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70
drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
6170 tasting notes

afternoon tea! this was a reasonable cup, though it’s not my favourite at all from DF. *shmiracles*was kind enough to send through a sample of this one and it was good for me to try it again and reaffirm that this one is just a little too floral for me to really have a party with it. :)

Sami Kelsh

Interesting! I’ve had this one in my shopping cart with Dammann for a while, so opinions good. Do I dare?

Sil

If you like your teas with a side of floral…you’ll probably like it. I figure this one isn’t the most amazing on the block though given that dinosara and i are usually in opposite camps in terms of teas.. she likes those green things.. i like the black lol but we’re both in sort of a not as loving this one as much as others mood when it comes to this tea

Sami Kelsh

Hmm. I feel like I had the impression from the description on the website that the floral wouldn’t really make a big difference, but if it does, I think I might pass on it – or at least not sink 6 euros into a bag. I like certain florals, but I was more interested in the other things happening in it. Oh well.

Sil

it’s not cloyingly floral… i’d dump the cup if it was.. but it’s floral enough that i’m like.. “move over..i’m trying to see the rest of the things in here!”

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70
drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
6170 tasting notes

dinaosaaaaaaraaaaa….this one is weird. lol i would never have expected it to taste like this, given the description. First off, opening the package i was immediately scared because it smells overwhelmingly floral. like the kind of floral that makes me want to spit teas out.
However…i endured! The taste of this one is weird to me. I don’t really get toffee or bicuits or orange blossom. instead it’s this strange floral yet not floral, sweetish sort of indescribable brew. I don’t hate it…but it’s weird. lol

appreciate the share dinosara!

Dinosara

Yes, I agree. I don’t know what to make of this either. It’s definitely one of the few DF teas I’ve tried that hasn’t really suited my tastebuds.

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88
drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
2157 tasting notes

Sipdown, 134. It’s always a sad day when a Dammann tea gets sipped down.

I overleafed this but it still turned out amazing, as I have often found with Dammann. They are hard to mess up! This one is lovely with it’s red fruits and caramel. An eventual reorder, perhaps!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
2157 tasting notes

I think it’s hilarious that Sil managed to send me a couple of Dammann teas that I haven’t tried yet, since it sometimes seems like I am the Dammann queen of Steepster. But I never grabbed this one, mostly because I am not big on cherry and it is one of the flavors here. Although it is almost a red-fruits blend, really, I guess just three instead of four.

Anyway, this smells lovely, as expected. Red fruits and caramel and vanilla… yum. There is a tartness to this that really reminds me of real cherries (not cherry flavoring) which I do enjoy. The caramel and vanilla are sweet and smooth, and as always I love the base blend. This reminds me of Mélange Vénitien, which is red fruits plus vanilla, but no caramel. I liked that blend but didn’t get a lot of vanilla, which is not a problem here. The caramel definitely bumps it up. If I was going to restock one I would restock this one, which is somewhat surprising to me but I guess I should know better by now. I always love Dammann!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

YAAAAY! that makes me super happy :)

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90
drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
302 tasting notes

It’s all Sil’s fault. I wasn’t going to have another cup, but she just had to dangle that tasting note in front of me.

This smells insane. Going by the dry tea alone I understand all the hype when it comes to the famed Dammann Frères caramel notes, because this is all lush caramel and vanilla… and pu-erh. This particular pu-erh really is like drinking an exquisite, wooden box, polished to perfection.

Steeped, its flavour mimics what a room in my house in the country smells like on certain days – down to the very last nuance. It used to be my grandmother’s room, and her fine, carved wooden box from India is still there. She always had caramel toffees, so I keep some in there for her ghost… and that’s what’s in this cup exactly.

It’s almost a little too freaky – a little too close to home, a little too intimate.

But still absolutely wonderful.

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

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

lol and my review was just so amazing too haha really glad you loved it too though :)

JustJames

well, any hopes i had of leftover birthday money sure are evaporating quickly!

Anna

Haha, Sil, your review was one big teaser – I just HAD to know for myself.

And JustJames, money is for tea. It’s its purpose. Trust me. I’m very old.

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90
drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
6170 tasting notes

nom nom nom another afternoon tea for me, though i should be drinkign water with how hot it is…blech. didn’t get much accomplished today but i’l, manage somehow. At least it looks like i might be able to get away with working from home thrs, fri and mon of the following week. heh

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90
drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
6170 tasting notes

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90
drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
6170 tasting notes

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90
drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
6170 tasting notes

tea from this morning. Before i left the house i made a quick latte of this + vanilla plantation from silk road. It was just the right sort of thing to start my day off!

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90
drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
6170 tasting notes

Another tea from this morning’s excursion. We ended up spending a bit of time walking around downtown in the snow, hit the bookstore for me, had lunch together. just a really great weekend. It’s nice since the two of us haven’t had a weekend together in months. This tea was great for the later half of the morning as the puerh cooled just a little making this tea just a little stronger and bolder. am happy with this one :)

Anna

This tea.

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90
drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
6170 tasting notes

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90
drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
6170 tasting notes

oh happy day… my love is back with me. Had a couple cups of this in the morning and it made the day better for being in it :)

ashmanra

I want this so badly. Guess I am placing an order!

JustJames

i have to say…. it’s alot better ordering with DF than MF… they’re faster, their prices are more reasonable, their shipping is more reasonable and they give samples.

Sil

I’ve never ordered from DF directly. I opted. For the cadeaux vendom place since shipping was only 8 euro.

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90
drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
6170 tasting notes

want.more. sipdown! I had this one tonight in latte form and it is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good! seriously! I need to get on board the puerh latte train or something! I have a sneaking suspicion i’ll be trying this with more of my puerhs going forward…especially the few flavoured ones i have. so good! Thank you so much dinosara!! love it!

Anna

It is! It is SO GOOD. I am so drinking this tomorrow!

QueenOfTarts

This sounds DELICIOUS.. and I don’t even like puerh!

Sil

I’m so sad it’s gone…queen of tarts, it’s a great flavoured puerh. I generally prefer mine straight but this one in rich and delicious!

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90
drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
6170 tasting notes

mmm had a cup of this to kick start my day. Sometimes it’s nice to have a flavoured puerh and a straight one on the go at the same time heh. Still really enjoying this one, so i may need to put i on the list for someday when i get to go back to france/uk sigh

Anna

I love this one SO MUCH. Remind me, and I’ll drop in an extra bag for you next time I place a DF order.

ashmanra

Ooo, I wonder if the kids can pick this up for me in Ireland?

Sil

it’s deliciously good! and resteeps well

gmathis

Do you know how jealous I am of your personal European tea shoppers? ;)

Anna

I’d be a personal Euro tea slave for anyone with access to Lupicia, just saying…

Sil

I wish I had a personal European shopper! I’m just lucky with folks who are willing to swap with me ;)

ashmanra

I don’t know if they sell it anywhere there and can’t find anything on google as to where! Waaaaaah! I really wa….NEED this!

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90
drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
6170 tasting notes

note to self. When you’re exausted and have trouble forming coherent sentences…stay away from new teas that you won’t be able to write about well anyway because you’re mentally challenged from the sheer stupidity of the world you work in. That about sums up my evening. This was from dinosara and i solemly swear that i am up to no good…oh wait i mean that i’ll write a better review the next time i write it. ;)

Anna

Have! And I really want to drink it now. Maybe I have time for one more cup. Why, Sil, why do you tempt us so?

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85
drank Noël à Pékin by Dammann Freres
302 tasting notes

Interestingly, if you compare the English and French descriptions for this tea, there is no mention of citrus (or, well, agrumi) oils in the translation – I picked this as the first to try from my Instant-Thé tea haul, as it smelled so strongly of blood orange – which I can never keep my hands off.

Green/black tea blends really appeal to me, as they are often so clear and light. My main issue with all-black (flavoured) teas are their muddiness, to be honest. But this turns a perfect shade in the cup. I steeped it for three minutes first, deemed it too weak and then gave it another minute. The recommendation was for 4-5 at 90C, and I think it could take the full 5 without any bitterness.

This is very peculiar. I’m not really a fan of jasmine (this was a free sample included with my order), but it works very well here – it’s a subtle, elusive perfume both in the nose and the cup.

Flavour wise, I get mostly passion fruit and blood orange, but a deep, rich blood orange – there isn’t any tartness to speak of. This all plays out against a very complex backdrop of intermingling fruit flavours, which is just lovely.

I find myself really enjoying this one, and I very badly want to try it with various forms of baked goods – it would be an excellent tea party tea, in all its complexity.

Some astringency.

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

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

“I’m not really a fan of jasmine” :O le gasp

Anna, how could you?!

Anna

Haha, that’s supposed to be ‘jasmine IN BLACK TEA BLENDS’. Honestly, sometimes when I edit these on my iPad they just go poof. Boarding now, will fix it later. Thank you!

Nattie

Hahaha I guess that’s excusable. Hope you had a safe flight!

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88

this tea was such a welcome surprise! i got no sleep and woke up looking like i got punched in the face— a deep infection in the eye socket apparently. no driving, no school, all i can think is ‘really? seriously? dammit’. came out of nowhere. however i find this tea a lovely distraction.

i don’t have a a lot of experience with green teas, though i am amending that bit by bit. i think the name ‘macaron’ had me thinking of macaroons…(definitely not!). this blend is light and refreshing. i get unexpected notes of cilantro and a hint of basil, a soft fruit component….a dark berry that isn’t black berry or logan.

the green tea is lovely and light: no smoke or pungancy. to me this is a savoury tea… though as it cools i detect some cassis.

i’ve never had a savoury tea. how lovely. thank you ysaurella!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Anna

I think I ordered this (for once, you didn’t make me do it). I’m excited to try it!

JustJames

lol…. it’s a brilliantly complicated blend. very unexpected. i wonder if you’ll get the same savoury essence as i did?

Anna

We shall see! My package arrived in Italy on Friday, so maybe, just maybe…

Ysaurella

that’s funny, to me the blackcurrant is the first thing I got an,d behind the candied violet.
For sure even if greens are not your cup of tea, this is an easy green for beginners, sooooo mellow…Glad you liked it

ifjuly

Wow, that sounds amazing. I love macaroons, but macaron with basil, cilantro, and fruit…heaven.

I hope your eye is fully recovered!

JustJames

sigh…. i look less like a mutant, but it’s taking awhile to go. however!!! i am feeling much better since i got my exams done: one A- and one A+! i’ll take a mutated eye for those, lol.

ifjuly

yay, congrats!

OMGsrsly

Go you! That’s awesome. :)

JustJames

i am noth relieved and amused…. relieved because they’re over, and amused because i have more projects than ever due and i bounced right out of them and into more, lol. public announcement:’ i am an academic trampoline artist! boing!’ sheesh.

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88

i loved this sample from ysaurella…. it’s funny, when i look at the amount she sent me for each tea it’s almost as though she anticipated that i would mess up the first attempt! because although i messed up all of the damman first steeps, i had enough left over to try again and add the extra that made it perfect, lol.

as i mentioned in a review yesterday i am happy with damman freres blends with 1.5 times the recommended amount.

once i got the amount right this blend was exceptional. i am a fig fan, big time. i have a fig tree in the front yard… though sadly it does not produce fruit for me.

if i could design an old growth forest i would do it with fig trees… that as they aged bore immense pear sized figs that were light and sweet and tangy. the fruit would be harboured under the canopy of broad leaves. my forest would be hectares long and acres wide.

all the houses bordering my forest would be equipped with windows that had built in wipers because whenever there was a wind storm the great soft figs would splatter against the glass and no one would be able to see! (welcome to my world?)the deer and cariboo would also leave your flowers alone in this imaginary place because the grounded figs would more than satisfy! (we have a ‘small’ deer population in our area, lol)

with the blend amount amended this tea gave me everything: i got sunshine in the summertime, the mild tang of an italian honey fig, a sense of juiciness, ripeness, i even (somehow) gleaned the light taste of seeds!

all fruit, no floral. not creamy, not astringent. this tea very accurately reflects a fresh fig. beautifully done.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Anna

So adding this to the shopping list.

JustJames

lol! you and i just keep egging each other on to break our budgets!

Anna

I know! So let’s absolutely keep it up! ;P

Fjellrev

Sounds like a winner!

JustJames

aren’t we both students? which means we are inherently broke? lol. meh, what studentaid doesn’t know won’t hurt them! how many students blow their loans on drugs and booze… tea can’t be that bad. i have a return swap that has to head out to ysaurella, after that we could swap! assuming i haven’t whittled everything down to a point where you see nothing that interests you!

i have silk road here too…. X0P

Ysaurella

I like very much this one and I am happy you enjoyed it so much. To me it tastes a lot fig pastry more than fresh fig but I loved it as it is.

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heh heh… french immersion can make for an amusing linguistic experience, in my head i translate this one as ‘knackered velvet’, lol!

i’m getting a strange read off this one since i had it last… more of a milk flavour with really mild orange and almond tones. too mild for me now.

thank you to MissB for such a generous share! strange how our tastes shuffle and side step…. sorry dammann, the score must drop…. no worries though, i love plenty of your teas!

TheTeaFairy

Lol, that’s a «tricky» translation!

JustJames

well, i like to be punny on a polyglot level =0)

TheTeaFairy

Monsieur, vous êtes un excellent représentant de la langue Française, if I do say so myself :-)

JustJames

merci! je vous salue avec des joues qui rougit =0)

TheTeaFairy

awww, too cute! i just love this place and its eclectic bunch of people :-)

sherapop

‘Nacre’ veut dire ‘pearl’ en anglais, non?

TheTeaFairy

Yes, nacré is pearly. The interior of a shell for instance is nacré…
We just digress and go a little wacky here with our comments sometimes :-)

JustJames

yes, but i am tired.. thus knackered, thus knackered velvet. knackered versus nacred. =0P

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C’est grace a ma chere ysaurella que j’ai eu la chance d’essayer cette beaute!

i have done it! i have worked out my algorithmic happiness with damman freres blends!

with each sample that ysaurella sent me of damman freres i have loved the smell of the blend, but each time the steep fell short!!!
as predicted, operator error…. and now i know how i like it.

1.5 five times the recommended amount, with a 6 minute steep. precisely. each time. and i love them that way!

under these parameters i got all of the expected brilliance of this blend. i got creamed roasted chestnuts, almonds, hazelnuts… a very gentle floral contribution without perfume.

i liked this one with cream and sugar.

brilliant.

and now i know how to prepare it!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Anna

Oh, I have to write this down, FOR FUTURE REFERENCE. tracks her Dammann Frères package obsessively

Ysaurella

glad you liked this one

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Good to know!

JustJames

for the life of me i could not figure out what i was doing wrong…. but i have it nailed now, lol.

ahem, and i just got off the phone with my mother who has happily agreed ‘to support your granny tea habit’ (ie: give me money for tea from mariage freres and damman freres). granny? GRANNY??? grandmothers are great, don’t get me wrong, but 1) i’m a guy and 2) what part of tea is granny-ish? lol.

OMGsrsly

Your mom is pretty funny. :) Thankfully my mom is also really into tea. She didn’t even blink when I spent all my birthday money on tea!

JustJames

my mom and i are very different people. last year she bought me a crate of wine… 14 bottles? thing is— if it’s not tea then i’m not a big drinker. not wine, not even water! i still have bottles left over!

it was a really nice thought… last year we went with her thought, this year i’d prefer to go with mine. sure, i’ll play the part of old man with mariage freres in my cup. lol.

OMGsrsly

Here’s hoping that wine will age well. Thankfully my mom knows I don’t drink much. She always offers, but then follows up with juice or tea options!

JustJames

hahahahaha! yay mom! i remember when i was in first year uni thinking that drinking might be fun…. i think i did it once or twice? but both times i got to the ‘totally blitzed’ stage and thought ‘okay, i want to be sober now’. course it doesn’t work that way, lol. so aside from cooking with it and the odd glass i just abstain. not my style.

to each their own…. but for me— tea!

i would totally do a tea party with you and your mom! i talk with friends about it frequently. the reaction is always the same: they look at me like i’m nuts and then hear what i have and start booking time on their calendars. heh heh.

OMGsrsly

:D One of my friends did a tea party, cooked with tea, served matching teas, the whole works. I wasn’t feeling well so I didn’t get to go, but it sounded SO awesome.

My mom is an unflavoured tea person. Anything with a flavour, and she wrinkles her nose in disgust. :)

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I think I overleafed this one a little and as it is a sample I get with my Instant thé order I won’t be able to taste it properly now… I won’t rate it so but can tell some of my feelings disregarding the bitterness I stupidely created myself.

This is a lovely exotic fruits blend, I can get the natural notes of pineapple and mango for sure.
Jasmin is there but is very discrete.
I’m pretty sure it is a fantastic blend where the aromas pair very well together what a pity I wasted it so stupidely.

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

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100
drank Violette by Dammann Freres
381 tasting notes

this sample was a bittersweet gift from ysaurella.

my grandmother was the dearest person in my life. i remember being a very little boy staring at a bowl of purple sculptures on the glass table in the livingroom— tiny, delicate…. she popped one into my mouth! light, perfumed, crunchy and sweet. the flavour of violets will always make me think of her.

she died almost two years ago, and i will always miss her. finding bits and pieces that take me back to snapshots of memory is something significant to me. this tea is a direct link to her: not because she’d like it, lol! she was a purist tea-wise… assam, unflavoured, no sugar. in a pinch, lady grey. but we’re talking about my memories here!

lovely. and i must have some.

ysaurella, thank you so much.

candied violets, perfectly captured. seamlessly executed.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Aimee Popovacki

davids sugar and spice reminds me of my croatian grandma who passed four years ago now.. she always had gingerbread lebkuchen cookies.. and it reminds me so much of christmas time and eating them in her kitchen! its lovely :)

JustJames

isn’t it amazing how scent and taste can give us a piece of the past? i haven’t even checked how much it costs…. doesn’t matter. it will be in my cupboard…. FOR christmas. i’ll have a cup of this blend and something with marzipan and smile nostaligically.

Terri HarpLady

Anything with Roses reminds me of my gramma, because she always smelled like them.

JustJames

i think that grandmothers must be very special creatures… they stay with us even after they are gone.

Ysaurella

for sure Grandmas are exceptional, I miss mine so much.
I’am happy you liked this one so much, this is clearly a blend linked to childhood.
I prefer it plain but you can even add some milk to it, it works as well.

JustJames

lol, i did a resteep with milk….. much better without!!!

CelebriTEA

What a beautiful tribute ♡

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91
drank Bali by Dammann Freres
7 tasting notes

Bought at Oronero – Palazzo Pitti – Firenze
Luzzia was the owner.
Jul/13

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

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Bought at Oronero – Palazzo Pitti – Firenze
Luzzia was the owner.
Jul/13

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