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2022 sipdown no. 63

I had a few sample teabags of this one from my Paper & Tea order and it was the one I was most excited about. Sadly, I barely got any flavour here (I am inclined to blame the bleh hard water here). So I can’t say much except that I can’t order this one until we live in a different spot with soft water I suppose.

Martin Bednář

Shame it was somehow flavourless for you :(

Courtney

I know! But I’ll probably order again when we move one day to a place with softer water. :)

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2022 sipdown no. 62

Now on to some sipdowns to clear some things out of the cupboard ahead of the new year!

This sample came from the lovely Cameron!

This one is quite reminiscent of gingerbread actually. The black tea base is unassuming and works really well too. I would consider ordering this one. :)

Andreastt

Good to hear that you like it. I received a free 30 sachet tin of Gingerbread Festival when I placed my last order with Harney & Sons. I would have ordered in anyway, so it’s nice that I got it for free. It’s so good and it smells EXACTLY like what we in Denmark call “honningkage”, a soft Christmas cake that contains spices, honey and molasses – among other things.

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Nabo 2022 Advent Day 24: Mintchoklad

This was surprisingly tasty. I am not always a fan of mint and I find it generally overtakes most blends, but it was really well done here. The mint fell more to the background and the foreground was all liquified dark chocolate! I found the cinnamon and nutmeg added a complexity here that wasn’t immediately attributable to either spice. A really interesting a unique mint chocolate tea!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

Martin Bednář

Have a beautiful day! But, I wonder how you get dark chocolate, when I did milk one.

Courtney

The joy of teas! I also haven’t had milk chocolate in at least 5 years, so perhaps the taste has been lost to me. :)

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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 24: First Flush Darjeeling

I’m really not sure why this was again the last tea of the calendar – the same as last year. This tea is okay, but it’s nothing special. There were so many teas in this calendar we really loved and could easily have been a lovely ending to the calendar. This choice is lost on me!

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drank Little Lady (Lilla Lady) by Nabo
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Nabo 2022 Advent Day 23: Lilla Lady

The scent of rose was pretty apparent in the dried tea. However, the litchi combined with the rose gave the steeped tea a much fruitier flavour, which was lovely. It’s certainly not my favourite, but I drank my whole cup without issue.

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Paper & Tea 2022 Advent Day 24: Winter’s Light

This one was quite lovely. The chocolate came through more in the scent, but the spices were lovely and warming and not over the top at all – mellow and almost muted in a way that worked out quite nicely.

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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 23: Organic French Earl Grey

This was one divine. Very clean taste, light-bodied, and beautiful blending of the bergamot. I did understeep it at 3minutes, but it paid off. Smooooth. I would order this for our cupboard without hesitation!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank No 820 Red Hibiscus by Paper & Tea
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Paper & Tea 2022 Advent Day 23: Red Hibiscus

Well, this was straight hibiscus. Fine, but nothing special. Interestingly, Lex (lover of all hibiscus :P) wasn’t a fan, despite loving the other straight hibiscus we have in the cupboard and pretty near every hibiscus blend.

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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 22: China Oolong

This was lovely! I really enjoy a green oolong and this one was creamy and just all round delightful. I would order this one for our cupboard as I do enjoy having a collection of easy drinking green oolongs!

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Nabo 2022 Advent Day 22: Vinterns Godbit

This one smelled strongly medicinally cinnamon dry, and the steeped scent wasn’t much better. Thankfully that didn’t come across in the taste, but instead the bitterness of cacao nibs did come through. I wasn’t a fan of that either, but at least it wasn’t medicinally cinnamon in flavour!

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I love black tea and this is usually what’s in my mug. I’m also happy to enjoy a cup of green or red rooibos (green preferable to red), herbals, oolongs (unroasted/green and red preferable to roasted), whites, and subtly flavoured greens (mango or pineapple, yum!).

Likes:
Raspberry, strawberry, peach, rhubarb, passionfruit, blackcurrant, redcurrant, fig, and most fruits in general, maple, creaminess, hay, biscuit, lavender, and cacao/dark chocolate.

I enjoy bergamot when paired with flavours that mellow it (Camellia Sinensis Earl Grey Cream is one of my favourites).

Dislikes:
Any smokiness at all, stevia, too much blackberry leaf, rose, jasmine, ginger (except in chai), cinnamon-heavy teas, anything cloying or fake/candy-like.

I’m vegan with an allergy to potatoes, so I avoid any animal products in tea, along with sprinkles as these often have potato starch (I usually just pick them out of blends).

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