël à Prague by Dammann Freres
1962 tasting notes

Dammann advent calendar, day 17.

YUM. I guess they didn’t stock this one at Instant Thé, because I would have ordered it if they did. I love their caramel flavoring and it is prominent here. I did get a fruity flavor, presumably from the prune, but no “vodka” flavoring, which whatever, I didn’t really need. To me all the flavors really blended well and made for a delicious, caramelly-fruity cup. I would so pick up more of this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Dammann advent calendar, day 16. (I have skipped day 15 for the moment because I have been super busy with holiday stuff, and have had an evening to drink it. Also the rest of the calendar will likely be somewhat sporadically logged since I am out of town and my tea opportunities may be limited).

I have some of this, so I saved my sachet. I really enjoyed my pot of this yesterday, it was very figgy and jammy. I’m not sad that I can’t really taste the lavender in this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I ordered a sample of this tea with my latest Teavivre order mainly to get to the free shipping threshold, and because it’s one of their newer TGYs that I haven’t tried yet. It looked like a traditional-style TGY, and I’m interested in trying more and more of those.

A western style steep of this one on this cold morning. Wow, these leaves are super dark, and the tea brewed up dark as well. It’s dark enough to look like a black tea. It smells roasty and charcoal-y. This is most definitely a charcoal-roasted TGY, and while I am definitely getting more in to traditional, lightly-roasted TGY, charcoal roasted is pretty much roasting a bit too far for me, haha. It is smooth, with light vegetal notes and roasty notes. If you enjoy charcoal-roasted oolong, I would definitely suggest checking this one out.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Dammann advent calendar, day 14. Yay, another one I haven’t tried! I am excited about the almond and spices, but perhaps not so much by the cherry. Well, I’ve had other cherry Dammann teas before and enjoyed them pretty well.

However, this is just a big nope for me. Very cherry candy. I drank about half the cup and couldn’t finish it. Just not my type of flavoring!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

i always worry a bit about cherry evolving into robitussin…. =0(

Dinosara

Fortunately not robitussin, just cherry candy, of which I am not a fan.

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90
drank Noël à Pékin by Dammann Freres
1962 tasting notes

Dammann advent calendar, day 13. One of my faves! I still have a (tiny) stash of loose leaf of this one… yeah, it’s three years old, but it’s still delicious!

I didn’t take notes when I drank this one yesterday, so I’ll just say that you can peek at some of my past notes if you want my more detailed thoughts. I still love this tea, though!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Noël à Venise by Dammann Freres
1962 tasting notes

Dammann advent calendar, day 12. Again, I used my current loose stock of this tea today instead of the sachet. I didn’t think about the fact that I will now have a pile of awesome wrapped sachets to take with me traveling around Christmas time, but that is one happy byproduct of already having some of the teas in the set.

Loving this one today! So lemony and creamy. I happily drank it up quickly. I’m glad I have plenty more of this in my cupboard still. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Amariel

Sounds yummy.

JoonSusanna

Sigh. So jealous you have some loose. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I had it. I’m thinking of asking for some for Christmas (if I can wait that long!)

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78
drank Snow Sprout by Golden Moon Tea
1962 tasting notes

This is a tea that I ended up getting an ounce of for free with my Golden Moon order because they mistakenly shipped me this tea instead of the tea I ordered. So I figured I would try it!

It is a confusing tea. Golden Moon initially called it a green tea, then changed their website info to a white tea. Other Snow Sprouts are typically classified as green teas, but they are the downy buds that look just like white tea. Not to mention taste like white tea. So yeah, confusing.

Hayish, nutty, a bit bready. Yup, tastes like a white tea. It’s not too exciting (to me) but I’ll try to keep it in rotation so I drink it up before it starts to lose flavor.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85
drank L'Anniversaire by Fauchon
1962 tasting notes

This is another tea that I have thanks to MissB! Canada definitely got more of the Fauchon teas than I ever saw in the States.

So I’m not usually one for mint in teas, but I bought this one anyway because I thought perhaps a small amount of mint used judiciously could work in a blend. For me, it does. Does it remind me of birthday cake? Well, not any kind of birthday cake I know. It does, however, remind me of some creamy, minty confection that is really lovely. I like a soft mint, and this is a soft mint. I think it’s kind of like buttermints… those mint candies that are creamy and just kind of dissolve in your mouth immediately. And although I usually don’t go for fruit and mint, the raspberry and mint works here for me. I could, honestly, imagine a raspberry mint buttercream frosting that would taste like this. For once, that sounds really tasty to me. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
caile

It does sound tasty!

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90
drank Le Printemps à Paris by Fauchon
1962 tasting notes

I’m going to start this review by saying that I’m really glad I picked this one up at TJ Maxx. This is my kind of tea!

So this is raspberry, vanilla and rose. And it’s actually the second tea in a row that I had this morning (the first being todays Dammann advent that will be logged tomorrow) that was SUPER creamy. Just lovely. The vanilla is so smooth and sweet. The raspberry is nice fruity, the rose is lush. I even like the green base on this one, which is admittedly not super prominent but it is somehow robust enough and plays well with the rest of the flavors. Yum!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I keep looking at our TJ’s in hopes of a windfall. Not a tin to be had. :(

ifjuly

so jealous! i’m like gmathis; i hunted tjmaxx like a crazyperson for a week and nothing. :(

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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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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.
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