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Somehow this one is cherry for me again, even though cherry is not mentioned on the ingredients at ALL. But somehow I’m only tasting cherry and maybe some marzipan. Maybe a slight biscuit flavor. Should I be worried about flavor contamination in our group order? I know those DF bags aren’t the best especially if you’re buying mass amounts of tea. I really hope that didn’t happen… but I see other tasting notes mentioning cherry too (and not from our group order.) Maybe it’s something in the other flavors that reminds me of cherry. Or maybe DF loves cherry and I’m trying too many of their teas. :D Whatever happened here tastes pretty good to me anyway! I guess cherry works with this sort of Ceylon…
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // 13 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min

greenteafairy

Interesting. I didn’t get cherry from this one, but I feel like it’d be a good match for the rest of the flavor profile if it were there.

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drank Pecan Pie by Dammann Freres
440 tasting notes

Another sample from my swap with greenteafairy. I was excited about this one, as I love pecan pie and nutty teas tend to be some of my favorites. Not sure the name quite fits this one, as I’m not getting much pecan flavor. It’s definitely nutty, but more almond/marzipan to my taste. It has a nice smooth base and just a hint of sweetness and overall it’s quite delicious…just not exactly what I was expecting.

Flavors: Almond, Marzipan, Nutty, Smooth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Nattie

My thoughts exactly.

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drank Pecan Pie by Dammann Freres
284 tasting notes

Resteeped my leaves in hope, and sadly this is not a great resteeper. I used boiling water and left it for a whole 7 minutes but it’s still pretty weak. Actually once you get used to the delicate flavour it’s still pretty tasty. I added sugar and the nuttiness came out a lot more, and the remaining flavour is actually (finally!) mostly pecans.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pecan Pie by Dammann Freres
284 tasting notes

My tea from greenteafairy arrived! Woohooo! Apparently when your parents ask you who the mail’s from and you answer ‘green tea fairy’ you get some pretty strange looks.

I was going to leave this a day or so to settle but the scent through the packaging was just so heavenly I had to make a cup almost immediately (almost because I was still drinking my previous cup). Now I did ask for a sample of this because I’m trying to find a replacement (or as near to one as I can get) for my beloved Maple Pecan Oolong, and greenteafairy did warn me I’d be disappointed because she’s on the same mission, so I was a bit wary. She was right about me being disappointed as a replacement for Maple Pecan Oolong, but since I pretty much expected that already I wasn’t too disappointed with the tea overall. It’s pretty tasty! I’m a huge fan of nutty teas in general, and this is about as nutty as it gets. My issue lies with the name, and I have the same problem a lot of others seem to in that out of all the nuts in the tea, pecan is probably the least prominent and yet it’s the one they chose to name it after. If this was called ‘nut pie’ I have a feeling it would have a lot fewer disappointed customers. Aside from that it really is a very nice tea! The flavour is a little strong and perhaps slightly on the chemically-tasting side, but it’s not much and I can live with it. I brewed this at boiling, and was worried about astringency because the recommended temperature is 195, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it has no astringency whatsoever! I could happily drink this plain. I didn’t, though, because I wanted to try it with additives as I usually do the first time I drink a new tea before settling on how I like it best. With or without sugar, the almond flavour is most prominent, followed by the pistachio. I expected this from the scent, which was strongly marzipan-like. I added a splash of milk and the two flavours almost reversed, with the pistachio in the front of the sip and almond at the end. This became more pronounced as the tea cooled, too, and I’m thinking it might be to do with pistachio being a creamier flavour than almond. The pecan, which was nowhere to be found when I was drinking it black, peeks out a little at the very end of the sip with a pie crust sort of flavour that wasn’t there before either. It’s a really lovely, relaxing dessert tea, especially for a nut-lover, but it’s just not pecan pie. Thanks for the sample, greenteafairy!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
greenteafairy

Oh, good tip about adding milk! I’ll have to try it that way.

Nattie

It still doesn’t taste like Pecan Pie haha.

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drank 4 Fruits Rouges by Dammann Freres
440 tasting notes

I received a sample of this in a recent swap with greenteafairy and was excited to try it out with breakfast this morning! I think I over-steeped it by a minute or two in the bustle of getting ready for work, but thankfully the base didn’t go bitter or astringent. I didn’t pick up on any specific fruits, but there was a nice sweet fruity flavor going on that I quite enjoyed. Not a standout for me, but happy I got to sample it! One of these days I’m going to invest in some French tea and it’s nice to be able to find out ahead of time which ones I really love and which ones aren’t worth paying the crazy shipping fees for.

Flavors: Fruity, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Cerise Noire by Dammann Freres
888 tasting notes

Wow, that’s a very accurate black cherry flavour! Definitely black cherry and not generic cherry/cough syrup. That being said, this is obviously artificial flavour, but I like it. Dried cherries don’t give the same intensity of flavour. From this, there are notes of milk, dark fruit, jam, and honey.

The base is very strong, very oxidized, and makes the brew quite thick. It kind of smells like grain, but there is no grain/toasty note to be found. I do

Flavors: Artificial, Cherry, Fruity, Jam, Milk, Overripe Cherries, Stewed Fruits, Sweet, Tannic, Tannin, Thick, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Cerise Noire by Dammann Freres
2209 tasting notes

I guess I must have wanted to try this because it was “black” cherry not knowing so many of the fruity teas from DF would taste like cherry. This one doesn’t taste like black cherry, it tastes like the cherry of the other blends. haha. The rose petals don’t impart much to the flavor and the black tea is samey, yet again. So it’s a little redundant and this one will be going on the sale list. I don’t need many ounces of DF cherry teas. But of course I enjoy trying the DF teas!!
I’ve been attempting to try more new-to-me teas because the teabox will be on the way back to me soon!

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Trying this one last week, I thought it would be another for the sale list. But trying it again, it’s completely different. Both steeps didn’t have any notes of coconut at all. But this one has plenty of rhubarb (last time it didn’t). Maybe because I used a teaspoon and a half or maybe because I made sure my serving had whatever those fruit pieces are included. The rooibos results in a nice dark cup and the flavor is like rhubarb with cream. This is my fourth favorite rhubarb tea I have around though. Can you tell I like rhubarb?
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoon for a full mug// few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep

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drank Vanille by Dammann Freres
2209 tasting notes

This one just isn’t for me, after trying it twice. I don’t like the vanilla flavor here and it just isn’t good with the base… Ceylon again. Or something that tastes like Ceylon. Tasting notes lead me to believe other batches of this tea were better. Onto the sale list it goes. My tasting note is as blah meh as this tea is to me.
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for a full mug// few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep

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drank Milk-Oolong by Dammann Freres
223 tasting notes

So, this was one of the picks we got as part of the DF group buy and I’ve been putting off trying it because it smells scary to me.

Wash. Steep. Sip.

Nope.

Tastes fake. The wash toned down the scary smell, but that smell totally carries over into the flavor. I won’t be drinking this again.

Roswell Strange

Probably because it’s a flavoured milk oolong :/

Inkay

Yeah, it was a dumb mistake on my part. :(

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Oh, dear rooibos, this is amazing. Lots of fruity notes (cherry, strawberry, maybe raspberry and blueberry), sweet rooibos, cream, caramelised nuts, almond, sugar, and vanilla. These are all my favourite things put into one blend. Best of all, no hint of tartness if you leave it steeping too long.

I honestly can’t think of anything to improve this. Everything about it is lovely. It also resteeps well and makes amazing lattes!

Flavors: Almond, Berries, Berry, Black Currant, Blueberry, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Cherry, Cream, Creamy, Dried Fruit, Fruity, Nut Fruits, Nuts, Pastries, Raspberry, Rooibos, Strawberry, Sweet, Toffee, Vanilla, Walnut

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
greenteafairy

Sounds wonderful. This is the last one I haven’t tried from the group order, and you’ve gotten me excited for it!

Arby

Try it! It is the best of the rooibos blends in my opinion.

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I am obsessed with all things poppyseed, so naturally I had to get my hands on some of this—to my knowledge, the only tea out there to incorporate these little specks of goodness. Unfortunately, of the many promised flavor notes, poppy is the only one I’m not getting. There’s that sweet undertone DF passes off as biscuit—while that’s not quite how I’d characterize it, it’s certainly very pleasant—and a little bit of marzipan. It’s a very sweet blend, and as much as I’ve complained about the ever-present DF Ceylon base, I have to admit it works pretty decently here. I’m enjoying my cup, but it’s not what I expected—while I was hoping for something super unique, it’s actually quite similar to some of the other DF black blends I’ve tried, like Charlotte aux Fruits minus the fruits, maybe. I’ll just have to keep hoping that someday someone comes up with an actual poppyseed-flavored tea.

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I was hoping this one would be delicious — it is! I just wish DF would list their ingredients. I often find fruit pieces that aren’t listed and unidentifiable. I love the green tea with this one. It is refreshing but also sweetly vegetal but with a creamy smooth quality. Then there is subtle sweet candy strawberry flavor and just the tiniest hint of pistachio. Such a unique but fitting combination, especially with this base tea. I can’t really tell if the green tea has matcha or if it’s just broken green tea leaves but it’s delicious. I could almost wish for more flavor from the strawberry and pistachio, but then I’d notice less of the green tea. I’m glad I bought some of this one — I would again! It reminded me a little of Lupicia’s Strawberry Vanilla. I must have steeped this quite well.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 27 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 28 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep

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Another from Christmas Eve!

After breakfast/opening presents we decided we were gonna head to the mall because mom wanted to spend some of her birthday money from her mom, and my sister and I still had to grab some last minute things for her Christmas stocking, as well.

While we were all getting ready to head out, I decided to make a cup of tea because that’s just what I do. This was one of the free samples from my Dammann Freres calendar, and now that the advent is all done it marks the last DF tea in my cupboard, currently, that I’ve yet to try, which is kind of sad…

The tea was good; very smooth for a jasmine green, especially a bagged one. For anyone else, I imagine it would have been a perfectly normal/average jasmine green. For me, there was something more unique about it though, and that was that when I drank it I didn’t get grape notes at all. That’s really strange for me because usually jasmine and grape come hand in hand for me, so it threw me a little bit.

I’d have loved to see if that weird absence of grape carried throughout the whole mug even as it cooled, but sadly the last third or so of my mug got spilled. My siblings were fooling around in the kitchen and one thing led to another and, well, my little sister ended up sprawled on the ground underneath where I was standing and then my brother made me laugh so hard I not only dropped my mug of tea (the mug is fine!) but also spit out the tea in my mouth, as I was mid sip. Both the mouth tea and the mug tea landed on my sister who was under me… Oops.

She was fine, though.

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Flavors: Apple, Fruity, Pastries, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Advent Calendar Day Twenty-Four

Well, sadly my advent calendar experience came to an end yesterday – but on a very positive note! When I saw this was a “Christmas Tea” I was really worried it was going to be the non herbal version of Tisane de Noel, with an array of spices. Instead I was very pleasantly surprised to see that the ingredients/main flavours were caramel, pineapple, and maraschino cherries! Kind of weird as an overall pairing, but also not? Doesn’t make much sense to me as a Christmas flavour but that cherry/pineapple pairing is basically Pineapple Upside Down Cake, which has never led me astray in tea form, so…

And yes; this DOES taste a lot like most Pineapple Upside Down Cake tea blends I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying (and DAVIDsTEA’s Coffee Cake which also uses pineapple/cherry). The key difference that I’m gathering is that while the caramel in the blend does provide some extra sweetness/dessert scrumptiousness this blend is overall a lot less cakey with milder brown sugar/molasses sponge cake notes. Instead, where PUDC lacks any defined fruit notes, this has rich candied cherry and pineapple notes that are sweet, fruity and bursting with life/character. It’s just so smooth overall, as well.

So basically; it’s exactly like PUDC from Della Terra but also not at all because the ratio/balance of flavours is pretty well totally flipped. I’d love to have this in my cupboard though, however the name probably would both me just a little bit if I was drinking it year round. Though I guess no more than the “Noel a BLANK” blends from DF do…

I’m not sure it’s my favourite from the calendar – but top three for sure.

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Advent Calendar Day Twenty Two

So, I’m behind on posting advent calendar notes – but only ‘cause I’m at my mom’s for the rest of the holiday now. So, for everyone here on Steepster celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or anything in between or otherwise: Happy Holidays! May they be spent drinking good tea in good company!

This tea was alright – it’s a spicier one, so not my favourite from the calendar by a long shot. However, it’s much heavier on the fennel and clove, and those are some of my preferred of the different ‘spice in tea’ options so it could be worse. The finish is very licorice root-y, though. Which is kind of… meh?

But not the worst tea!

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This is an enjoyable tea. The primary flavors I am getting are caramel and fruit. The fruit smell fits with papaya for me, but the taste may be closer to the Grand Marnier spiked plum jam I used to make each year. The black tea base lets the nice flavoring down, so next time I’ll try adding a bit of high grade black tea with some caramel and chocolate notes to see what happens.

Preparation
2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML
greenteafairy

That’s such a good idea to mix a different black tea in with this one—I loved the flavoring but didn’t think the base was the best complement for it either.

Zennenn

Yes, I’m excited to see how it works out. LuckyMe suggested it, so I can’t take credit for the clever idea. I’ll report back.

Zennenn

Ok, I added golden needle black tea and I think that was the right choice, but the ratio was too high and the flavoring is too muted. I used 2g of df and 1g of golden needle. I’ll try the same df and a half gram golden needle next time.

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Advent Calendar Day Twenty-One

Tragedy has struck, tea friends!

I slept in this morning, so in my rush to get out of the house and catch my bus I didn’t have time to brew my advent tea, so I grabbed the sample and tossed it in my bag. I had intended to drink it at work for lunch. However, when I went to do so the bag of tea was missing! I figured that I’d probably left it on the counter and, in my sleep deprived state, had maybe only imagined I’d tossed it in my bag.

Well, I just got home from my second job and… the tea is no where to be found.

So, this is basically a tasting note to say that I didn’t get to taste the tea. I have absolutely no clue where I lost it; but it’s gone and I’m incredibly bummed out/sad because I feel like my advent experience is incomplete now! Something that’s been a key part of my day for twenty days in a row now is just gone.

So on that notes…

If anyone, perhaps from the group order(?), happens to have any of this on hand I will HAPPILY pay you to send me a sample of it. I don’t need much – just a cup or two worth. It’s really bothering me that there’ll be ONE tea from the advent I wont have tried though so if I can get my hands on some that’d be great!!!

Nattie

Nooo! Fingers crossed it turns up!

Indigobloom

Super bummer :(

Evol Ving Ness

:(

Totally understand the feeling of incompleteness.

greenteafairy

Oh no! I did not get this one in the group order (though I sort of wish I had), but if I had any I’d totally send you a sample!

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Advent Calendar Day Twenty

Ok, so I 100% understand the need to incorporate a no frills Chai into the advent calendar because the flavour profile definitely does fill a gap flavour wise. Plus, it’s hard to argue against Chai being seasonally appropriate…

So, I get it. I just don’t like it.

And really that’s no surprise; I’m not a lover of Chai and this one is very clearly a bold, classic style Chai. The best I can do is focus on the elements of the blend that I DO like; that primarily meaning I trying to hone in on the clove flavour. It’s hard to do with how balanced this is, though…

Not rating; clearly I’m too biased to give this a fair shot.

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Interesting that this is the only Steepster result when you type in ‘Prague’. Whoa was this a unique flavor. First, I love the little purple flowers. I couldn’t tell from the fragrance or from sipping it WHAT it was supposed to be. It seemed vaguely fruity, but something very uniquely fruity…. definitely no cherry here again like two of the other Noel teas! So looking at the description, what should be here is: caramel, prune, “vodka”, chocolate, clementine, papaya bits and flower petals. I guess what I’m tasting is a very interesting flavor that combines and results from all of these ingredients. I definitely taste a prune-like flavor that could be like a rummy plum or grape. But also hints of other fruits in the background that could be the papaya. Sweetness from any caramel. I don’t seem to taste any clementine or chocolate, but maybe it’s in the overall taste. Very interesting and I’m glad it isn’t another cherry cup! The second cup was much weaker on flavor though. I think all four of the Noel teas I’ve tried have the same black tea base, though I might be wrong.
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for a full mug// 12 minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled//5 minute steep

Flavors: Grapes, Plums, Rum, Sweet

greenteafairy

I think just about all of the flavored DF blacks I’ve tried so far have the same base! It’s a little unfortunate, since IMO a few of them would’ve really benefited from something more robust.

tea-sipper

Definitely. I think DF should have known tea addicts would love to try a lot of their flavors but not necessarily with the same base tea.

Stephanie

love this one

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