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Dammann advent calendar, day 2. Yay for christmas-y teas! From the description I think I was expecting some kind of typical orange-spice christmas blend, but I was pleasantly surprised when I sniffed the sachet. It smelled way more fruity than I thought it would! I think there is a hint of bergamot in this blend, and even though it only says citrus fruits I would swear there is fig in here. (Fortunately I don’t get cherry like Lala because I hate cherry flavor, haha).
Mmmm, this is lovely. I can taste the spices but they aren’t too spicy, they just complement the fruit blend very well. And that fruit blend! So much better than simple orange and spices. I do see where Lala is getting the “syrup” aspect from the texture, because it is thick and luxurious. That reads as fig to me, which adds to the holiday feeling. I could see restocking this one, definitely!
Day 2 of Dammann’s advent calendar. I am behind :(. I kept forgetting to bring each day’s tea to work. In fact I forgot day 2 on day 2, then on day 3 I forgot day 2 and 3. By then tme get home from work it is too late to be drinking caffeinated teas. So today I remebered to bring them and I have 3 teas to drink at work today to catch up. I was so jealous reading the reviews from Cameron B and Dinosara the past few days.
I love this tea. To me it is delicious. It tastes like hubba bubba/bubbilicious bubble gum. I love the sweet orange flavour. It is like candy. The other spices are really light in the background. The black base is fairly light but I find the liquor quite thick. I was quite happy to have this one in the calendar again this year.
Day 2 of Dammann Freres advent calendar.
This tea is all cherry bubbilicious with hints of juicy fruit.
The smell of the dry tea is like the gum mixture as stated above. There is a sweet, citrus, but floral smell to the tea. The brewed tea is light and smooth. No astringency. I still get the cherry and juicy fruit flavours. I am getting sweet orange. I do not get much of the cinnamon or nutmeg. There is a sweet floral component to the tea. The tea is moderately thick and for some reason is reminding me of syrup (kind of like chokecherry syrup). Whatever is in this blend, it is pretty darn good.
I love French teas!
Dammann advent calendar, day 1. I just got my calendar today so I have some catching up to do. To avoid spoiling I will wait until the next day after each advent day to post my reviews, but after the day of, it’s fair game.
Lucky for me the first day was a tisane that I can drink tonight. I was actually curious about this one when I placed my order, wondering about the hawthorn base. The sachet smells familiar but I can’t place it… It does smell nicely sweet.
I do get a bit of a chamomile feel to this, and it think the apple is contributing to that (I always find chamomile appley). However, I like this considerably more than I like chamomile. The mallow blossoms add a sweet and creamy flavor and texture. I don’t taste all the individual flavors here, but they all come together to make a sweet vanilla cream with a light fruitiness and a bit of hayishness. I like it! I would consider picking up more in the future.
This is Day 1 of Dammann Freres advent calendar (sorry for the spoiler). Its December 4 but I just got the calendar today. Woot! So I have lots of tea to drink tomorrow to catch up. Very excited that this one is a herbal so I can drink it this evening. I thought the teas would be loose, but they are actually in silk sachets, which is really nice for ease of use.
This one is good. There is a chamomile type taste to it in my opinion (I am assuming this is the hawthorne?). The beginning of the sip is a bit vegetal/hay like, also dry. The mallow is quite strong initially. This gives way to the cinnamon and orange flavours. The vanilla adds some sweetness at the end of the sip. The dryness has disappeared. I think the cinnamon and orange make it taste like a winter type tea.
Day 2 of the Dammann advent calendar! This smells quite citrusy when dry, mixed with other things I can’t pick out. The flavors are well balanced and the tea is smooth. No bitterness at all! It tastes fruity floral to me and those types of teas have to do something to really stand out for me to want to add them to my cupboard. Glad to have a chance to try this, but I’d pass on having this one join my stash.
Smells nice and vanilla like. I can pick out a bit of the rooibos scent too. Once brewed this tea is just a bland mixture of vanilla and rooibos taste. Totally unremarkable and boring until I add sugar. Once it is sweetened it is enjoyable, but still not impressive and not worth the higher price tag of Dammann Freres. I could get this in a grocery store brand like Mighty Leaf in a similar silken brewing pouch. This gets a meh from me.
I don’t typically try new teas during the work week, although I don’t exactly have a good reason. I think it’s just that I prefer to try my teas on the weekend, when I can really laze around, cuddle up with them, and give them all the attention and energy a brand new tea deserves. But the package just smelled so wonderful and it was so easy to know which tea was which so I just had to! Besides, I’m a floral lover, both in my tea and perfume.
In the bag, this actually smells strongly of violet, although I admit I haven’t smelled an actual violet-I’ve only smelled its rendition in perfumes and the like. This did not smell like perfume, though; it just smelled like a flower that grows in fresh earth, and that has a serious depth to it.
I have to say that although I found the tea enjoyable overall, I wasn’t overwhelmed by the taste the way the smell might have led me to believe. This isn’t to say at all that the taste was mild or weak—it was actually quite potent. it’s more that the smell was more of a strong, candied violet, while the taste was more generically sweet but also quite pleasant in that undeniable way the French have with tea. I found myself enjoying the cup more and more as it cooled though, and am really glad I have enough to make a second cup! To be honest, I’m actually a little bit relieved I wasn’t terribly in love with it: there are only so many French teas I can afford to love! Thank you so much, JustJames, for so generously sending me this sample! The world is better for your presence.
oh my goodness, this for me smellls exactly like dulce de leche icecream – now it would not be on a personal list of flavours i knew i wanted, or go in a list of my utmost favorites but dulce de leche, awww, how can anyone not love it? so love at first sniff.
but regardless of the wonderfulness of the scent, the weakness is a familisr one with Dammann´s teas – the base tea is their usual one, and while adequate for so many of their other flavoured teas, here it is just not up to the task. Too wimpy.
But am going to enjoy very much the rest of the sample (thanks Ysaurella!), though I confess this is making me very curious instead about Dammann´s caramel toffee rooibos, or what other tea companies whose bases vary more often would do with the idea of a caramel tea.
Another tea from earlier today – i’m a little slow today with tea drinking and a little behind. this is another tasty treat from cteresa I think for the most part, while i quite enjoy red fruit teas, they are not my favourite. i always want them to be with vanilla or caramel or something. What i DO enjoy them for are cold brews, so i may do that with the last of the sample cteresa sent me to see how that fares. Overall a really nicely balanced tea – don’t get me wrong – but i’m less fond of red fruits than some others. thank you again cteresa!
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.