Dammann Freres

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This tea smells so amazing. No other tea has captured the passion fruit smell quite so perfectly as this. The florals blend well, also. My problem with this tea is the base, which contributes a slight sweetness but also bitterness that is difficult for me to get around without sugar. As it cools, it is much fruitier. The blend reminds me of a lighter-flavored Bali, but with a base that I just cannot brew right. Dinosara has suggested taking some home and cold-brewing it, which I most definitely will be doing, because with the smell of this tea when it was brewing, cold brewing can only be awesome.
I got a second brew out of it, but it was more bitter. Full sugar cube went into the cup and it is much more tolerable, fruity, and a little more rosey than the first steep.

Flavors: Floral, Green Melons, Passion Fruits

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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84

Ooh, I’d totally forgotten I owned this one!

A nice wind-down for the end of a lovely weekend that, annoyingly, has left me as fatigued as I was at the end of work on Friday. No fair.

But at least this tea is as nice as I’ve come to know Dammann fruity things are – the base is strong and tasty, and I’m getting plenty of peachy cherries. That’s nice. This is a good ‘un. I’m glad I remembered it!

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80

I’d forgotten how sweet this one was, as it’s been a good month or two since I last made it. Such buttery, lemony biscuits!

Absolutely, buttery, lemony biscuits. I don’t get poppy as a thing in this, or almond per se. But definitely buttery, lemony biscuits. How many times can I say buttery, lemony biscuits in a review?

In other news, slightly despairing that my hands are itching to get stuck into new knitting projects and I have ABSOLUTELY NO MORE SPACE FOR KNITTING. Seriously. I may have to investigate viable alternatives to etsy to, like, make space for new knitted things. SO MUCH KNITTING. Also, had photos taken for my new married-people visa yesterday evening and ugh. Why do I look so bad in these photos? I’m just trying to make a neutral not-smiling face and I look like somebody’s just murdered my cat and my eyes are oddly lopsided and my forehead is all wrong and I just… UGH. It’s hard to feel self-confident in the wake of a face like that.

My spouse, on the other hand, looks like a radiantly beautiful majestic bear. It’s not fair.

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Just ordered a tea latte at Holts Cafe and this was the tea bag that it was made with. Tastes amazing though it could be biased by the deliciously creamy milk they used to make it with :) Definitely ordering this latte again, but would love to see if Holts has this in store as well on its own.

Sil

Holt has traditionally only carried MF; Fortnum and Mason and Fauchon.. I haven’t seen DF there yet…

leaf in hot water

Thanks Sil, thats strange they would use it in the cafe but not in the store. Maybe its not high end enough…?

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drank Noël à Venise by Dammann Freres
541 tasting notes

Citrus notes. Black tea not bitter and balanced well with the citrus. Flavouring tastes a tad dilute.

Thanks to MissB for sharing!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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drank 7 Parfums by Dammann Freres
5925 tasting notes

I’m logging this one here, even though i’m drinking the Jardin du The version from missB The teas are similar so i don’t feel the need to create a new entry for this one time log :) I’m not a fan of this one. I can clearly taste the blergamot AND the rose petals…making it everything i don’t need in a tea lol. That being said, i’m glad to confirm that, as i had my suspicions in reading the descriptions lol

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85

sipdown!

One more review for this one, from the resteep i had last night.

Surprisingly tasty, to the point where I’d actually consider buying it again! I think I like this sort of oolong over the roasty type.

This was really delicious and slightly floral and a very enjoyable cup. I wonder if a similar tea would exist from a company that is more readily available… hmmmmmmmmm

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85

Drank this one last night – it was at least a 2 year old sample (oops), but given the fact that it’s a straight green oolong, I was a bit hesitant.

I went for it, and really overleafed to use it up, which made for a pretty potent cup even though I did a short steep.

I was surprised that I actually enjoyed it! It’s a nice natural tasting floral green oolong, but not OVERLY flowery.

I will probably do my resteep tonight.
Sorry I waited so long!

And thanks to Shmiracles for sending it along, a million years ago :)

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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
37 tasting notes

This tea is a mixed bag for me. It’s a definite positive experience, and I like the cup, just not for the reasons I was hoping.

The chestnut flavor really doesn’t present for me, which is what I really wanted from this cup. There’s a substantial amount of perfumed floral notes, ranging from orange blossom to cornflower (which is doing weird things in my brain, because I didn’t see cornflower in the blend), there’s also a sweet undercurrent of caramel, which sometimes presents with an almond brittle type sweet nuttiness.

As a chestnut tea, I don’t know if I could recommend this, but overall it’s a tasty, solid experience.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Pomme d'Amour by Dammann Freres
1263 tasting notes

Was given this as an afterthought in a café in Lyon, where I’d purchase a set meal (the only thing available on a Saturday or Sunday) that included an additional pot of tea. I think because they were busy and I was the “demanding Amercian”, I was given this. It’s been a few days now (feels like a lifetime ago! it’s been four days) so I tried it.

Uh….

Well, it’s nice. Nice for someone else. (All I got was a faint apple thang, maybe something like a Shirley Temple. Is there grenadine in here?)

Flavors: Apple, Grenadine

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
yyz

Sundays in France can be interesting. When I spent over a month in Montpellier your choices were two Restaurants, McDonalda or the Kebab places everything else was closed. I loved the time I spent in Lyon. I hope you enjoyed/are enjoying it.

MissB

I was only there for the weekend, so it was tricky to really explore. I did however find the Gaul which used to house 10,000 people from around the world — more than 2000 years ago! Amazing.

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drank Christmas Tea by Dammann Freres
1263 tasting notes

I swear I have some of this at home… Yet haven’t reviewed it? Odd. Regardless, must have it in excess here (Café J’adore in Lyon, France) as it’s the only tea option on their brunch menu. Lots of other DF teas to order separately though. Reminds me of an orange Chai.

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95
drank Bali by Dammann Freres
36 tasting notes

Now that I have a kettle that heats water to specific temperatures, I thought I would revisit this one to see if all the fuss I made about it was true.
IT IS.
I still love it, though now with less bitterness! A touch of sugar still calls to me though, I think it mellows out the perfume aspect and bumps up the fruit, leading to a much more balanced and AMAZING brew! Once again, I have Dinosara to thank, she donated the last few cups of her stash of Bali to me! I absolutely cannot thank you enough!

Flavors: Flowers, Lychee, Nectar

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95
drank Bali by Dammann Freres
36 tasting notes

Oh, man. I knew I would love this tea. Dinosara has become my source for the best samples! The flavor is clear, sweet fruit with a soft rose component that melds perfectly. I may even like this better that the Rose and Litchi of Fauchon, since, though I totally roasted both samples, this green took to my noob mistakes better, and the flavor character was strong enough to shine through. Since I roasted it (really need to get a variable temperature kettle), there was some bitterness on the swallow, but a touch of sugar remedied the situation and brought out the fruit a little more. I need this in my cupboard!

Flavors: Lychee, Nectar, Rose, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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68

I don’t really know what I expected from this rooibos. Another sample from the gracious Dinosara, may she ever hate rooibos so that I may try all of her samples! The sachet smelled a little like a sweet, chewable vitamin c tab. The brewed tea, while not bad, smelled so strongly like the fly spray I’ve used on horses that it made it particularly unpleasant for me. The citrus flavor was definitely medicinal. Not the best think I have drunk.

Flavors: Citrus Zest, Medicinal, Wood

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drank L'Oriental by Dammann Freres
36 tasting notes

Smelled way better than it tasted. Unoffensive green tea with light generic fruity flavor that gets a little sweeter as it cools. I added a bit of sugar after the first few sips. I liked it, if I had a large amount of it it could be an every day afternoon tea but I wouldn’t seek it out just now.

Flavors: Fruity, Grass

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
573 tasting notes

Backlog. I went to afternoon tea in San Francisco, and this is the tea that my mom ordered. Our waiter said that this was his personal favorite as well as a popular pick among customers. My mom did seem to enjoy it, but I did not like it so much. First, there were some floral notes that verged on being too perfume-y for me. The main problem, though, was the strawberry flavor. It came across as very artificial and almost medicinal to me. Once that hit my taste buds, I couldn’t really tease apart any other flavors in there because I kept getting distracted by it. I just think that this tea was a little too all over the place for me, personally.

TeaBrat

where did you go? sorry the tea was a bummer…

Jennkay

The Rotunda. And it’s okay about the tea because I enjoyed the other one we had (plus the cute little sandwiches and desserts!)

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drank Breakfast Tea by Dammann Freres
573 tasting notes

Backlog. My mom and I treated ourselves to an afternoon tea in San Francisco, and it turns out that they had Dammann Freres teas. I picked this one because I always like a nice, bold breakfast tea. Unfortunately, by the time they brought the teapot out, it was oversteeped. Now usually, I don’t add anything to my tea ever, but the bitterness was a bit too overwhelming for me, so I added some milk. Surprisingly, it turned out to be quite delicious. The malty flavor of black tea was still there yet the bitterness and astringency were tamed by the smooth milk. This experience is making me think that I should experiment with adding milk to other teas!

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This is definitely a winner from Damann Freres! Lots of dried fig and raisiny goodness. MMmmmm!

Cameron B.

I love this one, too! I was so happy that it doesn’t taste like lavender.

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
972 tasting notes

Last DF sample! Thanks again to the lovely and generous tea friend who sent these to me. This one is a mix of smallish black tea leaves and cream-colored dried flower petals. Dry scent is sweet and creamy and vanilla-ish, which makes sense considering it’s supposed to be a hazelnut/vanilla tea.

The steeped tea smells delicious – creamy, sweet, nutty with vanilla notes. Hmm… I’m actually slightly disappointed with this one. The vanilla flavor here is similar to bourbon vanilla or vanilla bean, which I think seems wrong for this blend. I feel they should have gone with a more creamy, confectionery vanilla flavor. It’s not a bad tea, just not what I expected from the aroma. Still yummy though.

Flavors: Hazelnut, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Amariel

Hazelnut…mmmm!

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70

Another DF tea! This one sounds like the quintessential “holiday” tea with a blend of spices, orange, and a few others flavors including almond. To be honest, I’m never a fan of these teas, as generally they’re too heavy on the spice and not heavy enough on the other things. Visually, the tea is a mixture of black tea leaves and yellow flower petals. Dry scent is sweet and cinnamon-y.

First of all, I’m drinking this stone cold because I got distracted while making ramen for dinner. It came out really tasty! Anyway, this is mostly a mild cinnamon tea. It’s a little bit sweet and there’s perhaps a tiny amount of nuttiness, but otherwise it’s a cinnamon tea. Ho hum!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

Good evening, dear tea friends! This is my first note of the day (at 8 PM my time) because I’ve been mostly working on sipping down some of my samples before trying new ones. However, I saw how few flavored tea samples I have and figured I should try to get through them, since I don’t crave flavored teas lately and I have several favorites in my cupboard already. So, time to finish off these Dammann Frères samples that a very generous tea friend sent me! This blend appears to be simply black tea leaves and flavoring. Dry scent is mildly fruity and sweet.

Hm, this seems to be a subtly flavored one. Mostly I taste the vanilla, and it’s nice and creamy and dessert-ish. There’s perhaps a little red fruits flavor, and overall it comes off as a decent “berries and cream” sort of tea to me.

Flavors: Cream, Red Fruits, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Gulistan by Dammann Freres
1059 tasting notes

Nice and fruity…slightly marshmallowy/bubblegummy. I will enjoy this once iced :)

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drank Nosy Bey by Dammann Freres
501 tasting notes

This was odd. It has two of my favorite flavors in the whole world, peach and vanilla, but it tasted SUPER artificial and strong. I could have sworn I tasted the slightest alcohol bite to it. Drinkable, but not my favorite, so I will be rehoming the rest.

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

oh no, it sounds like the flavouring used was off – hate when that happens!

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81

Still finishing up some of these teabags since I’ve been sipping on other teas. I am excited that this is another rooibos blend – always a nice caffeine treat to have at the end of the day. This one smells very much like strong, tangy orange and cinnamon. A little concerning.. but I’ll give it a try!

Sipping… I’m surprised that the flavor is a bit weak considering how strong the scent is. I taste something similar to Fruit Stripe gum in the sip and then regular bubblegum in the aftertaste. I do detect some orange, but everything else that is included in the blend is lost for me. It’s not a bad blend and it’s reasonably tasty, but the flavor combination is weird and a little confusing.

December 18 – Advent 2014

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