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Tea #14 from HHTTTB2
This is a really nice chocolate tea. And it’s very clear that it’s blended quite masterfully. I’m letting this one go, only because I know Short Sorceress is looking for the perfect chocolate tea!
There is definitely a pretty potent element of roastiness/smoke from the Keemum as well as a solid dark, unsweetened cocoa note. There’s a very slight element of almond present, but everything takes a back seat to the chocolate/tea flavors. Everything is smooth — no bitterness, no astringency — and it’s very mellow. I really like the kind of bakery/pastry note that seems present at the end. Yum.
Took this one from the Traveling Teabox B! It smells awesome. The dry leaf has a nice buttery but slightly floral aroma. Mmm I love buttery oolong aromas. Mm this oolong is awesome. It has rich buttery notes with a light floral aftertaste. It’s sweet and has a slight woody-ness to it. Mmm I will enjoy every sip of this one!
Thank you JustJames for sending me a sample of this tea!
I really love rhubarb and strawberries too :)
Though this was obviously a black base, I steeped it a little on the cooler side just to be safe. The flavoring is still outstanding. Tart rhubarb and sweet strawberry, YUM! Mild nondescript black base. I’d definitely drink this again and I bet it’d be fab iced as well as hot.
This came my way from JustJames – another tea I would never have tried if not for you, so thank you!
The flavours in this puerh are really prominent. The first flavour that jumps out is the almond, followed by sweet and creamy vanilla and caramel. For the second steep the almond disappeared but I still tasted the caramel and vanilla.
I really enjoyed this one. Vanilla and caramel is just so good.
While at the Dammann Freres store in Paris picking up my favorite of theirs (the 4 Fruits Rouges), I bought some of this to try, and it’s another winner! The berry tastes are fairly subtle, but you get actual berries along with the leaves. Since I got mine in bulk, it came with no ingredient list, so I didn’t know the base was sencha. It’s not at all vegetal and I thought it was more of an oolong-y taste.
A tasty treat sent to me from JustJames – thank you! If not for you, I probably would never have tried the Dammann Freres tea’s.
This tastes mostly of marzipan. There is a little bit of amaretto lurking in the background, but up front is the marzipan. I haven’t had marzipan in ages, and this makes me want to get some. Yum.
I think this is the last sample I have from JustJames, and it is just PERFECT for winter. The oolong is dark (and possibly roasted), while the chestnut flavours swirl around. It makes me imagine sitting curled up next to a roaring fireplace, with a cat purring on my lap and a book nearby. It’s a cup of liquid comfort.
It’s just, really good. Can’t wait to re-steep this!
And here’s another fantastic sample from JustJames. The base is light and delicate in a way that I associate with french teas, while the smell of violets pervades the cup.
This is an enjoyable cup, but not one that I would go out of my way to pursue – I just don’t think I’m THAT into floral teas. Still, I won’t say no to the occasional cup.
This tea is a bit of a miss for me today, and the other one I brought was so undrinkably strong that I had to dump it (no milk or sugar here to fix it with). It’s cold here too. And mediocre tea = a SAD Cavo!
Also, I had to laugh at how my friends in BC are freaking out about the 5 cm of snow that fell. :P Ahahahahha. Ok, that’s mean, but I can’t believe how extreme the weather is in Toronto, while I managed to wear sandals for 80% of the year when I was in Vancouver. Granted if you go to SFU it’s a bit different because the mountain is pretty undrinkable, but it’s not a crisis situation all around.
Ok, enough poking fun at my BC people ILU guys, really. I’m just jealous. :P
I’m gonna make myself finish this cup (or not) and then move on to something tastier.
Thank you JustJames for this sample! I read your review, and I have to say that your wife is missing out, although I can see why it would make a great perfume.
Each sip is like a mouthful of fruit. It’s delicate though, so I couldn’t immediately identify it as strawberry. I find that as it cools slightly (my colour changing mug is still at full colour) that the tartness from the rhubarb makes an appearance at the end of the sip. I feel like a dash of sugar would probably bring that out more, but I’m enjoying this so much I don’t really want to mess around.
I have a feeling that this is a tea that will hover around in the back of my mind for months, much like TARDIS did, until I finally break down and get my hands on more. :P
Thanks again JustJames! This was a delight! :D I love how the flavours linger on after each sip.
Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 11
I’m going a little out of order here because yesterday I didn’t get a chance to drink my advent tea at all, but I prefer to start my mornings with a black tea, like this one, and not green, like the previous day.
I couldn’t remember if I had tried this tea before, but apparently I got a sample of it from Sil once (so it is new to the advent calendar this year). I’m not big on strawberries in any form except fresh, so it’s not my favorite blend. I liked it better cold brewed than hot, but I’m having it hot again here just to try it out.
I am enjoying this cup, and I don’t find it astringent like I did my first time. I wonder if that is the “benefit” of the sachet, which tends to mute flavors a tiny bit. Jammy strawberry, a bit of tart rhubarb. I do think I would still prefer this cold brewed, but it was a nice cup this morning (if a bit spring-y).
Sipdown, 121. I cold brewed the rest of this tea… I didn’t quite have enough of it for my usual cold brew amount so I combined it with some rhubarb vanilla tea from IKEA that I am trying to drink up via cold brew. Perfect, rhubarb and rhubarb!
This was super delicious. Although it was only one small part with the combined blend, the strawberry really came through in the tea and was very juicy and sweet. The rhubarb provided a nice tartness and the vanilla rounded things out. Yum!
Another tea from Sil! Thanks! I never picked up this one from DF because although I love rhubarb, I am not huge on strawberry-flavored things (I do love fresh strawberries).
This one was less successful for me than many other Dammann teas that I’ve tried. Not sure why; there was almost something weird about the base blend, which usually is invariant across their teas. It had almost a hint of astringency to it, which it never has. Maybe the tartness of the rhubarb was messing with my mind? That said the flavoring is definitely well done in my opinion, with nice authentic strawberry and rhubarb flavors. Glad I never picked up a full pack of this one, but I wasn’t really in danger of doing that anyway. It does help me toward what seems to be my quest to try all of DF’s teas, though, haha.
okay, i really need to review my personal standpoint on stubbornness. i did this tea SUCH a disservice yesterday. overleafed, oversteeped…… i wonder if admitting that and having the brilliant new fancy kettle permits me to buy teas i might have muddled….? lol. ah, life is full of justifications for loose leafers!
WHEN IT’S DONE RIGHT and you aren’t being a know-it-all-jerk (that would be me i’m talking about)this tea is: light and sweet. almonds, but not marzipan. reminds me very much of amaretto the alcohol. if you OVERLEAF it it will come across much more like amaretto but with a harsh acrid bitter kick. which i totally deserved. …. ……. …….. i might have put in 2 tbsp. …. ……… and left it for 6 minutes. possibly. lol.
light, sweet. very smooth! i’m not used to ceylons (heh heh, the sci-fi dork in me wants to say cylons) being so agreeable! the tea base is warm and round on its own, separate from the flavour level. it gives me a light amber flavour, though a darker colour steep.
back to lab 5. we’ll see how up to date my human geography professor is with sex ed is in sub saharan africa. i think my analysis may catch him a tad offguard, lol. but i always get good marks. partly because i citation him to death.
ah! my first birthday review! i’ve been 38 for a whole half a day and nothing….. i feel no different. then again, it’s always like that =0)
after last year (when my mother bought me a huge amount of wine most of which is still kicking around our kitchen) i went out on a limb and discussed with her the concept of going a different direction this year: if she really wanted to pour a couple hundred dollars into beverages in honour of my birthday, could we go with something that I like? please? are you imagining me tap dancing dear friends? can you imagine how dicey that conversation that might have been? she laughed, said that if i wanted my GRANNY’S habit indulged she SUPPOSED she could. granny? really? what part of tea says senior citizen? i mean i’d have thought she could have gone for grampa at least….
anyway, as always, i digress!!! when the box from dammann freres arrived my mother could have called me anything she wanted. the smells drifting up from the box after i carefully opened it! berry and biscuit, chocolate and nuts….. separate blends that somehow all played together happily; separate but still comprising a mutual fan club. this one was the first of my day….. i sipped it in a daze on the way to school. what a way to wake up on your birthday!
this in my cup with music that was likely way too loud, smile wrapped around my head two times. i worked all weekend on a lab that i only got half done until i ran it by my prof who said i could stop with what i had because i had done so impressively much. it’s been a good birthday so far!
sushi coming up for dinner, new kettle kettle humming in the background…. a buffet of spoiled boy teas to chose from. why is it i shouldn’t like birthdays again?
my wife refuses to try this tea…. though she says she might consider wearing it as a perfume. =0)
sipdown on this one because i’m going to give the last little bit of this over to a friend who will appreciate it more. I was a bit of a bonehead and didn’t register this morning that it was a green tea oopsy so i brewed it in too hot a water. Therefore, also not going to rate it but what i tasted behind the crap job i did with this seemed to be pretty tasty. I do enjoy lychee as a tea flavour from time to time heh thanks dinosara!
Backlog: I steeped this two nights ago, actually. Yeah, I’m that behind. My little girl isn’t often happy long enough for me to pull out my laptop and write a review.
Anyway, this one was VERY floral, with some marshmallow-y hints that I supposed was intended to be the “macaron” flavor. I’ve never actually had a macaron, but I hear they’re sugary and delicious, much like a marshmallow, so I suppose they did a good job! And I say it was “floral” because while yes, the jasmine flavor was definitely present, it wasn’t the only flower I could detect in there. I wasn’t a huge fan, but kudos to Dammann Fréres for achieving the flavor!
Another tea from this morning, though i have to say that today it fell flat. I’m hoping it’s because i steeped it for a shorter time than normal, rather than because it’s old (only 5 months!). It was still nice, but nearly as delicious as i wanted it to be….as it usually it. hmmm have to try it again soon and see if it’s the tea or just my “today”