Dammann Freres

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88

This is a very tasty tea and they swear it is gluten free so I am drinking it despite my suspicions. One of the ingredients sounds like gluten to me but they swear it isn’t. European standards on gluten are generally tougher than American. They swear it is gluten free according to the standards of the European Parliament. They tell me the biscuit is a “flavor of synthesis” whatever that means.

In any case it has a deep rich chocolate taste. Perhaps the most chocolaty tea I have had yet.

I steeped this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 4 min.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

YES! i’m so glad SOMEONE got this one. I love it.

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76

Intriguing and contrasting tea! I am not used to yellow tea and this one felt like it had been flavored by a mad man (although it’s natural!), with a clear and sharp set of apparently contrasting notes: lychee and fig for the sweet & fruity core, smoke and mild bitterness at the beginning and end (long-lasting along the lower gums). The smell matches, plus dry forest leaves association.

Flavors: Fig, Lychee, Smoke

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

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73

Dry leaves give a light and floral impression upon discovery, and the brew later pinpoints on elderflower. With a light body and a sweet raw almond taste, you can’t expect it to last an exceptional time on the tongue, but it is still very balanced and satisfying, with a very quiet astringency. Reminded me of cooked cauliflower, but then again I love cauliflower…

Flavors: Almond, Asparagus, Butternut Squash

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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68

A complex yet not entirely unexpected 1st flush.
The leaves smell of dry apricot when you open the bag, which indeed translates to the palate in the same sweet note tending towards toffee as the brew cools. In a quirky yet pleasing fashion, asparagus and praline fight for dominance to the nose . Mild astringency with a fresh aftertaste, which doesn’t age gracefully if you leave your cup for a while.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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86

Unusual discovery with this upper class rolled green tea. I steeped it twice like an oolong and wasn’t disappointed although I had only tap water at hand. The sweet and creamy smell leads to vanilla and white grape palate notes, with a slight astringency. The silky body tails into a fresh aftertaste that lingers a long time. On second steeping (5min) the freshness intensifies while notes of unripe fruit (green apricot) develop towards berries (blackcurrant).

Flavors: banana, Cake, Milk, Vanilla, White Grapes

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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This tea is good with a very strong smoky flavor, so strong I had to add creamer. I don’t as a rule add cream to teas with the exception of strong Lapsang Souchong. This is a tasty and enjoyable tea. It is rapidly waking me up.

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

Flavors: Smoked

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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62
drank Lime Blossom by Dammann Freres
6479 tasting notes

I need to start working on some of the tea bags that i’ve picked up via swaps, travelling tea boxes, MissB and my travels. This is one from my recent trip that i grabbed from the hotel room. Gotta love random DF tea bags every day :)

This likely would have been one that i might have thought about picking up and i’m glad that i didn’t. this is less lime and more “woody” than anything. Nice that it’s a herbal but in the grand scheme of things if the tea has the word LIME in the name of it, i expect full on lime flavour…even from a fancy french tea :)

Final Count: 129 (+various tea bags)

cteresa

Not sure which lime you meant. Lime is such a confusing term in English. In French this is tilleul, and lime the citrus is citron vert or some thing like that.

You probably meant precisely the non citrus lime but just mentioning it just in case. Lime blossom is crazily floral IMO when they bloom end of spring it is amazing a tree perfumes a whole block. But the tea never quite gets that. It is a proverbial calming tea.

Sil

that makes a LOT more sense :)

cteresa

Lime trees, linden trees, tillia cordata, not citrus something. Linden is a very traditional tisane in Europe.

Also randomly connected, in french bourbon when applied to food means vanilla, not whiskey!

Sil

Bourbon i was aware of, but the lime is new to me. nice to learn things!

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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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81
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
735 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
735 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
399 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
399 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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