Dammann Freres

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81

Sipdown (154/160)!

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

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100
drank Thé des Poètes by Dammann Freres
10 tasting notes

Very loving. This tea saves me from my sweet tooth.

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80

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Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Flavors: Bergamot

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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80

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Flavors: Bergamot

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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Flavors: Bergamot

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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80

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Flavors: Bergamot

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Flavors: Bergamot

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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80

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Flavors: Bergamot

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Flavors: Bergamot

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Flavors: Bergamot

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195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Flavors: Bergamot

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Flavors: Bergamot

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195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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100
drank Earl Grey by Dammann Freres
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98
drank 4 Fruits Rouges by Dammann Freres
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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.

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90

Sipdown (155/161)!

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

Anna

Cavocortnax.

Also yay! Glad to see you enjoying DF so much.

Roswell Strange

I swear it’s the "C"s and the fact my stuff from them came so close together that messes me up.

Sil

C is for cookie..it’s good enough to eat..

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84

Sipdown (156/162)!

Finished off the last of this from Dexter. This cup was a little less good than the first, but still very solid and enjoyable. I think the main reason I didn’t like it as much was that the black base was a bit more apparent I felt like that meant sacrificing some of the cherry candy sweetness I noticed and liked the first time around.

I still feel like I could make room for more of this in my cupboard though, so if the opportunity presented itself to me I’d probably pick up more of this!

Flavors: Cherry, Malt, Strawberry

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84

Many thanks to Dexter for the thoughtful sample of this one! I’ve decided to make today a Firefly/Dammann Frere’s day primarily and now that I’ve finished off my Firefly teas for the day it’s definitely time to get started on DF.

This smells awesome, and steeped up you know what? It’s pretty fucking awesome too. This is definitely a very juicy, ripe candy sweet cherry taste! It is strikingly familiar to another cherry taste I’m familiar with and I struggled for a long time to place what but I finally hit the nail on the head: Tootsie sells bags of assorted fruit flavoured tootsie chews that come in lemon, lime, orange, vanilla, and cherry flavour. This tastes exactly like the cherry tootsie rolls! And that’s a good thing for me personally; the only flavours I like in those fruit bags are vanilla and cherry – and I like them a lot. Enough so that I buy the large bags just for those flavours and then usually give away the others because they’re nasty. They should sell the flavours separately…

I already have a black cherry tea; but I think I could make room for this one too. They really are drastically different but still perfect cherry teas. I still have another cup of this one though, so I’ll cherish that cup and then decide on whether I want to go the route of trying to get my hands on more of this. But yum!

Flavors: Cherry

Cameron B.

A couple of years ago I bought a giant bag of all vanilla tootsie rolls. It was during Halloween and they were marketing them as ghosts or something because they’re white. Kind of a stretch in my opinion but I was happy.

VariaTEA

What is your black cherry tea?!?

Roswell Strange

Des Roses et Des Bonbons, silly…

VariaTEA

Hahaha my bad

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
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I found myself scoping cadeau-deco-vendome ( A Dammann reseller) so I figured that this is as good a time as any to dig into the samples that Sil sent me.

This tea smells like butter, roasted hazelnuts and vanilla and has a light maple wood coloured broth after steeping at 1tsp/225ml/4min/95°C.

There is a lovely roasted hazelnut note with a touch of a wood in the flavouring, as well as a touch of butter caramel and a warm vanilla tone. The flavouring blends well with the base tea which is slightly fruity with a cocoa note and is relatively innocuous except for providing a light astringency and a medium body. The flavouring is light and subtle as is the tea itself.

Thanks for the treat Sil

TheTeaFairy

My experience with cadeau-vendome was so awful…brings back bad memories. Guess I was just unlucky though cause everyone on Steepster seems so happy with them.

yyz

Sorry about that was it the service or the tea?

TheTeaFairy

Both!!! The whole thing was surreal, really, maybe all their regular staff was on vacation or something and an unexperienced employee took care of my order. I know it’s overseas, but the box that it arrived in was so damaged, it was made of very thin cardboard and nearly got destroyed in transport. The tea was poorly packaged, not sealed, and not even labeled as Dammann Frères, so it could have been anything really. The worst was the smell: believe it or not, the tea was wrapped directly in smelly newspaper, the smell was so strong it took over the entire box! The tea not being sealed, it got compromised. They all tasted like cigarette ashes! I wrote them twice, they never answered back… I decided to let it go cause the whole thing made me too angry, didn’t want to think about it anymore, lol.

yyz

That’s awful. My experience was awful, but I have noticed that some of the less popular teas can taste a little weak. My experiences with them were good, but I did notice that in the shipping notice they say to refuse acceptance of the package if it appears damaged. Any ways my next French tea purchase is used to be Betjeman and Barton from fouvrac in Montreal, but I always get sidetracked by other things.

TheTeaFairy

B&B teas in Montreal? Do they sell online?

yyz

At the moment no. But they claim to carry the whole line and as a bonus I think you can order 50g. So, if your interested build an order from http://www.betjemanandbarton.com/fr/ and then you order over the phone at http://www.betjemanandbarton.com/en/content/9-world

If you have any questions first you can contact fouvrac through Facebook first https://m.facebook.com/lefouvrac?_rdr. They sell the teas at both locations.

TheTeaFairy

Thank you so much :-)

yyz

Your welcome!

OMGsrsly

I’m guessing people at Fouvrac would speak some English? Because my spoken French is not good enough to place a tea order. I could email them in French, but…

yyz

They do. I wrote them on Facebook and they responded in English. As well, a member of Steepster, I think they were in California ordered this way with no problems a number of months ago.

TheTeaFairy

OMGsrsly, I’m pretty sure they do, I don’t know many merchants who don’t in Montreal, businesses are 99% at least bilingual. Sometimes, it’s even the other way around, they don’t speak French, lol.

OMGsrsly

Excellent. :) I’ll add them to my list. Did you get any info on shipping costs?

yyz

I haven’t placed my order yet. It cost $10.00 to ship 200g of tea for the US order. I was just told that shipping was reasonable when I mad my original enquiry.

OMGsrsly

Perfect! Thanks so much for enabling, yyz. :)

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85
drank Touareg by Dammann Freres
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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Touareg by Dammann Freres
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Flavors: Mint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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