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85

I love the minty aftertaste on this! it’s great not to have an annoying inner voice saying that anything mint tastes like toothpaste

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Snore & Peace by Clipper
77 tasting notes

Finished my box yesterday night and didn’t even realize I hadn’t logged this yet!

This is a pretty standard night tea, I found the taste pretty standard and almost boring.
It’s not offensive at all, but I’ve found other teas that both taste and knock me out better

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Snore & Peace by Clipper
314 tasting notes

Cupper Advent calendar #8
This is the only infusion I missed when I first had it (on day 8), but I remembered to write down some notes on day 20, when I drank it again.
On 18th December i left for my home country to spend Christmas with my family and no, I didn´t forget the teabags left from the Cupper advent calendar.
At first, the brew reminded me of the herbal infusions my mother loved to prepare (very often nettle based), which I must admit weren´t exactly what I used to like to drink, but then it opens up, with a bit of mint in finish. Both mint and even chamomile (at 30% even) are dosed to give a well balanced blend, which I can certainly approve of. Presence of lavender also very subtle.

Flavors: Chamomile, Herbal, Lavender, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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85
drank Sleep Easy by Clipper
314 tasting notes

Advent Calendar Cupper #12.
Another infusion I tried blind, another one where Cupper fooled me partially ;-) …I wouldn´t have guessed this blend contains 35% of cinnamon and 25% of chamomile! No, the rooibos base together with the melissa and orange aroma´s make this a nice “different” Xmas blend, according to me, where the sweetness in nose fortunately turns into much more subtle in mouth, with sweet&spicy notes from something I thought might have been vanilla, but there I was wrong. I definitely look forward to 24th December to try this blend again!

Flavors: Spices, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
ashmanra

That’s a lot of cinnamon!

Ilse Wouters

@ashmara : indeed, I couldn´t believe my eyes when reading the list of ingredients!

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75
drank Happy Mondays by Clipper
314 tasting notes

Advent Calendar Cupper #11.
I needed to look quite thoroughly through the Clipper teas already in the Steepster system and compare ingredients as the Cupper version indicated on the box states “be happy” instead of “happy mondays”. Then I also drank this tea/infusion blind, thinking the blend was herbal with added citrus. Moreover, I thought the infusion was soft and subtle (I didn´t get the peppery notes). As my stomach afterwards started to protest a bit, I even mistook this to imply the infusion also contained chamomile (although I hadn´t tasted it), and now seeing the ingredients listed on the box, I wonder where the cinnamon and ginger went…I´ll need to pay more attention when coming to #23.
And, the white hibiscus on the list of ingredients is a bit of a mystery to me too…I believe I´ve never encountered it before.

Flavors: Citrusy, Herbal, Soft

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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80

Advent calender Cupper #9.
Ginger in nose and especially (natural) lemon in mouth. As someone who´s not exactly keen on ginger nor lemon, I found this infusion tasty and refreshing, and I could certainly enjoy it more often.

Flavors: Fresh, Ginger, Lemon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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75
drank Love Me Truly by Clipper
314 tasting notes

Advent calender Cupper #7
So, finally a Xmas -y blend! The typical spices of a chai come through from the start, and even now my empty mug smells nicely of them. I normally associate chai to black tea based blends, so this is a bit of a change. But, yours truly isn´t a chai tea lover, so in taste I notice – positive point – that the spices don´t overpower you, as in most of the chistmas teas; however, cinnamon ruins a lot for me.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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78
drank Orange & Lemon by Clipper
314 tasting notes

Advent Calendar Cupper #5.
This morning I decided to taste this infusion blind, and you know what? I was convinced this was a herbal blend with honey…although this last note I couldn´t identify anymore after the first sips. When I look at the list of ingredients (this infusion beats all the other teas included in this tea advent calendar) I see the lemony notes come from citronella, lemon verbena, lemon peel and added aroma´s, and it´s true it never offends. What I thought could be honey must be the orange in the blend, although licorice and rosehip can contribute some sweet notes. Not a bad blend, but a bit unbalanced when considering its name ;-) Maybe, as others indicated, better to drink cold?

Flavors: Citrus, Honey, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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79
drank Rise & Shine by Clipper
314 tasting notes

Advent calendar Cupper #3.
As the name of this blend was indicated directly in English, it was easy to find the Clipper reference. According to the box, the blend consists of 43% citronella, 23% Yerba Mate and 15% lemon verbena.
I´m not a mate drinker, and even less a mate fan, so it was quite a nice surprise to be able to enjoy this infusion ;-) Verbena and citronella join forces to add a nice citrusy ting to the more herbal backbone. It makes me think of a fresh chamomile infusion, in a good way (chamomile isn´t much appreciated by my stomach), so I should give this infusion a try whenever I´ve overeaten. Balanced blend, “rise and shine” to get going in the morning in a gentle way.

Flavors: Citrusy, Herbaceous, Herbal

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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80
drank Lemon & Ginger by Clipper
314 tasting notes

This year I really didn´t want to spend a fortune on an advent calendar, so I bought a cute one – the size of a normal 20 teabag box – from “Cupper”. All ingredients are mentioned in Italian and Spanish, but the list of ingredients says UK and non-UK agriculture so I imagine in UK a similar advent calendar is brought to you by Clipper ;-) !
All teas and infusions are bio, and there are 24 teabags of 12 different varieties.
This lemon and ginger infusion is #1.
In general, i´m not a huge ginger fan, not because I don´t like it, but because it often overtakes all the other ingredients, a bit like hibiscus in fruit infusions. This infusion however is balanced with the lemon being quite discrete and natural while the ginger takes over later on and provides a very long finish at the back of the throat. Nice.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
Martin Bednář

Clipper and Cupper are same comapany named diffrently in some countries because same name was already registered by other company.

Ilse Wouters

@Martin : indeed, a friend of mine who lives on Canary Islands says they have a soda company with the name of Clipper, so it might be because of this company.

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First one from tea bags received before Advent session from postcrossing forum tea tag and well, apart from fruit ones, this sounded great.

However it is a great dismal. First of all, the ingredients list is longer than needed. Why put other herbals in, when it could be plain rooibos with mint mixed in? Why adding fennel, so much (31 %) of blackberry leaves? It tastes just like an another herbal teas, which I had so many this month. That is not an offense against Sonnentor, as I bought that calendar with that in mind.

I could not notice anything from green rooibos and the peppermint is where? Ugh. It tastes so sweet as well and not breezy as their box (and wrapper suggests).

So good in theory, so bad in practice. I guess I need to find it elsewhere (but google search found maybe 3 companies, while at least one was UK based).

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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88
drank Sleep Easy by Clipper
1170 tasting notes

Day 12 & 24 of the Clipper advent calendar! Loving this one. The chamomile and cinnamon work really well together. I just left the teabag in, and thankfully the valerian never becomes noticeable. I really dislike the flavor of valerian, so I’ve struggled with it as a sleep/relaxation aid. Can’t guarantee that’s why I’m finding this blend relaxing, but I am finding it soothing after a long and stressful day. Great for a supermarket tea!

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80

Day 10 & 22 of the Clipper advent calendar. I brewed this at 185f, for probably too long, but the long steep didn’t seem to do any harm. The raspberry flavor in this is absolutely on point. There’s also a savory sort of note that’s probably the white tea. It’s not very well defined but also doesn’t really feel like it’s missing? I don’t really go to supermarket bagged teas looking for complex base teas – that’s just not a very likely finding or realistic expectation. So with that expectation, I quite enjoyed this. If it were a flavored loose leaf, I’d probably be asking more questions about where the white tea base is. I would much prefer to enjoy it for what it is, though.

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80
drank Green Tea with Lemon by Clipper
1170 tasting notes

Day 9 & 21 of the Clipper advent calendar. This is basic but enjoyable. The lemon flavor is just the right level of tart and thankfully isn’t candy-like. The green tea base tastes almost like a gunpowder tea, which matches the lemon well. This would probably be good with honey; it was great with a sugar cookie.

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86
drank Love Me Truly by Clipper
1170 tasting notes

Day 7 & 19 of the Clipper advent calendar. I’m annoyed because I distinctly remember drafting a tasting note somewhere, but now it’s gone/lost so I have to rewrite it from memory. So here’s the highlights: I really enjoyed this chai blend! Definitely more than Teeccino’s Dandelion Red Chai, which I had recently had. Not quite as much as Wissotzky’s Rose Chai, which is my all time favorite grocery store chai – but is caffeinated, whereas this one is conveniently caffeine-free. I remember cinnamon, ginger, and clove being the prominent notes. There was also something that my brain was processing as peppery, but there’s no pepper in here – I think it was just a bit too much clove. Would definitely have this again though!

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90
drank Calmer Chameleon by Clipper
1170 tasting notes

This is Day 6 & 18 of the Clipper advent calendar. Now this puts me in my happy place. I really like the balance of chamomile and cinnamon here. It’s very soothing. The sweetness of the chamomile and spiciness of the cinnamon complement each other nicely, and there’s nothing gunking up the works to add a weird texture or flavor (looking at you, licorice, stevia, and whatever is making some of these berry-flavored Clipper blends so syrupy). I’d happily have this again and even seek this out if I were looking for grocery store teas to buy. Absolutely a winner.

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78
drank Orange & Lemon by Clipper
1170 tasting notes

This is Day 5 & 17 of the Clipper advent calendar. It tastes like orange and lemon fruit slices, which works better cold than hot. The sweetness is a little cloying when the tea is hot, but much less so as it cools. Definitely would favor this one as an iced tea.

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85
drank Berry Burst by Clipper
1170 tasting notes

This is Days 2 and 14 of the Clipper advent calendar. It’s so aromatic! Even my partner noticed the berry scent. Blackcurrant is definitely the dominant aroma and flavor, which is fun because it’s not necessarily the most common flavor in berry blends. The texture of this tea is maybe not for everyone though. It’s syrupy, in a way that I find pleasant when hot but a bit much cold. I made the last of it into a tea soda and that was a fantastic choice – highly recommend! 

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78
drank Happy Mondays by Clipper
1170 tasting notes

Amongst my various and sundry advent calendars this year is the one from Clipper, which is super cute! I love the design! I like that it’s nice and compact – basically a fancy version of a regular teabox – but still has a nice variety and is thoughtfully designed. I don’t mind that it uses every tea twice (going from 1-12 and then repeating in the same order from 13-24), but the system designed for keeping it a surprise is suboptimal. Each individual teabag has a cute design and a number on it, not indicating what tea is inside, which is what you’d expect from an advent. BUT, once you open the pouch, the only way to know what kind of tea you’re drinking is to read the side of the box – where ALL of the teas are listed. So I have to put in extra effort to avoid spoiling the surprise, when it feels like they could have just printed the name of the tea on the tag? Presumably that would have been more expensive and that’s why they didn’t, and as inconveniences go it’s not the end of the world (especially at this price point), but it is annoying.

So! To the tea! Days 1 & 13 are Happy Mondays. I somehow didn’t know that white hibiscus is a thing, but it’s an ingredient in this blend! But also because of that, I don’t really know how to evaluate its presence here. I’m not picking up on any typical hibiscus flavor. There’s definitely a nice lemon flavor here, that maybe the hibiscus is contributing to? There’s also a pleasant spicy sharpness. It seems to come more from the pepper than the ginger, but I like it. Lemon pepper is a winning spice combo for a reason. Definitely better hot than cold, but not entirely undrinkable cold.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemon, Pepper

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75
drank Red, White, and You by Clipper
2385 tasting notes

Ha, I hate the name of this tea, but it’s pretty tasty. I’m drinking it cold, and I get a nice berry flavor. The white tea is a bit negative and distracting, but overall, I’m having a nice time. The flavor tastes like blackberry flavoring, not authentic blackberries, but it’s okay because it offers a candy sort of vibe. It’s not tart at all, just interesting.

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I didn’t have the organic one… I don’t think. Love that its fair trade and makes a pretty good cup, especially with milk and sugar. Solid bagged tea.

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68
drank Strawberry Fields by Clipper
2385 tasting notes

Thanks to tea-and-cats for this tea! It has a light strawberry flavor, and it’s pretty tasty cold. It’s not sour, but not super fresh tasting or sweet either. It sits in the middle and reminds me of other decently pleasant strawberry bagged teas.

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drank Snore & Peace by Clipper
237 tasting notes

I’d never heard of Clipper before but found it in the clearance rack of Marshalls/TJMaxx for $2 so I snagged it. Can’t pass up a Marshalls tea bargain, especially a bedtime tea.

I find that I need to steep it longer than the box recommendation to really find the flavors. The chamomile is there with slight hints of lavender and lemon after steeping for 5-6 minutes. I could do with a touch more lavender and might just pull some from my garden the next cup I brew. I definitely enjoy the pun based name. Not my favorite bedtime tea but not a bad one either.

Flavors: Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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