1933 Tasting Notes

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Dammann advent calendar, day 4. I’m glad this one was included because it always intrigued me, but I was unsure about the keemun base, different from Dammann’s usual (which I love). Sometimes I love 100% keemun bases, and sometimes I don’t at all. I remember why I often don’t when I smelled the sachet of this one, because that keemun smokiness is strong in this one.

After steeping, my fears are not allayed. Definite smoke, and yes some chocolatey, nutty sweetness on top. I think if I liked smoky keemuns, I would like this tea. But as it is right now, it’s definitely not for me. Well, it’s always good to have some teas to cross off the list, and I’m glad I finally got to try this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Smokey chocolate sounds neat :)

Shmiracles

i think i’m gonna skip my dance class and go straight home from work so i can buy this advent calendar if that’s still possible. idk why i’m tell you this really, i just wanna blab my plan is all hah. plus you and i shared dammann teas in the past.

Stephanie

How much was the advent calendar in USD with shipping?

Sil

i think it’s sold out

Dinosara

It does look like they are still available on Dammann’s site, Shmiracles! 10euro shipping. http://www.dammann.fr/coffrets/1081-calendrier-de-l-avent.html

Stephanie—Looked it up on my credit card, appears it was $36.65 total

Dinosara

Apparently they restocked, Sil!

Stephanie

Hey, that’s not as bad pricewise as I’d expected…

Sil

nice!

Tea Sipper

Oh chocolatey keemun sounds good… I just might have to mix a couple teas at some point :D

Sil

I love this tea…sigh

Shmiracles

wow! last time i tried to place a dammann order it wouldn’t take my card, but this time the site took my card just fine! i’m so excited! i ordered two advent calendars AND some tea! i totally splurged!

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83
drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
1933 tasting notes

Finally got around to cold brewing this one to have with lunch, and boy was it delicious! Lots of juicy grapefruit, no bitterness or astringency from the green tea. Super happy to have this one to drink with lunches since I have made a sizeable dent in my supply of teas to cold brew.

I can never tell how a green tea will come out when cold steeped… maybe it has more to do with the quality of the base leaf, unlike black tea where a poor base can be masked by a cold steep. Sometimes greens are bitter and overdone, but not this one. Yum!

Preparation
Iced
shinseikatsu

Do you remember what your method of preparation was for making this one iced?

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79
drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
1933 tasting notes

Lala and I are tea buddies today. :) Dammann advent calendar, day 3. I actually already own this tea so I used my loose leaf for this tasting and will save the wrapped sachet for traveling.

The first time I had this it was a little intense for me and I never really went back to it, but I am happy for the excuse to pull it out again. Actually I like it a lot better this time. Who knows why, but it is working for me. Chestnutty and floral, but not overpoweringly so like before. Yay, now I feel better about drinking up the rest of my 50g of this (although this one won’t be a restock, as I’m not in love with it).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Flocon d'épices by Dammann Freres
1933 tasting notes

Dammann advent calendar, day 2. Yay for christmas-y teas! From the description I think I was expecting some kind of typical orange-spice christmas blend, but I was pleasantly surprised when I sniffed the sachet. It smelled way more fruity than I thought it would! I think there is a hint of bergamot in this blend, and even though it only says citrus fruits I would swear there is fig in here. (Fortunately I don’t get cherry like Lala because I hate cherry flavor, haha).

Mmmm, this is lovely. I can taste the spices but they aren’t too spicy, they just complement the fruit blend very well. And that fruit blend! So much better than simple orange and spices. I do see where Lala is getting the “syrup” aspect from the texture, because it is thick and luxurious. That reads as fig to me, which adds to the holiday feeling. I could see restocking this one, definitely!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

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.

Preparation
212 °F / 100 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Lala

Good Idea about waiting until the next day to post. I will try to do that too. (That means I only have to try to drink and review 3 teas tomorrow instead of 4 – haha)

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99

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

No tea for two days? shocking!

Ellyn

I don’t think I’d make it two days!

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90
drank Loke Lani by Lupicia
1933 tasting notes

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99

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Tea Sipper

Yeah, both of them are essential for me, too!

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98
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1933 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Hoku by Lupicia
1933 tasting notes

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!

Preparation
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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