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drank Cocomint Green by Adagio Teas
2256 tasting notes

Adagio Advent Calendar – Day 11

Advent tea & chocolate time! :D

So first, the tea. This is a chocolate mint green tea from Adagio. At first, I thought it was going to be coconut, and was very happy when it wasn’t. The dry leaf had a very powerful menthol aroma. The mint is quite sharp in flavor as well, reminding me of strong peppermint gum or the peppermint oil used for making candies. The chocolate is there as well, and honestly it’s not half bad for chocolate flavoring. Still tastes a bit waxy, but not over-the-top artificial. The base is fairly mild, though I do get some roasted seaweed notes and a touch of bitterness. I certainly wouldn’t order this tea, but it was fine. It reminds me slightly of Andes mints, which also have a strong mint flavor.

So I ended up having two advent chocolates today, the first being a DAVIDsTEA blueberry matcha-infused chocolate star. Honestly, these mostly just taste like white chocolate with very little matcha flavor. The blueberry was also quite light in this one. It was okay, but I don’t generally just eat white chocolate plain, so I certainly wouldn’t buy these.

The second is a La Maison du Chocolat mini Cavale Fruits bar. I don’t get the name, as this has no fruit and is in fact a dark chocolate base with bits of almond, hazelnut, and pistachio sprinkled all over the top. Yum, it’s really good! It’s nice to get a dark chocolate as a lot of them have been milk so far. The nuts are very roasted which adds an amazing depth of flavor. I definitely taste the almond and the pistachio, not sure about hazelnut specifically. But overall, very delicious, and it has a great texture too!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CIrTRZ0g7H5/

(today’s advent teas: https://www.instagram.com/p/CIqcseIBxFX/)

Flavors: Artificial, Bitter, Chocolate, Dry Grass, Menthol, Mint, Peppermint, Seaweed, Umami

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70
drank Cocomint Green by Adagio Teas
58 tasting notes

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drank Blueberry Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
5896 tasting notes

DAVIDsTEA Matcha Advent Calendar – Day 11

This is for the matcha white chocolate star that was in the advent today. The flavor was not as prominent as the salted caramel white chocolate star was. It was mostly just sort of fruity. Also, the matcha makes these a bit gritty, which I attributed to the salt last time but it happened here as well. Both were similar in taste too which means the white chocolate is contributing a fair bit of flavor and because of that I am sort of indifferent to the stars I have had so far.

mrs.stenhouse12

I can’t tell the flavor unless I cheat and read other people’s notes haha. Wish they were labeled!

Mastress Alita

I opened the whole advent at once and just gutted all the stuff back in November, and ate all the chocolates one night before bed, and didn’t even know they were flavored, so shows how much I know!

VariaTEA

The salted caramel one was a little more prominent I think but mostly they tasted like white chocolate.

Cameron B.

Agree, these are boring IMO. Even just more matcha flavor in general would be nice.

Mastress Alita

Ya, my vague memory doesn’t even recall them really tasting like matcha, let alone flavored matcha. When I think of “matcha chocolates” my brain goes to the stuff in the candy isle of a Japanese grocery, like my beloved Green Tea Kit-Kats. But it wasn’t really like that.

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AJ Rimmer sent me a ton more samples to try, so THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  And don’t forget I owe you teas in the future!  Let’s try this one before it disappears from B&B’s site.  Honestly, I don’t really expect much from this blend.  I didn’t really envision how the flavors would fit together when it was first released.  Blueberry with lime?  I guess there is a blueberry mojito blend I like from 52Teas….  I also wasn’t as thrilled with B&B’s previous Key Lime Pie tea as I thought I would be.  This is… not great.  It mostly seems like light hibiscus to me.  Or maybe the lime or blueberry is coming across as hibiscus?  The second steep just tasted like muted muddled hibiscus water to me, but that’s probably my fault.  I can’t expect every tea to have a decent second steep ALL the time.
As for recent holiday teas, I’m also drinking Angry’s Peppermint Patty and Tea Revv’s Chilly Willy Chai.
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 21 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 2 minutes after boiling //  4 minute steep

AJRimmer

You’re very welcome! I feel like this blend is sort of a bummer because it has the potential to be so much better with more blueberry, but oh well!

tea-sipper

Yep, always appreciate the sampling of a tea. :D

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58
drank Hug in a Cup! by Cuppa Geek
5896 tasting notes

CuppaGeek Advent Calendar – Day 11

The cinnamon smell in this one was strong. Cinnamon and hibiscus. Don’t love it.

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75
drank Momoko by Lupicia
2256 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I think this is (or was) my oldest Lupicia tea – it had a “best by” date in 2017. So I’ve been focusing on sipping it down by having a cup every day.

This was never one of my favorites, hence why it lingered around for so long. It does have a pleasant smooth and creamy peach flavor with a mellow sweetness. The base is their usual green one, with soft dry grassy notes.

I think the issue is I’m just not that into peach teas, and I like Lupicia’s Momo Vert and Momo Oolong Super Grade much better than this one. This is a bit candy-like while the others have more authentic peach flavors.

So not one I would reorder, since peach just generally isn’t my thing and I have other options.

Flavors: Candy, Creamy, Dry Grass, Peach, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
AJRimmer

Peach teas are tasty, but I guess I find them all to be pretty samey, so I haven’t been buying many lately. I’m sure I’ll crave them more after a break!

Cameron B.

Agreed, peach is just not one of my favorites. However, the other two I mentioned from Lupicia are still pretty spectacular… ;)

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DIY Advent Calendar – Day 11

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This is dirt to me. I feel bad because it’s appeal is quite genuinely lost on me. I steeped it according to the company recommendations and I just got cup after cup of dirt. And if it wasn’t dirt, it was wet leaves. Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing but this is a no for me.

Roswell Strange

Haha, I like this one because it’s dirt! But totally get it, figured I’d try though ;)

VariaTEA

In fairness, one of the puerhs you send me wasn’t dirt/fishy. It was overly floral which I didn’t like but definitely not what I expected from a puerh. And some of the flavored ones have been tolerable.

Mastress Alita

I always find puerh to taste like dirt or marshy swamp water, but can tolerate it in the right blends. Yet I keep trying it hoping, one day, it will suddenly not taste like dirt or swamp water…

VariaTEA

@Mastress Alita, I have the same problem. I actually avoid it but Roswell Strange knows I will try anything eventually if it is sent to me and so she occasionally sends them my way to try to broaden my horizons.

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Yum! Fruity and herbal in a really delightful way.

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I was able to get one more steeping out of this sample! Not sure how many days it was steeping in a mason jar, lost in the mess of tea related things on my counter. Maybe since the day it was the advent tea. Added maple syrup as a sweetener and got a really good cup! So far I think this has been the tea I’ve been most excited about from this advent calendar. I don’t recall running into too many pecan flavored teas. Pecans have a slight sweetness to them and the maple really enhances the pecan flavoring as a whole. Also probably helps that I have a maple association with pecan pie. There was one year Crown Royal put out a maple flavored bourbon and a ton of places that sold pies around Austin advertised their pies were made with that CR. It was seasonal and I don’t know that they ever brought it back, but I still have a bottle. I added some to a prebaked (as in not yet baked vs. baked before she brought it over) pecan pie my neighbor brought me the other day and it was SO delicious! Just like this tea.

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70
drank Cocomint Green by Adagio Teas
39 tasting notes

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Advent Calendar Day 11

I was excited to see a pear-flavored tea today, as there don’t seem to be too many of those out there and I’ve really enjoyed some of the ones I’ve found (e.g. Trader Joe’s White Ginger Pear and The London Tea Room’s Mango Pear White). Interestingly, even though it isn’t listed in the ingredients list, the main thing I’m tasting in this tea is walnut! This is another one that I don’t know how to rate. It actually has a very pleasant smooth, nutty flavor that mingles well with the hay-like notes of the white tea and if the blend were called “toasted walnut” or something, I’d probably give it a high rating. But it’s apparently supposed to be a caramel pear tea and I don’t taste either of those flavors. So not going to rate this, but glad I got to try it!

Flavors: Hay, Nutty, Smooth, Walnut

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

I really like Harney’s Heirloom Bartlett Pear. :D

Courtney

The name of this one is awesome!

tea-sipper

Sadly no Steepsterers bought the Brutaliteas advent this year? Or maybe they didn’t have it…

Inkling

@Cameron…that one is on my wishlist! Thanks for the recommendation.

@Courtney…I agree, the name is so clever. :)

@tea-sipper…I haven’t seen anyone posting about their advent calendar either. Pretty sure this was the first tea I’ve tried from this company, so I definitely didn’t order it. But if all their names are this great, I can see how it would make for a fun experience!

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60
drank Vanilla Chai by Kenneth Ave
5896 tasting notes

Kenneth Ave Advent Calendar – Day 11

I made this as an eggnog latte and while it was fine, it was also pepper heavy. It also needed more vanilla.

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drank Baked Apple Pie by Cuppa Geek
5896 tasting notes

CuppaGeek Advent Calendar – Day 10

Yesterday we had our Hanukkah celebrations for the first night of Hanukkah. Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating! Then the night ended with a studying session for my first exam this morning. I drank this tea during the study session but as can be expected, my mind was distracted. I did like it though.

Leafhopper

Happy Hanukkah!

Courtney

Happy Hanukkah!

ashmanra

Happy,Hannukah!

VariaTEA

Thank you everyone!

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drank Cranberry Blush by 52teas
1452 tasting notes

AJRimmer Advent Day 11

It’s been a long time since I’ve tried a new 52teas! In my eagerness to taste it I’m sipping it way too hot. Had to walk away to let it cool. I was having a hard time picking out the flavors, so I added a little sugar which made the fruits stand out more. It doesn’t have the tartness of a cranberry, but it does have a nice berry flavor that the term blush seems fitting for. The tea base is very subtle and buttery, but I can just pick it out. I seem to have finished my cup already! I’d like to try this cold steeped next time!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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55
drank Vanilla Chai Spice by Tea Guys
7 tasting notes

I really, really want to like this tea. Tea Guys is pretty local as a brand to me, and they’ve been putting up a real decent Creme Earl Grey in stores. That being said, I’m just not excited about this particular chai. The spice is quite muted, and the base black tea really isn’t anything to write home about. The cinnamon is nice, the vanilla comes through and adds a nice roundness to the flavor, and there’s subtle anise and ginger notes. There’s even a slight acidity which I can’t quite place, but other than that, nothing really grabs me one way or the other. It’s probably good as an introductory chai, or if you don’t like a tea being heavy on the spice, but it’s just not for me.

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is a favorite in our household. It has a nice earthy taste along with a maple flavor accompanied by hints cocoa. It’s a Hojicha, which means the green tea is roasted. The earthiness/nuttiness of the roasted leaves matches great with the slight sweetness. It’s very delicious and flavorful without being overwhelming.

I definitely recommend this one.

Flavors: Cocoa, Earth, Maple, Nuts

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82
drank Chocolate Éclair by 52teas
1286 tasting notes

I was very distracted both while steeping this tea and while drinking it. I can say for sure that it was very chocolaty, a deep and dark chocolate flavor. Chocolate-flavored teas so often taste watery and bland, but this one was quite rich. I enjoyed it!

Flavors: Dark Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Bird & Blend Advent Day 11 (11-December 2020)

This one smells so good in the dry sachet. Extraordinarily buttery. The steeped scent is also very buttery with a hint of old school puffed rice cereal.

There is a warming sweetness and at the very end of the tip I get a hint of toffee amongst the puffed rice. I am really enjoying this one and so is Lex! Woot. B&B just gets the rooibos blends.

We would consider ordering this one for sure. Also, I have so much going on caffeine seems to be affecting me and it never has before, so I may just need more delicious rooibos blends for the late night.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 414 ML
AJRimmer

Hope there’s some of this one in the Boxing Day sale!

Courtney

I’m so excited for their Boxing Day sale!

AJRimmer

Me too! I actually didn’t buy TOO much Black Friday tea, so I feel okay with a larger than usual Boxing Day order (:

Cameron B.

Last time I tried to order, they had sold out of everything by the time I woke up… T.T

Courtney

Whaaat! I was chatting about that with Lex today, trying to determine what time I had to stay up until to ensure I had any sort of chance of what to order. :P

Courtney

AJRimmer, me too! I only ordered a very small amount from Teavivre, so I’d love to place a B&B order this time around.

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drank White Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
1452 tasting notes

Advent Day 11

Light, citrusy, bergamoty. I like it, but the more frequently I sip the more the citrus builds up and becomes a little bitter. This is one I should drink more slowly!

Flavored white tea seems to be kinda rare. There are a couple of AQ2T blends that were based on white that I really liked. I’m thinking of exploring that category some more. Any favorites?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I tend to avoid flavored white teas for the most part, as they’re often just not good. But Harney has some good ones – I like their Heirloom Bartlett Pear, Venetian Tiramisu, and Winter White Earl Grey. I also like Nearly Nirvana from B&B, but that has jasmine as well. Løv Organic had some yummy ones, but I don’t think they made the transition. Looks like Kusmi has a “Tropical White” now so that might be worth trying.

Dustin

The tiramisu sounds great!

Cameron B.

It has hojicha so that’s cheating a bit… ;)

Dustin

I also love hojicha!

Lexie Aleah

I really like August Uncommon Know By Heart which is a flavored white tea.

Dustin

I tried that one and tasted dough. :/ I had a hard time with AU teas. I might still have the rest of the sample around somewhere. Maybe I should try it again.

Lexie Aleah

The only other ones that come to mind are Harney & Sons White Vanilla Grapefruit which didn’t taste like grapefruit more like vanilla with citrus.I haven’t tried their Tiramisu white tea because the sample always sold out but that one has gotten great reviews on Steepster. Most Flavored white teas are usually disappointing in my experience.

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Palais des Thés Advent Calendar – Day 11 (from November backlog)

Meh, this is okay.

I’m pleased that it isn’t at all bitter after the recommended 4-minute steep. It’s definitely very drinkable with malt, bread, and dried fruit notes, perhaps a bit of honey. There’s also wood and a little touch of astringency. But mostly it tastes tea-ish, hah.

Flavors: Astringent, Baked Bread, Dried Fruit, Honey, Malt, Smooth, Tannic, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89
drank Banana Flambe by Curtis
1130 tasting notes

Advent from Dustin Day 11
Another new to me brand and blend. I’d actually never heard of Curtis, so I’m even more excited to brew this up. Also…Banana Flambe?? Sounds incredible.
The dry leaf doesn’t have much of a scent, but once the water hits it, I’m blasted with a burst of banana deliciousness.
Absolutely incredible! A mild, malty flavor in the black base. Tastes like a fresh banana drizzled in caramel. Would be delicious with a bit of cream/milk.

Flavors: banana, Caramel, Malt

Courtney

Yum! I love banana in tea. Is there any smokiness at all?

Dustin

It’s so weird how it does that! It does not smell interesting at all until you steep it! It’s the first/only Curtis tea I’ve tried as well.

Martin Bednář

If I recall correctly, Curtis is Ukranian company. They have often interesting flavours.

amandastory516

Courtney- No smokiness at all in my opinion.
Dustin- It was such a pleasant surprise!
Martin- Ooh good to know! I’m definitely interested in trying more of their blends.

Dustin

I found this one on Amazon.

Lexie Aleah

This sounds SO good. I’m gonna have to order some to try. (: I wonder how their other teas are the grape one has good reviews as well.

Martin Bednář

amandastory516: they even have some loose-leaf teas, I think I would like to try some blends as well.

Dustin: well, there is almost everything on Amazon :D

Lexie: That sounds indeed interesting; I don’t recall having a grape flavoured tea.

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2020 Advent Calendar, Day 3 This is another tea I picked up on my last trip to Paris. It sounded so good with its apples, pears, and mirabelle plums. And it promised some hazelnuts and chestnuts too. But I have been a little back and forth with this one. It is definitely very good, but it’s now “WOW” for me. I love the pears and mirabelles (which I miss so much), but I don’t get much chestnuts, hazelnuts or peach. It’s a little muted maybe? Especially compared to Noel a Venise which is very extroverted (can a tea be extroverted???). And that might be due to the nature of pears and plums, versus lemons. Ultimately, I didn’t end up rebuying it the last time I ordered because there were so many others I wanted to try out. But the calendar prompted me to give it another chance and it was better than I remembered. It’s all about those mirabelles…

Flavors: Pear, Plums, Sweet

Cameron B.

I like “extroverted”. Tea can have personalities too! But I get what you mean, this one is definitely more subtle in comparison.

ashmanra

Tea can be extroverted to me! I think Harney’s Cranberry Autumn is very extroverted, while Boston, which is also a cranberry tea, is very introverted!

EmmaM

Glad to know I’m not the only one to think they have a personality, lol.

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91
drank Noël à Venise by Dammann Freres
59 tasting notes

2020 Advent Calendar, Day 10 – Oh how I love this one! The lemon, the caramel, the vanilla custard, the pastry… All of it is totally up my alley. Such a delicious dessert tea. Initially, I had bought it for my husband who loves Lemon Meringue Pie. Little did I know that a few months later, I would be one drinking it most of the time. After a few cups, it grew on me and it has become a staple in my stash. That’s one tea that is so easy to give as a gift to anyone with a sweet tooth. A bit like Coquelicot Gourmand or Paul and Virginie. Yum!

Flavors: Caramel, Custard, Lemon, Pastries, Sweet

Cameron B.

I agree, this one is amazing. Honestly almost all of Dammann’s “Noël à” teas are really good…

EmmaM

I agree. They did a great job with those.

Cameron B.

The only one I was underwhelmed by is the Paris version (ironically enough), but I think it’s more of a personal preference thing.

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So it’s Day 11 of advent calendars! Unfortunately, the DAVIDsTEA matcha advent has a matcha-infused chocolate again, so I’m cracking open one of my old mini tins from the Bird & Blend matcha advent that I did a couple of years ago. Hopefully they’re still decently flavored!

This sounded delicious and like a good candidate to drink straight, plus the ombre label is super cute. So it was chosen! Used a teaspoon of matcha for 8 ounces (ish) of warm water. I normally don’t bother sifting, but this had some ginormous clumps so I took the time today.

Wow, what an unattractive color this has – a weird muddy sort of reddish-grey-brown. I see now that there’s beetroot powder in here, so that explains it. I also had a very hard time getting any foam, luckily I don’t really care about it. :P I do enjoy the flavor, it’s a very crisp and tart green apple, but it doesn’t quite come off as candy which is nice. I do think I get some of the pear as well with its slightly more floral and sweet crispness. The matcha itself is quite grassy, and if I remember right B&B’s matcha base contains white tea as well, which I also taste. Not really getting vegetal notes here, just grass and a bit of hay. It’s also quite bitter, which doesn’t bother me as much when there’s not sugar mixed in… There’s also a slight grittiness as I get to the bottom of the bowl.

Anyway, I like it! Aside from the very odd color. It looks like this flavor isn’t around anymore anyway.

From Bonne Maman, today it’s Apricot-Mango Spread. Apricot is one of my favorites, and I really enjoy their “Intense” apricot jam, so I’m happy to see this one. Yum, it’s really good. The apricot is the starring flavor, but the mango is there as well, adding more tartness and a luscious tropical note. I’m not sure I would know it’s mango if I wasn’t told, it just tastes like a really delicious apricot jam with extra dimension. NOM.

(today’s advent teas: https://www.instagram.com/p/CIqcseIBxFX/)

Flavors: Apple, Bitter, Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Green Apple, Hay, Pear

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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