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drank Gooey Butter Cake by 52teas
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AJRimmer Advent Day 9

AJRimmer included the sweetest little notes with each tea in the calendar! This one had a warning that the flavor doesn’t really match the name. After trying it for myself, I have to agree. No butter or cake here for me, just a pleasant, natural lemon flavor. I’m not sure how to rate this one. I actually quite enjoyed it for what it was! But if I’d been expecting butter cake it would have been a letdown.

Flavors: Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

Ooh, I haven’t made that recipe for a long time. May have to remedy that over the holidays!

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AJRimmer Advent Day 8

What a fun, unique tea! I’d never heard of Singbulli Oolong before, so it was definitely interesting to try an oolong that had such a similar flavor profile to a black tea. The oolong is really the star here, with the other flavors coming across quite subtle. I do get some fruitiness (not sure it’s really reading cranberry for me) and some nutty undertones. Overall, this isn’t a tea I love, but I’m glad to have had the opportunity to sample it!

Flavors: Berry, Fruity, Nutty

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Coconut Eggnog by 52teas
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AJRimmer Advent Day 7

I brewed this one up at work between meetings yesterday and was initially concerned that I didn’t have milk on hand, since most eggnog teas I’ve tried were best with a splash of milk. But this one was lovely without any additions! The coconut flavor was spot-on, rich and creamy but not artificial. The eggnog flavor was more subtle, coming through at the end of the sip with just a hint of warming, nutmeg-forward spice. This might be my favorite sample of the calendar so far!

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Eggnog, Nutmeg, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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AJRimmer Advent Day 6

I’ve never sprung for the 52Teas Advent calendar, so it was fun surprise to get to try this one that was all over Steepster at this time last year. :) Personally, I would call this one “Blackberry Jam”. I don’t really get custard or pastry from it at all, but the blackberry flavor is strong and sweet and the green tea base is nice and smooth. This was tasty hot and I think it would also be lovely iced!

Flavors: Blackberry, Jam, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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AJRimmer Advent Day 5

This smelled so tropical and yummy! Unfortunately, I think I underleafed and/or underbrewed it, as the flavor was disappointingly light. (I followed the directions of 2 minutes and 45 seconds at 195 degrees, though I would usually brew black tea for at least 3 minutes with boiling water.) Fun to try a new-to-me brand, though!

Flavors: Mango, Passion Fruit, Tropical Fruit

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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AJRimmer Advent Day 4

I honestly wasn’t super excited when I saw this one, as I’ve tried some of the 52Teas marshmallow treat genmaicha blends before and found that the genmaicha flavor took over in a way that I didn’t love. But this one was a lovely surprise! The rice was present but not too strong and there was a beautiful sweet, natural banana flavor that I really enjoyed. Another one I’m so happy I got to try and that I’d gladly drink again!

Flavors: banana, Marshmallow, Rice, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Minky Binky by 52teas
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AJRimmer Advent Day 3

I’d never heard of this tea (or the candy it’s based on) but I’m so glad I had the chance to try it! I don’t remember trying many apricot teas before and now I’m wondering why, because it’s a lovely flavor…especially paired with the burnt sugar sweetness in this blend. The base tea is hearty but not too aggressive. I really enjoyed this one and would definitely consider ordering more if 52Teas ever brings it back!

Flavors: Apricot, Burnt Sugar, Butterscotch, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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AJRimmer Advent Day 2

AJRimmer was so kind to specifically include all the flavor profiles that I especially enjoy in this calendar! Caramel and oolong seems like such a natural pairing to me, since both have a natural smoothness to them. This was definitely smooth, but the flavoring was on the light side. I mostly tasted the oolong base with just a hint of caramel and fruitiness. This is another one that I think might have benefited from a bit of sweetener. Still fun to try, though!

Flavors: Caramel, Fruity, Smooth, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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AJRimmer Advent Day 1

So excited to have another homemade advent calendar to dig into this year! AJRimmer was so thoughtful and really seems to have kept my preferences in mind while putting this calendar together. I shared that I love caramel and coconut flavors in tea and this one has both! I let it cool 10 minutes as instructed, but didn’t add sugar since I almost never sweeten my tea. The resulting flavor was a bit lighter than I would have preferred, so I may try a touch of sugar in my second cup to see if I can coax out more of those caramel notes. But this was still a smooth, yummy cuppa!

Flavors: Caramel, Coconut, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Nattie

So nice to see you! Happy advent! (:

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drank Summer Isle by teakruthi
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TeaTiff TTB #21

So. Much. Hibiscus. This sounded like the kind of fruity, tropical blend I would really enjoy but it just tastes like black tea blended with hibiscus.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C.S. Lewis

I was introduced to loose leaf tea by a roommate in 2012, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon Steepster in 2014 that I discovered a world of tea that went beyond Teavana and the grocery store.

My tastes continue to evolve, but black tea is currently my favorite. I am especially drawn to strong, malty breakfast blends to wake me up in the morning and flavored dessert teas to sip throughout the day.

Just about everything in my cupboard is available to swap, so feel free to ask!

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