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drank Japan Oolong by A C Perch's
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A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 7

I made a mess of this one sadly. I had yet another hectic work day (cleaning up the mess of others) and steeped this one up, only to have to run out the door. When I finally arrived home hours later, it was ice cold. I drank it anyway and noticed a hint of bitterness with some sweetness overlaying it. Nothing too special, but most certainly my own fault.

Today I threw the rest of the leaves in my cup to steep a fresh cup, but I think I overleaped because it was quite bitter — very radicchio! Sigh, definitely chalk this up to user error on my part!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Copacabana by A C Perch's
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A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 8

This one smells very fruity, I’d say a mix of mostly strawberry with papaya and a hint of creaminess.

The steeped scent is nearly exactly the same. The taste is much more subtle, which is lovely. I enjoy that many of the European companies aren’t over the top — I enjoy a more delicately flavoured tea. Yet again, this is so smooth (even with a 5-minute steep), the base tase has no astringency and the flavouring adds hints of creaminess and fresh strawberries and perhaps raspberry— almost like my Nann’s homemade strawberry shortcake. There is also meant to have papaya and kiwi, but I don’t get much flavour coming through for either of those.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Pouchkine by A C Perch's
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A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 6

The dry scent is a nice mix of grapefruit and bergamot, but not too strong.

With a 5-minute steep time, I feared this would be drying in the mouth, but there’s absolutely no astringency whatsoever. I don’t know how they make these teas so smooth! The steeped tea tastes exactly like the scent and is delightful!

I would definitely order this one for my cupboard!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

Not gonna lie, I saw “Poutine” at first and was like… well that’s interesting. LOL!

Courtney

Hahaha! Can you imagine!

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drank White Christmas Tea by A C Perch's
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A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 5

Ooh, this one came in a much bigger tin with a ribbon attached to reuse the tin as a wee ornament!

The scent is strongly cinnamon candy hearts, which makes me think of the cinnamon tea from H&S with a similar scents that tastes like liquified cinnamon hearts (yum).

The steeped tea smells very similar but mellowed out, with the cinnamon falling more to the background. The flavours are much more subtle and smooth, also I like that there’s coconut included in this blend – how unique. All of these teas are so smooth!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

Those hot cinnamon teas from Harney are such a guilty pleasure for me ha ha. They’re so sweet and yet I still like them! XD

Courtney

They are so tasty haha. I haven’t had one in many years, but remember them fondly!

gmathis

My less-teaist work friends are hooked on H&S Hot Cinnamon Spice—always some around the office.

Courtney

I bet I could get my colleague hooked on it. She’s obsessed with DT’s Birthday Cake haha. Our office (pre-covid) often smelled like it!

ashmanra

The ornament/tin sounds cute! Perfect for a tea lover’s tree!

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I bought this one about a year ago to help reinduct me into the world of tea and it was exactly what I needed. The intense fruity flavors provide a delicious foundation upon which delicate notes of white and green teas are set, rather than the other way around. Any bitterness that the green tea may lend the brew serves well to contrast, and therefore emphasize, the peachy taste.
When cooled for an iced tea, the white and green tea flavors come forward.
An excellent tea for beginners, or the well-acquainted tea drinker who likes a strong fruit flavor.

Flavors: Apricot, Peach

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Organic Ginger Shot by A C Perch's
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A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 4

I was a bit unsure of this tea because I’m not usually huge on ginger heavy teas unless I’m not feeling well. And then chili as well! I thought the spicy heat would be over the top.

How wrong I was! This company keeps impressing me. The tea was far more lemongrass forward, but all the flavours were very subtle and very smooth. It was a lovely cuppa and I downed it far too quickly!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Kenya PF by A C Perch's
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A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 3

Lex, her mom, and her nonna are all doing this calendar as well (the B&B caffeine free advent we’ll be enjoying together next month as well haha). However, they are all pretty caffeine sensitive, so when I opened this tea I was a bit concerned! Well, I didn’t need to be, because my phone was blowing up this morning with texts about how much they loved it — “I could sit and drink this all day! What a wonderful journey!”

The scent is intoxicating — bold, yet clean and clear (though I do love a bold black tea that I would take as a breakfast tea). The CTC cut is so small! It almost looks like coffee! This tea is bold, but with only the subtlest hints of tannic-ity at the end. It’s not too malty, but ever so slightly so. I can’t get over the lack of astringency/tannic notes here since sometimes that can be the downfall for these bold black teas.

Lex, her mom, and her Nonna all added milk (oat for some and soy for others), but I enjoyed this straight. I tried a sip of Lex’s with soy milk and it was also divine.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 2

Disclaimer: I don’t think anyone else is doing A.C. Perch, but let me know if that’s not the case and I’ll try to hold off posting until a bit later in the day.

I don’t know if I ever had a jasmine tea. I certainly don’t seek them out, but I don’t really have a reason why.

This tea smells of jasmine and mint and I don’t really mind the scent. The jasmine seems to be a mix of sweet and musty (though the sweetness could be the mint).

The taste is very mellow. Subtle hints of mint and jasmine intertwined equally, not neither too strong. I understeeped this by one minute because 5 minutes seemed extreme for a green tea base (granted so did 4 minutes). There is a slight peppermint coolness in the aftertaste, but it’s still mellow. I’m quite happy with this one!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

Whaaaat never had jasmine?! It’s one of the few florals I really like. :)

tea-sipper

Yes, I recommend the best: if you ever do a Teavivre order, grab a sample of any of their jasmine teas. If you aren’t a fan after you taste that, you probably just don’t need to drink jasmine teas. haha.

CrowKettle

Yeah, you can’t go wrong with Teavivre’s introduction to jasmine. They and Verdant’s (now defunct) Jasmine Silver Needle got me hooked! :)

Courtney

Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to remember for my next Teavivre order!

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A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 1

ADVENT SEASON IS UPON US!

We’re so excited to dive into A.C. Perch!

The first tea has a wonderful background and on top of that it smells amazing steeped! A mix of floral with sweetness and makes me think of a delicious high mountain black/oolong mix.

There was a delightful sweetness to this tea paired with a pretty oolong flavour (I’m not sure exactly how to describe that — it wasn’t mineral/cardboard, but something else). I sadly was running around like a mad person attempting to get to work early and only had a few sips.

By the time I got home, the tea had been left out but was ice cold like it had been put in the fridge haha. The sweetness was still present, but with a slight edge of bitterness.

I made a resteep and it’s decent, but I don’t know that it’s really one I’d bother resteeping.

I’m happy with this start to the advent and anything that comes across as not completely positive was all on me and my ridiculous current work schedule.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

Yay advent time! \o/

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drank Sea Breeze by A C Perch's
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Our A.C. Perch’s advents have arrived and with it, two samples of this tea!

The steeped scent is enough to notice, but not overly intense or cloying. Excellent start! The scent is reminiscent of warmed pineapple, making me dream of summer by the ocean (which I’m already missing).

The green rooibos base is lovely and the flavour has hints of pineapple, passionfruit, and even some sea buckthorn that come through subtly.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Shae

What does sea buckthorn taste like to you? I’ve always been curious about it!

Courtney

I would say it has a tart, yet subtly fruity flavour, but more tart. :)

Shae

Thank you! I have a cookbook that includes it often as an ingredient, but I’ve never gotten around to finding sea buckthorn or trying any of the recipes.

Cameron B.

Ooh exciting! And this sounds lovely, I really like green rooibos with tropical and fruity flavors. :3

AJRimmer

Their international shipping is actually pretty reasonable. I may have to consider this one!

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drank Lemon by A C Perch's
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drank White Temple tea by A C Perch's
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This tea is PERFECTION. I went to Copenhagen on a layover. AC Perch’s was a MUST STOP for me. It’s the world’s most perfect tea shop. Very busy with the kindest workers. I asked for their best seller, and they gave me 100G of this. I am almost done, after 2 weeks, and already put some in the cart online. It’s so fresh, fruity, layered. This tea iced is like a punch. Blissful. And the dry leaf smell is one of the best I have ever smelt. Friend, please get some plane tickets, get to Copenhagen, and GO HERE, and buy this tea. Yes, you can buy it online. But the shop is so delightful, along with the rest of the Danish city.

This might become by everyday drinking tea. It soothes me for some reason.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Flavors: banana, Melon

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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This one is so good! The oolong base is not too oolong-y, neither super green and floral nor especially dark and roasty, and the raspberry is just right, almost like my dear lamented Haru Poro Poro from Lupicia. It is a little syrupy (though never artificial), but that’s no bad thing in my book—a good raspberry syrup is one of life’s great joys, IMO. I’ve prepared this a bunch of different ways, both hot and cold, but I think it’s at its very best cold-steeped and iced. I only wish this one was easier to get ahold of here in the States, since I don’t think I’ll make it back to Denmark any time in the foreseeable future.

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drank White Temple tea by A C Perch's
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Thanks for this one, Greenteafairy! This is NOT just raspberries in this blend! Within the steeped leaves, I’m seeing all sorts of fruits: something that looks like a tiny cranberry, strawberries, either a blueberry or black currant… basically a lot of things but not raspberry. I love a fruity oolong anyway. The oolong leaf itself looks more like pouchong than a rolled up leaf oolong. It’s tough to tell what type it is exactly, especially mixed with all that fruit.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsp // few minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // few min a.b. // 2-3 min

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drank White Symphony by A C Perch's
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Thanks for this sample, Greenteafairy! A leafy Pai Mu Tan type with a candy peach flavor. I wish I had saved this one for summer! There seemed to be other ingredients than the peach (like a cardamom pod? Hmm.) and there also seemed to be other fruit flavors that should have made an appearance, but I didn’t find those. An okay blend!
Steep #1 // 2 tsps // 20 min after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 2-3 min steep

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This is a pretty good blend, if not quite what I expected. The flavor is mostly rooibos, but it’s the good kind rather than the medicinal tobacco woodchip variety. There is some fruitiness to it, though nothing really identifiable as rhubarb. It’s a nice caffeine-free option, if not quite the revelation I’d hoped for, rhubarb-lover that I am. Very pleasant iced.

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drank White Persian by A C Perch's
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This was the tea for the 18th. We’ve got a bit of a backlog, but this is the sort of thing that will happen when you keep finding things that make you think, “meh.”

I don’t know anything about this one. It’s a white tea. I don’t think it should be flavoured, because it usually says aromatised on the packing if it is and it didn’t here. Was it grown in Iran, then? If so, we’ve got a lot of points on the Scale of Interestingness. Somehow, though, that strikes me as a little unlikely. That sort of thing doesn’t seem to be ACP’s style, although you never know.

When drinking it, I am further confused about whether or not it’s flavoured, because it tastes extraordinarily like peaches. Like a lot a lot a lot a lot a lot of peaches!

It didn’t actually have any of the things about it that normally puts me off in a white tea. None of that cucumber-y, courgette-y flavour. Not much in the way of floralness and no grass or straw or anything. Just peaches.

It was so strong at one point that I actually visualised biting a peach while tasting it. I could see the yellow flesh of the fruit and feel the downy skin of it. I could see the wrinkly stone and almost feel its roughness against my tongue. It was a really strong sensation of peach there. Far stronger than just your average ‘oh, this tastes like peach.’

So. I don’t much care for white tea in general and this elicited another sigh when opening it but it has turned out to be quite drinkable. THIS is the sort of experience I’d been hoping to get from the Christmas calendar, dammit!

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drank Morning Tea by A C Perch's
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Finally something sensible! December 16th’s tea. I decided to put yesterday’s satchets with the tin of it that I already had.

This! This is far more me than most of the things I’ve had in the calendar so far (apart of course from the wonderful Panyong.), and the stuff I hoped I’d find. Next year I might get the Christmas calendar from Simply Tea which costs the tip of a jet, but is all unflavoured things. We’ll see.

Anyway, I think I’m putting this under the correct heading. The satchets say breakfast tea, and it does indeed taste like Assam and Ceylon, so this is where I’m putting it. Apparently this is the oldest blend in their repertoire.

It’s strong and flavourful and with a great deal of raisin and honey notes to it. I’m enjoying this very much and it’s just the thing to have before making dinner (I’m famished) and after a round of Parcel Bingo with the Danish postal service, in which I came to pick up a parcel and went home with a totally different parcel (also for me, so no catastrophe there) which I didn’t even know had arrived yet. I shall have to go back and have another crack at getting the first parcel tomorrow. Ordering Christmas presents online is easier in the moment of shopping. Not so much when trying to keep track of which parcels have arrived and how many are still outstanding…

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, keeping up with xmas parcels can get a little crazy. It also seems never-ending!

Cheri

I know exactly what you mean about keeping up with the incoming packages.

Angrboda

And the queues! I waited 20 minutes yesterday for my turn when sending a parcel to the UK.

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So December 14th was a green blend which we didn’t have yesterday because we had a lot of mulled wine and all round Christmas cheer instead with decorating the tree and whatnot. So there just wasn’t ‘space’ for a distinctly summer-y sounding blend.

Summer-y or not, though, this was one of those that I want to find in a product such as this calendar. Something that wouldn’t have caught my eye otherwise but that I might find interesting when tasting it. In other words, not something that I know I won’t like much.

It smells like sweeties when steeped. It’s a very fruity blend with dried fruit bits in (tropical) and large rose petals. Smells like winegums. This of course made me interested!

Unfortunately it doesn’t taste like sweeties. It tastes like… like… like… I’m not sure. I can taste the tropical fruits, pineapple in particular but also something else that I don’t really think I like much. It’s a quite grassy sort of flavour, which leads me to think about the bamboo. I’ve had bamboo in blends before and actually rather enjoyed it, so I don’t think it’s the bamboo alone that does it here. I think it’s more a question of, for me, the bamboo simply doesn’t play well with some of the other ingredients. The rose petals is giving it a fairly floral finish as well, which I’m not keen on either.

Another miss for me, then, but I’m quite pleased that it wasn’t a known dislike before I even tasted it!

As for today’s tea, I’m having a bit of a think about it. I’ve decided that in order to prevent things lying around for ages untasted, I must drink these in order. Today’s box however contained two satchets of their green mandarin blend, which I’ve already got loads of in a tin. So, is it okay to put those two satchets with the tin, or must they still be used before I can have tomorrow’s tea? Answers on a postcard, please. (To be frank, my decision will probably hinge on what tomorrow’s tea actually is)

Kittenna

Do you like the green mandarin blend? If so, put the sachets with the tin. Do you dislike it? Drink them. :D

Angrboda

I like it, but not like like it. It’s quite nice, but not something I’m in the mood for often, largely because of the green base. I decided to put them with the tin in the end.

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drank Cool Herbal by A C Perch's
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December 13th. I have no clue what’s in this (and I can’t be bothered to look it up) but I expect it involves mint in some way what with having ‘cool’ in the name. That’s usually a minty word.

It has a quite familiar smell to it which I think is grapefruit-y. Husband doesn’t agree with me on that at all, but couldn’t otherwise place the smell. I think there’s spearmint involved as well. It has that sharpness.

I guess it comes as no surprise, given the nature of this calendar, that I’m not terribly keen on spearmint because I find it tastes like toothpaste. Sometimes I wonder why I even keep trying with it. Tea after tea that I don’t like, who could blame me for giving up? I keep at it because surely at some point they must run out of things I don’t like, mustn’t they? Tell me yes, please!

Anyway, we are having this one as the cup of herbal before bedtime, so now I’m just hoping it doesn’t contain mate or guyuausysusyuyauyuayusuayu or whatever it’s called. With my luck, it probably does.

After steeping, the grapefruit smell has disappeared, so now I don’t think it involves grapefruit at all. Instead it smells rather strongly of licorice. (This should be good for Husband who’s been a bit ill recently with a persistent cold) There’s a minty smell to it as well and something else that I can’t quite place, but suspect might be some kind of spice.

It definitely has licorice in it. It’s right there in the aftertaste, being all thick and sweet. As for the rest?`I have no idea. It’s not as minty as expected, but I am getting a bit of a minty mouthfeel after drinking a few sips. The aftertaste is fairly dominated by the licorice though, so it’s a little difficult for me to focus on. Can’t tell if it’s spear or pepper.

There is something else in here giving it body and I can’t tell what it could be. Don’t think it guyyuayuayuayauayayussuaysya or mate, much to my relief. It could even just be the natural flavour of a whole lot of mint, since mint is more than just the aftertaste, although the aftertaste is what I primarily tend to think of as minty.

The licorice is a little over the top, but other than that, it’s okay. Not awesome, but not awful either. In the context of the calendar so far, that’s not a bad result at all.

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drank Panyong by A C Perch's
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Good morning Steepsterites.

I don’t usually have tea in the morning because I rarely feel like I really have the time, but I’ve come one behind on the Christmas calendar and since the 11th was a day of known like (!!!) I thought I’d catch up a bit.

Look, it’s my favourite ever type! Hurray! At last something nice! At last something interesting! At last something I might actually go and buy! This ought to have been the 24th box, really. They’re going to have a hard time topping this.

Anyway, it’s not the smoothest I’ve ever had, a bit rough around the edges and with a touch pseudo-smokyness. Lots of grain and malty notes though, and a bit of cocoa as well.

I haven’t seen them have this type before at all. There was a Panyong with Paklum blended in, which is some sort of white tea, apparently, that I’ve never heard of anywhere else. Why they would do such a thing is beyond me, but this one as far as I can tell from the satchet wrappers is just the black tea.

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drank Black Christmas Tea by A C Perch's
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Well. We knew it had to come, didn’t we? Yes, another flipping Christmas blend. I’m going to be heartily sick of Christmas blends before this calendar is used up! This time on a black base, the very most traditional kind of Christmas blends. Why is this not in the 24th box??? Seems the logical place to put it. Now I have no clue what that one is going to be.

Anyway, we are having this one tonight, although it was the tea of the 10th, because we didn’t have one yesterday and I have decided that in order to stop me from letting unfavoured samples languish forever, these must be had in the order they were opened. And so, if I want to move on to the infinitely more interesting tea of the 11th, which I do, then I must drink this first.

Really, we’re talking about variations on a theme with this one. Spices and orange. We’ve had that on a white base and on a green base so far already and now also a black one. I’m fully expecting a rooibos based Christmas blend to appear as well. Perhaps even an oolong one.

I can’t really detect the orange much in this but I could see the pieces in the blend. I’m mostly getting a load of generic spice and with a side-note of something borderline soapy. The soapy note is also to do with the spice and I know I should know what causes it, but I can’t think of what it could be right now. It’s one of those things, right on the tip of my tongue.

I know the spice blends and whatnots in all three of these Christmas blends so far have been different, but they just haven’t been different enough. They all seem the same-ish to me, but on different bases. So not impressed with this one either.

I still have a couple of posts in my notebook which will be typed up… eventually. So those will appear out of order, but posting in the right order, I’ve decided, is less important than drinking in the right order.

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