2884 Tasting Notes
DAVIDsTEA Advent Calendar 2021 – Day 2
Not gonna lie, I’m not a fan of this one.
I do love Earl Grey in general, but this tastes very artificial to me. It actually reminds me of those old-fashioned wax bottle candies that you have to bite the top off of to drink. But it just reminds me of biting the wax part, not the actual contents ha ha. Or maybe a bit like eating some kind of vanilla-frosting-flavored Chapstick?
So I guess what I’m saying is, it tastes very waxy to me. Almost chemically, really. And I don’t get a whole lot of bergamot to speak of?
Nope, not for me ha ha. :P
Flavors: Artificial, Chemical, Creamy, Frosting, Vanilla, Wax
Bird & Blend Advent Calendar 2021 – Day 1
It’s been a few years since I had the B&B advent. And in all honesty, I wasn’t planning on getting it this year either but then they went and offered free international shipping and I gave in. Plus the design is so cute!
There are actually two sachets in each day this year, meant for sharing. My husband doesn’t drink tea, so I’m just using both sachets to steep up a big 16-ounce mug for myself instead!
I will say, this is extremely similar to the last tea I had – Merry Mistletoe from DAVIDsTEA. It’s a cranberry-flavored fruit tisane with hibiscus, stevia, and a hint of spice. Almost identical really, ha ha… Happily the stevia is less obvious here for me, and I get a bit more of a cherry candy note than cranberry. The spicing is extremely similar and equally subtle. Level of hibiscus is also very similar.
I feel like I drank the same tisane twice tonight! Ha ha… Luckily it was a pleasant one! I will say of the two, I prefer this version due to the subtler stevia. :)
Flavors: Apple, Candy, Cherry, Cinnamon, Floral, Fruity, Hibiscus, Red Fruits, Stevia, Sweet, Tart
DAVIDsTEA Advent Calendar 2021 – Day 1
First day of sipping on DT with Tea with Jann! Jann always does a video for each day of the DT advent, and I loved her videos so much last year that I was inspired to buy this advent! Highly recommend checking her out on YouTube if you haven’t already – she’s such a kind, funny, and genuine person.
Anyway, the tea! This is supposedly a white tea, but really it’s mostly a fruit tisane. I still steeped it as a white tea, just to be safe and avoid bitterness. I used the entire little tinful of leaf, partially because there’s so much fruit in here and partially because I don’t want any leftovers heh heh…
It’s a sort of generic red fruit-like tisane. I definitely don’t taste the white tea at all, and I question the point of it being included at all. It’s not too tart even though there’s hibiscus here, which is nice. I can taste the stevia, but it’s not awful. It does give it a somewhat artificial taste though. Hint of spices but quite subtle – I actually get the spices more in the aroma than the taste.
Anyway, it’s fine. I would like it much better without the stevia though…
Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Cinnamon, Clove, Fruity, Hibiscus, Red Fruits, Stevia, Sweet, Tart
Kiani Tea Advent Calendar 2021 – Day 1
Yay, I’m so excited to have a mostly unflavored advent this year! I know Kiani Tea isn’t really known around these parts, but she’s fairly popular with some of my Instagram tea friends as a purveyor of mostly single origin straight teas. And this is her first year offering an advent calendar!
Starting off with a bang on day one with this sparkly breakfast blend. It’s the same as the regular breakfast blend she offers, just with some added pixie dust! This blend is made up of Assam and Darjeeling teas.
I quite like it! I can taste the Assam and yet it’s quite mellow and smooth for a breakfast blend. The raisiny goodness and caramelized brown sugar notes are there, as is a smooth bready quality from what I assume is a second flush Darjeeling. Flavorful yet very smooth and easy to drink. The glitter is pretty for the holiday season, but not something I would want on a regular basis. Very slight astringency at the end of the sip, but not in an unpleasant way. It adds a bit of dimension really.
Flavors: Astringent, Bread, Brown Sugar, Caramelized Sugar, Dried Fruit, Grain, Hay, Malt, Raisins, Smooth
Fortnum & Mason Advent Calendar 2021 – Day 1
Happy December, tea people! \o/
So happy that advent season is finally here! And I’m kicking it off with this first tea from Fortnum & Mason as my morning cuppa! This is one of their many breakfast blends, and it’s a blend of Ceylon and Assam. It doesn’t specify in what proportions sadly, though I guess that’s a bit much to expect heh.
I will say I can definitely taste both teas. Perhaps the Assam is slightly stronger? Although it does tend to be a beefier tea in general. I had originally planned to steep this for 2.5 minutes, as the leaves looked quite broken to me. But after seeing how quickly the water darkened after being poured in, I shortened it to just 2 minutes to be safe. And I’m glad I did, this is very flavorful but not bitter, and even with the short steep it has a moderate amount of astringency on the tail end.
I confess, the beginning of the sip tastes a bit like Lipton, perhaps from the Ceylon? But midway through, the dark brown sugar and raisin notes of the Assam come to the forefront. It’s very malty as well. The Ceylon seems to be adding “tea-ish” notes (lol) and a bit of a metallic edge. And then at the end, the tannins come out to play and take over the cup.
I added a glug of oat milk to the second half of the cuppa, which smoothed out the dryness perfectly but also brought out a slightly musty flavor. I’m not generally a breakfast blend sort of person, as I don’t often add milk to my tea, which is almost expected for these types of blends. That being said, I’m excited to explore a few more that I know are hiding somewhere in this calendar! It’s always fun to go outside your tea comfort zone. ❤
ETA: Almost forgot about the Bonne Maman jam!
Today was Rhubarb-Strawberry Spread and it was wonderful slathered on the very last leftover Thanksgiving roll. I adore rhubarb. The end!
Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Brown Sugar, Caramelized Sugar, Malt, Metallic, Musty, Raisins, Sweet, Tannic, Tea
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Another older sample I had stashed away from TTC. Mine is actually lot 657, but I didn’t want to create a new listing for this one note…
This tea is simple but very tasty. Heavy on those lovely bugbitten honey notes combined with sweet dried fruits and a hint of cinnamon. Some nice fluffy enriched bread notes as well, so it’s a bit like lightly toasted brioche with a touch of fig jam, honey, and cinnamon. There’s a bit of a toasty autumn leaf note at the bottom as well.
I always love bai hao, and this one is no exception. Will definitely need to get some in my cupboard one of these days!
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Bread, Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Fig, Floral, Honey, Honeysuckle, Smooth, Sweet
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This is an interesting one.
It does have a sort of ginger ale or maybe even cola flavor to it. The lime pairs nicely as well, giving it a Moscow Mule kind of feel.
But to me, the ginger is a bit too strong, and this last mug is especially spicy. Also I’m not a fan of the cloying licorice root aftertaste. I bet this would be super interesting as an iced tea though…
Flavors: Citrus, Cola, Ginger, Licorice, Lime, Spicy, Sweet
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I quite enjoyed this one. It reminds me of a cereal I used to like when I was younger, called Blueberry Morning. Apparently Post still makes it, I just haven’t seen it at any stores near me in a long time. I’ll have to keep an eye out!
Anyway… I don’t generally like almond flavoring, but I don’t really taste it here. It reads more sweet and jammy blueberry with a little bit of toasted almond. There’s a brown sugar sweetness that’s reminding me of the sweet granola clusters from that cereal. The black base, as usual, is not my favorite and has a slightly tannic character but not much else.
I will say after having several cups, I remain surprised that there’s no blueberry flavoring in this. The blueberry taste has been very present and consistent, which is unusual for something with just dried berries.
My only complaint is it’s a bit too sweet, and because of that it won’t be a reorder for me. I enjoyed my 25g pouch though! :)
Flavors: Almond, Astringent, Blueberry, Brown Sugar, Dried Fruit, Jam, Maple, Sweet, Tannic, Toasted
Nope, too much lavender for me. XD
It does have a nice creamiscle-y citrus & cream flavor profile, but there’s also a strong lavender presence. Which makes it a little too soapy for me.
Oh well, into the rehoming box!
Flavors: Creamy, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Soap, Sweet, Vanilla
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Meh. Not the biggest fan of this one.
The white tea is quite musty and earthy, but then the pomegranate tastes artificial and candy-like to me. I don’t think I would’ve identified it as specifically pomegranate either, more of a generic berry-esque flavor.
So musty hay and mixed berry candy. Not a favorite, ha ha.
Flavors: Artificial, Berry, Candy, Hay, Herbaceous, Musty