Dammann Freres

Recent Tasting Notes

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This morning is my second brew of this sample, kindly sent to me by CTeresa.
I’m not sure how long exactly it steeped, probably way over the 5 mn period, which worried me, as I remembered the bitterness that Paris tea took after a too long steep.
None of this here, the tea seems brewed to perfection. Ah I really love the non-fussy and easy-going blend that will not hold it against you, if you treat them badly.
It’s indeed the perfect afternoon tea for people who are not that used to tea or when you just want something easy to drink in any circumstances; its flavors are very accessible, quite rich both in quantity and quality, none of them overwhelming.
For my taste, the caramel tone is a bit too strong; I believe I’d prefer a blend leaning more on the red fruits, like Marco Polo is, from what I remember. It’s however really lovely. And way, way better than Paris, from H&S, in my opinion.
I ’m not sure that I will buy it soon for me, but this would certainly make a perfect present. I totally understand how this blend could become an absolute favorite to many people.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec
cteresa

We really are tea twins! Totally agree regarding Marco Polo and Paris (and also Kusmi´s St Petersburg. Yep, at a time I had all 4 of those teas in my kitchen).

Ysaurella

this is strangely a Dammann Frères blend I never tasted !

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First teapot from the generous sample sent by CTeresa.
At the first sip, vanilla popped in my mind, then definitely caramel, of the unsalted sort. At the middle of the teapot, I realized this tea would be perfect with Carambar and tastes as decadent as those sweets. I did not really identify the berries and fruits, except as underlying flavors in the background.
I really liked it, will probably enjoy a lot the remaining of the sample but will have to decide whether this tea should remain on my shopping list or if the caramel flavor turns too overwhelming for my taste in the long run.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
cteresa

I got a tin of this and of 4 fruits rouges – this one first as I had much higher expectations of it, but somehow the one which I keep grabbing and doing is 4 fruits rouges! So dunno what to advice!

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84

Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 21

I totally thought I had never tried this one before, but apparently I have. You could have fooled me. Reading my old tasting notes, I think my sample before was not in the best condition, as it was contaminated on the first steeping and flavorless on the second.

Well, this is certainly not flavorless. I may not be super into flavored green teas at the moment, but I do like the blend of bergamot and peach here. And a hint of rose? Yes please. I bet this would be super delicious iced, which is how I do prefer my flavored greens. Glad to have gotten to try this one again and really appreciate it.

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Sipdown, 189.

The first time I had this tea, it was with somewhat contaminated water, though I still enjoyed it. What’s odd is that this time the tea seems less flavorful, although I know my water is fine. As it cools, a bright, citrusy hit of bergamot pops out, which is nice, and the violet grows as the cup progresses. I am also realizing that I am less and less interested in flavored greens these days, although it might be more of a base tea thing. I am only interested in some flavored greens, those with a nutty, buttery base. This is a fairly generic grassy green tea, and it just doesn’t do much for me.

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

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84

I will always take the opportunity to try Dammann blends I haven’t tried yet. This one has even been on my list, but it wasn’t a high priorty for ordering. But now thanks again to Ellen I have a sample yay!

Ok there is for sure something weird going on with some element here, but I don’t know if it is my brewing setup (recently cleaned, but not too recently), water (maybe?) or the samples. This does not have the same powerful salty flavor as the Nirvana tea earlier today, but it does have kind of an odd savory note. Fortunately for me, there’s plenty of lovely bergamot, orange blossom and violet as well. The savory note is fading as the tea cools as well. This is a very violetty tea blend, though it doesn’t assult you with violets. More just provides you with enough to roll around in. Don’t think I would restock this one (and I’m glad I don’t have 100g of it), although I am very glad that I got a chance to try it.

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

i tried to go through your reviews, but what are some of your favorite Dammann Freres? i hope to shop there soon :)

Sil

I am with you on that Dinosara! i want to try them all!

Dinosara

Shmiracles – Well, it depends. What kind of flavors do you like? I love floral teas and so most of the teas I’ve had from there are floral in some way. But I’ve also had some fruity ones and more traditional (like Earl Grey, Red Fruits). In my opinion you can’t go wrong with any of them. I love the black tea base that Dammann uses for most of their flavored teas which helps. :)

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95

Day 6.

This is one of my favorites. Today I am finding it with a bold black base. The citrus profile is also bold. It is not tart of bitter but also there is no overpowering sweetness. Because of this tea I had a period where I added an orange slice to my black teas. I am going to have to start doing that again.

Let the advent calendar continue…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
Ysaurella

this is indeed a very lovely tea

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Day 6!

This is one of the Dammann teas I have had before. This one tastes a bit different this time. I am unsure if it is scent contamination or just the time that has passed since I had this one. I am getting a much more floral fragrance and taste this time around. The black tea base is light to moderate. It is smooth with no astringency. There is definitely an orange flavor. It is sweet, maybe slightly tart, but it is not bitter. And it is orange, not orange peel, which is a refreshing flavor to have in a tea. I also feel like I am getting some jasmine (?), some kind of floral. Either way, it is still delicious. Because of this tea, I now often put a whole orange slice into my tea for pure taste enjoyment.

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

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Another sample from Sil. She spoiled me!

On first opening the little bag of this, I was a bit worried becuase I could smell an earthy aroma, which I associate with a pu-erh. I then looked up the description of this tea, and was greatly confused. Black tea scented with orange? That can’t be what I have here.

While brewing I could still smell the earthy aroma, I got from the dry tea. But after brewing and once it started to cool, there was that orange scent! It was a black base with a light orange scent. The taste is absolutely awesome. Very refreshing. I almost want to try putting orange slices into my black tea to see if I get the same taste.

Thanks Sil for this tea. I quite enjoyed it.

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

this tea confuses me as well. it smells totally NOT how it’s described. Its actually stopped me from trying this so far hahahaha

Lala

It actually tastes quite good. Does NOT taste like it smells. You should try it.

Sil

haha yeah. there IS a reason i bought a whole tin of it – reviews had me thinking it was good but i just keep forgetting WHY i bought it when i smell it lol

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drank Nosy Bey by Dammann Freres
5400 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! Thank you again ysaurella This is a tasty tea that i quite enjoy even with the floral notes present throughout the blend. I’m ever so glad i got the chance to enjoy a few cups of this :)

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drank Nosy Bey by Dammann Freres
5400 tasting notes

mmmmm delicious! Thank you again ysaurella for the lovely teas you sent me. I really have enjoyed nearly all of them so far! This one is no exception :) Peach and vanilla and delicious! I’m glad i have at least one more cup of this to enjoy before it disappears and i need to try and decide which teas to beg my mother to pick up next month haha

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drank Charlotte au Chocolat by Dammann Freres
5400 tasting notes

Backlog from this morning since steepster was misbehaving. I will miss this chocolatey delicious tea but thank you so much ysaurella for sharing it with me!

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drank Charlotte au Chocolat by Dammann Freres
5400 tasting notes

oh man…this one…ysaurella you are the best! She saved the last little bit of this one so that i could try it and i am loving it! I prefer it to florence from harney and sons, and i think i could even get my other half to drink this instead of hot chocolate. This is a great example of a chocolate tea that is really great!

whatshesaid

are you a big fan of Florence?

Shmiracles

i’m gonna get this! period. i just am. eeeee!

Ysaurella

this is a good chocolatea – and I’m not very chocolate tea but I won’t rebuy it Dammann increased the rate of 50% …14 €/100 g !!!
It was 8 €/100 g seven months ago…I like it but not enough to pay the double without explaination

Sil

Wow that’s ridiculous!

Sil

Just noticed my other post didn’t save. I enjoy Florence, but it’s not to die for. However when I want that chocolatey, hazelnut goodness it’s a good one

Terri HarpLady

oooh….hazelnut GOODness! That sounds awesome!

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drank Coquelicot Gourmand by Dammann Freres
5400 tasting notes

Sip down! Yay!

Thanks again to Ysaurella for this swap! I still don’t catch the marzipan flavours that others have – maybe my taste buds are broken :) but this is a delicious tea and one that I quite enjoyed.

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drank Coquelicot Gourmand by Dammann Freres
5400 tasting notes

I don’t get the almond taste that other people do, but this IS a delicious tea. This is much like a candied tea. Ysaurella was lovely enough to send me a sample of this and it’s great. Again, i am pleasantly happy with the way in which the flavours and the tea blend together without overpowering one another. Delicious!

Ysaurella

I rediscovered this tea before sending you some. I don’t have it very often,just because it is stocked behind another tin. It is a delicious tea – you can have it with milk and sugar as well, it is so sweet

Sil

ooh i’ll have to try it with milk and sugar next time!

ashmanra

I was amazed to taste biscuit in this one. I obsessed about it so much after getting a sample in a swap, that my daughter bought some for me, along with Charlotte au Chocolat one birthday or Mothers Day, not sure which.

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drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
5400 tasting notes

Sipdown! A last cup of thisbeforethe rest of this goes out to tea friends :)

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drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
5400 tasting notes

since i’m trying to drink up some of my older teas (feb 2013!), i thought a cup of this one was in order. This tea has for sure grown on me as i’ve had it. Now it’s a delicious blend of fruit and caramel and i really do like drinking it. The only downside is that life is stupidly busy today heh

Cavocorax

Feb 2013 is pretty awesome for older teas!
I’ve got some Tetley bags from … a while ago, but other than those I’m nearly in the same date range as you. Sadly, February is coming up closer than I expected!

Sil

Yeah…I don’t count the puerhs since those can sit and be delicious but I have 3? Teas sitting around from feb….nice thing is I have a gap in the middle of the year lol where I have either ordered no teas or drank them already

Cavocorax

How long is that puerh cake going to last year? Are those things massive?

Sil

that one is 100g…so they’re smaller than you’d think. you CAN get giant ones, but these are it’ll probably last me over a year since 1 little bit does so many infusions.

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drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
5400 tasting notes

this tea has grown on me. I had a cup of this one earlier today to see how i still felt about it and it turns out, i like it better than i used to. I need to drink this more often since it’s a really nice blend of fruity caramel vanilla deliciousness!

Terri HarpLady

did someone say caramel & vanilla?

Sil

and cherry…

Terri HarpLady

but not the cough syrup kind of cherry, right?

Sil

no… it’s more subtle. I can add some to your box lol

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drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
5400 tasting notes

mmm this is a fruity, sweet tea that is quite nicely blended. I’m a littl sad that i accidentally let this cool off a whole bunch before getting a chance to really enjoy this hot. Thankfully i have a bunch more to play with though to be able to provide a much better review in the future. over all though, pleasantly satisfied!

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
807 tasting notes

This is such a lovely tea. Thank you Ysaurella for this one!
I just got a steal on another Dammann Freres tea today on Fab but this was another option. I love this one and almost got it but the curious creature in me decided to go for one I have not had before.
Ysaurella sent me a generous sample of this one.
Its fruity but light, not overpowering with artificial flavors. Quite smooth, and a wonderful strawberry flavor with a tangy zest. Second steep is also delicious!

Ysaurella

I’m happy you liked it – however I think this is one of the blends you can easily get in the USA, because it is really one their top 10 best sales and classic blends.

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Hi everybody! I haven’t been on Steepster lately for two reasons: 1, I’m now incredibly busy at university; and 2, I simply haven’t gotten round to trying new teas! I have such a vast quantity in my cupboard that it would be silly to open even more boxes when I haven’t used up what I already have. Slowly but surely, I’m making space, and will soon have some lovely new teas to try :)

Starting up this habit again, I happen to be making this breakfast tea of which I took a few teabags from the hotel breakfast buffet last time I went to Paris (shhh, don’t tell anyone). The water I’ve used is unfiltered since I’m just making it in my room while I write my essay- not sure if this will affect the taste significantly.

In colour… like any good English Breakfast tea, this has gone straight to a deep brown in no time at all, the smell is rich and oaky, I feel like I might be heading for a classic breakfast tea here. And it really is “sturdy” like in the description! Very slightly dry (which I suspect is the Ceylon), strong and with a slightly roasted, wood aftertaste that gets more intense with every sip- but somehow, I wouldn’t call the flavour “rich”. It might be because of the water; but it’s so delicious I might drink this without milk! Thank you, Dammann!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank 4 Fruits Rouges by Dammann Freres
333 tasting notes

I am usually attracted to trying novelty ideas on flavoured tea (that darjeeling with tomato and courgette, on my watch list!), and sometimes the plain old ideas are not my first pick. Example peach and vanilla tea, this red fruits tea, plain old (but excellent) jasmine tea. And often simple really is best.

This is so far my favorite Dammann tea, very very fruity black tea, noticeable cherry, strawberry and raspberry, just right. And as is the peach-vanilla flavoured black tea a very cheering tea to drink in winter and plan for the summer.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C
Sil

ooh this sounds like something i’d enjoy!

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I drank this yesterday.

I ordered the Coquelicot Gourmand from Dammann because I had it at my cousin’s house and it was spectacular. Since I was ordering this from Dammann, which is in France, I figured I may as well add something else to my order while I was ordering from them. I like Earl Greys so I got this.

Didn’t taste much of the “fleurs” in this Earl Grey avec des fleurs. To me, this just tasted like a normal Earl Grey… a very good Earl Grey, but since I had expected a little something more, I was a little disappointed.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Verbena by Dammann Freres
11 tasting notes

Love it! Has a soft flavor that isn’t overpowering

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85

I received a few samples of different black teas from cteresa today, one of which was the 4 fruits rouge from damman freres. Thanks so much Teresa!

I love this tea! Its fruity, its sweet but has a freshness and lightness to it, that I usually don’t associate with red fruits or black tea. There seems to be a very light astringency that is quite pleasant. On the other hand it may be due to the fact that I’ve tasted quite a number of teas in a few hours time.

Come summer I’m going to try to make an iced tea from this. This is the second tea I’ve tasted lately that probably will make an excellent iced tea (the other being Peche Mignon from Theodor).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
cteresa

I liked it very much as well (though, duh, still got to write taste notes about it), I think so far it is my favorite Dammann tea. The black tea base seems very similar to the other Dammann teas I have had and admittedly it is not a favorite of mine (I compared once Dammann´s black tea with peach and vanilla with Theodor and it was a Theodor landslide!). But this is so fruity and nice…

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