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86
drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
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sipdown! I adore this tea and i’m super sad to see it go. All this makes me want to do is travel over to europe for a weekend of shopping at tea stores! :)

(168) nice thing is, i picked up 2 David’s teas to try but sipdowns today = a cupboard that hasn’t moved!

Nicole

Ooo, ooo! I’m up for that! Let me know when you want to leave and I’ll meet you in, say, Paris? :)

Sil

don’t tempt me madam! I’ve started a mini fund to do it..even if it means leaving ian behind haha

Nicole

Oh, the trouble we could get into on a tea expedition without the men… :)

Dinosara

LOL Steepster trip to Paris!

Sil

yes please!

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86
drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
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excuse me while i roll around in this one for a while. Oh man. This is a delicious vanilla and hazelnut tea! I’m not sure what i was expecting when i opened up this sample from dinosara but it wasn’t something this deliciously wonderful! Seriously… oh yum.

Anna

Haha, I JUST drank this…

Sil

awesome :)

TastyBrew

Sounds amazing! Yum!!!!

Dinosara

This was my surprise favorite of my order. Love it!

Dinosara

This was my surprise favorite of my order. Love it!

Dinosara

This was my surprise favorite of my order. Love it!

Dinosara

This was my surprise favorite of my order. Love it!

Dinosara

This was my surprise favorite of my order. Love it!

Dinosara

Holy crap so many posts! Sorry about that. Wish I could delete them haha

Sil

hahaha too funny. I used to be able to delete people’s comments on my own posts, but now it looks like i can only delete my own. hmmm not that i’d delete yours ‘cause that’s just funny :)

Dinosara

What can I say, I guess I really love the tea. :D

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77
drank Amande Amaretti by Dammann Freres
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nom nom nom. While not my favourite of the DF teas, this is one of the few amaretto sorts of tea that i can drink and really enjoy because it’s not as sweet and cloying as a lot of them are. This one came via shmiracles and it was nice to revisit this friend :)

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77
drank Amande Amaretti by Dammann Freres
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sipdown! I am on a roll today. haha I’m hoping i can carry through over the weekend as well since the sooner i get to 150, the sooner i can justify buying a couple of teas to last me until black friday grin I quite like this tea, though it doesn’t need to be a staple. The occasional purchase would absolutely satisfy me. Delicious almond flavours!

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77
drank Amande Amaretti by Dammann Freres
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another delightful sample from dinosara :) This one reminds me of amarettoe in dry form and scent. Steeped, it’s a delicious almond, marzipan sort of tea. I am really enjoying this on this super cold day!

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81
drank Elégie Pourpre by Dammann Freres
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sipdown on this one as i’m sending the last little bit out for tea friends to share :) I quite enjoyed this one this morning as well – a nice complement to breakfast! Thanks dinosara!

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81
drank Elégie Pourpre by Dammann Freres
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oh man! this one is delicious! blackberry and vanilla and delicious! I like that the puerh is still present in this one but it meshes nicely with the flavouring to complement the blackberry flavour without overpowering the vanilla. I feel like this would also make a really yummy hot brew, cooled as when it started to cool down a bit, the blackberry flavours really popped! Thanks for sharing dinosara!

OMGsrsly

Ooh that sounds neat!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

oooh! The blackberry popped? I might have to order some of this!

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60
drank L'Oriental by Dammann Freres
302 tasting notes

Okay, second try, now with boiling water and a 2-minute steep.

Much better this time around, but still too subtle in flavour to really convince me it has a personality. But there has to be a way to make the flavours in this one pop. Has to.

This is beginning to feel like a So You Think You Can Dance audition, where you really want to love the dancer, because they’re beautiful and their technique and general execution are flawless, but at the same time they’re just not there. And so they weep when you tell them all this, but they still ask for a second chance and then they have to dance for their life.

Seriously, L’Oriental. Next time you’re going to dance for your life.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Tina

Haha! Sorry for my little laughing but I totally agree with you about the link betweek So yo think you can dance audition and tea. Some teas just needs some patient. But this one sounds still interesting.

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60
drank L'Oriental by Dammann Freres
302 tasting notes

In the bag, this is perfection – the most elegant, sumptuous fruitiness, ripe with peach and passionfruit.

But steeped, it’s so subtle it’s silly – I’m going to refrain from rating this, and will henceforth follow Dinosara’s advice and steep these DF teas much hotter.

Seriously, peach, where did you go? We had a date.

[From my epic Instant-Thé order to Rome, October 2013.]

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Yum. Yum yum yum.

I feel a lot of my tasting notes are starting in similar ways. :)

I love this tea. The orange-earl grey just takes the edge off the “blergamot” and makes it divine, especially with some honey.

I would get more. I would get more of a similar tea, even. Not necessarily this exact one. :)

Thanks, Sil, for sharing!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

:) glad you enjoyed

Fjellrev

Sil buying something with blergamot in it? :)

OMGsrsly

Apparently it’s just orange. Interesting! It tastes (to me) a lot like an orange-earl-grey.

Sil

yeah i was young and foolish…and thought the orange wouldn’t be as blergamotlike. :) i was wrong.

Fjellrev

Oh, Silly, you’re so silly haha. But really, that’s quite something that orange can even turn on you.

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I made this tea this morning, and it steeped probably about 45 minutes. I took the strainer out and had a sip – not bad.

When I got home, it was cold. I drank the rest. It was good.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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While sipping this tea, I’m cruising the Mandala website, planning what to get. Hmm… One of each?

I want to get something as a gift for a friend as well, so I’ll see what happens once I’m feeling better and manage to try some samples I have/am anticipating (OMG, swaps could become addictive!). :)

This one is from Sil. Again. I could tell it was citrusy, so I brewed some up Silk Road style (1 tsp per 16oz) and added a load of honey.

Mmm. Sweet honey-citrus tea. This is nice. And not too strong.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
1901 tasting notes

I snuck a spoonful of this when packing up samples for VariaTea. :)

I like it a lot, although I’m pretty sure there are raspberries in there. So fruity. Definitely something I’d consider getting again.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
1901 tasting notes

Thanks Sil, for completely overloading my cupboard with flavoured tea goodness.

Just. OMG. There are a LOT of teas here laying on my desk.

I grabbed this one first as it reminded me of eating caramels as a kid. I’m sick, I need the comfort.

The tea, as far as I can tell, delivers on its promise. I’m going to add some sugar to it to help me taste it better, but so far, so good!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

Mwahahahahahaha

OMGsrsly

If this cold lets up I’ll hit 300 teas tried within a week. This is ridiculous! Thank you! :) (The Special Dark from Mandala might not make it to my brother’s. I’ve been eyeing that tea for ages!)

Sil

Lol it’s fine. I just started tossing in random things. I figured if nothing else the two of you could have a tea party and share :p

OMGsrsly

Haha. Awesome. He’s coming over next week some time to pick up some honey we bulk ordered, so I’ll make him sit there and try a bunch of teas. I might lure him over to the flavoured side, who knows…

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72
drank Noël à Venise by Dammann Freres
6157 tasting notes

drink, drink, drink…i am going to be sloshy tonight… but i’m having fun! and that’s all that matters. I made double chocolate banana bread tonight just to try out the recipe so i’m pretty much just hanging out waiting to try it! it smells soooooo good! this tea? will not too shabby, though not a restock. glad i got the chance to try it though!

Nicole

Ooo… that bread sounds tasty.

OMGsrsly

Ohhhh, smitten kitchen. Amazing. I think I’ve made this one before, even.

Sil

It’s new. Supposedly? Maybe? Most recent post? Lol

OMGsrsly

Interesting. I have made a chocolate banana cake with chocolate chunks in it, tho. My brain is failing me. I’d probably go to SK first to search for a baked goods recipe. :)

Nicole

I have made chocolate banana bread but not using SK’s recipe. Love that site.

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72
drank Noël à Venise by Dammann Freres
6157 tasting notes

this tea came from me from the lovely Ysaurella I wan’t sure how i’d feel about it, and i’m sorry to say that after having my first cup…i’m still not really sure :) this has a lemon taste to it but it’s dull and flat. It’s almost as if the tea forgot to wake up. I’ll have to play around with the steeping parameters and see if i can coax a little more out of this one :) Nonetheless, appreciate the share since this is one i was looking at buying myself in future heh

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72
drank Noël à Venise by Dammann Freres
6157 tasting notes

soooo for those that don’t know, earl grey cream always tastes like creamy lemon tea to me. this tea? for whatever reason, totally reminds me of that flavour. It’s still a tasty tea but all i could think of while drinking it was earl grey cream…i don’t get much in the way of toffee flavour – this is really just a lemoney creamy tea for me. thanks so much to dinosara for letting me try this one!

Cavocorax

Creamy lemon is a good thing? It can be? But I didn’t know that’s why you don’t like EG’s so much. For me, I don’t like it when it’s too “perfumy” though I’ve only found a few that did that.

Sil

earl grey cream = yummy. earl greys = yucky bergamot. blech.

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73
drank Mélange Vénitien by Dammann Freres
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Another tea from dinosara I am enjoying this one, but i have to say it’s nothing special. It’s a decent enough red fruit tea but nothing to write home about. I am enjoying this cup tonight while catching up on last season of walking dead. Zombies and “fancy tea” is always a good time haha

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Hmmm. I always thought Dammann Freres was supposed to be super fancy-pantsed?

Enjoy the Walking Dead! I think we’re a season behind but maybe we should catch up again. (I yell at the tv a lot with that one, but that’s still entertainment).

Sil

cavo – we’re working through uh season 3? not the current season. We’re always a year behind because we wait for the blu ray and then watch them on our snazzy tv on our own time. ian doesn’t watch a lot of tv so it works for us

Sil

(and yes dammanna = fancy tea..well at least to us over here heh)

Terri HarpLady

We’re also a season behind on Walking dead, at least, LOL. We’re were just talking about doing a WD marathon this weekend…maybe. We’ve been so hooked on Cardinals baseball (they won again tonight!) that we’re behind on most of our shows, except the Big Bang Theory, lol.

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86
drank Noël en Provence by Dammann Freres
6157 tasting notes

sipdown! didn’t get as much of the deliciousness as from the first time i had this but i am still a happy camper with this tea. thanks for sharing dinosara!

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86
drank Noël en Provence by Dammann Freres
6157 tasting notes

thank goodness the lavander in this is almost non existant. i was a little worried but shouldn’t have been. This is a delightful strawberry, fig tea. It reminds me a lot of strawbery jam – real strawberry jam with that mouthful of deliciousness you get when you lick the spoon. mmmm glad i have enough for another cup of this later!

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85
drank Figue Fraîche by Dammann Freres
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Sipdown! This is another tea from the lovely dinosara and man…this is delicious! I really am loving this one – i wish i had a bit more to send to gracebtlb as it might just fill the figgy void i know she has. This is a medium bodied tea, that tastes just like black figs to me. It’s like a fruit garden and reminds me of biting into a fresh fig. I love it! thanks dinosara!

Dinosara

Mm, yes I love this one! Perfect fig.

ifjuly

Oh man, that sounds wonderful. I love figs and would kill for a good fresh fig-tasting tea as I can’t get fresh figs too often here. Yum.

Terri HarpLady

ooohhh, this sounds very interesting!

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80
drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
302 tasting notes

This whole Dammann Frères experience is turning a little too existential and emotional. I just wanted to drink some tea, okay? And now I’m forced to reminisce about my dead grandmother and maybe even reevaluate my whole outlook on black teas. I’m packing my trans-Atlantic suitcase right now; I don’t have time for these shenanigans!

But fine. My two top blacks are teas from Mariage Frères – they’re rich and luxurious and very flavourful. I love all those things. But they’re also fairly thick, almost a little muddy, and very dark, which pretty much sums up what I have a hard time handling when it comes to certain blacks.

Dammann’s black bases, on the other hand, leave the liquid a dark amber, and they’re very light and easily drunk. In this case, though, the flavour is a little too delicate to leave me entirely seduced. It’s quite smooth and elegant, but I think I’d like to try a somewhat longer steep to see if I can get some more flavour out of this.

[From my epic Instant-Thé order to Rome, October 2013.]

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

I usually go full boil on my Dammann black blends, and I never have any bitterness. I’d try it a bit hotter, too!

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70
drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
6157 tasting notes

afternoon tea! this was a reasonable cup, though it’s not my favourite at all from DF. *shmiracles*was kind enough to send through a sample of this one and it was good for me to try it again and reaffirm that this one is just a little too floral for me to really have a party with it. :)

Sami Kelsh

Interesting! I’ve had this one in my shopping cart with Dammann for a while, so opinions good. Do I dare?

Sil

If you like your teas with a side of floral…you’ll probably like it. I figure this one isn’t the most amazing on the block though given that dinosara and i are usually in opposite camps in terms of teas.. she likes those green things.. i like the black lol but we’re both in sort of a not as loving this one as much as others mood when it comes to this tea

Sami Kelsh

Hmm. I feel like I had the impression from the description on the website that the floral wouldn’t really make a big difference, but if it does, I think I might pass on it – or at least not sink 6 euros into a bag. I like certain florals, but I was more interested in the other things happening in it. Oh well.

Sil

it’s not cloyingly floral… i’d dump the cup if it was.. but it’s floral enough that i’m like.. “move over..i’m trying to see the rest of the things in here!”

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70
drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
6157 tasting notes

dinaosaaaaaaraaaaa….this one is weird. lol i would never have expected it to taste like this, given the description. First off, opening the package i was immediately scared because it smells overwhelmingly floral. like the kind of floral that makes me want to spit teas out.
However…i endured! The taste of this one is weird to me. I don’t really get toffee or bicuits or orange blossom. instead it’s this strange floral yet not floral, sweetish sort of indescribable brew. I don’t hate it…but it’s weird. lol

appreciate the share dinosara!

Dinosara

Yes, I agree. I don’t know what to make of this either. It’s definitely one of the few DF teas I’ve tried that hasn’t really suited my tastebuds.

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