603 Tasting Notes

Day 16 Dammann Freres Tea Advent Calendar

This one was a ok. A black tea, a teensy bit astringent, sort of apple-y, a little bit cinnamon-y. Not a bad tea, but not one I’ve ever order.

Days 14 & 15 were Carcadet Pomme d/Amour, which was a gorgeous reddish purple in the cup and horribly, horribly sour, and a Christmas Herbal Tea which I did not enjoy either. We’ll see what I get to enjoy tonight.

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Day 13 of the Dammann Freres Advent Calendar

Ah, at last a tea I thoroughly enjoyed. No bitterness or astringency. No bergamot or green tea or hibiscus. The cherry flavor is a teeny bit reminiscent of kids cough syrup. The almond must have been too subtle for me to pick up. The tea base was smooth. I liked it quite a bit. If I do place an order (which I had planned to do in late January, but the offerings so far has caused me to re-think that plan) then this will be one of the teas I get.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

You should get Noel a Prague, it also has none of those things you don’t like and it’s very unique.

Maddy Barone

I bet it’s coming up. Still 11 more teas to try!
Even though I haven’t absolutely adored any of the teas yet, it has been a good experience for me to try ones I normally wouldn’t ever buy.


Oh I hope the Prague pops up for you to try it! But I know they have many ‘Noel’ blends.

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Day 12 of the Dammann Freres Advent Calendar

Another type of tea I’ve never had. A white tea this time. It brews up a slightly darker color than other white teas I’ve had. White teas tend to be hit or miss for me. Sometimes they are nearly as grassy as green teas. This one had a very faint grassy note at the end of the sip as it cooled. Also a bit of astringency. But I rather like this one. It is just a little sweet on its own, with a refreshing, clear flavor. The berry flavor comes across pretty well. It adds a little tang to the sip. Not sour, just refreshing. I think this one might be very good iced on a hot day.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Day 10 of the Dammann Freres Advent Calendar 2018

This was green tea. Very green. Very grassy. A hint of citrus. I didn’t taste any cinnamon. I’m sorry I didn’t like it. I drank about a quarter of the cup and then poured it down the sink. I hate doing that. But I just couldnt’ make myself drink it. But hey, at least I’m keeping my promise to myself to try every tea in the advent calendar!

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Day 11 of the Dammann Freres Tea Advent Calendar

Dang it, more green tea and bergamot.

Oh well. I don’t hate it. I finished the cup. The little packet said black tea, not black and jasmine green tea, so I brewed this with boiling water. I thought it was fine that way. I do get a bit of something fruity. Maybe citrus. Hard to know with my stupid nose (I’m feeling a bit grumpy about not being able to smell. I shouldn’t. It’s nothing new. But for some reason I am crabby about it) As the tea cooled I got a little something at the end of the sip that might have been pineapple.

So I wouldn’t order this one but I liked it enough to drink the whole cup.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Day 9 of the Dammann Freres Advent Calendar

When I saw ‘Russe’ I imagined a Russian Caravan type smoky tea. Boy, was I wrong. This is bergamot. Or, as I think of it, Blechamot. However, the Earl Gray factor is pretty mild. I do get a hint of bright lime, although it is quite muted for me, which is a shame, as I think I would like that.

So this tea is not one I would order, but I’m glad to have tried it. I think someone who enjoyed a mild Earl Gray would quite like this one. There is no astringency to it or bitterness. Even with the bergamot I finished the cup. If a friend served this I would be able to drink it with some enjoyment.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Lime

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Day 7 of the Dammann Freres Tea Advent Calendar

This is a fruit infusion of mainly (I believe) Cherry and almond. There is mention of gingerbread also on the DF website. And—oh, dear, oh, dear—hibiscus. I can’t stand hibiscus. I can taste only 4 things, one of which is sour. And if something is supposed to be pleasantly tangy, I get UNpleasant sourness. Even back when I was able to smell I never liked sour candies. Now that I don’t get other flavors to round the sourness out I find my mouth puckering at even the thought of hibiscus. But I am going to try every last one of these teas. No skipping! So. Big girl panties time.

It brews up a beautiful rich red liquor.

It tastes like watery sour cough syrup.

I made myself drink half the cup. It did become slightly better as it cooled. Someone who enjoys the zing of hibiscus might very well enjoy this one. It is not fair of me to rate this tea since I so much dislike hibiscus. I would love to hear what others think of it.

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Day 6 of Dammann Freres Advent Calendar.

This was a pretty good dessert-y Tea. It had a buttery, creamy taste. As it cooled it developed a slightly astringent edge. Not enough to ruin it for me, but that combined with the vegetal aftertaste moves this one off my prospective spring order. I guess I’m one of those non adventurous sorts who prefers black tea. But I’m really enjoying the chance to try teas I normally would avoid.

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Day 5 from the Dammann Freres Advent Calendar

When I saw it was a green tea I almost skipped it. I don’t like the grassy/vegatal flavor of green teas. But I had decided on Day One that I was going to try every tea in the calendar. No skipping. If I don ‘t like it, I don’t have to finish the cup. That’s fair, right?

Well, knock me over with a feather. I like it. Not enough to put it on an order, but it was very drinkable. Even pleasant. The lime is most prominent for me, followed by the ginger. The lime/ginger combo was great together. As the cup cooled the grassy flavor came out. I popped my mug in the microwave, but it was too late. The grassy flavor remained. The next time I have a green tea I will be sure to drink it right away instead of dawdling over the cup.

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My friend from Winnipeg crashed at my place last night. She is not a coffee drinker, but luckily I am a hybrid morning caffeine person. That is, I start with a cup of coffee and finish with some tea. I had a tin of this on hand so we brewed up a pot. This is not a fancy tea, but it is hearty enough to be satisfying, and mild enough to escape the dreaded bitterness and/or astringency that some (cheapo) breakfast teas give you. It is bagged tea, and I got the box of 20 bags for less than $3 US, so I call that a win.

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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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