2068 Tasting Notes
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. :)
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!