Dammann Freres

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This is a nice fruity blend, though I wish I could detect the individual flavors—I just get a generic, if pleasant, fruitiness. I also feel like the fruit flavorings could be a little more assertive, but then I always like my flavors super bold. As it is, the fruits and the smooth, slightly malty base are pretty evenly balanced. I love fruity teas of all stripes, but in general I find these sorts of flavorings work better for me with green (or even oolong) bases than with black, and nice as this blend is it’s no exception to that rule.

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
105 tasting notes

I smell a bit of sweet strawberry. I could compare it to Four red fruits from Kusmi which is another strawberry black tea with a stronger strawberry scent. Very good but I would rather go with Noël à Prague and Coquelicot gourmand from this house, they have more personality whereas Jardin bleu is more average (but still good!).

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drank Bali by Dammann Freres
105 tasting notes

Feels like I’m drinking a bitter perfume or a pot-pourri infusion. You know, as in something artificial and inedible. I regret buying a 100g tin of this, it is taking me forever to finish it. It says on the website that it is made of Jasmine green tea and Sencha but I don’t get the grassy taste that I like from sencha. As if the sencha was too old and lost all its flavours and all we could taste was the added rose essential oil. Is rose essential oil even edible?

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drank Vanille by Dammann Freres
2865 tasting notes

Sipdown (133)

I am having what I have not had in a little while…a hot cup of tea. Lately it has been all smoothies and lattes or cold brews and iced teas. I decided just to relax with something warm and comforting and this definitely fits the bill. Now having tried it without any additives I realize just how amazing the vanilla flavor is – like fresh vanilla beans: clean, fresh, sweet, and creamy and just all around awesome.

Also, this tea is soft. That sounds weird to say but the overall mouthfeel is round to feel like you are actually enjoying something and not just water with some flavor while still remaining delicate. Hopefully you guys get me because it is hard to describe clearly but certainly worth mentioning as it is really contributing to my positive experience with this tea.

Thank you Sil for sharing this one. I am definitely grateful to try it as it is so simple and yet so elegant and rich.

Sil

awesome. glad you enjoyed it!

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drank Vanille by Dammann Freres
2865 tasting notes

Thank you, Sil for sharing this one with me. I used it today in my daily smoothie and maybe that wasn’t the best way to actually taste the tea but it certainly made for a tasty treat. The vanilla actually came through by toning down the chocolate in the smoothie making it almost lighter while still being very flavorful. It went down fast…and easily which is a good sign though I dont really remember specific qualities as I was distracted by online shopping.

Sil

haha nice

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83
drank Figue Fraîche by Dammann Freres
1843 tasting notes

GCTTB I was mildly skeptical about how ‘fig-like the flavour would actually be considering that it’s a bit older. Maybe Davids Tea has me jaded. ;) But as it turns out I was pleasantly surprised but how authentic the flavour was. It tastes more like the dried figs I eat around Christmas-time, than fresh figs to me, but that’s hardly a bad thing.

A great way of having your figs…without the wasps. ;p

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Fjellrev

Ha! My mom won’t even eat figs due to said symbiosis.

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drank Rose de Mai by Dammann Freres
1494 tasting notes

Sipdown! I think that brings me down to 33? That’s insane. Yesterday, a co-worker mentioned a new perfume that came out with Rose de Mai so that reminded me that I had one more cup of this left. A day off means being able to drink tea so this was first on my list. I absolutely love the fresh rose note in this but have grown a little tired of oolong bases over the past year. Don’t know why. Maybe I just over oolong’d myself. Would I buy more? No, but I would most definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of rose and/or green oolongs.

TeaKlutz

Sounds quite nice!

tea-sipper

Only 33 teas?!?! That IS insane. I would be panicking.. not enough choices for me. :D

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drank Rose de Mai by Dammann Freres
1494 tasting notes

Had a cup of this earlier in an effort to finish it up. I do enjoy it but somewhere along the way (maybe sometime last fall?), I slightly lost interest in drinking oolongs. The rose in this is gorgeous but I think at this point, I would rather go with a white tea base.

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drank Rose de Mai by Dammann Freres
1494 tasting notes

Ah, DF, the Rosa Centifolia of which you speak, is very present in this tea. This is beyond just dump-some-rose-petals-into-an-oolong. What separates this from other rose blends is that it smells like a very high quality rose absolute, at least to me. The base itself is floral and orchid-like but on the vegetal side. The vegetal notes take away from the rose, especially in the aftertaste.

I would give this a higher rating if I enjoyed the base more. I know I’m part of the problem there because I just haven’t been in an oolong mood for the longest time now, and especially anything with vegetal notes has been turning me off. Such a shame since the rose in Rose de Mai is impeccable.

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drank Vanille by Dammann Freres
1843 tasting notes

GCTTB
Yay more French teas (seriously, where did you guys find them all?). This one has a rich, sweet bourbon vanilla scent and flavour. It’s quite strong, though since I love vanilla (I bake with it all the time) that’s hardly a problem. The description mentioned biscuity notes and I can definitely pick those up too, there’s a distinct baked goods flavour to this blend that makes me think of cookies fresh out of the oven. I’m just drinking this plain but I bet it would be awesome with milk – though to be honest the black tea base and the flavours are so smooth that it doesn’t_need_it like some blends do.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Roswell Strange

I think the bulk of the French teas came from Sil if I’m not mistaken.

Sil

Fancy French teas came from my trip to Paris. I crammed as many as I could in to the box since they’re hard to come by and part of the reason I’d picked up so many was to share. I put the offer out there that if anyone falls in love with something, it’s highly likely I can send more.

Jillian

Cool, thanks. :)

Mookit

Oh man I’m jealous! I hope to partake in the next GCTTB, though!

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drank Touareg by Dammann Freres
1494 tasting notes

This gunpowder and mint blend is nice enough. I didn’t add anything to it, yet there seems to be a subtle sweetness accompanying the mint. Not candy cane-level sweetness but just a pinch. No bitterness but most likely because I only steeped it for like a minute and made sure the water cooled down for about five minutes before pouring.

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drank Vanille by Dammann Freres
871 tasting notes

GCTTB5.2

This one has a very strong vanilla smell. There is something sweet about the vanilla. The taste is quite strong vanilla. It is not bad though. Just a bold vanilla flavour. I feel like there is some fruity type sweetness to the vanilla. It makes me thinks cherry. The black tea base is moderately bold and slightly malty. There is definitely a light floral flavour to the tea. The tea is very milky in flavour as well. As it cools the vanilla mellows and there is definitely a strong tea biscuit type flavour.

I liked this tea best when it had cooled enough that it was still quite warm, but no longer hot, and not yet luke-warm. Hope that makes sense :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

Sipdown! This was absolutely delicious cold brewed. The peach was so much more pronounced this way, and the white tea base didn’t go bitter or weird in any way, which was an initial concern.

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79

Silly me taking around a year to try this. Yikes. This is a basic peach-flavoured Bai Mu Dan. I’m going to give it some more rope seeing that it is on the older side already, and give it the benefit of the doubt that the peach flavour would have been stronger when it was much fresher.

Right now, it’s incredibly subtle. At least it isn’t an artificial peach juice crystal flavour, like how I find many peach-flavoured DAVIDsTEA blends to taste like. I’m contemplating cold brewing it next time but white tea can be rather whiny when it comes to that method. But it wouldn’t hurt!

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drank Bali by Dammann Freres
433 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping TTB

I haven’t had the opportunity to try very much from Dammann Freres, so I was excited to see one of their teas in this TTB. Unfortunately, this one didn’t do much for me. It came across as just a basic rose-flavored green tea, good but not very exciting. I wish I could have tasted more of the other flavors. Could just be the age of the sample, though!

Flavors: Rose

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Vanille by Dammann Freres
1129 tasting notes

GCTTB5 box#2

I am really enjoying these French teas, it seems like their bases have a slight floral note about them….or is that just my bias?? lol

This vanilla is fairly strong, it doesn’t taste completely natural but I don’t mind that boozy vanilla flavour either. I really enjoyed this one and I think it would be super good with a splash of milk to round out that vanilla.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Buttery and salty and oolong, but who stole the caramel? I am adding a teaspoon of honey to see if I can coax the caramel back. Yes, yes, better, but still not that sexy dripping luscious caramel of my imagination.

The second steep is super buttery too, maybe even more so than the first. A bit more vegetal with the slightest echo of salt. Delicious.

That said, the name of this tea is a lot to live up to. Perhaps I would be enjoying this tea so much more if my imagination were not as vivid.

Thanks, Sil. I’ve been looking forward to trying this one.

Flavors: Butter, Butterscotch, Salt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

i think the age is showing on this one to be honest. It’s not as intense as it was when i first got it, so i’d say “fresh” you’d fine it much more caramely. Still tasty…but not like it was…

Evol Ving Ness

Still tasty, as you say, Sil. One day, I will have this fresh as fresh can be to see. In the meantime, it is still luscious.

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78

I don’t always know how to get the best out of black-green blends. I think I didn’t quite do it here, as it feels at once sort of too astringent but also understeeped? So that’s weird.

But in my quest to think of things to do with pineapple in anticipation of my husband’s birthday and his pineapple upside-down cake request, I remembered I had a little sachet of this lingering in my desk at work, and voila!

Apart from my steeping miscalculation, I really do like the flavours of this one, and I’m getting nice notes of floral pineapple and a bit of a citrus lift. I’ll just have to brew it more carefully next time – though to be honest, it’s just hard to make a good cup of tea in the office kitchen, regardless.

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drank Nosy Bey by Dammann Freres
2089 tasting notes

Typed this one up a few days ago…
Thanks for the sale, TheLastDodo! It’s kind of a surprise because they from a while ago (so I’m also glad I haven’t moved and you still had my address!) I officially can not buy any more teas for a long while. But I’ve been saying that for a while. I’m usually not one for French teas but this one sounded like something special…. and it is delicious. The peach is very much there and tastes like authentic ripe peach… with the peach skin and everything. One of the best peach flavorings I’ve found. Then there is a wisp of vanilla or cream flavoring that is lovely with the peach… peaches and cream! The rose doesn’t impart much flavor but I don’t mind. There was a tiny pineapple cube in the teaspoon too. I especially like that the black teas base was medium strength when I suspected it would be very light. The second steep was pretty strong with flavor too. I’ll be savoring the remainder of this pouch.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug// few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 minute steep

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85

I’m changing my rating on this tea because I discovered yesterday that I like it a lot better when steeped strongly (strong enough to be thick and almost black, lol). I’m also impressed that the leaves are able to brew so many strong cups of tea without weakening.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Violette by Dammann Freres
1494 tasting notes

I was rummaging through my cupboard trying to figure out which tea to make for my mom realized that I sipped this down a while back. This brings me down to 44, I believe? This was awesome fresh, but it is one that starts to lose its flavour at around the ten-month mark. It was still violety but it was the base that got a little stale.

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drank Violette by Dammann Freres
1494 tasting notes

This was my very fitting drink of choice over the Easter holiday. It’s simple but perfect, truly like candied violets. It’s lost a bit of its favour over the past ten months but nothing too severe.

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