396 Tasting Notes

90

The dry leaf of Figue Fraîche strongly smells like dry fig to me.
It is very pleasant.It smells really like summer, Mediterranean countries.

4 minutes steeping later, I get the classic medium bodied black tea base of Dammann with a strong fig taste + a bakery taste.
Drinking it it reminds me some little biscuits we have here, the Figolu which is something similar to your newtons fig.
The fig is really natural and tasty, no doubt this is a greedy fruity fig tea.

Even if it reminds me the figolu biscuits, it is absolutely not an over-sweetened tea, it’s a perfect fig tea.

I’m very happy to finally have the opportunity to enjoy it, I had difficulties to find it (Dammann frères shops didn’t have it ! and the salesman even asked me if I was sure Figue Fraîche was one of their teas…you know with a stupid snobbish way to speak ! YES I was sure, grrrrrrr Working here, are you sure to know the teas of the brand ? hehehe). I managed it to find on line and now I have 50 g to enjoy. YES Figue Fraîche is typically a Dammann Frères Tea, natural with a smooth medium bodied black tea base from China and Ceylon.

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

I asked for a tea the other day at Dammann and they were very surprised to hear the name. But thankfully one person in the shop knew it was one of their teas (they just didn’t have any).

I ordered some of this tea from instant-the.com as well, hopefully I will eventually get my order! It got delivered after I left my hotel, and they said they would send it to me.

Ysaurella

so you are enjoying the hot weather here in Paris :)
I hope you’ll get your parcel soon. Instant Thé was very reliable from my experience and the French mail service is normally very good.
I think you’ll enjoy this one, looking forward to read your review about it and other DF !
The service at Dammann shops is just nice, not better

Ruby Woo Scarlett

I hate when sales assistants don’t even know their own products. I’ve worked in retail and it’s happened to me but at least I had the decency of actually researching the product before rolling my eyes.
Don’t think I’ve ever had fig in tea, it sounds delicious.

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85

This tea has a special place in my heart. It was one of the first loose leaf teas my mother have bought when I was a child and the name of this tea was really a dream to me…la montagne bleue…where is this magical blue Mountain ?

So I purchased 100g of this one and I’m not disapointed at all.
This is a “classical” strawberry and rhubarb tea with a very pleasant tea base. It’s not a sweet tea despite the presence of the strawberry.

It’s a very different way to play around rhubarb and strawberry vs Jardin Bleu (Dammann Frères, sweeter, tarter) and Thé du Hammam Black leaf (Palais des thés, on a keemun base, really more mellow).

This version is more serious on a way, darker.This si the serious side of the strawberry somehow.
I like it really much, there is absolutely no bitterness, just profoundness.

This is a profound tea with joyful accents to me.

I can’t believe I’m the first one to review it :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

sounds delicious! :)

Ysaurella

yes it is Sil :)

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86

What a lovely tea !
It has some ingredients I rarely have in tea : plums (particularly mirabelles) and pear.
In addition apple and peach are present as well.
To be honnest apple and pear are really behind and the main taste to me is clearly mirabelle, for the best as I love mirabelles ! But the other fruits give a special note to this blend even if they are nor really detectable one by one.
The impression is an automnal blend, it makes me think to a setting sun.
Very well blended. Not sure it would be the aromas I would have chosen for St Petersburg but this is really well done.
Another Dammann Frères I really enjoyed.

Now remain 3 teas from my last order to taste including 2 chaï, I feel lazy today to prepare a chaï so maybe next week end !

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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75

I had this tea this morning even if it’s typically more an afternoon tea.
I was expecting more cherry due to the tea name but it’s more a mix of red berries.
The scent is lovely and the dry leaf is made of some dry fruit and cut tea leaf.

The liquor is pleasant even if not very interesting. This is a natural and decent tea but for real cherry lovers I recommend more Cerise Noire from Betjeman & Barton (black tea base) and Sakura 2000(Mariage Frères on a green tea base)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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82

Velours nacré is a tea I have never heard about before ordering it to complete my Dammann teas order.I wasn’t expecting too much from this tea as I didn’t choice it really and just went for it to access the free shipping for my parcel.

This is a yummy tea.Very greedy with its almonds and chocolate aromas.
The fact of adding a splash of orange blood to the blend is really a nice idea. It adds some depth to the blend.

The orange lingers a long time after having finished the cup

Really delicious to begin the day.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
LaFleurBleue

I love the name of this tea – Pearly Velvet, it sounds so luxurious and almost decadent.

Ysaurella

yes there is kinda decadence in this blend !

TheTeaFairy

I just looove how the French tea houses name their teas!

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81

I am continuing tasting my new Dammann Frères teas.

I have been very curious about this one since a long time, mainly because of the mix of provencal flowers and a typical fruit from mediteranean areas : fig.
I am a sucker too for teas containing honey and this is the case of this one.

The dry leaves smell honey and fig mainly and are really beautiful with the blue flowers (cornflower mainly and a little lavender) and yellow flowers (sunflower)

I am not disapointed at all : the flavours come so lovely on the very smooth and mellow tea base : honey for sure and fig on the top, strawberry comes on a supportive but really present role.

I was a little afraid to find an heavy lavender essential oil taste but it isn’t the case, the lavender taste is quite absent, I suspect DF only added some flowers to the blend and that’s it.It is perfect to me but if you are looking for a lavender tea, you may be a little disapointed.

Cooling, it becomes even sweeter and smoothier.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Vivaldi by Mariage Frères
396 tasting notes

Yesterday I went to a Mariage Frères tea room with my daughter and I picked this one out from the biiiiigggggg tea card.
I wanted to taste it for ages and it was in my shopping list.
Let’s say it was perfectly brewed as Mariage knows to do so.

I was weak to me, weak tea base, weak raspberry and blueberry flavours. I had a hint of Vanilla. I was very disapointed by this experience tea.
Especially as well because having a tea at MF is very expensive 10 € for a full teapot (it was 9 € 3 months ago ! and it was already very expensive !)
So I was upset against myself to have made a wrong choice.

It is not a bad tea but it is a meh tea for me.
At least I can take it off from my shopping list

Nicole

That is always disappointing when you pay a lot for a tea and it doesn’t live up to expectations. But “meh” is better than “bleh” and you know you don’t need to try it again. :)

meliorate

Oh nooo, that’s really sad considering that price tag ): I wonder if that might be because of the preparation rather than the tea itself, maybe the water they used wasn’t hot enough? So often do I order one of my favourite teas in a tearoom only for the staff to ruin it!

Ysaurella

I think MF did a good steeping and I am afraid this is the blend…sure now I know I won’t buy it :)

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80
drank 7 Parfums by Dammann Freres
396 tasting notes

Thanks to Dammann, I know by now what a pitanga is, as I had to search for that :)
What an ingredient list…I was expecting something more parfumed regarding that point but it wasn’t so perfumed.

The dry leaf scent is really lovely, a mix of flower scent and citrus to me.

Same DF base, I won’t speak again about their unique base (which is good).Pourquoi changer une équipe qui gagne ? hummm to get more personnality and tea exploration pershaps ?

Liquor : I was expexting something more perfumed as well but it is really nice : I get the cherry blossom for sure (the famous pitanga !), fig, citrus.
The flavours are recognizable, this is really a nice surprise , I was daring having a kind of global flavour without subtility and it’s not the case.
More complicated to me : get the flowery notes separately _I don’t manage to, sorry.

It was my first cup of the morning but I strongly recommend to have it in the afternoon.It’s a very delicate and quite complex tea.

I don’t think I’ll repurchase it but I am happy to have 50g to enjoy.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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93

Ok, let’s say right now : I’ve never heard about this company before – it’s the only tea I ordered along my 15 other which is not a Dammann Frères.

I wrote to the website to know the tea brand just to give the right informations here and they mentioned it was Comptoirs des thés et des épices.No way no find anything about this brand on the web.The website argues this is a very old and very high quality import brand -They even mention “teas of Exception”
Gosh…I was quite dubitative even if I have no reasons to doubt.

Opening the bag…the scent is so lovely, for sure natural blueberry.
I had no recommendation for steeping so I tried with 3 minutes and a half and 96°C.
I was searching a blueberry tea and found this one, I wasn’t expecting a lot of this tea except having a lovely taste of blueberry.I had very much more. The taste is more than lovely, very refined and once again so natural.

The tea base is really smooth and present, to me it seems to be a China black.The blueberry goes so well with the tea base, this is really a very very very good surprise.

I am very glad to have ordered this one !

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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83

It seems I am the very first to review this tea, damned…had to create the tea in the database as well.
I was curious about this tea especially because I like very much nutty teas.
Of course I wasn’t searching something similar to Pleine Lune as Amande Amaretti is a simpler tea, with a single flavour : almond and even bitter almond.

The dry leaf scent is really strong bitter almond, like the amaretto cocktail. It reminds me childhood as well as we got in France a glue with this scent, the glue Cleopatre.The problem was some children were eating it !!! Anyway it was inoffensive :)

So no worries, my tea has not a glue taste ;)
The way the almond comes on the tea base is lovely, they perfectly pair together.The balance is really perfect.

For sure it won’t replace my dear Pleine Lune but this a tea I will drink again with pleasure.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Nicole

Hm. I love amaretto cocktails… Might have to check this one out.

JustJames

i do love almond and marzipan flavour….

Nxtdoor

I wish their delivery wasn’t the equivalent of $20something, they have some teas I wouldn’t mind trying. Maybe I’ll order from Romania when I’m there. I wish I could drop by.

Dinosara

Haha you are trying all the teas that are on my list for Paris! Glad to hear your thoughts about these before I go. :D

Ysaurella

Well Dinosara, as you I never had a bad Dammann Frères tea, there are just some I prefer to others.I still have 7 other Dammann teas to taste and as you are coming in Paris in July, you’ll get all my reviews before :)

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First, please forgive me for my English and all the grammatical mistakes you’ll find in my posts.
As English isn’t my mother tongue it sometimes makes things more difficult to express cleverly and accurately what I feel.

I was mainly in black flavoured teas, green as well if not bitter.
I’m now drinking much straight teas because my palate is now developed enough to appreciate them .

My favourite brands are : Mariage Frères,Theodor,Butiki Teas,Dammann Frères, Betjeman & Barton.
My ratings are as follow :

100 to 95 : my darlings; always in my cupboard

94 to 90 : Excellent tea, often in my cupboard

89 to 80 : very good tea, a pleasure to drink it

79 to 70: not bad even nice, why not having it sometimes, but well, not so urgent !

69 to 50 : Meh, deceptive or just not for me – but has some qualities

49 to 30 : I just don’t appreciate it

Under 30 : is this tea ?!?!?

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