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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 8
A new tea for the advent calendar, but not for me. Having some loose and saving my advent sachet for later.
This can be a somewhat finnicky white, but when you get it right it’s very nice. Very rosey-floral, with some nice passion fruit and apricot notes to it. One of those teas that I enjoy but don’t drink often.
I haven’t had this tea in a long time and so I actually did look it up to see about my prior steeping parameters, so I found out that this is a somewhat tempermental white tea and that I should steep it at a low temp. I also reduced my leaf amount a bit this time.
Well, it turned out pretty delicious, and I have to bump my score up some notches. Way passion fruity with floral notes that don’t scream rose, but do add a nice rich floral flavor that I appreciate. At a lower temp it is a bit more complex, although I have to admit the white tea here does little for the overall flavor. I can just imagine this with a creamy yunnan white and how amazing it would be then! I will have to remember to add this to my regular rotation, although I doubt I will order more after it’s done.
ETA: ugh I had to try to submit this note like five times!
Here’s an odd thing: I brewed a cup of this tea without looking at my previous note, so I didn’t see that I had found it bitter at 195°F for 3 minutes before and that I wanted to brew it at a cooler temp. But as it turns out, this cup wasn’t bitter at those parameters. Very odd.
Today this cup was relatively smooth and had nice, authentic passion fruit flavor. Again, I did not find this to be a particularly floral cup despite the promise of rose in the blend. I guess if I think about it I can kind of taste the rose in the aftertaste. Maybe I just don’t notice the rose because rose and passion fruit sometimes have a seamless relationship in my mind. Certainly this is a nice passion fruit white tea, but not really one I would have to keep in my cupboard; that may be more to do with the fact that it is a white tea (not something I crave often) than with anything else.
One of the few non-black teas from my Dammann/Instant Thé order. I went back and forth about picking this one up and eventually decided yes because I love passion fruit and florals, and have been liking white tea more lately. There are not really steeping directions for this one, just a suggested time but no temp. So I went with my now-default white tea temp, and 3 minutes.
At first I thought I had ruined this cup because when it was still pretty hot it had a sharp bitter flavor. But somehow, against the odds it mellowed out and by the time the cup cooled a bit it was basically gone. Still, I think I will brew this one at a cooler temp next time. The white tea didn’t give the hayish, honey flavor of some of the whites I’ve been having recently, more just a very light base for the flavoring. This is passion fruit and apricots, and it is nicely fruity… perhaps more passion fruit than distinct apricot, but nice nonetheless. Not particularly strongly floral, but they provide a nice accompaniment. I’ll hold off rating until I brew this one again, but right now it’s a like not a love.
Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 16
I haven’t had this one in quite a while, and I am very happy to have it again. I really do find this one delicious. Normally I don’t really like strawberry-flavored teas, but for whatever reason the jamminess of this one works. Figs, strawberry jam, and honey… yum. This wasn’t a restock for me recently, but who knows, maybe it will be someday.
I drank the last of this tea down as a cold brew yesterday. I had ordered this one on a whim and didn’t expect to like it all that much, but I actually really really enjoyed it. I decided to sip it down as a cold brew mostly because I am trying to make room in my cupboard and weed out some of the Dammann teas I’m not in looooove with, but I am sad this one is gone. It was fantastic as a cold brew too. Tons of figgy and berry jam flavor, and yay, no lavender!
Flavors: Fig, Honey, Jam, Strawberry
Merry Christmas! Or something. It was snowing today, does that count?
This marks the start of a long line of Dammann teas that I ordered through Instant-Thé in 50g quantities. What a great way to try a ton of DF teas and decide which ones are reorders for me. Although I do enjoy this one a lot, I don’t think it’s a reorder. Mainly because I like it for it’s figginess, and I have others that I love more for their figginess. But this is a lovely fig-berry jam flavor, with a hint of florals. I do appreciate that the lavendar isn’t overwhelming.
Dammann advent calendar, day 16. (I have skipped day 15 for the moment because I have been super busy with holiday stuff, and have had an evening to drink it. Also the rest of the calendar will likely be somewhat sporadically logged since I am out of town and my tea opportunities may be limited).
I have some of this, so I saved my sachet. I really enjoyed my pot of this yesterday, it was very figgy and jammy. I’m not sad that I can’t really taste the lavender in this one.
Back to normal days at work, and normal tea habits. Also back to working my way through my Dammann teas. I ordered this one mostly to pad my order and because I was ordering pretty much any tea that Instant Thé stocked that sounded like something I might like. I am not usually one for strawberry in my teas, or the potential for lavender, but I am one for fig and honey.
This smells mostly like strawberry jam, figs, and honey. No lavender, which is fine with me. The flavor really reminds me of preserves, both strawberry and fig. With honey! This is definitely one of those blends that seems ‘sugary’ without being actually sweet. It’s really quite nice, and I’m definitely enjoying it. The usual Dammann base complements the flavors really well and is smooth and tasty. A strawberry tea that I really enjoy, how about that!
This is a subtle tea with natural notes of wood, and warm roasted chestnuts.
It has none astringency and is absolutely sweet and mellow.
We know that oolongs have naturally a nutty taste and it’s just as if DF had just poured some roasted chesnut in for some time to add this specific natural taste, delicate and refined.
A very comforting tea.
A very well blended tea, thank you Ruby Woo Scarlett for sharing this sample with me.
We’re going to a seafood place for lunch today. My partner invited me to celebrate my teaching certificate (I passed in June but nevermind). When he asked me if I’d be interested in going to the restaurant this weekend, I thought he wanted to celebrate our one year anniversary, which was yesterday, but that was putting too much faith in his ability to remember any date that isn’t crucial to a video game. FINE.
I needed something comforting today, something that’d be just about me. I toyed with the idea of preparing a cup of rose scented tea (sweet revenge, he hates roses – try and kiss me now, darling) but my kindness will be my downfall. I retreated and picked Mélange des Chérubins for a sweet treat before our food orgy (seafood is my favourite food and I fully intend on demanding to be rolled all the way back to my house after the feast).
This is a pleasant tea (not mindblowing though). It’s warm and well-rounded – I was pleased to find the blood orange cutting into the sweetness of the chocolate. It’s a tea I could happily sip while doing my lesson prep as it doesn’t ask for too much of my attention. Not a favourite but I’m happy I have it.
And now I’m off to meet my lobster!
Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 12
Mmmmmm, one of my favorites. I slurped this one down quickly. Of course, I used my loose leaf and saved my advent sachet for traveling. It’s always convenient because I spend a lot of time around the holidays at houses that are not my own, so the sachets are great to take a long and most of them are Christmas themed.
I love the lemon-cream-toffee flavors of this tea. Another example of Dammann’s caramel flavors and how I love them so.
One of my favorites for sure! I love the creamy lemon meringue flavor of this one. This is definitely one of those teas that I am always happy to reach for in my cupboard. Here my beloved Dammann base blend is nice and well-balanced, supporting the flavoring just so and generally making for a lovely cup of tea.
I was feeling a little off after an early class this morning, so I decided I wanted something lemony. This one popped out at me, haha. I just want to drink my DF teas all the time! Going through a phase I guess. Anyway, this tea made me feel better and was delicious to boot.
Well, since this morning’s (22) advent calendar tea was not a morning tea, I pulled one of the sachets from earlier in the calendar that I brought with me for the trip. The funny thing is I thought I was pulling Noël a Provence, but instead I pulled this one… I noticed it smelling way more caramelly than I expected!
I am, of course, not sad to be drinking this tea because it is delicious. Lemony, caramelly, creamy, yum!
Dammann advent calendar, day 12. Again, I used my current loose stock of this tea today instead of the sachet. I didn’t think about the fact that I will now have a pile of awesome wrapped sachets to take with me traveling around Christmas time, but that is one happy byproduct of already having some of the teas in the set.
Loving this one today! So lemony and creamy. I happily drank it up quickly. I’m glad I have plenty more of this in my cupboard still. :)
When I first got my pile of Dammann teas my boyfriend said I couldn’t drink this one (and another) because it’s not Christmas. What I have to say to that is :P. Also there is nothing particularly Christmassy about lemon meringue and toffee too me, but I have never spent Christmas in Venice.
I could immediately smell the lemon meringue and the toffee from the dry leaf. Brewed, this definitely reminded me of another tea I’ve had. It took me a minute, but then I realized that the flavor combo was very similar to Harney’s Indian Nimbu: lemon and caramel. At one point I loved that one but then darjeelings fell out of favor with me. This, however, has no darjeeling, so I am optimistic.
Yeah, I’m pleased with this one. It’s lemony and caramelly, and I like the base on it. I wouldn’t say I get a distinct lemon meringue, but the whole thing has a creamy flavor that I guess fits with that idea. All in all a tasty tea, although I would agree that it doesn’t quite “pop” for me for some reason. I mean, it’s delicious, but I’m not swooning. Still, I will happily be drinking the rest of this tea.
Perhaps I steeped it wrong but this is such a letdown. This oolong has barely a hint of chestnuts – it’s more like a taste of something a bit sweet you can’t quite describe. The overall tea is very woody and would match an autumn weather (I’m drinking this in August like the rebel I am). I was expecting a lot more complexity and a lot more flavour so I’d ordered two bags of 100g which means the disappointment I feel is now closely tied to the frustration and slight guilt one feels at having been ripped off. Not a bad tea but perhaps it would be more enjoyed by those of us who can appreciate subtle flavours. As for me, my palate is only fond of those teas which feel like drinking perfume.
This is actually a sipdown as well as a chronology note. I flew through this one because I cold brewed it like crazy. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy this tea well enough hot (which is how I had my last pot of it). The four red fruits flavors are nice, but I really wish there was more vanilla involved. I just knew it wasn’t a tea that I would reach for often because it turned out to be not that special, so I cold brewed it and enjoyed the lovely red fruitiness with my lunches. My last pot of this tea was nice, and even had a touch more vanilla present. Still, I wasn’t too sad to say goodbye to this one.
This morning my steeping basket still smelled like rose from the tisane last night, which made me want a rosy tea for breakfast. But I have no rosy black teas at home! Tragedy! I really need to bring Paris Mon Amour home since it is best as a milky tea. If I couldn’t have rose I would at least have French, so I grabbed this one instead.
Again, I wish this one had more creamy vanilla to it, but its a pretty nice red fruits tea nonetheless. It’s just pretty much only berries, and the promised vanilla is MIA. Still, I happily drank this one up this morning.
I brought this tea home because I planned to do some cold steeping with it… I do enjoy this tea, but I don’t LOVE it, which means I won’t reach for it as much and it will sit around longer. I figured it would probably be really tasty cold brewed and that way it will move through my stash faster. However, this morning I really wanted a black tea I could have without milk and sugar, and I have so few of those at home, so I reached for this one!
And it was quite tasty this morning. Lots of red fruits, a hint of vanilla. It will be good to have at home for drinking on the weekends as well, it seems!
Backlog from this morning. I like the four red fruits combo of flavors, but it’s not one of those flavors I have to keep around. I’m not sure if I’ve had Dammann’s regular four red fruits (note: it appears that I have not), but I decided to throw 50g of this into my Instant Thé order to help get me up to free shipping. It’s actually red fruits plus vanilla.
This one smelled nicely of red fruits and perhaps a hint of vanilla. The flavor was very similar… this was a nice red fruits tea, but I didn’t get a ton of vanilla from it. Of course it is still delicious, but not super special. Still I won’t have any problem drinking this one up, it just likely will not be a repurchase.
Yup, this tea. Sooooo glad it’s back in my cupboard as well, and that I have a huge tin of it. It’s actually a tea where the dry smell doesn’t really make my mouth water or call to me (basically just kind of nutty), but once it’s brewed, hold the phone. SO amazingly sweet and vanilla-y. Love it!