My Gingerbread

Tea type
Black Herbal Blend
Ingredients
Black Tea, Citrus Essence Oil, Flavors, Ginger Pieces
Flavors
Almond, Bread, Cake, Ginger, Maple Syrup, Orange, Grapes, Marzipan, Wood
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 oz / 414 ml

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  • “DF Advent Day 1 (1-Feb 2022) I’m smelling hints of orange from the steeped tea, and perhaps the scent of baked goods. The taste has a lovely almond baked good flavour that’s reminiscent of an...” Read full tasting note
  • “Dammann Frères Advent 2021 – Day 1 Advent calendar time! This year 4 of us in the family are doing it. My husband and daughter as well as my sister-in-law. Should be fun to compare since we all...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Dammann Frères Advent 2021 – Day 1 I can’t believe it’s already December. I’m not mentally ready for this. I’m finishing up a physical geography course right now (a prereq for Teaching PDP, which...” Read full tasting note
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  • “So today, I gave the leaf a good shake before dipping my spoon in. I steeped each cup for a good four or five minutes. The result is far better today. The cup is far more layered and the flavours...” Read full tasting note

From Dammann Freres

A blend of Chinese black teas combined with ginger make up the base of this gourmet tea which develops notes of almond, grape and sweet orange upon infusion. A cup that is both round and fresh and that inevitably recalls the flavor of ginger cake.

Dominant note : Gourmet notes
Secondary note(s) : Spicy / Woody
Type(s) of tea : Black Tea
Main flavor : Ginger
Complementary flavor(s) : Almond, Orange, Grapes

Ingredients
Black tea, ginger pieces, aromas (almond, grape) and sweet orange essential oil

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DF Advent Day 1 (1-Feb 2022)

I’m smelling hints of orange from the steeped tea, and perhaps the scent of baked goods.

The taste has a lovely almond baked good flavour that’s reminiscent of an almond croissant from a nearby vegan bakery that I love. There are hints of orange that come in as well, but subtle and complementary. I’m not getting very much/any ginger, but I’m secretly thrilled about that. This is a really delicious tea. I would definitely consider ordering this one.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Dammann Frères Advent 2021 – Day 1
Advent calendar time! This year 4 of us in the family are doing it. My husband and daughter as well as my sister-in-law. Should be fun to compare since we all have such different tastes.

This tea was a complete surprise as I don’t care for gingerbread cookies at all. But this was nice! It’s the scent that convinced me to try it. It smelled delicious! This is not a shy tea! I got orange, spices, and almonds; and some sort of cake or baked sweet bread. I might sound crazy but it reminded me of an orange-themed carrot cake with lots of white frosting.

Once brewed, the ginger was front and center but I didn’t find it overpowering. It’s definitely very prominent, but behind it, came delicious orange, almond, and winter spices. Pretty spot-on for what I imagine a gingerbread cake might taste like, rather than a gingerbread snap. The almond is probably why my mind kept going back to cake or baked holiday bread. I couldn’t really find the raisins, but they might have been hidden by the little bit of stevia I added to my tea.

All in all, I really liked this one. It was a fun way to start the month of December. I enjoyed my cup and look forward to my daughter’s cup since she wouldn’t give this one a try. Ginger is not her thing and she wasn’t going to risk it. On the other hand, my husband loved his. But that makes sense since one of his favorite teas is Mariage Freres’ Christmas Orange. It most definitely made his “Buy List” so I will get to try it again. I have a feeling this one might grow on me…

Flavors: Almond, Bread, Cake, Ginger, Maple Syrup, Orange

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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Dammann Frères Advent 2021 – Day 1

I can’t believe it’s already December. I’m not mentally ready for this. I’m finishing up a physical geography course right now (a prereq for Teaching PDP, which I’m working towards… slowly). That, coupled with our regional events have left me absorbed (with rivers. fragility. life). This tea is a nice way to kick off festivites though. Also, I won a TV today (don’t need but it’s nice to get lucky once in a while) through Save On Food’s something, something Hockey-themed event. So, life is good for me right now!

This tea smells lovely. I forgot how perfumed French teas tend to be which can be as decadent as it can be overwhelming. The citrus oils are bright and what dominates this blend for me. There are also hints of ginger, almond, and baked goods. Seeing Evol Ving Ness’s note and the size of the black leaves (small frags), I added milk to my cup and I’m not looking back (I can tell this would be a lot without milk).

This blend is sort of cookie-like but the almond-fruit sweetness and their related “bitter” traits recall marzipan as opposed to a true gingerbread cookie (at least the North American grocery store “snappy” versions. It does have a “cake” profile though). I love marzipan (it’s my weakness) so am pretty happy to get a whiff of it here.

Flavors: Almond, Bread, Cake, Ginger, Grapes, Marzipan, Orange, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Courtney

I hope you’re enjoying your course! I always loved my geography courses!

Evol Ving Ness

Hurray for your lucky streak! Boo for the tough things! There is only so much nonsense one can take, and we have far exceeded it already lately.

What is PDP? And yay you for chipping away at the courses! More tea needed :)

Funny that you are finding the almond/marzipan here. Maybe that was the funky note I was detecting?

It is true—this tea is a bit much in that French bit much kind of way. My batch is over the top with citrus, especially orange. Maybe even more shaking of leaf needed. Milk helps.

Evol Ving Ness

Also, was this your day one? Mine is Merveilles something something.

CrowKettle

Yes, I’m enjoying it a lot! Kind of wish I’d taken some geography during my undergrad now; it would’ve enriched and complimented my anthro/archeo-heavy load in a bunch of ways. Hingsight, always (also, better late than never).

PDP stands for professional development program. I need to complete some course recs and volunteer/work hours before applying but covid stuff has encouraged me to slowly meander through my way through it, lol.

CrowKettle

We have different advent day teas? Yesss, I love it when they’re mixed up (yeah, this was my day 1) :)

Imho, Almond/nut can be funky and bitter in tea, but so can a lot of oils if they’re over the top (ex- the sweet orange here). They need to be diluted by something for my taste buds. Luckily, milk and the tea bag size to teapot ratio got it to a point where I’m pretty happy with it! Shared it with another person and they were thoroughly disappointed when the pot was finished (steep 2 didn’t work out well beyond being a thin orange cake thing).

Evol Ving Ness

I kinda wish I had discovered Holistic Education as an undergrad (MEI and Women’s sTudies), not while doing my MEd, which damn near killed me. It’s more convenient to consider that all things arrive when you are more fully able to appreciate and incorporate them into previous experience.

For me, this tea is a bit much too. I wonder if time will better or worsen the situation. Time is usually not kind to nut-like teas. Now that the eggnog is finished, I am diluting the straight tea with bites of white chocolate pistachio truffles. That’s working out well too.

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So today, I gave the leaf a good shake before dipping my spoon in. I steeped each cup for a good four or five minutes.

The result is far better today. The cup is far more layered and the flavours are more nuanced. The Chinese base tea is far more present and supportive. Much much better. Much more of a balanced cup.

Still, the overall impression is that of Polish or German spice cookies, the hard round ones drizzled with crunchy icing sugar glaze. Bright orange lingers in the after sip.

There is still a bit of that mystery unpleasant—to me—flavour which I have dispatched with a glug of evaporated milk. With milk, this is quite lovely.

EmmaM

I don’t like milk or eggnog normally, but your notes make me want to try this one with almond milk! :)

Evol Ving Ness

I normally drink my tea black and unsweetened, but I’ve been experimenting. Interesting that some teas change their personalities altogether with milk or milk-like additions. I picked up some oat nog, which I am unfamiliar with, to see what that’s like.

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