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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Cold brew sip down! I quite enjoyed this one both hot and cold but not sure if it would be 100g-worthy. I would have liked more toffee flavour, or at least, a balance of flavours, and enough flavour, all at once, as I found it difficult to bring them all out in unison. One steep yields more lemon and almost no meringue or toffee while another steep would bring out that toffee but the lemon note is nearly gone.
Also poured 100ml of this into my banana blueberry protein smoothie (with Syntha-6 banana protein powder) and it really went well with all the flavours.
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…. :))