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Woot, my first Dammann Freres tea! This has an amazing scent steeped – florally and fruity. Big black tea base that is slightly astringent. I’m getting apple, bit of tart with a bit of a licorice aftertaste. Not bad, but not fantastic either. I’d love to try more Dammann Freres tea and happy I was able to try one via a travelling tea box. (rest assured, there’s still more of this tea in the teabox!)
This has such a nice caramelized smell! Instead of adding sugar, I added a dollop of vanilla whipped cream that I had in the fridge and it really elevated the toffee flavor. This was a nice hot cup of creamy caramelized goodness.~
This is a sample that shmiracles sent me a while back but I never got around to making a tasting note. I’m already craving another cup! Thank you :)
Flavors: Caramel, Toffee
I wouldn’t call this a fruit tea, it tastes more like the chestnuts and biscuits to me! Maybe a little bit of floral fruit, but I added cream which can take down flavours like orange blossom.
I would like more, please and thank you.
hearts to Shmiracles for sharing it with me!
I got this from Anna when she was selling some teas a few months ago and after having plain teas this morning, I figured a flavored one would be a good mix-up.
The dry leaf smells like a peachy, floral bouquet. Not an ‘OMG FLOWERS!’ in-your-face sort of bouquet, but just lightly floral.
I wish steepster would let me put the 1.5tsp I use instead of changing it to 1 tsp. (just noticed it happening and it kinda annoys me. XD)
Brewed this smells divinely peachy with a hint of floral.
Taste wise this doesn’t live up to the smell unfortunately. It’s kinda peachy/floral, but it’s also got a green taste that I wasn’t expecting at all. Very strange. No hint of the vanilla this is supposed to have either. Even adding some truvia just makes it a kinda sweet, green, peach/fruit-ish tasting tea. It’s more drinkable with sweetener, but if I wanted a green fruit tea, I’d drink the only green fruit tea I have stocked in my cupboard. Lol!
Such an unfortunate miss.
Another lovely sample from Shmiracles. :) I adore the name of this tea. So much fun to say.
But.. poppy, biscuit and marzipan flavours? What? This is a sweet, fruity, floral tea to me. Are my taste buds confused due to the coffee I had earlier? What is going on? I LOVE marzipan, so why can’t I taste it?
But.. poppy, biscuit and marzipan flavours? What? This is a sweet, fruity, floral tea to me. Are my taste buds confused due to the coffee I had earlier? What is going on? I LOVE marzipan, so why can’t I taste it?Sorry, tea. I’m feeling kinda let down.
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.
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
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.
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