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Day 4 of the Dammann Freres Advent Calendar

Of the four teas I’ve had so far, this is my favorite. I like a slightly sweet, spicy tea. This one was very good. Like a far superior version of Constant Comment. I shared this with a visiting friend. With only one tea bag for two cups I let it brew longer than usual. The end of the sip had a lightly bitter after taste. Perhaps if I’d brewed only one cup, it would have avoided the bitterness. At any rate. I’m very much enjoying trying some teas I’ve never had before. This is a possible re-order in the future.

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Day 3 Dammann Freres Advent Calendar

Day 1 was a black tea, Day 2 was a green tea. Day 3 is an herbal. Each day I’ve gotten to try a different sort of tea than I’ve ever had before. This is no exception. I really enjoy a cup of peppermint tea at the end of a day, especially if I over ate and my tummy is unhappy, so I was eager to try this one. Since it was herbal and I was away from the apartment from 6:30 am until 9:00 pm I decided to enjoy this one before bed. And I do enjoy it. Not a keeper, but this would be great to have on hand for the unhappy tummy moments.

My high school French is pretty sketchy, but I knew Menthe was mint. I didn’t recognize Reglisse. I had to look it up. Licorice. Black licorice. The DF website says this is ment with licorice as a secondary flavor. But the flavor of the tea is for me predominantly black licorice, with mint being very much in the background. If you like black licorice, like those black licorice Nibs candies, you will probably love this tea. I quite like it. I don’t see myself ordering 100 grams anytime soon. but a small amount of this tea may be on the Dammann Freres order I plan to make early next year. We’ll see which other teas I find to love.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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This was my Sip While Hanging Ornaments On The Tree tea this evening. This is over a year old, but I still love it. Mildly sweet, mildly minty, mildly creamy goodness. This is probably my favorite Christmas tea, although there are a few others that are very close. Just a nice black tea with creamy peppermint flavoring. And, of course, I like the mini candy canes in the leaf.

Christmas is coming. I’m starting to get in the mood~!

Cameron B.

Teas with cute sprinkles always get me, too.

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Day 2 of my Dammann Freres Advent Calendar

It’s a good thing I didn’t look at the ingredient list before I made this cup. I don’’t care for green tea in general because I don’t like that grassy flavor. And I greatly dislike floral teas. To my mind, lavender, rose, bergamot, jasmine, etc should be reserved for perfumes.

So it is probably no surprise that I didn’t like this one. Not because there was anything wrong with the tea. If floral green teas are your thing, then I heartily recommend this one. I am not rating it because I don’t feel it is fair to rate a tea low simply because I don’t like the ingredients. I am very glad I had a chance to try it, but I don’t see myself ever including this in an order.

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Day #1 of my Dammann Freres Advent Calendar.

This was different. I’ve never had a tea quite like this before. My sense of smell is weak, so I might not be really tasting this properly. The listed flavors are grape, buckwheat, pecan.

The little silky sachet bag was so easy to use and cute. The teas was not too sweet. It was not sour or bitter. The flavor had hints of grape-y tartness which was fine. There was also a cereal-like flavor. It didn’t care for that at first. It grew on me. I got pulled away and when I came back the tea was almost cold. I liked it better that way.

I give this a cautious recommendation. I didn’t hate it. I certainly didn’t love it. But if I was with a friend and she served this I could drink it. Looking forward to Day 2!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Melbourne Breakfast by T2
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Sip Down

I finished off the last scant teaspoon of this on my morning break. It was a bit weak, but still delicious and smooth. It went beautifully with the sugar cookies. Goodbye lovely morning tea.

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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This week has been rough. Next week will be worse. So I decided it was time to splurge on an old favorite tea.

I am looking forward to my Damann Freres advent calendar. I’ve had only a couple of their teas, and one I did’t especially enjoy. But I’ve done the David’s 24 days of tea a couple of years now, and it seems like most of the teas are the same so I thought it was time to try something else. Just a few days to go!


A friend sent me an Adagio advent box … December is a long time coming this year!


Sorry it’s been a tough week, with only the prospect of tougher ahead. Wishing you some quiet moments and good tea!

Cameron B.

I may or may not have been doing tea advent calendars since the beginning of November… ;)

Maddy Barone

@gmathis: Tomorrow!!
@TreeGal: Thank you. I managed to re-arrange some things I I have a few hours on Tuesday free. That should help me deal with these 16 days.
@Cameron B.: LOL I’ve been a good girl and not even peeked at my advent calendar yet.

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drank Winter Cabin Chai by 52teas
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Sip Down!
Oh my gosh! I was sorting through my teas to put them in their new drawer home, trying to select the pouches that had one pot’s worth or less in them so I could easily access them and sip them down, when I found THIS ONE! I thought it was completely gone. I mean, gone forever. Oh, smoky spicy tea, how I love you. You were a little weak, since there wasn’t quite enough left of you to make a strong cup, but you were still warming and tasty. You shall be missed.

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drank Strawberry Sundae by 52teas
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It’s cold today!! Not record breaking, but it was 13F when I got up and it never got much warmer. In fact, with the wind chill it was -12 in the afternoon. And it snowed and blowed. Just nasty weather all around. I stayed in and made progress on unpacking the sewing room. Now after hours of labor I am relaxing with a cup of tea. This one hits the spot. Mild, smooth, warm and comforting. The perfect before bed cuppa.

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At church on Wednesday nights we have various beverages set out. Water, lemonade, coffee and tea. I got the woman in charge of the kitchen hooked on quality loose leaf tea, so now she always makes two pots. This tea was one of the offerings last wednesday.

I forgot how much I enjoy this. I miss Tippy’s Tea! Did they close up shop? As I recall I super enjoyed their Minted Monkey.

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I love cats. I love alone time. I love sitting indoors on a cold winter night with a book or my knitting while drinking tea. I don’t have a sense of smell, so many of the more subtle flavors of tea escape me. Two of the things I CAN taste are bitter and sour, so any tea that has even a slightly bitter taste is nasty for me. And what others might perceive as pleasant tartness may be horribly sour for me.

I’m also a writer. I love writing, and a mug of hot tea helps me get through the hours sitting in front of the computer. Although I’m a comparatively new tea drinker, I’m jumping in feet first. Feel free to recommend any teas you think I might enjoy.

100-91 – Wowza! I want to keep this tea in the cupboard all the time.
75-90 – Very nice. It would be good to have this tea on hand from time to time.
60-74 – OK. Wouldn’t keep it in the cupboard, but I would drink it again.
45-59 – If a friend served this I would drink it to be polite, but it’s not really my cuppa.
Lower than 45 – Blech. It was too sour or bitter for my taste. Would not drink it again.


Fargo, ND



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