233 Tasting Notes
This tea just arrived with my order of 16 teas…yes I know 16 teas…:)
I found a lovely website selling Dammann Frères teas by 50 g ! So I was able to order more teas for the same amount.
This one wasn’t in my wish list but I decided to take 100 g to reach 39 € to beneficiate of the free shipping.
This is a great surprise because I like it so much.
As usually the tea base is the same Ceylon +China and the aromas are vanilla and hazelnut.Really nice for breakfast.
So sweet, so mellow, so YUMMY without being exceptional…just YUMMY and that’s really nice enough to me.
I requested a sample of Iskandar during my previous visit in a Mariage Frères shop.And hopefully.
I have already drank it in the past but never purchased it. In my memory it was a nice tea but is it good enough to me to purchase it ?
The answer is NO.
I can taste some astringency, tolerable. The point is tolerable is not a synonymous of enjoyable for me.
The first sip is incredible, so strong , so powerful : flowers flowers and flowers. Mainly violet but not only even if I am not able to say which other flowers have been used here.
There is a hint of mint as well.
It’s a lovely cup but too much “parfumey” for me. I don’t know if you see what I mean but sometimes the flavours seem more like perfume rather than aromas and this is the case here. Alas this is something I have difficulties with.
I can recognize this is a very lovely and well blended tea but not for me.
It can probably be a beautiful ice tea because while cooling the astringency is diminishing.
EDIT : almost cold, there is almost none astringency and the perfumey taste totally disappeared – I really prefer it like this
Thank you so much cteresa for sharing this 4 red fruit tea with me.
I already mentioned in the past my daughter’s favorite jam is the brand Bonne Maman’s 4 fruits and I think this tea is just his twin in a tea version.
As habitual with Dammann Frères, the tea base is their classic base of Ceylon and China teas.
The way the red fruits comes is lovely even if I cannot really detect each flavour separately.
Anyway this is not important, I love its mellowness, the global flavour of red fruit is very natural.
There is just a little hint of tartness so typical of red fruits (especially red currant -groseille).
Don’t think this tea especially needs a 5 minutes steeping as 3 and a half were enough IMO.
Gorgeous, thanks again cteresa
Thank you Devilish for sharing this one with me.
It’s a weird tea, very sugary. I have some difficulties to detect really pistachio and coconut flavours because they are very mixed.
Coconut comes very strongly on the aftertaste and lingers.
EDIT : cooling, I get the pistachio taste ! very powerful strangely as not detectable hoter.
I am not sure the aromas are 100% natural but I appreciated this tea. Nice to have it with my homemade quatre quart au citron.
ok, this one won’t be neither the DT I’d like.
So sorry ! I am sure my daughter would like it with these funny and beautiful little candy canes mixed with the black tea.
I got the peppermint, I got the vanilla and I got some chocolate. I would have loved to get the tea taste as well.
Thank you TheTeaFairy for sharing.
I haven’t had it for a while and in my memory it wasn’t my kind of tea.
Kindly cteresa sent me a large sample of it as I can drink it again.
It’s a a nice tea, smooth tea base, round, with strawberry and vanilla taste. And that’s it for me.
I’ve never understood why this one especially is the best seller of the brand – It’s a nice tea but really some others are really better to my opinion.
Now I have to confess strawberry is not my favourite berry and by the way not my favourite flavouring.
Having said that, Marco Polo is, without reserve, a very good tea but I do prefer a lot of others MF.
Well, how to say that…it is a nice hot flavoured cup of water ?
It’s caramelly, not salty and I get coconut (which is nice as it is in the ingredient’s list !)
I am just wondering why DT added coconut or why did they not call the tea coconut salted caramel? When a brand decides to go for a descriptive name, why not telling exactly what it is ? In this case something like coconut salted caramel Tea-free !
It is very round and mellow – my daughter adores it- and I think I will leave the rest of the cup to her.
She asks me : why don’t you like it ?
My aswer is : because it’s not tea…sorry I cannot taste the TEA once and again with this brand.
Thank you TheTeaFairy for sharing even if I’m so sorry for not being able to appreciate the famous Canadian brand.
I’m sure I’ll find one I really like in the big swap you sent me.
I thank cteresa for sending a generous sample of Paul et Virginie.
Of course, the flavour, as the tea name is somehow very romantic : berries, caramel and vanilla.
No berries nor chunk of caramel in this tea, every flavour comes from essential oils here.
So different from St Pétersbourg from Kusmi teas with the same flavours…I am not a fan of St Petersbourg.
The tea base has a hint of astringency to me. It’s not an in your face flavoured black and the berries are the main flavour here – raspberry is very detectable as well as strawberry, less evident for cherry to me.
Caramel is far behind even if pleasantly present.
Not bad even quite nice but I think these kind od mix between fruits and caramel or fruits and chocolate are rarely for me.
Quite strange as a big fan of the cake “forêt noire”, I’m not seduced by the same with tea.
I am not very good at steeping tea in a brasserie or café.
Anyway this one was quite meh.This brand is proposed in a lot of cafés in Paris, it’s just a little better than lipton.
I am just wondering why they decide to pay more attention to the muslin sachet, the marketing wrapping envelope rather than to the tea itself…
I am also wondering why cafés are not able to propose nice teas and to boil correctly the water…
Next time I’ll choice a coffee !
Another Earl Grey ! I love Earl Greys ! This one is so beautiful with lavender petals mixed in the blend and it smells soooooo citrus incredibly citrus, not very lavender.
Let’s say right now : it won’t be my staple Earl grey.
I prefered the lavender Earl grey by Gryphon Tea company.Having said that this is a lovely tea : the tea base is very nice, the bergamot is nicely blended – my “concern” is more on the lavender side, it was too much for me- it’s not overpowering but a little to much for my taste.
Anyway I cannot reproach this tea to have too much lavender…this is the purpose of Mademoiselle ! I was just expecting maybe more bergamot rather than lavender, thats’ all.
Probably just a question of taste, really because this is a great blend as most of the Theodor teas :)