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drank Tisane de Noël by Dammann Freres
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Dammann Frères Advent 2021 – Day 11
I got my booster yesterday so I’m under the weather today. Hardly a fair state to judge a tea, but on a happier note, I think I’m almost caught up with my calendar. I have to start off by saying the dry sachet is soooo pretty with its red bay. And I got a nose full of a mix of spices, and chocolate. Mostly I got cardamon, cloves, and nutmeg, but it was hard for me to pick them out.

I don’t know if it’s because I oversteeped it but in my cup, I got more peppercorns and chocolate followed by licorice. What a strange combination! But all in all, I liked it much better than last year’s try.

Evol Ving Ness

Hope today is the worst of it and you are back to yourself after a good rest.

ashmanra

Ashman is getting his tomorrow. He had no reaction to his two Pfizer shots but is opting for the Moderna booster. I am hoping it goes easily for him.

I hope you feel better quickly!

derk

Had a Moderna booster Friday evening (great timing for final exams!) and hit a wall Saturday afternoon — body aches, low-grade fever, swollen armpit lymph nodes, feet hurt, exhaustion, chest congestion. 12 hours of sleep and a few cups of yerba santa/rosehips/yarrow/linden had me feeling normal. Hope you overcome the booster side effects quickly!

Evol Ving Ness

Oooof, derk. That’s a LOT. Hope the exams went well, regardless.

Here, the powers that be are recommending a six month spread after the last shot for better efficacy, so I’ve got a ways to go yet. moderna is likely on my horizon too. I appreciate the heads up.

EmmaM

Thank you so much, everyone. I had a strong reaction after my second Pfizer shot, so I was wondering how my body would like this Moderna booster. I had it on Friday afternoon and I might as well have been your twin @derk. My body’s response was identical. Thank goodness it was only half the regular dose, lol. Saturday was miserable. But crazily enough I woke up this morning feeling like myself again. (I do not look forward to shots #4, 5, 6, etc :p)

So sorry about the exams. I hope they still went well. That’s rough timing!

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Evol Ving Ness

Hope today is the worst of it and you are back to yourself after a good rest.

ashmanra

Ashman is getting his tomorrow. He had no reaction to his two Pfizer shots but is opting for the Moderna booster. I am hoping it goes easily for him.

I hope you feel better quickly!

derk

Had a Moderna booster Friday evening (great timing for final exams!) and hit a wall Saturday afternoon — body aches, low-grade fever, swollen armpit lymph nodes, feet hurt, exhaustion, chest congestion. 12 hours of sleep and a few cups of yerba santa/rosehips/yarrow/linden had me feeling normal. Hope you overcome the booster side effects quickly!

Evol Ving Ness

Oooof, derk. That’s a LOT. Hope the exams went well, regardless.

Here, the powers that be are recommending a six month spread after the last shot for better efficacy, so I’ve got a ways to go yet. moderna is likely on my horizon too. I appreciate the heads up.

EmmaM

Thank you so much, everyone. I had a strong reaction after my second Pfizer shot, so I was wondering how my body would like this Moderna booster. I had it on Friday afternoon and I might as well have been your twin @derk. My body’s response was identical. Thank goodness it was only half the regular dose, lol. Saturday was miserable. But crazily enough I woke up this morning feeling like myself again. (I do not look forward to shots #4, 5, 6, etc :p)

So sorry about the exams. I hope they still went well. That’s rough timing!

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I started drinking tea in 2018 when a friend introduced me to flavored black teas. Since then, I have developed a bit of a tea addiction. I never want to be without the teas I love, but I’m perpetually compelled to try new ones…

I started with French tea companies like Mariage Freres, Dammann Freres, Kusmi, Nina’s, and TheOdor, because I’m French and it makes me feel closer to home, but I would love to find tea companies I love as much on this side of the Atlantic.

I’m partial to dessert teas and in terms of flavors, I adore almond, pistachio, biscuit, nutty types, as well as caramel, cream, cake, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and cookies. For me, it’s all about drinking my dessert!!! I also like fruity teas like peach, melon, mango, raspberry, strawberry, figs, and even grapefruit flavored teas. I am discovering more floral teas and testing the waters there, but I don’t care for earl greys or chai. I have not expanded into unflavored teas yet, but maybe one day.

For full disclosure I like my tea with a little sugar/sweetener.

Tea ratings: (I’m not a tough customer and I don’t have a very sophisticated palate.)

96-100: Pure deliciousness and all-time favourite teas.

90-95: Love love love. Delicious teas I reach for all the time.

80-89: Good to great teas I’d drink any day of the week.

75-79: Good teas that I would be happy to drink from time to time.

70-74: Teas that are just ok for me. They’re not bad teas, but not my preference.

60-69: Maybe good for someone else but definitely not my thing.

50-59: Drinkable

1-49: Just no.

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