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drank Caramel Chocolate by Kenneth Ave
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My sister and I chipped in to get my brother-in-law a nespresso for his birthday. We also grabbed the aeroccino aka the milk frother. He was very surprised and very excited. He was like a kid and wanted to try all the things but it only arrived around 5 pm and having cup after cup of coffee and espresso seemed like a bad plan. So when he wanted to try the cold froth option on his frother, I said we could drink one of my caffeine free teas.

He loves caramel and this was one that I saw recently so it was in my mind. I made this while he frothed the milk. Unfortunately, this, like many of the other teas from this company just wasn’t great. We took one sip, looked at each other and dumped it. It was mostly bland and the little flavor we did get was a woody rooibos.

ashmanra

What a thoughtful gift!

VariaTEA

Thank you! I will say we are a bit early since his birthday isn’t until April but he accepted the delivery with his name on it so it sort of just happened.

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63
drank Berry Berry by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 24

I found it weird that this was the final tea in a calendar that had both Gingerbread and Candy Cane earlier on. I saw on their Instagram that they captioned their photo “Berry Berry Christmas” so I guess that is kind of cute but still seemed weird not to end with a more festive flavor.

I cold brewed this. It has that standard berry-hibiscus profile that a lot of berry teas have. It is sort of a flat hibiscus note that tapers off to a slight berry sweetness. It is also just generic berry flavor – nothing specific. It’s fine but neither festive nor memorable in the sea of basically the same tea. So while I am enjoying my cup well enough, I don’t need this again and likely will forget it in the near future.

Martin Bednář

Kind of shame they didn’t haven’t used any more festive blend for last day.

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61
drank Immune Booster by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 23

I opened this and was immediately not looking forward to it. I hate when teas try to promote wellness in some way. And I find it even worse in an advent calendar tbh. I just feel like advent teas should be fun and festive and whimsical and “immune booster” is none of those things.

When it comes to taste, its fine. It is actually less offensive and in-your-face than most other wellness teas. It’s slightly herbal but more than anything it has the softest generic berry flavor. It’s not bad as far as wellness blends go but also not good enough that I want more.

Courtney

Agreed haha. Immune booster in an advent just seems insane.

VariaTEA

Right?! I suppose being a small business they maybe didn’t have other blends? But I am pretty sure I have seen they have a S’mores tea and I haven’t had that here.

Courtney

Aw, s’mores could’ve worked as an advent blend!

VariaTEA

Definitely better than this tea or another one they added – Sleep Well

Courtney

Oh wow haha. I have a roll-on essential oil from Saje called Sleep Well — I know I wouldn’t be excited about it as an advent. :P

Dustin

The T2 advent has had Sleep Tight and Tummy Tea. :/

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drank Caramel Bliss by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 22

Made this as a latte and while this is caramel, its not necessarily blissful. It’s the darn base tea. This definitely has caramel flavor but its burnt thanks to the base. And not burnt in a tasty creme brulee way. Burnt as in its not so great. Do Kenneth and Adagio use the same supplier for the black base tea because both are not great quality and tend to ruin the blends for me.

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54
drank Gingerbread by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 20

I made this as an eggnog latte and was excited for it but ended up dumping most of the cup. It was heavy on the ginger but not much else. Mixed with the mediocre black base, it all came off with that sort of muddy quality that Adagio blends often have.

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56
drank Earl Grey by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 19

The teas in this calendar have been fairly mediocre and I don’t really love earl grey teas so when I pulled this out I was not excited. I decided to make it as a London Fog. However, in line with the other blends, this is just okay. And an okay Earl Grey is brisk and astringent and not my favorite.

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drank Tipsy Blackberry by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 18

I made this iced and it’s quite good. It’s meant to be like a wine and it has an ice wine quality to it for sure. It’s sweet and has a great blackberry flavor. However, it’s not fully rounded. I think the black base keeps this all a bit flat, which could be wine-like at times but I’m not loving it. This is surprisingly better than I thought it would be and also better than a lot of the other Kenneth Ave teas I’ve had.

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drank Lemon Mango Punch by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 17

I like this one and its not a standard flavor combination you see everywhere. It’s not the most unique but it was rare enough that when I opened this door and saw Lemon Mango Punch, I double checked to make sure that’s what I read.

I made this iced. Lemon comes in first but it ends on the mango note. A touch of lemon zest than lingers in the back of your throat as an aftertaste. It’s refreshing and juicy without being overly sweet or in-your-face. I think this is the first tea I would actually consider buying more of from Kenneth Ave. However, it’s not so good that its encouraging me to place an order with the company. One of those teas I would add if I needed to reach free shipping.

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drank Strawberry Kiwi by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 16

Cold brewed this. Not overly excited about it since strawberry kiwi is one of those flavors that almost all companies have some sort of variation of. Like the others, this tastes good enough, kiwi at the front and then a strawberry gushers flavor at the end. I miss gushers. I probably won’t miss this tea.

Cameron B.

I love Gushers… Going on the shopping list, and it’s All. Your. Fault!

VariaTEA

I could say I’m sorry but instead I shall say you’re welcome :P

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drank Digest Blend by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 15

My Plum Deluxe advent FINALLY arrived! Debating if I want to start opening it or just hold off on it for a bit.

As for this tea, I had it iced. It’s meant to be lemon and ginger but mostly it’s just a slightly medicinal rooibos with a touch of ginger finish. Nothing of interest really but nothing particularly bad either.

Courtney

Yay for new teas!

Martin Bednář

I feel sorry you had to wait that much! But on the other hand it’s with you and always YAY for new teas!

Dustin

The black hole mail void has been particularly terrible lately. Glad it finally spat out your tea.

VariaTEA

The wait hasn’t been terrible since I have had 5 other advent calendars to keep me busy. I decided I will open the last of the plum deluxe blends starting tomorrow after I write my last exam.

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65
drank Oh Dough by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 14

This is Kenneth Ave’s cookie dough tea and while I can actually sort of see it, the base tea is piping up too much and drowning out the more baked goods flavor. It definitely has a vanilla dough sort of vibe to it at first but the briskness of the black tea that creeps up takes you out of the moment. That’s probably why they suggest adding a splash of milk (which isn’t my favourite thing to do. However, I did it with the last little bit in my cup. Did it help? Not really.

Courtney

“Did it help? Not really.” This made me laugh, but bleh, that sucks.

VariaTEA

I wanted to say yes but that would be a lie lol

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66
drank Peach by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 13

I cold brewed this. It tastes like fake peach juice in juice boxes. Really nothing overly interesting or exciting. Sort of run of the mill.

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drank Green Tea by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 12

This was a super underwhelming pull from today’s advent. When I go to their site, it’s just listed as “fair trade green tea”. It doesn’t even specify a type of green tea. So I guess in that sense its approachable to new tea drinkers who heard green tea is good for you and don’t want to be overwhelmed by trying to determine the difference between sencha, gunpowder, etc. For me, it’s just boring. The nice side of that is its not overly flavorful and as someone who doesn’t love green teas, it makes this easier to mindlessly drink while I study.

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drank Vanilla Chai by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 11

I made this as an eggnog latte and while it was fine, it was also pepper heavy. It also needed more vanilla.

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59
drank Yoga Tea by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 10

This is basically a mint tea with a bunch of other herbals and hibiscus added. I was worried it would taste sort of wonky because of the additives but mostly its just a mint tea. That’s fine but also not interesting. Unfortunately that seems to be the case with a lot of these Kenneth Ave teas – alright but meh.

Sil

im’ glad they’re meh. i was feeling like i missed out… lol

Dustin

Kenneth Ave sounds like such a fancy brand name too! :/

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66
drank Birthday Cake by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 9

Voluspa makes a Birthday Cake candle that I love the smell of. Not overly sweet but distinctly birthday cake. This smelled just like that and got me excited. I made it as an eggnog latte and was sure it was a tea I was going to enjoy. So I was pretty disappointed when I started drinking the latte and it was just a touch of sweet on otherwise mediocre black tea.

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drank Candy Cane by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 8

Where as yesterday’s Kenneth Ave advent tea reminded me of DAVIDsTEA’s Forever Nuts, today’s tea is channeling DAVIDsTEA’s Santa’s Secret. I had it as an eggnog latte and the two are very similar. With that said, Santa’s Secret edges this out a bit for being a bit smoother, while this had a touch more menthol to it. Nice drink but I already own the DAVIDsTEA version, which I like more.

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drank Eternally Nuts by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 7

I opened my DIY advent and saw Pistachio Praline. Then I opened this advent and found this nut tea. Then my Dollar Tea Club package arrived for the month and the first tea I pulled out is Forever Nuts. I am not too happy about this tea profile popping up everywhere.

I loved the DAVIDsTEA version of Forever Nuts the first time I had it. The second time I had it, it was like a switch was flipped and even the smell was off putting. Speaking of which, I also received a Forever Nuts tea sample in my DAVIDsTEA order that arrived this weekend. Why is this tea everywhere?

This is nutty but also has hibiscus and cacao. I actually think this is the best take on it and it is because it is predominantly hibiscus and cacao. The nuttiness comes through in the middle of the sip but its not as overwhelming as Forever Nuts or Pistachio Praline was. Also, something about this profile is making me think of Caramel Corn from DAVIDsTEA, which again I loved at first but quickly fell out of love with. It’s just got a popcorn vibe to it in the middle with tart hibiscus at the front of the sip and an end note of chocolate. Not a tea I want again but better than the others.

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drank Mocha by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 5

One sip and the rest went down the drain. I pulled it out and knew this wasn’t going to be a good one for me because puerh. However, I brewed it up anyways because Roswell Strange has sent me a couple puerhs last year that were tolerable. Except as soon as I pulled the filter out, the strong puerh sent hit me and I just knew I would not like this. One sip and the puerh wasn’t terrible if I am being honest but it was still a strong puerh taste. The other flavor was coffee, real coffee, and I don’t drink that either for a reason. So I wasn’t a fan. But I am not its target audience by a long shot.

Courtney

Oh dear. I’ve only had a handful of pu’erhs, but they always smell fishy to me. I can’t get past it to want to try others…

Cameron B.

I’ve had a puerh or two that I quite enjoyed, but it’s just not something I care to explore at this point. And if I did, it would be more likely to be sheng puerh anyway. :)

VariaTEA

@Courtney, that’s my issue as well. I really only try them now when someone sends them to me. Otherwise I avoid them

@Cameron B, I think I am so checked out when it comes to puerh that I really never know if I am having sheng or shou haha

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drank Strawberry Lemonade by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 4

I cold brewed this since it was a whole lot of fruit and that seemed like a good call. It’s got a lot note strawberry sweetness than I expected. It’s like those candies in strawberry wrappers grandparents always seem to have. With a touch of lemon. I sort of expected more apple flavour for some reason but I’m happy that’s not the case. I do wish it had more lemon though. Also, while this is good, it doesn’t stand out among the seas of strawberry lemonade offerings out there.

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drank Cranberry Apple by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 2

Cold brewed. This was fruitier and sweeter than I expected. And then it was all apple flavor. I really don’t get much cranberry which makes this pretty blah.

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drank Nutcracker by Kenneth Ave
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Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 1

This is a rooibos with papaya and almond. Kenneth Ave gives you 2 servings of a tea per day so for today’s tea I decided to use both servings to make an eggnog latte. Mostly I don’t usually love almond in teas because I don’t love marzipan so I figured this way the eggnog would cover stuff up a bit.

It’s better than I expected. It definitely has a marzipan quality to it so I won’t be restocking this but it works alright when paired with the eggnog and generic fruitiness of the papaya. Overall, not bad.

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