352 Tasting Notes

85

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

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Bonnie

I hope it works out for you! if not I guess you could put a little more black tea with it.

Ysaurella

yes you’re right Bonnie, I will if the additional steep time is not enough.

meliorate

80 degrees doesn’t sound right for a black tea… I didn’t realise the strong flower flavour was poppies after all – this is good to know! Lovely review! ♥

ashmanra

I have only a few Dammann Freres teas. I have this one, Osmanthé d’Or, and Charlotte Audi Chocolat. (I hope I spelled all of those right!) I also have a few sales of their teas. They are wonderful, and this one was one of my favorites. I hope you find just the right way to make it so it is most pleasing for you!

ashmanra

Autocorrect changed au to Audi!

meliorate

Also, on reading your review of the shop – I bought my Dammann Freres tea not from a Dammann shop but a wholesaler of their tea, and I received very similar service! The same thing happened to me, I wanted about 6 different teas and two different assistants worked on it, one of them put away a tea they hadn’t packed yet so I nearly left with 5 instead of the 6 I wanted ): bizarre!

Ysaurella

I realize the saleswoman wrote 80° on each of the 3 bags of teas…I will make a 90°c as I normally do for any black tea base and ignore her “advices”.
Ashmanra I bought as well Charlotte au Chocolat and will review it today. Osmanthé d’or seems really nice I think it is a oolong if i remember well.
I found a French website where the Dammann products are distributed and it is possible to buy 50 gr. I sent an email to the owner to know if she can ship to Europe and north America too.
I’ll let you know because if she does for a correct price it can be a good way to taste more teas for the Steepster community as I know the brand is not very present in North America.

Ysaurella

Melanchocolate, I think next time I’ll come back on a Sunday at their shop because I really had a warm welcome by the assistant.
However they now have a second shop in Paris I may have a visit as well.

ashmanra

The base for Charlotte au Chocolate was too astringent for me made with 100C. It was not smooth like Coquelicot Gourmand, but when I used cooler water and a shorter steep it was so good and chocolate-y! I am a wimp when it comes to astringency so other people may like it just fine prepared the way they told you. I am surprised it is so hard to get in America. The company was bought by Illy Coffee and they have offices in Texas. They sell a few samplers and such of Dammann teas and they are BEAUTIFUL!

Ysaurella

oh my god ! it is sooooo expensive …they sale the loose leaf with the boxes only. In France you can get 100gr of Douchka or jardin bleu for 6 or 7 €. The teas proposed are really few as well.

ashmanra

I know! There is only a small selection, and very expensive. They used to have a beautiful sampler gift set but it was well over $100. The containers and leather cases are just gorgeous, though! My daughter ordered my tea as a gift for me and she had it shipped from Paris to Northern Ireland, and then she picked it up when she was there.

Ruby Woo Scarlett

I had efficient but rather dismissive service from Mariage Freres too. I’ve never been to Dammann. Frankly, as much as I’d love to smell my teas first, shopping in person is too much of a gamble and I usually order off the Internet.
What a shame you had such a bad experience – you should drop them an email, I did that once with a perfume brand and somehow got a 50% discount off my next purchase. You never know!

Ruby Woo Scarlett

This tea sounds amazing, by the way. The marzipan looks very interesting.

Ysaurella

you’re right Ruby Woo Scarlett, I’ll drop them an email at least to mention they can offer a better service and gain more customers if they are more friendly

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64

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

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

lol I liked this review! :)

cteresa

I had this sort of on wishlist, one of these days I am going to bite the bullet and order from Palais des Thés. These reviews are particularly interesting for me, they let me make lists of what I really want to try!

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93

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.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

Vous devriez ecrire en francais plus! J’aime bien voire vos messages dans votre premiere langue. :) This is a tea I’ll need to try one of these days for sure!

Ysaurella

en plus ce serait plus facile :)
but it would be unfair for the non French speakers …

Sil

Haha that’s true. But there are days when I miss reading real people writing in French

fleurdelily

ah, that’s what google translate is for….. :D

fleurdelily

c’est ce que google translate pour muahhahahhahahaha!

Sil

Lol too funny fleur

fleurdelily

:D just playin with ya :)

Ysaurella

so Fleurdelily next time you’ll be Fleur de Muguet :)
and I recommand you this tea, lily flavored : http://www.mariagefreres.com/boutique/FR/ft+lily-muguet-the-vert-au-parfum-de-muguet+TA993.html
it is an amazing tea !

fleurdelily

oh I LOVE that site, it’s seldom that teaware makes me gasp out loud but just LOOK at this ♥ http://www.mariagefreres.com/boutique/FR/fa+samovar-happy-tzar-corps-et-theiere-4-5-l-plus-1-l+A194150.html ♥ à mourir pour

Ysaurella

yes I have the chance to admire this samovar in the tea shops in Paris…and others beautiful as this one too !
Each time I am in a Mariage shop near the teapot…I am afraid to break something …and regarding the prices it would be a shame

fleurdelily

lily of the valley tea, how interesting. I’ve just tried kusmi violet tea, and was shocked that I like it. I’d be game to try lily of the vally, sure! :) and at the very least, I’d have a gorageous tin, wouldn’t I? wow. To see all those teawares sparkling in person—- sigh. that would be fantastic

fleurdelily

alas, one tin of muguet to my address is $58.13

Steven

J’ai maintenant très hâte à Noël. Mes enfants sont encore jeunes, et c’est tellement beau de voir leur émerveillement lorsqu’ils voient le Père Noël. J’ai également très hâte aux thés à la canne de bonbon.

Ysaurella

@fleurdelily
gosh ! the green one ?
they are just crazy at the Mariage’s Head office :D

Ysaurella

@ Steven
oui quand les enfants croient encore au Père Noël c’est très mignon.
Les sucres d’orge c’est délicieux ! quels thés sont à cette saveur ?

Steven

Chez David’s Tea, probablement à partir de novembre.

Ysaurella

awww Merci Steven (they don’t ship to France …hope they’ll do soon)

Steven

Nous pourrons s’en reparler le mois prochain. Si ça en vaut le coup, je pourrai vous en envoyer par la poste.

Je devais aller à Paris pour affaires à la fin du mois, mais ma femme va donner naissance à mon 3e enfant à ce moment. Je n’ai jamais été à Paris. Ce sera pour une prochaine fois.

Ysaurella

un 3ème bébé vaut bien tous les Paris du monde :)
Merci pour la proposition, on en reparlera certainement.

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drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
352 tasting notes

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 …

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Violette by Dammann Freres
352 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Genmaicha by Kusmi Tea
352 tasting notes

First time I met this tea, I burned my tongue ! It was in a big department store in Paris where Kusmi has a corner.
The salesmen always prepare a large volume of one tea and offer it to the potential clients around.
This is a very kind and marketed attention …but they should have warned that it was incredibly hot :)
Anyway I found this tea quite good as soon as my taste buds went out of a burning coma.

I have a small tin of it and had the chance to prepare it home.
This is a very pleasant but quite light Genmaicha.
Not my favourite one but rice and popcorn are really present and there is absolutely not bitterness.

Nice to begin with Genmaicha

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84
drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
352 tasting notes

This tea is really delicious and you can pick easily strawberry.
It gives a very very fruity & sweet taste.

Rhubarb is more subtile and more complicated to detect but it arrives at after taste.

The black tea base is really perfect to reveal the flavours.
It’s not too mild but not too strong neither so this is tea to drink in the afternoon to my opinion.

On certain aspects it makes me think to the Thé du Hammam black leaf of Palais des thés.It contains red fruits and rhubarb as well.

I’m going to compare these 2 teas by drinking it one after the other and will put another note for that.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Mélissa

Which house do you like most: Dammann, Mariage, or Palais des Thés? :)

Ysaurella

Well definitively not Palais des Thes.
Then it s’hard for me to choice between Dammann and Mariage.
I cannot choice …Mariage is more famous but Dammann is his only real rival in terms of quality (just speaking for the French brands)
Let s’say my perfect tea is a mariage (pleine lune) but I am sure I ll find soon a DF I d’love enough to rate with 100 …

ashmanra

I love DF Coquelicot Gourmand! Their Osmanthus Oolong is good, too.

fleurdelily

I think the name of it is dreamy :)

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100

Pleine Lune is MY tea : the one I would keep with me if I was obliged to live on a desert island for years (hoping I could boil some water on the island !)

I love everything in Pleine Lune : the loose leaf full of wonderful petals of flowers (blue & yellow), the amazing smell of almonds of the dry leaf, the quality of the black tea base and the flavours after infusing.

The main flavours are really almond and honey.

To me Pleine lune is an opulent tea.

Pleine Lune is one of the best seller of Mariage Frères, a very popular tea of the Mariage card.

Some people have it with sugar and milk, I don’t. I have it plain because it’s already a very sweet and generous tea.

I drink it every morning when I have time enough (the week end so !) because I refuse to drink it quickly without paying attention enough to it.

I can really say : Pleine Lune you’re a star …at least you’re MY star.

Azzrian

On my wish list now! :) Sounds dreamy!

Azzrian

WOAH it was already ON my wish list … now it makes me think its supposed to be ordered!!!

Ysaurella

I’m looking forward to see you tea note :) If you like creamy teas it should be a tea for you.

Azzrian

I went to buy it – then found ANOTHER I wanted – then realized I need to NOT spend the money right now SIGH Soon though SOON!

Ysaurella

I see what you mean…I went this afternoon in a small tea shop near home because wanted to buy Coquelicot Gourmand of Dammann Frères – they didn’t have it…I went out of the shop with 2 other Dammann Frères teas…

Nicole

Sounds lovely!

Perspicacitea

Oh, that sounds so good! I wish I were able to get some here.

cteresa

It is a special one indeed! I got 50 grams last winter and am going to have to restock.

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82

I absolutely wanted to buy this tea, because of its history (described in the tea sum up) : I found this very romantic and I adore citrus flavoured teas.

Opening the bag…oh…I was first disapointed because no pieces of fruits here, no flowers…only dry leaf + essential oils.

The perfume of the dry leaf was fine but not exceptional.

I brewed it as requested and magic arrived !
What a wonderful tea, so subtile, delicate with a touch of orange just as we need, not over flavoured and so natural.

Just as if we had some fresh orange juice into an excellent black tea.

We can taste as well some bergamot but a very delicate and soft bergamot.

A beautiful tea, reliable as only an excellent classic tea can be.

Jean Jumeau-Lafond should have loved his wife so much to imagine such a fantastic tea for her…or Mrs Jumeau-Lafond had a fantastic taste and explained exactly what an excellent tea “goût russe” should be …we’ll never know…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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87
drank Pomme d'Amour by Dammann Freres
352 tasting notes

Today the weather is cloudy, rainy in Paris. Rain is the Automn’s side I don’t like. I was looking for some solace…

I found Pomme d’amour…Toffee apple in English ? The kind of sweet things we can buy in carnival. Let’s go for joy !
On the other hand, each time I see a Pomme d’amour…I think about Snow-White and the very red apple…as attractive as poisoned…

So verdict : Pomme d’amour is a joyful poison (addictive poison !)

To me this tea is closer to oven-baked caramelized apples than Toffee apples – it is really fruity and sweet but natural.

The dry leaf is amazing : very very dry and shinning.
Dammann is generous, a lot of petals and big pieces of apples are mixed with it. The smell is just fantastic.

The color of the infusion is really beautiful and the mix of the 2 black teas (Ceylan + china) is a perfect base to reveal all the flavours , so sweet but always natural.

I love it ! Sure it is a great antidote to the gloom of the Rain.

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

I think pomme d’amour is Love Apple in English literally but what you describe is Caramel Apples I think. Oh this sounds very good for a rainy Autumn day!

Ysaurella

Une pomme d’amour :http://www.hum-gum.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/pommedamour.jpg
Do you call it Toffee apple, caramel apple, candy apple ? It seems there are a lot of appellations of it in English? am I right or are they different ?

Sil

Pomme d’amour is a candy apple in Canada/us I think the toffee apple is britain… C’est toute la meme chose…la friandise donc la pomme est mis sur un baton et est enrober avec la caramel.

Bonnie

There are different coatings, I think your pommes d’ amour are red candy apples the original toffee apple. Then what we see more often now in the U.S. are Caramel Apples (and sometimes with chocolate and nuts or sprinkles on them see www.mrsprindables.com ).

Ysaurella

thank you Sil ! So it is- again- a linguistic variation with Great Britain (I worked 8 years for an English company…I remember they were unhappy when I was typing color in place of colour…) Thanks God tea will be always tea :)

ashmanra

This tea sounds delicious. I love the Dammann Freres teas I have tried so far!

Ysaurella

thanks Bonnie, amazing apples ! I should come over USA to have a chance to taste these beautiful sucreries

gmathis

We hit a Rocky Mountain Candy Co. recently that had “cheesecake” caramel apples coated with white chocolate and graham cracker crumbs. Didn’t get much cheesecake flavor … but good gravy, it was so rich, it didn’t matter! (P.S. the tea sounds great!)

Terri HarpLady

This tea sounds tasty! I’ve been drooling over the Damman Freres website recently……

Bonnie

Ah you would be more than welcome everywhere Ysaurella.

cteresa

This review of yours is making me very curious! I had seen Dammann teas for sale and been curious – the price of tins while not exactly cheap is much more reasonable here than MF or Fauchon or TWG. But the seller has no sample opens and so I never got any. So opinions are so important to help me choose!

Ysaurella

@ cteresa
I’ve never had any “bad” Dammann Frères. They are a little bit less expensive than MF on loose tea as well.
To me DF is the only rival to MF regarding quality and taste.
I think you can choice one without problem just taking your taste in teas in consideration regarding the ingredients.

cteresa

That is good to know, I will try it! normal MF is pretty expensive here, at big department stores hitting close to 20 euros for the normal black tin, though there are a couple places which sell some varities by the weight and that of course is cheaper, 9 euros or something per 100 grams. Not French prices :(

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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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