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Advent Calendar, Day 20 (EEP: I had this on yesterday accidentally! Sorry to spoil the surprise). Getting close to the end now – I can’t even believe it’s Christmas next Wednesday.

When I first smelled this I got red fruit/berries, specifically strawberry, and even kind of a caramelly scent. Reading the description turned the berry note into apple+peach. Don’t know where I got caramel unless it was the pear (I think it can sometimes have a sugary sweet scent like that).

Steeped at the below parameters, with no additives.

Apple and plum both have that astringence with their skin that I am wary of in tea form. I like eating them both but I’ve had apple teas before and they tend to carry that astringence over. This is the case here – between the plum and the apple it is very astringent and tart, albeit fruity. This is only the second of the Dammann teas I’ve tried so far (the other being their Earl Grey) that I think would benefit from some sugar.

I was so close to the end of the cup before determining this that I didn’t bother with the sugar – and as it was only the one teabag, I doubt I will order it again to try this out. So far I still think that Noël a Venise is my favorite Christmas tea of theirs.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Rooibos de Noël by Dammann Freres
869 tasting notes

Day 18.

This one reminds me of cola flavouring for some reason. I think it is probably the ginger and cloves. I am not finding much black cherry flavour this year. I found the rooibos to be the predominate plavour this time. It was ok. It was hard to enjoy this one because I just wasn’t looking forward to a rooibos today.

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

A-ha! So you get cola flavour from some spicy blends too. It’s so interesting.

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82
drank Rooibos de Noël by Dammann Freres
869 tasting notes

Day 18!

Darn you steepster!! Making it super difficult to find a tea. Most people would give up after it wouldn’t come up in the find a tea search box. The rest would give up after manually searching through all of Dammann’s teas on the site. But no… I am a tea addict (and proud to say it). I will attempt to add the tea, only to find out there is already a tea that exists by the same name that doesn’t come up anywhere else on the site. Whew!

Anyway, this tea is super delish. It quite reminds me of flocon d’epices. I think Dammann must have shares in hubba bubba gum because that is what all of their teas taste like for me. I get minimal rooibos taste. I definitely taste the black cherry and red fruits. I am not getting much ginger bread but the liquor is quite thick. I am getting a bit of clove but it is not too spicey and pleasantly sweet.

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

sounds interesting!

JoonSusanna

Haha. I do all of those things too! I added this last night so probably about the same time you were looking for it – for some reason it takes a bit for the tea to show up when you do a search for it, though…

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drank Noël à Prague by Dammann Freres
869 tasting notes

Day 17!

I can’t believe I am 17 days in already. I feel like I have travelled through France with all of these Noël teas.

This one smells deliciously, caramel and chocolate, very sweet.

In the brewed tea I am not getting any chocolate or cocoa taste at all. I do get dark caramel. I am unfortunately not getting any vodka taste. I would have liked to have added vodka to this tea but I am at work. There is a slight prune taste but it does not have the sweetness a prune has. I get a candied orange peel taste at the end of the sip. This tea liquor is very thick. We are back to the thick and luxurious Dammann tea again, yumm!

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

All of you are really making me wish I’d gotten this Advent Calendar

Sil

Technically. You still can get it haha

Starfevre

Can’t mail anything that would get to my place before January 1st so I’m afraid to buy anything online.

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75
drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
2675 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (164)

Thank you OMGsrsly for sharing this with me!! It will be missed now that it is gone but I don’t think I loved it enough to pay the shipping to get more. However, if I saw this in a store or someone were to offer me a cup of this vanilla, caramel, berry goodness, I would definitely not turn it down.

MissB

Shipping from Vendome Cadeau is only 8 euros, and they carry it. So wish I could try this! It sounds delicious.

OMGsrsly

MissB, I got it from Sil. I definitely want more, though. It’s delicious!

MissB

I’ll order some next month then, it’s inexpensive (5-6 euros for 100g?) and share the love.

OMGsrsly

Ooh! Yay!

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drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
2675 tasting notes

Mmmmmm…caramel fruity goodness :) Thank you OMGsrsly!!

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

Welcome! This one is totally on my shopping list. :)

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drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
2675 tasting notes

I was planning on making a tea from the swap package Veronica had sent but when I got to my tea stash, the envelope from OMGsrsly caught my eye. Since that packaged arrived first, I decided to grab samples from there instead. I looked for the teas that could be brewed as close to boiling as possible given that I am in the midst of studying for my last final of the semester (tonight at 6 pm) and did not want to wait for the water to cool. That meant I ended up with this one and Zhena’s Coconut Chai.

Interestingly enough, despite having a cup of spicy chai in one hand, all I could smell was the sweet raspberry coming from the cup in my other hand. I thought this tea would be flavor explosion but like so many other French teas that I have tried, it is more subtle. This is not to say that it is not flavorful, rather there are many flavors that slowly come to light throughout the sip. The first is the gentle sweetness of the raspberry that slowly turns into a more strawberry type flavor, followed again by the caramel sweetness to end off the sip. It is a very nice cup and I am sure I will have no problem getting through this sample. Thanks OMGsrsly for sharing some of this with me :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

:) Better thank Sil, too! I need to get more of this one.

VariaTEA

Oh Sil, how is it even when the teas are not sent to me from you, you still manage to share your stash with me?!?! You are ever so generous :) Thank you both!!

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drank Noël à Prague by Dammann Freres
2183 tasting notes

Mmmm, time for an order of DF teas. And I get to start with one of my favorites (#40). I love the blend of caramel and fruit and general deliciousness here. Not sure why these flavors go with Prague (I will always think of the almond-cinnamon-sugar spit-roasted pastries called trdelnik), but I had a great time in Prague so it’s nice to have a yummy tea to remind me of it.

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

I love how you love DF so much haha. I was going to wait until xmas to order their calendar but you’re unintentionally nudging me to just do it sooner than that.

Dinosara

Haha, I am totally Steepster’s No. 1 Dammann fangirl. :D

yyz

I think k it’s because around Christmas that you often see this plum and vodka filled chocolates in that part of the world if the stocking at the European Deli is to be believed:-)

Marzipan

Want to joint order?

Equusfell

Hey, Marzipan, I am interested in joint ordering, follow me and we can chat!

Marzipan

Sure thing, you just caught me before I ordered.

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drank Noël à Prague by Dammann Freres
2183 tasting notes

I have drank teas lately, but I have not felt inspired to write about them. Finished off some WP samples (that I had reviewed before) but they were so unmemorable (possibly not their faults) that I didn’t feel like writing notes that didn’t say anything about them.

I haven’t had this tea in a while and thought I would revisit. Definitely one of my faves. Anything with DF’s caramel flavoring (and the cute little caramel/toffee blocks that come in the tea) is a hit with me. Also I’m going to be visiting Prague this November, although unfortunately too early for the Christmas market. Can’t wait!

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

Awesome that you’re going to Prague! I wanted to when I was in Vienna but there was no time.

Ost

Oh my word, I was in Prague last Spring. It’s sooo beautiful. I loved it. You should go to the place “Paul” there if you haven’t been there before, they have like 4 of them there, and they have the BEST hot chocolate! Enjoy your time! (:

Dinosara

Thanks for the tip! I can’t wait. :)

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drank Noël à Prague by Dammann Freres
2183 tasting notes

Yesterday I drank this one and I was originally not going to log it, but I want to be better about logging the teas I drink since I do like the idea of my “most drank” teas to be accurate.

Originally I was thinking about drinking an older tea, or even another cup of Caramel-Toffee to drink what’s left of it down before I order 100g of it, but this one called to me. Delicious, delicious cup of caramel, chocolate, stewed-fruits goodness. I am also excited that this year I’ll be visting Prague in the fall! Not quite Noël in Prague, though.

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

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95
drank Noël à Prague by Dammann Freres
2183 tasting notes

I have some block against writing tasting notes lately. I drank a cup of this tea two days ago (and then another yesterday to, uh, remind me about it) and I still haven’t written a note yet. Well, here it is. I had a small order of DF teas at the beginning of this year, and this tea (along with the next two) is from that.

I did not expect to be in love with this tea when I first tried it, but it just hits all the right notes for me. Caramel, chocolate, fruity in a really good way… Just smelling it makes me happy. Bumping my rating because of that fact.

Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa, Stewed Fruits

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

Sounds Devine

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95
drank Noël à Prague by Dammann Freres
2183 tasting notes

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drank Noël à Prague by Dammann Freres
2183 tasting notes

All I have to say about this one today is: YUM. And I think I get a bit more of a boozy “vodka” sensation from the loose leaf than I did with the sachet.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

This tea truly sounds like something special.

mars1

tea with a punch like vodka? I’ll take a flask full please.

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95
drank Noël à Prague by Dammann Freres
2183 tasting notes

Dammann advent calendar, day 17.

YUM. I guess they didn’t stock this one at Instant Thé, because I would have ordered it if they did. I love their caramel flavoring and it is prominent here. I did get a fruity flavor, presumably from the prune, but no “vodka” flavoring, which whatever, I didn’t really need. To me all the flavors really blended well and made for a delicious, caramelly-fruity cup. I would so pick up more of this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Day 17 of the Advent calendar. Confession: I gave day 16 to my mom when she was in town because she LOVES figs. Given how spot on the flavorings have been I really wanted her to have a chance to try it. So, no note from me for that one.

With THIS tea, I actually was able to identify a smell before looking at the description! And it was a weird smell to get, too. But the dry tea bag really did smell JUST like prunes. Kind of grapey, kind of raisiny, the boyfriend is convinced it’s fig, but NOPE. It is definitely prunes. I am super proud of myself. :)

Steeped at the below parameters with no additives.

The steeped tea still smells pruney, but there is a sugary sweetness in there, too – most likely the caramel. Caramel and prunes are a weird combination, I won’t lie. I would never in a million years have put them together.

Flavoring is chocolate/caramel first and then…prune. There is a citrusy note to it, though, kind of like stewed prunes that my mom makes (and incidentally, are really good). The ingredients also said something about vodka flavoring, but I didn’t think vodka had any flavor, and I’m not picking up on whatever that supposed flavor may be.

This was pretty good – I still can’t reconcile why chocolate and caramel and prune were put together, but if anyone can do that kind of blend, and do it well, Dammann can. I’m going to be so bummed when I don’t have a new tea from them each morning!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Noël en Provence by Dammann Freres
869 tasting notes

Day 16.

I was again disappointed in this one, as I was last year. I feel like I am getting strong black licorice flavours, but I aam wondering if that is supposed to be the fig. I am definitely getting a creamy texture, but not so much strawberry. The black tea base is extremely bold. I only intended to steep for a few minutes but I am wondering if I lost track of time.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Noël en Provence by Dammann Freres
869 tasting notes

Day 16!

I quite like rooibos de Provence, so I was expecting this one to be similar, but it isn’t really. In saying that, every company, I am sure, will have a slightly different blend.

This one is definitely a more smokey tea base, the smoke is subtle but present. I feel that this black base is a bit more bold than some of the other Dammann teas I have tried but it is not bitter or astringent or overpowering. I am getting notes of ripe strawberries and the cornflower petals. Not so much fig but the liquor feels quite thick and I equate that with how a fig tastes. It tastes and feels creamy as well. I do not get any lavender at all. Which is ok becuase I am not a huge lavender fan but I would have liked just a bit more lavender flavour for the Provence feel. There was a taste I was having a hard time putting a name to, but after reading the description, it is the honey.

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

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drank Orange Zen BIO by Dammann Freres
1422 tasting notes

SPOILER: Day 15 of Dammann Freres Advent Calendar.

I’m unsure what to make of this. It smells like an herbally green tea to me, and tastes little of anything orange until wwwaaaayyyy after the sip. Definitely a chamomile blend. I mean, it’s okay, but I just don’t get it at all.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Orange Zen BIO by Dammann Freres
869 tasting notes

Day 15!

I double checked this one and it is for sure just a tisane, unlike the last one, day 1 or 2 (I think).

This one tastes strongly of the lemon balm and verbena. I am definitely getting a lot of citrous peel/rind flavours. I can taste the smooth rose underneath it all. I often think of describing rose petals as rusty tasting. Not that they taste like rust or iron, but just they way it feels in my mouth, I want to say rusty. I can taste and smell the chamomile which is a dead give away because for some reason I just don’t like that taste and can pick it out immediately. I seem to be getting a bit of heat in the back of my throat at the end of the sip, not sure from which ingredient though.

This one is definitely different from all the other Dammann teas I have had thus far, it is much more vegetal vs fruity or floral.

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

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Advent calendar, day 15.

The smell of this dry was herby and medicinal. There was orange, but also a lemongrass note (probably the verbena and/or lemon balm) and lemon grass is my sick tea so this doesn’t make me super excited.

I don’t know what it is about drinking sick teas when you’re not sick, but…

The top scent once steeped is orange, then that medicinal herb. Maybe it’s chamomile? I don’t know but I could do without it. Not really any floral notes, but I don’t mind. I don’t like drinking flowers, as a rule.

The taste is very much lemongrass. Maybe an orangey lemongrass, depending on the sip. It is quite soothing, and I imagine it would be a great sick time tea – but I have one of those from Upton and its cheaper and stateside.

As always, glad to try it, but this won’t be a tea that I order.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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79

Day 14.

So I guess I pretty much didn’t like this last year. I wish that when you make subsequent posts on a tea you can add additional ratings. Because this year I am finding it not too bad. So I am going to change the rating. But that doesn’t change the experience I had last time. So in short, I wish I could give a tea a different rating each time I had it to reflect my experience…

Also I find it quite amusing that on this teas page, the English translation description of the tea is different from the French one.

This tea smells very delicious. Creamy cherry with almonds and rose petals. The taste of the tea is a fairly nice white base. Slightly astringent. There are notes of cherry and definitely some almond nuttiness. I feel like I am getting rose this year, although I don’t think rose petals are part of this blend.

As I noted above I am bumping the rating up from 60.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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Day 14!

The dry tea is so very pretty. New colour scheme for my house maybe? Ha ha. The dry sachet smells of delicious cherry candy and maybe some vanilla, or at least something creamy.

I made this to brave out shopping with me. Wasn’t even shopping for me. My brother keeps texting me with his shopping list. I have been done my list for a month now. I hate holiday shopping. And the roads are super bad today, winter bad. Guh! Anyway, my contigo mug kept is super warm so I am drinking it now to de-stress from my outing.

Anyway, this one is sadly reminding me of soap. Like if you are staying at a kind of fancy hotel and they have delicious smelling little soaps in the bathroom. It tastes like cherry and lavender to me. It is definitely a very thick and creamy liquor. The cherry is sweet and artificial candy like.

Unfortunately I am not liking this one a whole lot. Well still almost half of the calendar to go so I am not worried, ha ha.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Weird, I hope the other teas in your advent calendar won’t disappoint!

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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 14

This is not one of my favorites. I find it super cherry pow in the flavoring, which is probably my least favorite flavor ever. That said, I don’t mind it quite as much this year as I did last year. It’s still very cherry bomb, but somehow not as offensive. Still, I won’t be reordering this one ever!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Dammann advent calendar, day 14. Yay, another one I haven’t tried! I am excited about the almond and spices, but perhaps not so much by the cherry. Well, I’ve had other cherry Dammann teas before and enjoyed them pretty well.

However, this is just a big nope for me. Very cherry candy. I drank about half the cup and couldn’t finish it. Just not my type of flavoring!

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

i always worry a bit about cherry evolving into robitussin…. =0(

Dinosara

Fortunately not robitussin, just cherry candy, of which I am not a fan.

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