drank Rooibos de Noël by Dammann Frères
1462 tasting notes

Advent 16.

Smells and tastes of bubblegum and orange-cherry-hint of clove-cola. The commonality between the 3 DF teas I’ve had so far that have a cola/bubblegum note is that they all have gingerbread flavoring (the other 2 being Flocons d’Épices and Carcadet de Noël).

The rooibos is a bit woody-sweet and drying, but overall the wateriness of the body doesn’t allow for all the flavors to really shine. Boring, yes, but good enough.

Flavors: Cherry, Clove, Drying, Orange, Spices, Wood

Cameron B.

I know, bubblegum right?! So weird but still good.

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Cameron B.

I know, bubblegum right?! So weird but still good.

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I most enjoy loose-leaf, unflavored teas and tisanes. Teabags have their place. Some of my favorite teas have a profound effect on mind and body rather than having a specific flavor profile. Terpene fiend.

Favorite teas generally come from China (all provinces), Taiwan, India (Nilgiri and Manipur). Frequently enjoyed though less sipped are teas from Japan, Nepal and Darjeeling. While I’m not actively on the hunt, a goal of mine is to try tea from every country that makes it available to the North American market. This is to gain a vague understanding of how Camellia sinensis performs in different climates. I realize that borders are arbitrary and some countries are huge with many climates and tea-growing regions.

I’m convinced European countries make the best herbal teas.

Personal Rating Scale:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.

89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again.

79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.

69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.

59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.

Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s pu’er, I likely think it needs more age.

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