Dammann Freres

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83

Ordered this a couple of months ago and managed to forget about it. It’s good. Very fruity in flavor, kind of a nutty note too. I don’t remember what is in this one but it’s good.

I brewed this once in a Teavana 16oz Glass Perfect Tea Maker with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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92
drank Milk-Oolong by Dammann Freres
168 tasting notes

Memorial Day Weekend!! We’re in Zion National Park the next few days for some canyoneering and hiking and this morning it is freezing and raining!! Not good hiking or canyoneering weather… There’s something about slot canyons and rain that just doesn’t go together unless you have a death wish!! But it is perfect weather to drink lots of tea and read a good book!! I’ve just started reading The Nightingale, has anyone else read it? So far it’s absolutely fantastic, like ’can’t put it down, eyes are burning and I’m exhausted BUT MUST keep reading’ fantastic!!Highly recommend!! Of course I bought some of my tea stash with me and since we had no milk this morning I decided on the milk oolong from Damman Freres – at first I wasn’t super impressed as the tea didn’t have any of those real milky flavors I’m so looking for in a milk oolong and then I suddenly realized, there is no milk in this tea and it is the creamiest tea I’ve ever had! A little nutty, super creamy, this is almost perfection in a cup!! Yum!!

Veronica

Hope the weather clears up for you. That sounds like a fun weekend!

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74

This last week seems to have been unintentionally themed around mango teas; it honestly feels like I’ve had more of them now than I have had in the last two or three months. That’s probably because I’m a picky person when it comes to mango, but because it’s such a summer flavor there’s a surplus of mango teas around which equates to more that I’m easily swayed into wanting to try out.

This one was done as a cold brew; it had a very natural and realistic mango flavour. I personally find that the actual fruit mango has a very pine like and sappy flavour. I know I’m not the only person to have observed this; and it seems to be commonly observed with unripe mangoes but even ripe ones have this flavour to me. However most teas with mango as an ingredient don’t seem to convey this flavour and as someone who always tastes it when they eat the fruit it makes me feel like something is missing. Thankfully, I did taste is here! While I loved it the vast majority of people might not given than mango ’isn’t supposed to taste like pine’.

There were also floral notes here, probably from the black base and I thought that added a nice depth to the flavour as well. While the fruit might not have had a robust, juicy flavour like I expected that didn’t stop this from feeling complete. I am, however, wary of how other people would feel about this; like mentioned it has that “undesirable” pine taste. It worked well for me, though.

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The tea description on the DF site is flower petals, poppy, biscuit and almond paste. The packaging also says raspberry, violet, vanilla and cherry. I am getting definite raspberry, and a tiny bit of floral. Nothing that is overpowering. I have learned that I love any DF blend that mentions their “biscuit” flavor, and that’s biscuit in the sense of a European cookie – not an American biscuit. Any blend that has that flavor is going to have a bit of aftertaste that makes it like a dessert, even if it isn’t a sweet dessert tea. I have also learned that one thing DF does really well is a tea that has many different flavors versus the ones that are just one flavor and a base. Those are good too, but the ones that have a lot of things blended are just masterful. This is an example of that.

Full review and photos here:
https://tealover.net/2015/05/dammann-freres-coquelicot-gourmand/

scribbles

Blog looks great (and the teaware, as well)! :)

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70

Sipdown (118)!

Drank this in sachet form – it was an extra sample that Marzipan tossed in with the stuff from our DF group order. I can’t say I’ve had the ‘regular’ black version for comparison.

I don’t know if this one really left a whole lot of an impression; while it definitely smelled very richly of vanilla the taste was rather subdued. I don’t get too huge into straight vanilla teas anyway, but this was kind of weak even for my tastes. However, the flavour of the rooibos was equally muted so I guess that balances out overall. It’s kind of creamy too, which helps. It’s better than an extremely rooibos heavy blend, anyway.

Sweetener might make this one pop a little more, but I’m not gonna go through the effort of finding out.

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76

I lied in my Just Peachy review; I have a few more minutes before I have to be in bed so I’m going to do some of the shorter reviews/notes in my queue…

Had this one yesterday hot in a timolino; I actually surprisingly really liked the cold brewed version. In fact, I’m looking at my rating of 76 right now and I can’t help but feel I didn’t give the tea enough credit. However, the hot version is probably more deserving of that rating…

I found the black base picked up a slight astringency, and the cola flavour was not as potent. Plus, it just doesn’t work as well, as a taste, hot. I’d never drink my Coke heated up; even at room temperature that drives me really crazy (and if I’m being honest I’m more of a Pepsi person anyway). Some of the other nuances, like citrus or pear notes, were lost as well though I did kind of taste vanilla and I don’t remember picking up on that last time – or at least, if I did, not so clearly.

Overall it wasn’t bad though – I’m just gonna be doing cold brews to finish this off, ‘cause it’s clearly better that way.

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76

Prior to trying this blend, I’ve had exactly three cola flavoured teas: Cola Matcha from Red Leaf Tea, Cherry Cola & Cake from Della Terra Teas, and DAVIDsTEA’s Cherry Cola black tea. I remember that so specifically because all of them were super memorable experiences, and not for a good reason. In fact, DT’s Cherry Cola blend may actually be the worst black tea I’ve ever had. Cola just seems to be something that doesn’t apply well to tea, so I’m going into this tasting with extreme reservation and fairly low expectations.

I probably wouldn’t have purchased this one at all if it weren’t for the fact I got some in a group order, and therefore got to pick up a small size of it. It also helps it’s from Dammann Freres – I’ve yet to really find a “flop” from them, though there have been a few blends that just didn’t click because of personal taste. I have faith that if any company can pull off a cola tea they’re likely to be the ones to do it.

I’m cold brewing this – I just personally think that cola flavor kind of only works cold. I’ve had hot coke before (it was a dare) and it didn’t go over well. I have to say, the dry leaf of this smells pretty wonderful. It definitely conveys the smell of coke without any of the chemical/artificial qualities that I’ve experienced with every other coke tea. I don’t know how they do it! There’s even a whiff of vanilla to the smell as well!

I’ll come right out and say it; this is easily the best cola tea I’ve had. Simply put, it tastes like those shimmery silver cola ball candies that are basically pure sugar – though not as cloying as you’d imagine. There’s a really nice freshness to the tea and more natural notes as well like very mild citrus and possibly also pear. It’s ‘fancy’ cola ball candy! Definitely no sweetened needed with this one though; it’s just barely treading the line between natural sweet and ‘cavity’ sweet. I like that the base is also pretty strong, but not overly brisk. The fact it’s decaffeinated is a huge plus – as a generalization black tea is my favourite type and being limited with how much I can drink at night without the jitters is definitely a concern of mine; this will fit seamlessly into my evening routine.

I can totally see why this is marketed towards children as well; it’s something familiar flavor-wise, definitely sweet enough on its own, obviously healthier than actually giving a child a bottle of Coke, and what parent is going to complain about the lack of caffeine!?

My opinion on cola teas has been completely changed; and I’m already imagining interesting ways to try this one: tea soda, as a latte (because ‘floats’), and possibly even hot…

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81
drank Vanille by Dammann Freres
6160 tasting notes

backlogging

wooooeeeee! lots of vanilla in this one. I think i need to do a vanilla comparison sometime in the near future to figure out which of the vanilla teas i have in my cupboard i currently love the most. This one was tasty…that’s really all i remember at the moment lol

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72
drank Thé des Poètes by Dammann Freres
125 tasting notes

Sipdown! (31/368) Thank you so much for sharing this tea with me, Miss B!

This tea has been in my sipdown box for a while now, and I’ve just never been in the mood to finish it off. This morning I’m feeling a bit under the weather, and this was the perfect tea to soothe me. I did a bit of a double take when brewing this, because the scent is so strong and fills up the whole kitchen. If I remember rightly it usually smells like a baking apple pie, but this time I smelled… Sour cherries? Definitely. I even double-checked the ingredients because the scent was so dead on! Maybe it was just contaminated in the box, though, because the taste is unchanged. Plain, the caramel is prominent with a hint of apple. Adding sweetener brings out the apple, so it’s a delicious cup of gooey toffee apple. The cinnamon is a lingering note towards the end of the sip, and there’s also a mild citrus note which rounds it out. I added a splash of milk to make it more comforting since I’m not feeling too well, and this brings out the base more so that the fruity flavours aren’t as dominant. The cinnamon and citrus notes actually seem to hold their own a lot more when milk is added, too. I’m not sure it’s settled my stomach, but it’s definitely taken my mind off it! Thanks again, MissB!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Nosy Bey by Dammann Freres
265 tasting notes

I wasn’t sure about this one. The smell reminds me of peaches and cream instant oatmeal. Which does not sound like a compliment, but there was a year in life where I ate nothing for breakfast except off brand peaches and cream instant oatmeal. I still crave it sometimes too :P
All in all I was impressed and surprised by this tea, It’s a really good peach black tea. I can’t wait to try it iced!

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88

This is a very tasty tea and they swear it is gluten free so I am drinking it despite my suspicions. One of the ingredients sounds like gluten to me but they swear it isn’t. European standards on gluten are generally tougher than American. They swear it is gluten free according to the standards of the European Parliament. They tell me the biscuit is a “flavor of synthesis” whatever that means.

In any case it has a deep rich chocolate taste. Perhaps the most chocolaty tea I have had yet.

I steeped this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 4 min.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

YES! i’m so glad SOMEONE got this one. I love it.

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76

Intriguing and contrasting tea! I am not used to yellow tea and this one felt like it had been flavored by a mad man (although it’s natural!), with a clear and sharp set of apparently contrasting notes: lychee and fig for the sweet & fruity core, smoke and mild bitterness at the beginning and end (long-lasting along the lower gums). The smell matches, plus dry forest leaves association.

Flavors: Fig, Lychee, Smoke

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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73

Dry leaves give a light and floral impression upon discovery, and the brew later pinpoints on elderflower. With a light body and a sweet raw almond taste, you can’t expect it to last an exceptional time on the tongue, but it is still very balanced and satisfying, with a very quiet astringency. Reminded me of cooked cauliflower, but then again I love cauliflower…

Flavors: Almond, Asparagus, Butternut Squash

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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68

A complex yet not entirely unexpected 1st flush.
The leaves smell of dry apricot when you open the bag, which indeed translates to the palate in the same sweet note tending towards toffee as the brew cools. In a quirky yet pleasing fashion, asparagus and praline fight for dominance to the nose . Mild astringency with a fresh aftertaste, which doesn’t age gracefully if you leave your cup for a while.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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86

Unusual discovery with this upper class rolled green tea. I steeped it twice like an oolong and wasn’t disappointed although I had only tap water at hand. The sweet and creamy smell leads to vanilla and white grape palate notes, with a slight astringency. The silky body tails into a fresh aftertaste that lingers a long time. On second steeping (5min) the freshness intensifies while notes of unripe fruit (green apricot) develop towards berries (blackcurrant).

Flavors: banana, Cake, Milk, Vanilla, White Grapes

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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This tea is good with a very strong smoky flavor, so strong I had to add creamer. I don’t as a rule add cream to teas with the exception of strong Lapsang Souchong. This is a tasty and enjoyable tea. It is rapidly waking me up.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Flavors: Smoked

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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62
drank Lime Blossom by Dammann Freres
6160 tasting notes

I need to start working on some of the tea bags that i’ve picked up via swaps, travelling tea boxes, MissB and my travels. This is one from my recent trip that i grabbed from the hotel room. Gotta love random DF tea bags every day :)

This likely would have been one that i might have thought about picking up and i’m glad that i didn’t. this is less lime and more “woody” than anything. Nice that it’s a herbal but in the grand scheme of things if the tea has the word LIME in the name of it, i expect full on lime flavour…even from a fancy french tea :)

Final Count: 129 (+various tea bags)

cteresa

Not sure which lime you meant. Lime is such a confusing term in English. In French this is tilleul, and lime the citrus is citron vert or some thing like that.

You probably meant precisely the non citrus lime but just mentioning it just in case. Lime blossom is crazily floral IMO when they bloom end of spring it is amazing a tree perfumes a whole block. But the tea never quite gets that. It is a proverbial calming tea.

Sil

that makes a LOT more sense :)

cteresa

Lime trees, linden trees, tillia cordata, not citrus something. Linden is a very traditional tisane in Europe.

Also randomly connected, in french bourbon when applied to food means vanilla, not whiskey!

Sil

Bourbon i was aware of, but the lime is new to me. nice to learn things!

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Floral cherry sugary sweetness balanced nicely with black tea flavour. Flavour is a bit dilute. I would try this again with a greater ratio of leaf: water.

Thanks to MissB for sharing with me!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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86

I was worried that this would be too similar to Vanille, but I find this actually has a more balanced flavor. The hazelnut flavor is a nice touch. I’m drinking it at room temperature now, which is probably not the best way to drink it for a tea review, but I like it now. I think it would be good at any temperature, hot, iced, or room temperature. I would serve this to friends.

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80

This does have quite a powerful vanilla aroma. It doesn’t smell like a whiff out of a vanilla extract bottle, but it is close. At first, before I opened the bag, I could smell the vanilla. It reminded me of vanilla milk – but that was before I opened the bag. The tea is actually much stronger than that. I brewed it for a long time the first time I tried it, because I was brewing a large to-go cup of it. It didn’t get bitter, and the vanilla was still quite strong. I think it could hold up to milk and sugar with no problems.

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85

This is a very tasty tea with a strong flavor of mangoes. The black tea base is nice too but the mango overshadows it. This is not necessarily a bad thing. This is the first of my teas from my group order I am drinking. So far all the teas from Damman Freres have been good both from the group order with Marzipan and my own order. Thanks Marzipan for all the work this order took. I wonder what other French tea companies ship to the USA? I know some don’t.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Mango

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Marzipan

I know Palais des Thes has a presence in NJ/NY, so it’s easy to get those. We can get Mariage Freres, but Fauchon doesn’t ship to the US. I thought I would look at a few of them once we put this one to bed. I hope you were happy with the repackaging!

AllanK

The repackaging was great. I have heard that Palais des Thes has a store in NYC. I will one day have to go into Manhattan and check it out.

Marzipan

Ohh please let me know!

AllanK

Don’t know when I will have the time but eventually, eventually.

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This tea is so far my least favorite from Damman Freres. It brewed up an unpleasant brownish color rather than a nice green. The flavor is ok but not great. No one fruit flavor is truly evident, but there is a melange of various flavors instead. I would like to tast the berries or the vanilla but I get no single strong flavor.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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87

This is a very slightly bitter black tea with the sweet flavor of strawberries. It is quite tasty. What else need I say.

I brewed this once in an 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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The smell of this dry leaf is overwhelmingly sweet. Trying to identify the smell chewed my office mate and I up for a few days until we realized that it smells exactly like original flavored skittles! Which may sound awesome to some, but is a little overpowering to me. Hopefully the taste is also overpowering, because I have to get the taste of my newest snack experiment (nori flakes) out of my mouth!
Egads! I brewed it for 3 minutes like all the other reviews and it was far too long! It’s so bitter! Like cucumber skin! It’s literally making my mouth water (I think to get rid of the sensation). I get a bit of cantaloupe/bubblegum on the intake of the sip, but then that bitterness takes over!
I may have to toss this and try again… No rating for now…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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