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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
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.
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
We celebrated my birthday Saturday because that was when all the kids could be here. I got lots of tea from my daughter, Superanna, and this one from youngest.
I have loved pretty much every Dammann Freres tea I have tried. This is no exception. I don’t think I have ever had rhubarb so I can’t say if this is accurate. I do know that I taste strawberry and I am delighted because Marco Polo is great but finicky and turns bitter on you if you don’t do everything just right, and my other favorite strawberry tea has been discontinued. (Anna’s Blend)
So hooray for an excellent strawberry tea! I will definitely be serving this tomorrow at tea time. The base was smooth but I always keep French teas at three minutes if the leaf is smallish. The berry scent was great and rhubarb must have been right on because my son’s fiancée said this reminded her of the rhubarb and strawberry pies that a fondly remembered neighbor used to make for her family.
Very tasty, and a re-order unless I find a great strawberry tea easily available in my area.
You know, there’s a legitimate reason as to why I haven’t written a tasting note on this yet. The first couple times I had it, it was slightly different so I thought I’d hold off, but here I am, what, ten months later without a tasting note because it’s still ever-so-slightly different every time I have it.
When I first got my glorious DF group order package, this one immediately stood out as I was going through and sniffing all the pouches. It is so creamy and lemony, truly like lemon meringue pie. I just knew I was going to love it, so silly me did the opposite and didn’t drink it for months, hoarding it. Classic Swedish Chef.
I recall the first couple times I had this, it was a little disappointing. The creaminess wasn’t quite there and it was more lemon sorbet or something. Tasty but not as lively and bubbly as the scent of the dry leaf.
Then the most amazing thing happened when I tried this again a couple weeks ago. I steeped it, took out the basket, then walked out of the room for a while. When I came back, I thought, huh, I smell something baked. Bready. Is someone baking something down the hall? I’m used to smelling interesting things coming from my neighbours in the apartment so I was so sure it was that. But wait, no? I also smell candied fruits so it kind of reminds me of a cake, maybe? Toasty cake? I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what it is, then I realized, I smell freaking Panettone. In the middle of February. We finished ours just after Christmas and I doubt people still have some now (although the Italian grocery store not too far still has some, I’ve noticed). I know you’ve figured this out already a long time ago where I’m going with this, but it ended up being this tea all along. What I find so fascinating about it is that this is Venice we’re talking about here, so colour me freakishly impressed.
By the way, that cup unfortunately didn’t taste like Panettone, but like creamy lemon.
Fast forward to yesterday, I almost wrote a note on this but didn’t. Yesterday’s cup caught my attention in a different way. Expecting to taste creamy lemon, I got caramel heavily competing with the lemon? Where did that come from? And yes, I just double checked the ingredients list now and see that there is supposed to be toffee in here. Totally forgot about that!
And now, today’s cup is back to creamy lemon with a more obvious meringue note. It’s lemon meringue pie without the crust. No caramel, but maybe it’ll come through more once this cools more even though. I steeped this about twenty minutes ago so we’ll see.
It’s a refreshing change from the other Noël teas, perhaps because a couple of them in the series share multiple notes in common with other DF teas, whereas this one stands on its own.
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #53
Another last serving removed from the box! It seems to be a fruity flavored white tea. I’m not sure what the fruit is actually supposed to be, but one of them is definitely citrusy. A translation of yuzu actually means some sort of citrus fruit. I’m actually surprised at how yellow this cup is for a white tea. It’s very bright yellow while not being oversteeped. The second steep is somehow even fruitier. I’m happy to have tried it, but also glad I removed the big empty pouch from the teabox.
I’ve drank this on three separate occasions and each time I steeped it just a little different.
I can totally appreciate the caramel flavor in this, but the oolong base is too green for me. It doesn’t go with the caramel. It’s too vegital – asparagus and caramel do not work for me.
Thanks Sil for sending me a sample of this. Sometimes I feel bad when I get samples of expensive/hard to get teas – especially ones that others really love – and I don’t like them. I feel like they were wasted on me and others would have enjoyed them more. However, even the ones I don’t love – I’m always appreciative of the opportunity to try new things…. :))
OH I’m confused. If I had tried this a week ago I would be swooning and gushing praise for this tea. Don’t get me wrong this is a GREAT tea, but is it as good as the one I was drinking about a week ago….. dunno
Rich, velvety, dark chocolate – almost bitter chocolate – and then there is a deeper note that’s reading as buttery to me – as this cools it’s coming across as chocolate buttercream icing. Bitter – sweet – buttery – creamy.
It’s good – it’s really good – but not at the top of the list….
Thanks Sil for sharing – this has been on my wishlist forever. :))
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #32
So many interesting characteristics to this tea but maybe I should have used more than a teaspoon to let them shine. The flavor didn’t seem as distinct as it could have been. I see big petals of rose, which was the most noticeable flavor. Hints of lychee. Not really any jasmine or peach. So I love the idea of this tea, but the only flower noticeable is rose and the only fruit noticeable is lychee.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug// 27 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 25 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Flavors: Lychee, Rose
The tea that I brought with me on my trip to Italy, the tea that holds dear memories. This is the Dammann tea that I’m most looking forward to buy again. I was curious but sceptic when I decided to buy this because the flavouring is quite special… Vodka, prunes… But it smells delicious and it tastes delicious!
After walking around seven kilometres each way for that bottle brush I’ve been meaning to get for my iced tea jug, I’m chilled, hungry, and in desperate need of a hot beverage. Even though this isn’t my favourite DF tea, its warm and nutty hug hits the spot. It’s tasting more like their roasted almond note in Velours Nacré than hazelnut this time around. Can’t explain that, but that’s definitely a good thing.
Chocolate, hazelnut, and orange. Although DF teas seem to hold their flavour very well, at least considering I’ve had these for nearly a year, the flavours in this one don’t really pop. Despite this being my first tasting note, I have had this when it was a lot fresher, and if I recall, it wasn’t particularly flavourful then either. I’m not getting much other than the base. Perhaps a vague nuttiness that is blending in so well with the base that it could pass as a base note itself. Orange? Not much, and the chocolate is faint too.
For a chocolate orange nut blend, I prefer Velours Nacré, which has almond instead. I could be wrong, but I swear the orange and chocolate notes are stronger in it too. Also prefer Coquelicot Gourmand when we’re talking about ultra desserty DF teas. This only makes it easier for me to decide on what to get in the future.
I sipped this down this morning, I believe (feels like forever ago). Despite the less than stellar rating, I do appreciate this one, and I’m sure it was supremely delicious when it was fresh. Seriously, the prune note was so fresh and juicy. I wouldn’t mind having another cup someday but at the same time, I’m not sure if I’d want to commit to 100g.
My tea consumption has really sucked over the last week, between my mom coming back into town for a few days and getting lazy with cold brewing tea. As a side note, my glass jug has been sitting in the fridge for nearly a week now, empty, waiting for a good scrub down, and haven’t had the chance to get a bottle scrub brush.
This is really juicy and bursting with prunes today. So unique and vibrant. No need for any additives. I know I haven’t given it the best rating in comparison to other DF teas, but it’s still worth trying out if you’re into prunes, which hey, I am, but not sure if I’d want a full 100g bag of this.
What an interesting flavour combination we have here: vodka, prunes, chocolate, and caramel. And they’re not kidding when they say prune. The dry leaf, to me, smells dead on like prunes rather than plums. It’s syrupy and sugary.
But in the end, I’m not a fan of this flavour combination. The notes don’t mesh well together. Hot, it’s prune and caramel mostly, which is a little too cloying for my tastes, and the quality of sweetness of both don’t match up. They’re on different wavelengths.
I will say that this tea is ten times better hot than cold brewed. I made the mistake of trying this cold brewed and this tea was all over the place. It tasted sweet, yet tangy (in a weird way) and the chocolate was all muddled.
Kudos to DF for introducing prune to tea but I think I’d personally appreciate this tea a lot more if they left out the caramel, or the chocolate, or something.
Sorry for the long radio silence! I have been drinking tea and writing notes about them, they just have not made it onto steepster yet!
Here is an invigoratingly scented green tea that Dinosara sent along with my recent order of Salted Butter Caramel Oolong. These leaves smell like one of those ginger bath bombs. No matter how little they claim any flavored blend of theirs have floral flavors, every DF blend I’ve ever come across smells at least a little like the greatest florist’s shop on earth, and this one is no different. It is like a fresh, not nearly ripe enough passionfruit has been cracked open and accidentally dropped in a Spring bouquet and you bring it to your nose after using ginger soap. This is not a spicy ginger, but a FRESH ginger. Invigorating and appetizing!
First, I have to say NO WAY am I brewing this thing at 195 for 4 minutes as they suggest on their website! Falling back to my normal parameters for my other DF greens: 175/1 minute. The brewing liquid smells much more ginger-y than the leaves did. I’ll admit I tried it after 1 minute and decided it DID need some more time, and plopped it back in for another minute, then…. I forgot about it. So it steeped for 4:30 :(. It actually is a little fruitier and more floral now, and not bitter! I’m suspicious I underleafed this puppy.
Mostly, it tastes like floral grapefruit with a ginger-candy aftertaste. Pretty yummy, and also energizing! I like it, but don’t love it. I can see people who really like sweet ginger enjoying this a lot.
Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Grapefruit, Passion Fruits
Farewell, wonderful cola tea. I was hoarding this for too long, had to bite the bullet, and polish it off. The 25g I got in the group order wasn’t nearly enough. I easily could have ripped through 100g. Oh well, still grateful we were able to do the group order and I was able to experience it. Wish they would bring it back but who knows how likely that would be.
I mean, who wouldn’t want to drink cola bottle gummy candy and not have to worry about calories?
Cola tea! I wish I got more of this because of the 25g I got with the group order, I’m already almost done from cold brewing. It smells exactly like cola bottle candies. I freaking love that. Chewy candy exploding with cola flavour.
It’s nice that this is decaffeinated too. It allows for the flavour to shine through more. The first time I had this, I enjoyed it hot, and the cola flavour was even spicier. It reminded me of why some spicy blends end up tasting like cola to me, and prompted me to do a little research on what exactly makes cola a flavour in itself anyway. Of course, cinnamon, vanilla, and citrus are the main flavours and I can totally taste these notes hot.
It doesn’t appear to be on their site anymore. Whaaaat? I hope this only means that it’s seasonal. I just may have to email them with my terrible, basically non-existent French and ask.