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drank Radar by Casting Whimsy
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Advent Day 10
Carrot cake rooibos. I’m trying to think of what fandom has a Radar in it and all I can think of is Big Bird’s teddy bear on Sesame Street. That or some guy on MASH. This smells and tastes VERY carrot cake like. It’s pretty dead on. So much so that I’m not even bothered by the fact that I’m drinking a rooibos. It has a bready baked carrot flavor with the right amount of spices. I’m kind of impressed.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
AJRimmer

I love carrot cake teas! I’ll have to look for this one.

Martin Bednář

If it is a fandom related tea, then first which comes into mind is certainly Radar from MASH.

gmathis

At our house, we practically have the entire M*A*S*H lineup memorized, and I’m at a loss to reconcile Radar with carrot cake :) Maybe because he took care of rabbits and guinea pigs?

Dustin

I barely remember MASH, but it was on in our house quite often when I was young.

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drank Dudley by Casting Whimsy
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Advent Day 9
This is a maple pear tea sweetened with maple crystals. I’m glad they didn’t over sweeten it. It has a nice candy pear taste that comes off in a very floral ethereal way, especially towards the end of the sip and finish (which is a little dry in feeling). The pear overpowers any taste of maple other than the sweetness it adds. I could see this being really good iced. I could also see this being more interesting if it was spiced with a little cinnamon, maybe a touch of almond or something that would make it more dynamic and holiday like. I’m not sure how these flavors relate to Dudley (I’m assuming from Harry Potter) and don’t recall any scene with pears. I wouldn’t buy this, but I’d enjoy another cup if I came across it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Had a cup of this earlier, resteeped and am drinking the second cup now. I feel like the first cup was dominated by flavorings, like blueberry and maple. This second cup is more genmaicha like. The rice really shines through with a nice roasty flavor. It has a sweetness to it that lasts into the finish where a light maple and blueberry come out. I’m really enjoying this cup. I wonder what would happen if I did a first steep, a second right away and combined the two. Would I get more of the rice balancing with the maple and blueberry? I’ll need to explore this further!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Wonderland by Casting Whimsy
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Advent Day 8
This smells like hay when it’s dry. Not the nice warm type of hay, but the irritating green type. It’s the butterfly pea flower. They make such a pretty looking cup at the price of tasting like peas and hay. The brewed drink is indeed blue. Lemongrass has taken over the flavor, which is great, but pea flavor is hiding behind it and that fades to hay pretty quickly in the finish. There are supposed to be apple flavors in here, but the other flavors are too distracting. It’s not horrible enough that I am willing to dump the cup after waiting for it to cool enough to drink, but I’m not really enjoying it either.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Nattie

If the act of mucking out a stable had a taste, it would be butterfly pea flower.

Dustin

I’ve never mucked out a stable, but I 1000% believe you!

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drank Witchy Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
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I love the name of this tea, even if the two things don’t seem to go together. I don’t think I’ve ever thought of witches and then thought watermelon or vice versa. This cup is like drinking watermelon bubblegum. Or maybe drinking water in the first five minutes of chewing a piece of watermelon bubblegum. Watermelon Bubblegum would be a more fitting name, but that would have zero to do with Halloween aka the best holiday ever. I’m surprised that this is so fruity and doesn’t really fade into a sour finish like a lot of over fruit tisanes do. It pretty much stays the same flavor, just more faint in the finish. I kinda want to tell my tiny roommates about this blend, but then they are going to suck it all down and I’ll never get another cup. What to do, what to do.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Fortune Cookie Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m resteeping the next day and I’m finding it a much better cup! The weird coconut soap in two quick sips thing is gone and the flavors seem more prominent. Cinnamon is the first thing I notice, but I get clear fortune cookie taste right behind it. It’s a more delicate flavor than what I normally go for in my teas, but I’m enjoying it much more today. Need to figure out how to get the results of this cup in my first steeping.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Lady Ellhorn by Casting Whimsy
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Advent Day 7
I think I’m the only member on this website doing this advent. That’s a first! I’m having to add most of the teas to the database and don’t always have time or patience enough to find all the info on the company’s site and half the time there isn’t info for the tea.
Anyway… this is a nice cup of darjeeling, light malt with a little hint of floral from the elder flower. I don’t know that I’ve had elderflower before, but I’ve had elderberry and it seems very similar. This cup is okay. Nothing reaches out and grabs me. Eh.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I’m also having to add all of the teas for Moomin and Provence d’Antan ha ha, I guess you and I are snowflakes this year! :P

Martin Bednář

Well Sonnentor repats themsleves from 3 years ago, but some are new as (for example today!)

Dustin

All I can think of now is the best renaming of the phrase “a snowflake’s chance in hell” to something like “a snowflake’s chance in a cup of hot tea”. Doesn’t run off the tongue nearly as easily as the original.

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drank Name This Blend by Casting Whimsy
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Advent Day 6.
They are asking for name suggestions for this tea, so the name may change at some point. It’s a spiced goji berry honeybush blend. Very strong on the ginger. I’m not familiar with the taste of goji berry and my one run in with dried goji berry was unpleasant. I took a few sips of this when my cup was hot and it was a lot more interesting then it is now just barely warm in my thermos the next day. I don’t have the patience to coax a good cup out of this at the moment.

Resteeped in the evening and it was pretty much ginger turmeric blend. Not bad, but not unique in the category of ginger turmeric.

Nattie

I’m impressed that it stayed warm until the next day!

Dustin

I don’t even remember which thermos I had it in! The days all blur. I think it was one of my David’s travel thermoses.

Nattie

I work 12 hour shifts without access to hot water, so I’m forever on the hunt for a good thermos!

ashmanra

My JoeMo keeps things hot for a long time! I can’t say I have tried it after twelve hours, though.

Nattie

Thanks ashmanra , I’ll look into it!

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drank Fortune Cookie Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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My advent tea is a honeybush, so I’m saving it for later and breaking into some of the tea from my latest order that just arrived.
It smells great in the bag. I notice big chunks of curled cinnamon bark in the mix and made sure one of them made it into my steeping basket. It’s a little hard to pick out the flavors when my cup is hot. It seems like the flavors are very light and delicate with a prominent sweetness that I have mixed feelings about. As it cools I get hints of what I’d call fortune cookie with some cinnamon. Every time I take two sips close together the second one ended up tasting more like the soapiness that coconut gets as it ages which doesn’t make sense since this is a brand new bag. The flavors are still really faint as it cools and leaves me searching for cookies and chai. I was expecting the flavors to be more bold with chai in the name. It indicates powerful spices in my mind. I’m not hating this, but I’m not loving it at the moment either.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Soul Mate by Casting Whimsy
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Advent Day 4
I had a cup of this yesterday, but was in a rush and couldn’t make notes. I recall thinking it was okay as I was distracted with getting out the door. It had a good sweet almond taste. I’m not getting almond at all in today’s resteep. It’s all cinnamon and maybe a little clove. I’d drink this again, but I don’t need to add it to my cupboard.

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan, but have had a growing appreciation for plain. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! And no hibiscus. Hibiscus is the devil.

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