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drank Flocons d'Épices by Dammann Freres
1242 tasting notes

Advent 6.

Sweet vanilla-spice cola syrup in the nose with smooth orange oil and a hint of pink bubblegum. Not sweet in taste but cleansing and refreshing. That empty cup smell…

Don’t let my brevity fool you. This tea is some [expletives]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzKo5twEKIw

ashmanra: You’ve been craving soda? Try this.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Mineral, Orange, Orange Zest, Smooth, Spices, Thick, Vanilla, Wood

Cameron B.

I get about 100% Juicy Fruit gum from this, but you’re right that cola could be in there as well…

White Antlers

The chorus of that song, sung so smoothly, reminded me of my Cockney girlfriend. People were so charmed by her accent (I wasn’t) that she could openly insult them and they’d smile.

Mastress Alita

Sounds so good, I love cola teas!

derk

I’ve been enchanted by the lilt of Irish accent several times…

That song is so smooth if you didn’t pay attention to the lyrics, it could be played as background music at some posh party at a mansion.

White Antlers

derk Kiwi accents possibly used to have the ability used to loosen my Allen Wickers (Cockney rhyming slang). I recall her talking to a Santa Monica police officer who stopped us on the Promenade. He was under the impression the tobacco we were smoking was something else. She sweetly and with a very shy smile looked at him from under her lashes and said, ’Leave it out, mushie! Your tailor has a sense of humor, innit? " He asked for her phone number. I was horrified, then realized sometimes you can say (or sing) anything given the right circumstances

ashmanra

Derk: Sounds like I need this! My latest experiment is making ice cream sodas. Not a float with Coke and ice cream but an old fashioned soda. I made homemade vanilla syrup with our homemade vanilla, add it to a glass, top up with Perrier, add a couple of scoops of Breyer’s lactose free vanilla and voila! Coke Float craving gone and no caffeine to keep me up!

This tea made into a syrup and added to sparkling water should really do it!

Also, my eldest daughter’s (Superanna’s) husband is from Northern Ireland so I got to hear that accent Sunday afternoon!

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Cameron B.

I get about 100% Juicy Fruit gum from this, but you’re right that cola could be in there as well…

White Antlers

The chorus of that song, sung so smoothly, reminded me of my Cockney girlfriend. People were so charmed by her accent (I wasn’t) that she could openly insult them and they’d smile.

Mastress Alita

Sounds so good, I love cola teas!

derk

I’ve been enchanted by the lilt of Irish accent several times…

That song is so smooth if you didn’t pay attention to the lyrics, it could be played as background music at some posh party at a mansion.

White Antlers

derk Kiwi accents possibly used to have the ability used to loosen my Allen Wickers (Cockney rhyming slang). I recall her talking to a Santa Monica police officer who stopped us on the Promenade. He was under the impression the tobacco we were smoking was something else. She sweetly and with a very shy smile looked at him from under her lashes and said, ’Leave it out, mushie! Your tailor has a sense of humor, innit? " He asked for her phone number. I was horrified, then realized sometimes you can say (or sing) anything given the right circumstances

ashmanra

Derk: Sounds like I need this! My latest experiment is making ice cream sodas. Not a float with Coke and ice cream but an old fashioned soda. I made homemade vanilla syrup with our homemade vanilla, add it to a glass, top up with Perrier, add a couple of scoops of Breyer’s lactose free vanilla and voila! Coke Float craving gone and no caffeine to keep me up!

This tea made into a syrup and added to sparkling water should really do it!

Also, my eldest daughter’s (Superanna’s) husband is from Northern Ireland so I got to hear that accent Sunday afternoon!

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If you’re an aspiring or current tea grower, let’s talk! I am slowly beginning a tea farm here in Northern California. Currently growing are young plants pulled from the ground and gifted to me after a visit to Fairhope Tea Plantation in Alabama. The parent plants are sinensis variety from a defunct Lipton research project. I’ve also started seeds from Camellia Forest Nursery in North Carolina. The types include Camellia taliensis, an assamica variety, and 3 sinensis varieties including “Small leaf” “Large leaf” and “Black Sea.” I also picked up 2 older plants from a a local nursery. They were grown from seed supposedly acquired from a tea farm in Washington. To learn how to process tea into different styles, I plan on traveling to China and Taiwan if/when COVID becomes a relative non-issue. I’m taking Mandarin classes to aid in this journey.

Tea became a hobby and my daily drink of choice some time late in the last decade. My introduction to loose leaf came, following a lone tin of some Tie Guan Yin oolong many years prior, in the form of dumpster-dived Wuyi oolong packets that somebody left upon moving out of an apartment building. From there, my palate expanded to teas from across China and the world. I used to focus more on taste and still harbor the habit, but after trying sheng pu’er, I tend to focus more on how a tea feels in my body. Does it complement my constitution? Does it change my mood or does it enhance my current mindstate? While I may not mention those effects in tea notes, it is what I value most.

Flavored teas are not a favorite but I do drink them intermittently. Drink a variety of teabags at work. Herbal teas/tisanes provide balance. Unfiltered tap water heathen (it’s good here).

In terms of who I am, you could consider me a jill of all trades. Specialty is not my strength, as can be seen in the spread of my tea notes.

One thing I will always love is riding a bicycle.

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