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I can’t really believe that it’s the last tea of the calendar. I still have quite a few to drink still.. But it’s hard to believe that Christmas is tomorrow!

I smell mostly cherry and the black tea base. I can’t smell the pineapple or orange… Maybe they’ll be more evident in flavor.

Sipping… First I taste the cherry, then the black tea, followed by a very light pineapple note. It’s nice, but doesn’t really make me think Christmas. I suppose it faintly reminds me of a fruit cake.. But the flavors aren’t all that festive in my mind.

Here’s to a safe and happy Christmas Eve!

December 24 – Advent 2014

Fjellrev

It truly is hard to believe that xmas is tomorrow. Where did all the time go…

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oh. god. omgsrsly sent this my way, and she received it from dinosara. Can i just say that i love you both…of course now i want moar! I’ve had a couple steeps of this one this morning and it is amaaazing. Seriously…not a fan of oolongs as a general rule but holy mother of all that is caramel, THIS is delicious….it smells divine! it tastes like liquid gold… yum. yum…and did i mention….yum? thank you so much ladies! (now to find some that i can buy)

Stephanie

Sounds delish :D

Sil

it’s drool worthy

Kittenna

If you find it for purchase, please count me in.

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I enjoyed my sample of this tea today! It has that nice French powdered sugar thing going on. Definitely pasty/sweet. But I screwed up and drank it with some grapefruit chapstick on my lips, and was getting a definite fruit flavor…whoops :P

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Dammann Frères Advent Calendar – December 23rd

Hooray, finally caught up! I’ve been quite happy with this calendar, and there are several teas that are now on my to-buy list. I would really like to try all of the different Christmas city teas, perhaps I can find someone to swap with (or maybe they’ll be in next year’s calendar). Anyway! This sachet is filled with black tea leaves and a few pink flower petals, and it smells heavily of maraschino cherry. Looking at the description, I see almond and gingerbread listed as well.

The steeped tea is also very heavy on the sweet maraschino and marzipan flavors, and I don’t smell any gingerbread. The taste of this tea makes me think of how Jergens cherry almond lotion smells. It’s a good concept, but it comes out tasting a little bit odd. The cherry and marzipan flavors are strong and heavy, a little bit too heavy I think. I can taste the ginger, but find it to taste out of place here and it makes the cherry go towards the medicinal side of things. There’s also a weird dough-y flavor that comes off a little bit like homemade Play-Doh to me. Overall, this one is a miss for me. I would have liked to have tried it without the gingerbread factor.

Flavors: Candy, Cherry, Ginger, Heavy, Marzipan, Medicinal, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This blend smells a little funky. It’s quite heavy on the fruit and light on the spices. Certainly not a bad thing as I prefer my spices to be in the background.

Sipping… I taste juicy fruit gum and that strange “doughy” thing that I get in some of Dammann’s other blends. It’s not bad, but it’s sort of a fruity and strange blob that sits on my tongue. I can’t pick anything out, unfortunately. I think this blend reminds me of a cup of juice in that it tastes decent, but lacks any sort of dimension.

December 23 – Advent 2014

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Dammann Frères Advent Calendar – December 22nd

Ooh, I think this is the only tisane in the calendar. To be honest, I’m not sure what to expect. Inside the sachet I can see crushed green leaves along with cardamon pods, red peppercorns, and cinnamon bark. There are also some other things and some flower petals. Dry scent is sweet and spicy.

The steeped tea’s aroma reminds me of gingersnap cookies. I’m actually surprised by how mellow this tea is, especially given all the spices in it. And it really does reminds me of gingersnap cookies! I’m surprised that I can’t really taste the licorice root here, not even the sweetness from it. Yummy!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cookie, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I am drinking this cup of tea while wrapping my Christmas gifts; one of my favorite things… :)

I was excited to try this tea because it sounded like it was a most delicious combination of fruits. Now that I’m sipping it, it’s perhaps a bit too subtle. I don’t taste individual fruits, but more of a medley, similar to fruit leather. It is tasty, but perhaps not a re-purchase for me. As always, happy to have tried this one!

December 16 – Advent 2014

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Dammann Frères Advent Calendar – December 21st

Hmm… I was not excited when I saw this one. Any tea with Versailles in the name immediately makes me think of roses and other florals, so surely this one will not be for me. Thankfully, reading the description assuaged my fears a bit. There is no rose in this tea, and the florals that are involved (orange blossom and violet) are sweet and not overly heady ones. There are certainly a lot of flower petals mixed in with the green sencha leaves. However, the dry scent is strong on the bergamot, with perhaps a touch of fruit.

The steeped tea smells very lovely – a nice balance of bergamot, fruity sweetness, and light floral tones. Wow, the base tea is very strong here, and quite grassy. The bergamot is, thankfully, nice and light as opposed to overpowering. For some reason, this is coming off a touch bitter to me, and I’m not sure if it’s because my sense of taste isn’t quite all there yet or if possibly 3 minutes was a touch too long this time. I don’t taste much peach until the very end and the aftertaste, though there is a light floral presence throughout the sip. Overall, it’s not bad, but not my favorite. I don’t think I particularly enjoy bergamot on a green base.

Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Grass, Peach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

Hope you’re feeling better!

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Dammann Frères Advent Calendar – December 20th

Ooh, I remember seeing someone else’s review of this tea and thinking how delicious it sounded. Well, luckily for me, DF appears to have read my mind and included it in the calendar. According to miss Ysaurella, this is meant to be a toffee or caramel apple flavored tea (thanks dear, I wouldn’t have known by the name alone). There are a lot of flower petals and small pieces of apple mixed in among the black tea leaves. Dry scent is very caramel apple, yum!

The steeped tea smells lovely as well, though I do catch a bit of that French powdery quality. The flavor is lovely and appley, though I think I would categorize it more as a cooked apple than a raw one. The caramel is a lovely accent, but it doesn’t overpower here. There’s a touch of floral that I wouldn’t associate with caramel apples, but sometimes the French just can’t help themselves. ;) Overall, it’s yummy, but perhaps more of a caramel apple pie than the apple itself.

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Floral, Pastries, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Dammann Frères Advent Calendar – December 19th

Ooh, this one sounds quite delicious by the description. I must say, I think this whole concept of different Christmas flavors for different cities is quite interesting. I admit, most of them (this one included) I wouldn’t know enough about to assign them holiday flavors. This sachet was almost all black tea leaves with a few stray pieces of citrus peel. Dry scent was sweet and chocolaty with vanilla and orange.

This is actually quite yummy! I agree with Dinosara that it tastes like there’s hazelnut in here even though it’s not listed. The other main flavors I get are creamy chocolate, vanilla, orange, and apricot. There’s also a strong sense of whipped cream that goes along well with the vanilla. I could see this being delicious with cream and sugar! :)

Flavors: Apricot, Chocolate, Cream, Hazelnut, Orange, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Skulleigh

That sounds delicious!

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Dammann Frères Advent Calendar – December 18th

Oh, hello again. I’ve been sick over the past few days, so I haven’t been around. I also couldn’t really smell or taste well, so while I did open my advent calendar door every day, I put the single sachets aside until now. And I do confess, I’m definitely not at full smelling and/or tasting capacity yet, but I’m far too fed up with being sick to put tea drinking off any longer. So while I suspect I won’t do these justice, I’m going to drink them anyway because I’m tired of waiting. So there!

I didn’t look too closely at the sachet, but I did notice red peppercorns mixed in with the rooibos, which I thought was odd. Dry scent is orange and perhaps grapefruit with a touch of spice. The steeped tea… smells and tastes like bubblegum to me, which seems to be a recurring theme when DF tries to mix fruit and spice. Strange! I can taste a bit of orange, but otherwise it’s all bubblegum.

Flavors: Candy, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Nuit à Versailles by Dammann Freres
823 tasting notes

Day 21.

Bergamot. I Like.

Just a note to Dammann, whom I am sure is not reading these reviews at all. Please try to put your green teas in the green tea coloured packaging. And not sometimes put the green teas in the same coloured packaging as the black teas. Or just not colour code at all, because you are kinda not good at it. But I still love your teas.

So I realized this was a green tea upon taking the sachet out of the package.

This was is heayy on the bergamot, and I am enjoying that. I smell peach in the tea, but I am not getting any type of fruitiness in the flavour. The green tea mixed with the flower petals is coming across as quite woody.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Pomme d'Amour by Dammann Freres
823 tasting notes

Day 20.

I am behind by one day. I didn’t have a chance to have this yesterday.

This is an apple tea. Nina’s Marie Antoinette is so good that I had high hopes for this one.

This year many of Dammann’s teas give me a black licorice taste and scent. I am pretty sure it is not me as I am not getting this with other teas. I don’t recall this last year.

This tea, to me has quite a scent of black licorice. It is supposed to contain black cherry so I wonder if that is what I am getting.

This tea has that black licorice/black cherry flavour. There is an artificial, but pleasant, sweet red apple flavour. It makes me think of candied apples. I think I am getting a bit of caramel. There is a very slight floral flavour. Initially the black tea base seems quite light but closer to midsip it becomes bold. There is a strange astringency in the aftersip. It is more a tingling sensation,

I wish this one was a bit more apple, but it wasn’t too bad.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

hummm this is really strange Lala.I imagine you have this in a bag version due to the calendar.
Pomme d’amour normally has a strong taste of caramel apple and really nothing more. I wish you could taste this tea in the loose leaf version.

Lala

It is the sachet version from the Christmas advent calendar. I am thinking there may have been some contamination during shipping or something because a lot of the teas this year tasted like that to me. Even the ones I have had before with no problems.

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This tea smells very sweet – hints of apple and cherry…? There is something in this that reminds my nose of a past memory and I can’t put my finger on it. Nevertheless, I’m excited to try this one since it’s such a unique blend.

Sipping… I taste the apple first followed by the smooth black tea. I taste something that reminds me of cinnamon in the background. It almost reminds me of an apple drink I’d have during the fall, but it’s not quite there. I’m not sure if I dislike apple teas or if the ones I’ve had haven’t been that great. Maybe apple is just a difficult flavor to work with in the tea world. The apple flavor is too fake for me, but I do appreciate how unique this blend is.

December 20 – Advent 2014

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Eh.. still so far behind with the calendar, but I’m trying! This one doesn’t smell like much out of the bag and it’s just as subtle in the cup, in my opinion.

Eh.. still so far behind with the calendar, but I’m trying! This one doesn’t smell like much out of the bag and it’s just as subtle in the cup, in my opinion.It reminds me very much of Charlotte au Chocolat with a stronger nut note. It’s strange, but I’m not picking up on the apricot, pineapple or orange rinds. It’s a bit more drying in the mouth than some of the other black teas I’ve had from Dammann. Not a favorite, but a decent cup for this evening.

Eh.. still so far behind with the calendar, but I’m trying! This one doesn’t smell like much out of the bag and it’s just as subtle in the cup, in my opinion.It reminds me very much of Charlotte au Chocolat with a stronger nut note. It’s strange, but I’m not picking up on the apricot, pineapple or orange rinds. It’s a bit more drying in the mouth than some of the other black teas I’ve had from Dammann. Not a favorite, but a decent cup for this evening.December 19 – Advent 2014

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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 17

And I’m caught up since I won’t be drinking the 18th (rooibos)! I couldn’t remember if I have had the black version of this tea, and I have. I enjoyed that one a fair amount, which makes sense. I mean, I love red fruits blends, and plus vanilla and caramel is great.

I would say that the green version is pretty good, but I prefer the black (not surprising). The biggest thing here is that I got the most intense flavor of marshmallow here. Tart and sweet red fruits, and then the aftertaste would bloom into marshmallow, moreso than any other tea I’ve ever tried. I actually really love that about it. What is it about the green vs. black that gets marshmallow? Maybe the green tones down the caramel notes and that’s what they turn into? I dunno, but it’s very tasty. Now I want to try the black version again just to make sure I don’t get marshmallow from that.

Flavors: Marshmallow, Red Fruits

Lala

I like that you said marshmallow. I had trouble describing whether te tea was creamy vanilla or caramel but I think marshmallow is a better description.

Dinosara

Yeah, I looked at your note and thought it sounded like you might be getting a similar flavor.

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Dammann Frères Advent Calendar – December 17th

I admit, I’m always a tiny bit disappointed inside when it’s a green tea inside the little door. I generally prefer a black or even white tea as a base for flavoring. That being said, the green teas in this calendar so far have been fine, I’ve even liked some of them. :P Inside this sachet are large green leaves and pieces of dried strawberry. Dry scent is delicious strawberry and cream with vanilla!

Mm, the steeped tea smells like whipped cream and strawberries. The taste is actually a bit heavy on the base tea, which is a bit grassy. There’s a little bit of tart strawberry, but mostly I taste a lovely creamy vanilla flavor, which unfortunately does not go well with the grassy base. There’s a weird tart aftertaste as well that comes off as a bit artificial. I need to try the black version of this one!

Flavors: Artificial, Cream, Grass, Strawberry, Tart, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sami Kelsh

Oh man, this sounds like it smells so good. I’m sorry it didn’t taste as good as it smelled!

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Day 17.

Is this a new tea? I had to add it to the website. There is black version on steepster but not a green. Hopefully this is getting posted in the right spot.

On first smell of the dried tea, all I could think of was cherry cough syrup green tea. Not exactly appetizing.

The taste is much better. It is a smooth, creamy, green tea. The creaminess may be a bit of vanilla or a bit of caramel but I can’t quite place the source of the creaminess that I am feeling on my palate. I am getting some kind of fruity flavour which I attribute to cherry but I am a bit unsure. There is also a nice floral component to this tea. It is just very slightly sweet. There is a very tiny touch of astringency to the green tea at the end of the sip. The flavours of the tea feel a bit watered down.

I did not look up the description of this tea before I postd about it. So I could be way off taste. But that is what I am tasting.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Dammann Frères Advent Calendar – December 16th

Woo, back to Christmas teas! I have to say, the first things I think of when I see a tea with “Provence” in the name are lavender and ick. The description for this one doesn’t actually mention lavender, and I didn’t see any inside my sachet either, so hopefully I’m safe. Dry scent is figgy and sweet, yum!

Mm, the steeped tea smells like figs and strawberry jam… Yummy. It totally tastes like some kind of fig & strawberry jam combo. I think the honey and fig and so intertwined that I can’t tell them apart, since fig is kind of a syrupy sweet fruit. There’s a little bit of an earthy quality to the base tea, especially in the beginning of the sip. Thank goodness, no lavender! :D

Flavors: Earth, Fig, Jam, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Bali by Dammann Freres
972 tasting notes

Dammann Frères Advent Calendar – December 15th

Time for another flavored green! And looking at the ingredients… this one may not be for me. But that’s okay, I’m willing to try it anyway. It has fruits that I really love, like grapefruit and lychee, and then it also has a double dose of floral. We shall see! The sachet itself definitely smells very heavy on the rose. I can see the green tea leaves along with large pieces of flower petals inside.

The steeped tea actually smells quite nice – yes, I can smell the jasmine and rose, but they’re tempered a bit by the sweet lychee and peach, and a touch of grapefruit. You know what? I don’t hate this. In fact, it’s quite tasty. Luckily for me, the rose is somehow kept very light and non-heady, perhaps from the citrus and jasmine? And the lychee complements the flowers so well, but at the same time it keeps them in check with its sweetness and allows me to taste the other fruits. I think the grapefruit is really the saving grace for this tea, it’s so light and refreshing that it completely neutralizes any perfumey quality this tea could have had. I could still do without the rose here, but at least it’s not overpowering the entire blend. Progress! :)

I really need to get a grapefruit tea in my cupboard… Anyone have any suggestions?

Flavors: Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lychee, Peach, Rose, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

Although I haven’t tried it yet, many West Coasters have been raving about Bayswater’s Grapefruit Earl Grey. I recently tried Acquired Taste Tea Co’s Grapefruit Sencha and I liked it more than I thought I would since I’m not a huge fan of sencha.

Red Fennekin

If you can hack the shipping, the “Blue Sky Blend” by J Atkinson and Co. is absolutely incredible – it’s another Grapefruit Earl Grey and it’s spectacular! :D It also isn’t overly bergamot-y, so it may suit you.

OMGsrsly

I couldn’t post earlier, but the grapefruit EG is really good. And for an herbal, “The Tea Guy” has a grapefruit that’s nice, especially cold brewed in the summer.

Nicole

If you want a black grapefruit, you might give Single Origin Tea a try. They are at least very inexpensive if you find you don’t care for it. :)

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drank Bali by Dammann Freres
823 tasting notes

Day 15.

This tea smells delicious. But I am scared to try it becuase the deliciousness appears to be quite perfumey. There are scents of sweet jasmine and lychee.

This tea is interesting. There is definitely a jasmine base. It is not as strong as I would have thought in comparison to the smell. There are hints of lychee flavour. Lychee fruits are delicious. But the bad thing is that often in tea is comes across as very perfumey, and I am getting that in this case. This tea is strongly floral. Strong hints of rose. The tea liquor is light and thin, but the flavours remain quite strong.

My snippet review for this tea would be: smells perfumey, tastes perfumey.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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The scent of this tea reminds me of Fruit Stripe gum. I also get this weird mint that pops through occasionally. I love the pretty white and pink/red flowers that are mixed in with the white tea. Very festive!

Sipping… this tea actually tastes a little bit like Fruit Stripe gum to me, but with the addition of a white tea base. There is something a little tingly in the tail end of the sip, that makes me think of spices.. but it’s so faint that I don’t really notice it. While this tea has lovely flavors, it’s very delicate. I do wish that it had a little more strength.

December 14 – Advent 2014

Cameron B.

Jealous! Mine tasted like a ginger tea. :(

darby

I love fruit stripe!

Fjellrev

Wow, I can’t even remember what Fruit Stripe smelled/tasted like!

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Dammann Frères Advent Calendar – December 14th

Yah more Christmas teas! I got to try the green version of this tea earlier in the month. Though I didn’t love that one, I have higher hopes for this, as green tends to be my least favorite base for flavored teas. There are red and white flower petals mixed with the greenish white tea, which certainly looks appropriately festive. Dry scent is sweet cherry with perhaps some almond?

The tea steeped up a lovely light golden color, and the aroma is mostly ginger along with some sweetness from the cherry. Hmm, I’m a bit saddened that my cup of this tea seems to have come out as mostly ginger (especially since I don’t really like ginger). None of the other reviewers mentioned ginger, they seemed to taste strong cherry. No fair! I can taste a touch of cherry in the background, but mostly it’s ginger tea. :’(

Withholding my rating because my sachet was clearly not a good indication of what this tea is supposed to be.

Flavors: Cherry, Ginger

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lala

I wish mine tasted like ginger, I got nothing.

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This tea smells like jasmine, passionfruit and peach – very much reminds me of summer.

Sipping… this has such a nice fruit flavor. I love the passionfruit paired with the jasmine. The jasmine isn’t too strong, but sits in the background. It gives off just enough flavor so you know it’s there, but not enough to overwhelm the cup. While this tea is light and refreshing, I’m not sure if I’m in the mood to drink such a summery blend. It would be perfect for the warmer months, but not for the winter.

December 13 – Advent 2014

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