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Advent calendar 24
Heavenly Christmas Delight Tea – Spice Herbal Tea blend.
“It was nice to go through the pre-Christmas season with you. Thanks for that! Enjoy all the wonderful Christmas with your loved ones. Let’s get the peace light now. Merry Christmas.”
And I have nothing to write more. It is exact, so – MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
As for tea – I expected something best of best, but it is rather another herbal blend with spices. Nice though, warming up spices as Cinnamon, fruity because of orange peel and apple pieces; not to mention sweet notes of licorice (but not awfully sweet), and nice herbal notes all together.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Herbs
Advent calendar 23 (1 to go)
Relaxing Herbal Tea – Herbal spice tea
“How time flies. I have enjoyed my time with you. Let’s unpack decorations for our tree: straw stars, candles and glass balls are my favourite. And the ginger bread gets red ribbons.”
Oh yeah, but tomorrow will be the decorating day. We prepared potato salad to comply with tomorrow fried carp, did last shopping (because during Christmas shops are closed), and nowit is almost everything prepared and done.
Tea itself is so lavender heavy it is almost awful. Yeah, it is nice, enjoyable but way too much lavender (and I like it usually). In other notes it is not different from other Sonnentor herbal teas, maybe the parlsey was making it bit different. Maybe I just think that almost all of them are kinda same, even they are not. But I think this one worked quite well and was indeed bit relaxing.
Flavors: Herbs, Lavender, Parsley
Advent calendar 22
“After all this baking in the hot kitchen I want to get out into nature today. Breathing in fresh, clear winter air. Wrapped up warm, walkingg in the forest or the park in the company of dear people. Have you been outside today?”
I was. For 3 minutes while I was taking groceries out of car. Haha. Otherwise, I would not like to be outside, it is quite warm (around 5 °C) and no snow. I miss white Christmas (and whole winter) that was usual before. It makes me sad. And winter in Finland was indeed wonderful (3 years ago). And I have feeling to get out again.
This tea – was okay. Indeed bit fruity but as well herbal. It was nice refreshing tea; as for daily drinking tea it was nice – but nothing really to say WOW.
Flavors: Fruity, Herbs
Advent calendar 21
Calming Tummy Tea – Herbal tea blend
“Tonight is the longest night of the year. Winter solstice is when Raunächte (twelve days of Christmas, Austrian German word) start. This is a very specialy mystical time for me. It is time to let go of old things and make room for new ones.
Yep, it is 4.15pm while I am writing this note and it is dark outside already. Oh well. But on positive side, it will be just better and better.
On the tea – somehow happy and sad that I have two teas left of this Advent calendar. No more herbals (why so many of them to be honest?).
I do not mind herbal tea, but why tummy soothing one before Christmas? I would enjoy it rather day after Christmas :D. Anyway, it was nice blend, very “green”, nothing really distinctive, but bit drying in mouth. It wasn’t one of the distinctive teas, but mayybe this was one of the nicest of Advent. It was just right, nothing too strong.
Flavors: Dry Grass, Herbs
Advent calendar 20
Winternight – Fruit Spice Tea Blend
“Have you got things that you have cherished forever? For me it is an aroma lamp, which I potted with a friend. Each year I use it to evaporate my favourite essential oils.”
Well, I am not really sure if I have something like that in my life. Maybe now a tea cup I have recieved from one r/tea IRC channel member. Because it is so pretty one!
As for tea; this tea brews old rose pink (red) colour, which made me happy it is not filled with Hibiscus so much. But tastes quite weird, it is quite tart (I blame you hibiscus!), very spicy like – mostly like essential oils used (they were!) and mostly on clove side. I do not mind cloves, actually, I like it, but here it was like warming element of it. It was bit weird, because the tartness of the tea. I did not distinguished any other fruits which was kinda sad.
It is not a bad tea, but I won’t recommend it, because I expected more fruity notes and less warming up spices. Maybe some of you will like it?
Advent calendar 19 (still, one day behind)
“Have you planned your Christmas dinner yet? I have just started thinking about it. It should be something special. Often the best things are right at our door step. I find inspiration at farmer’s market or the organic grocer.”
Well, tradition says we should make fish and potato salad. You think it is healthy? It sounds huh? But fish is carp, fried in breadcrumbs and potato salad is with mayo, fried onion, full-loaded with all good things you can think of. For sure, there is some English recipe on-line…
As for tea, it is another herbal tea. Not bad to be honest, it was nice and smooth, but nothing extra to enjoy as well. Weirdly I notice camomile, I was even sure it is in, but… aparently it is not! it was mellow, mallow flowers is making it easy drinking and even there were little refreshing notes there.
But, in the end, it was just another herbal tea like lots of Sonnentor teas. Some are better (as this tea), some are worse (or just okay). I should try it more times to make better tasting note. No rating, again.
Flavors: Herbs, Sweet
Advent calendar 18 (drank on 19th),
so backlog and one tea behind. So it means I also have another day without a tea. That day was awful (18th), I was so busy I could not even have cuppa. Arrived home from doctor appointment, was sent for shopping for Christmas. Tried to study a bit – sent to bake Christmas cookies. So, no time for drinking tea (and to enjoy).
Green Fortune tea – Green Tea Spice Blend
“Advent time is the time of reading. We have made it a tradition to share a book or a story that we particulary like. We cuddle up on the sofa, read, listen and talk.”
It is nice tradition, but as I only read coursebooks recently…
And this tea did not bring me fortune, as I drank it in the morning before exam. I returned almost blank paper and I was not only one. One classmate needed 2,5 points (maximimum was 10); and he said “I have nothing there.” It was bloody hard! If I will be optimistic, one or two people passed this exam.
As for tea – as I said, it is backlog. But I did not remember anything distinctive. It was mellow green tea (tasted like hay though), bit of jasmine there apparently. And then some herbal mix, which was not really enjoyable. There was nothing to focus on. It was like herbal tea and in addition, they added some green tea. Hmmm.
Flavors: Fennel, Hay, Herbs, Jasmine
Advent calendar 17
Bloomy Turmeric Tea – Spice Herbaal Tea Blend
“Today we made music together. No, we are not musical geniuses, more category children’s songs. It made us so happy and what fun! At the end, we even sang a canon.”
Well, in my family we rather do not sing. Only one who sings in choir is my father, but all others are singing just badly :)
As for tea, well, it is nice tea and I was afraid when I took a sniff after few first minutes of steeping – I noticed mostly rose – lavender, it was like soap. When it was longer – it just got nice spicy aroma of Thyme and Cardamom, little bit of lavender. In taste it is meadow in mouth. Yeah, it is very floral, probably mostly after lavender and roses. And it is mellow and enjoayble, full of taste which is kinda surprising for me.
Flavors: Cardamon, Lavender, Soap, Thyme
Advent calendar 16
Fortune tea – herbal tea blend
“What scent comes to mind when you think of Christmas? I will cut oranges into slices and dry them. They will look great on my Christmas tree.”
Honestly I am not really sure if I can recall some particular scent with Christmas. Maybe sparklers, Christmas candy, fruits, clean house. Some are better, some are worse, but Christmas ones for sure.
As for tea? This is very refreshing blend, as two kinds of mint are there. Chamomile is not present in taste at all, overall it was very mellow and enjoayble. It brews limegreen for me, not yellow as they say. Then some generic taste of herbs come up, but still with refreshing aftertaste.
I wonder how this tea should bring me fortune, but I should brew it earlier than in evening – I failed today exam (I did mishap with formula). Well, next year, new me. And exams coming up. I decided to postpone tomorrow exam as it would be “deadly” to study for two in such a short time.
Flavors: Herbs, Mint
Advent calendar 15
Baked Apples Tea – Fruit Spice Tea Blend
“When did you last have baked apple? I really fancy some. I will get apples: core out, nuts, cinnamon and jam in, butter on top and into the hot oven. The anticipation is the best part!”
I really wonder if I ever had baked apples. Oh yeah, I had, but we prepared them back then. I think it is really far away in past. Ces’t la vie! Anyway, I am happy that I am “on time” again, and this tea was most CHRISTMASSSY tea from Sonnentor so far! I was really mouth-watering blend, full of apples and winter spices. I declare that I noticed oranges, cinnamon, allspice, cloves ; even a bit of star anise! Licorice is making it bit on sweeter side, but no way annoying! Woohoo, really nice surprise.
I would really love to drink more of this tea. I can imagine drinking it in the evenings all winter.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Cloves, Orange Zest, Spices
Advent calendar 14
Darjeeling – black tea.
“This year I am going to put an idea into practice. In my family, there are toys that are still in perfect condition but are no longer needed. I will donate them. Often, it’s the little things that make a big difference, right?”
I usually donate clothes I do not need anymore. Maybe it is because toys are usually still used by my nieces and nephew. And they will be. Anyway; it is always good idea to donate :)
As for tea (and background) – I am happy to see “classic” tea again. Flu is almost kicked out, so I have taste buds back. But still it is not great. Next week is full of exams (credit exams), so I need to study as well. And then exam period starts, where I will have only exams (a subject passing, I need to pass both). Tomorrow a railway transport technology, in Tuesday Operational research, in Thursday stastics. And during whole week – an exam of air transport technology (it is e-learning exam).
Now back to the tea. I brewed it for 3 minutes (although on tag 2-5 minutes, on bag 2-3 minutes). It brews beautifully into golden, clear colour with nice aroma of flowers and malt. In taste malt notes dominate, with floral and herbs. I think it is because the bag, is made from paper foil and little notes of other teas went through. Or it is some blend with herbal notes? Who knows, they only say it is tea from India, not even what flush and/or what estate. Maybe some mix of few together.
In conclusion, it is not bad black tea, quite malty (but I like malty teas) and bit off with herbal notes. But floral were there as well, could not find any specific plant to describe though. Same with herbal.
Flavors: Floral, Herbaceous, Malt
Advent calendar 13
New Year Tea – herbal tea blend
“How do you bring warmth into the cold season? I use lots of candles with lots of different colours. I collect them from wherever I go. This year I have even made some myself from beeswax. Oh, what a smell.”
We have way too much candles at home. So I actually do not bring any wtih me.
Anyway to the tea. Another herbal blend with nothing distinctive. Yep, it is nice; but somehow I am getting a headache a bit. Not caused by tea though. It wasn’t bad blend. But as I said, nothing to… enjoy. It was bit bland.
Advent calendar 12
Ginger sun – spice herbal tea blend.
“Do you know what you will give to your loved ones? I toss up gift ideas every year. When I review the year, I always realise what makes me most happy: time spent together. What about you?
Interesting – well, time together is nice, but sometimes bit annoying. I already have all the gifts bought, now just wrap them up :)
As for tea: I was bit afraid it will be too ginger strong – but luckily it isn’t. Yeah, it is there, well pronounced in taste. But other herbs are making it smooth and enjoyable. Spicy, but I notice bit of cinnamon for sure and the lemon balm there is nice!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Spicy
Advent calendar 11
“Baking time again. Vanilla bows (Vanillekipferl). Rolling and turning the dough is almost meditative. Who makes most beautiful bows? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and sampling and licking has priority anyway. What are your favourite biscuits?”
We bake them too. They are maybe favourite. Maybe not most favourite, but I like it for sure. I wonder what you, mostly US members, think about this cookie?
As for tea? Well, pure nettle tea. Herbal again, bit stinging too. But nothing much to write about. It was just – herbal tea. I wonder if my taste buds are so meh, or it was just same all the time. Like it does not have any distinctive notes to write about. I know, it is herbal; but sometimes the blends are nice, something to enjoy, but recently from those Sonnentor teas I thing it is just – hot drink with herbal flavour. Maybe litte lavander or lemongrass can make those teas not so boring.
Advent calendar 10 (3 days behind).
Stormy weather tea for little ones.
“Shared joy is double joy. Every year I help at the Advent market in my neighborhood. I am usually on Maroni roasting. They are not only delicious but also really warm. What makes you happy?”
This is probably most herbal tea I have from this advent calendar so far. And against flu. We will see how much it will help. I will take medicine afterwards as well.
I notice camomile the most probably, but as it has got few other herbs in, it is somehow mellow – with little roughness by thyme.
Advent calendar 9
Pai Mu Tan – White tea
“Do you think back to your grandparents’ kitchen now and then? We always had deep red fruit tea with lots of honey. We used to play Ludo and laugh endlessly.”
Oh yeah, I miss my grandparents from father side of family. She was great. Grandpa was, as long I remember, very sick.
As for tea:
I am happy to see “proper” tea finally. I have not used exactly measured water temperature, but I hope it is around 80°C as they suggest and quite short steeping time. My flu is still going on, but I notice little bit of floral notes (of lillac).
Brews bit darker than I expected, like a light black tea. Brew is clear.
Tastes like light black tea as well, bit of malt, but mostly floral, nothing distinctive, but enjoyable somehow.
Flavors: Floral, Malt
Advent calendar 7
Hildegard’s Energy – Herbal Fruit Tea Blend
“I love the smell of baking wafting through the house in winter. Traditionally I start with Kletzenbrot (Austrian fruit bread) according to Grandma’s recipe. How it is going to turn out is a surprise every year.
And this tea is very herbal again. It was quite tasty, but as well somehow drying in throat. Nothing distinctive; but it was hot and something to enjoy even with flu.
Maybe it is good that I drink herbals now, while I can not enjoy proper teas?
Advent calendar 6
Santa’s Secret – Fruit-Spice Tea blend
Literally translated: Advent tea
“St. Nicholas was my childhood hero. Nursery rhymess were learn by heart for him and I couldn’t hide my joy about Chocolate ,Nikolo’. Today too, he still makes children’s eyes sparkle. I am inspired by the legend: sharing unites.”
Yep, still battling with flu – check other tasting note :) But somehow better today. And today just a fruit tea. Hot fruit tea.
Brews dark red, with little aroma of cinnamon. But with my stuck nose; it is not really confident :)
Tastes fruity, I certainly notice little bit of cinnamon and sweetness of vanilla. It is not tart at all, even when bag in all the time!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Vanilla
Advent calendar 4
Soothing Throat Tea – Herbal Tea Blend
Literally translated: Frog in throat (much better)
“Traditionally, we cut cherry branches on this day, put them into water and then into a vase. If they flower on December 24, it means good fortune. Tip: put brnaches briefly in the freezer, because only frozen blossoms bloom.”
We have similar custom here; but it does not bring fortune – but a wedding in family. I bet back then it could be quite funny.
Anyway, the tea – as I have sore throat is perfect. And it is very tasty too! Lime flowers (not fruits) are soothing, ribwort is making mucus and coating the throat. Rose hips make the taste with mallow. Yeah, of course it tastes herbal, but it is pretty nice.
Advent calendar 3
Golden Turmeric Tea – spice tea blend
“Fir branches are inextricably linked to Christmas. I love making Advent wreaths. My creation is not perfect, but hey, it has personality! How about yours?”
We do not have Advent wreath this year. Probably my mother was too busy and didn’t made one.
But back to tea; brews, of course, golden, bit cloudy colour, taste is spicy, but not overwhelming, I notice as well some vanilla notes and cardamon, cinnamon is written as second, but it is really in background. And although it contains licorice, I do not notice it at all.
Easydrinking spice tea.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Vanilla
Advent calendar 2
Fireplace – Fruit Spice Tea Blend
“I like the pre-Christmas season. There is a very special atmosphere. Nature hibernates. It is chilly outside. Uncomfortable, yu say? Not at all! Wrap up warm, relax and cuddle up inside” – those sententes in quotes are on the tea bag. And I will share them always with you.
Unfortunately, I can not wrap up warm and relax as I need to finish some tasks. I just kept the bag in. Aroma of hibiscus, apple and cinnamon. In taste quite tart, but as well sweet + some vanilla notes are there.
Pretty good fruit blend.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Vanilla
Advent calendar 1
Cheery Herbal Tea.
“Hello you! I will accompany you in the next 24 days and share my thoughts with you. Have a read, take on board when you like, pass it on or just enjoy the moments.”
So, first tea from only one Advent Calendar I have – and I received from redditgifts.
Strong herbal aroma & floral!
The taste is bit generic though. Yep, herbal, but as they used applemint, so no methol, it is not even refreshing. It’s just herbal. Hopefully next ones will be better ones.
It’s all good! Calm your nerves
Okay, I will try, my tea.
I have an exam tomorrow and now it is first time I am looking at it. If I fail, it is still okay. I usually fail first one. But in Thursday another one. Why?
Okay, no time to cry. Actually I feel I know it. But of course I am stressed a bit. Maybe more than I actually should. Steeped for 10 minutes, when dry I noticed mostly lavender and hops. As a beer lover certainly interesting to smell hops when drinking tea.
In taste it is very herbal like and lavender is on the top of taste followed with hoppy profile. Weird taste but it is somehow pleasant.
Flavors: Herbs, Hops, Lavender