Dammann Freres

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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
378 tasting notes

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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drank Touareg by Dammann Freres
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Flavors: Mint

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

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drank Touareg by Dammann Freres
259 tasting notes

It was advised to drink it sweetened and very warm, so I drank it this way. ^^

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Touareg by Dammann Freres
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Flavors: Mint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Sample from Sil

Ummmmm, I just can’t. I’m trying to taste this tea in a genuine way but I can’t get past the rooibos.

Medicine. Hay.
It drowns out any promise of caramel.
I just can’t

Makes me sad.

Thank you Sil, but this one is not a win for me!

I am pretty close to AT the point where rooibos makes me wary, though I will continue to give teas a chance, I know they’re out there because I’ve had a few inoffensive ones!

Jennkay

I feel the same about rooibos. You sure have much more patience with it than I do, though!

Sil

I figured it was worth a shot for the caramel ;)

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

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ah Paul et virginie une bonne douceur que je prends souvent au gouter accompagner de gâteau fait maison ce thé est trés raffiné il est ni doux ni fort je l’aime beaucoup et je vous le recommande vivement ….

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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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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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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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
729 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
729 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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drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
272 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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drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
1829 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
365 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
186 tasting notes

What do you do when you’ve been stressed beyond belief for so long that you no longer remember what it’s like not to be in a constant state of tension and panic?

You make jam, that’s what you do.

Tonight, I took a punnet of blackcurrants and a punnet of cherries and added some caster sugar and a touch of vanilla and made a jam that takes me right back to the homemade blackcurrant jam my grandmother would make when I was a wee slip of a girl. GOOD GOSH, this is good stuff. It’s sweet without being overly so, and the vanilla lends it a little depth running through the sweet-tartness of the currant and it’s just dark and rich and gorgeous. And I had a cup of this tea while I was making it.

And GOOD GOSH, this tea is still really good too. It’s got a nice medium weight to it, and a buttery sweetness with that almost dried fruit thing happening around the periphery alongside the pleasant nuttiness. Boy, do I wish I knew I was going to have enough money to pay rent this month, AND enough to put in a Dammann order and get myself a giant-ass bag of this comforting stuff. Soon, baby. I don’t know what I’ll do without the joy that comes from knowing this is in my cupboard.

Sil

oooooooh i could beat something right now.. that would be good :)

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
186 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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Flavors: Flowers

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

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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
1281 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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