335 Tasting Notes

drank Anichaï by Dammann Freres
335 tasting notes

This is my first chaï made as an indian chaï.
I didn’t exactly respected DF’s instructions and put the tea directly in the milk while cooking and not after it boiled.
This is really good ! I didn’t expect to manage to make a good chaï at the first attempt but here it is.
The spices are really wonderful : cardamom is really the main one but the second roles have their partition to play as well.
Really love it.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

good on you, I love indian chai done chai style. or better I love expensive french takes on indian chai, the chai blends I get at the indian grocery stores do not compare at all.

have you ever had chandernagor? I love it crazily and curious how this one compares, seems like the same spices…


I never had Chandernagor because once I was hesitating and finally I have chosen Mandalay.
I can send you a sample of Anichaï and of Thé des Mille Collines (a Dammann Chaï as well)I was thinking about that while doing this chaï


Thank you very much for the suggestion, but I have no new teas to send and still many samples to try. Maybe in Autumn?

Chandernagor is lovely, my favorite classic chai. But that is one thing I like MF very much for, they have a few totally perfectly classic ultimate versions of classic things. Chandernagor is the chai for me, Casablanca is the mint green tea….

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I am impressed by this Earl Grey. It’s an heavy bergamot for sure, not the sweet kind, the floral one. The tea base is strong and malty.
I steeped my pot for almost 5 minutes and it may be too long as I get an astringency, tolerable but really there.
I’ll retry with both less leaf and a shorter steep but it is a really special EG, a morning one able to wake you up quickly.
This Earl grey is not the kind of EG I imagine Miss Marples would drink with her friends.
I know you’re strong Miss Marples…but I always imagine you very classical and fragile regarding tea.

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Haha! Yes, I’ve always wondered what was in Miss Marples cup!


I’m sure it was an Earl Grey but maybe more an Earl Grey French Blue type :)

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Still roasty , mellow and delicious.

While sipping it I am thinking of Steepster, people here and tasting notes.
Since I joined Steepster 2 years ago a lot of folks here who have just “disappeared” and I was thinking of their last note. Did they know it was their last one? Did they feel sick and tired of writing notes ? Did they decide to only drink tea for themselves ? Did they have a major issue ? No chance to know the answer.

I’m feeling myself more and more lazy with my notes, saying less and less. Am I tired of teas ? I feel more like I would like to spend more time with some teas probably rather than trying news so often.
Sorry I am boring tonight :(

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not boring! just waxing poetic :)


I’ve been on here for a long time now, but I have not been writing down all the teas that I have been drinking. I think I just haven’t had much time to write these days. Perhaps a bit lazy too.


Ysaurella and boring never belong together :-)

I also wonder about our friends who disappear…and i think I understand what you are experiencing. Most of the time, I just want to enjoy my tea and not think about what I want to write. That’s why I don’t review much. There’s nothing wrong with spending more time with your tea, as long as you don’t forget to pop up once in a while to say hi, other wise, YOU KNOW I will give you a little poke out of concern, we cannot afford to loose you to the disappearing ones :-)

Terri HarpLady

I understand how you feel, & I have been thinking lately that I have written multiple reviews on many teas, & have nothing left to say about them. Yet, I still want to drink them, I still love them. But I don’t want to be redundant.


It is easy to get caught up in the every day concerns of life :-(


I know I have less to write about here – I have less new teas, I am drinking my stash, have some definite views about where and how to spend my next tea splurges. So well, there is only so much one can talk about tea. I hope to not disappear without saying a word though (and autumn, autumn is always my tea restocking time of the year) – and madam, we absolutely must have tea together one day, in Paris or Lisbon (or Sintra, yeah that would be the place!)!

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drank GABA Black by Mandala Tea
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A very roasty black tea. Got honey notes as well.
Loved it. Thanks Dexter3657 for sharing

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

ooh, i’ve been curious about this one. didn’t realize it was one of the roasty ones, yum.


it is really nice and absolutely roasty.

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Thank you so much Sheherazade for sending me this lovely Oolong.
This is a delicious Milk Oolong but I am a huge fan of this type of type of teas so it may biaise a little my opinion…no it doesn’t !

Pretty pale yellow liquor so typical of milky Oolongs.

This one is less strong on milk and butter notes than several others I had and it is interesting as the flowery notes are emerging on the top with a mellow flowery texture.

It doesn’t beat my dear Theodor Milky Oolong but it is very very nice tea in a different category.

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Courtesy of Sheherazade I am having this famous between famous tea.
I was a little suspiscious after reading so fantastic reviews about it and other really not.

My opinion is in the middle : this is a pleasant tea with this base I don’t like but the flavours are really working for what they are. Creamy, rich blueberry. Mellow blend.
Nothing to shout on the roofs for me but it makes its job.

Thank you Sheherazade for sharing !

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I joined Steepster in 2012 and at this time everybody was drinking and reviewing Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. I added it to my wishlist. And only requested a sample 2 weeks ago to Sheherazade who so kindly shared some with me.

It evocates christmas to me, holidays. Cinnamon for sure is for something in this feeling.
As for other Della Terra Teas I am not conquered by the black tea base kind of neutral, ordinary base. But the flavours seduce me. This is a lovely cookie.
Cooling it works even better and becomes a velvet cookie. Yummy.

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drank Black Gold by Mandala Tea
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Another from the sweet Dexter3657
Black gold is exactly my type of black tea : mellow mellow and mellow but malty .
It’s a real blold tea without any astringency. I detected clearly fruit notes, mostly raisin ot me and a big sweetness.
Loved it.

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Steepster a mangé ma note !!!!! Voleur ! pas envie de réécrire. Voilà. et en plus j’écris en grenouille…tant pis de toute façon ce thé n’avait pas de goût.


Hahaha! Such a clever note! J’aime les femmes qui ont du caractère! Et puis une grenouille, c’est si mignon ;-)

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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 ?!?!?

My tea blog (in French)


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