Dammann Freres

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Day 6 of the advent calendar.
Dry, the tea smells citrusy, like an Earl Grey. What is with all these DM teas having citrus in them?! The taste is silky smooth and doesn’t have that unbalanced bite that some teas with orange have. It is good, but not amazing. It is just a smooth black tea with orange.
I love the presentation of this company. I love the black tins, the design they use to frame the name of the teas and that they put out an advent calendar, but I’m still waiting to fall in love with the tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Tuscanteal

Perhaps your palette is more bold? French teas in general tend to be more refined, gentle, complex but light. I think that’s why I have the opposite feeling towards other companies with their teas. I find the flavours aren’t as developed. I feel like with tea, I’m a judge on Chopped and I’m critiquing the harmony of the flavours working together (LOL.)

Dustin

It may be more bold, but I have enjoyed many other teas from French companies which is why I expected to enjoy these more. I found them very smooth and well blended, but with more pronounced flavors and more interesting mixes than the DM teas. Still hoping to find some winners in this mix!

Tuscanteal

Ah okay, DM is more subtle I guess. I’ve never had their teas, I just know I prefer French teas generally and have been shying away from other companies lately. For example DT. I use to like them a lot more, and can’t help but be suckered into their marketing, however I am not enjoying their teas that much anymore.

Dinosara

Just had a thought… how much water are you using for the sachets? They are somewhat smaller than typical pyramid sachets and I find that they turn out best with only 8oz of water.

Dustin

In the past 6 months or so I have tried teas from The O Dor, Nina’s, Marriage Freres and Les Palias De Thes (I’m probably butchering the spelling here) and they were all a bit more flavorful than DM. There are a couple of DT’s teas that I like, but I found a large portion of them to be ho hum to my taste too.

I’m brewing them in a full David’s mug, which is probably more like 16oz. I’ll try less water next time. Thanks!

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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
862 tasting notes

No floral. Anywhere. This is okay by me but I double checked the packaging just to be sure. It’s all caramel in the dry leaf. Reminds me alot of the DAVIDs salted caramel really, and I’m kind of meh on that one. Once steeped it does smell a touch more nutty. Chocolate/caramel and nutty.

No additives (this is amazing!) and the first taste gives me a cherry/fig note along with the dry/astringence of a nutty flavor. I’ve never had chestnuts that I know of but I guess that’s the flavor I’m getting? Makes me want to try them as a food. :) The nutty flavor it is most reminiscent of, to me, is almond.

This doesn’t actually seem like a tea to me, though. The black tea is very meek and hiding under the other flavors, so it’s almost like I’m drinking the essence of cherry&almond. It is smooth and stands very nicely on its own with no additives, but it doesn’t seem like something I’d want to try again. A fun novelty tea, though!

Yay, I’m catching up!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Advent calendar, day 2.

It’s funny how for the most part this has the exact same ingredients as Hot cinnamon spice by Harney & sons, but is completely different in taste.

For one, this actually tastes of citrus in equal parts with the spices. The Ceylon was a good choice as a backdrop because that always has a naturally bright orangey note to it. It’s such a sweet orange, too…a slightly spiced orange juice. It is very smooth without additives (I am thinking this is going to be a theme, and I like it!) and it really does evoke the sense of the holidays quite well.

Another winner for me!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
JustJames

dammann freres is just SO good. i am a huge fan…… beautiful name on this one too =0)

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YAY! A tea advent calendar! I’m a few days late starting because I just got it last night but I imagine I’ll catch up soon. I’ve never tried any Dammann Freres teas before so I figured this would be a good way to get a sampling and have a bit of surprise to it as well.

This is day 1, and it is December 6th today. I need to catch up as quick as I can so I don’t get any surprises spoiled for me. That, or stay off Steepster, which, let’s be real. This is practically my internet home.

Dry leaf smell is very sweet, cloyingly so. Mostly I get the mallow and the vanilla. It’s the kind of strong that I think the hot water will dilute, though. I couldn’t imagine drinking it if it smelled this strong when steeped.

Steeped: sure enough, much more toned down marshmallow notes. Still it’s the dominant smell, though. I’m trying to search for a bit of the fruity components, but maybe that will happen more once it cools off.

More than anything there is a creamy thick texture. Herbals are usually always too thin for my liking, so this is fabulous! There is still an indistinct sweetness in the flavor. It is a sweet, creamy tisane that has a slightly woody undertone as it cools…maybe licorice if I look hard enough. I think that speaks to the skillfulness in blending more than anything else, though – this was a smooth and unique mixture of ingredients that just worked.

Well, first impressions of Dammann Freres are favorable so far. Now it’s on to tea #2!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec
Sil

Oh man…never had DF before? Send me your Addie and I’ll send you a few others just for kicks. Consider it repayment on ether teas you sent cavo and I when you were clearing your cupboard. :)

JoonSusanna

OMG you are too kind. You also clearly have the memory of an elephant. :) PM’ing you now!

Sil

perfect! I may wait until i get my order from DF but there will be treats in the mail :)

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Day One of the Dammann Freres 2013 tea Advent Calendar.

I’ve left this in my cup for well over an hour now, and I have to say it gets better as it steeps. At first, wasn’t a huge fan. Tasted like not much of anything. Now? It’s sweet without being cloying, and I’m at a loss as to what’s making it sweet (a plus, considering some apply-flavored teas are just yuck to me). There’s definitely vanilla and cinnamon in here too, although it all blends together quite nicely. Not for licorice-haters, as it’s the majority of the top and middle notes.

I’ll order this, however I’ll have to make a note to myself to steep it heavily and for quite some time before drinking it.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Day 1 of the Advent Calendar. I am getting the licorice in both taste and smell from this one, but the other ingredients just blend in. It is a little more floral when I sweeten it, but still no wow factor. I have had a sore throat for a week now and have been drinking the Throat Coat tea and this strikes me as a watered down version of that. It works because I’m still feeling run down, but it is not anything that I would turn to for comfort or pleasure when well.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Dustin

Also, I’m noticing how very dry my mouth is after every sip. :(

Tuscanteal

eeeek! Licorice… blech

Dustin

Oh, you are one of “those” people. :P
I feel that way about hibiscus. Gaaaaah!

Tuscanteal

Yep I sure am and see I don’t mind hibiscus one bit, I don’t get why everyone hates it.

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Day 5 of the Advent Calender!
When I stiff the tea dry I can pick out the citrus right away, but I’m unable to name the other scents. There is a lone purple flower in the tea bag, which is a nice touch. Once brewed the strawberry come through in scent and taste. I can’t identify any of the other flavors, but it does leave my mouth a little dry after each sip. It just seems like a smooth fruity black tea. Another enjoyable but not amazing tea. I have been really into and impressed by French tea companies in the past six months or so and am hoping that DM will wow me with something in this calender. 19 or more teas to go, so there is still hope!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Tuscanteal

I’m feeling the same way about the French and their teas. They seem to know blends :)

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Dammann advent calendar, day 4. I’m glad this one was included because it always intrigued me, but I was unsure about the keemun base, different from Dammann’s usual (which I love). Sometimes I love 100% keemun bases, and sometimes I don’t at all. I remember why I often don’t when I smelled the sachet of this one, because that keemun smokiness is strong in this one.

After steeping, my fears are not allayed. Definite smoke, and yes some chocolatey, nutty sweetness on top. I think if I liked smoky keemuns, I would like this tea. But as it is right now, it’s definitely not for me. Well, it’s always good to have some teas to cross off the list, and I’m glad I finally got to try this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Smokey chocolate sounds neat :)

Shmiracles

i think i’m gonna skip my dance class and go straight home from work so i can buy this advent calendar if that’s still possible. idk why i’m tell you this really, i just wanna blab my plan is all hah. plus you and i shared dammann teas in the past.

Stephanie

How much was the advent calendar in USD with shipping?

Sil

i think it’s sold out

Dinosara

It does look like they are still available on Dammann’s site, Shmiracles! 10euro shipping. http://www.dammann.fr/coffrets/1081-calendrier-de-l-avent.html

Stephanie—Looked it up on my credit card, appears it was $36.65 total

Dinosara

Apparently they restocked, Sil!

Stephanie

Hey, that’s not as bad pricewise as I’d expected…

Sil

nice!

tea-sipper

Oh chocolatey keemun sounds good… I just might have to mix a couple teas at some point :D

Sil

I love this tea…sigh

Shmiracles

wow! last time i tried to place a dammann order it wouldn’t take my card, but this time the site took my card just fine! i’m so excited! i ordered two advent calendars AND some tea! i totally splurged!

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Day 4 of Dammann Freres advent caldendar. This is my last one for today. I am finally caught up. Dinosara suggested in one of her notes that she was going to review the “day of” tea the following day so not to spoil the surprise for everyone, I think I will do the same thing, keeping day 5 review for tomorrow.

The dry tea smells strongly of dark chocolate, with definitely nutty notes. The brewed tea tastes like a smokey Keemun base to me. I am definitely getting dark chocolate but not bitter chocolate. There is just a tinge of astringency on the back of my tongue towards the end of the sip, but it disappears really quick. It actually works really well with the chocolate. There is the lightest nutty notes, not specifically getting almond though. The sunflowers really balance the tea out and keep it smooth. I am not a huge chocolate tea fan, but this was is pretty good. The liquor of this one does not seem as thick as the other Dammann teas I have tried so far.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

Tea advent calendar? Where did you get that?

Lala

Ordered it online from Damman’s site. There was/is a thread about it. I ordered it the last week of Nov, it was supposed to arrive around the 29, but got held up by customs (of course) for a few days.

Shmiracles

but they don’t have the advent calendar :( ploppers

TeaBrat

thanks, I’m pretty sure I can live without it :))

yyz

they sold out of the calendars.

yyz

But apparently they have them again at dammann.fr.

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85
drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
840 tasting notes

Day 3 of advent calendar.

Black licorice water.

That is what this one tasted like. I actually went and looked at my old review and I actually seemed to quite like it last year. This year I am getting mostly black licorice. Every once in a while I wonder if there is caramel or vanilla in the cup but then it turns back to the black licorice. Reminds me of licorice allsorts candies.

I actually didn’t even finish this cup. I am not much of a black licorice fan at all. I will leave my rating as it stands from last year. Weird this one is so different to me this year.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Wow, I got strong orange blossom out of this one. So weird how different teas taste to different people. :P

Lala

I’m assuming part of that is because, with all tea bags, they probably using what left in the bottom of the barrel of the tea blend. So you might not be getting an accurate picture of the real tea blend.

Stephanie

Weird I hate licorice and I loved this one!

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85
drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
840 tasting notes

Day 3 of Dammann Freres advent calendar. I am almost caught up :)

The dry tea smelled strongly of black licorice to me. I was a bit worried as that is not a good flavour for me. But I read the description of this tea and was a bit confused, becuase it still only smelled like black licorice.

The brewed tea smells like sweet toffee to me. It tastes like toffee. Maybe a bit like burnt caramel, I think that might have been what was giving me the licorice scent. I definitely get a short bread type biscuit or heavy pastry taste. To me there is a quick floral and candied fruit taste right at the beginning of the sip. As with some of the other reviews, I am not getting much orange blossom per se, but I do get a light floral flavour. Again this tea is thick and luxurious (stealing a note from Dinosara).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

i like this one :) though it’s not my fav DF

Ellyn

I liked this one as well. Not my fav. How much water are you using for these sachets? I keep wavering.

Lala

I am using around 10oz I think. It seems to be working for me. Steep times around 2 minutes so far.

JustJames

i glitch around toffee and caramel, can’t taste them at all unless it’s butiki. so this one did nothing for me =0(

Sil

justjames…sooo feel free to send me all your caramel and toffee teas that aren’t butiki lol

JustJames

….sure! it’s the weirdest thing. i can taste notes that other people never get. i can taste ingredient 22 in the chocolte chip cookies. but no caramel. nothing.

Sil

haha

JustJames

i have at least 3 i can send…..

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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 2

Which is going to be funny looking on the page for this if anyone looks at the dates posted, because it was apparently day 2 last year as well.

I cheated a bit with this one. Namely, this is the same blend as what is sold as “Nöel en Alsace” as loose leaf. I like to save the wrapped sachets from the calendar for traveling if I happen to have the loose tea (and at this point, I often do), so this morning I actually drank some of my Nöel en Alsace instead of this tea.

I love this tea. Why on earth did I only rate it 88 originally? My rating on Alsace is higher, but I’ve bumped this one another couple of points anyway. Love the friggy fruit blend here. I think there might be a hint of caramel in this blend as well {love}. I am sad my cup is empty.

Flavors: Caramel, Citrus, Fig, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
yyz

I love this one too. I think I’ll get it after I drink down some of my flavoured teas.

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Dammann advent calendar, day 2. Yay for christmas-y teas! From the description I think I was expecting some kind of typical orange-spice christmas blend, but I was pleasantly surprised when I sniffed the sachet. It smelled way more fruity than I thought it would! I think there is a hint of bergamot in this blend, and even though it only says citrus fruits I would swear there is fig in here. (Fortunately I don’t get cherry like Lala because I hate cherry flavor, haha).

Mmmm, this is lovely. I can taste the spices but they aren’t too spicy, they just complement the fruit blend very well. And that fruit blend! So much better than simple orange and spices. I do see where Lala is getting the “syrup” aspect from the texture, because it is thick and luxurious. That reads as fig to me, which adds to the holiday feeling. I could see restocking this one, definitely!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Flocons d'Épices by Dammann Freres
840 tasting notes

Day 2 of Dammann’s advent calendar. I am behind :(. I kept forgetting to bring each day’s tea to work. In fact I forgot day 2 on day 2, then on day 3 I forgot day 2 and 3. By then tme get home from work it is too late to be drinking caffeinated teas. So today I remebered to bring them and I have 3 teas to drink at work today to catch up. I was so jealous reading the reviews from Cameron B and Dinosara the past few days.

I love this tea. To me it is delicious. It tastes like hubba bubba/bubbilicious bubble gum. I love the sweet orange flavour. It is like candy. The other spices are really light in the background. The black base is fairly light but I find the liquor quite thick. I was quite happy to have this one in the calendar again this year.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

HAH! I’m so glad you taste bubblegum, too! :D

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drank Flocons d'Épices by Dammann Freres
840 tasting notes

Day 2 of Dammann Freres advent calendar.

This tea is all cherry bubbilicious with hints of juicy fruit.

The smell of the dry tea is like the gum mixture as stated above. There is a sweet, citrus, but floral smell to the tea. The brewed tea is light and smooth. No astringency. I still get the cherry and juicy fruit flavours. I am getting sweet orange. I do not get much of the cinnamon or nutmeg. There is a sweet floral component to the tea. The tea is moderately thick and for some reason is reminding me of syrup (kind of like chokecherry syrup). Whatever is in this blend, it is pretty darn good.

I love French teas!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Jealous! I’ve missed so much Christmassy tea stuff by being away from Steepster for a couple months :(

Lala

I put a reminder in my phone for early next year to remind me to buy this earlier so I get it in time. I also missed out on the Lego advent calendars. Ha ha.

Sil

Kitenna – make yourself a deal…drink your teas down to a reasonable 500 before end of next year and you can buy one lol

Kittenna

Lala – I think I got one of the lego calendars!!! It’s waiting for me at my parents’ place.

Sil – Yeah, I haven’t been drinking tea at all lately, so I’m avoiding looking at any websites, even though I know I missed out on some Butiki teas, Verdant teas, the Amosa box… all of which I’m kind of heartbroken about… I need to get back to it!

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Dammann advent calendar, day 1. I just got my calendar today so I have some catching up to do. To avoid spoiling I will wait until the next day after each advent day to post my reviews, but after the day of, it’s fair game.

Lucky for me the first day was a tisane that I can drink tonight. I was actually curious about this one when I placed my order, wondering about the hawthorn base. The sachet smells familiar but I can’t place it… It does smell nicely sweet.

I do get a bit of a chamomile feel to this, and it think the apple is contributing to that (I always find chamomile appley). However, I like this considerably more than I like chamomile. The mallow blossoms add a sweet and creamy flavor and texture. I don’t taste all the individual flavors here, but they all come together to make a sweet vanilla cream with a light fruitiness and a bit of hayishness. I like it! I would consider picking up more in the future.

Preparation
212 °F / 100 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Lala

Good Idea about waiting until the next day to post. I will try to do that too. (That means I only have to try to drink and review 3 teas tomorrow instead of 4 – haha)

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This is Day 1 of Dammann Freres advent calendar (sorry for the spoiler). Its December 4 but I just got the calendar today. Woot! So I have lots of tea to drink tomorrow to catch up. Very excited that this one is a herbal so I can drink it this evening. I thought the teas would be loose, but they are actually in silk sachets, which is really nice for ease of use.

This one is good. There is a chamomile type taste to it in my opinion (I am assuming this is the hawthorne?). The beginning of the sip is a bit vegetal/hay like, also dry. The mallow is quite strong initially. This gives way to the cinnamon and orange flavours. The vanilla adds some sweetness at the end of the sip. The dryness has disappeared. I think the cinnamon and orange make it taste like a winter type tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Day 2 of the Dammann advent calendar! This smells quite citrusy when dry, mixed with other things I can’t pick out. The flavors are well balanced and the tea is smooth. No bitterness at all! It tastes fruity floral to me and those types of teas have to do something to really stand out for me to want to add them to my cupboard. Glad to have a chance to try this, but I’d pass on having this one join my stash.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Tuscanteal

OOOOO another advent calendar eee!

Dustin

I know! I was super excited to see another brand doing one of these! It is such a great introduction to new companies and teas! This one is much simpler than the David’s and similar to a chocolate advent calender. Imagine the bagged samples that David’s sends out with orders or sells in their stores in advent form. I wish more companies would make these for the holidays.

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drank Rooibos Vanille by Dammann Freres
643 tasting notes

Smells nice and vanilla like. I can pick out a bit of the rooibos scent too. Once brewed this tea is just a bland mixture of vanilla and rooibos taste. Totally unremarkable and boring until I add sugar. Once it is sweetened it is enjoyable, but still not impressive and not worth the higher price tag of Dammann Freres. I could get this in a grocery store brand like Mighty Leaf in a similar silken brewing pouch. This gets a meh from me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Ellyn

I hate it when a tea you want to be spectacular is just meh.

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drank Violette by Dammann Freres
451 tasting notes

I don’t typically try new teas during the work week, although I don’t exactly have a good reason. I think it’s just that I prefer to try my teas on the weekend, when I can really laze around, cuddle up with them, and give them all the attention and energy a brand new tea deserves. But the package just smelled so wonderful and it was so easy to know which tea was which so I just had to! Besides, I’m a floral lover, both in my tea and perfume.

In the bag, this actually smells strongly of violet, although I admit I haven’t smelled an actual violet-I’ve only smelled its rendition in perfumes and the like. This did not smell like perfume, though; it just smelled like a flower that grows in fresh earth, and that has a serious depth to it.

I have to say that although I found the tea enjoyable overall, I wasn’t overwhelmed by the taste the way the smell might have led me to believe. This isn’t to say at all that the taste was mild or weak—it was actually quite potent. it’s more that the smell was more of a strong, candied violet, while the taste was more generically sweet but also quite pleasant in that undeniable way the French have with tea. I found myself enjoying the cup more and more as it cooled though, and am really glad I have enough to make a second cup! To be honest, I’m actually a little bit relieved I wasn’t terribly in love with it: there are only so many French teas I can afford to love! Thank you so much, JustJames, for so generously sending me this sample! The world is better for your presence.

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
348 tasting notes

oh my goodness, this for me smellls exactly like dulce de leche icecream – now it would not be on a personal list of flavours i knew i wanted, or go in a list of my utmost favorites but dulce de leche, awww, how can anyone not love it? so love at first sniff.

but regardless of the wonderfulness of the scent, the weakness is a familisr one with Dammann´s teas – the base tea is their usual one, and while adequate for so many of their other flavoured teas, here it is just not up to the task. Too wimpy.

But am going to enjoy very much the rest of the sample (thanks Ysaurella!), though I confess this is making me very curious instead about Dammann´s caramel toffee rooibos, or what other tea companies whose bases vary more often would do with the idea of a caramel tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Ysaurella

I’m glad you appreciated it! to me it was really toffee more than dulce de leche but yes you’re so right it is so good :)

Sil

mmmmmmmm

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drank 4 Fruits Rouges by Dammann Freres
6489 tasting notes

sipdown on this one! the last little bit is off to share with a tea friend heh I have enjoyed this one, though i still hold firm that “4 fruits” are not my favourite thing. Thanks again for sending this my way cteresa

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drank 4 Fruits Rouges by Dammann Freres
6489 tasting notes

Another tea from earlier today – i’m a little slow today with tea drinking and a little behind. this is another tasty treat from cteresa I think for the most part, while i quite enjoy red fruit teas, they are not my favourite. i always want them to be with vanilla or caramel or something. What i DO enjoy them for are cold brews, so i may do that with the last of the sample cteresa sent me to see how that fares. Overall a really nicely balanced tea – don’t get me wrong – but i’m less fond of red fruits than some others. thank you again cteresa!

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