Dammann Freres

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86

Decided to try this iced, but made it the traditional way (boiling water, then add sugar, then cooled). Added a little less than 1/4 cup of sugar to 1/2 gallon of tea.

This was actually too sweet, even though I used my normal sweetening parameters when making iced tea. I think it could have gone down to about 1 tsp. per cup (so, less than 3 tbsp.) and been okay. The mint added a bit of sweetness on its own which is why I think I can be a little more lenient on the sugar.

I also think I’ll steep it for an extra minute or so, since mint was at the forefront of the flavor and I would have really liked to have some green tea, too. Mostly these are notes for next time, since I know I’ll be making more of this iced before the summer’s over.

Not bad, which is good because I have a bunch of this to use up!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 8 tsp 64 OZ / 1892 ML

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86

The third of the teas I ordered from Dammann, and a backlog from last night.

(I know that I am the queen of needless verbosity so I’m sorry in advance, but I’m including the backstory to keep it all straight in my head for future reference.)

I am ambivalent about mint teas in general, so this was a tea I mostly ordered for the boyfriend, who goes through Moroccan Mint in 250 g. increments. He really liked the Teavana version (which uses spearmint) but that is needlessly expensive, and then I switched to buying Upton (which uses peppermint) because it was cheaper and we both really dislike the ambiance and price of Teavana.

When I was looking for DF teas to buy I found that this one uses nana mint, a spearmint varietal that is actually what a Moroccan mint tea SHOULD contain. Since we needed a restock anyway this was a no brainer.

Which leads us to last night. The dry leaf didn’t have too much of a smoky note to it, which is good because I prefer less if possible. The mint was also very mild -definitely spearmint, but a little bit shyer.

Steep notes: below parameters, 2 tsp. leaf to 500 ml. water in the Breville, and no additives.

This is a well blended tea in that I taste the mint and the green equally. It doesn’t shout mint and it doesn’t do that cooling trick in your mouth that an overload of mint tends to cause. Nice and muted, and up the boyfriend’s alley. He’s most pleased with it, actually.

As for me, its good. Mint greens aren’t my thing and are pretty interchangeable, but I wasn’t getting it for me in the first place. He will go through it, and that’s all that matters.

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

what else did you pick up!

Terri HarpLady

Inquiring minds want to know! :)

JoonSusanna

Haha- I did this one, the Figue Fraiche and Noel A Venise. I’ve reviewed them all now, and I’m such a slow drinker that 100g. of each of those is going to last a long time.

Sil

nice!

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95

As always, this is a TASTY cold brew. It really gets more apple-y that way and it reminds me strongly of apple juice. Super refreshing!

I will say that for whatever reason I must have messed up the leaves this time because the resteep of this tasted wrong/moldy. I spit it out and dumped the rest down the drain, but its a mystery why this happened since its not like it came in contact with anything besides water, which was freshly filtered before I put it in the fridge.

I should try to make iced the traditional way just to see if there’s a difference in flavor, but I do enjoy it very much this way. I was very hesitant about buying 100 g. of this because it is quite a lot for me to drink but at the rate I’m having it iced a sipdown is NOT going to be a problem – if anything the problem is going to be how sad I am when I run out!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML
Leah Claire

Gonna have to try it! Where do you order your Dammann Freres from? The place I used to get it shut down :(

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95

This really is amazing cold brewed. I can always get two steeps out of it and it doesn’t need sugar to be fruity and refreshing. One thing I have noticed is that the fig tends to resemble more of a prune in flavor when it’s cold. I like either fruit though so it’s not a big deal.

This is fast becoming one of my favorite teas to drink cold, which is good because I have quite a bit of it to drink up!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 5 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

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95

Do you know what happens when you put 5 tsp. of this in a DAVIDsTEA mason jar (25 oz. volume) and let this cold brew for about…oh, 18 hours?

Well, first of all, you get the most fabulous fruity iced tea that there ever was. The base Dammann uses here allows for the juicy fig note to take center stage but this is still very much a good black tea that does not need sweetening to be awesome.

Second of all, you can use the leaves twice and get a lighter black tea with even more sweet figgy notes that is just as amazing as the first go around.

This was a definite win – the mason jar (I love it so hard), the tea, everything. I’ll be experimenting with other fruity teas cold but honestly this may take over peach tea as my cold tea of choice this summer.

Dustin

Does the metal filter fit into all mason jars or just one it comes with?

JoonSusanna

I would say yes, though I don’t have any mason jars of comparable size to check for sure. It doesn’t snap in or anything, though – really it’s just like their smaller stainless steel strainers that I use with any mug.

Dustin

Ah, I see. It looked like the lip was smaller than the perfect mug strainer when I checked the website. I do a lot of cold steeps in the fridge in mason jars over the summer, so it could be handy to have.

Plunkybug

Sweet! I want the mason jar for cold brewing especially!

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95

This was one of the three teas I got from Dammann recently. I steeped this up for myself while I made the boyfriend Noël à Venise (lucky guy is working from home today, because it was “icy” this morning).

I like figs. I like figs and I like tea and there really aren’t any straight fig black teas that I’ve seen anywhere else, plus my mother LOVES figs and her birthday is coming up. Since Dammann seems to be really good at producing natural flavorings I was willing to bet this would be a good choice to spring for 100 grams of.

The dry leaf is sweet and fruity, yes there is fig but also kind of strawberry-ish notes. No chemical notes, just fruit. Simple and to the point.

Steep notes: 2.4 g (1 heaping teaspoon) leaf to about 8-10 oz. water, no additives, below parameters.

Sometimes with DF the scent changes a lot from dry to steeped tea. That wasn’t the case with this one at all – it was that same lovely fig/strawberry smell, only magnified out of the cup to our entire breakfast nook. YUM.

The steeped tea itself is also very dark and looks a bit more viscous than tea usually does…almost like a prune juice. The taste, though, is perfect: fresh juicy fig, in a smooth, chewy black tea. This is quite a solid, unique offering from Dammann and I’m glad to have sprung for it!

[Boyfriend liked the Noël à Venise, btw. Wants to try it iced, even. DF is a miracle worker, because this guy doesn’t do flavored anything unless its mint or earl grey. I feel like I should move to France to thank them, haha].

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Dustin

The French have such interesting flavor combinations for tea! There was a The O Dor tea I had that has fig and something else in it, but I can’t remember the name now. Not much of a recommendation, is it? :)

JustJames

this is a brilliant tea…… you’re tempting me to get into mine, lol!

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Sil just informed me that another box is on it’s way! I’ve barely touched the box she sent last month, so I guess I’d better get my act together! This one is from that previous box, probably meant to entertain me during the HoliDaze season, but I was so busy in the month of December that I pretty much stuck to teas I know & love, for familiarity, comfort, & caffeine. This week I’ve been enjoying a reprieve, & it feels so good to just sit around a little bit. It’s almost noon, & I do have a some things to do, a few errands to run, some desk organizing work. But for now, I’ll enjoy a cup or 2.

This tea makes me think of a lovely lemon curd with a little crust under it, but it doesn’t quite capture what it’s aiming for, in my opinion. It’s not bad, but I would like a base that is a little thicker & chewier, if you know what I mean. Still, as an afternoon tea I can see that many people would enjoy it.

First sipdown of the New Year! 363!

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drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
1779 tasting notes

Thank you Sil for the sample! (155)
I steeped it up by mistake but I’m not regretting it! It’s fruity and sweet and has a nice base.

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drank Fragola by Dammann Freres
767 tasting notes

how nice of dammann to put their hibiscus tea in a red bag. so i can easily know which teas to — RED ALERTSTOPNOT drink.
not even dammann can make hibiscus less hibiscusy.
just not my thing ya know.

VariaTEA

I am the same with hibiscus. I look at ingredients and if there is hibiscus in a blend I learned I probably won’t drink it. Herbals are especially upsetting because they always smell so sweet and fruity and then taste so tart – it’s always a letdown.

JustJames

you and Anna have bonded i am sure, lol. you won’t even sip for science? ;0)

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free sample from dammann.
do your worst rooibos!

not so bad! real mellow rooibos. and real mellow vanilla.
keep’n it classy dammann.

Fjellrev

I lol’d too. :)

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drank Velours Nacré by Dammann Freres
8162 tasting notes

mmmmm thank you missb! another almond flavoured tea that i quite like, though i’m not sure this surpasses the others from Damman freres that i love. Another smooth tea with a base that i enjoy. I don’t really get the blood orange taste that is supposedly in this one, so maybe thats why it seems similar to the other DF almond teas that i’ve had. However, still a pleasant tea :)

Edit: 163…whee!

Anna

Can’t I just give you my Dammann Frères teas, and you send me an equal amount of Lupicia teas? Everyone happy.

Terri HarpLady

She’ll probably do it, Anna!

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i like licorice root teas. they are warming and comforting.
they remind me of the days that i sang in bands and would drink cups and cups while on our scruffy tours in our rattly van.
it sounds more adventurous and fun than it really was. just trust me on that.

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drank Earl Grey by Dammann Freres
767 tasting notes

a classic tea from a classic company, brewed on the last day of the year.
this is tea tasting # 599.

important baby update, i live with a family and the baby took her first steps a few days ago. and somehow it’s totally made her EXTRA stoked on life! i mean, she was already stoked but now she reaches hyper proportions of excitement. it’s contagious and i feel lucky to be able to hang out with her so regularly.
future highlights will include choreographing dances and tea parties (duh!)

Lala

I remember when my twin nephews figured out how awesome it was to stand at the baby gate and throw things down the stairs. They thought they ruled the world.

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drank Noël à Venise by Dammann Freres
437 tasting notes

This tea tastes of lightly floral lemon pie filling with a sweetened aftertaste from the caramel. There is a hint of vanilla and cool sugary meringue note. A smooth base underneath, adds a bit of depth and a touch of bitterness and pastry. This tea has a sweet aftertaste. More tartness from lemon appears as it cools and as Lala noticed the flavour intensifies. The flavour was very light when hot. A nice sweet lemon tea with the caramel adding a warmth and richness to the tea.

Sil

mmmmm…

gmathis

Mercy…these people need to hire you to write their catalog copy. I’m drooling on the keyboard.

Fjellrev

You seriously make this sound wicked fantastic.

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drank Dune d'Épices by Dammann Freres
786 tasting notes

Day 10 of the advent calendar.
Smells like more citrus. Taste a little like mango. It is very light on the sip, but has an almost dirt like after taste. I give it a meh.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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94

CelebriTea, I will forever be thankful for this tea. I generally don’t LOVE a lot of fruity black teas. Sure, I’ll like them and drink them, but so often the flavors mask the tea itself. Especially when it has cinnamon in it. Not so here. The flavors of this tea mix and swirl and come together perfectly. Really, it has made me very happy today.

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drank Passion de Fleurs by Dammann Freres
303 tasting notes

In the bag, just what I was looking for – lushly and ripely fruity, with a nice complexity – it smells like passion fruit and apricot/peach compote, if there was ever such a thing. (The brewed tea, on the other hand, smells like wet fruit leaf.)

Taste wise, well – I tried this at 90 degrees C for 4 minutes, before reading Dinosara’s notes on bitterness. And no, this is not a particularly tolerant tea – the whites I’ve been drinking lately steep at 80 or so degrees C for 7 minutes without acquiring the slightest hint of astringency, but no such luck in this case.

Before the bitterness strikes, though, the taste mimics the scent of the dry tea very nicely – it’s seems more flavourful than the greens from DF I’ve tried lately, which is a happy surprise. However, it’s not overly complex, and this combined with the lack of steeping suggestions (always bad when it comes to a finicky tea) and my now fairly established lack of awe when it comes to DF teas, which probably makes me somewhat prejudiced, this is no favourite.

As it cools, the bitterness mellows out quite well, as previously reported. Unfortunately, so does the flavour itself.

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

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

Too bad the passionfruit wasn’t more prominent!

Anna

No, but the main note was definitely passion fruit, so if you’re into that, you should try it. I’ll experiment some more with the steeping and keep you posted.

Fjellrev

Nice, that’s good to know.

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My father had a few individually sealed bags of this from his friend Rosemary. It was pretty good, but I’m still a little bit sick, so no ratings. Being sick and unable to enjoy tea is terrible!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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95

Day I-have-zero-idea-what of the Dammann Freres advent calendar.

This is delicious. Reminiscent of a far away nutella meeting up with a more-present orange that had a party in my tea cup. Smooth and perfect as-is.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

Thank you Miss B,

I love this tea, and I much appreciate your efforts to help me
secure it for the 12 Days of Tea~
it is aromatic as potpourri and very delightful…

this inspires a dreamy sense…. ahhh…
…to relax with this tea and some lemon cookies ;~}
a beautifully blended floral with sweet apple and cinnamon
I too taste the burnt sugar and I adore it…perfectly crafted tea

Merry Christmas dear friends

MissB

I just wish it had gotten there faster! So glad though that you got something you really enjoy though, and that focused on your day. :)

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drank Christmas Tea Blanc by Dammann Freres
8162 tasting notes

thank you missB Admittedly white and green teas are not often my thing. I find their tastes either beyond me or too vegetal for me to love. I picked this one today because a) it’s a quick sipdown and b) in my sickness i seem to be enjoying the lighter teas.

While i am a fan of this blend, it’s not one that i could drink all the time. This is a cherry tea, with the almond missing for me, but the spices being present in the background. I would enjoy this as an occasional cup in my cupboard for sure. Thanks missb!

Terri HarpLady

Still stick? That’s no fun, especially not for New Year’s Eve.

Sil

meh new years eve is a whole lot of nothing. at most we get together with friends to watch movies and play board games. otherwise it’s stay at home, be comfy and eat lol. new years day was supposed to be a day of gaming with friends we haven’t seen in a while so i’m totally bummed about that

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advent calendar tea!
home for the night.
organizing my desk and putting old clothes into storage.
saturday!!

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again with the cinnamon!
i think i knew which teas wouldn’t interest me from the advent calendar and saved them all for last cuz ie procrastinated. some that i expected to not like really did surprise me! but still a few of the teas were exactly what i expected. i gave it a go anyways :)

again i drank this one last night.
i bought chinese for the whole house to eat for new years eve dinner and we drank fancy beers until midnight. i was nice and relaxed and low stress.
i also finished the infinity scarf i was knitting.
i’m wearing it now. and it’s very comfy.
so that was the end to my year in a nutshell. and it was just as it should be.

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drank Atomic Lemon by Dammann Freres
786 tasting notes

Day 8 of the advent calendar.
I was a little worried watching this brew because the water started turning pink… hibiscus. It smells nice and lemony when dry, but once brewed I’m getting an odd smell. Candied orange peels like you get in Asian grocery stores, which is coming through in the taste as well. There is some lemon taste, certainly not an atomic level and I get that hibiscus bite too. It isn’t over the top hibiscus, but it isn’t really a back ground or supporting roll (the only way I can stand it) either. The aftertaste is kind of dirty and dry. I recently read a tasting note where someone described a tea tasting like burnt ash and this tea makes me think of that. Definitely an ashy taste here. Well, time to toss the cup and pick a different tea!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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