2098 Tasting Notes

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I forgot my cold brewed tea at home today, so I fished around my boxes for something “plain” to drink with lunch today and came out with the dregs of this one, just enough for one more cup.

Even this is two years old, it was still flavorful and delicious. Really, these oolongs are some of my favorite straight teas, even though I don’t crave them so much anymore. I’m definitely in some kind of “flavored” phase. But I am always pleased when I grab and old favorite. Maybe I should do another “tour” through my cupboard in 2015, every tea from oldest to newest, like I did at the beginning of this year.

OMGsrsly

Ooo, that’s a neat plan!

Dinosara

I had a lot of fun with it last year, and it got me drinking teas I had kind of forgotten about in my stash.

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drank Bali by Dammann Freres
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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 14

Soooo behind. I thought I would catch up today but then I forgot yesterday’s and today’s teas at home. C’est la vie.

Anyway, I like this one quite a bit, and I do already have it in my cupboard. Love lychee and rose in combination, and why not just throw in some extra jasmine for maximum floral delight? MMMMMM florals. It is a very rare (and poorly blended) tea that is too floral for me. Haha sometimes I feel like I’m the only one on Steepster that feels that way. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

Clearly you were meant to live in France with all the other crazy floral-loving people. :P

Dinosara

LOL clearly :)

QueenOfTarts

Don’t worry! I’m behind, too! :)

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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 14

This is not one of my favorites. I find it super cherry pow in the flavoring, which is probably my least favorite flavor ever. That said, I don’t mind it quite as much this year as I did last year. It’s still very cherry bomb, but somehow not as offensive. Still, I won’t be reordering this one ever!

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

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drank Noël à Pékin by Dammann Freres
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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 13

I am so behind! I actually drank this yesterday but I have been super busy.

This is one of my faves. I love the jasmine and passion fruit blend. I restocked this a little while ago (so I drank some of my loose leaf yesterday) but I don’t often reach for it for whatever reason. But it is delicious.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

Yummmmmm. Special thanks to OMGsrsly for getting me a stock of this tea. I had forgotten just how much nougaty goodness was contained within this tea. When the hot water hit the leaves it smelled amazing.

This tea is the perfect example of just when I think I’ve found my favorite tea in nearly every category, some category shows up to prove me wrong. Who would have though I would need a nougat tea?? Or that a nougat tea could be this good? Not me, but I was wrong. Thanks again OMGsrsly!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Yay! Love this one too. I mean, how can you not.

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drank Noël à Venise by Dammann Freres
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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 12

Mmmmmm, one of my favorites. I slurped this one down quickly. Of course, I used my loose leaf and saved my advent sachet for traveling. It’s always convenient because I spend a lot of time around the holidays at houses that are not my own, so the sachets are great to take a long and most of them are Christmas themed.

I love the lemon-cream-toffee flavors of this tea. Another example of Dammann’s caramel flavors and how I love them so.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

Lemon pudding tea! Slurp slurp…

JoonSusanna

My favorite Dammann Freres! Do they sell these in sachet form? I have it loose (and love it that way for home) but man the convenience of bagged for travel would be lovely…

Dinosara

I think they only make these sachets for the calendar, unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that they offer sachets of this tea on their site.

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drank Dune d'Épices by Dammann Freres
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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 10

I remember this one from last year, and I remember wishing it was a black base. Fortunately for me, I don’t really get a bubblegum scent to this one. Maybe a whif of bubblegum from a distance, but when I really smell it I smell the orange and spices and a bit of cream.

I still enjoy this one, and I still wish it was on a black base. I think the creamy orangey gingerbready-ness of it would be so well complemented by a hearty black. Ah well, one less tea to have to stock. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Oh, I assumed it was the same flavoring as Flocons d’Épices but on a green base.

Dinosara

Oh, duplicate Dammann names and shifting descriptions!

I checked the website and I see that Flocon d’Épices is 1) now available in bulk (not tinned) and 2) has a different description than it originally did. Now, it really does seem like these are the same flavorings on different bases, in which case I suppose my wish is granted.

Also, they no longer sell Noël en Alsace, which was a duplicate of Flocon d’Épices (but available in bulk when “Flocon” was only available in an expensive tin). I guess they decided they liked the latter name better.

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 11

I’m going a little out of order here because yesterday I didn’t get a chance to drink my advent tea at all, but I prefer to start my mornings with a black tea, like this one, and not green, like the previous day.

I couldn’t remember if I had tried this tea before, but apparently I got a sample of it from Sil once (so it is new to the advent calendar this year). I’m not big on strawberries in any form except fresh, so it’s not my favorite blend. I liked it better cold brewed than hot, but I’m having it hot again here just to try it out.

I am enjoying this cup, and I don’t find it astringent like I did my first time. I wonder if that is the “benefit” of the sachet, which tends to mute flavors a tiny bit. Jammy strawberry, a bit of tart rhubarb. I do think I would still prefer this cold brewed, but it was a nice cup this morning (if a bit spring-y).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I feel weird drinking anything other than a black blend first thing too… :P

Kittenna

Man, 3 reviews for this tea all in a row on my dashboard! Haha, and you all rated it very similarly. (Amused.)

Cameron B.

Hah, I saw that too! Funny. :P

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I could have sworn that I’ve drank this tea before, long ago, but I don’t want to blame Steepster for eating my note because it is entirely possible that I haven’t and just thought I had.

Anyway, my work tea buddy Equusfell got a sample of this in a recent Upton order, found it to be very bergamotty and thought of me, the bergamot lover. :) She described the scent of the dry leaf as bergamot and cookies, and I can agree with that. The vanilla in this really brings out the cookie-ish notes that I can sometimes find in Earl Greys.

This is both heavy on the vanilla and heavy on the bergamot. Whatever base they put on this can’t really stand up to it. It has a slight tendancy to go almost bitter on the aftertaste, like the pith of a lemon, and the sweet vanilla cream can’t quite cover it up. But overall a pretty tasty tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 9

Hey, it’s a DF tea that I haven’t had! Seems like a rarity these days. They seemed to have switched out the standard EG for the Yin Zhen this year.

I never quite know what to make of black teas with silver tips thrown in. Do they make a difference? Should I compensate for the fact that most white teas don’t really like boiling temps (at least western style)? For this one, I dropped it to just below boiling to make sure I wouldn’t shock them.

I find this to be a very tasty Earl Grey. Bright and citrusy, with a smooth, nicely blended base. It’s been so long since I had DF’s regular EG (or avec fleurs) that it is impossible for me to compare the two, but I remember liking them but wishing the bergamot was a bit stronger. I don’t really have that complain here, but I also don’t know if it’s really that different. I’m not sure I can pick out anything that says white tea to me; perhaps a slight added creaminess? I just got a sip that maybe had a hint of hay, which is definitely white tea. Overall a tasty Earl, though I’m not sure the silver tips provide any added value.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Anlina

I’ve had so many blends where the white tea seems completely pointless, aside from maybe looking pretty in the dry leaf, and bumping up the price significantly.

Dinosara

Yeah, I was actually going to make a comment about pricing but then I checked and this blend is no more expensive than their “Earl Grey avec fleurs” blend, and hardly (like a dollar or two per 100g) more expensive than the plain EG, so at least they’re not jacking up the price because of it.

Kittenna

Ahahahaha, I saw a review for this a bit higher up on my dashboard, and was curious as to whether you’d just grab your looseleaf tin of this too! :P Seems not, which is a good thing!

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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.
89-86: 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
85-80: 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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