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  • “Sipdown (622)! Thank you Kittenna for the tea sample! You definitely didn’t have to share, but I’m very appreciate that you did. Tea friends/tea community is just the best! So, I had no idea what...” Read full tasting note
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  • “January subscription tea 2/4 The aroma of this tea was definitely more on the grapey side than the raisin side, but it wasn’t so strong as to evoke the thought of grape juice, which was good. The...” Read full tasting note
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A traditional Dutch New Year’s treat. A deep fried pastry filled with sweet cooked apple and raisins.

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Sipdown (622)!

Thank you Kittenna for the tea sample! You definitely didn’t have to share, but I’m very appreciate that you did. Tea friends/tea community is just the best!

So, I had no idea what ‘Olie Bollen’ was before looking it up; but having now done that my understanding is that it’s basically like a Fritter type of situation but with apples and raisins. Loosely, anyway. That’s cool; I’m down for that! It actually sounds pretty nice!

Drinking this tea right now, I’ll just start by saying that it’s absolutely delicious and I love the taste! However, I don’t know that it reminds me much of any kind of donut-y/pastry type of thing at all? Like, it’s a pretty sweet and juice like grape note with that punchy, robust and sweet apple flavouring that is in a lot of AQ2T’s blends. Some of my all time favourite flavours that Lauren uses in her blends are these grape and apple flavourings so having the two combined together is actually sort of a dream come true for me. It’s a really great rich, sweet fruity flavour! But it just reminds me too much of grape juice/apple juice to be anything remotely baked or fried in dough. I think to capture that you would need either a butterness or perhaps warming spices? And less of a fresh/sweet grape and apple flavour and something a bit more like a baked apple note?

So, this loses points for me in terms of conveying the inspiration of the tea – but is still an AWESOME, enjoyable cuppa!

Kittenna

Glad you enjoyed! Your review is definitely more comprehensive than mine!

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January subscription tea 2/4

The aroma of this tea was definitely more on the grapey side than the raisin side, but it wasn’t so strong as to evoke the thought of grape juice, which was good. The grapey flavour mellows even more once brewed, and blends nicely with a moderate black base and pastry flavours. I couldn’t distinctly pick out apple, but unless it’s the green apple variety, it is more just a sweetness anyhow, which was definitely present here.

Too tired to try and write something more comprehensible here; basically, I enjoyed this tea but am unsure it tasted like an olie bollen. But not sure I cared, since it was good.

Roswell Strange

100% had to look up the name of this one as I’m not familiar with it. Google says Dutch Donuts!? So I’m confused how grape comes into play…

Kittenna

Yeah, apparently a fried pastry with apples and raisins – so that’s where the grape comes in (raisin). I do think it’s a touch too much on the grape side there, but it was more powerful in the aroma than flavour.

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