2154 Tasting Notes
Thanks so much to MissB for acquiring this tin of tea for me and sending it along. I believe this tea appeared in their collection just after I left Paris earlier this year, and I was kicking myself the whole time. SO glad that I got some of it from the Great Fauchon Invasion of North America 2013, because this tea is outstanding.
First off, it smells like heaven. So much almond, with a hint of rose. This is a little like Teavana’s Amandine Rose, if that tea were more amazingly awesome. Sweet, almondy in an almond cookie/cake way. There is enough almond flavor to really say almond pastry of some kind, but it’s not quite marzipan-y. The rose isn’t strong (for me) and just adds a faint air of rosewater, or perhaps turkish delight. There are Greek almond cookies that are made with orange blossom water and so have a light floral note to them, and this is like those cookies if they were made with rosewater instead (which sounds amazing to me but my boyfriend would hate it, haha).
The base is smooth and fairly rich, and absolutely not bitter or astringent despite me steeping it at boiling instead of 95°C. So glad I have a whole 100g of this because I am in love!
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.
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!
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.