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I ordered 100g of this with our advent calendars in October 2022 and I’m nearly through the entire lot. The love of fresh, high quality berries is something my east coast home and Scandinavia have in common and I love it (where I currently am in western Canada has such awful quality berries, sigh). However, because of this love I think A.C. Perch (& Nabo) really nail their berry flavours.

The base here has an edge of astringency, but I lower the steeping time to 3 minutes and it works out quite well. The berry flavours are very ‘wild’ tasting with hints of strawberry and the European ‘red fruit’ flavour. I believe there’s meant to be red currant here as well and there is a jammy quality I’ll chalk up to that. Overall a really tasty tea, and one I’d happily order for our cupboard again.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 11 OZ / 340 ML

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Comparison of A.C. Perch Queen’s Blend & Organic French Earl Grey (posted under both teas)
Both steeped for 3 minutes at 200 ° F

Queen’s Blend — There’s a mixed base here of Ceylon and green gunpowder. The gunpowder is noticeable, but adds another level of complexity. I’ve only had gunpowder from A.C. Perch and I know someone mentioned last year that it’s often smoky — I’ve thankfully not experienced that with their straight gunpowder or this tea. I would say the bergamot is the same in both these teas. Lexa says this one, hands down, is her favourite (though she enjoys both).

French EG — This version has just the Ceylon base. This tea comes off as “cleaner” or perhaps “crisper” with the single base tea. I actually really enjoy both of these teas and either (or both!) would be great additions to our cupboard.

A.C. Perch never fails to impress.

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

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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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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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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 21: Cool Herbal

Dry, this one smelled strongly of grapefruit, which I was very excited about. Buuuut, steeped it was too heavy on the liquorice root for my liking. It came across as stevia and had a mouth-coating effect. Otherwise, the lemongrass and peppermint nearly cancelled each other out, which I enjoyed since I don’t really care for either of those ingredients. Sadly no real grapefruit in the steeped tea.

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Comparison of A.C. Perch Queen’s Blend & Organic French Earl Grey (posted under both teas)
Both steeped for 3 minutes at 200 ° F

Queen’s Blend — There’s a mixed base here of Ceylon and green gunpowder. The gunpowder is noticeable, but adds another level of complexity. I’ve only had gunpowder from A.C. Perch and I know someone mentioned last year that it’s often smoky — I’ve thankfully not experienced that with their straight gunpowder or this tea. I would say the bergamot is the same in both these teas. Lexa says this one, hands down, is her favourite (though she enjoys both).

French EG — This version has just the Ceylon base. This tea comes off as “cleaner” or perhaps “crisper” with the single base tea. I actually really enjoy both of these teas and either (or both!) would be great additions to our cupboard.

A.C. Perch never fails to impress.

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

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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 20: Queen’s Blend

I was actually quite excited for this one haha. I really enjoy a unique EG, though generally stick to EG Creams. This one definitely had that bergamot edge that can be in straight EGs, but not nearly as intense as most I’ve tried. I think the mix of base teas here serves to mellow it out. Also, A.C. Perch teas are just always smooth!

I always drop there steeping times (well, 99% of the time) and this tea was no exception there, but I would order this one for our cupboard!

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

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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 19: Green Organic Darjeeling

This one is smooth, as per usual with A.C. Perch. I wouldn’t say it’s anything special, but I have enjoyed drinking the teapot. The tea itself is very light-bodied, yet has the distinctive Darjeeling characteristics that I find enjoyable — some hay notes especially.

This is my first full day working from home in months and I am so grateful to be able to truly sit an enjoy a tea which I haven’t done in a long time.

Martin Bednář

I am happy to hear you could work from home! I would enjoy it sometimes as well (that dreary reports for HQ!).

LuckyMe

Being able to drink tea is my favorite perk of working from home!

Courtney

Martin it really is so lovely!

Agreed LuckyMe! I can’t really take my mask off at work, so there’s definitely no opportunities for tea!

Nattie

Like Courtney, I can’t take my mask off at work either, so no tea for me ):

derk

Happy for you, Courtney :)

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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 17: White Temple

This tea was really tasty! The tropical fruit scent was very prevalent in the dry tea, and the flavours really came through once steeped. I would say pineapple and orange with hints of mango as well. I really delightful tea and I assume one that would be very tasty chilled.

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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 16: Black Columbia Organic

This one was smooth and went down almost too easily! The steeping temperature was only 80 C and the time was quite long at 6 minutes (though all A.C. Perch teas have long steeping times). I was surprised that this one was so delightful.

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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 15: Caribbean Star

I didn’t get much flavour from this one, but that was my fault as I was happily eating through a sleeve of gingerbread thins at the same time XD. I can say it was smooth with some fruitness as well. I have some left, so I’ll try to remember to make another note with more information.

Lexa loved it so much she said we must order it for the cupboard, so that’s a good sign.

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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 14: Organic Green Kukicha

This was lovely. Equally reoast toasty and green tea – the kukichas I’ve had in the past have been all roasty toasty. This was a nicely balanced and smooth cup.

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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 12: Ceylon OP

True to A.C. Perch form, another incredibly smooth tea. This was a very light-bodied Ceylon with absolutely no astringency, bitterness, or drying. We both really enjoyed this one — one of those cups where I drank a whole teapot without realising and was almost saddened to realise the tea was gone.

I am glad we have more of this one and would seriously consider adding this to our cupboard.

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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 8: White Nepal

This was delightful! There was a sweetness that only occurs in certain white teas that was just lovely at the end of every sip. There were also notes of hay. We both loved this one and would order it for our cupboard!

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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 11: White Symphony

Well, this one wasn’t finished. The rose was all that came through, sadly. The rose was definitely stronger in scent than flavour, but with so many teas behind I wasn’t in the mood to drink the whole cup of this one.

Also, I think the ingredients of this one have changed since the original notes. The booklet that comes with the calendar states: “White tea (China), pear pieces, flavoring, pomegranate pieces, rose leaves, cardamom, vanilla pieces”.

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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 10: Java

A lovely start to the day with this one. A straight black, breakfast-like tea. There was no astringency or metallic flavours here. Just smooth black tea.

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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 7: Tropical Oolong

Another smooth tea from AC Perch! I found the flavouring to be very light with a generic tropical flavour. The oolong came through nicely with no hints of cardboard – yay!

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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 6: Organic Green Tanzania

This one was quite nice. Very smooth and an enjoyable green, considering most greens I’m not a big fan of. I should really take better notes, but I’m just far too busy.

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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 5: White Pineapple

This was juicy and delightful. Like pineapple juice without sugar. I can only imagine how tasty this would be chilled on a lovely hot summer day. I would order this one!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Ooh, nice!

Martin Bednář

This sounds good! Into the wishlist it goes.

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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 4: Green Cherry Blossom

There was a decent number of rose blossoms in the dry leaf here that I picked right out. No thanks! Thank goodness I did because there was still a not-so-subtle rose flavour that came into the steeped tea. There was a definite cherry flavour up front, with a rose-y taste nearing the end up the sip. The cherry become more and more prominent as the tea cooled, which was nice, but the rose never let up.

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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 3: Formosa Oolong

The booklet that comes with our calendar didn’t say “fancy”, but their webshop only had Formosa Fancy Oolong, so I’m adding this note here.

This one is okay. It’s not my favourite or really all that special. It’s fine to drink but does have a subtle hint of cardboard.

Nattie

Yum, cardboard!

Courtney

XD right!

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A.C. Perch 2022 Advent Day 2: Green Mint

Mint is never really my favourite, but happily surprised here as the mint was blended really well into the green tea base (as opposed to herbal mint teas – of course). The gunpowder base also was a great choice – last year AC Perch had a straight gunpowder tea that was my first try of gunpowder that I also really enjoyed. A lovely and calming cup overall.

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History. I’ve had quite the dose of it this year. Everything from standing on the same ground as ancient Greeks to learning about the hundred years of history here in America. Crazy to think that this company is almost as old as America. This is a unique blend. Fruity aroma. I tried to steep it the proper 7 minutes they are asking but I feel the green tea from India takes over far too much. Becoming too bitter with a metallic flavor. But before this, the fruity notes along with the deep woody notes are quite nice.

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Fantastic. It is not afternoon here but I don’t care. I smelled this one and I knew I had to give it a try. Thank you to Victoria of the Ta Fairy Brigade for the sample. The dry aroma reminded me of an Icewine black tea I bought in Canada once. The wet aroma is fruity, cranberry, elderberry, and dark cherry. Slightly woody. The woody notes come through more in the flavor. There is also a hint of dark chocolate but mainly the flavors revolve around the fruit. Tart fruits, not overly sweet. The vanilla is present when the aroma of the liquor comes close to your nose but otherwise, I find it not to be a strong presence. A slight bit of astringency as well.

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