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Day 12. Half way there!
This one is interesting. Before I read my last years review I thought the dry tea smelled of burnt caramel pastry, the kind with a cookie crumble base. The taste of the brewed tea is quite strong lemon. Unfortunately it is coming across as artificial and a bit waxy. I would definitely use lemon custard with Graham crust as a descriptor. Not getting much caramel in the flavour. There is a bit of tartness in the flavour.
Then I read my last years review and realized I had a totally different experience last year. That is what I love about tea, it is different each time.
I would say I don’t think I enjoyed it as much this year as I did last year. I do however still want to spend a Christmas in Venice.
This one dry and brewed definitely reminds me of lemon meringue pie. Mmmm.
The brewed tea to me tastes like strawberries and toffee. The toffee is the dominant flavour. I know there is no strawberry in this blend, but that is how the “fruit” flavour is coming out to me. It also tastes creamy. As usual the black tea base is light, smooth and not at all astringent. For me, this one is sweet enough on its own, no need to add anything else.
While this one was hot, I found it did not taste like much other than hot water. But after it cooled a few degrees, the flavour really started materializing.
The dry tea smells very much like the dessert it’s named after! Brewed for 4 minutes, the brewed tea smells of chocolate, and amaretto infused with a touch of wood smoke, with the smoke and some of the cocoa coming from the base tea. The chocolate and amaretto notes are prominent with the smoke adding a note that reminds me a little bit of a mole poblano sauce. The bit of smoke helps to make th tea seem more robust and deepens the chocolate note. It makes me think of late fall, early winter evenings curled up by a fire place. Very nice, I can see why this tea is sought after.
Had a big mug of this earlier today. No additives, which is my usual. It felt a little light on flavor, though I didn’t steep for as long as I usually do.
This is just the best. Lemon and vanilla. I am going to need to order more soon, but I’m hoping to order some of their toffee or vanilla black varietals just because I imagine it’s done well. I’ll always be glad I got the Dammann Advent calendar because I found this treasure in it.
Flavors: Cream, Lemon
UGH. I got the flu vaccine today (I have to, for work) and usually every time I get it a get a little sick, since that’s what a vaccine is. It’s definitely setting in a little – I just feel… off and my sinuses feel like they want to be congested, and I have a headache on top of that. Pffth. I HATE that this happens, and that I effectively have no choice but to subject myself to it every year.
Anyway, so I’m not in a great mood tonight and I knew that called for a special tea that always makes me happy. One of my old faithfuls. This one, with its lemon creamy goodness, was definitely it.
I had it without additives as usual and it was fabulous. This tea really shines as it cools down, which, since I’m a slow drinker, works out well. I’ve been spending most of the day looking up french tea companies on Steepster and trying to sort through the many blends they all offer. WHY isn’t there just one big superstore where I could buy each companies wares at once? That really would be so lovely.
Because seriously, if a hallmark of french teas is delicate, natural flavorings of consistently good quality like this one, then I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to get to this point.
Flavors: Cream, Lemon, Vanilla
Ever since I saw the Butiki discussion on their new flavor I have been REALLY wanting a macaron tea. I have been avidly reading all the tasting notes and the description of lemon and vanilla sounds amazing. Then I realized that hey, that sounds kind of similar to the flavor profile of the L’Hiver tea by Fauchon, which I also equated to a white tea version of this, my beloved Noel a Venise.
So naturally then I had to make this before going into work last night.
A lemon and vanilla pairing has to be one of my favorite things. I made this in the DAVIDs travel tumbler and was absolutely overjoyed to have gotten the same flavor in that vs. a mug. It kind of cements the fact that stainless steel travel mugs just aren’t going to work for me. Glass is the only thing that keeps the flavor as it should be.
I still really want to try the Butiki lemon macaron blend, but this, a black tea variation of it, is a classic for me. I’ve had no interest in visiting France before but French teas are some of the best I’ve ever had, so I’m starting to rethink my stance on that. I’d probably die if I could play around in a Dammann Freres, Fauchon, and Mariage Freres store all in the same day. Talk about tea heaven.
Maybe when I finish all of my Dammann teas I should go visit there to pick up more. :)
Such a great black tea. It is equally good with creamer or plain, but this morning I had it with no additives.
The cream/vanilla flavor doesn’t come in until the tea cools but the sweet lemon is present from the beginning, tasting so fresh and natural. I wish the cold ready to drink teas could figure out how to use this lemon flavoring- it’s the most authentic I’ve ever tasted.
I have no faults with this tea…it’s one of my favorites.
Drank this this morning. Seems like it was a different world then, and it kind of was. This morning there was still snow and ice on the trees – now everything is practically melted away. I’m not complaining…I missed the sun these past few days.
I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop with this tea. Its like I’m expecting it to let me down or just not measure up to the expectations I’ve set for it. And then I smell it, freshly steeped, and I can just feel all my nerves and tensions uncoil. Its nostalgic, though I don’t know what it is, exactly, that I’m remembering so fondly.
This morning I tried it with creamer and the lemon got lost momentarily, but as it cooled peeked out again. Lemon meringue indeed. I love this more and more with each cup.
Flavors: Butter, Lemon Zest, Vanilla
Things I’ve discovered about this tea -
1.) It is better as it cools
2.) It tastes horrible in my Klean Kanteen, likely because of the fact it stays hot for so long.
I still prefer it with no sweetener and milk, but I imagine it would be tasty that way. Once you get it at the right temperature, it is lemon and vanilla heaven. I am so glad I splurged for it.
Tea of last night.
Made in my Klean Kanteen insulated tumbler, which works a little too well at keeping things hot and burned my tongue even after sitting for an hour with the lid halfway off to vent. Sigh, this is actually going to be me reviewing that tumbler because I really feel like I’m just not able to do hot teas in stainless steel. I know how much I love this tea but it just came off weak, watery, slightly metallic tasting and way too hot for me to enjoy drinking it straight away. So heartbreaking because it smelled SO good every time I’d go to take a (disappointing) sip.
I still had some left in the mug 7 hours later and since it’s cool I went ahead and tasted it for any weakness in flavor. The buttery vanilla is there now for these last few sips (which I love this tea so much there is no way I’m throwing it out) but I guess the take home message for me is to not put any tea I’ll be drinking any time soon into a travel tumbler. Lesson learned!
Noël à Venise!
I liked the DF advent calendar but I felt that all the other teas were a bit samey after a while. Orange, chocolate, cloves, or caramel. This one technically is toffee but all I get is buttery vanilla and meyer lemon – quite a difference to the other teas in the box. It was the only one from the calendar that I considered a must order. (which just meant I got to order some new to me teas and hope for the best – so, silver linings!)
I’m not sure what it is about this tea, but it feels specifically designed for my palate. I was that girl who sucked on lemon wedges just because and I like vanilla and cream anything over chocolate, any day.
I was nervous about the transition from tea bag to loose leaf, though. Mostly I was worried about the teaspoon/gram amount. I solved this by weighing one of their sachets (2.4 grams) and just weighing out the dry leaf in a strainer. I don’t know why I was so nervous, I think it was because I’d had such a perfect first experience and didn’t know how subsequent ones would measure up.
It’s like I’ve forgotten Tea Lessons 101: loose leaf is always better.
Dry leaf – still sweet/tart lemon with a heavy cream undertone. The boyfriend, who rolled his eyes at me having to go outside the country to support my tea habit, did grudgingly admit it smelled good – a pastry tart, was his description. To me it’s also strongly reminiscent of Earl Grey Cream, but lemon and not bergamot.
The taste is just as perfect as I remember, too – great without additives, warm and comforting but not super heavy since the lemon is such a bright counterpoint. It is just fantastic, and the fact that I was able to replicate the experience is what is nudging it up to the 100.
Welcome home, Noël à Venise. You will always be a staple in my cupboard.
Advent calendar day 12. Well for me it was, anyway. The 12th day was empty and it must have slipped down into the row below (I could feel two bags) so it is either the 12th or the 24th day. I’m waiting to post this until I know for sure because I don’t want to be the girl who spoils the surprise. :)
I could tell from the description I was going to love it. I mean, lemon is one of my favorite things. Creamy lemon with a black base? Yes, please.
The smell of the dry leaf was PERFECT. Lemon and vanilla were what I got, mostly. Like an EGC but with lemon instead of bergamot. Given how much I love those two flavors I should really have thought of buying a blend like this before now. I will have to check and see if such a thing exists from other companies.
The steeped tea smells just as heavenly as the dry – the tang of lemon and creamy notes are just still strong. And the taste- well. I have been overall very impressed with most of the Dammann Freres teas so far but this is my hands down favorite. Buttery vanilla (I guess this is what they describe as toffee) and a sweet, Meyer-esque lemon and actual detectable soft black tea base? SOLD.
I take it back, I don’t actually care if any other company makes something like this. This is the blend I want and I want a lot of it, right now. On my shopping list it goes…
Hmmm. I am reluctant to say I am disappointed…
The dry tea sachet smells lovely. It is dark chocolate, sweet orange, and nuttiness. Maybe hazelnuts. Reminds me of Nutella. I am not a huge chocolate tea fan or a chocolate with orange fan, but this smell is very good.
The smell of the brewed tea is odd. I am not getting any of the chocolate-y, nutty notes. I get a strong sweet Ceylon tea smell. Maybe a hint of orange.
The taste of the brewed tea is what is disappointing. I am not getting much out of it. I can definitely taste the Ceylon part of the base. There is a bit of sweetness from a citrus. There is maybe a light nutty note, but hard to discern what kind of nut it is. I am not tasting any chocolate or orange. I may not have steeped for long enough. I did my usual 2 minutes, although it was probably around 2 min 30 sec by the time I got the tea bag out of the cup. The only problem is I am at work so I threw the teabag directed into the garbage so I can’t even try to resteep.
As the tea cools to about luke-warm temperature, there is a bit more of a thick orange flavour. Maybe some chocolate, but not quite. I think I am just trying too hard to taste these flavours.
I guess I can’t like all of Dammann’s teas, but I am not sure if this one is really their fault. After reading some reviews on this one, I am in the minority.
Advent calendar day 11.
No additives, brewed at below parameters.
Holy wow chocolate. There was definitely orange in the dry leaf (and a nutty chocolate note there too) and that orange made it really seem vastly different from Harney’s Florence, even though they both are primarily chocolate and hazelnut.
The first sip of this was ALL chocolate. The scent was nutty and slightly citrus, but chocolate was pretty much it on taste. As with most of these teas, it’s pretty much all flavoring with no tea notes. Although, as it cools….maybe I get a hint of the tea more? OH, and orange does come out in the aftertaste.
Hmm, now there’s hazelnut first, then orange, then chocolate. WOW! This one is so fun because it literally changes with every sip! If I had gone on initial impressions I think Florence would have won hands down but this? This is a chameleon tea and I’m loving the surprise factor.
Oh, and since it is the 12th already – everyone else with the advent calendar, was your 12th day empty? It must have slipped into the column below (I could feel two bags so I pulled out the one on top) but now I’m not sure if it’s the right tea or not and I don’t want to post any spoilers if it isn’t. Sigh. Guess I’ll have to be patient and wait and see!
Dammann Freres advent calendar. Day… 4ish? Though I’m actually having it on the 11th of December, so whoops.
On the plus side though I have gone through the backlog and am (mostly) keeping up. This advent calendar stuff is hard when you work nights and the days change up on you mid shift.
Dry this really smelled a lot like cherry candy flavoring. Once steeped I get what resembles apple cinnamon. It’s so fun how these things change with nothing but the addition of hot water. Though there is orange in the ingredient list, I don’t get any here. Just mostly that cinnamon with apple and then a vague creaminesss that I will assume is from the vanilla.
What a cozy Christmas tea! I was worried about liking it since greens usually aren’t the first tea I reach for, but it is surprisingly full bodied and comforting – I don’t normally think of greens as a winter tea but it works here.
A refreshing break from the citrus, really. And quite good plain – I will have to keep this in mind if I do place a Dammann freres order in the future.
Day 10 on the advent calendar.
I think this will be the first green tea of theirs I tried. Still haven’t gotten around to the Christmas tea vert from day 5-ish. I also wasn’t as careful with the water temperature as I should have been. These teas don’t seem to be too fussy about that though (maybe because they are higher quality leaf?).
Dammann loves them some orange flavoring. Fortunately I think they do it really well. This one is no exception, and may even be that much better with the vegetal green base. The spices (mostly cinnamon) are confined to the smell for me but I kind of like the duality there. It’s fun to drink something and smell something totally different (albeit complimentary).
So yes, a variation on a theme, well done, and I’m glad to have tried it.
having a last cup of this one tonight. I did a little bit of cleaning up my cupboard tonight in terms of getting things organised. we’re not fully moved in yet, but we’re having 10 or so ppl over on friday to just chill and have food so i need to get at least a few more things out of the way. Given that a few tea friends imploded my cupboard, i thought i could semi see if i could make my goal (since it wasn’t orders that did it!!) by “removing” the samples from my count of teas. At least in that way i could see if in theory i could hit my goal. Soooo here’s where we’re at:
195 teas in my cupboard.
Fake Cupboard: 120 (with a few inbound…)
…feeling guilty for not working on sipdown tonight, i went with at least one of the teas that i want to work on getting through by July 1st. I’m still hoping that i can work through that part of my goal, even if i’m not likely to meet my cupboard size goal with all the swaps and purchases coming in the next little while. I still really like this one, especially as it’s a decent rooibos option for when i want something a little less black :)
Final Count: 129 (though there are like 6 swaps inbound, the BBB and 4 orders lol)
had a cup of this tonight while doing my best NOT to order more tea. Yunnan Sourcing, Herbal Infusions, Damn fine tea…i’m looking at you! Thanksfully, DFT has lots left of the special tea, HI has poor service and Yunnan Sourcing won’t disappear on me..so i think i’ve managed to curb my impulse. I feel like i REALLY need to try and last longer than a week in to March :)
Still enjoying this one as a caffeine free option, though i DO like the black base better. Likely won’t be a restock but it’d been nice to have :)
Figured i should cut back on the caffeine tonight/this morning? though who knows why. It doesn’t seem to be affecting me either way and either way i need to be up all night lol. I’m glad my other half is getting sleep though. I suspect i’ll be close to useless tomorrow…but here’s hoping i can get a mid morning nap in…maybe? i hope? still enjoying this one a lot…just wish it was a little more toffee like tonight!