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From THEODOR’s Laponic December Advent Calendar.

Surprise surprise surprise! This may be the first hibiscus tea that I don’t hate. I don’t like it either – but at least it isn’t so bad that I need to pour away the whole cup after a sip (as in the case of most hibiscus infusions). This is because the fruity flavours – mainly apple and peach – have diluted the taste of hibiscus, making it more tolerable. It is an acceptable choice when I want some caffeine-free flavoured water.

Flavors: Apple, Hibiscus, Peach

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Happy Birthday by THE O DOR
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Today is the first day of December and I was so excited when I opened the first little compartment of my THEODOR Laponic December Advent Calendar!!! I’ve been waiting for today for a month!!!

And the excitement completely died down when I found this tea and brewed it… it is possibly the worst infusion I have ever had. It is basically a concoction of what I hate most! Hibiscus, blackberry leaves, licorice-like flavour (which probably came from fennel seeds) and some odd fruity notes. HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE!!! It tastes extremely weird in my opinion – it is slightly tart and mostly sweet – with a fairly strong earthy, herbal aftertaste. I am just so sad that they start the calendar with this!!!!! Let’s hope there’s a more pleasant surprise tomorrow…

Flavors: Absinthe, Apple, Fruity, Ginger, Herbaceous, Hibiscus, Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank "25 DECEMBER" RED by THE O DOR
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Strange things have been happening at my house.

Youngest asked if I wanted some Lapsang and OF COURSE I said yes, but when I went to the kitchen a strange tin which I had never seen was on the counter. It was Lapsang from The Odor and no explanation was forthcoming from the child person.

The next day I was offered the opportunity to try a sample. Now, I had dismissed the Lapsang as being a tin youngest had squirreled away for a rainy day after a previous order, but…samples! Clearly a new order has secretly been placed and received and then hidden from Mom, but it IS that time of year.

This sample turned out to be a rooibos, my second least favorite after hibiscus but when flavored right can be tolerable. The Odor didn’t let me down and I found this to have a festive taste and aroma and it was nice that I didn’t have to worry about caffeine keeping me up since it was nearly midnight when we drank it.

We always resteep our The Odor samples, sometimes two or three times, so we got a decent amount of tea of it and even had a bit left over for a cup this morning.

This is orange-y but fruity as well, so it doesn’t taste as cliché as the ubiquitous Christmas blends with orange and cinnamon and clove.

Sil

oh man… seeing this and the add for their 25 days not really a tea calendar, calendar makes me want to place an order…

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drank October Revelation by THE O DOR
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This is a tea with character! It is very citrusy as it contains all the common citrus fruits you can name. The dry leaves smell strongly of orange rinds, which reminds me of the sun-dried tangerine peels prepared by my Grandma when I was small.

The brewed tea has a fairly light body with orange and grapefruit flavours. Refreshing but sadly I am not really a fan of citrus fruits, so I can’t say I love this tea. Would be a nice after-dinner tea to most people I suppose.

Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Grapefruit, Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank J.C. ABSOLU OOLONG by THE O DOR
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I love this! The dry leaves has such a dreamy, sweet fragrance! It smells so floral, though I do not think it is the scent of lotus flower… perhaps the fragrance was enhanced by the fruity flavours. The liquor tasted strongly of peach and berries, followed by a note of pear. The only weakness of this tea was that it was too light-bodied. When it was brewed the second time, the tea became rather weak although the fruity flavours were still going strong. Probably it would have worked even better with a black tea base!

Flavors: Berries, Flowers, Peach, Pear

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Thé du Loup by THE O DOR
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It is quite depressing to see that my eye is still red this morning… so I am glad that the 1st tea of the day turns out to be a good one and brightens the day a bit!

This came as a mysterious tea packet, which was complimentary with my order from THE O DOR. So I didn’t know what to expect, except guessing that it would be a black tea because the packet was black :P

Cutting the packet open, I was greeted by a nutty aroma. It was something familiar, something creamy… Is it almond? Is it coconut?

The answer: almond and hazelnut! No coconut at all. The liquor was pretty chocolatey too. Yummy! A shame that, though, the chocolate flavour was not quite there after the second brew.

Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Creamy, Hazelnut, Nutty

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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This is my third tea of the day… trapped at home because of my eye infection. :(

Never a fan of herbal tea. I choose to brew this because I have had enough caffeine today!

This tea is a concoction of many herbs and flowers – it even contains orange peels for that Christmas touch. But I can only detect the flavours of chamomile, lemongrass and licorice… the sweet taste of licorice does linger so licorice haters beware!

Overall a soothing herbal tea – nothing too special.

Flavors: Flowers, Lemongrass, Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Nanah Morocco by THE O DOR
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Our postwoman was stung by a bee or wasp today and had a bad reaction. I waited for the ambulance to come for her and called the office she works from to let them know and then waited for them to come get her truck.

Naturally, neighbors saw and were curious so I let them know what had happened and one joined me on the porch to wait. Since she was only home for lunch hour, I made tomato sandwiches with our fresh garden tomatoes and served a pitcher of this, iced and unsweetened.

It was hot outside but low humidity for once so it was pretty pleasant in the shade on the porch. I was so pleased that my neighbor LOVED the tea, because she had professed to loving sweet Southern style black tea with lots of sugar but wanted to learn to like unsweetened drinks. When she took a good gulp of this one and professed it to be tasty, I informed her that it was free of sweetener. The mint is so refreshing and lends enough of its own kind of sweetness such that I personally would never consider adding sugar to it. I think I like this as well as Moroccan Mint from Tin Roof Tea! Both have spearmint. Yum.

It was four hours before the relief postman showed up for the truck, so I am glad I went back in the house and made a lemon pound cake.

Now, truthfully, can this story get any more Southern? Tomato sandwiches, front porches, iced tea, bees, and pound cake. Good stuff.

Fjellrev

Aw, that so nice of you to help out the postal worker, and to feed your neighbour delicious sandwiches!

Helena

Poor postal worker. At least you were a good person who did the right thing calling for the ambulance. Feeding the neighbours is also a very kind thing to do.

K S

The world needs more front porches and good neighbors. I was waiting for you to break out the fried chicken.

gmathis

I have a mosquito bite on my knee…one slice of lemon cake, please :)

ashmanra

Gmathis: come on over! I am sure a slice of pound cake will fix that right up!

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drank J.E Oolong Milky by THE O DOR
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drank Celebration by THE O DOR
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Thank you VariaTEA for a sample of this!

Now, it could be my fault for brewing it for a few extra minutes (~10 minutes, just under boiling water), but it is soooo bitter. Completely undrinkable. I diluted it with half water, but it isn’t tannic, it’s extremely bitter. I did get a bit of hazelnut brulee and vanilla in my few brief sips, and some of the black base.

Flavors: Bitter, Hazelnut, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
Sil

10 would do it i think. I usually brew this one at 3 mins and 195 ish?

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drank Travel to India by THE O DOR
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I now have a whole shelf of tea from this company, and all of it gifts from my kids. My daughter had been ordering it but on a trip to Mexico last week she saw some in a grocery store and brought me two more tins.

Hubby and I had this at breakfast Sunday. It is a pleasant sort of chai, lacking the pepper and heat that I dislike. The ginger and clove are all the heat I require. I drank mine plain, hubby added milk, and I thinking that this would also make an awesome sweet latte for a hot summer afternoon. Clove is the dominant aroma for me but it doesn’t hijack all the taste of the cup as clove can sometimes do.

Evol Ving Ness

Chai without pepper? Bah! Sacrilege!

ashmanra

LOL! I know, right! I actually had one lady from India give me her homemade chai mix which was heavy on pepper and turmeric, and a week later another lady from India was horrified and said that where she is from they only put cinnamon, clove, anise, maybe some ginger…

Evol Ving Ness

It’s good to have a collection of chai. :)

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drank J.E Oolong Milky by THE O DOR
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I got a sample sachet of this one in my birthday order, and oh my goodness, oh my goodness, OH MY FREAKING GOODNESS! This. This was wonderful. I am going to have to place a The O Dor order because these teas have been amazing.

Creamy. Oh so creamy. Hint of butter. Smooth. So easy to resteep and actually get a really good cup of tea.

Daylon R Thomas

This is one of the highest rated milk oolongs on here-how does it compare to Mandala’s?

ashmanra

I haven’t had Mandala’s, but perhaps someone who has had both can chime in! Daylon: have you had Premium Silky Green from Bird Pick? It is sold as a green but most on here swear it is actually a milk oolong. When I called the shop, they didn’t even know that oolongs could be anything other than roasted. I must have gotten a trainee….

Daylon R Thomas

LOL
I have not had that one and I saw that. It’s also been highly ranked as a green tea. Funny enough, my professor asked if the tea I served recently was a green instead of an oolong and I then told him that oolong is the entire spectrum between Green and Black lol.

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drank Phoenix by THE O DOR
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This was one of the many samples that were included with my birthday order. The samples are mostly “Mystery Sachets”. You don’t know what they are until you open the pouch. I saw mostly green in the sachet and thought it was green tea so I was pretty surprised to look it up and see that it is black tea and mate. The aroma was powerful and daughter and I were debating whether it was almond or amaretto. Surprise! Neither!

It says it is chocolate and chili. I have never been a big fan of spicy things so I was a little frustrated to see chili as an ingredient. WHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYY? But I try to keep an open mind and it smelled so good, so I went for it.

And…it is really tasty. The chili was almost undetectable at first. (Since there was only one sachet we resteeped and combined so we could each have a full teacup.) It was sweet and chocolate-y. As it cooled, I picked up the barest kick of heat, but nothing even close to frightening this wimp off. Youngest said she didn’t taste chili either until it had started to cool and she noticed at the back of the sip.

So far I am really liking this company. We may have to place another order.

Sil

the o dor has some fantastic teas!

Atacdad

yeah, but I just have to pause at the company name. So many ways to take that, one of which isn’t too encouraging!

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drank Mademoiselle by THE O DOR
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This was one of my birthday teas from youngest. She loves Earl Grey so I thought this would be a big hit with her, but she strongly preferred the sample of Earl Grey Royal they sent. The bergamot was milder in that one.

She didn’t mind the strength of the bergamot in this – she likes bergamot a lot so that wasn’t it. Maybe the base is milder in the other or maybe I overleafed and didn’t realize.

The aroma was nice. It is bergamot and lavender, but the lavender doesn’t smell like granny’s soap, it smells more herbal, more savory. You really pick up the scent that tells lavender and rosemary are close cousins. I enjoyed the complex aroma.

The lavender also does not come across as soapy in the flavor. And I am definitely going to try this one Iced, just for us, as we are hitting temps in the 80’s this week and I would love to see if I can make something mimic Earl Grey Iced from Southren Boy Teas.

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drank Earl Grey Royal by THE O DOR
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This is a sample that came with my birthday order from youngest. She loves Earl Grey so I specifically saved it for us to drink together. This is pretty easy with the The O Dor sachets because we are getting a minimum of two steeps from each.

And this went on her “must have again” list. The bergamot in this reminds me of Southern Boy Teas Earl Grey Iced. That was a favorite of mine that will be sorely missed, but maybe this will make a delicious iced tea as well. Not all Earl Grey’s are created equal, even within a single company. We had Mademoiselle from this company today and while it is bergamot and lavender, youngest strongly prefers this tea. It is smoother, the bergamot is less sour, and it resteeped well. Now I know what to get her for her next big occasion!

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drank Perseus by THE O DOR
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Oh my word. I got a late birthday gift today from my youngest daughter, said box arriving after she left for school and sorely tempting me.

When she let me open the gift, there were not only two teas but a plethora of samples, most of which were simply labeled “mystery sachet”. EXCITING! I knew they must be labeled in the inside so you know how to steep it, and I assumed the wrapper color was a clue as to what kind of tea was inside.

This immediately smelled like candy, delicious, delectable grown up candy. I thought of those candies that come in flavors like violet, guava, or lavender. I am guessing it must be the plum sitting right up front in the aromas, and the bergamot is there but not whack-you-over-the-head sour. It says there are carrot pieces but I don’t taste anything that I perceive as carrot. Anyone know what carrot would contribute in a blend like this?

We made two steeps with this little sachet and made nummy noises the whole time we drank it. The base is pretty smooth. I followed their advice and kept the water cool for a black tea, steeping it at about 190F. I did give it four minutes for the first steep and nearly five for the second.

Absolutely delicious, and I can hardly wait to try some more of their teas.

Evol Ving Ness

Happy belated birthday to you, ashmanra.

Amie

Happy Birthday!!

Teatotaler

Glad you’re back, ashmanra. I have missed reading your always wonderful notes! Happy birthday! :)

ashmanra

Thank you, all! It was a lovely birthday!

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drank Celebration by THE O DOR
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The plan is to get a bit more in gear with my samples that tea friends have so generously shared with me. It’s been a while.
I started my day with this one.

Honestly, this one is a dead ringer for Marco Polo Blend by Capital Teas Ltd. Vanilla, nut, nice base.

Thank you, Sil.

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drank Celebration by THE O DOR
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drank Pêché Mignon by THE O DOR
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When decanting this tea, I noticed an overwhelming melon-type aroma. Very nice melon flavour on the sip- reminiscent of the great flavour that I would find in Butiki Teas blends. Slight creaminess to it. Green tea flavour seems to stand out a bit in this blend. This is a rather old sample so it may just be that I need to give this one a try with a fresh batch.

Flavors: Melon

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML
Ysaurella

I miss Butiki Teas so much !

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Ok lol. Think I got the steep right this time

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I’m pretty sure the website has steeping instructions way off. This is the second white tea from them steeped per instruction that was undrinkable. Will try again

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