Dammann Freres

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86
drank The Des Riads by Dammann Freres
4421 tasting notes

Thank you Doulton!

The aroma of this tea is very inviting. The strong citrus fruit fragrance mingles with a soft yet fresh grassy scent of green tea, with hints of spice and flower lingering in the background. It’s positively lovely!

The flavor is quite nice, as well.

The citrus flavors are strongest. The grassy notes of the Yunnan green tea are slight but very fresh tasting. I wish that the spices in this blend were a bit more pronounced. The peppery notes do come out to play in the finish, though, but this tea is not nearly as spicy as the description might lead one to believe.

Overall, though, it’s a very pleasant tasting tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I think I like the second infusion of these leaves better than the first. The flavors seem more pronounced, I can really taste the different citrus notes now. Very nice.

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87

This tea courtesy of Doulton!

The dry leaves smell great; the brewing leaves smell INCREDIBLE! I smell melon, something like strawberry, green tea, and something almost creamy.

Steep 1: The fragrance is divine. The taste is so good. A great green tea flavor balanced with what I can only describe as strawberrytropicalfruitmelon and cream.

Steep 2 (4 min): I am almost enjoying the fragrance as much as the tea!!! Such pleasant sipping. More melon-y this go ’round.

Steep3 (5min): More goodness. Is that banana?

I am giving this a rating just a touch lower than the cherry because I enjoy cherry flavors more, but this is yet another super enjoyable French Green Tea. I just love how balanced the flavors are, and how nicely the green tea comes through. I’m hopelessly addicted!!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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68
drank Nosy Bey by Dammann Freres
111 tasting notes

I was sent this tea by Doulton (Thanks so much). I was in search of a black tea in my cupboard and decided to go dig through my stash and here I found this little gem of a tea. I didn’t know anything about it besides the name and who blended it but while steeping I noticed an interesting smell filling up my kitchen. I then sipped and boy was I surprised it is this wonderful cup of black tea with hints of peach. I really do not get much more than that taste wise but the thing that really impresses me is this is a strong black tea that has NO astringency a very smooth cuppa. Thanks Doulton! :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
SoccerMom

Second steep (5 mins) liquor is only a tad lighter but the flavor is almost non existant.

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91

Thank you Doulton

This tea smells amazing! The fruity aroma is very strong. The blood orange is the most pronounced scent, but I can smell that there are other fruits there, and upon closer examination, I could detect a distinct berry-like scent as well as that of peach. I knew there was something else there too, but I wasn’t sure what… so when I checked the Dammann Frères website, I saw that this is a blend of blood orange, peach, strawberry and cherry. It was the cherry that I couldn’t discern, but now that I know what it is, it seems very clearly to me to be cherry.

As other Steepsters have noted, the flavors are quite a bit softer than the aroma would lead one to believe. But that doesn’t bother me at all, because I like that I can really taste the tea in this blend. The fruit flavors are there though, don’t get me wrong. I really like the balance of flavors in this cup. I like the sweet fruity flavors, the strong black tea presence, and the slight sharp note that I detect in the finish that I contribute to the sunflower petals.

A beautifully flavored tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

This sounds great!

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57

had the last of this tonight
3 tsp, 750ml, 212 F, 3:30
black tea with the smell of fig
oh the subtle flavors of the french

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
JacquelineM

This reads like an avant-garde haiku!

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Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp
Water: 22 oz filtered, boiling
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer in cup
Steep Time: a little over 4 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: orange, fig
Steeped Tea Smell: black tea
Flavor: smooth black tea
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: none
Liquor: translucent brown

I really didn’t get any of the flavors listed strongly in the scent or the flavor. I think perhaps a longer steep or more leaves are in order.

As it is I find it a smooth black tea, nothing special.

Post-Steep Additives: none

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/04/dammann-freres-loose-leaf-black-tea-des.html

__Morgana__

Can’t wait to try this.

AmazonV

i can’t wait to see if you figure out the magic numbers, apparently 1tsp/8oz @ 4 min isn’t it (although it is a nice smooth tea) i want figs!

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72
drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
702 tasting notes

having my last pot of this :(
Breville one-touch 4tsp tea, 800ml filtered water, 212F, 4 min
I’m drinking this on the room temperature / colder side
(i didn’t get out of bed on time)
fruity, smooth, vanilla after taste
more subtle than is my favorite teas, but a very delicious and enjoyable blen
thank you Doulton for arranging this mass tea co-op buying, i am sad to start seeing the ends of my teas

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

I feel the same way – I hate seeing them go.

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72
drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp
Water: 22 oz filtered, boiling
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer
Steep Time: a little over 4 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet and fruity
Steeped Tea Smell: black tea, cherry
Flavor: black tea, sweet, fruity
MilitiaJim: vanilla
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: astringent, fruity
Liquor: translucent dark orange-brown

As I said earlier, my taste buds appear to be ignoring vanilla lately. This is sad as I love vanilla.

This was a lovely scent, a blend of sweet fruits that makes your mouth water. The flavor is more subtle than the scent, but still smooth and a very nice cup of tea.

Post-Steep Additives: German rock sugar
Less astringency

Resteep: 4 minutes
Slightly weaker, but still delicious

As I drink the second pot (I was expecting some help, but apparently all 44 oz are all mine) I noticed that the tea is silky smooth – not buttery, but when I swallow there is a silken residue in my mouth and throat for a moment. I was too busy chugging and noting before to get that feeling.

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/04/dammann-freres-loose-leaf-black-tea_16.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

Mom loved this one – She found it smooth with cherry. “It is wonderful.”

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85

First of the Damman Freres teas brought to us courtesy of Doulton. Again, many thanks for making this tasting possible. It seems the French can do no wrong with their blends!

Ahhh…now this is the epitome of flavored green tea for me. Smells like cherry blossoms and vegetal green tea. Like walking along a path in high grass and you come to a cherry tree and the wind gently wafts the delightful fragrance under your nose making you want to follow its trail and find it again. This was quite a delightful cup. More on the floral side for me then on the fruity, but the fruit was there in a soft representation of cherries. Glad I got to try this and have enough for several cups.

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57
drank Pomme d'Amour by Dammann Freres
702 tasting notes

enjoying a nice cup of tea after a homemade breakfast this morning 1-2 tsp tea for 2 minutes, boiling water, a spoonful of honey in a large coffee mug

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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57
drank Pomme d'Amour by Dammann Freres
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 2 zarafina cups filtered
Tool: Zarafina black-loose-medium
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: apple, spice, black tea, sweetness
Steeped Tea Smell: caramel, apple, spice, maybe cherry
Flavor: black tea
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: translucent dark reddish-brown

I did something wrong, the tea smells fabulous, but is weak and a bit bitter. I think I need more leaf, and less time?

On the other hand both the tea and leaf smell so fabulous I am happy to just sit here and sniff….

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: zarafina 1 c, same 2 tsp, black-loose-medium
stronger body, astringent, less bitter, black tea, hints of apple and spice

Next time 2 tsp / cup and some sugar

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/04/dammann-freres-loose-leaf-black-tea.html

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72
drank Thé des Poètes by Dammann Freres
176 tasting notes

When I won Doulton’s Dragon Ball giveaway, she also sent me some other samples! How generous! From the selection that she sent, it looks as though Doulton purposely sent me teas that she thought I would like. Either that or she’s psychic! Thank you, Doulton!

This was my first experience with Dammann Freres. It sounds like a really wonderful tea; I love apples, lemons, and caramel. The strongest smell I got while steeping was the cinnamon. I’m not nuts about cinnamon, but smells can be deceiving. I should probably mention that I took this without milk or sugar.

This is quite different than anything I’ve had before. First I taste the lemon, then the apple. I’m not getting much caramel. Thankfully, the cinnamon is just on the back end, and very lightly so. I didn’t think I liked cinnamon teas, but the cinnamon that is present in this works very well. If it wasn’t there, there would be this big void at the end of the sip.

Thanks again, Doulton! I love trying new teas, and especially new companies!

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My grandfather was never big on holidays, especially Christmas. The only two things he did every Christmas was buy Baccalà (salted cod) and chestnuts, so that he could have two things he enjoyed in Italy during the holidays here in America. I haaaaaaaated when the Baccalà came into the house – I thought it stunk to high heaven, especially since my grandmother had to soak it repeatedly before she could cook it, but I loved when we put the chestnuts into the oven. The shells became partially black and smelled so good. When you took away the shell (watch! still hot!) the chestnut was so tender and meaty and like nothing we ever had the rest of the year. I loved when we made the chestnuts.

This tea is so close to the warm roasted chestnuts. The woody oolong goes so naturally with a chestnut tea. I had only had one other chestnut tea which was a black tea, and it was all wrong. Too harsh, too cloying, too artificial, and trying to fix it by adding milk and sugar made it nothing like real chestnuts. This tea replicates that barely sweet nutty flavor so convincingly.

Steep 2: Mmmmmmm. Just as good. I almost want to bite down because there has to be chestnut meat there!

(do these French teas not quit or what!?!?! I am again going to save the leaves for some afternoon steeping)

I’m going to take the remaining sample of this tea home, put it safe ’n sound in a tin and mark it for Christmas Eve. Thank you Doulton for this trip to the past.

EDIT: 4 lovely steeps! and I found these articles about chestnuts & Italy fascinating:
http://italianfood.about.com/library/rec/blr0282.htm
http://italophiles.com/castagne.htm

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

Can you believe that I have NEVER had a roasted chestnut? It must a northern thing since we eat lots of pecans instead….

JacquelineM

I don’t think it’s common anywhere anymore, although you do still find chestnut vendors in NYC sometimes!!!

Meghann M

My mom, her mother and her grandmother would always bake baccala every Christmas too. And every Christmas they made it at my parents house. I was so thankful when I moved out to not have to smell that scent, but I missed being around all the commotion that would go on. Thank you for bringing up a fond memory.

__Morgana__

Yeah, they used to have guys on the streetcorner in NYC selling roasted chestnuts in paper bags when I lived in NYC during the 80s and 90s. It was a pretty regular thing around Christmas time. There was always a guy on the southwest corner of Central Park. I do love that smell. For some reason I never really got into the taste though. I think it was a texture thing. I don’t love water chestnuts for the same reason.

teaplz

This one sounds awesome, Jacqueline! We had baccala and chestnuts for Christmas as well. :)

JacquelineM

and funny – I was talking with my mom and she said that when I was little I used to cry each year when the baccala came into the house – ha!

~lauren.

Is the Baccalà the salted cod that came up when I googled it? I’m just a person wishful of a lovely Italian Grandmother (unfortunately, not my heritage) so I didn’t know what Baccalà was – or am I just showing a sad gap in my knowledge base because everybody but me knows what it is without benefit of an Italian heritage?

JacquelineM

yes – salted cod :) I did put that in my first mention of it in my review b/c I figured the people who didn’t grow up Italian or in an Italian neighborhood wouldn’t know. I wish I didn’t know!!!! Bllleehhhccccgh!!

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71

drinking the last of it, thanks again Doulton, i am glad i got to order this :)
de-cupboarded sniff

JacquelineM

I’m crying too! I have about one more teaspoon of this myself!

AmazonV

Oh no! perhaps we need to arrange a field trip, to paris!

JacquelineM

Definitely. We might as well shoot down the chunnel and go to England too!

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71

made in my breville with auto start, green, medium
drinking now on train in
still reminds me of spring cherry from republic of tea
needs sugar
next time mild
(like 4 tsp to 750ml)

Stephanie

This is like a haiku! :)

AmazonV

lol, a little bit like a crazy haiku :) these are what my notes usually look like before i clean them up

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Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Additives: none
Water: 22 oz filtered, boiling, then let set until approximately 170-180°
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer in cup
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: DELICIOUS, fruity with some vegetal scent
Steeped Tea Smell: fruity, cherry, green vegetal tea
Flavor: sweet, vegetal, slight hint of floral and fruit
Body: Light
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: translucent yellow-green

This tea brings immediately to mind spring cherry green tea.

I believe in my excitement to try this tea I used too much leaf and / or perhaps water that was too hot.

I unfortunately decided to break into this tea (it smelled so fabulous I could not resist!) after 6 o’clock pm. I do hope it won’t keep me up all night.

Sadly right now I must award it only 2/4 leaves. I do believe once I tweak the steep it will be a 3/4 however I do think that it is on par as a tea with spring cherry. I am not saying this tea is not good, but I certainly won’t bring it from France to the US if there is a comparable tea here.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: 3 minutes – still a nice vegetal fruity tea, dumped in honey and drank it all up

I got my order in from the group order from Dammann Freres with Doulton today!

The packaged smelled delicious, simply delicious. I had to have one right away.

I also got some surprises in there I can’t wait to try!

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/04/dammann-freres-loose-leaf-green-tea.html

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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91

Decided to steep this again. All I can say is this is a delightful chocolate blend. May even say I prefer this one to Florence. As others have said, this is milder than Florence. And I agree. Sort of the typical subtle French tea. But as I am trying to limit sugar…that Florence with it’s bitter notes from the hazelnuts requires soooo much sugar to smooth it out. This chocolate tea only needs 1 tsp per 16 oz. For a delightful sweet tea.

amandajo

Ok, now I’m craving chocolate… looks like I get to dig out my chocolate malt honeybush :)

Lori

Now that one sounds good…

amandajo

Oh it is! Gotta love 52 teas :)

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91

Had this tea in the afternoon as suggested by DF. Certainly a perfect way to celebrate the end of my workday-excercise hour…Very chocolatey. Of course, I added milk and sugar which made this even more like a sweet treat. I could not detect the almond flavors but instead detected caramel?

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91

I am so sad – my last cup of this delicious, subtle tea. Sweet and cherried and green, but soft. So easy to drink. I am still of an unevolved nature in that sometimes when I drink green tea I feel like I am taking medicine! I find some of the vegetal tastes unpleasant, and if the tea is not of a certain quality, even low steeping temps tend to produce bitterness. Not this one, though. It’s pure delight!

Au revoir my beautiful Frenchie :)

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

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91

I was straightening out my tea drawer at work yesterday, and I was inspired to take a sniff of this one. Oooooh! The fragrance of the leaves was so sweet and intoxicating! I knew I had to have it today!

Ahhhh. Sweet. Green. Cherry. Flowers. The word “tender” comes to mind, as does “Spring” – Delicious. Delicate. French. Last time, I got 4 steeps out of this one, so I am looking forward to a lovely morning :)

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

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91

A delightful green tea. The base reminds me of my beloved violet tea: smooth, a little vegetal, very enjoyable. The cherry flavor is beautiful. Like a faint whisper of a cordial made with real cherries. Very subdued and elegant. You could say “the anti-Teavana” ;) I could easily drink green tea each and every day with these wonderfully blended Dammann Freres teas!! They “get” just what I like in a tea – that a little art and artifice does wonders. I am certainly developing an addiction!

Steep two: 4 min Sooooo good. Again, the second steep of this tea really shines for me. The flavors marry, the tea is darker and more flavorful, ahhh! I am so in love!

I am going to save my leaves for an after lunch steep just like I did yesterday.

The only reason I’m rating it lower than the violet tea, really, is because I think the violet is harder to do with a soft touch, and they made something that could quickly be too perfumed and cloying into something exquisite. I think cherry is a little easier to do and a little more common – but make no mistake – this is a world class tea and I’d jump at the chance to snap up some more!!!

EDIT: did 2 more steeps for a total of 4. I enjoyed every sip!! :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec
__Morgana__

Oooh, I just checked tracking and my Doulton package made it to San Francisco which I hope means it will show up today. I can’t wait!

JacquelineM

I’ve been making sick cow love eyes at the Dammann Freres site as I sip my tea. I want one of everything!!!!

Janni

Man. Reading all this stuff about Dammann Freres is totally making me need to go on a mission…

Rabs

“We have the need…the need for tea.”

Janni

@Rabs If you break out in “You’ve Lost That Steepin’ Feeling,” I’m not really sure what I’ll do. XD

Rabs

@Janni – ROFL! Between this and “Oh my Cthulhu” you have brightened my dreary day! Thank you :)

SoccerMom

Janni you know your “Goose” and your the one whose suppose to be losing that steepin’ feeling!!!! XD

Janni

@SoccerMom and @Rabs I wasn’t going to bring up the fact that this is the second time in two days that someone’s made a Top Gun reference here. XD Despite the fact that I’m firmly in the Tarantino camp as regards said film! >3

@Rabs We aim to please. I’m actually wearing a Cthulhu t-shirt right now. Trufax. XD

AmazonV

man, no Cthulhu shirt heere, but i have a Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog

Janni

@AmazonV Nice! My sister got me a plush one of those. It’s sitting on my dresser. Best gift she ever got me. XD

teaplz

Looove your reviews, Jackie. Cthulhu!

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80
drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
328 tasting notes

Like most French teas, the DF advertises a multitude of flavors for this blend: chocolate! vanilla! cherry! strawberry! And like most French teas, they magically blend into a subtle /sophisticated flavor like a classical symphony and certainly not a rock concert…..

One more mystery: these French tea blends are typically leaf only w/a smattering of flower petals. No chucks of cocoa nibs, chocolate chips, caramel squares, vanilla bean chunks or dried fruit are present. Do they flavor these teas with a French-patented flavor oils?

This is the first DF tea I have tried from Doulton’s order and phew I have many more to sample…

LiberTEAS

Lori: I don’t know what oils they flavor Dammann’s teas with, however, I do know that the petals, bits, and chunks generally found in most blends are there for aesthetic value more than for flavor’s sake. It is the oil that is responsible for the tea’s flavoring.

Lori

Liberteas- yes the flavors are definitely in the oils…

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The teas that Doulton so graciously ordered from France have arrived in my mailbox!! I am so excited! The minute I opened the package this one started to call to me. Violets! I ate a nice big breakfast that reminded me of a lunch so I could make pretend I was having this in the afternoon :)

Ooooooh so delicate! I’m drinking green tea Choward’s Violet candies!!! I am swooning. Where is my fainting couch?!?! I am IN LOVE! I am finding subtle supportive other sweet floral flavors, but this one is nothing like an Earl Grey and the other flowers do not stand out. This one is a lovely slightly vegetal green tea with violet, violet, violet. I erred on the side of caution and steeped it for 3 minutes, but the next time I make it I’m going to go for a 3:30 first steep. I think it can take it.

Steep 2: 4 min – Could it be that this steep is even more delicious?!!? Why I think it is!!! It’s a little more rounded but equally as violet and wonderful. I wish you could see me – I’m freaking out. You have no idea how much I love violet and I was so afraid this tea would be the equivalent of a toiletry – and it IS NOT!!!!

I’m completely intoxicated and am seeing violet elephants, but I think this could even go another steep. I’m going to save my leaves and see if I may want some this afternoon!

I am so happy right now! I love Doulton, I love the French, and I love Steepster!!!!!!!

EDIT: I just did a third steep (4 min) and it’s great!!!

Also – this sounds a little strange but I totally want to take a bath with this tea!! Green tea bathing is supposed to be good for health:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1141970/the_health_benefits_of_a_green_tea.html?cat=68

and this fragrance – ahh!! It would be the most amazing soak ever.

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

I wanna see violet elephants! Your whole review actually made me smile :) I shall now be keeping an eye out for the next time Doulton does a large international order – this one’ll be on my list!

SoccerMom

Your review made me laugh and excited for you! I can’t wait to see how this Miss Violet gets along in the cupboard! Think Thomas will sweep her off her feet?

JacquelineM

Miss Violet is making friends right now with Jasmine Green! She is learning Lady Marmalade and some dance moves! She makes it so chic and frenchy tho – totally down tempo, smokes a cigarette on a holder, the lighting is subdued – amazing!

SoccerMom

I love it!

~lauren.

Go for it, JacquelineM! I take a nightly bath with green tea (only 2-4 teabags, not 6 like in your article though I have a huge tub)
Ref: http://steepster.com/LaurenUSA/posts/34419

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This appears to be a promising green tea.

I messed up my order and through my own miscalculation was only able to try a small portion of a tea-spoon so I tried to adjust with only a small amount of water and a longer steeping time….well, maybe you know how these things go. I certain detected a very fruity aroma and not so much of a vegetal one. I’ll be interested to hear what others think.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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