Dammann Freres

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A sample from Roswell Strange. I’ve not tried many fig teas before, largely because they seem to be a relative rarity in the UK. I think I’ve maybe come across one or two before, but certainly no more than that. I like figs, though, so I’m always glad to have the chance to translate that into tea form! I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it three minutes in boiling water. No additions. The resulting liquor is a medium golden-red-brown; the scent sweet with notes of dried fruit.

To taste (and as I’d hoped) the fig is the real star! It’s so true-to-life, and very fresh tasting to the point of juiciness. It’s hard to describe fig as anything other than “fig”, but I suppose raisin or fresh date come into it a little, although milder and sweeter. It makes for a great mid-morning cup! The black base is very smooth, with absolutely no astringency. It’s a tiny bit malty (although not overpoweringly so), and really just lets the fig flavour shine. This one’s a real winner with me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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I used less leaves, just a tea spoon in eight ounces, and it was much better. Still syrupy and sweet with the caramel and toffee being the doubtless flavor, but it didn’t need any sugar or honey to sweeten it this time. It was what I was craving, though I’ve been craving caramel in general. I still taste the papaya and I ate it again. I’d recommend this to a lot of people, and for a black tea, it looks a lot like a Hojicha and tastes very similar to one. More than likely it’s an Ceylon, but still it’s good. I actually liked it better this time, though I still think it would be great with as a Pu-Erh or a Hojicha. Interestingly enough, there is an oolong like this on their website. I would recommend this to a lot of people except tea purists. Otherwise, the caramel flavor is sweet enough for a palette craving candy and the tea base is decent enough for an experienced drinker.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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So this is pretty good, and surprisingly syrupy for a tea. I had this straight western and it is what it says. I could also taste the papaya and loved that aspect to it…and I ate it. It is a little too sweet, but somehow sugar ties the sweetness together. Probably good with cream but I prefer it as is. I think I would probably like a Pu-Erh version of this….they are every where a stores.

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drank Bali by Dammann Freres
187 tasting notes

From the Here’s Hoping TTB

I keep reading about Damman Freres teas, but this is my first. Now I see what the excitement is about.

From the name, I expected tropical fruit, but the dominant flavor is more spice than fruit. It does seem like there is a bit of fruit hiding under the spice. This is a very rich and complex tea. Very subtle, with different flavors coming to the fore at different times as I sip. Long finish. I can see what all the excitement is about.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Sad sipaway… it seems that my actions have caused this tea to cease to exist in my cupboard :(

This was one wonderful rose tea and it was different than other rose flavors/blends I’ve ever had.

I drank this with smile on my face.

Equusfell

This tea is so dear to my heart! Next time there is a group order I’m getting two!

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drank Rose de Mai by Dammann Freres
105 tasting notes

For my 100th note, I wanted to review something I’ve been excited about. even though I’ve drank several new teas in the mean time! Dinosara left me a bunch of samples from her collection, and this is one I knew I’d love. I think I’ve had it once before back when I was less tea obsessed, but a second try on a better palate is always a good idea.
It smells so fresh and delicious as it is brewing! If all rose scented perfumes smelled like this, I’d be wearing them! It’s fresh light, juicy spring rose, and it leaves a sweet taste in your mouth like candied petals.
I image the sweetness is bumped by the oolong base, which adds a touch of greener florals to the backbone of the tea. There is a very slight butteriness that I’m detecting,a s well, though I have to search for it, and it’s stronger as it cools. The one negative note I have about this tea is that the base tastes a little like I added the brewed out steep to the first or second steep of a decent oolong. I wonder if it isn’t my insistence on gong fu style brewing everything these days that is swaying my tastes, since I just brewed this tea western style.
Still, this tea is intensely scented and flavored, but the flavoring is light and refreshing. I love it, and I am definitely on the next DF group order with this one!

Flavors: Rose

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Nichole

Congrats on 100!

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This also came to me via Kaylee, and this is another I’d been wanting to try for ages. It smelled amazing dry—lots of currant, with hints of blackberry. Steeped, though, the green base took over, and the flavor was nowhere near as good as the dry aroma. The cassis was weak and the macaron (which maybe should have been almond? I’m not sure how a tea can really taste like a macaron) essentially absent. It reminded me of a less good version of Republic of Tea’s Black Raspberry. It’s very possible I messed up my steep: I don’t have a variable temperature kettle or a thermometer, so finicky greens are a challenge. Plus, I only had enough for one serving, so didn’t have a chance to experiment. I wouldn’t mind trying this again sometime, but I have so many other teas on my list for if and when I make a Dammann order I’m not sure it will happen

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drank Vanille by Dammann Freres
93 tasting notes

Hmmm this is a nice vanilla black, and I haven’t had a tea from DF yet that I don’t like, but it doesn’t stand out as memorable. Other DF flavors, especially those with red fruits and Bourbon (wow so good!), have spoiled me and set a very high bar for DF. I have noticed that I don’t tend to appreciate straight vanilla teas as much but vanilla bean is my favorite ice cream, so I am always surprised.

Marzipan

My husband loves this one, he says it tastes like a vanilla cookie to him.

sren

I really wanted to love this one! :(

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Sipdown (132)!

Thanks for the sample Liquid Proust, I had it today at work!

Since I haven’t done one in a while, I decided that I’d do a blind tasting with this blend! Obviously it’s got rose in it, but I wanted to see what I noticed by drinking my cold brew prior to do any reading on it. I actually had some interesting results this time around:

My immediate observation was that this was a highly floral from the rose but also from the natural floral notes of the greener oolong base; specifically I thought I picked up notes of both orchid and sweet jasmine. There were a few sips where the intensity of all the floral elements felt a little overwhelming and I definitely think those wary of floral teas in general will find this too much, but overall I think they were all pretty well balanced/in check.

The big surprised was that throughout the entire cold brew I kept tasting the same juicy fruit note that I thought tasted pretty obviously of lychee. I was quite surprised when I finally did look up the tea ingredients only to see that there’s no added lychee flavouring. For me, that flavour was unmistakably present. I suppose, since lychee is quite a floral fruit, all of the other floral components of this tea could have contributed to the flavour, though.

Regardless, I thought this was a really pleasant cold brew; quite refreshing and thankfully with flavours other than a flat, monotone rose note. I’d definitely revisit this one, perhaps trying it hot instead of cold brewed.

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Dammann Freres does great floral teas for sure.. but as for smoked, I don’t think they do it well at all.

This was kind of rough for me to get through which was surprising because the Lapsang Souchong I had in Japan made me smile with every sip (different company though)

I have so much of this too ____

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Such a good summer wake me up cup. I find I still drink hot tea for most of the nmorning as long as it isn’t too humid, or one of those days where it is 75 by 9am. Something about it is soothing to me. I enjoyed the fruity/nutty mix in this a lot, and love how this brand doesn’t underflavor the flavored teas.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Drowning myself 6-26-15 #3

I don’t believe I ordered this tea… but, whatever!
This has flowers in it… bleh… BUT, this is some mighty fine tea. Interestingly I resteeped this tea which I generally don’t do with white teas. I enjoyed this one for sure :)

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drank Citron Vert by Dammann Freres
400 tasting notes

I love this tea. The lime is balanced perfectly with the base and I have an awesome lime aftertaste in my mouth.

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
1164 tasting notes

How delicious are you, Fleurilège! Hazelnut marshmallow in the pouch and in the cup. And my tastebuds agree. Gooey hazelnut-crusted marshmallow. It even reminds my mom of s’mores. For anyone who has tried Bayswater’s Divine Temptation, it’s kind of like that but not as creamy and sugary. This would be splendid with milk and/or cream, I imagine.

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drank Bougainville by Dammann Freres
1164 tasting notes

Finally, finally thought it was time to write about these DF teas from the group order. THANK YOU SO MUCH to Marzipan for organizing it! I feel so lucky to have been a part of it.

I’ve actually tried a few already but thought I’d write my first note about this one. Its fragrance isn’t as distinctive as some of the others I chose, meaning that I can’t detect the individual fruity notes of strawberry, fig, plum, etc. I can even say that about the flavour. The base is extremely smooth, but the flavour is like a slightly generic mix of dark fruits with a swirl of creamy vanilla. It’s tasty, but if I were to taste this blind, I couldn’t tell you, “Ah, that’s apricot. And strawberry! And there’s definitely some plum in here too.” I wouldn’t buy more but I’ll happily finish up the amount that I snagged.

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Thanks Marzipan for getting this order together. . .This tea is amazing cold brewed. So so good! Sweet Fruity iced tea goodness. This would be great with fresh berries in it. I already finished one pitcher and have another going. Haven’t even tried this hot yet.

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Having no idea what this was I just steeped it and drank away. For whatever reason I thought all the Dammann Freres teas were flavored, but let me know that I was wrong. This dark oolong is decent, but I don’t get the fruity notes that their website says that it has in it. The roasted oolong flavor is nice, but not as smooth as I woiuld want it to be.

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This is a splendid tea :)
The leaves are big, the smell is sweet, and the taste is complex in the good way.
Nice notes of sweetness, but the green oolong is still in there. I enjoyed resteeping this tea to watch the leaf just sit there and communicate “That’s right, I’m a boss” to me.
As for overall taste, I’m not too big on caramel with a lighter tea of any sort. For me, caramel compliments strong brisk flavors.

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A big thanks to Marzipan for being awesome and organizing a group buy for Dammann Freres.

I decided to drink through few of these tonight and started with the worst smelling one so they would get better :)
Not sure what the heck is going on this mix… there is really dark pieces of oolong and then green oolong in there. The battle for what this is suppose to taste like clashes against my taste buds and I have no idea what I should be tasting :(

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This is a queued tasting note.

Made the mistake of making this in a timolino on a morning where I was just really, really craving LS. It took three denture bathes to get the smoke smell out of the thermos. Wont be repeating that again…

With a splash of milk this was pretty tasty, but not as smooth as I remember it tasting the first time I brewed it up which is kind of odd ’cause milk is usually really good for smoothing out rougher/choppier blends. It was fairly smokey, with a bit of a leathery note to it. Some sweetness as well. Ultimately, I think I liked it better plain though.

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The ‘Crocodile’ in the name of this tea is certainly intimidating; I picture it snapping at you when you take a sip. Almost like getting whiplash from the intense smoke I suspect I’ll be tasting. The smell of the dry leaf certainly seems to support my theory; however some very quick research seems to indicate the name comes more from the fact this is a Formosa Lapsang Souchong, and less because it’s gonna bite me.

This is actually really good though it’s a little less naturally sweet than some of the other Lapsang Souchong blends I’ve been enjoying lately. It’s got a very brisk black base, and the smoky notes are indeed biting, but in a way that stimulates taste rather than assaults it. Maybe it’s because it’s summer and finally BBQ season but I’m picking up flavor notes that resemble the smell of burning hamburgers on a grill. The finish reminds me a little bit of molasses or those ‘tar candies’ that are sometimes given out around Halloween.

I enjoyed this one best when it was lukewarm; but the entire cuppa was pleasant. I don’t think I could call it any better or worse than another Lapsang Souchong though. It’s certainly very smoky; so if you like your Lapsang light I’d veer away from this blend.

ashmanra

One of our favorite lapsangs! My youngest daughter loves it. I think I read that it was called crocodile because it was loved by rugged men on safari or some such thing. LOL

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The oolong is very present, very vegetal. It smells heavenier than heaven but the caramel is not present enough in the cup in my opinion. The liquid is pretty light-coloured; I’m surprised about this since the oolongs I drank were usually darker (almost like a black tea). This one looks somewhere between a white and a green tea.Like it, will finish it, but not buying again.

Flavors: Vegetal

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drank Breakfast Tea by Dammann Freres
6501 tasting notes

picked up a couple bags of this while in paris from the hotel. preferable to lipton but still a relatively middle of the road tea. must have ceylon in it as those are the dominant flavours…a little astringency but overall not too shabby for a hotel room tea :)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, it could have been Lipton, LOl

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