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Oh, Meghann, what have you done, sending me another French tea to fall in love with?

I had a rough morning. Rough. I needed something special. Came home after lunch and made this. Ahhhhh. This is elegance in a cup. So much flavor, none of it overpowering. At first I thought, “BISCUIT FLAVOR? Are they kidding?” But this was sweet, good, had lovely body, and oh my the flavors are beautifully blended. I drank the whole 22 oz pot by myself. Sigh. I melt into a happy puddle. Thank you, Meghann. Thank you, Dammann Freres.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
JacquelineM

Happy thoughts sent to chase away that bad day!

gmathis

This sounds yummy!
Quote that I have taped above my desk at work: “There is no trouble so great that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.” Bernard-Paul Heroux

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Thank you to Meghann for this one! I don’t usually drink tea this late at night unless it is decaf, but I couldn’t wait to try one of my new teas that arrived today.

First on my list was Nuit A Versailles. The aroma is heavenly. This is a lovely green tea, lightly buttery-flavored and oh! the goodies they have blended with it! I don’t taste the bergamot as bergamot – this tea is far too delicate for that. And having had lavender tea that tried to hurt me, and Parma Violets candy from Ireland that tasted like I was eating a WHOLE field of flowers, I could have been afraid to try this. But I know the French do flavored teas so well, and they didn’t let us down here.

Want to feel rich and pampered? Get out your favorite pretty cup, make this tea, and sniff sniff sniff. Then slowly sip and enjoy, but don’t stop letting this aroma work its wonders on you. This is a five star flavored green.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
JacquelineM

This is my favorite, favorite, favorite flavored green in the world!!!!!

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drank Easter Tea by Dammann Freres
1112 tasting notes

I made some of this to take to class tonight (thank you Doulton!). I used my new Liquid Solution travel tumbler, and…the brew basket is the worst! Leaves floating in my tea! I had to restrain it with my fine mesh strainer, and put it back in the tumbler. This will not bode well for keeping my tea hot, methinks.

I did take a little sip and I unfortunately did not use enough leaf. I taste some sweet, yummy flavors, but they are too faint. My tea is weak to boot. Oy – tea fail! I will update this log later once I drink my tea during my three hour class…stay tuned!

EDIT: When I started sipping my tea in class – it tasted like Scotch and water! How strange is that?! It was also lukewarm. I hate my travel tea tumbler – it does not keep things warm very long, the brew basket is a joke, and it is also so unpleasant to drink from with all the plastic :( I think I am going to host a giveaway on discussions since it was only used once. The tumbler and a few teas…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Oh I hate bad tea tumblers! My favorite one is the one from Teas Etc. It’s not the prettiest, but it works the best for me.

JacquelineM

I’ll have to check that one out! There is also one at my local tea store that looks promising. I goy the one I did because I had a gift certificate to another local store. I should have done my research first :(

ashmanra

I am ordering the Joemo XL that was the Steepster Select a couple of weeks ago. The reviews are just too good to pass up. My current tumbler just doesn’t keep my tea hot for very long AT ALL!

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drank Thé des Cigales by Dammann Freres
1962 tasting notes

I still love this one, but my friend who had tea with me today wasn’t crazy about it at first. It is a slightly more assertive, slightly dry base and she isn’t accustomed to that. I noticed how smooth and sweet this tasted when I had a bite of cream puff first, so I suggested that she add a wee bit of White Gold Honey and some milk to smooth out the base for her.

Once she did that, she warmed up to this tea and said that it now tasted like a delicious dessert. Next time, I will serve Coquelicot Gourmand with its smoother base so she can enjoy her tea without additions.

Her favorite tea of the day was Fruits d’Alsace, iced!

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drank Thé des Cigales by Dammann Freres
1962 tasting notes

Having reviewed this tea three times already from the sample sent by JacquelineM long ago, I am delighted to click the “In My Cupboard” on this one! My daughter just got home from Europe and brought me LOTS of tea!

I steeped this at 195 F for 4 minutes. I didn’t pick up any bitterness. The aroma is like fine French perfume, but not in an off putting way. I don’t want soapy tasting tea! This is an elegant tasting tea. Truly pampering!

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drank Thé des Cigales by Dammann Freres
1962 tasting notes

I was tres chic today at tea time in my new alpaca lace scarf gifted me by JacquelineM and made with her own two hands! She also furnished the best two teas at the table. Thank you! You are a wonder!
We were only supposed to have two teas today, but since we were still chatting and there were cookies and Aero chocolates left, I couldn’t stand it! We just had to make another pot of tea. The aroma is arresting. I read once that the French teas are so good because the French are master perfumers, and they use that blending expertise to make teas that make your mouth water. There was a lot of oohing and ahhing over this tea. The fresh fig gives a warm cozy feel while the orange peel gives a bright note and the nutmeg teases you from the background. Aaaaaah. I didn’t know if it would go well with food, but the pretzel sticks and chocolate covered cookies were not at all affronted. Delightful tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
ashmanra

Forgot to add, we did take it sans additions and loved it!

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drank Thé des Cigales by Dammann Freres
1962 tasting notes

I had to wonder if this tea was really as good as I thought, or if it was just my imagination on that first cup, so tonight I had another. Not my imagination! This tea is so flavorful! It has depth and richness, with the fig lending warmth, the nutmeg adding interest, and the many other ingredients making your mouth SING! It is THAT good. I must get more! No additions – this one is too too good as is!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Thé des Cigales by Dammann Freres
1962 tasting notes

Thank you, JacquelineM! This was delightful! After having quite a day, I needed a good cuppa! There are so many flavors in here to experience, I can’t wait to drink it again. It is like meeting a really interesting person and knowing when you leave them that you haven’t heard even the half of it and you can’t wait to see them again. This one will tease me until I drink it a time or two more and really figure all those flavors. It doesn’t get muddy or dark, just so so smooth and flavorful. No additions – this was great plain.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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Backlogging Thanks Teaequalsbliss for including this. This smells like black tea apple cinnamon and some lemon. I steeped this up and I can taste the black tea the apple the cinnamon and abit of lemon could not taste the caramel though. but I think this is a pretty good tea.

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I can clearly see all of the ingredients. Dry it smells like passionfruit and green tea. I steeped it up. This tastes like passionfruit with abit of peach and green tea. This is good not too tart but natural tasting and the green tea is not hitting me too strongly luckily.

Lori

This is one tea that I enjoy.

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drank L'Oriental by Dammann Freres
111 tasting notes

I can agree with Lori’s tasting notes. This tea is very light in flavor, the smell of the dry leaf mix is heavenly very soft like a potpourri smell but not like yucky potpourri like a peach potpourri. Which makes since because the ingredients read green tea, passion fruit, bush peach and wild strawberry, pineapple bits and cornflower petals. It’s quite beautiful to look at. The taste is mildly astringent and while I do pick up on the fruit I think I mostly pick up on the peach and passionfruit I will have to try making this a few more times to see if I pick up on the pineapple which is what I really want to taste in here. Not bad wouldn’t buy the again but I don’t totally hate it. I LOVE the tin though:)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lori

I think I liked this tea more than you did.. I didn’t feel like it tasted too astringent..However, it was very difficult to discern individual fruit flavors in this tea. They just meld together to to taste “tropical”.

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drank Osmanthe D'Or by Dammann Freres
6059 tasting notes

sipdown! (239) Another one from my swap with shmiracles and i have to say this one has grown on me the second time around. Bumping up the rating a little as i’m enjoying it tonight. being oolong it’ll never be my favourite but this is another that i would drink from time to time when i was crazing that green taste :)

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drank Osmanthe D'Or by Dammann Freres
6059 tasting notes

thank you shmiracles! this was a tea i wasn’t expecting to like, as it’s a green oolong. So i’ve been putting it off until today. I had the tea earlier today that had osmanthe in it…so i figured today was a good enough day to try this.

Overall impression? Not too shabby. It’s not overly floral, which is a plus for me and it doesn’t have that weird oolong-y taste that i don’t like. But there’s also nothing here to really entice me to come back to it. I’ll drink the rest of my sample but nothing to be wowed over…but it IS another tea off my “ALL THE TEAS” list! :)

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
6059 tasting notes

This is also a tea i’m decupboarding. I know there are people out there who love this more than I do, so i’d rather it went to a home where it will be loved and sipped with pleasure. To those that i’ve swapped with before, i’m looking at you! send me a note if you are keep to have more.

Terri HarpLady

Someone (not me) should start an earl grey TTB, or maybe a Floral TTB.

Sil

ew… lol

Lala

Can I get in on this EG box, ha ha.

Terri HarpLady

Lala, you could start it! I’ll be glad to contribute any EGs I have. :)

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
6059 tasting notes

I’m not sure how i feel about this tea. It’s strawberry, less so rhubarb but there’s a floral taste in the background that i’m not sure yet how i feel about. I’ll have to try this again ina few days and see if there’s any change in how i feel.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Goût Russe Douchka by Dammann Freres
6059 tasting notes

So… after much ado about nothing, I am decupboarding this tea. I had it again today and i find that it’s just not enjoyable for me, though i know a number steepster folks out there that i’ve swapped with have really enjoyed this. SO, for those that I’ve swapped with before, if this is of interest to you, send me a pm. I’m happy to send it off to a home that will enjoy it more than i do :)

CrowKettle

Extremely tempting.

Terri HarpLady

I probably need to decupboard a few things…

Sil

Terri – it’s the long weekend so that means i’m going to take a hard look at my cupboard tomorrow while ian is at work. I’m tired of hoarding things that i don’t love..so there are a few that will come out and make way for swaps or something.

Terri HarpLady

Sounds like a good plan. Maybe I’ll try to do that on monday

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drank Goût Russe Douchka by Dammann Freres
6059 tasting notes

You know… i think i like this? but it’s been another one of those days. serriously i want ONE fricken day in which i can do work instead of other people’s work with system issues. Sooo i remember this being citrusy and not too bergamotty. but that’s as far as it goes because it’s a long sucky day.

Terri HarpLady

You might like Jubilee then. I’ll add some to your box ;)

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The dry leaf of Figue Fraîche strongly smells like dry fig to me.
It is very pleasant.It smells really like summer, Mediterranean countries.

4 minutes steeping later, I get the classic medium bodied black tea base of Dammann with a strong fig taste + a bakery taste.
Drinking it it reminds me some little biscuits we have here, the Figolu which is something similar to your newtons fig.
The fig is really natural and tasty, no doubt this is a greedy fruity fig tea.

Even if it reminds me the figolu biscuits, it is absolutely not an over-sweetened tea, it’s a perfect fig tea.

I’m very happy to finally have the opportunity to enjoy it, I had difficulties to find it (Dammann frères shops didn’t have it ! and the salesman even asked me if I was sure Figue Fraîche was one of their teas…you know with a stupid snobbish way to speak ! YES I was sure, grrrrrrr Working here, are you sure to know the teas of the brand ? hehehe). I managed it to find on line and now I have 50 g to enjoy. YES Figue Fraîche is typically a Dammann Frères Tea, natural with a smooth medium bodied black tea base from China and Ceylon.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

I asked for a tea the other day at Dammann and they were very surprised to hear the name. But thankfully one person in the shop knew it was one of their teas (they just didn’t have any).

I ordered some of this tea from instant-the.com as well, hopefully I will eventually get my order! It got delivered after I left my hotel, and they said they would send it to me.

Ysaurella

so you are enjoying the hot weather here in Paris :)
I hope you’ll get your parcel soon. Instant Thé was very reliable from my experience and the French mail service is normally very good.
I think you’ll enjoy this one, looking forward to read your review about it and other DF !
The service at Dammann shops is just nice, not better

Ruby Woo Scarlett

I hate when sales assistants don’t even know their own products. I’ve worked in retail and it’s happened to me but at least I had the decency of actually researching the product before rolling my eyes.
Don’t think I’ve ever had fig in tea, it sounds delicious.

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86

The papaya bits are subtle and nicely done. The Sencha and jasmine shine, here. It’s a bit sweet and nice hot or cold – but I like cold even better!

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87

For some reason I thought I already tried this but now I am 2nd guessing myself!

It smells like Mango and green tea.I can see the Jasmine in it tho.

This ‘brews’ very light…almost like a pale green or even a ‘white’ type tea. by the look of the post-infused liquor I wouldn’t know it had black tea in the base at all…that’s how light in color it is.After infusing I can now smell mango and jasmine.

It has a very light flavor – which is good in this case – I was afraid it was going to have all sorts of conflicting flavors but it doesn’t. It’s gentle in just about every way. The Jasmine is the first flavor then the mango. There are other fruit flavors that are being hinted at but they aren’t as identifiable. This is way better than I thought it would be!

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86

What a lovely tea !
It has some ingredients I rarely have in tea : plums (particularly mirabelles) and pear.
In addition apple and peach are present as well.
To be honnest apple and pear are really behind and the main taste to me is clearly mirabelle, for the best as I love mirabelles ! But the other fruits give a special note to this blend even if they are nor really detectable one by one.
The impression is an automnal blend, it makes me think to a setting sun.
Very well blended. Not sure it would be the aromas I would have chosen for St Petersburg but this is really well done.
Another Dammann Frères I really enjoyed.

Now remain 3 teas from my last order to taste including 2 chaï, I feel lazy today to prepare a chaï so maybe next week end !

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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85
drank 7 Parfums by Dammann Freres
20 tasting notes

smell it,
it’s like a real eatable perfume.

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85

This doesn’t have an aroma while dry. As it infuses it slightly starts to open up a flavor-scent of a cross between a floral oolong and a milky oolong. The scents is very subtle, tho. Post-infusion liquor is quite clear and doesn’t have a color or tint to it. It looks like water.

Once I start sipping this – everything turns around! The flavor is gentle but mouthwatering-sweet. It’s floral but fresh. It has a semi-woodsy but a sweeter-woody type after taste that is pleasing as well!

This is delightful!

Shmiracles

ooo you are picking all my faves and bests. probably cuz i coated the top layer of the box with them hah.

TeaEqualsBliss

Yuppers! I’m trying to dig deeper now but it’s hard because of all the teas! NOT that I’m complaining…I totally LOVE that!

Shmiracles

i took the whole box to my room and just dumped it out on my bed hah. one big whopping pile of tea bags. (it smelled strange. the box as a whole smelled strange hah)

Michelle Butler Hallett

Ooooh. Stash carried an osmanthus tea years ago. I got it in a sampler and thought it was HEAVEN. Osmanthus is hard to find.

CHAroma

@Michelle, I think this tea tastes more like an oolong with a naturally occurring osmanthus note. It doesn’t taste like it’s flavored with osmanthus.

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71

I had this tea this morning even if it’s typically more an afternoon tea.
I was expecting more cherry due to the tea name but it’s more a mix of red berries.
The scent is lovely and the dry leaf is made of some dry fruit and cut tea leaf.

The liquor is pleasant even if not very interesting. This is a natural and decent tea but for real cherry lovers I recommend more Cerise Noire from Betjeman & Barton (black tea base) and Sakura 2000(Mariage Frères on a green tea base)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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