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drank Easter Tea by Dammann Freres
1496 tasting notes

Holy doodles, another instance where I’m not writing about a tea until I’m already sipping it down. This brings me down to 49! I don’t remember the last time I’ve seen a number that low.

What a unique, fruity blend. Cherry and vanilla are in the forefront but there’s more to it than that, and I suspect it’s the naranjilla. Never had the pleasure of trying one but it looks awesome, and it’s supposed to taste like a cross between rhubarb and lime according to Wikipedia. Now that’s my kind of fruit!

Although I don’t detect rhubarb- and lime-like notes in here, this has a sparkly, lively fruity vibe going on. My mom is enjoying the last of this with me and when I just commented on the sparkly vibe, she said that she does get a rosé wine impression from this. I imagine this would have been great cold brewed.

Would I take the plunge and order a full amount? Not really sure. It’s interesting but I don’t know how often I’d reach for this.

Evol Ving Ness

And 49! wow!

Sil

wow go you! my fabulous swedish chef!

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drank Vanille by Dammann Freres
765 tasting notes

I think with the addition of some cream, this would be a great dessert tea. As it is, without any additions, it’s a really strong vanilla tea. The tea isn’t lost but certainly isn’t the forefront in taste next to the vanilla. It does seem more like a Ceylon than a China black, though the site says it’s a mix – it’s softer than a China black, if that makes any sense. This is a solid vanilla tea. Obviously it uses flavoring but not in a nasty way. So happy to have had this and to have enough to try it again with cream! Thanks, Sil!

Sil

i tend to brew these a little cooler and a little longer than my usual 3 mins, boiling

Nicole

I’ll try that. I did this at just off boiling for about 3 minutes. I’ll go cooler and longer next time!

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Thanks to Marzipan for throwing in a sample teabag of this from the DF group order!

I drank this down quite fast. My opinion on Darjeelings in general is middle of the road. I neither love nor hate them. This one was more honeyed than others, if I recall. No ripe fruits, contrary to the description. I’m sure this would have been good with milk, and maybe a small dose of sugar on top of that.

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drank Cheju do Oolong by Dammann Freres
595 tasting notes

I am not fond of roasted oolongs but after having that artificial peach tea , this one isn’t too bad.

There’s definitely a medium roasted flavour from it but it’s missing any complexity. I do get a bit of spicy note from it but nothing else.

Flavors: Roasted, Spicy

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Today again, this one is fabulous.

I’m heading out to do a little late shopping (hopefully the mall will be quiet-ish), and needed some tea before I left.

So. Good. Chocolate. Yum.

Thanks so much, Sil!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Zennenn

You are tempting me to order more flavored teas! I don’t tend to like fruity tea, but herbs or chocolate, mmmmm

OMGsrsly

This chocolate is, IMO, way nicer than Harney and Sons Florence. Although that one was good at the beginning. I’m ultra picky about chocolate in my teas… so many are just not good.

Fjellrev

I agree on the chocolate. It seems like a hard flavour to get right. And DF totally does chocolate way better than Harney, for sure.

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This one is pretty good.

IDK. I’m so exhausted today. Gimme all the coffee.

Thank you, Sil. I have a little left at home for a small mug. I’ll try it again when I’m feeling a little more alert. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
OMGsrsly

Hahaha. Last time I was effusive with praise. If I’m even wording correctly. This time? So tired. Pretty good.

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This smells FANTASTIC.

SO SO GOOD. REAL CHOCOLATE. Not the fake weirdo chemically stuff. Real. Chocolate.

My cup was super full so I only added the tiniest bit of cream. OMG. So so good.

Sil mentioned Florence by H&S in one of her notes. This is way better, I agree. The flavouring of Florence felt really fake once I had finished all of it. This feels like I’m drinking dark chocolate tea. :)

Thanks so much, Sil!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 226 ML
Sil

haha i adore this one. I wish i’d picked up more in paris, but at the same time not because, well 3.5kg…

OMGsrsly

3.5, 4…. not much of a difference really. ;)

TeaBrat

sounds yummy

Sil

yeah… i dunno what possessed me

Evol Ving Ness

That’s only about seven pounds or so. Not so much. It could have been chocolate truffles or something along those lines.

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drank Noël à Vienne by Dammann Freres
1496 tasting notes

My mom always dreamt of going to Vienna, and imagines how wonderful Christmas is over there. The poor thing has rarely done any travelling in her life yet has worked so hard, and I feel like a total jerk for having the privilege of visiting years ago, just after Christmas on top of that. As a consolation, I suggested that we try this tea this morning. Kind of the next best thing? Maybe we’ll go next Christmas and I can be her tour guide. Parenthetically, it just seems like once I moved back from Europe, which was a much shorter stint than expected to begin with, grad school ate up all my time and didn’t allow me to travel, and I’ve spent how long looking for a job, so now that I’m starting one, it’s like, gee, heaven forbid I take any time off to travel over the next how many years because I need to work work work to make money to make up for all the time wasted on academia. Sigh.

Anyway, this isn’t as flavourful as I thought, and I doubt it’s because it is older. All my other DF teas are still fine. The dry leaf is chocolate and apricot. The apricot didn’t really show up to the party in my mug, however. Aww. Maybe a little orange, a warm nutty note, and a touch of chocolate but they’re all rather muddled. It’s just so thin and watered down compared to DF’s other offerings. At least there is no unwanted astringency or fake flavours, which you’d never get with a DF blend, regardless.

Maybe I should try to use more leaf for this one next time. FWIW, I used the traditional 3g per Nordic mug with water that’s been freshly boiled then cooled for a few minutes. That tends to work perfectly with the others.

Evol Ving Ness

Mothers and daughters are so complicated. Really really complicated. Maybe that is just the way it is.

Going to Vienna together—-what a brilliant idea! I wish I had had the opportunity to do that with my mother when I was mature enough and she was healthy enough to appreciate our time together. Something for you both to plan towards. I hope it works out. Does that mean that you are participating in the not-buying-tea-savings- plan? :)

That’s the thing with our world now: time and money. Such a challenge to be lucky enough to have the two together.

As for education, I don’t think it is ever a waste. Even when one is paying paying paying for it forever. It is simply difficult to imagine a decent future without a serious investment in education. Really. However, I understand the yoke around the neck of it all.

Now, is there any tea shopping to plan for in Vienna, or will you both be taking a side trip to Paris to stock up?

OMGsrsly

Hahaha. Sounds like your cynicism kinda matches mine. I like working in the university, and I do believe that everyone should have a chance, but… I’m going to be paying for the rest of my life because I can’t find a job that pays enough for me to actually pay off the loans. MEH. Meh, I say! (That being said, I don’t really regret it. Only a little.)

Fjellrev

Evil, I’m really sorry that things didn’t work out better for you and your mom. I wish you could have had such an opportunity. But of course, if we ever do go to Vienna, a stop in Paris is a must! I stupidly never made it there when I used to live in Europe and now I wished I took advantage of being there to travel more for much cheaper.

Not sure how much Vienna has to offer when it comes to tea, but I’m sure there are interesting tea shops there too.

Education isn’t a waste depending on how you look at it, the context, the type of education, aspects of the experience, etc. Loved my undergrad experience. Totally worth the time and money, but can’t say the same about my grad experience, but then again, it’s due to several factors there. Don’t want to bore you with that story, Evol haha. OMG is right in that I am cynical about the whole thing but anyone who knows the backstory, personally knows the people involved, and saw how I gave up my life for it, etc, 100% understand the cynicism.

I hope something better will come your way job-wise, OMG. Hopefully the temp work will turn into something permanent? Or at least connect you to people who can help you land a position that is both interesting and well-paying.

OMGsrsly

Thank you. :) And I hope your employment situation goes most swimmingly in the new year.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. Ah well, life. What to do?

Paris, yes! You must go to Paris. I hope the planning gears are already in motion.

I can totally understand cynicism and bitterness about higher education. Totally, and totally. No need to explain.

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Sipdown! My mom did the honours. She absolutely loves this, although she thinks this tastes like “flowers” more than anything else. Will we reorder? Maybe, probably, we’ll see!

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My brain seems to confuse DF blends like this one and Fleurilège because they’re creamy, nutty desserts in a cup. Yeah yeah, Fleurilège is hazelnut vanilla while this one is marzipan and biscuits but I’m drinking them back-to-back to decide if I like a certain one better for a future order. I haven’t even written about this yet either so it’s high time that I do.

Maybe it’s because I only have a couple cups worth of Fleurilège left in the bag, so it’s not as aromatic, but I swear Coquelicot Gourmand is more desserty, nuttier, like nougat. You’d think it would be the other way around.

I wouldn’t say that this tastes like marzipan. A cookie of some sort, definitely, but no marzipan. I got that fleeting raspberry note that Lala was talking about, before coming onto here and reading it too, so there was no influence there. I swear we’re gustatory twins.

This is tough. I like this but I’m not sure if I would get more. Luckily I have enough to experiment with this for a while before I make my final decision. It’s delicious, like practically all DF teas, but I feel like there are a couple of their other desserty teas that I would rather have or order if I were to limit myself to an x amount.

gmathis

I loved this one.

ashmanra

I love this, too. I can not imagine how that get that biscuit flavor in there. It is so perfectly biscuit!

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drank Réglisse by Dammann Freres
4 tasting notes

A very pleasant, light liquorice tea. It’s recommended by Dammann Frères that it be allowed to steep for 6 minutes – the resulting liquor is still fairly light and the tannins remain mild. The black liquorice is present but not overbearing. A pleasant after dinner tea.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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During a walk in Florence, Italy, I was delighted to spy a small shop with wall full of canisters of my favourite tea company, Dammann Frères’ tea. Oronero sells a nice, broad selection of their own line and Dammann teas, as well as chocolates. We decided to try a few new ones in addition to our original favourite, Jardin Bleu, which is a good introduction to their fruit and flower infused teas.

This is a nice winter holiday tea, with rich, warm notes of caramel and vanilla, and essences of dark fruits. The tea is smooth with a medium-coloured liquor, and a lingering note of cherry on the finish.

Flavors: Caramel, Cherry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 48 OZ / 1419 ML

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drank Noël à Londres by Dammann Freres
1496 tasting notes

First sipdown in what seems like ever. The last couple cups were extremely heavy on both the (astringent) almond and fiery hot cinnamon. I’ve had a couple cups which tasted like mostly just the latter, but either way, I’m not terribly impressed. It’s slightly two-dimensional and uninspiring, especially for DF.

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drank Noël à Londres by Dammann Freres
1496 tasting notes

Had a damn good job interview today and now I’m back at home chilling out watching Scrubs and drinking tea. So exhausted. Went to bed at 12:30am, which is early for me, hoping to get a good night’s rest, and kept tossing and turning until past 5am. Ugh.

This is pretty good but not amazing or unique. The dry leaf and taste are very heavy on the cinnamon, like cinnamon heart candies. And the almond is trailing close behind and seems rather astringent too, almost like almond extract. These two notes are so strong that it’s almost too difficult to even tell which one you’re smelling/tasting since it’s an ongoing battle between the two. It reminds me a lot of holiday spice candles, or the smell of craft/Michaels stores, you know?

OMGsrsly

Woo! Yay for the damn good job interview! Here’s hoping you get the job. :)

Fjellrev

Thanks! It’s only a 3-month temp position, but better than nothing, and would be a sweet experience so we’ll see.

Sil

YAY! i will cross my fingers for you!

OMGsrsly

I’m temping right now! Nothing to sneeze at. :)

Indigobloom

Good luck!

tigress_al

Good luck!

Fjellrev

Thanks, I’m seriously going to need it since the hunt has been brutal!

OMG, it’s definitely good stuff, but it’ll be so annoying to have to do this all over again in a few months. What can you do, though!

OMGsrsly

Make sure you get a written letter of recommendation before you leave. Haha. That’s the biggest tip I got. Written letters from previous jobs.

Fjellrev

Yeah, good point. I luckily got one from one of the profs I TA’d for so that’s something. But I was wondering if a person were to work somewhere for three months, if that would be long enough to justify asking for a reference in general.

OMGsrsly

Yes! I was actually looking up recommendations for temp employment on resumes and the like, and apparently 2 weeks is a “long time” if you’re working for a temp agency. So it’s recommended that you make it a line item on your resume, as in, “Office Administration for ABC Corp, 2 weeks, June 2015” underneath the temp agency header. And asking for a reference is always OK IMO. Especially if they really like you.

Fjellrev

Interesting! Here I was thinking it wouldn’t be long enough. Technically, this isn’t through/for a temp agency, but it’s nice to know that employers recommend any kind of temporary work as legitimate experience no matter the length of time, really.

Fjellrev

recognize*

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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
1496 tasting notes

I believe I sipped this down a couple weeks ago but forgot to log that on here. This is one of the most unique flavoured teas I ever tried. It’s floral yet has this surprise licorice note that isn’t mentioned in the description. On the other hand, I did not detect any nuttiness—especially chestnut—in here. Good work, DF.

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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
1496 tasting notes

Holy Tea Curveball Batman. What’s that flavour?! I’m sure it’s safe to say that no other tea in the world tastes like this.

First off, there’s no licorice in this, yet I both smell and taste it in here, along with floral background notes—which I will get to later. There is no licorice in here, however. In addition, we’re not talking about licorice root, red licorice candy, or your typical black licorice candy. Not salted licorice either. And no, neither fennel nor anise. It’s licorice but a very specific kind of licorice candy. I want to say Good ‘n’ Plenty, which I normally detest, as it has a much heavier, almost earthy undertone in comparison to other types of black licorice. This is like a mellower, more enjoyable version of that. So, I’m so excited to come on here, perplexed by this ghost licorice note, only to see Lala make the same observation. High five!

As for the background floral notes, I get a mixture of white florals but not an obvious orange blossom. I’m so damn dedicated to making sure of this that I pulled the orange blossom water out of the cupboard, added a bit to some plain Greek yogurt, and had that as an evening snack. Yep, mind refreshed. Definitely not an inkling of definite orange blossom in Tourbillon. Oh, I can recognize that wonderful flavour anywhere.

I can see why many Steepsterites aren’t crazy over this. It’s insanely unique, but I kind of like it. Dark heavy licorice combined with white floral notes makes for a very interesting tea. As this cools, it gets even more floral, and along with it at this stage comes thick golden honey. I think that is the apricot kicking in—honeyed apricot-like. But, I love edible flowers, save for jasmine. So it’s safe to say that unless you’re a floral fan like me, you probably won’t enjoy this tea.

Lala

“Ghost licorice” – LOL

OMGsrsly

The way you describe this tea makes me want to try it again SO MUCH. :)

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
636 tasting notes

I had high hopes for this one. Caraemel-Toffee, I mean how could you go wrong? The base is cardboard and the only thing the flavor offers up is a little bit of sweetness to the cup. The sample is old and it is a sample so I will not write off the tea yet, but boo. Slightly disappointed.

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Sip down! The last cup was quite astringent since I overleafed (the whole too much for one cup but not enough for two dilemma). I tasted mostly astringent black base with a hint of spice in the background. The unfortunate thing about this tea is it smells so freakishly scrumptious, especially fresh. Spicy yet effervescent from the citrus, but it doesn’t taste nearly as amazing as it smells. At least it makes things slightly easier for me when I place an order.

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Oh, I love the scent of this tea. Delicate honeyed spices and sparkling citrus in the background. It doesn’t smell anything like those typical holiday orange/citrus spice teas you see floating around.

I agree with Lala that this smells/tastes slightly syrupy, and also with Dinosara that the said syrupy note is akin to DF’s fig.

As glorious as it smells, I’m having a more difficult time with getting the flavours out without the base going too bold or bitter. The spices and syrupy fruit are quite delicate and thus, struggle to compete with the base. I’m glad I got 50g of this in the group order because it’s giving me lots of room to play with this and figure out what works parameter-wise.

I tried this as an eggnog latte a couple times now. It’s alright but I find the eggnog flavours completely drown out the flavours in this tea, and steeping it stronger does not help. Even adding 2% milk to this places a damper on the flavours. So it’s best straight, which is how I tend to enjoy DF teas in general, but it comes back to the need to peg down those parameters in order to achieve maximum flavour.

Alyssa

Just wanted to say that you’ve inspired me to try their teas. My mom is living in the middle east at the moment and has a network of friends that can get me some without the high cost of customs. Woohoo! :)

Fjellrev

Yay, I’m looking forward to your future reviews on their teas!

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Being alone in the middle of nowhere on my birthday is a little sad, but at the same time, it has given me the opportunity to finally enjoy this. Being home alone all day + oolong = a chance for multiple steeping.

And boy, did this not disappoint. First steep had the heaviest salted caramel flavouring, unsurprisingly, and the base wasn’t too loud or vegetal. Just right. The steeped tea smells like caramel sauce? I think? Or the centre of a Skor or Almond Roca? Whatever! All I know is it smells like caramel heaven.

Second steep was still very heavy on the caramel. It floated atop the base. It’s like what I’d imagine making caramel in a pot, then diluting it with water would taste like. Or rather, like a diluted version of Bananas Foster…err, without the banana.

Lastly, the third steep was light in flavour on all accounts, whether it be the caramel or the base, but blindfolded, you’d still know that you were drinking this tea.

So glad I waited until now to try it. I needed some excitement today.

OMGsrsly

Happy birthday! Glad to hear such good things about this tea. It’s in my pile to try. :)

Evol Ving Ness

Heavenly. I very much enjoyed this review. My birthday was a couple of days ago. I celebrated with caramel too.

tigress_al

Happy birthday

Sil

i’m SO glad the flavour hasn’t gone away and you were able to enjoy this one. Happy birthday darling, hope it was relaxing.

Red Fennekin

Awh, well I’m glad you got to enjoy this delicious tea! Happy Birthday :D

keychange

Happy birthday! I’m sorry you’re out in the middle of nowhere and on your own, but happy that this tea felt so wonderful to have.

Rosehips

Happy Birthday!

Evol Ving Ness

Oh, and Happy birthday!

Fjellrev

Thanks, everyone!

And happy belated birthday to you, Evol! Us Scorpios and our caramel celebrations.

Alyssa

Happy birthday!

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80

Sip down cold brew style. Totally the most flavourful this way but it’s not going to be missed.

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This makes a surprisingly good cold brew. I wasn’t sure how the notes were going to translate this way, but you know what? I say it’s more complex this way. Cold brewing in the fridge for nearly 24 hours has allowed the chocolate and nut notes to develop more as opposed to when I prepare this hot. The aftertaste is still predominantly the roasty base but there’s more going on here. I swear I just caught a whiff of Amaretto as I was taking one of the last swigs. I’m finally getting chocolate covered nuts. I’ll definitely enjoy it this way from now on.

A delight after spending 75 minutes on the elliptical. So tired and want to go to bed but must shower. Tea gone, thirst successfully quenched.

tigress_al

75 minutes! Whoa that’s dedication!

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Now this is a dark, roasty oolong. The base reminds me of something I had from… I want to say Teavivre? It’s been so long. Without looking at the ingredients, I thought this was chocolate almond more than anything else, but the chocolate notes fade away once steeped.

The scent of the steeped tea has shifted to almond vanilla. Perhaps the chestnut is blending in seamlessly with the roasty base.

Flavour-wise, I’m getting mostly roasty oolong and toasty nuts. I like it but I’m not enamoured of it.

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