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note to self. When you’re exausted and have trouble forming coherent sentences…stay away from new teas that you won’t be able to write about well anyway because you’re mentally challenged from the sheer stupidity of the world you work in. That about sums up my evening. This was from dinosara and i solemly swear that i am up to no good…oh wait i mean that i’ll write a better review the next time i write it. ;)
Interestingly, if you compare the English and French descriptions for this tea, there is no mention of citrus (or, well, agrumi) oils in the translation – I picked this as the first to try from my Instant-Thé tea haul, as it smelled so strongly of blood orange – which I can never keep my hands off.
Green/black tea blends really appeal to me, as they are often so clear and light. My main issue with all-black (flavoured) teas are their muddiness, to be honest. But this turns a perfect shade in the cup. I steeped it for three minutes first, deemed it too weak and then gave it another minute. The recommendation was for 4-5 at 90C, and I think it could take the full 5 without any bitterness.
This is very peculiar. I’m not really a fan of jasmine (this was a free sample included with my order), but it works very well here – it’s a subtle, elusive perfume both in the nose and the cup.
Flavour wise, I get mostly passion fruit and blood orange, but a deep, rich blood orange – there isn’t any tartness to speak of. This all plays out against a very complex backdrop of intermingling fruit flavours, which is just lovely.
I find myself really enjoying this one, and I very badly want to try it with various forms of baked goods – it would be an excellent tea party tea, in all its complexity.
[Sample from my epic Instant-Thé order to Rome, October 2013.]
this tea was such a welcome surprise! i got no sleep and woke up looking like i got punched in the face— a deep infection in the eye socket apparently. no driving, no school, all i can think is ‘really? seriously? dammit’. came out of nowhere. however i find this tea a lovely distraction.
i don’t have a a lot of experience with green teas, though i am amending that bit by bit. i think the name ‘macaron’ had me thinking of macaroons…(definitely not!). this blend is light and refreshing. i get unexpected notes of cilantro and a hint of basil, a soft fruit component….a dark berry that isn’t black berry or logan.
the green tea is lovely and light: no smoke or pungancy. to me this is a savoury tea… though as it cools i detect some cassis.
i’ve never had a savoury tea. how lovely. thank you ysaurella!
i loved this sample from ysaurella…. it’s funny, when i look at the amount she sent me for each tea it’s almost as though she anticipated that i would mess up the first attempt! because although i messed up all of the damman first steeps, i had enough left over to try again and add the extra that made it perfect, lol.
as i mentioned in a review yesterday i am happy with damman freres blends with 1.5 times the recommended amount.
once i got the amount right this blend was exceptional. i am a fig fan, big time. i have a fig tree in the front yard… though sadly it does not produce fruit for me.
if i could design an old growth forest i would do it with fig trees… that as they aged bore immense pear sized figs that were light and sweet and tangy. the fruit would be harboured under the canopy of broad leaves. my forest would be hectares long and acres wide.
all the houses bordering my forest would be equipped with windows that had built in wipers because whenever there was a wind storm the great soft figs would splatter against the glass and no one would be able to see! (welcome to my world?)the deer and cariboo would also leave your flowers alone in this imaginary place because the grounded figs would more than satisfy! (we have a ‘small’ deer population in our area, lol)
with the blend amount amended this tea gave me everything: i got sunshine in the summertime, the mild tang of an italian honey fig, a sense of juiciness, ripeness, i even (somehow) gleaned the light taste of seeds!
all fruit, no floral. not creamy, not astringent. this tea very accurately reflects a fresh fig. beautifully done.
heh heh… french immersion can make for an amusing linguistic experience, in my head i translate this one as ‘knackered velvet’, lol!
i’m getting a strange read off this one since i had it last… more of a milk flavour with really mild orange and almond tones. too mild for me now.
thank you to MissB for such a generous share! strange how our tastes shuffle and side step…. sorry dammann, the score must drop…. no worries though, i love plenty of your teas!
C’est grace a ma chere ysaurella que j’ai eu la chance d’essayer cette beaute!
i have done it! i have worked out my algorithmic happiness with damman freres blends!
with each sample that ysaurella sent me of damman freres i have loved the smell of the blend, but each time the steep fell short!!!
as predicted, operator error…. and now i know how i like it.
1.5 five times the recommended amount, with a 6 minute steep. precisely. each time. and i love them that way!
under these parameters i got all of the expected brilliance of this blend. i got creamed roasted chestnuts, almonds, hazelnuts… a very gentle floral contribution without perfume.
i liked this one with cream and sugar.
and now i know how to prepare it!
I think I overleafed this one a little and as it is a sample I get with my Instant thé order I won’t be able to taste it properly now… I won’t rate it so but can tell some of my feelings disregarding the bitterness I stupidely created myself.
This is a lovely exotic fruits blend, I can get the natural notes of pineapple and mango for sure.
Jasmin is there but is very discrete.
I’m pretty sure it is a fantastic blend where the aromas pair very well together what a pity I wasted it so stupidely.
this sample was a bittersweet gift from ysaurella.
my grandmother was the dearest person in my life. i remember being a very little boy staring at a bowl of purple sculptures on the glass table in the livingroom— tiny, delicate…. she popped one into my mouth! light, perfumed, crunchy and sweet. the flavour of violets will always make me think of her.
she died almost two years ago, and i will always miss her. finding bits and pieces that take me back to snapshots of memory is something significant to me. this tea is a direct link to her: not because she’d like it, lol! she was a purist tea-wise… assam, unflavoured, no sugar. in a pinch, lady grey. but we’re talking about my memories here!
lovely. and i must have some.
ysaurella, thank you so much.
candied violets, perfectly captured. seamlessly executed.
of the lovely samples that the indomitable ysaurella sent me, thus far this one has been my least favourite. i didn’t get the expected flavour…. but apparently my son did!
he’s become quite the loose leaf afficionado and will often swagger in and walk off with my mug of tea (!!!) or pull dramatic faces declaring that it tastes off. my wife sips her coffee and laughs.
with this particular cup he piped up:‘is the tea from france here yet? is that it?’ and he slurped some up, going on and on about how perfect it was. lol.
not quite my cup of tea… but absolutely our 14 year old’s!
i have enough for another cup, but honestly, i think it will vanish before i can try my hand at it again… blake was that big a fan!
The last time I had this tea, my father-in-law was having heart attacks due to a clogged artery. I asked for your prayers and miraculously, he was healed and made a full recovery. Now five months later, I’m going through my own health battle and I’m asking for your prayers again. May this tea bring me good fortune as it did before.
I added a splash of skim milk. The aroma is very flowery and fruity. I looked up the fruits this time and the description says strawberry and rhubarb. I can definitely taste that. It’s kind of like drinking a flowery, rhubarb pie in tea form. There’s something a little reminiscent of wax in here, similar to chapstick or poor quality lip gloss. But that really only comes into play in the aftertaste.
I re-steeped the leaves for 6 minutes, added a splash of skim milk, and some Truvia. The flavors are all still going strong! Although that waxy element is still apparent as well. The tea is perhaps a little less flowery, but that added sweetener could have changed the flavor profile in this direction. I’m definitely enjoying this cup, but I think I preferred it without the Truvia. It’s much too sugary now, and I usually prefer things on the sugary side. But I think it’s overpowering the base, the flowers, the fruit, and just about everything else that’s going on.
This second cup tastes mainly of sugary strawberry lip gloss. Overall, it is a very enjoyable cuppa if you like flowery teas, which luckily I do. Upping the rating from 74 to 76. Big thanks to JustJames for giving me this sample!
Thanks to Sil for this sample! The brewed tea aroma is fruit and flowers. Hmm, there’s something weird about this flavor combo. I can’t readily identify the type of fruit or flowers that this tea is supposed to taste like.
I added some almond milk and agave, and now it’s much more to my liking. The black base is calm and floats in the background behind the added flavorings. Overall, this isn’t an incredibly complex or nuanced tea, but it is delicious! Yum!
Please pray for my husband’s father. His name is Bob, and he was just admitted to the hospital tonight with complaints of chest pain. They are doing a cardiac catheterization first thing tomorrow morning to diagnose what’s going on. They currently think he might have a blood clot or some other type of blockage, but we won’t know for sure until they do the diagnostic test tomorrow.
Yet another from the teaboxB! I love tea leaves like these — the pretty green just lets me know the flavor will be delicious. I waited for the water to cool around 15 minutes and steeped for three minutes. I had no idea… I looked on the site and didn’t find any steep instructions. But the flavor is delicious! It’s floral, but I think there are plenty of oolongs that taste this floral that aren’t necessarily jasmine. I thought this was just usual oolong flavor. There was a hint of peach too. The second cup was very good, but different.. even less floral I think. A very nice silky lingering flavorful oolong! One of the best, I think!
The dry leaf aroma is sweet and fruity. The brewed tea aroma is distinctly cherry. I’ve had a few cherry-flavored teas before, but this one has the most spot on, authentic cherry flavor. It is pretty good plain, but I did add a little Truvia to ramp up the sweetness. I let the cup cool and enjoy this much better as an iced tea. Overall, a very enjoyable cuppa! Thanks Sil for the sample!
My sample sip down continues, and I am starting my day with this sample that came in a tea gift box from my daughter. (Superanna, for those who haven’t figured that out yet! grin )
Not many apple teas have made me roll around in ecstasy. Neither does this one. LOL! It isn’t bad, it is quite good. The base is smooth and warming, there is definitely more than just apple going on in it, and I can see this being incredibly comforting and soothing on a cold winter day. I don’t drink alcohol at all but I can really see this tea becoming awesome with the addition of something stout and dark, like maybe a splash of cognac? Brandy? I don’t know liquors though I have tasted some way way back, but I do think this would be an amazing tea to add some warming spirits to.
And I may be a hypocrite, because I said I wasn’t crazy about apple tea but I polished off a large cup of this in record time. Now I wish I had more.
Edit to add: second steep weaker but still really good. Also, gone.
Finally, after lots and lots of internet-scouring and mistakes, I found this tea in a DF stockist! I was so excited, I absolutely adore macarons, so to hear that macarons can inspire tea flavours as well always makes me so happy. Plus, I got on so well with THE O DOR’s “Je T’aime” pistachio macaron black tea, that I thought I would love this just as much.
It’s very very different, however… For one, it’s a green tea, which I thought was a better choice considering the mango and jasmine scent – it’s lighter and won’t clash with a black tea base flavour. When brewing it, the tea gave off a wonderful aroma of jasmine blossoms and… cake, funnily enough, and slowly became more fruity until I removed the leaves. The liquor was a deep yellow and strongly scented, so I suspected having brewed it a little too long.
However, rather than the light cakey flavour I was expecting, the dominating flavour in this seems to be almonds! Obviously since it’s inspired by the almond meal-based macaron, it would make sense to have some kind of almond perfume, but it’s overpowering! The jasmine and mango are definitely there, no doubt about it, yet I get the impression the jasmine lent some of its strength to the almond, and I had an amaretto-like aftertaste… not amazing, I’m afraid, I’m not a fan of amaretto at all. Sadly it dominated the green tea entirely… A very aromatic tea, and certainly something I would recommend to those who love a unique flavour combination (the maltiness of the almond and the fruity perfume is quite something), but it didn’t hit the “macaron” spot for me, unfortunately. Next time I have this to hand I will brew it a little lighter.
My numbers now mean nothing because I added a bunch of stuff to my cupboard that I didn’t have in there before, but oh well. I guess I will go into negatives when I get to the bottom.
This tea (#67) is my most floral of floral teas. It is seriously like a bouquet. I love florals but I don’t crave this one often. Maybe I will more in the spring.
What a garden of flowers. So floral and delicious. I think what I like best about this blend is that there are so many unusual flowers in it. Not just rose and jasmine, but acacia, water lily, aloe, and plum blossoms? Quite unique, and somehow it doesn’t come across as a perfume shop.
I think this is officially the last of the teas I brought back from Paris that I haven’t yet tried. It’s also the third of Dammann’s “Jardin” series of flavored oolongs. The dry leaf on this one smells fruity and very floral, which makes sense since all the flavors listed are a myriad of flowers, most of which I would not be able to pinpoint (acacia? waterlilly? aloe vera?). I think the fruitiness may be coming from the plum blossom.
Steeped, it smells pretty much like a bouquet. In a good way! This is a rich bunch of florals, but I feel like the fact that a lot of them are different from the usual florals keeps things interesting. It doesn’t smell as fruity brewed as it does dry, it’s more pure floral. Despite all of this, it is definitely not overwhelming in the flavor. Smooth, sweet, and floral. It kind of reminds me of Naivetea’s Rose Violet Calendula oolong, but with more florals that are kind of unique and exotic. I also don’t find this one to be overly floral, like I did with that other tea. When I’m in a very floral mood, this will definitely be the tea for me.
Yes I am having a Christmas tea for breakfast in the middle of Summer…I wanted to taste it for ages and now I have the opportunity thanks to a sample I received with my Instant thé order.
This is a classical blend more than clearly the same kind as Thé de Noël from Compagnie Coloniale exactly the same ingredients cherry,ginger, cornflower on a black tea base.
I need to make a special tasting with a cup of each but I have the impression now that the tea base of Dammann is maybe a little bit stronger vs Compagnie Coloniale.
Well this is clearly not my favourite christmas tea even if nice but these flavours change from cloves, orange, mandarin…
I am gloomy today as I have to come back to work on Wednesday and I really would have loved to remain in holidays – That’s so weird to me as in my previous job I was always so happy to wake up to go to work.
I know what it means so…
This fruity black tea is from Sil, when she sent me an amazing Strawberry Rhubarb package a few months ago.
I steeped it for 3 minutes in a David’s Perfect Mug, in 208F, sans milk.
There’s more citrus to the aroma than to the taste, and it reminds me a little of an Earl Grey. There’s something lightly smoky to it too, that strangely appealing right now. I feel cozy and nostalgic while drinking this, and I have no clue why.
This seems like a good tea to sip away at while finishing off the fourth book in the Wheel of Time (I’ve unknowingly made a huge commitment).
I love the hazelnut in this and the base is really nice – you can’t really go wrong with Dammann. A piece of brioche with this would be heaven and very Proustian. I have a piece leftover in the kitchen – should I?
back with the brioche You know, looking at the ingredients it seems like my brioche has a bit of rum to it which makes a lot of sense. Brioche is not about straight sugar, it has a depth to it, just like maple syrup for example is not just a sweetener but its own particular woody, fabulous taste. Brioche is good at any time but I’m glad I paired it with this tea.
Now I need to find a rum-scented tea. I don’t like alcohol but I’m really curious about the combo. Done right, it could be really decadent. OR a maple syrup tea! Oh my god just the idea of this.
Another winner in my batch of samples from Ysaurella. Thank you again, dear :)