24 Tasting Notes

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ADVENT CALENDAR DAY 7

I ended up brewing this today on December 8th, I’m a day late! I had an oops – I took a tablespoon and brewed a pot and poured it in my carafe, and ran out of water for my resteep, so stuck it under the keurig and hit the brew button to fill the rest of the pot with hot water and freaking coffee came out, not hot water! ARGH – so I shorted myself 27 ounces of this yummy chai! I got excited about it, just by the name alone :) My roommate is trying the coffee flavored tea tomorrow, as she says there is something called a dirty chai, which is chai tea and coffee – I’ll update it in the morning!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 27 OZ / 798 ML
Shae

I was just thinking as I was reading your note that it might make a good dirty chai! How did it turn out? Did your roommate like it?

Devon Bartholomew

Shae, she said it was okay, but the straight tea with eggnog was better – I saw she had only a few sips – not her cup of tea :)

Shae

Ah, too bad. Eggnog is pretty hard to beat.

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Day 5 ADVENT CALENDAR

I’m loving trying new loose leafs and finding new tea companies I never would have heard of if I didn’t participate in this project!
I double steeped a tablespoon to make a big 54 ounce pot – I had three cups. my roommate had two, and we refrigerated the leftovers for breakfast this morning. This tea was great – I loved that there were no notes of bitterness in it – it was smooth – I feel like I"m one of the few people I know that actually enjoys rooibos teas – this was a good one – I am sure I will order this at some point!

Preparation
3 tsp 27 OZ / 798 ML

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Day 4 ADVENTGINGERBREAD ROOIBOS BY MARKET SPICE

My roommate and I opened up our little present this morning and she squealed with delight when she found out it was gingerbread – she told me to just go ahead and make the whole pot. I don’t like ginger, but this was a mild cookie like flavor that I liked, it wasn’t spicy, and overwhelming. It was nice and smooth. I had three cups and she had two, and we’re refrigerating it for her in the morning! Thanks for sending this!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 27 OZ / 798 ML
Inkling

Glad you and your roommate both enjoyed it! This is one of my go-to herbal teas to share with people who think they don’t like tea. ;)

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Shae

Ooh, this one’s one of my favorites – can’t wait to hear your take!

Devon Bartholomew

Oh geez, I pressed the wrong button – I wanted to add it to my wish list, cause it sounds fabulous – I hope I get to try it someday, whoops!

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Day 3 – Advent from Inkling – I am sorry I do not know how to tag somebody or link somebody! I really like this tea because it’s mild with a lot.of flavor, and very relaxing. It’s not bitter at all, I love straight black teas, I steeped 16 oz, then poured it in my teapot, then steeped another 16 oz immediately afterwards, and made one big pot. This lasted me till 10:30 tonight, I think I got like 5 small China tea cups out of it, and it tasted just as good as it did fresh this morning. I hope they still make this, I will definitely order my own. Thanks for I teosuxing me to this, Inkling!

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Shae

I don’t think there is a way to tag others, not that I’m aware of anyway, but that would be a great addition to the site. Some users put names in bold if you would like to do that – you can do this by adding an asterisk at the beginning and end of the person’s name.

Inkling

So glad you liked it, Devon! That one’s been a recent favorite for me. :)

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Day 2 – 2020 tea advent swap – Vanilla Chai black tea by Fava – loose leaf

Inkling sent this to me! I made a first steep, then immediately poured it in my tea pot and steeped a second brew, and mixed them, so I can make one giant pot of tea to sip on on this cold day. I’m even burning a spicy candle to enhance the comforting ambiance :)

I tried it without sweetener first, just out of curiosity, even though I know Chai is prepared with milk in it. It is a Chai I like – you can even see the whole cardamom pods floating in there! I like the spices they use in this blend, I’d definitely buy a small bag of this!

To put a twist on things, I thought this would be well paired with eggnog instead of milk – and I was right, it’s fabulous – the flavors of the eggnog marry so well with the flavors of the chai tea! I added some erythritol monk fruit blend.

It says to steep this at 212 for three minutes, which I did, but maybe add more than a teaspoon per 8 ounces? It seemed a little weak the way I prepared it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

This sounds really tasty! Whole cardamom for the win!

Shae

I love cardamom-forward chai! I recently tried teakruthi’s Majestic Chai, and cardamom is the dominant flavor. I think it might actually be the only flavor, aside from the black tea itself. It’s a new favorite for me. And I wholeheartedly agree with Courtney – there is something special about finding whole cardamom pods in a blend. It’s so lush.

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I received my Christmas advent calendar early this year – I must admit, I peeked for the first day a few days after I got it trying to figure out if it was a tea bag or loose leaf tea that I was feeling, but I did wait until December first to drink it! :) I found this tea on vacation awhile ago, and enjoyed it, but hadn’t been able to find it again, so this was a nice thing to open! It’s like a vanilla lemon cake – a sweet lemon, not a sour one. I love Tazo teas!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Shae

Well now! Sneaky, sneaky. :D I always hear good things about this one. I really should make a point to pick up a box next time I’m at the store.

ashmanra

I found this at Publix a few years ago and bought it. Pretty good!

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I’m trying to do my own sip down, so I’m not opening up any new tea flavors until I get rid of this one. I’m enjoying it, but it’s not as sour as I thought it may be. I steeped it at about 7 minutes this time, and liked the flavor, it wasn’t too bitter. As soon as I poured my cup, I added more water for a second steep and forgot about it overnight. It didn’t get bitter, so I enjoyed the cup of it this morning ;)

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This was my first tea I have tried from Adagio – I spent so long looking at the custom blends, haha, it sucked me in. I kept seeing sour apple being listed in the blends, so I decided to make it my first purchase. It came in the mail today, and I instantly put the kettle on so I could try it. I followed the directions, and it wasnt strong enough after five minutes, so I added another two minutes, and I thought it might bring out the flavor if I added a packet of monk fruit with it, which it improved it a lot! I ate pickles while it was steeping, so I kind of ruined my palate, since I taste garlic and apples, LOL. I definitely taste the apple, but I dont think I would call it sour – more fruity than tart? But good! Just dont expect the sourness if you order this. I hope it has a good second steep, I would love a second cup of this!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Yup, I still don’t like this one – I had it this morning with my eggs – I don’t like the sweetener they use, if they took out the stevia, is it, maybe? I feel like I would like it a whole lot better. Maybe it’s sucralose? Whatever it is, I’m definitely not a fan, it has an aftertaste that lingers. Bummer. I love Red Rose black teas, though – not a diss against the whole line! Don’t get me wrong!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML
EstrafaDC

Thanks for the review! And I just looked it up. According to their website they use Stevia (Reb A). For the life of me I don’t understand why they use Reb A verses the less bitter Reb M or Reb D extracts from Stevia. It’s a bit more expensive but why they’d introduce a bitter agent to a tea is beyond me. Or just leave it unsweetened and give us the option to sweeeten it on our own.

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I just joined, and figured I would introduce myself! I am Devon, 42. I travel a ton for work and for fun, and I always collect a box of tea from every city that I visit. I do not consider myself a tea snob, so to speak, as I will buy teas from specialty shops, as well as tea bags from stores that are not sold in my hometown of Wilmington, NC, USA. I am a diabetic, and am so glad I can still enjoy the fruity and bakery flavors of tea without damaging my organs, haha!
I am looking to join an advent calendar and a traveling tea box on here! I have over 50 teas so share. I am always up for a Facebook Messenger or Zoom tea date!
I am always on the hunt for individual tea cups and saucers at garage sales, flea markets, and antique store – I must be picky, cause it took me four years to get enough to host my own tea party – tea just seems to taste better when you are drinking it from a fancy cup!
I have not found many green and white teas that I have liked, but I am open to trying suggestions if they are flavored. I love black, herbal, fruity (except peach, mango and lychee), bakery, holiday, Oolong, Ceylon, and Rooibos teas! I do not like ginger or anise/licorice flavors. Say hi! I am a friend you have not met yet!

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Wilmington, NC USA

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