Dammann Freres

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Floral cherry sugary sweetness balanced nicely with black tea flavour. Flavour is a bit dilute. I would try this again with a greater ratio of leaf: water.

Thanks to MissB for sharing with me!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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86

I was worried that this would be too similar to Vanille, but I find this actually has a more balanced flavor. The hazelnut flavor is a nice touch. I’m drinking it at room temperature now, which is probably not the best way to drink it for a tea review, but I like it now. I think it would be good at any temperature, hot, iced, or room temperature. I would serve this to friends.

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80

This does have quite a powerful vanilla aroma. It doesn’t smell like a whiff out of a vanilla extract bottle, but it is close. At first, before I opened the bag, I could smell the vanilla. It reminded me of vanilla milk – but that was before I opened the bag. The tea is actually much stronger than that. I brewed it for a long time the first time I tried it, because I was brewing a large to-go cup of it. It didn’t get bitter, and the vanilla was still quite strong. I think it could hold up to milk and sugar with no problems.

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85

This is a very tasty tea with a strong flavor of mangoes. The black tea base is nice too but the mango overshadows it. This is not necessarily a bad thing. This is the first of my teas from my group order I am drinking. So far all the teas from Damman Freres have been good both from the group order with Marzipan and my own order. Thanks Marzipan for all the work this order took. I wonder what other French tea companies ship to the USA? I know some don’t.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Mango

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Marzipan

I know Palais des Thes has a presence in NJ/NY, so it’s easy to get those. We can get Mariage Freres, but Fauchon doesn’t ship to the US. I thought I would look at a few of them once we put this one to bed. I hope you were happy with the repackaging!

AllanK

The repackaging was great. I have heard that Palais des Thes has a store in NYC. I will one day have to go into Manhattan and check it out.

Marzipan

Ohh please let me know!

AllanK

Don’t know when I will have the time but eventually, eventually.

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This tea is so far my least favorite from Damman Freres. It brewed up an unpleasant brownish color rather than a nice green. The flavor is ok but not great. No one fruit flavor is truly evident, but there is a melange of various flavors instead. I would like to tast the berries or the vanilla but I get no single strong flavor.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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87

This is a very slightly bitter black tea with the sweet flavor of strawberries. It is quite tasty. What else need I say.

I brewed this once in an 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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The smell of this dry leaf is overwhelmingly sweet. Trying to identify the smell chewed my office mate and I up for a few days until we realized that it smells exactly like original flavored skittles! Which may sound awesome to some, but is a little overpowering to me. Hopefully the taste is also overpowering, because I have to get the taste of my newest snack experiment (nori flakes) out of my mouth!
Egads! I brewed it for 3 minutes like all the other reviews and it was far too long! It’s so bitter! Like cucumber skin! It’s literally making my mouth water (I think to get rid of the sensation). I get a bit of cantaloupe/bubblegum on the intake of the sip, but then that bitterness takes over!
I may have to toss this and try again… No rating for now…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Easter Tea by Dammann Freres
177 tasting notes

Why do weekends go so quick and Mondays go so slow?? Its one of lifes mysteries!!!

Tea always helps me get through a slow and tedious Monday and since I have this insane box of mouthwatering french tea it made complete sense that I dig into another tasty sounding offering… This tea smells pretty darn delicious and is super pretty with the different flower petals floating in the tea leaves… Taste wise it has some serious maraschino cherry flavors going on with a touch of vanilla and chocolate… another win for my sneaky French tea order!!

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95
drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
701 tasting notes

This tea is really good. I am really getting the strawberry notes, modified by the rhubarb. It is a bit like drinking strawberry ice cream shake to be honest. This is excellent tea and I am glad I ordered it. This is another one I need to try iced. Unfortunately, I try to stick to decaf iced tea but I have to try some of these Damman Freres teas iced. They have all been sweet and tasty. I have tried four of seven and they are four for four so far.

I brewed this in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Cream, Strawberry

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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92

I started to put together a wish list for the Damman Freres group order when Marzipan made her very generous offer and the further I got through the Damman Freres website the more I realized I needed to bite the bullet and just make an order of my own…. After all, it’s not fair to hijack someone else’s amazing generosity with your insane greediness!!

So my order arrived this week and I quickly rescued it from mail jail and was desperate to tear into it the moment I picked it up… The scent coming out of the box was simply intoxicating! Even the USPS guy commented that it was the best smelling box he’d ever come across!!

Getting it home, I immediately tore into this packet… Scent wise it’s mouthwatering! Lots of semi-sweet caramel notes!! Taste wise words fail me!! It’s darn delicious!! A little salty, a lot caramelly and a hint of creaminess…. It’s reminds me a little of buttered salted popcorn… Oh this tea will not last long in my household!

sren

Ack! Can’t wait!!!

Fjellrev

I know, I feel terrible for ordering so much through Marzipan. :(

Sil

Fauchons version of this is a little cheaper but they’re both super tasty. I think it’s easier to get DF’s version though in any case

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84

This is a tasty tea, but I’m not liking it quite as much as the ones from Damman Freres that I drank yesterday. It is quite sweet, very sweet with fruit flavor. I think it would be incredible iced. The description says this has cranberry, strawberry, raspberry, and elderflower in it. There are two ways to look at the taste of this tea. One they are so well blended that no one flavor dominates, the other way that you can’t pick out a particular flavor. Either way it is good.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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89

This is good. Received this the other day with my order to Dammann Freres. There is a slight bitterness from the black tea base, just enough so you know you are drinking a black tea. Next you get a mixture of flavors from the cherry, strawberry, raspberry, and redcurrant. There seems to be a dominant flavor between these but I am at a loss to tell you which it is. I can’t wait to try this iced.

I brewed this once in an 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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89
drank Temple d'Angkor by Dammann Freres
701 tasting notes

Got this tea with my first order from Dammann Freres yesterday. The hard thisg about describing this tea is no one fruit flavor dominates. I taste melon, caramel, and I think the papaya pieces in there. It is quite good. I will have to try it iced.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Caramel, Melon

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TeaNTees

I can’t wait to get this with the group order we just placed with Marzipan!

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96

Will review later (taking my comprehensive exams at the moment!) but I am LOVING this tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pomme d'Amour by Dammann Freres
391 tasting notes

So, to recap. I ordered 17 different Dammann Freres teas, and this is the last one. As of today I have tried them all. Some are absolutely delicious, others are just good. It seems to me that their teas that have several flavors are better than the ones that are just orange black, for example.

In the 10 days or so since I got the order I have picked this tea up and put it down maybe a dozen times. I just couldn’t bring myself to choose it over other things or get excited about it. Now I am wondering WHY?

This is. So. Good. I was brewing it on campus, and started to smell it and it was like a punch to the face. Yummy! Then I tasted it and I don’t know what I expected, maybe plain apple tea? But this tastes like a lightly spiced, buttery, caramel drizzled apple turnover straight out of the oven. So, so good. Definitely one of my favorites from the whole batch.

VariaTEA

Sounds amazing!

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82

Tea Time tea! Thanks, again, Dinosara! Tasty toffee goodness! It smells so much like toffee! You can almost taste it in the air! I wanted it to taste sweet, as well, because it didn’t have much sweetness on it’s own, even though my brain wanted it to be sweet. There was some smokiness in the background… I think they make caramel flavored teas on smokey bases to add some of that burnt sugar flavor of real caramel (though I really don’t think caramel tastes burnt, more like toasted- can you tell I’m a golden-browned marshmallow girl?). I wish they wouldn’t do that, but this tea was not bad in that sense at all. Mostly this was a tasty that I would have loved to have on an autumn day/in front of a fire, but it was better with sugar, it made the caramel flavor REALLY caramelly!

Flavors: Caramel, Toasted, Toffee

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Mangoustan by Dammann Freres
391 tasting notes

I was really excited to order this, because I don’t think I have ever seen a mangosteen tea before. If I’m being honest, my experience with mangosteen has been limited to a Greek yogurt with a mangosteen add in, and I liked that.

The funny part was, I mentioned this to my daughter (19, tea lover) and she asked me what mangosteen tastes like, and I had no idea what to tell her. So I went to Google and typed in, “What does mangosteen taste like?” What I learned is that unless a person has eaten one in Asia, fresh, they have no idea. It seems that mangosteen flavoring doesn’t taste anything like the actual fruit, and mangosteens don’t travel well enough for anyone on this side of the world to have the actual experience. I saw a funny anecdote that Queen Victoria offered a large cash award to anyone who could get one to her in pristine condition, and no one ever collected the money.

So anyway, it’s a nice tea. A little fruity, definite black base. Worth trying but maybe not a reorder for me.

Equusfell

Having been to China during mangosteen season: they taste amazing. A fresh light sweet with a touch of floral and “tropical”. Almost like a really good high mountain oolong minus the “green” flavor! I ate them up!

Dustin

I have found “fresh” mangosteen at an Asian market before. They were pretty good and were a juicy version of the freeze dried ones that Trader Joe’s once had. Interesting to find it in a tea!

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I love this tea. I’m a big fan of marzipan (surprise?) and almond flavoring in general. Loved Butiki’s Almond Indulgence and this tea reminds me a lot of that, which is great since I can’t get the Butiki one anymore. This is all delicious almond flavor with a tea base that doesn’t overpower it.

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drank Agrumes by Dammann Freres
391 tasting notes

This is fine, nothing wrong with it. It’s just a citrusy black tea. It doesn’t wow me like many of the others that they have. Definitely not a reorder but it’s good enough to drink.

Sil

i keep meaning to say, if you like hazelnut/chocolate..you might want to consider charlotte au chocolat for your group order.

Marzipan

My biggest concern was that people said it tastes smoky, do you think so?

Sil

i never noticed the smoke to be honest. Mind you, i don’t mind smokey teas but i don’t recall finding it smoky. the other one that we recently tried via tea friends was their salted caramel oolong. I’m not a huge fan of oolongs but this one was buttery caramel goodness lol

Marzipan

I need a group of tea friends like that!

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drank Bulgare by Dammann Freres
97 tasting notes

I needed a more diversified hit of caffeine this morning, and as always, Dinosara provides! The raspberry scent of this one is very strong and juicy. It’s cut with the smell of orange-flavored vitamin C tablets in the dry leaf, but gets a little better when brewed. The raspberry blends well with the rose undertone (neither of which are too strong in the tea, just a pleasant compliment). The citrus really only lends a brightening hand. I’m just super glad there is no hibiscus in this. I feel like I’ve never had a raspberry tea without hibiscus, and I keep expecting it, but it’s not there and I keep being pleasantly surprised!
Overall a very drinkable tea. The flavors are coming out more as it cools. Reminds me of the raspberry jam in the middle of filled donuts!

Flavors: Blood orange, Raspberry, Rose

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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This has flavors of blackberry, black current and blueberry (which is not a black fruit!) Usually I don’t care much for blueberry flavored things, but this blend tasted more of blueberry than the others. And surprise – I liked it!

Uniquity

Oooh, that sounds very appealing!

Stephanie

I really like black currant. Yum.

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drank Figue Fraîche by Dammann Freres
391 tasting notes

This is ok, nothing outstanding. Although I’m not getting much fig flavor at all. It’s coming out a little bit as it cools but I don’t know that I would have been able to identify the flavoring if I tried it blind. There is nothing offensive about it, just a nice comforting cup. I won’t reorder though.

Sandra Vdplaats

did you get Jardin Blue? I have it at home, it’s yum, and a very close resemblance to MG Marco Polo…
enjoy all your teas!! Seems fun to be trying out so many new tastes :)

Marzipan

I haven’t tried that one, but might need to order it now.

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drank Nosy Bey by Dammann Freres
391 tasting notes

The name alone made me take a second look at this tea. As I have been going through these French teas I have had to do some Googling as to what the words on the packages mean, since there’s no English translation. I figured this one was another fruit reference, but was surprised to learn that Nosy Bey is an island off of Madagascar. Since this has vanilla in it, I am guessing that that’s the connection.

Another of my favorites from this order, this tea has delicious fresh peach and vanilla flavors. I think it is the best peach tea I have ever had.

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85

I made a huge DF order and it all arrived last week, and I haven’t had much else since then. I have been bad about writing tastings notes on them. Some of the teas are real WOW teas. Some are just normal, but by normal I mean still a really good tea.

This one was a WOW tea. I found myself thinking about the tea each time I took a drink – it kept pulling my attention because it tasted so good. Sometimes I can sort of zone out and drink the tea automatically. The description says red fruits, papaya, and strawberry bits. But the really interesting part is the “biscuit” – which of course it not like an American biscuit. It’s like a European one, or a cookie. That’s the magic here.

It’s hard for me to describe exactly what biscuit tastes like in tea, but it’s sort of like a bit of cookie on the finish, but it’s not a sweet cookie. More like a shortbread. This tea alone makes me want to order one of every one of the teas they sell.

TeaNTees

Must Try! :)

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