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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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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