Dammann Freres

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Saaaad sipdown. Although not as sad as it could be, because this tea is soooo old. Over 3 years I think? I have been cold brewing it regularly and finally used up the last of it today. All that was left of the flavor was some green tea and a hint of mango, but it was still tasty enough, so I used it up.

This is the kind of tea that makes me wish I could buy a smaller amount of these teas. Black teas last for a long time, but greens fade fast. I would totally buy more of this one, but only in some future world where I don’t have a lot of other teas, so I would have a hope of drinking it faster. Until then, adieu!

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having a last cup of this one tonight. I did a little bit of cleaning up my cupboard tonight in terms of getting things organised. we’re not fully moved in yet, but we’re having 10 or so ppl over on friday to just chill and have food so i need to get at least a few more things out of the way. Given that a few tea friends imploded my cupboard, i thought i could semi see if i could make my goal (since it wasn’t orders that did it!!) by “removing” the samples from my count of teas. At least in that way i could see if in theory i could hit my goal. Soooo here’s where we’re at:

195 teas in my cupboard.
75 samples
Fake Cupboard: 120 (with a few inbound…)

Cavocorax

Oh, sounds like fun! :D
And 120 sounds much more reasonable! I wonder what I’d be at if I removed things that I personally purchased…

Cavocorax

Huh. So out of 169 different teas, only 115 of them were purchased by me. :P That makes me feel better. IT’s not my fault!!! Hahah

Sil

So that’s roughy for me since things like the BBB box I don’t count as samples. Anything later than 3-4 cups is not a sample in my count. Heh

Cavocorax

Yeah, that makes sense. My actual-fake cupboard is probably higher than if I count things that are 2-3 or more cups! Most of it is shoved in a sample box looking messy and awful, while the rest are organized very nicely so it’s just more motivation to drink those ones down ASAP!

Cavocorax

Or throw out the really bad offenders. Life’s too short!

Sil

i’ve started tossing the things i don’t like in to my swap box more readily now… just means you guys have more to root through in case there are things you guys like.

Cavocorax

Yeah, it makes sense to swap what you can! I only toss the things that have been passed around a bit and I don’t think anyone really wants, or it’s just not worth keeping around to try…

I’m hoping we can swing by soon. Maybe even this weekend!

OMGsrsly

Cavo, like DavidsTea Cherry Cola? :D I still have 10g of that and I don’t think I can foist it off on anyone, unless the SSTTB and the next recipients want to try it.

Cavocorax

OMG. That has to have been THE WORST tea I’ve ever encountered. Just dump it and save everyone!

OMGsrsly

IDK, maybe Anna would like to try it? :D Or is that just way too mean?

Sil

DOO EEEEEEEET

OMGsrsly

Muahahaha. :D

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drank Pu Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
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and the rest of this gets set aside for whomever wants to pull it from my swap box. I’m doing my best not to keep teas around that have fallen out of favour or just make me happy to be drinking them. if it’s a chore, it’s not worth it. I drank nearly all of the 100g bag, so there’s not a lot left but i just.don’t. wanna.

Marzipan

I came to exactly that same conclusion today!

Stephanie

Life is too short to drink teas you don’t love :)

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
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enjoying another cup of this today as we managed to get through another round of clean up in the house. This time i forced myself to donate clothes that i’d been holding on to for too long. I still have too many clothes, but well, it’s a start lol

boychik

Way to go. I have to brag too. Today I gave 5 huge bags of my son’s clothes to my friend. But still it’s like one drop in a ocean.

Sil

haha awesome! it feels good to let things go, especially when they go to good second homes.

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Black tea with almond flavoring, reminding me very much of Amaretto, which I never much cared for, although I do enjoy Almonds themselves. This is from the crazy box of flavored tea sample my dear Sil sent to me awhile back.
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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
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mmmm sooo good to visit this one again in a non travel mug lol. I quite like this one, though it never tastes as wonderful when i bring it to work in a travel mug :) Oh well, there is still lots to enjoy :)

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drank Bulgare by Dammann Freres
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To be quite honest I didn’t find myself reaching for this very much as a hot tea, I think it was because of how the orange interacted with the base in such as way that it took away from the raspberry and made the tea a little bitter in such away that it demanded sugar to contract it.

As a cold brew it is a different story. I brewed this tea for just short of 7 hours. The brewed tea actually smells the same as the hiot tea with a sweet raspberry tone above a biting dried orange rind tone, but the taste is much different. The raspberry is the main event, it being sweet and tangy and very ripe tasting with the rose and orange blending together underneath it to give the tea a bit of a bite and a bit more of a complex nature. I quite like this cold and it does not need sugar! This will probably be the way I will finish up this tea.

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Sipdown (154/160)!

Thanks again Sil for this sample! I never did get to try out all my DF blends on Tuesday, and I still have one more left to get to but I made sure to do at least one today! Had I not gone out, I probably could have done the other but I’m happy with how things ended up.

I really like Caramel/Toffee so this one excited me a lot! Taste wise I thought it was very smooth and creamy with the faintest fruitiness to it, and I enjoyed sipping at it very slowly. In fact, I sipped at it so slowly that I still had a third of the cup left by the time it was ice cold – and it was still amazing! Seriously, I could see a bunch of tea dust in the bottom of the mug, but yet it did not go bitter. That’s impressive to me.

So I like this as a nice, straight forward and smooth Caramel Black option but I don’t think I’d need this in any kind of quantity because there are always more available black caramel teas that taste pretty well as good as this does. Definitely wouldn’t turn down a cup of it if offered though! This blend was smooth!

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Vanilla

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Sipdown (156/162)!

Finished off the last of this from Dexter. This cup was a little less good than the first, but still very solid and enjoyable. I think the main reason I didn’t like it as much was that the black base was a bit more apparent I felt like that meant sacrificing some of the cherry candy sweetness I noticed and liked the first time around.

I still feel like I could make room for more of this in my cupboard though, so if the opportunity presented itself to me I’d probably pick up more of this!

Flavors: Cherry, Malt, Strawberry

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drank Thé des Poètes by Dammann Freres
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Very loving. This tea saves me from my sweet tooth.

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
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Once I have moved (so, after July 1) I am planning a Dammann tea order for a limited blend and a couple of new ones I just came across. I am also thinking that I will need to order refills of this tea and Fleurilege, since I am almost out of both of them! To be fair, I only had 50g to start, but it’s kind of amazing to me that I have almost completely blown through them. I mean, I could use the time to finish up other teas, but where is the fun in that? Plus if I am paying for shipping from France I might as well throw in a couple of extras.

Unlike Sil, I am still hopelessly in love with this tea. For sure my perfect caramel tea.

Flavors: Caramel, Toffee

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

haha well i’m super glad you still love it.. and it IS really nice.. i’m just tired of it heh

Dinosara

I admit I am curious about the Caramel from TeaG that you love, although I have not been super impressed with TG’s blends in the past. Maybe I just haven’t had the right ones. :)

Sil

DF is caramel toffee…. teaG is just caramel. I could have both in my cupboard and be happy.

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Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
4729 tasting notes

backlog from yesterday! I’m nearly to the bottom of this 100g bag and after all that, i’m almost over this one lol. I am still enjoying it but on the whole, i think i prefer the caramel version from TeaG…. I’ll still keep drinking it to finish it off but if the bag had been any larger, i think it would have become a struggle. dropping the rating a little due to the lack of sustainability for me :)

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drank Earl Grey by Dammann Freres
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drank 4 Fruits Rouges by Dammann Freres
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I loved it! It was my favorite tea when i lived in Paris. I bought some boxes before we moved and now I am finishing my last one. This is my favorite tea for 10 o’clock thing:). The problem with some american brand teas is that we use too much artificial flavors, can hardly find a brand that does not taste like soap to me. In France, marriage frere, dammann frere, palais des the etc, they all have great tasting notes. I do not definitely like all the different flavors, but certainly have never felt like I was eating soap. It could be just my taste buds, but when my sis from Europe came to visit me, we had a tea forte earl grey and she was horrified…and I had not started yet my complaints about teas here.

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Sipdown (155/161)!

Damnit guys, many apologies to Cavocorax and Courtney; I’m not sure why but I seem to have the shittiest memory when it comes to blends I got from you two and I’m consistently unsure which one of you things are from. I have no clue why I confuse stuff sent from you both! I’m pretty sure this is a Courtney tea? But maybe not. And then, if this is from neither of you then super apologies to whoever it was from.

I put off having this because the dry leaf smelled like… Nothing.

Turns out that was a mistake; I’ve never had a Lemon/Caramel mixed blend but damn this was amazing! It was super rich, creamy lemon – definitely meringue like as promised! And the toffee? So good. Like, it was light handed but still very rich and sticky sweet. And the black base was very, very smooth! I was excited and in love the whole time! If I had to describe this one in a single word I think I’d pick “sexy”.

So this one…

On the wishlist, big time. I want more. Good thing I think I know someone who can get me some! Hehehe…

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Cream, Lemon, Pastries, Toffee

Anna

Cavocortnax.

Also yay! Glad to see you enjoying DF so much.

Roswell Strange

I swear it’s the "C"s and the fact my stuff from them came so close together that messes me up.

Sil

C is for cookie..it’s good enough to eat..

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Many thanks to Dexter for the thoughtful sample of this one! I’ve decided to make today a Firefly/Dammann Frere’s day primarily and now that I’ve finished off my Firefly teas for the day it’s definitely time to get started on DF.

This smells awesome, and steeped up you know what? It’s pretty fucking awesome too. This is definitely a very juicy, ripe candy sweet cherry taste! It is strikingly familiar to another cherry taste I’m familiar with and I struggled for a long time to place what but I finally hit the nail on the head: Tootsie sells bags of assorted fruit flavoured tootsie chews that come in lemon, lime, orange, vanilla, and cherry flavour. This tastes exactly like the cherry tootsie rolls! And that’s a good thing for me personally; the only flavours I like in those fruit bags are vanilla and cherry – and I like them a lot. Enough so that I buy the large bags just for those flavours and then usually give away the others because they’re nasty. They should sell the flavours separately…

I already have a black cherry tea; but I think I could make room for this one too. They really are drastically different but still perfect cherry teas. I still have another cup of this one though, so I’ll cherish that cup and then decide on whether I want to go the route of trying to get my hands on more of this. But yum!

Flavors: Cherry

Cameron B.

A couple of years ago I bought a giant bag of all vanilla tootsie rolls. It was during Halloween and they were marketing them as ghosts or something because they’re white. Kind of a stretch in my opinion but I was happy.

VariaTEA

What is your black cherry tea?!?

Roswell Strange

Des Roses et Des Bonbons, silly…

VariaTEA

Hahaha my bad

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
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I found myself scoping cadeau-deco-vendome ( A Dammann reseller) so I figured that this is as good a time as any to dig into the samples that Sil sent me.

This tea smells like butter, roasted hazelnuts and vanilla and has a light maple wood coloured broth after steeping at 1tsp/225ml/4min/95°C.

There is a lovely roasted hazelnut note with a touch of a wood in the flavouring, as well as a touch of butter caramel and a warm vanilla tone. The flavouring blends well with the base tea which is slightly fruity with a cocoa note and is relatively innocuous except for providing a light astringency and a medium body. The flavouring is light and subtle as is the tea itself.

Thanks for the treat Sil

TheTeaFairy

My experience with cadeau-vendome was so awful…brings back bad memories. Guess I was just unlucky though cause everyone on Steepster seems so happy with them.

yyz

Sorry about that was it the service or the tea?

TheTeaFairy

Both!!! The whole thing was surreal, really, maybe all their regular staff was on vacation or something and an unexperienced employee took care of my order. I know it’s overseas, but the box that it arrived in was so damaged, it was made of very thin cardboard and nearly got destroyed in transport. The tea was poorly packaged, not sealed, and not even labeled as Dammann Frères, so it could have been anything really. The worst was the smell: believe it or not, the tea was wrapped directly in smelly newspaper, the smell was so strong it took over the entire box! The tea not being sealed, it got compromised. They all tasted like cigarette ashes! I wrote them twice, they never answered back… I decided to let it go cause the whole thing made me too angry, didn’t want to think about it anymore, lol.

yyz

That’s awful. My experience was awful, but I have noticed that some of the less popular teas can taste a little weak. My experiences with them were good, but I did notice that in the shipping notice they say to refuse acceptance of the package if it appears damaged. Any ways my next French tea purchase is used to be Betjeman and Barton from fouvrac in Montreal, but I always get sidetracked by other things.

TheTeaFairy

B&B teas in Montreal? Do they sell online?

yyz

At the moment no. But they claim to carry the whole line and as a bonus I think you can order 50g. So, if your interested build an order from http://www.betjemanandbarton.com/fr/ and then you order over the phone at http://www.betjemanandbarton.com/en/content/9-world

If you have any questions first you can contact fouvrac through Facebook first https://m.facebook.com/lefouvrac?_rdr. They sell the teas at both locations.

TheTeaFairy

Thank you so much :-)

yyz

Your welcome!

OMGsrsly

I’m guessing people at Fouvrac would speak some English? Because my spoken French is not good enough to place a tea order. I could email them in French, but…

yyz

They do. I wrote them on Facebook and they responded in English. As well, a member of Steepster, I think they were in California ordered this way with no problems a number of months ago.

TheTeaFairy

OMGsrsly, I’m pretty sure they do, I don’t know many merchants who don’t in Montreal, businesses are 99% at least bilingual. Sometimes, it’s even the other way around, they don’t speak French, lol.

OMGsrsly

Excellent. :) I’ll add them to my list. Did you get any info on shipping costs?

yyz

I haven’t placed my order yet. It cost $10.00 to ship 200g of tea for the US order. I was just told that shipping was reasonable when I mad my original enquiry.

OMGsrsly

Perfect! Thanks so much for enabling, yyz. :)

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
4729 tasting notes

backlog from yesterday. Today is operation sipdown with a side of getting the house more organised and throwing things out that i didn’t get to when we moved. I’m also supposed to have board game night tonight and a bridal shower for a friend tomorrow. I pretty much want nothing to do with any of that lol. I just want to sit on the balcony, drink tea, read and watch the sun sigh still enjoying this one, though not upset that i’m almost through the 100g. In the grand scheme of things, there seems to be only a few teas that i ever really want 100g of in the house, and even then i’d rather have small sizes and order more often heh

Anna

In complete agreement regarding amounts. Sadly, 100 g is standard for so many tea vendors. It’s meh.

Sil

yeah :( which works if you have friends to split teas with!

Anna

FRENS.

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drank Touareg by Dammann Freres
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Flavors: Mint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Sample from Sil

Ummmmm, I just can’t. I’m trying to taste this tea in a genuine way but I can’t get past the rooibos.

Medicine. Hay.
It drowns out any promise of caramel.
I just can’t

Makes me sad.

Thank you Sil, but this one is not a win for me!

I am pretty close to AT the point where rooibos makes me wary, though I will continue to give teas a chance, I know they’re out there because I’ve had a few inoffensive ones!

Jennkay

I feel the same about rooibos. You sure have much more patience with it than I do, though!

Sil

I figured it was worth a shot for the caramel ;)

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