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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

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML
Leafhopper

Merry Christmas! I’ll miss the cute advent notes, although I’m sure you’ll be happy to drink some regular tea for a change.

ashmanra

Merry Christmas! I hope you have the best Christmas and best New Year ever!

tea-sipper

Merry Christmas

gmathis

I’ve been loving everybody’s Advent notes! Celebrate well!

mrmopar

Merry Christmas Martin and to all on here. You are all great people.

Martin Bednář

Thank you all! I agree with you mrmopar!

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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

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Schutzengel by Sonnentor
508 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML
derk

It’s 5am here with a cold rain outside. I’ll be putting on the coat and boots to venture out in a few hours.

Maddy Barone

I live in Fargo ND USA. We usually have snow for Christmas but not always. Today’s high will be around 1 degree C. Christmas will be -5. That is a little warmer than normal. I imagine Finland being beautiful with fir trees covered in snow. I could be completely wrong. I’ve never been to Finland. But in my mind it is a winter wonderland.

Martin Bednář

Maddy Barone: You can peek into my album here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Xk7tA7CmcPKLhSKPA

Others can of course too! Without a context it will be bit hard to have some feeling about it, but – why not to share? I was there 3 years ago for 4 months. I miss it!

ashmanra

I looked at the photos! The berries that look like our blueberries – are they bilberries? What is the giant rabbit that is lit from within? And there are people swimming – was it cold then?

I do not remember any true snowy Christmas, but we have had one or two with ice that were like a white Christmas for us. But also we often have a 10C Christmas and I remember several that were 21C! I got a bike for Christmas as a child and rode it in short sleeves!

Martin Bednář

Ashmanra: Yep, bilberries should be correct name. I haven’t thought there are difference between blueberries and bilberries. But apparently it is different plant. All teachers were teaching me “blueberry” form for those fruits.

Giant rabbit – they have each year in September a festival called “City of Light” Website of Jyväskylä city says: “The purpose of the event is to highlight the importance of urban lighting and related themes.” They select artists from all around the Globe to make some light-related stuff. And then, just whole city comes to look and it is cojoined with good mood, music and so on. As it is dark soon there (around 5-6 pm), even kids take part. It is quite nice festival.

Swimming people – yeah, it was quite cold, I think it was around 15 °C, but those crazy men and women were in sauna beforehand. And saunas in Finland? Well, my maximum teperature to enjoy is 110 °C and that is considered cold for Finns. Jumping into cold water is traditional and they say it is even better when there is ice on the lake, so they prepare a hole to jump in before they go to sauna. Crazy guys, but I love the mentality. They do not speak much, being close friend with Finn is worth (and hard to be).

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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

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML
tea-sipper

Yeah, I’m already sick of it getting dark before 5:00 but like you say, it gets lighter from here

ashmanra

Oh joy! Thank you for the reminder, Martin, that from here on the days get longer! I need it on more than just the physical level!

Martin Bednář

Even today is longer here! By 10 seconds! A meterologist said it in TV news yesterday!

derk

Happy inflection point, y’all.

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drank Winternacht by Sonnentor
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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?

Flavors: Cloves

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML
derk

Forever cherished? All the moments, memories, hugs and heartaches. So nice of a reddit IRCer to send you a teacup! What kind?

Martin Bednář

It is blue-white ceramic (or glass or both) teabowl, quite big (I think around 200 ml).

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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

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML

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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

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
gmathis

Well, here’s hoping you’ll have a little time for fiction very soon!

eastkyteaguy

Reading notes like this makes me glad to be out of college. I had more than my fair share of nightmare professors, nightmare coursework, and nightmare exams as an undergraduate. It all made graduate school seem easy in comparison. I remember a lot of my friends used to think my course of study was easy compared to theirs, but they never really understood just how much work you have to juggle in the humanities fields, how little support you receive, and just how terribly oppressive the atmosphere in most programs really is. Most of my time was spent reading literary texts (normally fun, but when you’re reading large chunks of different texts for multiple classes on a weekly basis and often juggling more than one text in many classes, not really), compiling and reading research, and then drafting and revising, drafting and revising, and drafting and revising again. Of course, then you had to consult with professors (which often consisted of getting screamed at, ridiculed, belittled, and occasionally publically humiliated) and then redraft, consult again, present (in which professors would again tear you apart, this time with help from your classmates), gather feedback, redraft again, consult again, and then maybe put together a finished product. Assignments would often change on a whim. Deadlines were always tight and were subject to constant changes. Grading was unbelievably subjective. Exam questions would be based on the most minute and seemingly frivolous details of assigned texts. Sometimes exam questions would even have little if anything to do with assigned readings. Why was it like this? I attended a large public research university, and since the whole focus of the university was on generating research, most programs actively sought to indoctrinate students into contemporary academic thought and the academic lifestyle within their respective fields so that the university could put people on the academic career path, eventually churning out more academics who would produce more research. In the humanities fields, everything is extremely product-driven because funding is both limited and highly competitive. You have to produce to show that your field still holds value. Competition within and among the disciplines is unbelievably brutal and cutthroat, so the idea is to mold people from the ground up, rewiring them to research, manipulate academic language and materials, and produce academic writing as efficiently as possible without distraction. Coursework, scheduling, and just the overall atmosphere of classes were designed to foster a sense of social and professional isolation from the greater university community and the world at large so that students could be thoroughly indoctrinated into the accepted viewpoints (Professors say they want inquistive minds and independent thinkers, but what they really expect is people who inquire as they do and freely think as they do. After all, the humanities fields are very political, and deviation from established professional practices and consensus opinions does not make your work easy to publish) and lifestyle of their discipline. I went into my degree program with a love of literature and writing. I even thought I wanted to be either a professor or a lawyer someday; English (my program) is actually accepted to be one of the most useful courses of study for aspiring lawyers. That all changed by the time I graduated. It took me several years to get back into reading literature for fun and even longer to get back into writing.

Martin Bednář

gmathis: thanks, I hope too

eastkyteaguy: Thank you for your long, but well made comment! I study logistic technologies, so something that should be somehow precise, exact and so on. It is not! Honestly, this exam was from statistics. I understand somehow that we calculate it by hand (with calculators, at least). But usually people use Excel for that. It is good to know how it works. It is good to be able to count basic stuff without using Excel. It is somehow useful. But why the hell I should know the formulas by heart? Why I should check statistics tables for exact numbers? And as I have heard from classamates – two of them have same solution. One of them had full points, while other one have nothing? Teacher (77 years old by the way) said he used wrong formula – so zero points! Yes, it was little bit different, different way to calculate it (but both right). Everything is stressful, everybody thinks that his/her subject is most important in semester, there is no time to rest, no time to enjoy a fuckin’ life. I am drinking heavily (but less than few years ago), because it is only time when I can think about something else. But now, as I am paying for university (first 4 years all free, but then you have to pay), I have to take part-time job. Yes, it means I study all day, then go on night shift and I am awake even for 24+ hours per day. My grandma said she is afraid of my health, but what I should do? Should I ask for some donation some friends online (Steepster people, IRC (Reddit) people; because I do not have much real friends (and most of them have their struggles?). Nope, I won’t. I need some hobbies too! So drinking tea is making my life at least bit enjoyable. And sharing it with others is making me relax a bit. Not great though – but it’s better than hate everybody (and everything).

All studies I made so far is related to my future work. I want to finish it, because, of course, the degree opens gates (is that good in English?) to more interesting jobs. Much better wage, more enjoyable job, just… better!

As I said, I am studying it for fifth year now. I feel drained, like – I can’t find something filling my life, but alcohol and tea. And tea is not always a good thing. Moreover I am moreless psychiatric patient (I have panic attacks and something more), so it makes me really feel bad sometimes. I need a rest, while now I have at least two weeks somehow free through Christmas, but I need to study because exams starts right after.

Maybe I just need to share my feelings… maybe I need someone wom I can share my troubles with. My friend (from Switzerland) is now in Ecuador (but thanks for everything Fabiana) and other one is great one, but can’t talk somehow openly with him (but Pavel, you are great anyway).

Now, during the weekend, let’s make last (online) exam and… then few days to rest at least. I hope that my nieces and nephew won’t be around for long (nobody knows yet).

Thank you everybody who reads my tasting notes (and comments), because it makes me happy that I feel somehow needed for others as well. (I need a hug badly!)

Shae

Sending a virtual hug your way, Martin! Take care of yourself. Holidays are stressful enough, plus everything else you’ve got going on.

mrmopar

Sharing your feelings will help. I am glad to talk if you need the bit I can offer. I lived the alcoholic life and lost a lot of the good things. I now do more tea than the alcohol. There is an old book with a chapter called Job in it. I read what that man went through but never lost his faith. You preparation, perspiration and dedication will always see you though.Seems tough lots of days but I bet myself and quite a few other people on here know you can succeed.

tea-sipper

Eastkyteaguy – since you mention literature, if you were to occasionally mention books you’re reading, I wouldn’t complain.

Martin – the English saying would be “open doors” rather than gates, but we know what you mean! I could never be as good as you with a second language. Like you say, college will improve things later on, even if it’s tough now. Wishing you the best!

Martin Bednář

Everybody: I made the exam today and I have passed, so now I can study for whole course exam which is traditional way. At least something that made me happy a bit.

Shae: Thank you; exactly my feelings. Holidays are indeed stressful for me; mainly because of that I need quite place for study and moreover I am somehow too tight when kids come over. But I hope it will be good. Thanks for hug!

Mrmopar: Indeed it helps, and for me twice – because writing in English makes me thinking differntly than usual. I will try keep it in mind; and if something bad happens, I will write you. But, I drink much less than I did before…sad story for 24 years old man.

Tea-sipper: Your note is really nice, because honestly I think my English is not so great. But happy to see it is “readable”, even sometimes I make some mistake. I hope those tough days will end soon! Thank you for your nice words.

gmathis

You know, reading this conversation reminds me what a great bunch of people you all are. Martin, you’ve got a lot of people pulling and praying for you. I’m one of them!

mrmopar

Congrats on passing Martin.The first step is already behind you. On the path forward you go!

Martin Bednář

gmathis: thank you for your kind words. They mean lots to me.

Mrmopar: Thank you. Now, finding a way will be little bit easier as I can rest a bit and do not worry about every step I make.

ashmanra

Martin, I am so happy at your great news! Congratulations on passing your exam! Your hard work paid off. I hope many wonderful, doors open for you in the future. If you ever need a sympathetic ear, you can count on me and lots of other folks here to listen.

Martin Bednář

ashmanra: Thank you, I really appericate that! I think just needed to vent out a bit; because I feel better than in time I just finished the tasting note.

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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

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML
gmathis

I love the little sayings that go with your Advent teas! Christmas choirs make my heart happy.

Martin Bednář

Well, those are on the tea bags and I have decided to share them, because – yes they are lovely.

Shae

I love the sayings you post too. I was wondering if they came with the teas or if they were part of a book perhaps. How fun that each tea bag has something unique.

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drank GlücksTee by Sonnentor
508 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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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

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Darjeeling by Sonnentor
508 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
mrmopar

Very humble and generous of you Martin. Post like these do the soul good.

Martin Bednář

Thank you mrmopar!

Kawaii433

What a wonderful “holiday” message. I 100% agree with mrmopar! <3

Martin Bednář

Oh Kawaii433, I am blushing :)

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drank Neujahrstee by Sonnentor
508 tasting notes

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.

Flavors: Herbaceous

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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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

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML
mrmopar

Sounds like you are ahead of the game! I finished mine last week. And I agree family time together is always priceless.

Shae

Haha, sounds like you just summed up the holiday season!

Martin Bednář

Mrmopar: Well, I had to! I have exams every day next week (including hard ones as statistics) so I did the shopping spree before.

Shae: Indeed. I mean I like to spend time with relatives, but if they stay for long – it is not very comfortable for me.

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drank Brennnessel by Sonnentor
508 tasting notes

Advent calendar 11

Stinging Nettle

“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.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML
Leafhopper

I’ve heard of vanilla crescents, which might be similar. Anyway, they sound good!

Martin Bednář

I think it is almost same, if not totally :) Maybe different translation :)

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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.

Flavors: Herbaceous

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML
Shae

Hope you are feeling better soon!

Martin Bednář

I hope too! :D

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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

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML
derk

My grandparents were wonderful. My grandfather was also very sick, bed-ridden in the dining room. I used to sit with him in bed for hours telling him silly jokes. My memories of him in the kitchen were of the two of us in the nook splitting a 5lb bag of grapefruits while watching a ridiculous TV show called American Gladiators. With my grandmother and a broom handle, we used to roll out giant sheets of homemade phyllo dough at the kitchen table.

I hope you kick the flu soon.

Martin Bednář

You have wonderful memories of your grandparents and mine were great as well. We were talking about almost everything, that’s why I miss my grandma so much. She was really friendly, helping with everything that she was able to do. It is 12 years already :/

tea-sipper

oh no, American Gladiators. :D

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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?

Flavors: Herbaceous

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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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

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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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.

Flavors: Herbs

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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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

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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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.

Flavors: Herbaceous

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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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

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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