4595 Tasting Notes

drank Lovely Chai by Dammann Freres
4595 tasting notes

As soon as I pulled this from the calendar I smelled licorice. Then i checked the ingredients and it had star anise and licorice root. Obviously not something to my tastes given my aversion of licorice so I added a splash of eggnog. It’s nice with the eggnog and ok but sweet and too much licorice for me.

Roswell Strange

I had the opposite reaction – opened it, smelled a big punch of black licorice and got VERY excited! XD

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So something weird happened with the translation of this tea and it came up as Christmas carcass which I think is wrong. Although I oversteeped this and while I won’t go as far as to call this a carcass, it is definitely a whole lot of hibby and Christmas shoved into a mug. Let’s call it Christmas hostage since it seems like all the Christmas flavors are being held captive and unhappy by the hibiscus. It wasn’t as bad as this may sound b/c it had the typical Christmas spice and some fruitiness but the hibiscus really took over.

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drank Noël à Pékin by Dammann Freres
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This smelled amazing out of the package. Really, really good.

I was a bit worried about (1) the black/green combination and (2) the jasmine but I am actually really liking this one, especially when paired with my super intense gingerbread chocolate (like throat-burning ginger intense).

This tea provides a nice fruity compliment while still holding its own against the strong chocolate pairing. I do get some jasmine but the dominant note is more mango/passionfruit. People talk about this tea having citrus/blood orange and I really don’t get that as much as tropical fruits.

I don’t know if this is something I would go to a site to specifically buy, but I would add a bit to the cart if I needed to reach free shipping. It is quite nice.

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When I started steeping this it smelled overly nutty and I was worried there would not be a good balance of flavors. However, after the 4 minutes of steeping, the nutty smell mellowed and it was much more well rounded. Tastewise, this definitely evokes the idea of carrot cake. A little sweet, a little nutty, nice spice. I was quite impressed actually. Though it is much better hot than when it cools.

AJRimmer

I love carrot cake teas! Haven’t tried this one yet, but I’ll look out for it.

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drank Miss Dammann by Dammann Freres
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Fruity and with strong ginger flavor. Definitely getting the passion fruit. It’s nice. It’s a green tea so not something I would want stocked or reached for often but I certainly wouldn’t turn down a cup.

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drank You Are My Sunshine by 52teas
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Last cup was all messed up from my cold and tasted quite terrible so I am so relieved that this cup is back to its normal deliciousness. Then sad because it’s done.

It really is a nice, soft lemon tea and the marshmallow root is an excellent addition. It gives it warmth and comfort and a touch of sweet that makes this the perfect cup to relax with in the evening while under a blanket and watching some TV or reading a book.

I have some other similar blends that are more easily accessible to me so while I do enjoy this one, I don’t know if I will be holding my breath for a reblend. However, it was very nice while I had it so thank you Sil for sharing!!

Shae

Sounds like a perfect evening.

VariaTEA

It does…it’s not my evening since my evening is spent with law books in preparation for exams next week but one can dream…

Sil

I’m just glad we still share teas…

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While making this tea, I might have pushed over the mug…and then didn’t process what happened right away so I kept pouring despite looking at the side of my fallen mug. Essentially I ended up watering my butcher’s block.

Anyways, I did manage to get the cup upright and the teabag in the cup and steeped a proper cup of tea. This is ok. I get floral and slight orange. A touch of earthy ginger. Ok, but nothing special.

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drank Candy Cane Crush by DAVIDsTEA
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First eggnog latte of the season! It’s yum b/c eggnog but I think my milk is not fresh enough for good frothing since it’s doing the weird no frothing thing again. The eggnog and this tea together though make up for that though as this is pure deliciousness.

Shae

I really want to try this one! Planning to add to my next DT order.

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I thought I was feeling better yesterday so I took no meds, no EmergenC, no saltwater gargle and woke up today a bit stuffy again. While I don’t so much care about that, I am very much ready for things to get back to normal. And by things, I mean my tastebuds b/c don’t they know I have advent teas to try?! So rude.

Anyways, thankfully this was the tea of the day b/c (1) I don’t care that much for green teas or EGs and (2) bergamot is a strong flavor so even with my weird taste buds and my stuffiness, I can still taste it a little.

It’s muted and nothing special. Likely that’s b/c of me and also this being an EG green tea, which is not something I would have loved even if I was 100% better and my tastebuds were normal. On the plus side though…no licorice taste here.

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drank Noël à Londres by Dammann Freres
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Again I am getting licorice! Ginger, cinnamon, apple and licorice!

tea-sipper

Hmm.. maybe you have an open advent tea in there contaminating the other teas?

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped

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