60 Tasting Notes

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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

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drank Christmas Tea by Dammann Freres
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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!

Cameron B.

I love this one, too – it’s a really well-done holiday tea.

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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 :)

Cameron B.

I love pear teas, too. I find it does pair well with white tea. I haven’t tried this blend in particular, but I do really like Heirloom Bartlett Pear from Harney & Sons!

EmmaM

Thank you for that! I will have to try that one!

Cameron B.

Let me know if you’d like me to send a sample! :)

EmmaM

I would love that! Thank you!

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drank Dune d'Épices by Dammann Freres
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Advent Calendar Day 22

I enjoyed this nice cup of green tea. I thought it was pretty straight forward: orange and gingerbread. Maybe candied orange? I didn’t get much else, but I liked the lack of grassiness and it was quite light. Another fun try.

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There is no gentle way to put it: I really disliked this one. Nothing about it except the dry smell worked for me. The dry smell reminded me of a French brioche… delicious! The brewed version was just too bread-ish and I just could not drink it. Not even with sweetener. Definitely not my tea.

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drank Rooibos de Noël by Dammann Freres
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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!

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drank Rouge d'Automne by Mariage Frères
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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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
lizwykys

This one wasn’t really on my radar, but it sounds so interesting! I’ll have to remember this the next time I make a MF order.

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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

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

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drank Vert Chai by Dammann Freres
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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

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Pomme d'Amour by Dammann Freres
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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

Cameron B.

I found the base tea to be a bit discordant for this one – super earthy or something. I really wanted to like it, I too want a delicious apple tea!

lizwykys

I’m also in the market for a delicious apple tea! :) Actually, I had this one on my last DF order and ended up striking it off because my shipping was too high.

EmmaM

I agree Cameron B. It might be that earthiness I’m not connecting with. On paper it sounds so perfect, but it just doesn’t work for me. The search continues lol.

EmmaM

Liz, I wish I could send you some of mine. 100 gr is just a lot for a tea I’m not in love with, but I imagine shipping to Greece would be prohibitive. Maybe when I go to France this Spring, it would be easier to ship from there. Will investigate :)

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I started drinking tea 5 years ago when a friend introduced me to flavored black teas. Since then, I have developed a bit of a tea addiction. I never want to be without the teas I love, but I’m perpetually compelled to try new ones… I’ve never been a collector of anything, but it seems I do have a tea problem. Still, I work as a web designer and digital marketing specialist so I always have a tea cup by my side to keep me happy as I stare at my screen all day.

Being French and living in the US, I started with French tea companies like Mariage Freres, Dammann Freres, Kusmi, Nina’s and TheOdor (it has been a way for me to stay connected to my roots), but I’d love to find tea companies I love as much on this side of the Atlantic.

I love dessert teas. All kinds of dessert teas. Although most of my favorites are black teas, I love a few green teas, oolongs, green rooibos (I dislike regular rooibos) and I’m always searching for an infusion I can drink at night. So far, I have found very few fruit teas or herbal teas I love, but I’m still looking.

In terms of flavors, I adore almond, pistachio, biscuit, nutty types, as well as caramel, cream, cake, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and cookies. For me, it’s all about drinking my dessert!!! I also like fruity teas like peach, melon, mango, raspberry, strawberry, figs, and even grapefruit flavored teas. I like it all except for lemon. I also love black licorice candy so licorice tea works for me.

I am discovering more floral teas and testing the waters there, but I don’t care for earl greys or chai. I have not expanded into unflavored teas yet but maybe one day.

For full disclosure I usually add a little bit of stevia to my teas.

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