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drank Chamann by THE O DOR
1119 tasting notes

Another sample that came with my order. I’m knocking back a few of the decaf ones given the time it has gotten to be.

The handwritten label on the sample says “Rooibos Chaman” rather than Chammann, which is the name given on the web site. Now, I couldn’t find a translation of Chammann, but Chaman, it turns out, is shaman (or sorceror or mage). I really was joking when I made that crack about The de Druids (Druid’s Tea), something to the effect of “do they have tea of the shaman, mage, warlock [fill in your World of Warcraft class here].” Now I’m thinking, I bet Guillaume Leleu is in a raiding guild in his spare time. It’s just too much of a coinkidink.

Anyway. Vanilla rooibos, indeed. It’s a nice one. There’s a certain intensity to the vanilla that fulfills what has become my primary criterion for acceptable flavored rooibos — that the rooibos flavor be secondary to the flavoring agent. As secondary as possible, without disappearing altogether. It’s the vanilla that stays with when the sip is done, not the rooibos. I like that about this tisane.

And I also like the name. Back in my WoW days my main was a whammy shammy, so I feel like this one’s for moi.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Rabs

LOL! I like your theory. However, perhaps he’s an old school D&Der. But we’ll know the truth if The O Dor ever comes out with a “Mohawk Elfes de la Nuit” or a “Le Gygax.” ;)

Jillian

LOL Ricky! XD

Morgana, I went ahead and edited the tea’s description with the info from The Urban Tea Merchant’s website.

Ricky

o.O

Rooibos doesn’t seem to need saving here! Wohooo, rooibos supporter!

__Morgana__

Thanks, Jillian! I got the info from the sweeteas.com site, which is the site I ordered from, but the translation was a bit off.

SoccerMom

Yay rooibos supporter!!!

AmazonV

come to the rooibos side, we have cookies ;)

Ricky

Did someone say cuuuukeeyyyyss!

__Morgana__

Hahahaha. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m a supporter. I’m not a hater, though. I can appreciate a well done rooibos, but I’m much more likely to spend my money on tea.

Jillian

@Morgana: Here in Canada the main supplier for THE O DOR is The Urban Tea Merchant and they carry pretty much the full range of products the actual french company does. Here’s a link to their site: http://www.urbantea.com/
:)

PS the cookies are a LIE! ;p

__Morgana__

Thanks for the link, Jillian. I think there’s a similar place (if not the same) with a US based site. I went directly to France for my first order, taking a page from Doulton’s book with the Dammann Freres — going straight to the source seemed the best option for making sure all the offerings were available. But these will be good for restocking.

cteresa

I like this theory of yours! I was just discussing with people why Thé du Loup is called the wolf´s tea, I think maybe you are on to something!

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Rabs

LOL! I like your theory. However, perhaps he’s an old school D&Der. But we’ll know the truth if The O Dor ever comes out with a “Mohawk Elfes de la Nuit” or a “Le Gygax.” ;)

Jillian

LOL Ricky! XD

Morgana, I went ahead and edited the tea’s description with the info from The Urban Tea Merchant’s website.

Ricky

o.O

Rooibos doesn’t seem to need saving here! Wohooo, rooibos supporter!

__Morgana__

Thanks, Jillian! I got the info from the sweeteas.com site, which is the site I ordered from, but the translation was a bit off.

SoccerMom

Yay rooibos supporter!!!

AmazonV

come to the rooibos side, we have cookies ;)

Ricky

Did someone say cuuuukeeyyyyss!

__Morgana__

Hahahaha. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m a supporter. I’m not a hater, though. I can appreciate a well done rooibos, but I’m much more likely to spend my money on tea.

Jillian

@Morgana: Here in Canada the main supplier for THE O DOR is The Urban Tea Merchant and they carry pretty much the full range of products the actual french company does. Here’s a link to their site: http://www.urbantea.com/
:)

PS the cookies are a LIE! ;p

__Morgana__

Thanks for the link, Jillian. I think there’s a similar place (if not the same) with a US based site. I went directly to France for my first order, taking a page from Doulton’s book with the Dammann Freres — going straight to the source seemed the best option for making sure all the offerings were available. But these will be good for restocking.

cteresa

I like this theory of yours! I was just discussing with people why Thé du Loup is called the wolf´s tea, I think maybe you are on to something!

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became far less appealing to me. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

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