Dammann Freres

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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.

very nice.

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.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
OMGsrsly

Yes! Cite everything! One of my friends is marking for a first year class, and it’s an automatic D if they don’t cite. You wouldn’t believe (or maybe you would) how many students don’t cite their sources. :/

JustJames

we have three pages of citations. for a lab. it makes it much harder to argue with us. our information is rock solid…. if he disagrees with our opinions or my somewhat shocking analysis then that’s a different thing, but our numbers and our data are BACKED UP.

(hmmmm….) we’re evaluating the 5 best and 5 worst countries for child under 5 mortality and i stumbled onto a fascinating piece of information…… not sure i should reveal it here, but i don’t think he’s expecting it.

my lab partner and i like to be bullet proof. =0)

OMGsrsly

Awesome. :)

JustJames

nothin’ like a PAIR of bullet proof smarta…. well you know how that word ends. =0)

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
381 tasting notes

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)

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

Happy birthday!

JustJames

=0) thank you! it’s a good day to be 38!!!

ifjuly

Yay, happy bday!

JustJames

=0) what better way than to celebrate with friends?

Fjellrev

Happy happy birthday!

JustJames

thank you! they wrote ‘happy birthday’ with a smiley face on my sashimi container and i swear it tasted better than usual, lol. maybe they reserve the best stuff for birthday boys?

keychange

Happy birthday, you!! I’m so glad your mom got you a ton of tea!

JustJames

okay, i cannot express the value of a temperature programmable kettle!!!! wow stuff tastes amazing!!! i feel very spoiled. and i found out at about 3 this morning that i got 90% on my big psych project and she’s offering me 100%. THAT is a hell of a birthday!

Cavocorax

Happy Birthday! :) (belated – whoops!)
And that’s great about the new kettle and the awesome marks!

JustJames

thanks and thanks! say….. anything interesting in your mail box?

Cavocorax

No…. not yet. :( I’ll let you know as soon as I see something!

Ysaurella

Bon anniversaire + 1 jour !

JustJames

merci! est-ce-que votre cadeau est arrive?

Ysaurella

non pas encore mais peut être demain ou samedi :)

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drank Mousson sur Hanoï by Dammann Freres
6317 tasting notes

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!

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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!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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86
drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
6317 tasting notes

enjoying another cup of this today as we managed to get through another round of clean up in the house. This time i forced myself to donate clothes that i’d been holding on to for too long. I still have too many clothes, but well, it’s a start lol

boychik

Way to go. I have to brag too. Today I gave 5 huge bags of my son’s clothes to my friend. But still it’s like one drop in a ocean.

Sil

haha awesome! it feels good to let things go, especially when they go to good second homes.

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
6317 tasting notes

mmmm sooo good to visit this one again in a non travel mug lol. I quite like this one, though it never tastes as wonderful when i bring it to work in a travel mug :) Oh well, there is still lots to enjoy :)

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
6317 tasting notes

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”

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
6317 tasting notes

nom nom nom nom nom drinking tea while playing board games and being sick. My other half is willing to join me in a year of taking 1 picture a day of something that makes us smile/we’re grateful for/we appreciate etc… so here’s to trying to keep that up for a whole year :) Anyway, this tea? love it. so glad i picked up 100g of it…though it’s going fast!

Cavocorax

Oh that’s an awesome challenge!
Are you trying to do it for the entire year? I just all of a sudden feel like maybe I should do that again because when I did it made me go outside and do things – otherwise it’s 365 pics of cat/baby. :P

I think the last time I did I made it to 100 days (not just things that made me happy, but just… pics?) and the best one was on my last day of chemo – so close to freedom!

Anna

Sounds like a great project! Also nom nom Fleurilège.

Cavocorax

Oh – just read your post – you are doing the whole year! Yay!
I like that it’s things you like appreciate etc. Seems like there’s less pressure that way to making sure the picture is artistic etc, while still letting you have some freedom to experiment if you want to.

Sil

yeah…day one picture – the crockpot making pulled pork for tonight’s meal lol Ian’s picture – helen. hahaha

Cavocorax

Hahah. That’s awesome.

Nicole

that’s a neat idea for a project!

keychange

What a lovely idea.

caile

Gosh, that’s such a great plan!

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
6317 tasting notes

…aaaand more tea is here. now up to 185 with a few more things on their way from what i understand lol. Oh well. saw a tasting note for this one and it reminded me that i have lots of this. Figured it would be a decent cup for this evening before i pull out the herbal blends to finish the night off. still enjoying this one quite a bit.

Lala

Sil, were you sick today just to stay home to receive your tea? Ha ha, JJ.

Sil

lol naw I can work from home any day, so i don’t have to be sick to do it heh. Weirder still our mail didn’t get here until 6pm. that’s abnormal

Anna

Abnor-mail!!!

Anna

(I’m so sorry.)

Sil

HAHAHAHA that’s awesome. no. seriously lol

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
6317 tasting notes

mmmm had a lovely cup of this tonight while finishing up both Downton abbey AND doctor who (up to the end of the season…still have 50th anniversary to watch for the dr).

just a happy tea to have tonight…

JustJames

can’t wait until you watch the 50th….. then i don’t have to worry about spoilers, lol!

Sil

haha

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
6317 tasting notes

sipdown! I adore this tea and i’m super sad to see it go. All this makes me want to do is travel over to europe for a weekend of shopping at tea stores! :)

(168) nice thing is, i picked up 2 David’s teas to try but sipdowns today = a cupboard that hasn’t moved!

Nicole

Ooo, ooo! I’m up for that! Let me know when you want to leave and I’ll meet you in, say, Paris? :)

Sil

don’t tempt me madam! I’ve started a mini fund to do it..even if it means leaving ian behind haha

Nicole

Oh, the trouble we could get into on a tea expedition without the men… :)

Dinosara

LOL Steepster trip to Paris!

Sil

yes please!

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
6317 tasting notes

excuse me while i roll around in this one for a while. Oh man. This is a delicious vanilla and hazelnut tea! I’m not sure what i was expecting when i opened up this sample from dinosara but it wasn’t something this deliciously wonderful! Seriously… oh yum.

Anna

Haha, I JUST drank this…

Sil

awesome :)

TastyBrew

Sounds amazing! Yum!!!!

Dinosara

This was my surprise favorite of my order. Love it!

Dinosara

This was my surprise favorite of my order. Love it!

Dinosara

This was my surprise favorite of my order. Love it!

Dinosara

This was my surprise favorite of my order. Love it!

Dinosara

This was my surprise favorite of my order. Love it!

Dinosara

Holy crap so many posts! Sorry about that. Wish I could delete them haha

Sil

hahaha too funny. I used to be able to delete people’s comments on my own posts, but now it looks like i can only delete my own. hmmm not that i’d delete yours ‘cause that’s just funny :)

Dinosara

What can I say, I guess I really love the tea. :D

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drank Amande Amaretti by Dammann Freres
6317 tasting notes

nom nom nom. While not my favourite of the DF teas, this is one of the few amaretto sorts of tea that i can drink and really enjoy because it’s not as sweet and cloying as a lot of them are. This one came via shmiracles and it was nice to revisit this friend :)

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drank Amande Amaretti by Dammann Freres
6317 tasting notes

sipdown! I am on a roll today. haha I’m hoping i can carry through over the weekend as well since the sooner i get to 150, the sooner i can justify buying a couple of teas to last me until black friday grin I quite like this tea, though it doesn’t need to be a staple. The occasional purchase would absolutely satisfy me. Delicious almond flavours!

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drank Amande Amaretti by Dammann Freres
6317 tasting notes

another delightful sample from dinosara :) This one reminds me of amarettoe in dry form and scent. Steeped, it’s a delicious almond, marzipan sort of tea. I am really enjoying this on this super cold day!

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drank Elégie Pourpre by Dammann Freres
6317 tasting notes

sipdown on this one as i’m sending the last little bit out for tea friends to share :) I quite enjoyed this one this morning as well – a nice complement to breakfast! Thanks dinosara!

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drank Elégie Pourpre by Dammann Freres
6317 tasting notes

oh man! this one is delicious! blackberry and vanilla and delicious! I like that the puerh is still present in this one but it meshes nicely with the flavouring to complement the blackberry flavour without overpowering the vanilla. I feel like this would also make a really yummy hot brew, cooled as when it started to cool down a bit, the blackberry flavours really popped! Thanks for sharing dinosara!

OMGsrsly

Ooh that sounds neat!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

oooh! The blackberry popped? I might have to order some of this!

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drank L'Oriental by Dammann Freres
302 tasting notes

Okay, second try, now with boiling water and a 2-minute steep.

Much better this time around, but still too subtle in flavour to really convince me it has a personality. But there has to be a way to make the flavours in this one pop. Has to.

This is beginning to feel like a So You Think You Can Dance audition, where you really want to love the dancer, because they’re beautiful and their technique and general execution are flawless, but at the same time they’re just not there. And so they weep when you tell them all this, but they still ask for a second chance and then they have to dance for their life.

Seriously, L’Oriental. Next time you’re going to dance for your life.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Tina

Haha! Sorry for my little laughing but I totally agree with you about the link betweek So yo think you can dance audition and tea. Some teas just needs some patient. But this one sounds still interesting.

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drank L'Oriental by Dammann Freres
302 tasting notes

In the bag, this is perfection – the most elegant, sumptuous fruitiness, ripe with peach and passionfruit.

But steeped, it’s so subtle it’s silly – I’m going to refrain from rating this, and will henceforth follow Dinosara’s advice and steep these DF teas much hotter.

Seriously, peach, where did you go? We had a date.

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

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Yum. Yum yum yum.

I feel a lot of my tasting notes are starting in similar ways. :)

I love this tea. The orange-earl grey just takes the edge off the “blergamot” and makes it divine, especially with some honey.

I would get more. I would get more of a similar tea, even. Not necessarily this exact one. :)

Thanks, Sil, for sharing!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

:) glad you enjoyed

Fjellrev

Sil buying something with blergamot in it? :)

OMGsrsly

Apparently it’s just orange. Interesting! It tastes (to me) a lot like an orange-earl-grey.

Sil

yeah i was young and foolish…and thought the orange wouldn’t be as blergamotlike. :) i was wrong.

Fjellrev

Oh, Silly, you’re so silly haha. But really, that’s quite something that orange can even turn on you.

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I made this tea this morning, and it steeped probably about 45 minutes. I took the strainer out and had a sip – not bad.

When I got home, it was cold. I drank the rest. It was good.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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While sipping this tea, I’m cruising the Mandala website, planning what to get. Hmm… One of each?

I want to get something as a gift for a friend as well, so I’ll see what happens once I’m feeling better and manage to try some samples I have/am anticipating (OMG, swaps could become addictive!). :)

This one is from Sil. Again. I could tell it was citrusy, so I brewed some up Silk Road style (1 tsp per 16oz) and added a load of honey.

Mmm. Sweet honey-citrus tea. This is nice. And not too strong.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
1909 tasting notes

I snuck a spoonful of this when packing up samples for VariaTea. :)

I like it a lot, although I’m pretty sure there are raspberries in there. So fruity. Definitely something I’d consider getting again.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
1909 tasting notes

Thanks Sil, for completely overloading my cupboard with flavoured tea goodness.

Just. OMG. There are a LOT of teas here laying on my desk.

I grabbed this one first as it reminded me of eating caramels as a kid. I’m sick, I need the comfort.

The tea, as far as I can tell, delivers on its promise. I’m going to add some sugar to it to help me taste it better, but so far, so good!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

Mwahahahahahaha

OMGsrsly

If this cold lets up I’ll hit 300 teas tried within a week. This is ridiculous! Thank you! :) (The Special Dark from Mandala might not make it to my brother’s. I’ve been eyeing that tea for ages!)

Sil

Lol it’s fine. I just started tossing in random things. I figured if nothing else the two of you could have a tea party and share :p

OMGsrsly

Haha. Awesome. He’s coming over next week some time to pick up some honey we bulk ordered, so I’ll make him sit there and try a bunch of teas. I might lure him over to the flavoured side, who knows…

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