Dammann Freres

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
5241 tasting notes

farewell delicious tea. I’ll think of you often on my imaginary trips back to france in my mind :) I still enjoy this one, in part because the flavouring doesn’t overpower the tea base. Loved it! will miss it!

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78
drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
5241 tasting notes

whoops…totally didn’t realise i’d had this before..but thank you dinosara for sending this my way. I love this version from damman, especially since it’s not a super sickingly sweet caramel toffee tea. the black base isn’t lost and this is a delicious, delicious tea. On my must order list!

Dinosara

Haha yeah I love this one!

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
5241 tasting notes

Backlog and sipdown from last night. I wanted to compare this one against the toffee from palais de the’s toffee. Sadly i don’t recall much in terms of comparing the two since it was a super late night. I have a vague recollection that the damman freres version was slightly smoother and more about the black base, while the palais version was more about the flavour, with the base taking a bit more of a background. Either way both are delicious so it would likely come down more to which i could get my hands on here in canada more easily :)

Ysaurella

you can buy on the american website from Palais des thés but it seems the shipping rates are just silly for Canada:http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/shipping-rates

Sil

thanks madam! i have a friend in the us that walks tea across the border for me every weekend so i might go that route if it’s any cheaper. :)

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
5241 tasting notes

thank you shmiracles I had this one about a zillion years ago today. It is divine! I absolutely love this one! the black base is nice, and smooth and just serves to complement the wonderful buttery caramel goodness that is this cup of tea. i really have nothing more to say than this week has been full of delicious!

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
2 tasting notes

This is a perennial favourite at my house for many reasons. My wife and I discovered this at an all-night bistro on the night we met, and the taste and aromas added to the magic of that night – neither of us had ever tasted anything remotely like it.

Dammann Frères recently sent us a package of it as a gift for the tenth anniversary of that night. They are a wonderful company, and their teas are of an exceptional quality.

The strawberry aromas can seem over the top at first, and one expects a very fruity cup but the tartness of the rhubarb and mild hints of vanilla mellow it. The black tea is mild and produces a pleasing reddish liquor. It is pleasant chilled in the summer, and wonderful hot with a drop or two of milk. No sweetener necessary.

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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98
drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
2006 tasting notes

Welcome back into my cupboard, lovely. Giant fresh tin of buttery caramel and toffee deliciousness? Yes please. So happy to have restocked this one!

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

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98
drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
2006 tasting notes

This, like Fleurilége, was a sad sipdown but not too sad, because it will be reordered very soon. The saddest sipdowns are for the teas that you can’t get any more of, ever. Now I just have to keep working hard on sipdowns because I am still 13 teas away from 100 teas in my cupboard and my DF order. It’s taking forever.

Easily one of my favorite teas, this morning it held it’s own against a speculoos, nutella and maple-syrup drenched waffle. Deliciously caramelly to the last drop. See you soon, Caramel-Toffee!

Flavors: Caramel, Toffee

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

Almost down to 100?!?!?!?! I’m impressed!

Sil

dinosara… looks like we’re almost good for another kick at things haha

Dinosara

Getting close to 100, but honestly I’m not sure if I will make it! I have been looking at my list of teas, and I think I will make it under 110 but then I hit large amounts of tea again. I’m going to set some aside to cold brew and I may just… not count them. :D Also I’m now planning a swap, so that’s not going to help numbers! Oh well, it doesn’t bother me so much anymore.

Sil

haha yeah….happened to me..got under 100 and then i just wanted to place a couple orders…etc.. and then i was back over. I’m ok with that though – 100 range seems to be my barrier that i can’t get under. Though i’ll keep trying because it’s fun :)

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
2006 tasting notes

Morning pre-work (pre-toothbrushing! :D) tea. This worked a bit better because I used my single walled DavidsTea Perfect Mug, so the tea cooled faster and I could pick it up earlier with the handle. Still had to gulp it a bit at the end, but so it goes. It is worth it for the energy boost I get pre-class.

It’s kind of awesome having the “burden” of sipping down some of your favorite teas. If I sipdown this tea, it comes off my cupboard number, but it’s not too sad because once I get down to 100 I am restocking it immediately. This morning’s cup was particularly delicious. If I have to have this horrible schedule at least I will have my fave teas every morning.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
2006 tasting notes

Once I have moved (so, after July 1) I am planning a Dammann tea order for a limited blend and a couple of new ones I just came across. I am also thinking that I will need to order refills of this tea and Fleurilege, since I am almost out of both of them! To be fair, I only had 50g to start, but it’s kind of amazing to me that I have almost completely blown through them. I mean, I could use the time to finish up other teas, but where is the fun in that? Plus if I am paying for shipping from France I might as well throw in a couple of extras.

Unlike Sil, I am still hopelessly in love with this tea. For sure my perfect caramel tea.

Flavors: Caramel, Toffee

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

haha well i’m super glad you still love it.. and it IS really nice.. i’m just tired of it heh

Dinosara

I admit I am curious about the Caramel from TeaG that you love, although I have not been super impressed with TG’s blends in the past. Maybe I just haven’t had the right ones. :)

Sil

DF is caramel toffee…. teaG is just caramel. I could have both in my cupboard and be happy.

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98
drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
2006 tasting notes

It is happy day when I get to drink this tea. And what do you know, it’s next on my chronology! Granted, all these Dammann teas were acquired at once and could thus be drunk in any order, but I’m just drinking them as I added them to my cupboard.

Why did I only rate this a 93 originally? Into the high nineties with you! It’s one of those teas that I just come back to again and again, and it’s always delicious, and I crave it, and if that doesn’t deserve a high 90s rating I don’t know what does. Sometimes you just want a simple tea that does one flavor and does it well, and that is this tea for me. Love you, Caramel-Toffee, and will always have to keep you stocked.

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

funny I had this one this morning while at work. I am less in love than you are but it’s so true it’s a lovely mono-flavoured creamy caramelly tea.

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
2006 tasting notes

I am currently running low on tins for 50g of tea, most of which are occupied by DF teas from my order this summer. I did, however, have an explosion of small “sample” sized tins with nothing in them, until suddenly I realized that the sample sized tins actually hold 25g of tea. I have recently been possessed of a desire to have more DF teas at home for the weekends and work-at-home days, so I’ve been splitting the 50g tins into two smaller tins (one for home, one for work) to free up the 50g tins.

A result of this is that I suddenly feel like I have a lot less of those teas, and this is one of them. It’s a little panic inducing when many of them are your favorites and it seems like you are almost out of them (when in reality I probably still have 40g of them). I had a cup of this tea last night but it didn’t really turn out right. Fortunately this morning it is back to being the tea I adore.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
2006 tasting notes

Even though I have a pile of other DF teas to try that I haven’t had before, this one was calling my name this afternoon. This is one of those teas where my mouth starts watering the minute that the pouch opens. So much buttery toffee goodness.

And so much buttery toffee goodness in the flavor too! I would agree that this is perhaps more toffee than straight caramels, but it’s really a continuum anyway. It’s a tea that tricks my brain into thinking its sweet, even though there isn’t any actual sweetness to the tea. The black base is present in this one, but to me that’s a good thing. Glad I restocked this one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

nom nom nom nom nom

TeaBrat

where do you get your DF teas?

Dinosara

The ones I’ve been reviewing lately are both from an order I made from instant-the.com and from the Dammann shop in Paris. That website doesn’t ship to the states unfortunately; I made the order and got it delivered to me (theoretically) at my hotel in Paris. Of course it didn’t come before I left town but my hotel graciously forwarded it to me in the states.

It’s really too bad places like that don’t ship to the states… the shipping was only 11.50 euros when the hotel forwarded it to me.

Sil

still so jealous…

Sil

i’m actually thinking at this point, i need to order, have them send it to ysaurella, have her ship it to me and just send her money haha

Sil

i’m actually thinking at this point, i need to order, have them send it to ysaurella, have her ship it to me and just send her money haha

Dinosara

I think that is definitely the way to go if you have the option, especially since there is free shipping within France at 39 euros. I ordered 13 teas at 50g each.

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
2006 tasting notes

Sipdown, 152. Sadness!

This tea is delicious and just makes me anticipate my trip to Paris this July that much more. It is really like drinking liquid toffee caramels, and that is without sugar. I am enjoying this last pot so much I may have to get more in Paris, even though I wasn’t originally planning on it. I already have a list of more than 2kg of tea that I want from them (since you can only buy in 100g amounts), so picking and choosing will be hard!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
2006 tasting notes

Oh my oh my. Dammann, I love you so. This tea is just so delicious.

First off, thanks to Shmiracles for sending me some of this. I had initially wanted just a sample of the Mariage Macaron tea, but she offered a sample of this one and I am SO GLAD I took her up on it. I should have known!

Dry, this tea smelled like caramel heaven. Once its steeped up it also smells like caramel heaven, but also a little nutty and a teensy bit fruity, almost like a caramel apple? Don’t know where that is coming from, since there isn’t any apple in this blend. I think there must be some fruity note in the base tea that is coming through.

The tea is suuuper smooth, sweet, and rich. It tastes like caramel in the sip, but the real treat comes immediately afterward when I could be convinced I just ate a sweet, buttery piece of toffee. I do get a hint of a fruity note still, but it is exceedingly light and it works with the richness somehow. This is one of those delicious cups of tea where I want another cup immediately after the first one is gone. Love you, DF!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Shmiracles

IKR!!! this one is just awesome. capital A. i thought that maybe it was because it was the only tea i had opened while i was traveling, but even now, day after day, in the dullness of normal daily life, it stays at the top of the list.

Sil

this is in my travel mug today too…lol though i haven’t sipped it yet…i’ve been too busy

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Thanks Sil
This is different than I thought it would be! It has a medium-weak black tea base with a quesi-citrus flavor but there is also a bit of tart in there – maybe like a not-quite-ripe-yet berry of some sort.

It’s an interesting flavor and a nice change-up, tho.
Creative Flavored Fruity Black, really…not bad!

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drank Easter Tea by Dammann Freres
744 tasting notes

hmmmm, i don’t get the chocolate really but my sister was like “super marachino city!” and i was all AWWW cuz i basically bought it for her. she loves teas with flowers and rose petals in them.

also, dry in the canister, it definitely smell like wine to me. it’s a very true and strong wine smell. almost like a turned wine, like a white wine that has sat opened in the fridge too long. i certainly like it more than i expected to.

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first I’m VERY sorry for the onslaught of tea logging with just photos! i just got back from holiday and i documented all of the tea i drank and really want to get them logged before normal life catches back up with me and i forget the details. i will add tasting notes later but for now the pictures do a lot to help me remember what tea i had and what the experience was like.

this tea is one i purchased in bulk so it was an opened bag and i felt like i could enjoy it while traveling. i LOVED EVERY SINGLE CUP I BREWED! this was a great purchase. in fact visiting this store was probably my favorite. the place was so beautiful. (my boyfriend said it reminded him of harry potter) and the customer service was lovely. tea places have a tendency to be uptight settings. and i have a tendency to be anti authority. so it’s always a strange balance that is struck between me and my surroundings. add to that the fact that i barely speak any french and you get a strange dynamic. the customer service people at the store were professional but super helpful and friendly. i definitely wanted to go back and buy more. …i just couldn’t fit any more tea in my travel bags.

i will add another note.
this is the most saddest thing ever.
but when i left the states i had bad bad allergies.
and they went away when i got to Paris, however my sinuses themselves were still slightly infected and irritated.
those who are prone to sinus infections already know what this means…
I COULDN’T SMELL ANYTHING MY ENTIRE TIME IN PARIS! all the tea shops! all the pastries! all the fine beers and brewery’s in Brussels! i couldn’t smell any of it!!
it was a special kind of hell at times, but i made due. and made my boyfriend smell teas and tell me what they made him think of. haha he was at a loss but tried his best. and i am so grateful.

here is a cup i brewed in Hamburg
http://instagram.com/p/YRv-jpoc6V/

OMGsrsly

I’m loving the pictures! Makes me wish camera phones were more available the last time I travelled. :) This kind of documentation always brings back awesome memories.

Skulleigh

It would be awesome if we would post pics directly in the review. I like seeing the teas and the teaware!

Shmiracles

being able to document each cup with a great picture is really priceless. i did not have much access to internet while traveling, and simply keeping a list of teas i tasted would be very lacking since my memory is not very good. but a picture really helps bring the whole experience back to the forefront of my mind. i sometimes feel too reliant on my phone, but in honesty it’s really just a camera-that-is-a-sometimes-phone.
thanks for letting me know you enjoy the photos! cuz i worry it’s somewhat self indulgent of me, like making a family member torturously sit through a long travel slide show hah. you know the kind ;)
yay tea p0rn!

Ysaurella

did you buy it at Dammann Frères place des vosges or rue mouffetard or cour St Emilion in Paris ?

Shmiracles

place des vosges. http://instagram.com/p/X3I0MAoc24/
which i’m sure means they are used to bad french speaking tourists. but i considered them very patient considering tourists would probably make me feel very much the opposite.

Ysaurella

it depends on the person who serves tea. I had different experiences at this shop but anyway love the place :)

OMGsrsly

I travelled in 2001 with one crappy digital camera for 3 people, and I think I have 10 photos! Never again! Now I’m the person who will take 300 pictures on a 4 hour hike, so I get you. :)

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i was in Paris in the Dammann Freres tea shoppe with no sense on smell. i had been trying many different sinus remedies over the past few days and that morning i bought a nasal spray. i had used it a few times by the time i was tea shopping and it was SLIGHTLY working. i mean, i could finally slightly glean really strong scents. (whomp whomp)

so when i smelled this tea, i got a vague whiff of peaches and immediately started carrying my box to purchase around the store. now, i’m a gal who flocks to black dessert teas. but i think that is because of the weather. and as winter turns to spring all of my oolongs are suddenly more bright and brilliant and delicious than before! i knew i needed to buy an oolong. even if the dessert teas knew me by name.

this tea is beautiful. i KNOW i am bringing my shopping experience into my tasting, but i can’t help it.
also, idk why i smelled peaches. i blame the sinus goop. but now i know that osmanthe is a flower and this is basically a delicious take on a jasmine oolong.

i will post a picture of the store once my boyfriend uploads it.
until then i will fantasize about buying these 2 things someday… (not gonna happen)
http://www.dammann.fr/512-coffret-quadrille.html
http://www.dammann.fr/bols-tasses-mugs/984-impressions-de-printemps-tisaniere-verte-.html

Bianca G.

Oh my god, the Quadrille Casket looks AWESOME.

CHAroma

OMG!!! I can’t wait to go to Paris in the fall! That green mug is beautiful!

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when i have a lot of teas i’m excited about trying i tend to brew small little 6 or 8 oz cups.
this one i brewed once, and then brewed again immediately. i just wanted to be sure is all.
i wanted to be sure that what i thought i tasted was really what i thought i tasted.
and i’m just gonna go for it and declare …Apricot.
i don’t even know why apricot.
i mean, no pineapple or mango. i feel like apricot.
APricot!

thanks Dinosara! it’s a euro tea adventure!

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as of today we’ve only been back 2 weeks, and yesterday my boyfriend was already googling all sorts of variations on “the cheapest way to fly to europe”.
it was inevitable.

oh Macaron Mangue Jasmin you are fairly stunning, but see, i have already fallen for another Dammann Freres (…or two hah). alas my heart is spoken for.

again i feel very lucky to have tried this tea and to have a couple more cups to go! i mean, have you seen their catalog it’s HUGEMONGUS! how would anyone expect a girl to get through that on her own. we all need the help of our tea friends don’t we.

Dinosara gave me this sample too. she showered me in the classiest of teas. (you should probably read her posts if you wanna actually know about the tea. she said it so well.)

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2013-05-05
a sample from the awesome Dinosara! and this IS a breakfasty kinda desert tea…
jammy dodgers! it’s jammie dodgers tea.
it just dawned on me.
YUM!
i’m gonna make a second cup and watch yesterday’s Doctor Who episode.
(after i rewatch the xmas episode and then rewatch the end of the previous episode, because Clara’s story is explained in there somewhere i’m sure of it.)


okay i re-steeped the pot. and i’m not a person who usually does that. like i basically never do that. so i’ll take that as an indicator that i like this tea even more than i realize i do.

THIS ONE IS A 100% BUY for me!

2013-05-28
having this again today. and again jammie dodgers!
it’s not a hit you over the head tea. it’s a hand holder. a smoocher. a keeper.
okay i’m creeping myself out too, but you get the idea.
a gentle tea. gently sweet and clear headed.
good with a biscuit.

2013-06-06
in case you were wondering, and i know you were, i’m still going to buy this tea. infinitely.
this is my last cup.
until we meet again!

Dinosara

This is one of my absolute faves!

Chelle

Adding to ever expanding wishlist…………….

ashmanra

I raved about this one so much that my eldest daughter made note of the name on her laptop and then ordered it for me even though the next gift giving occasion was a long way away! I love it.

Ysaurella

it’s a lovely one sure, agree

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

wishlisted b/c of your note ♥

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Okay so there is a certain orange flavouring in teas that I really dislike (when not paired with a black base, apparently). It’s kindof a spicy orange rind note, which I often find in teas that are a less than entirely fresh, but sometimes as an intentional addition.
This was the aroma/taste that hit me when I first tasted my tea. So not my thing!
But then, as I got through the cup, it kinda grew on me. I think that the blend of Ceylon and Chinese black teas must be a good match for that particular flavouring.
My cuppa had a smooth creaminess to it, and went down surprisingly easy without any milk or sugar, which I fully expected would be necessary given my flavouring bias!
It isn’t entirely orange, or orange rind though, and I’ve yet to put my finger on what that extra something is. Anyone have any thoughts?
Back when I was a tea newbie, I bought 100g of an orange flavoured mate without trying any first… and oh boy did I ever hate it. So gross, in my opinion that is. I did manage to find it a good home! Perhaps it was the combo of orange and mate I dislike. and orange and white tea! (yes I mean you…Tangerine somethingorother from Kally. Blech)
Anyhow, I’d definitely try this again, and could actually see myself keeping a stock in my cupboard. Not as my house “orange black” of course, as this one seems to stand on it’s own.
Thanks to my Mentor (in HR) for buying me a cuppa at Avenue Bistro Cafe :)

momo

It’s a blood orange tea! They taste so much better than regular old orange tea to me. They are sweeter, it sometimes almost tastes like there’s just a hint of red berries to them.

Indigobloom

Yeah I agree for the most part Momo, I was a little confused cuz the flavour is so familiar, and I dislike it paired with other bases! but oh yeah this was tasty :)

Indigobloom

I’ll look for the red berry part next time!

momo

I think a moro blood orange definitely has almost the tartness of a raspberry to it instead of just orange. I’d think that’s the type that’d be used in tea, I have a Fauchon one where the blood orange is just like that, soooo good!

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drank Violette by Dammann Freres
536 tasting notes

Ysaurella was kind enough to send some of this my way recently. :)

This is a nice, mild black tea with strong violet flavor. It is also sweet.

What it reminds me of are the violet candies you used to be able to get in 5 & 10 stores in small towns. http://chowardcompany.com/products.htm

I never cared much for the candy. As a tea, it is okay. Not bad, but nothing I’ll seek out to keep in the cupboard. I’ll share some of the sample I have left with my mom and her friend and it will all be steeped and enjoyed while it lasts. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Interesting! I don’t think I ever saw the violet candies before, but the packaging reminds me of the Clark’s Teaberry gum on the candy racks at Horton’s Dime Store in Lamar MO, circa … (cough cough cough)

Nicole

I always get some of the violet whenever I run across it in the old stores and eat one and remember why I don’t like it much… :)

ashmanra

I tried the Choward’s Violet and Parma Violets. I might like Choward’s better, but I LOVE Choward’s Guava candies. GG, when I go back to A Southern Season I will try to remember to get you a pack!

Ysaurella

Nicole you’re right it tastes like a very sweet violet – in France we use to use violet in candies as well, in hard candies like this :https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violette_de_Toulouse_%28confiserie%29
this is a typical recipe from the town of Toulouse (south west of France)

Ysaurella

you can try it too with milk and sugar, it is nice

Nicole

I’ll give it a try with milk and sugar. I love the look of those candies! So pretty!

Oooo… the mango ones did sound appealing when I saw them on the site. :)

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92

I bought a sample sachet of this at Pacific Mall of all places, and saved it til today when I really needed it.
And guess what, it is super tasty. Intense on the sweet berry, which I LOVE!! Definitely some strawberry, and maybe cherry. Not sure about the currant.
Without any sugar or milk, I enjoyed every single sip even though I got an extra large cup, for maybe a regular sized serving of leaves. Oh yeah, so worth it. No idea what temp it was at either so I’m going to surmise that this blend can take a lot of abuse and still end up amazing.
I’d keep it in my cupboard if I could.
In some ways, it reminds me very much of Marco Polo. They are pretty much the same tea, only one has a whole lot more vanilla. Ok so that makes them pretty different in one very big way lol
Still, I doubt I’d carry both in my cupboard if I had an opp, since I’m not a huge vanilla fan and thus much prefer this version!
Also, Sil, did you give me a sample of this?? I can’t recall!!

cteresa

I like this very much as well, but to me it´s a totally different beast from Marco Polo, funny how we all experience things differently.

I got a tin of this without being too enthusiastic about it, but ended up loving it, and loving it better than all the other Dammann teas (even ones I was far more interested in before trying!) I have tried.

Sil

nope. I gave you others. I didn’t get to pick this one up, though it’s on my shopping list to try sometime.

cteresa

Sorry, I don´t understand – "nope. I gave you others. "?

Sil

cteresa – IB asked if this was one of the teas i gave her. :) I gave her other damman freres tea, which is likely what she’s thinking of.

cteresa

sorry, sorry, my mistake! I was not understanding, nevermind brain fart (it´s getting very hot, moved to iced non caffeine tea, and my brain is not adjusting…)

Sil

pas de problem! I feel the same way…and it’s already afternoon! :)

Indigobloom

cteresa, it’s really good! I don’t think I’ve had a berry tea that pops so nicely before. Yummm :D
Sil, aha! well if I ever see it again at p-mall, I’ll pick you up a sample. $1 for one bag, not too bad.

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