2098 Tasting Notes
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.
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. :)
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!
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.
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!
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.
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. :)
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).
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.
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.