357 Tasting Notes
So I managed to brew it correctly for my palate !
2 minutes only are really enough.
I can now appreciate both malt and caramel and behind a little chocolate hint
I amended my rating.
First time in my life I have to steep a blend such a little time !
This tea can really bear several steeps without any problem, so quite economical finally :)
It’s probably the Best Earl Grey I ever had.
It’s an easy tea (after my adventure with Wedding Impérial, I appreciate)
Bergamot is very present but does not “overtake” the floral note offered by blue cornflowers.
The fruity citrus note is delivered with a majestic and harmonious touch.
The tea base itself is very mellow, light but tasty.
This is an euphemism to say I loved this tea.
The funniest is that it wasn’t the one I wanted to purchase : I asked at Mariage’s desk : I want the French Blue Earl Grey, the one with lavender… the Earl Grey Provence was the one I wanted but I can thank the salesman for not reestablishing the correct name of the Tea I first wanted.
The dry leaves were smelling so good ! Caramel and a hint of chocolate for sure it was so sweet…I bought it ! I met an angel…
Then it was just a demon !
I struggled with this tea all day long.
I had it this morning and steeped it 4 min but I found it strong and bitter but I drank it.
I took it with me at work because I thought I did something wrong.
Second cup at work, I have been busy and I forgot it, it steeped for 6 minutes probably : it was just undrinkable to me : bitter incredibly bitter, I just dropped the beverage.
I made a second steep and for 3 minutes and a half this time, it was nice.
I made a third steep and it was nice as well.
The tea base is an assam and it is too strong for me I think. It hides me the fantastic flavors this tea has from the second steep.
It means I should find someone to drink all my first steep cups :)
I’ll try this with milk and sugar as well, may be good even on first steep.
After my disappointing visit of the Dammann Frères shop, I was so frustrated that I decided to visit the nearest Mariage Frères shop (not a big walk…450 meters ! )
My 10 years daughter was with me and she saw a beautiful canister(Sakura 2012 green tea), she sniffed the blend and she absolutely wanted me to buy it…but it was 22 € and didn’t want to spend so much just for the canister…So to replace I took the Sakura 2000 which is available in loose leaf.
Prepared it yesterday night and I had no problems to sleep behind (theine level shouldn’t be too high)
Well I just need to say it’s a wonderful tea :
the smell is a wonderful bouquet of cherry blossom
there is absolutely no astringency with the liquor, the first sip is highly floral and sweet.
the after taste is clearly fruity with a delicious sweet cherry.
You keep the taste a long time after finishing it, it is delightful.
I highly recommend to discover it.
First I need to say I’ve always been suspicious with the idea of chocolate flavor for teas.
Each time I was seeing such a flavor on a package, I didn’t purchase it.
I like to drink hot chocolate with milk and tea + chocolate was little weird to me.
But I am curious and however now we can see more and more chocolaty teas (chocolateas ?)
I decided to taste this one because of the ratings here and because I never had a Dammann Frères I didn’t like.
I really appreciated it even if to me the only flavor I get is chocolate. I cannot pick out the almonds (I regret it because I love almonds so much)
The tea base is very sweet and smooth without any bitterness.
The tea is absolutely mellow and sweet.
Dedicated to the chocolatea lovers.
But between this tea and a cup of real hot chocolate, I would still take the real chocolate…too bad for calories !
PS : my daughter is in love with it (she’s 10 and like to taste my cups of teas)
I went to the Dammann Frères shop today. I am very disappointed but it’s nothing to do with the tea itself so I won’t say anything here but I will in a note for Dammann Frères place.
This is a very pleasant tea, opening the bag the smell is very very strong, maybe too much ! it’s candy candy candy, over-flavored.
I followed the steep instruction written by the saleswoman on my bag : 80°c and 4,5 min – not sure there are the correct ones- so I’ll give another try with a 90°c as it seems to be more classic for a black blend.
The flavors are really mixed and to me the taste is really like poppy candies. I can pick out marzipan in addition.
I love it but I have a reproach to do with the tea base which is too weak, light bodied.
Now it may be because I didn’t brew the blend at 90°c so I will give another try and amend my note soon.
This is really a pleasant dessert tea anyway, very smooth and mellow.
For my experience with Dammann Frères shop please have a look here : http://steepster.com/places/2733-dammann-freres-paris-ile-de-france
Everybody is already asleep home including the cat !
I am alone on my sofa and I feel so lazy…I’d like to have a cup of this tea…but I feel well on my sofa…nobody’s around to go in the kitchen for me…even the cat…anyway cats never help to prepare a cup…
I had a dream Le Chat is waking up and is going in the kitchen, he’s putting water in the kettle, 80°C (he is clever, he knows it’s for a green tea)…put crystal sugar in a mug & put the infuser in.
But pffff he’ll never do that for me…that’s the reason why I love him and love cats… they don’t care for what we think, they are just free and only do what they want to.
So I have this tea and it is a nice tea.
I am not very impressed by the green tea base but appreciate the flavors (mainly rose but I can pick mango and behind maybe peach).
it doesn’t work for a second steep, it becomes really too weak.
Nice for a lazy evening with or without cat
Another best seller of the Mariage Frères tea house.
No suspense for this one : it is one of my favourite even if I don’t drink it very often.
I know this tea since I am a child, my mother had it in a beautiful canister. Sometimes, I was just opening the tin to sniff the incredibly perfumed blend : it’s Christmas Spirit really …candied oranges, cinnamon, Vanilla, almonds and cloves and mandarin.
I can pick up all the ingredients on the dry leaf…and it makes me really sad….
Christmas is a period that always drove me very sad and there is probably the reason why I don’t have this tea very often.
But as a good masochist, I sometimes have it (it is all year long in my cupboard) and I really enjoy it.
The infusion is as perfumed as the dry blend was, no surprise.
Maybe the perfumes are more mixed than on the dry leaf, I am not distinguish them all as I can before steeping.
And here we are : Noël is never as strong as I am expecting each time, year after year. The blend reflects exactly what I am feeling for the period…
Mon cher thé Noël, tu es définitivement l’exact reflet de cet esprit de Noël et pour cela je t’aime autant que je te crains.
To me, Troïka is a mild black tea. The head note on dry leaf is clearly bergamot but orange is really present, but behind.
This is the same after steeping : a mild Earl Grey perfumed with orange.
I am very sorry but I wasn’t able to pick up mandarin.
It is a subtle tea, very smooth : the kind of tea a lot of people should appreciate and I am not an exception, I appreciate it.
But I clearly prefer Anastasia which is stronger and much original to be.
Anyway, thanks for the travel in Troïka, magnificent steppe …
Sorry wasn’t able to find out a picture of thé Violette !
It isn’t sold on Dammann’s online website.
I bought it directly at the shop place des Vosges, so I’ll need to take my own pic of it .
It is a really pleasant tea.
First the scent of violet is fantastic, the liquor color is deep and we get immediately the violet note.
I had it in the morning , half of the cup plain, the other half with with black crystal sugar + a splash of milk.
I loved both methods.
This is nice but not on my Dammann top list.