60 Tasting Notes
My favorite carcadet so far! This was a lovely cup!
I was not a big fan of any of the carcadet from Dammann’s Advent Calendar, but this one from Le Calendrier de l’Apres is actually delicious. The hibiscus is softer than in the other ones I have tried, and the raspberry is clean and bright. Dry, it smells like a delicious raspberry candy, but in the cup it’s more natural. The passion fruit is a little less present but it’s a lovely addition, making it feel a little bit more tropical. A great blend for something sweet and fruity in the evening. Simple and delicious. A trip back to childhood. Coup de coeur.
Flavors: Fruity, Passion Fruit, Raspberry, Sweet
Advent Calendar Day 24
I cheated as I ordered this one as a 100gr bag when I placed my order for my advent calendars so I could have it all season long. It was actually my husband’s pick since he loves fruit cakes while I had picked Noel a Prague. But I’m so glad he suggested it because I really like it. At first I wasn’t sold on it. It was definitely dessert-ish and Christmasy but I wasn’t sure if I would want it a lot. As it turns out, the more I had it, the more I reached for it throughout the month of December. It’s a delicious tea!
To me it is very reminiscent of the flavors you find in a Stolen or a Norwegian Christmas bread: candied fruits with a bit of caramel sweetness and cake-ish background. It’s not a tea I would crave in the summer, but it felt so right around the holidays when you yearn for those sweet flavors. I can’t pick out the pineapple as easily as I do the candied cherries and oranges, but it’s very smooth and delicious (and not fussy at all in terms of brewing). Definitely one we are likely to reorder next year in the fall!
Advent Calendar – Day 23
I wanted to love this one. A Pear tea sounded so fabulous. But I’m afraid I only liked it. Maybe it was too delicate for me to appreciate. I think maybe I expected more fruitiness but even with a little sweetener it was very light. Still it was a very good cup of tea. I just wish it had blown me away. Looking forward to trying it again since DD gave me her sample :)
Catching up on my advent calendar teas. Unless it’s green rooibos in Lupicia’s melon tea I dislike rooibos I I was expecting to hate this and delayed my opening the pouch. But I’m glad I gave it a chance tonight. It turned out very good! Who would have thought?!?
The dry smell was delicious; all spiced orange. And brewed with a little sweetener, the rooibos taste was minimal for me and the fruitiness remained. I got mostly orange, red fruit sweetness and a little bit of spices. Nicely done! Since my husband passed on that one, I’ll try another cup and see if this was a fluke but as of right now, I totally liked it!
After all the Dammann Freres teas I have been tasting lately, I wanted to have a familiar cup this afternoon and I had not had a cup of this delightful candied chestnut tea in forever, so it was fun to taste it with new eyes sort of speak.
I think maybe the adage of absence makes the heart grow fonder applies here. I liked it when I first bought it but as I bought more teas, it got pushed back to the back of the drawer and was almost forgotten. This time around I thought it tasted delicious. I was very generous with my scoops which helped I think and I let it cool a bit more than I usually do which also gave me a chance to enjoy the flavors more.
The mix of the smooth vanilla and the candied chestnuts is really a great combination. It’s sweet and nutty, but it’s also unusual and so very fall-ish. I just wish I could buy it in 50 g increments so I could have a few cups in the fall and cherish it as a special tea that it is.
Flavors: Chestnut, Malt, Nutty, Roasted Nuts, Sweet, Vanilla
Advent Calendar – Day 18
I was so scared of this one when I opened it this morning. It was very perfumey and although I loved the scent, I was a bit nervous about drinking it. Between the Vert Chai and this one, it was all about being adventurous this morning!!
But again, I was worried for nothing. I liked this one even more than the Vert Chai.
I can definitely taste the light ginger, but the orange blossom took the center stage for me and the rose, while definitely there, did not make me feel queazy as I expected. To the contrary, it was a beautiful addition to the mix! Who knew I didn’t hate rose? Mind you, I’m not sure I would like it if it was the main attraction, but I’m thrilled to have expanded my horizons!
I think the orange blossom is what worked so well for me. It’s a flavor I love in my crepes, truffles or even claffouti, and combined with ginger, rose and a tiny bit of stevia, it felt both as familiar and as exotic as a Moroccan dessert I might taste in Paris. It made me want a couscous for dinner in fact!
A fun “once in a while” treat!
Flavors: Floral, Ginger, Orange Blossom, Perfume, Rose
Advent Calendar – Day 17
A chai green tea is a novel experience for me. I’m not sure what I expected but I was a little worried so just in case I also made a cup of Rouge D’Automne by MF :p. There was no need, I enjoyed my cup of Vert Chai. It was a fun try.
It was all about the spices (I got mostly cinnamon and cardamon with a little ginger, but I have a hard time with the “name that spice” thing), but I didn’t feel they were in your face. It was nicely blended. Admittedly, it was very vegetal but not grassy to me.
Not what I normally go for, but a nice departure from my normal choices. I think someone who likes spices and wants something light and fresh would enjoy it more than me.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices, Vegetal
I have been on the hunt for a delicious apple tea for a while now and I was excited to add this tea to my advent calendar order last month. It just sounded so delicious. And I’m glad I did because now I got it out of my system, but I’m a bit disappointed because this is not the end of my search for a delicious apple tea.
I think maybe my mistake is that this is a baked apple type of tea and I’m craving an apple pie, or even a fresh apple type of tea.
I get oven-baked apple and some caramel and vanilla, so it delivers on its promise. I’m the one who is fickle on this one and evidently changed my mind as to what I was hoping for: more apple. I do like it a lot more than the carcadet version though and it is a lovely tea.
Flavors: Candied Apple, Caramel