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Nabbed this one because I thought it might be nice to have some higher quality sachets in my cupboard for travel purposes – plus, this one is a decaf black which is always nice to have around AND it’s a more unique flavour.
All good things.
- Dry leaf/sachet smells like cola balls!
- Kind of light/mild in flavour though
- With a bitter quality
- I do appreciate that it’s decaf, though!
- I think it’s probably the same decaf cola tea they carried years ago but rebranded
First tea of the morning today; just a little teacup of it.
I’m still tweaking how I brew this one, trying to eliminate the bitterness and chemical tasting elements. This morning, I used about a third less tea leaf than I have been using and steeped it with 70C water hoping that would do the trick. It actually wasn’t bad! Not bitter at all, but still a little chemical/artificial tasting. Flavour profile was mostly lemon, with some mandarin orange undertones. It was pleasant enough, and a nice gentle start to the morning.
Not at bad as the last few times I’ve tried this in terms of sheer bitterness/astringency and chemical flavour – however, it was still a little artificial and had a REALLY pithy tasting lemon flavour undercut by the orange notes. Drinkable, but still not pleasant…
I don’t know what I’m gonna do with the rest of this one.
…but a bad one.
I want to really like this one; but something about it doesn’t sit super well for me and I think it’s very fickle overall with regard to steep time. Like today I made a cup of it at work and I under leafed and only gave it two and a half minutes to steep just because I was so worried about burning the leaf. But guess what!? I still burned it.
All this tasted like was bitter, harsh notes of hay. No orange. No yuzu. I drank less than a quarter of the cup I had made for myself, and then the rest got pitched. It was very disappointing.
I’ve been curious about this one for a LONG time; eventually I just had to breakdown, cave in and order it – and of course a whole bunch of other things too. I couldn’t wait to try it, so when it showed up I steeped it up that same day!
- A little bit astringent; not overly so
- Has a very mellow ‘mandarin orange’ flavour that comprises the bulk of the sip
- With some lemony/yuzu undertones to it
- Light, bitter peach notes and floral finishes as well
- Light to medium bodied overall
- Quite interesting; still on the fence about whether or not I really liked it
Gonna hold off on rating it, for now.
Does this tea taste like bourbon? No. Do I care? No. Am I actually happier that it doesn’t? Yes. So, what does this taste like? Vanilla-caramel yum! Check out my full review (featuring a story of the time I was 10-years-old and my mom let me try actual bourbon) here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/03/26/bourbon-from-dammann-freres-2/
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Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Sweet
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Flavors: Artichoke, Mineral, Vegetables
This is a sample that came with a gift I received. Unfortunately I have allowed several DF samples to get a bit of age on them, so they are not as fresh as what most of you would be tasting.
When I drink samples like this, I am usually joined by my youngest daughter. To stretch the tea so that we can both have a small cup, we make it in a kamjove and resteep immediately, combining the two steeps. Usually we still get good flavor.
This time we did get a good tasting tea, but I feel that this one would have been really truly tasty full strength. The grapefruit was the predominant flavor I picked up, and it was so good that I wished it was even stronger. It didn’t seem overly floral but then I don’t mind floral tea as long as it is natural tasting rather than perfume-y or blatantly synthetic.
Overall, a good tea that I would definitely drink again and would be a great choice if I wanted something tropical.
Here’s Hoping TTB
This blend smells like a candy store! But to me, the flavor is a bit muddied…I do pick out the poppy seeds and marzipan, but there’s also some floral notes and something a bit sour. Not something I’d drink again.
Flavors: Candy, Marzipan
Thanks, Sil, for sharing this one with me, especially given my fondness for vanilla teas. I like this one a lot—possibly the scent rising from the steaming cup even more so than the flavour coming through in the sips. The scent really is intoxicating. Yum. The flavour seems to round out more nicely as the tea cools a bit. Nice one. I wonder how it compares to my favourite vanilla black.
Flavors: Malt, Vanilla