2189 Tasting Notes

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drank Jardin D'Hiver by Dammann Freres
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Dammann advent calendar, day 1. I just got my calendar today so I have some catching up to do. To avoid spoiling I will wait until the next day after each advent day to post my reviews, but after the day of, it’s fair game.

Lucky for me the first day was a tisane that I can drink tonight. I was actually curious about this one when I placed my order, wondering about the hawthorn base. The sachet smells familiar but I can’t place it… It does smell nicely sweet.

I do get a bit of a chamomile feel to this, and it think the apple is contributing to that (I always find chamomile appley). However, I like this considerably more than I like chamomile. The mallow blossoms add a sweet and creamy flavor and texture. I don’t taste all the individual flavors here, but they all come together to make a sweet vanilla cream with a light fruitiness and a bit of hayishness. I like it! I would consider picking up more in the future.

Preparation
212 °F / 100 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Lala

Good Idea about waiting until the next day to post. I will try to do that too. (That means I only have to try to drink and review 3 teas tomorrow instead of 4 – haha)

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99

I have had no tea for two days! It feels so nice to sit and have some tea, and it will feel even better to get home to my tea stash and drink some of my new Fauchon teas that I haven’t even tasted yet. However, Tower of London is certainly a lovely thing to have right now.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

No tea for two days? shocking!

Ellyn

I don’t think I’d make it two days!

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90
drank Loke Lani by Lupicia
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99

Another one of my standbys… I have this one in sachets as well (though not wrapped), and brought a small tin packed of them home. I haven’t had this one in a really long time and I don’t know if I’ve ever had it back to back with Paris. I always thought I loved this one more, but now I think I love Paris more! By a small margin, haha. Still have to have both of them around always.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

Yeah, both of them are essential for me, too!

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98
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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Saaad sipdown, 98. On of my favorite teas ever. The last time I bought this I bought individually wrapped sachets which were perfect for tucking into my purse and taking around with me, and I tore through them. I put in an order to Harney today for a gift but I decided not to restock this one just yet… when I start traveling a lot again or run low on other sachets I will likely pick them up again.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Hoku by Lupicia
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This is the other Hawaiian blend that I got in sachets from Lupicia recently. I love Lupicia’s flavored green oolongs, including their pineapple (+coconut) oolong. Pineapple + guava oolong? Yes please!

Again, under suboptimal brewing conditions, but I can tell this is awesome. That nice, buttery-floral green oolong base with tasty pineapple and guava. Very tropical, very refreshing. I also recently had a different guava flavored tea from Lupicia and was very fond of it, so it seems like I like their guava flavoring too. This is really great, so glad I bought it!

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Loke Lani by Lupicia
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Backlog from earlier today. The best part about reaching my tea goals is finally being able to try all the teas I bought in the last month, haha. I had such a strict tea consumption schedule that was inviolate.

When I saw this one, I knew I had to have it. Lupicia’s Earl Grey is my favorite earl, so take that and add passion fruit and rose? Yes please. By the time I got around to ordering it, it was already only available in sachets. I guess if I love it I will have to go to Hawaii to get more, or hope they do a limited online sale of it like this time.

Yes, this is lovely. Even under suboptimal steeping conditions this is really good. Strong bergamot, just like their earl, but so well balanced, and the passion fruit just adds a nice sweetness to it, plus the tastiness that is passion fruit. The rose is present but not very strong, just adding some light florals. Really nice, and I’m very happy I picked this one up.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Rosehips

I really like this one too! But hardly anyone seems to have tried it. Glad you like it.

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81
drank Berry Almond Amaretto by Teavana
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Sipdown, 99!

Over the time that I drank through my two ounces of this (which wasn’t too long because this is quite a heavy tea) I grew more and more fond of it. Do I wish it didn’t have so much hibiscus in it? Yes, but it wasn’t overpoweringly tart. It had berries and a lot of almond flavor (like they dumped a ton of almond extract on it), and I love almond. However, I doubt I will be restocking because there are others I like better.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

wow 99 you are a superstar!

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Sipdown, 100!! Made my Black Friday goal! Cold steep of this one.

I think a cold brew is actually my favorite way to drink dancong. It is SO tasty! Fruity, refreshing, all around delicious. Next summer I might have to get some cheap dancong to keep around for cold brews… It would be so nice on a hot day.

Sil

Woot woot go You!

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82

Sipdown, 101. After having this one regularly for the past two weeks I have definitely come to the conclusion that it is not for me. Although it is clearly a lovely tea, it’s just not the kind of black tea that I tend to enjoy; too fruity, too much of whatever that note is that I don’t like. I am definitely glad that I got to try it, though. Also apparently my like/dislike line for Taiwanese black teas is hard to judge, meaning future orders for Taiwanese black teas will be tricky. Ah well, that’s what samples and small amounts are for!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

or….you just keep pilfering my cupboard until you find 5-9 you like haha

Dinosara

Haha too true

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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