1090 Tasting Notes

drank Fireside Mocha by DAVIDsTEA
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I think this makes my 5th cup of tea today? I didn’t think I’d have any room left after the days advents, but I needed something to put some Bailey’s in and this happens to be the perfect thing! The flavors of the two drinks meld together perfectly and gives me a little booziness to take the edge off a really crappy day that could have been way worse.

MadHatterTeaDrunk

Here’s to hoping for better days ahead!

Dustin

Indeed!

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drank J.C. ABSOLU OOLONG by THE O DOR
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Advent day 3! Three bags of this tea are in the 3 slot, another plentiful sample. I’m not usually a fan of oolongs, so I’m always surprised when I find one I like and doesn’t have that flat taste I associate with them. When opening this bag I was struck by how fruity and juicy it smelled. It’s just as delightful steeped. The pear and peach are the dominating flavors, but there is a slight sweetness that rounds out the fruit flavors. I’d guess this would be delicious cold steeped and might take a little cream well. This is a tea I’d totally buy!
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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Good to know! I adore their J E Milky.

Dustin

Same! I’m a little surprised I like both of their oolongs that I’ve tried. I wonder what the letters JC and JE stand for in the names.

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drank POLTERSPICE by Brutaliteas
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Advent day 3! Polterspice, LOL! I love the name! It is full of spices, that’s for sure, but there is a deeper scent like the spices were baked. I can pick out some heat, maybe cinnamon or cayenne? The spices blend together well enough that I can’t pick them out individually. There is something almost, but not quite soapy in the finish. It has a slight sweetness to it, something slightly earthy. I’ve almost consumed the whole cup sipping away and enjoying it! I’d take a second steeping of this!
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

Name made me laugh.

Dustin

So many of their tea names are hilarious and clever!

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drank Tropical Fire #985 by TeaGschwendner
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Advent day 3. I’ve been cheating . I’ve been opening the next day’s tea in all 3 advents the night before to plot my course of action for the morning cups. I’ll open them and smell them and tuck them back away. When I opened this, there was so much tropical fruit scent that I feared it must have hibiscus in it. I was relieved when I steeped it that the water didn’t turn that tell tale pink! It’s been a stressful morning and I have been sipping this from my travel thermos while distracted. Now that I’m sitting for a few I’m noticing a lovely passion fruit flavor. Lupica used to have a passion EG, Loke Lani, that was wonderful and this brings that tea to mind. I can taste a bit of the tea in the sip, but the finish is all passion fruit. I’d consider a purchase of this and I’d be tempted to add a little Earl Grey in the mix. Not sure where the “fire” in Tropical Fire comes from, but this is a solid tea either way.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Maddy Barone

I don’t think I’d call that ‘cheating’. More like, planning. Go, you!

tea-sipper

Exactly. Good planning. haha

Dustin

In that case, I’m about ready to do some more planning for tomorrow!

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drank Ginger Orange by TeaGschwendner
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Advent day 2! I didn’t like this when it was hot, but now that it has been sitting around for several hours it is better. I can smell an almost fermented orange. Reminds me of the preserved orange peel candy in Asian markets. This has a similar taste with the earthy addition of ginger. It’s not a ginger with any sort of bite, it’s an older ginger. I’m trying to think of nice things to say about this tea. I want to like it, but it isn’t doing it for me.
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Assam a go-go by Brutaliteas
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Day 2 of advent. Dry this smells like chocolate covered red fruit. It has a deep rich scent that I can’t quite put words to. This steeps up dark and reminds me of Lupicia’s Chocolate Strawberry Puer, which is one of my favorites. It smells like puer too. When sipping, I first get the puer taste that I can only describe as musty cave flavor that is toned down from other puers I’ve had. It sounds unflattering, but I don’t mean it that way. There is a red berry flavor in the finish along with something that hints of chocolate. I assume from the name that this must have assam in it. Maybe that is what is toning down the puer with a touch of malt? It was a good cup and I’d say it was like that Lupicia tea with the berry toned down and puer more center stage.
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

Now I feel like mixing some assam with some rich pu-erh…

Dustin

It was an interesting combo that seemed to work well!

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drank Travel to India by THE O DOR
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Day 2 of the advent contained three teabags of this! It smells rich like liquor and raisins. The steeping suggestions say 90c which is around 198F, lower than I usually steep my black teas, but I tried it anyways. My first cup was on the light side and the second at a higher temp was a little richer, but I think a hotter first steep may be a better way to go. It still had that depth to it, but the flavors on top of that seemed muted. I could taste a chai mix, but it was more of a murmur. Luckily, with Theodor being so generous with their advent servings, I have two more bags to test steeping parameters on!

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

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Also known as weihnachtskräuter, or 1181, this tea is in day 1 of the advent calendar. It was a challenge to figure out what the English name for this was, especially because they don’t offer it on the US site. I hope the rest of the teas are easier to identify. It tasted like it has some chamomile in it with that licorice root sweetness to it. I steeped it for 4 minutes and the flavor was really light. After letting it steep much longer than that, it had developed more flavor and was enjoyable, but wasn’t something I was wowed by.
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drank Verveine by THE O DOR
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This tea was day 1 for the Theodor advent calendar! It came in one of those silky tea bags along with a card to make tasting notes through the month and a description of a game with a single prize for the winner. It’s a clever way to engage with the customers who bought an advent!
This is a verbena tisane, but the flavor was more like light chamomile and a hint of mint. I’m a little surprised that they didn’t try to dress this up a bit and blend it with other flavors to make it more complex. It was nice, but I wasn’t taken by it.
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I’ve been waiting anxiously to dig into these advent calendars and the day is finally here! I drank this tea while going about my day, including a visit to the Dickens Fair. The dominant flavor was a light cinnamon which muted the green tea. I tried to imagine it as carrot cake, but carrot has never been a flavor that translates well in my brain to tea. It was an enjoyable cup, but not something I’d seek out.
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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec
tea-sipper

Brutaliteas had an advent!?

Dustin

Yes, they did presales for a only a short time. It looks like a few of us on Steepster were able to get one.

tea-sipper

Oh good, that means I get to read some tasting notes for their teas.:D

Dustin

Yeah, they don’t have many reviews here. It looks like those of us with advents are going to have to add many of the teas to the database if we want to post notes for them. :/

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I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan, but have had a growing appreciation for plain. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! And no hibiscus. Hibiscus is the devil.

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