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I’m trying this tea again, minus the mistake of eating smoked salmon just prior to drinking it. Whoops!
I am loving the smell of this tea! It is hard to pick out the pumpkin over the cinnamon right now, but the overall blend of the spices smells amazing. Once steeped, the spices mellow out and I think I can pick out some pumpkin in the scent. When I taste it, pumpkin is the first thing I taste followed by spices. Adding a little sugar brightens it is a bit. I think I can taste burnt sugar, reminiscent of creme brulee. The tea base seems smooth and subtle, managing to not overpower the pumpkin. On most sips I first get spices and in the aftertaste get a wave of burnt sugar, then pumpkin. As it cools I get more pumpkin on the sip. Second steep is pretty good. A little weaker which is expected, but still a really good cup.

I am a sucker for all things pumpkin and have tried and been disappointed many times by pumpkin tea with spices that obliterate all other flavors. I think this is the first pumpkin tea I have had that had a pleasing balance of spices that didn’t hog the stage and let the pumpkin show it’s stuff!

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drank Noël à Paris by Dammann Freres
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Skipping around the remaining teas from my advent calendar. This one sounded good, cherry, almond and ginger! The dry tea smells promising! Cherry and almond scents are sometimes hard to decipher, but I find the two rather distinct in this tea with the cherry dominating. It is a syrupy cherry smell. When brewed the scent is still present, but faded. I’m finding it difficult to be patient enough to let it cool before sipping. First few sips… I’m finding it has a very flat taste to it, like cherry juice soaked into cardboard. Is that the ginger? Adding sugar makes the cherry stand out more, but I’m also getting a dry mouth feeling from it too. I was really hoping to fall in love with a tea or two from DF, but I think this brand is just not for me.

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Tuscanteal

LOL! Cherry soaked in cardboard!!

Dustin

I feel pretty cruel describing tea that way, but sometimes it is the only way to describe what I’m tasting!

Anna

So I guess there are now TWO people in the world who don’t love DF. We should have a (very small) club.

Tuscanteal

Don’t, that’s what makes it great. Very honest :)

Dinosara

Anna, there are some others (cteresa I think would join your club!). I am however in the other (very small) club of people who don’t love MF. Sometimes I feel like the only one!

Tuscanteal

I’ve never tried DF, but I adore MF… they were my first loose leaf tea company!!! Pricey but delicious!

Anna

Aww. Sara, the last dinosaur!

Dustin

A very small club has that exclusive feel about it. Pretty soon everyone is going to be begging to join our club and we can give them the “I don’t think so” look and not let them in to keep up the hype! Mwah-ha-ha-ha!

There is a fine line between honesty and being an a-hole. I try to stay on the honest side, but sometimes I take a quick leap over the line. ;)

I like MF alright so far, but they haven’t wowed me the way other French companies have like La Palais de Thes and Nina’s. Still, I’m finding most French tea to be surprisingly smooth even if the flavor tastes like packing peanuts.

Anna

It’s a product, you paid for it, it’s a huge tea merchant that turns over who knows how much money, and it’s very unlikely that anyone who could have their feelings hurt by your honest impressions of their tea would ever read one of these reviews.

I have to say, I find it really helpful when people write their honest opinions about these teas, even if they’re negative, because then you feel like less of a lunatic when you also find the product underwhelming.

Have you tried Le Palais des Thés’ pear tea? I am so into that.

Dustin

There are some smaller companies here that read the reviews of their teas that might be bummed by someone slamming something they worked hard on, but I think you are right about the big companies.

I haven’t tried their pear tea! There are only 4 or so teas of theirs that I have had so far, but they have all been very lovely.

Anna

Exactly, I agree – it’s important to take into account the huge challenges smaller companies face and what a privilege it is to have so many of them actively participating on Steepster.

The pear is one of those teas I’m sort of hoarding, because I worry I’ll run out. Thankfully, my friend is moving to Oslo soon, and there are two (?!) stores there. Le Palais des Thés have stores in the strangest places.

Dustin

I got to visit a Le Palais store this summer when I was in Dublin for a month. I hadn’t heard of the brand before, but I was thrilled to find it! It looks like the only stores they have in the states are in New York which is pretty far away for me.
That is great that you will have a friend able to send you tea! If I knew of more teas that I liked of theirs I’d start looking into who I knew who lived in New York and could do the same for me!

Anna

I know, Dublin! I mean, who has stores in Dublin, Oslo and Tel Aviv? Either it’s completely random, or a brilliant, strategic marketing move. (Hoping for the latter.) Their unflavoured teas are supposedly not-so-high-quality and very overpriced, but I haven’t tried them myself.

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drank Almond Cookie Green by Tea Embassy
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I am now on my second bag of this tea. It has become a permanent staple in my cupboard because I love it that much. I can envision my permanent tea collection being a variety of almond teas and nothing more! It will be just like my wardrobe, mostly different shades of black. This is such a delicious comforting desert cup. I got two good steeps out of it today and may go for a third later.

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170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Violette by Le Palais des Thes
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Earlier today I read Cteresa’s notes about a violet tea and it made me want to drink one too. I’m so impressionable when it comes to food and drinks!

The sweet scent of violets is overwhelming when I open the bag of this tea and take a whiff! It smells amazing. I have had this tea a few times before and enjoyed it, but I guess I have neglected to write a note. I just ate some Indian food, so that is competing a bit which is unfortunate. The first few sips were a little bitter. Le Palais suggests a 4-5m steeping time, but I think that could be lessened a little for the first steep. Aside from possibly over steeping, the tea is pretty evenly flavored. When I sweeten it, it tastes just like violet candies. It is a very lovely flavor for those who are fans of floral (which I am). I do appreciate this tea being only violet, but I’m curious what else would pair well with it. It is the only violet tea I have tried I don’t have much to compare it to, but I like this tea. It is a good thing too since the minimum purchase amount was a pretty large bag! I’ll be sipping on this one for a while.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I was super excited to see Mariage Freres teas being sold near my hometown on a visit. I decided to buy one black and one green tea to get a feel for the brand since I had never had their teas before. This one smelled really nice and gingery so I decided to give it a go. I have to admit that I was less than thrilled with it the first time I tried it, but I have been giving it another go and found it much nicer this time. When it is hot, the ginger seems a bit harsh and dominating, but as it cools the ginger mellows out and I swear I tasted a carmel like note at one point. I’m now on my third steeping and the ginger is still going strong. It is hard for me to pick out the green tea base, but there is a second or two in the middle of each sip that I can taste it. As the cup cools even more to room temperature, I find the tea less enjoyable again. It seems there is a middle temperature window that I prefer for this one. I like this one, but I feel like I might have picked a different tea to purchase if I had tasted it first.

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170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I could have sworn I smelled cherry in this, but I guess it is that almond/cherry crossover smell! I’m really not getting much flavor from this at all which is disappointing considering how delicious the ingredients sound.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Anna

…and yet, the black teas are the ones I think are the most flavourful of DF’s blends. The greens are just too wimpy for my tastes.

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drank Lichee Red Premium by Teance
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Got a sample of this when I went into their Berkeley store. The first steep was super flavorful! They aren’t kidding when they describe it as tropical. The lichee is very distinct and the tea is really smooth and balanced. I could have gone lighter on the sugar, but I was in a rush to get out of the house with tea on the go and just spooned it in quickly and thoughtlessly. The second steep isn’t as nice as the first. There is a strange taste to it like stale water or something. Maybe I need to clean my kettle, but I’m chalking the second steep tasting odd to user error for now.

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Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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I have been having the hardest time finding a time and temp to brew this tea at to get the delicious results everyone else gets. I think this is the best so far with a low temp and 2 minute steep. I’m getting blueberries as the dominant flavor, but I still don’t get the cream cheese, danish or buttery crust flavors. I have been noticing that my favorite 52teas are ones that don’t have a black base. I’d be really interested in trying the green tea version of this, but the black just isn’t winning me over here. Too bad for me. :/

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170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Decaf Sakurambo by Lupicia
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I am on a roll today! This is the second tea that I have over steeped and ended up with astringency. It tastes fruity, but I’m not picking out cherries as the fruit. It seems more like a blend of fruits to me. There are little green leaves almost like dried rosemary in it and I’m not sure what they are. I have been dipping almond biscotti from Trader Joe’s in this tea and it is so delicious. Sweetening it up and adding milk mellows out the astringency and makes it enjoyable again without the need for cookie masking. I’m really glad to have this as a decaf version for the evenings, but I’d like to try the caffeinated version at some point to compare the two.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Toffee by Le Palais des Thes
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I have had this before and enjoyed it, but today I did something wrong and had an astringent toffee flavored cup of tea. The directions say 4-5 minutes and I choose 4. It is black tea so I used boiling water, but it was not a good combo. Second steeping wasn’t very tasty. I’ll have to play around to figure out what I did to get a good cup in the past.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan. 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! I like a little sugar in my tea. I love caffeinated tea, but since I limit myself to one cup a day, I have been exploring more rooibos and honeybush teas. Rooibos now = meh and I have upped my caffeine tolerance. BRING ME CAFFEINE!!!!

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