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another sample from the dammann advent calendar.

i’m watching Leviathan now. it’s an experimental film so it’s not for everyone.
it is an unedited and raw and crystalized visual window into time spent of an industrial fishing boat in the middle of the ocean.
but it is making me think about so many things i never would think of otherwise! so good!
often times the ocean sounds just like contemporary orchestral music. and the life of everything just keeps pushing on.

i took this from wikipedia but i think it says a lot about the film in a good way
…the film “plunges us into the sights and sounds of this visceral business”, … raw images and natural sounds. Edited together into a non-linear and virtually wordless whole, it creates a briny immersive effect that is almost hallucinatory." … the film “conveys the brutal toll that the enterprise takes on the workers and on the ocean, …the sea threatens to exact its revenge on humanity. … avoids exposition and context, unfolds almost entirely in the dark and often verges on hallucinatory abstraction. Where most documentaries prize clarity, this one attests to the power of estrangement.”

estrangement! that’s why i’m having such an experience. it’s definitely my style.
at home floating and alone. or also like Frances Ha said “I like things that look like mistakes”.

oddree

Yes, like listening to a live orchestra or going to the opera and just letting your mind drift all over the place. Plus the ocean, which is as awesome as you can get.

Shmiracles

the ocean is a fucking serious beautiful monster.

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drank Noël à Vienne by Dammann Freres
1431 tasting notes

Another oversteep. In my defense, it’s a one cup tea bag, and therefore I had to steep it the ‘normal’ way. Yea, that’s my excuse.

I thought this would be horribly bitter by the time I got to it, yet it’s still really smooth and gentle. It’s kinda meh on it’s own, and turns into subtle dark chocolate yumminess with some Truvia. Not getting the orange really, other than perhaps if I think about it.. I wish I had more than the advent calendar sample to play with this a bit more.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Noël à Vienne by Dammann Freres
354 tasting notes

Merry Christmas everybody.

This ended up being my Christmas tea – Dammann has a lot of Christmas teas, many of them smelling (and their descriptions sounding) very tempting, but this was the winner for me. Christmas in Vienna, why not?

For me the notes here are chocolate, apricot jam and tangerine (?). Vanilla as well, and the chocolate is kinda of liquorish, making me think of hazelnut liqueur as well. Both the base and flavouring are a bit weaker than I hoped for, but on the other hand being a milder flavoured tea, it is also a very pleasant christmas to serve anybody. Very nice

For some reason this tea sort of (unfairly maybe) came off to me as being the ugly stepsister of Thé du Loup. I love the wolf tea, I think the stepsister would be prettier without the comparison, if only I had not been reminded of it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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day 23 of the dammann advent calendar !!
I actually drank this days ago and I’ll probably have my second and last cup in a few moments this morning.
I ordered the advent calendar as a way to taste 20 or so new teas. And seriously having all these individually wrapped tea bags is so fun! Easy to bring them along to parties as back-up or enjoy while out and about.

This tea smells super cherry. Like candy cherry. But after it’s brewed the almond is very strong. I’ve been tasting a bunch of almond related teas lately. I’m totally into it.

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damnit
i have a lot of teas to make notes on.
the ones that left an impression i can remember fairly well :)
but this one, not so much.

Terri HarpLady

I hate when that happens :)

oddree

I agree. Kind of a weird stevia aftertaste?

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drank Tisane de Noël by Dammann Freres
2184 tasting notes

Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 22

Yay, I love this one. I even bought a box of sachets of this one, although I still rarely think of having a tisane in the evenings. Like tasty spiced christmas cookies! Yum.

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drank Tisane de Noël by Dammann Freres
2184 tasting notes

Dammann advent calendar, day 22. An evening Christmas tea!

This smells extremely Christmassy in the sachet. Cinnamon and spices for sure! Steeped, it smells like cinnamony Christmas cookies. Mmmm! This tea reminds me of one of the Verdant blends but I can’t place which one. Spices, a cookie flavor, and some sweetness from the licorice root (although i don’t get licorice flavor). I quite like this one, it would be nice to have for the evenings!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Dammann Freres
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This tea is a rather special Earl Grey, its taste is almost neutral, much less pronounced than many tea I had the opportunity to taste elsewhere. Nevertheless it is a very nice tea that I like to drink nature, as all teas I usually drink. Its nose is very fragrant and it’s always a pleasure to open its box.
Drinking tea is something I do everywhere, at home, at work or with friends and this tea, presented in a beautiful cardboard box can be transported easily, even if its conservation would have been much better in an iron box. You need some time to drink 50 sachets, and it will be interesting to see how the tea will grow old.
The Dammann’s Crystal bag is another advantage of this tea, in fact its excellent workmanship and its very fine mesh guarantees no deposit in the cup.
Without being my favourite tea, this tea is excellent with breakfast, and I highly recommend it to anyone wishing to drink tea with a delicate but simple flavour.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Noël à Londres by Dammann Freres
871 tasting notes

Day 21!

I quite like this one. I was getting a bit worried because that last few Dammann teas I hadn’t really loved. But I am excited about this one.

I definitely taste the cinnamon which is nice. I am getting some almond. Not getting any apple though. I am getting a cake type flavour from the marigold petals.

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

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drank Noël à Londres by Dammann Freres
2184 tasting notes

Dammann advent calendar, day 21. Is the lead-up to Christmas all “Noël” teas? Maybe so!

Of course, the English Christmas tea is the prototypical Christmas tea, to me. Spices, almond, a bit of fruity (this time apple, not orange). And the steeped tea is like, holy crap cinnamon! And I think there has to be clove in this as well. The initial part of the sip is all spices, with perhaps a bit of smoothing vanilla. Then as I sit, a while after taking a sip, the almond flavor grows strongly in my mouth, like amaretto or almond extract. I wish this tea was a little more balanced—perhaps cinnamon and almond together at the same time, instead of separate—but it is still a tasty tea and I enjoyed drinking it this morning.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Advent Calendar, day 21.

This smelled of apple cinnamon – so, heavenly – when dry. Unfortunately even with the steeping parameters I’ve used with all the other DF teas, this just tasted weak and thin. Even as it cooled nothing really changed. Maybe a nutty undertone to the tea if I REALLY concentrate on it, but still just too watery for my tastes.

This one is just a ‘meh’ for me.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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well my dammann order arrived yesterday so here i am jumping in!
Day 21
i don’t love cinnamon in my tea, so i knew this wasn’t gonna be a fave, but i was still VERY surprised by how much i liked it. yay win!

if you love movies then watch this.
asap.
just do it.
like, now.
http://vimeo.com/80862133

the university where i work is closed until January 2nd.
my goal is to watch 1 documentary and 1 film i haven’t seen from the list in the video link every day.
today i watched 2 documentaries, (A)sexual and Blackfish.
and i currently started the film Post Tenebras Lux.
though it might be too late for it and i might watch an episode from The Top of the Lake instead.

my documentary options feel a little aimless, so if anyone would like to recommend a few i’d love the guidance! :)

Lala

How was Blackfish, I have heard a lot about it.

OMGsrsly

So jealous. I have to work on Monday and Tuesday. :(

MissB

The Cove – although do watch it with a box of kleenex and perhaps a friend to yap with after. Met the guy who wrote it (yes, there are writers for documentaries)… really inspiring story. Mind you, it’s considered ‘old’ now, so you may have already watched it.

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Day 20!

This one dry smells of apples. The brewed tea tastes like apples and rose petals. There is a bit of plum. I am finding it has abit of a waxy flavour but I think it is from the rose petals. As it cools there is maybe a bit of pear in there.

This one is ok. But I definitely prefer Marie Antoinette for an apple/rose tea.

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

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Dammann advent calendar, day 20. Yay more “Noël” teas! Makes sense that this is the perfect way to try all of those.

Very fruity! Honestly yesterday morning I couldn’t focus too hard on it, but it certianly came across as a well-blended, fruity tea with no one flavor taking over the others, and all working together to make a tasty cup. I would bet this would make a really tasty iced tea too (funny for a Christmas tea), and I certainly wouldn’t turn down another cup of it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Noël à Vienne by Dammann Freres
871 tasting notes

Day 19. Same as last year.

I think my taste buds have changed a bit from last year. I actually don’t find this one too bad.

I am getting strong vanilla. Slight fruity flavours, like apricot. Getting no citrus and absolutely no chocolate. I am not getting the smokey base tea this year that I complained about last year. I don’t necessarily think it is my tastes buds that have changed so much but it is that these are tea sachets which I know are not always consistent. Especially when they are made from normally loose leaf tea.

Getting a bit bored with this calendar this year unfortunately. I just wish they would have at least mixed up the order of the teas this year as compared to last year.

Still love Dammann tea though.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

that’s sad that it wasn’t changed up

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drank Noël à Vienne by Dammann Freres
871 tasting notes

Day 19!

I think it is ok to say I was not a fan of this one. It is not a bad blend, but I am just finding the tastes are not working for me. There is definitely a really strong smokey black tea. I am getting a bit of chocolate taste but it tastes quite watered down. This one is reminding me of those chocolate oranges that you can get around Christmas time. I am also getting hints of vanilla.

I definitely got hints of hazelnuts with this one in taste and smell.

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

Haha glad to hear I am not the only one who tasted hazelnuts!

Lala

I think it is something to do with Dammann’s “chocolate”. I get a nutty taste with most of their chocolate teas.

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Advent calendar day 18.

Rooibos. We meet again.

I have learned that I’m just not much of a fan of herbals. I’ll try them, sure, but I don’t go out of my way to buy them anymore. They just taste off to me now.

This is no exception. The dry leaf smells mostly of orange and clove but it also doesn’t definitively smell of tea. It has a medicinal smell that gets stronger when brewed (I’m thinking this may be due to the cherry.)

The taste (served with no additives) is okay – mostly orange. The mouthfeel is fine. I just really don’t like that medicinal note – I have to breathe through my mouth in order to take a sip.

Yeah, not wowed, but then I didn’t expect to be, really.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

Bleh, rooibos ;)

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drank Noël à Vienne by Dammann Freres
2184 tasting notes

Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 19

I am not super familiar with this tea, although I knew I had it last year, and I drank it this morning without looking it up at all. As I’m drinking, I’m thinking, ah, a hazelnut tea, very similar to Mélange de Chérubins. Probably also with chocolate and orange. Tasty, although like most hazelnut teas (Fleurilege excepted), not my favorite.

Then I came on Steepster to look at the list of ingredients and my tasting note from last year. First ingredients: no hazelnut at all. Very curious. Then, my tasting note, in which I said:

“So I drank this tea without knowing what was in it at all… and wow were my taste buds off! To me it was very hazelnutty, which is not an ingredient at all. I didn’t really get fruitiness from the apricot or orange. Makes me want to have it again to properly wrap my head around it. Weird!”

… Well I have had it again now, and I still feel the same way about it. So I’m rating it this year, because it was tasty, even though it apparently tastes like something totally different than it should (to me).

Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Noël à Vienne by Dammann Freres
2184 tasting notes

Dammann advent calendar, day 19. I skipped 18 because I am not drinnking rooibos anymore, so it will have to get passed on to another person. Thankfully there has only been one rooibos tea in the advent calendar so far!

So I drank this tea without knowing what was in it at all… and wow were my taste buds off! To me it was very hazelnutty, which is not an ingredient at all. I didn’t really get fruitiness from the apricot or orange. Makes me want to have it again to properly wrap my head around it. Weird!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

no drinking rooibos because it’s bothering you? or just cause. :)

Stephanie

Yeah screw rooibos. I hate that stuff, lol.

Dinosara

No rooibos because when I drink it my throat gets scratchy and it feels like I am allergic to it. Also I almost never actually like the flavor. But mostly the former.

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Advent calendar, day 19 (though I’m having it today because I got mixed up.)

Another Christmas tea! These are so fun. I like imagining the different cities and why they picked the flavors they did. I’m assuming this was based on the Sachertorte (chocolate cake) and Marillenkuchen (apricot cake) that are traditional Austrian desserts.

Steep notes: no additives, below parameters.

Dry leaf smelled mostly like chocolate and caramel (I’m pretty sure the vanilla is responsible for this). I don’t mind chocolate in tea but it feels like they put it in every blend, practically. Luckily they do it well. Once steeped the aroma has transformed into a sweet milk chocolate. This, again, is pretty standard Dammann…I imagine the apricot is waiting for me in the taste.

Mmm…it was! I get the fruity apricot followed by creamy vanilla and a muted chocolate. As the liquor has cooled the apricot is more evident in the scent as well. I like this! It’s probably my second favorite after the Venice Christmas one. I’ll keep this on the reorder list for sure…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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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
871 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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drank Rooibos de Noël by Dammann Freres
871 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
871 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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