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Vahdam Advent Calendar – Day 1

Yay, I’m so excited for this calendar! My other calendars are all companies I’ve had before and enjoy, so this one will hopefully be new and exciting and get me out of my comfort zone with plenty of spiced teas!

So I had a bit of an incident with this tea this morning. After I opened all of my advents and was carrying the teas over to my little tea nook area, I was holding this mini-tin by the lid and the body of the tin fell off onto the floor. So of course, tea went everywhere (luckily not that much tea) and I had to scramble to scoop it up while my two pugs were furiously trying to eat it off the floor. So, you know, just another day in the #puglife

Anyway. This is a lovely smooth, sweet, and mellow green tea with a nice nutty flavor. There’s a creaminess to it as well that makes me think of fattier nuts like cashews or macadamia nuts. I also get cooked green beans and a little toastiness.

However, I think there was some contamination between this and some of the other teas in the advent, because there’s a sharp menthol sort of herbal spice note that seems really out of place. I don’t see any of the other notes mentioning that, so I assume it’s due to this being in the advent, in such close proximity to many very fragrant teas. It’s not unpleasant, just a bit jarring as it doesn’t mesh well with the other notes here.

On an advent-related note, I wasn’t going to share or mention today’s chocolate from La Maison du Chocolat, but it was so effing good that I can’t help myself! It was a milk chocolate rocher – a praliné center (basically ground caramel-coated nuts mixed with chocolate) rolled in roasted nuts and then coated in milk chocolate. Now normally I’m not so impressed by hazelnut and chocolate, but dayum was it good! The nuts had such a range of roasty, creamy, buttery flavors and the caramel note was dark and delish. So good!

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

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

Flavors: Creamy, Green Beans, Nuts, Roasted Nuts, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Leafhopper

I guess your pugs wanted to participate in the advent-related fun. :) That chocolate sounds delicious!

I look forward to your reviews of all the Vahdam teas. Are the tins really big?

Cameron B.

They have their own advent calendar, the little gremlins!

The tins are cylindrical and are about 1.5" in diameter and a bit over 3" tall. This one has 16g of tea left in it after my cup today. The whole advent is 470g of tea! o.o

Leafhopper

LOL, so they’re just being greedy! Yeah, 470 g is a lot of tea. I ordered from Vahdam way back when they did mostly straight Darjeelings, so your reviews will be interesting.

VariaTEA

I saw your pic of the chocolate and was like WANT! Also oh no to the tea dropping and contamination,

tea-sipper

Pugs eating tea leaves! haha. But no, you must mention the chocolates. and the jams.

Cameron B.

Definitely the jams! ;)

And the pugs will eat literally anything off the floor. Including their own shed fur… (facepalm)

AJRimmer

Martin kindly provided two teabags in the advent calendar yesterday, and I set aside the second one to have later. Yeah, my cats stole it from the counter and ate it?? Anything that’s plausibly food, I have to keep hidden.

Cameron B.

Luckily mine can’t get up on the counter or I’d be toast… XD

Martin Bednář

Oh no, AJRimmer! I hope you aren’t bitter about their curiosity :D. I hope it won’t make them sick too :D Keep hidden next teas!

AJRimmer

Yes, the rest of the teas are stashed in my pantry, so they’re safe! They’re incredibly naughty, but I never get mad at them because if I were a cat, I’m sure I’d want to steal all the tasty things too!

Leafhopper

I enjoy your reviews of the chocolates and jams, so feel free to keep posting them if you’re so inclined. :)

Cameron B.

I think the chocolates are all nut-based, so they might get a bit samey after a while. I will definitely take a picture every day though!

Leafhopper

Yay! I’m sure they’ll be good, even if they’re not different enough to review.

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Leafhopper

I guess your pugs wanted to participate in the advent-related fun. :) That chocolate sounds delicious!

I look forward to your reviews of all the Vahdam teas. Are the tins really big?

Cameron B.

They have their own advent calendar, the little gremlins!

The tins are cylindrical and are about 1.5" in diameter and a bit over 3" tall. This one has 16g of tea left in it after my cup today. The whole advent is 470g of tea! o.o

Leafhopper

LOL, so they’re just being greedy! Yeah, 470 g is a lot of tea. I ordered from Vahdam way back when they did mostly straight Darjeelings, so your reviews will be interesting.

VariaTEA

I saw your pic of the chocolate and was like WANT! Also oh no to the tea dropping and contamination,

tea-sipper

Pugs eating tea leaves! haha. But no, you must mention the chocolates. and the jams.

Cameron B.

Definitely the jams! ;)

And the pugs will eat literally anything off the floor. Including their own shed fur… (facepalm)

AJRimmer

Martin kindly provided two teabags in the advent calendar yesterday, and I set aside the second one to have later. Yeah, my cats stole it from the counter and ate it?? Anything that’s plausibly food, I have to keep hidden.

Cameron B.

Luckily mine can’t get up on the counter or I’d be toast… XD

Martin Bednář

Oh no, AJRimmer! I hope you aren’t bitter about their curiosity :D. I hope it won’t make them sick too :D Keep hidden next teas!

AJRimmer

Yes, the rest of the teas are stashed in my pantry, so they’re safe! They’re incredibly naughty, but I never get mad at them because if I were a cat, I’m sure I’d want to steal all the tasty things too!

Leafhopper

I enjoy your reviews of the chocolates and jams, so feel free to keep posting them if you’re so inclined. :)

Cameron B.

I think the chocolates are all nut-based, so they might get a bit samey after a while. I will definitely take a picture every day though!

Leafhopper

Yay! I’m sure they’ll be good, even if they’re not different enough to review.

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby related-things… ;)

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~ Total 2022 Sipdowns: 45

I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I also use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, and oolong varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I love matcha and drink it often!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. Osmanthus is also a favorite of mine. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a starring flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

Favorite Purveyors:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Kusmi
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre
Yunnan Sourcing

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age.

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