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drank Chamann by THE O DOR
933 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’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and 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’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to 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. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

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

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

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