337 Tasting Notes
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
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
This has been in my cupboard for more than 2 years so it is likely that its present taste differs from its original taste. I love peppermint tea and was attracted to this tea for it claimed to be “peppermint tea with a twist”. Indeed the addition of lemongrass and other flowers to this tea has made it more special, but I really can’t say it is amazing (I can’t taste the flowers btw, but this can be due to the fact that the tea is rather dated). The tea is minty for sure. Lemongrass has enhanced its relaxing and soothing properties so this makes a nice cup of post-meal tea. Just don’t expect it to be anything unusual or extraordinary. :P
Flavors: Lemongrass, Peppermint
This tea has an aromatic black tea base, which is further enhanced by fragrant orange and lemon peels ( to me the orange scent is more salient)… plus some natural flavours. I always like tea without flavouring the best, but I certainly don’t mind when the flavouring tastes natural and good enough!
I like Earl Grey because it is one of the simplest flavoured tea. There is no fancy or funny ingredient, just good old bergamot (or orange/lemon in some cases), so I can really enjoy the tea without much distraction. This medium-bodied Earl Grey by Mazawattee Tea is just another Earl Grey that I enjoy – simple, classic, and tasty. This is exactly what I need now, resting at home after a long day of work. :D
Flavors: Bergamot, Orange
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
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
Drinking this as I have got a sample… with licorice as the main ingredient, it is definitely not something I would buy :P
My thoughts after drinking: LICORICE LICORICE LICORICE with the spiciness of ginger!! What a horrible tea to someone who dislike licorice!
But to be fair, let me add that when dry, this tea smells really nice. With thyme and ginger roots, it smells like the spice counter of a deli :D
Flavors: Herbaceous, Licorice, Spicy
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
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
A very mild black tea, so mild that I almost thought it was rooibos :P For this reason it’s probably good for the evening. The sweetness of vanilla was spot-on and reminded me of sweet pies. Not sure how it was Scandinavian-inspired but it surely would be nice to have this tea in a warm hut while watching the aurora borealis dance ;)