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drank Rooibos Hindbær by Tante-T
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2024 sipdown no. 18

Sadly the rooibos is too medicinal here for my liking. The raspberry is there, and delightfully fresh, but that intense rooibos flavour just ruins it. Remarkably, it’s exactly the same hot and cold brewed as well — I thought perhaps the cold brew would be a winner, but no such luck.

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drank Nilgiri TGFOP1 Thiasola by Tante-T
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2024 sipdown no. 17

Getting hints of smoke here, sadly not for me.

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drank Skovbær by Tante-T
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2024 sipdown no. 3

I really liked this when I first tried it, but once I got back from vacation, the berries were coming across in a much ‘chalkier’ way. A true shame as it was very juicy and true to flavour berry in the glorious CPH water. Ahh the joys of tea sometimes!

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drank Grøn Ananas by Tante-T
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Ahh I’ve been trying to make this note for a month? At least? I’m just going to scribble down what I have because I keep making this cup over and over with the intention of noting some things down and then being too busy/distracted to do so and now I’m frustrated with the whole thing! This is just a reflection of my life in general at the moment. I’m now nearly done the 100g and it feels like a Groundhog Day loop.

The dry leaf smells like the best juicy pineapple at the height of summer. Dreamy. The pineapple comes through super clearly in the tea, albeit somewhat less juicy than the scent. This tea is really great and I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up another package when we’re in CPH again.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 13 OZ / 384 ML

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drank Grøn Valnød by Tante-T
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2023 sipdown no. 103

This tea is quite lovely and I’ve now made it through the entire 100g I picked up in CPH in September. I find myself reaching for this one as an easy choice when I don’t have the time/energy to focus on much. I’m not sure I’ve ever really found the pineapple here per se, but the walnut and hazelnut come through clearly. There is a lovely creaminess as well, along with a sweetness that isn’t cloying — whether from the pineapple or the ‘sugared’ hazelnuts, I’m not quite sure. Regardless, a lovely cuppa overall.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I’ve been enjoying this one for breakfast/first cup of the day as the weather cools. It’s crisp, clean, and a great ‘breakfast’ type tea.

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drank Coconut Cream by Tante-T
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I’ve been drinking this one at a rapid pace and have nearly polished off the 100g I picked up. It’s only in retrospect (and after leaving Copenhagen) that I realised I should have picked up another 100g.

Onto the tea! I think this tea is exactly what it says it is. Fresh, delightful, creamy coconut and a smooth unassuming black tea base. It’s really comforting and I actually enjoy the coconut without any other tropical flavours (that often find their way into teas with coconut).

Personal news: I have received my grades and passed my thesis! I officially have my MSc!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
beerandbeancurd

Ahhhhh! Congrats, Courtney!!!

Leafhopper

Congratulations on getting your degree!

ashmanra

Woooow! Woot woot! Congratulations!

Cameron B.

Congrats!!! \o/

gmathis

We’re proud of you!

Michelle

That’s awesome, congrats!

Courtney

Thank you everyone! ❤

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drank Tantens Frugthave by Tante-T
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2023 sipdown no. 97

Leans cherry medicine.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Panyong OP by Tante-T
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2023 sipdown no. 97

Hmm, I don’t know why this is smoky and there’s not really a reason for it to be, yet it is (to me, at least). Sadly, this must be swapped out.

Tried steeping at 200°F at both 3 and 4 minutes with the same result.

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drank Copenhagen Grey by Tante-T
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Enjoying Copenhagen Grey in Copenhagen!

I waited for a year to finally be able to stock up on Tante-T since they sadly don’t ship to Canada. And stock up I did!

This tea is delightful (also in part due to the amazing water here — all tea just tastes better here). There is a massive hit of citrus in this one, a very clean bergamot citrus. Yet, this tea is somehow also very creamy, without using vanilla. Incredible. And the creaminess with the intense citrus is quite a work of art.

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drank Earl Blue by Tante-T
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2023 sipdown no. 68

Such a sad sipdown. I absolutely adore this company and they don’t ship to Canada — so I’ll have to stock up when we make it back to CPH ❤.

This is a strong Earl Grey with a very crisp, ‘clean’ taste. There’s hints of astringency almost like sitting on a fence that tempt to come out, but never fully do. I have learned this one does best just under boiling and with a short steep or it can become astringent. I stand by the timer and absolutely do not oversteep. It’s also best drunk when it’s cooled just enough to be drinkable — at least for me. Really, really enjoy this one and can’t wait to pick up more!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Inka Chokolade by Tante-T
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Courtney very kindly shared some of this tea with me, and I’ve been waiting to try it till the time felt right. Now it’s a Friday morning, I have the day off, and I’ve retreated back to my bed with some homemade muffins and some schoolwork. Enter this tea!

(As a side note, I was actually a little hesitant after smelling the dry leaf, because something about it was a smidge off-putting. I think it’s the barley malt.)

…well, I was so caught up in my reading that I oversteeped my tea by about 10 minutes. I was kicking myself for not doing this sample justice until I tasted it. Because… it still tastes delicious. That odd scent note I caught in the dry leaf is not present in the taste. It’s rich and deep and chocolatey, almost unctuous, but in a good way. I’m definitely tasting the ginger and black pepper, probably more than I would have with a normal-length steep, but they add a pleasant spiciness to the dark chocolate flavor. The base is remarkably muted for such a long steep.

I won’t rate this one yet because I didn’t do it justice and I still have at least one more serving’s worth of leaf. I’ll be savoring that cup and paying better attention!

Flavors: Black Pepper, Dark Chocolate, Ginger

Courtney

I’m so happy it turned out, even with the long steep! :)

Kelmishka

Me too. Thank you for sharing!

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drank Inka Chokolade by Tante-T
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We stumbled across Tante T mistakenly on our travels and naturally I wanted to smell pretty near all the teas XD. I will never forget the scent of this tea at the shop — my mind was just blown. I knew I had to get some and it has never disappointed.

The Tante T web shop describes this as “liquid dark chocolate” and I have to agree. It is truly like drinking dark chocolate, it even has a depth of flavour that most chocolate teas don’t — reminiscent of a dark hot chocolate (I assume this is from the brilliant addition of barley). The ginger, cardamom, and black pepper fall more to the background here, but add a complexity of flavour and hints of spiciness that work really well.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Grøn Granatæble by Tante-T
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2022 sipdown no. 64

Tante really does fruit green teas amazingly well. For someone who isn’t overly fond of green teas, I find myself reaching for their single fruit green teas a lot. This one has to be my least favourite of the ones I picked up, but it’s still delightful. The pomegranate is at the forefront with the complementary green tea background as a very calming aspect. I don’t know that I’d re-purchase as I’m not overly fond of pomegranate in teas (though I love fresh pomegranates), but a tasty cup nonetheless.

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drank Orange by Tante-T
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One day until thesis submission and 8 days until we leave for vacation!

I decided to cold brew this tea before just composting it altogether due to a smoky essence when brewed hot. I am so happy I tried the cold brew! The tea is incredible! The scent dry is intoxicatingly juicy, like fresh orange juice and the cold brewed really captures that, with an added sweetness one would get in fresh-squeezed orange juice. It’s almost like it has sugar, but it doesn’t — just lovely chunks of orange peel. Needless to say, I’ll be happily enjoy the remainder of this cold brewed!

gmathis

You’ve got multiple reasons to celebrate coming at you!

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drank Orange by Tante-T
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These teas from Tante T are amazing. The dry leaf here smells incredibly strongly like a freshly peeled orange, and it’s no surprise due to the orange pieces mixed into the leaf. It smells like it was blended this afternoon (though I picked it up a couple weeks ago and know this isn’t true).

The black tea is a nice base with no astringency to speak of, which I appreciate. The orange is at the forefront, but isn’t cloying or overpowering in any way. It’s just a lovely tea overall. This does make me think of the holidays since so many holiday blends have orange. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 13 OZ / 384 ML

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drank Grøn Mango by Tante-T
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The dry leaf smells so intensely of a perfectly ripe, fresh mango, it’s almost ridiculous! The green base here is lovely and unassuming, with a subtle hint of grassiness. The mango flavour is great with the green tea base and comes across very true to mango. Naturally it’s not as intense as the scent from the dry leaf, but delightful nonetheless. I found myself drinking a lot of this during our vacation and it’s nice to finally write a tasting note.

Flavors: Mango

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 13 OZ / 384 ML

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drank Yunnan Imperial by Tante-T
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One of the best morning teas I have ever tasted. Strong enough to get you started, and with rich flavours and an aroma that I can never get enough of. A perfectly balanced tea

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