Dammann Freres

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coucou , heureuse de vous retrouver pour cette nouvelle revue qui concerne Charlotte au chocolat de chez damman frère , depuis que je suis petite je raffole du chocolat et de toute autres friandises mais si j’écris cette revue c’est parce que je suis énormément déçu de ce thé . Tout d’abord j’en ai acheté une petite quantité pour teste mais rien qu’a l’odeur je pensais que sa allait me plaire j’avais déjà goute un thé au chocolat de chez Kusmi tea mais je ne l’avait pas aime alors je me suis dit que le damman serait meilleur ( points de vu qualité ) . Mais non alors j’ai goute et j’ai trouve ce thé fade le gout du chocolat est a peine présent tellement déçu vous n’avez pas idée . Alors je l’ai regouter en version froid c’est encore pire ce thé m’ecoeure vraiment … donc je le garde dans mon placard et je ne le sort jamais … kiss

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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kaylee sent me a lovely sample of this tea… my first dammann freres green!

a fresh, sweet tasting dragonwell with hints of spiced orange? but not strongly orange… and not a spice i recognize! what am i tasting? almost a brandied orange without the bitterness of alcohol.

quite unique- lovely! thank you so much for such a graceful surprise, kaylee……

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Well dadgummit. This was gonna be the ONE. The one to change my mind about flavored/fruity teas. When it appeared in the Teeny Tiny TTB thanks to jump62359, I “jumped” on it (sorry) because: French! Cinnamon! I thought it would be really accessible one for me to try.

Alas, this is just Not. My. Thing. I think it’s the apple. It was nicely balanced and the cinnamon wasn’t overwhelming and I can see how flavored tea lovers would really like this.

I don’t think it would be fair for me to rate this and bring down the rating so I won’t.

jump62359

This was good! But yeah, a bit too much fruit. I couldn’t have it on its own and I tampered with the flavour a lot so the result was something that wasn’t the tea at all.
I have like a wee bit of this tea left. Going to see if having it iced would make any difference :)

MzPriss

I have a wee bit left as well. I can see how it might be better iced. Maybe I’ll try that. But I’m glad you put some in the box, I really wanted to try it.

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Going through a butt ton of sipdowns today! I’ve picked out about 7 that I have like 2g or less of so since it’s fairly early right now, I’ve just decide to spend the entire day with these teas!

This is a good tea, but the flavour isn’t… well if I liked almond flavoured teas, I know I’d like it, but almond is a bit weird. It’s all me, not the tea!Good tea, but I probably wouldn’t purchase it on my own.

Thank you tons for the sample, shmiracles!

Flavors: Almond

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Sipdown (162/168)!

So much tasty hazelnut!

I think this tea triumphed as the best one I’ve had today (although, I really didn’t do a ton of tea drinking today) so it’s a perfect one to end the day on. I paired it with a couple coconut macaroons which I bought today on my “outing” to Postal Jail and now I’m just winding down for the night while I paint my nails and watching Whose Line outtakes. It’s a simple nirvana.

I added milk to this cup and I think that just revved up the hazelnut and took it to a whole ‘nother creamy, dreamy vanilla playing field. And, I just have to note how happy I was that there _wasn’t_ any chocolate notes in this cup: I like the “Nutella” pairing a fair bit – but hazelnuts can more than stand on their own too.

Goodbye; thanks to whoever passed this along to me and to Sil for passing it on to them! I’ll remember it fondly!

Flavors: Cream, Nuts, Vanilla

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Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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Made this one when I got home tonight!

On the sample package it says “Sil” – but I didn’t get it directly from her. I wish I could remember who the “go between” was so I could thank them too…

I thought this was really good! The black base was delightful for a Ceylon which I’m typically impartial to, at best and the vanilla and hazelenut flavours were very strong and comforting. It seemed like a nice peaceful nighttime tea and one to enjoy slowly and cradle close, though I imagine it’d give the same impressed as a gentler black tea to have in the morning. I also vaguely got light cocoa notes. Next time I intend to try it with a little milk added in!

So thank you Sil and whoever got this from her and passed it to me!

Flavors: Cocoa, Nuts, Vanilla

Sil

Hahahaha too funny.

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drank Figue Fraîche by Dammann Freres
692 tasting notes

I don’t think fig is my favorite flavor. This is a little too raisin – esque for me. It’s not offensive, but there are so many more flavors out there that I prefer.
If you love fig, and like sweet fruity, jammy, thick teas – then this would probably be a good one to try. For me, just ok…

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
692 tasting notes

I haven’t logged teas in several days, so I apologize in advance for what is to come. This is all backlogged and just general impressions….

This is good, I like it – sweet caramel (not sure about toffee), but it’s a little thin. Lacking just a little something. Good not great….

Amariel

I felt the same way.

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not satisfying tonight…likely something to do with the fact that it’s almost midnight and i just wrapped up last minute work crap that i had to jump on to do. and now i’m exausted beyond belief.

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
4673 tasting notes

App logged because my internet hates me right now. It’s enough to say that since I pulled this one out for a swap last night, I wanted it this morning. It was just the right out of sweet for me today.

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…feeling guilty for not working on sipdown tonight, i went with at least one of the teas that i want to work on getting through by July 1st. I’m still hoping that i can work through that part of my goal, even if i’m not likely to meet my cupboard size goal with all the swaps and purchases coming in the next little while. I still really like this one, especially as it’s a decent rooibos option for when i want something a little less black :)

Final Count: 129 (though there are like 6 swaps inbound, the BBB and 4 orders lol)

Terri HarpLady

No Guilt!!!

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drank Pu Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
263 tasting notes

I have only ever bought one pu’erh for myself. Everything else I’ve tried has been courtesy of generous, kind folks like Dexter3657 and TheTeaFairy and one other. These opportunities to try the bizarreness that is pu’erh I will forever be thankful for.

This one I find tolerable. I can taste pu’erh so I had to add caramel creamer some stuff to it to actually enjoy it. I do recognize that to others might taste good. If it’s tolerable to me that’s saying a lot! I can see how one day if I persevere I could like this.

Thank you to TheTeaFairy but … This is far from gourmand for me. Or maybe I’m not gourmand enough for it. That’s probably it.

Anna

‘Some stuff’. Hehehe.

TheTeaFairy

Caramel creamer is not a crime with this, you can scream it loud and clear!!!
Bravo for trying, mon amie, you are the brave one :-)

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As always, this is a TASTY cold brew. It really gets more apple-y that way and it reminds me strongly of apple juice. Super refreshing!

I will say that for whatever reason I must have messed up the leaves this time because the resteep of this tasted wrong/moldy. I spit it out and dumped the rest down the drain, but its a mystery why this happened since its not like it came in contact with anything besides water, which was freshly filtered before I put it in the fridge.

I should try to make iced the traditional way just to see if there’s a difference in flavor, but I do enjoy it very much this way. I was very hesitant about buying 100 g. of this because it is quite a lot for me to drink but at the rate I’m having it iced a sipdown is NOT going to be a problem – if anything the problem is going to be how sad I am when I run out!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML
Leah Claire

Gonna have to try it! Where do you order your Dammann Freres from? The place I used to get it shut down :(

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
4673 tasting notes

Another tea from this morning, though i have to say that today it fell flat. I’m hoping it’s because i steeped it for a shorter time than normal, rather than because it’s old (only 5 months!). It was still nice, but nearly as delicious as i wanted it to be….as it usually it. hmmm have to try it again soon and see if it’s the tea or just my “today”

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drank Paul et Virginie by Dammann Freres
1796 tasting notes

My daughter has given me Dammann Freres teas several times over the past two years or so, and they always send samples. I am so excited about them, and then I forget to drink them! How many people wait for just the right moment to try new tea? I thought it was high time to taste this one.

It is a bag, so I used my eight ounce pot to steep it with boiling water and used probably only seven ounces of water. The aroma of the dry tea bag dismayed me because it smelled like rooibos….cherry cough syrup.

Happily that is NOT the taste of the tea. It is rather mild and the berry flavor dominates, mainly cherry, and caramel and vanilla are waaaay in the background for me.

The second steep was forgotten and I have no idea how long it steeped. It didn’t matter, though, as it was quite good. I only expected to get two steeps but I am tempted to try for a third and see what happens. This would not be a breakfast tea for me as it is far too civilized to get most people going, but is delightful for any other time of day!

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drank Velours nacré by Dammann Freres
332 tasting notes

This is another tea from MissB’s mystery pack. Thank you.

This one is probably my least favorite of the french teas that I have tried. I like it, but nothing about rang keep me forever. The almond in this hit me right a way with a twinge of chocolate and then a hint of orange at the end. I like it, but I think the chocolate in the middle caught me off guard a bit. A well balanced good cup, but not a favorite.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
148 tasting notes

Whoops, I kind of fell off the radar there for a bit. To be fair, I also wasn’t drinking nearly enough tea, and was mostly drinking PG Tips when I was down in Oxford (where I stayed for an extra day, whoops) and then I started my new job, so yeah. Busy bumbly bee.

Remind me to bring a small pantry of teas next time I’m down at Gentleman’s for the weekend. I can’t take it anymore. Plus, I practically half live there already, so it’s only right I have my teas with me!

As for this one, a gift from the lovely sil in our exchange. Oh hellooooooooo, baby. It’s actually been a few days since I had it and hadn’t had time to write up a note, but its beauty has stuck with me. What a cozy, delicious wonder. There’s a very true vanilla and lovely hazelnut that sit in perfect balance over the base, and it’s creamy and comforting. And then there’s this sort of lovely, perfumed almost fruit flavour that’s hiding under there, that’s really difficult to describe at this distance from it, but MAN, it was like a hug from the inside, like a really gentle party in my mouth. You know, the kind of party where it’s just three or four of your best friends just chilling out on the patio of an evening with soft music and conversation that stretches on far into the night. That kind of party. That’s this tea. Yeah, it’s a good ’un.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

awesome. So glad some of the teas i sent were the sort that make you happy to just have new tea friends lol

Sami Kelsh

So joyous! You’re awesome!!!

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From Sil, this is a little too tart for my tastes, although not undrinkable. Sipdown
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Sil

go you!

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
4673 tasting notes

i have not been successfull lately with wok in drinking up my teas, so i’m trrrrying to take out some of the teas that i’ve been hoarding and drink them up as treats to incent me to go to work. Today it was this tea… get up and go to work sil…you can have caramel deliciousness…no i know the bed is safe and far away from the whiney people but you can do it…and so i did.

I’m not sure that this is my FAAAAAVOURITE caramel/toffee tea but it IS pretty good. And still enjoyable…and i should probably compare this one and TeaG’s version soon…together…even if they’re not quite the same thing. :)

whatshesaid

I’d love to see your comparison!

Sil

i’ll try to keep that in mind.. this one has toffee of course but they’re close-ish lol i wish i’d thought to send this one to you too… or did i ? lol

MissB

I’m pretty sure whatshesaid has some on its way from me. :P I need to compare TG’s as well… trying to remember if I even have any still. Ha! (No, no sending me some, I have more than enough — just cracked 399 in my cupboard today).

whatshesaid

You did, Sil! Hehe
S’ok because I enjoyed it :)

Sil

oh i’m so glad i sent it LOL

whatshesaid

I definitely am! ;)

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Sipdown of an old sample from Shmiracles, it’s sweet, smooth, goes down easy.

I’d probably buy this.

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Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
1255 tasting notes

From the queue, written March 29th 2014

Husband is out today at a whiskey fair, so I’m home alone all day. I’m going to take this opportunity to have a lot of flavoured stuff as, with the exception of the occasional EG, he’s been quite disinterested in flavoured things recently.

I’ve dug through my box of untried things and picked out a number of little baggies. Steepsterites, I have an itinirary! Well, actually I strongly suspect it’ll be impossible to get posts done about all of them today, but having this smaller pile to choose from makes it a little more manageble to choose something.

This is also where I’ve realised that I’ve got the EU TTB samples from the first and the second round mixed up because I’ve forgotten to number them. All is not lost, I can go back to the discussion thread and work out which is from which round, but it’s a little annoying to have to do it. I haven’t the faintest idea why I never numbered the first round samples in the first place. That was stupid.

Oh well. This one is a tea that Anna shared with me, and I’ve been a little scared of it because the name sounds so flowery. I don’t like floral scented teas much. At least not if ‘floral’ is the only thing it’s been flavoured with. (Halfway through the word ‘flavoured’ my brain apparently decided it liked ‘scented’ better. I ended up with ‘flented’…) Therefore I decided to start with it and then it would be over with.

In order work out whether to use boiling or just under boiling water (I prefer flavoured teas just under boiling. I feel the flavouring behaves better that way) I looked it up in the database and was highly pleased to discover that it was actually vanilla and hazelnuts. Hooray! I love vanilla and I’m rather interested in nut-flavoured teas as well, so this sounds just like something for me. It also rather explains the flowery name, since we must remember that vanilla is an orchid.

For people who can understand French, this may all have been painfully obvious from the name. I don’t know any French, save a small handful of random words, so I had nothing to go by. This brings me back to the whole pondering of whether or not to translate non-English names. I WISH all these French blends that are very fashionable around Steepster at the moment had names that I could actually read. How else am I supposed to know what they are? I’m not really super keen on having to take French lessons in order to read about other people drinking tea…

Now, small pet peeve aside, this smells lovely. More vanilla-y than nutty, but the nuts are definitely there as well. I can’t pick up any notes of the base tea, though, but I can sort of feel that it’s there.

The flavour is quite creamy. I could actually convince myself that it’s cream-flavoured. I think it’s the vanilla that does this, but in this cup I’m experiencing the vanilla as cream more than as vanilla, which I find a little disappointing. I mean, I like this as well, but… I want vanilla-y vanilla.

The hazelnuts, however, are very pleasant indeed. Sweet and nutty, and I can pick up the base as well. Again, I can’t say anything about the base, other than ’it’s tea’. It’s just sort of a default tea-flavoured black tea, but I’m fine with that. I don’t need a whole lot going on in a flavoured base. I just like to be able to tell that it’s there.

In spite of earlier fears, I’m enjoying this.

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