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72
drank Noël à Venise by Dammann Freres
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this tea came from me from the lovely Ysaurella I wan’t sure how i’d feel about it, and i’m sorry to say that after having my first cup…i’m still not really sure :) this has a lemon taste to it but it’s dull and flat. It’s almost as if the tea forgot to wake up. I’ll have to play around with the steeping parameters and see if i can coax a little more out of this one :) Nonetheless, appreciate the share since this is one i was looking at buying myself in future heh

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72
drank Noël à Venise by Dammann Freres
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soooo for those that don’t know, earl grey cream always tastes like creamy lemon tea to me. this tea? for whatever reason, totally reminds me of that flavour. It’s still a tasty tea but all i could think of while drinking it was earl grey cream…i don’t get much in the way of toffee flavour – this is really just a lemoney creamy tea for me. thanks so much to dinosara for letting me try this one!

Cavocorax

Creamy lemon is a good thing? It can be? But I didn’t know that’s why you don’t like EG’s so much. For me, I don’t like it when it’s too “perfumy” though I’ve only found a few that did that.

Sil

earl grey cream = yummy. earl greys = yucky bergamot. blech.

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drank Mélange Vénitien by Dammann Freres
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Another tea from dinosara I am enjoying this one, but i have to say it’s nothing special. It’s a decent enough red fruit tea but nothing to write home about. I am enjoying this cup tonight while catching up on last season of walking dead. Zombies and “fancy tea” is always a good time haha

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Hmmm. I always thought Dammann Freres was supposed to be super fancy-pantsed?

Enjoy the Walking Dead! I think we’re a season behind but maybe we should catch up again. (I yell at the tv a lot with that one, but that’s still entertainment).

Sil

cavo – we’re working through uh season 3? not the current season. We’re always a year behind because we wait for the blu ray and then watch them on our snazzy tv on our own time. ian doesn’t watch a lot of tv so it works for us

Sil

(and yes dammanna = fancy tea..well at least to us over here heh)

Terri HarpLady

We’re also a season behind on Walking dead, at least, LOL. We’re were just talking about doing a WD marathon this weekend…maybe. We’ve been so hooked on Cardinals baseball (they won again tonight!) that we’re behind on most of our shows, except the Big Bang Theory, lol.

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drank Noël en Provence by Dammann Freres
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sipdown! didn’t get as much of the deliciousness as from the first time i had this but i am still a happy camper with this tea. thanks for sharing dinosara!

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drank Noël en Provence by Dammann Freres
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thank goodness the lavander in this is almost non existant. i was a little worried but shouldn’t have been. This is a delightful strawberry, fig tea. It reminds me a lot of strawbery jam – real strawberry jam with that mouthful of deliciousness you get when you lick the spoon. mmmm glad i have enough for another cup of this later!

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85
drank Figue Fraîche by Dammann Freres
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Sipdown! This is another tea from the lovely dinosara and man…this is delicious! I really am loving this one – i wish i had a bit more to send to gracebtlb as it might just fill the figgy void i know she has. This is a medium bodied tea, that tastes just like black figs to me. It’s like a fruit garden and reminds me of biting into a fresh fig. I love it! thanks dinosara!

Dinosara

Mm, yes I love this one! Perfect fig.

ifjuly

Oh man, that sounds wonderful. I love figs and would kill for a good fresh fig-tasting tea as I can’t get fresh figs too often here. Yum.

Terri HarpLady

ooohhh, this sounds very interesting!

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80
drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
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This whole Dammann Frères experience is turning a little too existential and emotional. I just wanted to drink some tea, okay? And now I’m forced to reminisce about my dead grandmother and maybe even reevaluate my whole outlook on black teas. I’m packing my trans-Atlantic suitcase right now; I don’t have time for these shenanigans!

But fine. My two top blacks are teas from Mariage Frères – they’re rich and luxurious and very flavourful. I love all those things. But they’re also fairly thick, almost a little muddy, and very dark, which pretty much sums up what I have a hard time handling when it comes to certain blacks.

Dammann’s black bases, on the other hand, leave the liquid a dark amber, and they’re very light and easily drunk. In this case, though, the flavour is a little too delicate to leave me entirely seduced. It’s quite smooth and elegant, but I think I’d like to try a somewhat longer steep to see if I can get some more flavour out of this.

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

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

I usually go full boil on my Dammann black blends, and I never have any bitterness. I’d try it a bit hotter, too!

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70
drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
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afternoon tea! this was a reasonable cup, though it’s not my favourite at all from DF. *shmiracles*was kind enough to send through a sample of this one and it was good for me to try it again and reaffirm that this one is just a little too floral for me to really have a party with it. :)

Sami Kelsh

Interesting! I’ve had this one in my shopping cart with Dammann for a while, so opinions good. Do I dare?

Sil

If you like your teas with a side of floral…you’ll probably like it. I figure this one isn’t the most amazing on the block though given that dinosara and i are usually in opposite camps in terms of teas.. she likes those green things.. i like the black lol but we’re both in sort of a not as loving this one as much as others mood when it comes to this tea

Sami Kelsh

Hmm. I feel like I had the impression from the description on the website that the floral wouldn’t really make a big difference, but if it does, I think I might pass on it – or at least not sink 6 euros into a bag. I like certain florals, but I was more interested in the other things happening in it. Oh well.

Sil

it’s not cloyingly floral… i’d dump the cup if it was.. but it’s floral enough that i’m like.. “move over..i’m trying to see the rest of the things in here!”

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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
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dinaosaaaaaaraaaaa….this one is weird. lol i would never have expected it to taste like this, given the description. First off, opening the package i was immediately scared because it smells overwhelmingly floral. like the kind of floral that makes me want to spit teas out.
However…i endured! The taste of this one is weird to me. I don’t really get toffee or bicuits or orange blossom. instead it’s this strange floral yet not floral, sweetish sort of indescribable brew. I don’t hate it…but it’s weird. lol

appreciate the share dinosara!

Dinosara

Yes, I agree. I don’t know what to make of this either. It’s definitely one of the few DF teas I’ve tried that hasn’t really suited my tastebuds.

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88
drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
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Sipdown, 134. It’s always a sad day when a Dammann tea gets sipped down.

I overleafed this but it still turned out amazing, as I have often found with Dammann. They are hard to mess up! This one is lovely with it’s red fruits and caramel. An eventual reorder, perhaps!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
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I think it’s hilarious that Sil managed to send me a couple of Dammann teas that I haven’t tried yet, since it sometimes seems like I am the Dammann queen of Steepster. But I never grabbed this one, mostly because I am not big on cherry and it is one of the flavors here. Although it is almost a red-fruits blend, really, I guess just three instead of four.

Anyway, this smells lovely, as expected. Red fruits and caramel and vanilla… yum. There is a tartness to this that really reminds me of real cherries (not cherry flavoring) which I do enjoy. The caramel and vanilla are sweet and smooth, and as always I love the base blend. This reminds me of Mélange Vénitien, which is red fruits plus vanilla, but no caramel. I liked that blend but didn’t get a lot of vanilla, which is not a problem here. The caramel definitely bumps it up. If I was going to restock one I would restock this one, which is somewhat surprising to me but I guess I should know better by now. I always love Dammann!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

YAAAAY! that makes me super happy :)

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90
drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
303 tasting notes

It’s all Sil’s fault. I wasn’t going to have another cup, but she just had to dangle that tasting note in front of me.

This smells insane. Going by the dry tea alone I understand all the hype when it comes to the famed Dammann Frères caramel notes, because this is all lush caramel and vanilla… and pu-erh. This particular pu-erh really is like drinking an exquisite, wooden box, polished to perfection.

Steeped, its flavour mimics what a room in my house in the country smells like on certain days – down to the very last nuance. It used to be my grandmother’s room, and her fine, carved wooden box from India is still there. She always had caramel toffees, so I keep some in there for her ghost… and that’s what’s in this cup exactly.

It’s almost a little too freaky – a little too close to home, a little too intimate.

But still absolutely wonderful.

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

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

lol and my review was just so amazing too haha really glad you loved it too though :)

JustJames

well, any hopes i had of leftover birthday money sure are evaporating quickly!

Anna

Haha, Sil, your review was one big teaser – I just HAD to know for myself.

And JustJames, money is for tea. It’s its purpose. Trust me. I’m very old.

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90
drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
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nom nom nom another afternoon tea for me, though i should be drinkign water with how hot it is…blech. didn’t get much accomplished today but i’l, manage somehow. At least it looks like i might be able to get away with working from home thrs, fri and mon of the following week. heh

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drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
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90
drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
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drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
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tea from this morning. Before i left the house i made a quick latte of this + vanilla plantation from silk road. It was just the right sort of thing to start my day off!

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drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
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Another tea from this morning’s excursion. We ended up spending a bit of time walking around downtown in the snow, hit the bookstore for me, had lunch together. just a really great weekend. It’s nice since the two of us haven’t had a weekend together in months. This tea was great for the later half of the morning as the puerh cooled just a little making this tea just a little stronger and bolder. am happy with this one :)

Anna

This tea.

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drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
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drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
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oh happy day… my love is back with me. Had a couple cups of this in the morning and it made the day better for being in it :)

ashmanra

I want this so badly. Guess I am placing an order!

JustJames

i have to say…. it’s alot better ordering with DF than MF… they’re faster, their prices are more reasonable, their shipping is more reasonable and they give samples.

Sil

I’ve never ordered from DF directly. I opted. For the cadeaux vendom place since shipping was only 8 euro.

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drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
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want.more. sipdown! I had this one tonight in latte form and it is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good! seriously! I need to get on board the puerh latte train or something! I have a sneaking suspicion i’ll be trying this with more of my puerhs going forward…especially the few flavoured ones i have. so good! Thank you so much dinosara!! love it!

Anna

It is! It is SO GOOD. I am so drinking this tomorrow!

QueenOfTarts

This sounds DELICIOUS.. and I don’t even like puerh!

Sil

I’m so sad it’s gone…queen of tarts, it’s a great flavoured puerh. I generally prefer mine straight but this one in rich and delicious!

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drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
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mmm had a cup of this to kick start my day. Sometimes it’s nice to have a flavoured puerh and a straight one on the go at the same time heh. Still really enjoying this one, so i may need to put i on the list for someday when i get to go back to france/uk sigh

Anna

I love this one SO MUCH. Remind me, and I’ll drop in an extra bag for you next time I place a DF order.

ashmanra

Ooo, I wonder if the kids can pick this up for me in Ireland?

Sil

it’s deliciously good! and resteeps well

gmathis

Do you know how jealous I am of your personal European tea shoppers? ;)

Anna

I’d be a personal Euro tea slave for anyone with access to Lupicia, just saying…

Sil

I wish I had a personal European shopper! I’m just lucky with folks who are willing to swap with me ;)

ashmanra

I don’t know if they sell it anywhere there and can’t find anything on google as to where! Waaaaaah! I really wa….NEED this!

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drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
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note to self. When you’re exausted and have trouble forming coherent sentences…stay away from new teas that you won’t be able to write about well anyway because you’re mentally challenged from the sheer stupidity of the world you work in. That about sums up my evening. This was from dinosara and i solemly swear that i am up to no good…oh wait i mean that i’ll write a better review the next time i write it. ;)

Anna

Have! And I really want to drink it now. Maybe I have time for one more cup. Why, Sil, why do you tempt us so?

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85
drank Noël à Pékin by Dammann Freres
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Interestingly, if you compare the English and French descriptions for this tea, there is no mention of citrus (or, well, agrumi) oils in the translation – I picked this as the first to try from my Instant-Thé tea haul, as it smelled so strongly of blood orange – which I can never keep my hands off.

Green/black tea blends really appeal to me, as they are often so clear and light. My main issue with all-black (flavoured) teas are their muddiness, to be honest. But this turns a perfect shade in the cup. I steeped it for three minutes first, deemed it too weak and then gave it another minute. The recommendation was for 4-5 at 90C, and I think it could take the full 5 without any bitterness.

This is very peculiar. I’m not really a fan of jasmine (this was a free sample included with my order), but it works very well here – it’s a subtle, elusive perfume both in the nose and the cup.

Flavour wise, I get mostly passion fruit and blood orange, but a deep, rich blood orange – there isn’t any tartness to speak of. This all plays out against a very complex backdrop of intermingling fruit flavours, which is just lovely.

I find myself really enjoying this one, and I very badly want to try it with various forms of baked goods – it would be an excellent tea party tea, in all its complexity.

Some astringency.

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

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

“I’m not really a fan of jasmine” :O le gasp

Anna, how could you?!

Anna

Haha, that’s supposed to be ‘jasmine IN BLACK TEA BLENDS’. Honestly, sometimes when I edit these on my iPad they just go poof. Boarding now, will fix it later. Thank you!

Nattie

Hahaha I guess that’s excusable. Hope you had a safe flight!

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this tea was such a welcome surprise! i got no sleep and woke up looking like i got punched in the face— a deep infection in the eye socket apparently. no driving, no school, all i can think is ‘really? seriously? dammit’. came out of nowhere. however i find this tea a lovely distraction.

i don’t have a a lot of experience with green teas, though i am amending that bit by bit. i think the name ‘macaron’ had me thinking of macaroons…(definitely not!). this blend is light and refreshing. i get unexpected notes of cilantro and a hint of basil, a soft fruit component….a dark berry that isn’t black berry or logan.

the green tea is lovely and light: no smoke or pungancy. to me this is a savoury tea… though as it cools i detect some cassis.

i’ve never had a savoury tea. how lovely. thank you ysaurella!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Anna

I think I ordered this (for once, you didn’t make me do it). I’m excited to try it!

JustJames

lol…. it’s a brilliantly complicated blend. very unexpected. i wonder if you’ll get the same savoury essence as i did?

Anna

We shall see! My package arrived in Italy on Friday, so maybe, just maybe…

Ysaurella

that’s funny, to me the blackcurrant is the first thing I got an,d behind the candied violet.
For sure even if greens are not your cup of tea, this is an easy green for beginners, sooooo mellow…Glad you liked it

ifjuly

Wow, that sounds amazing. I love macaroons, but macaron with basil, cilantro, and fruit…heaven.

I hope your eye is fully recovered!

JustJames

sigh…. i look less like a mutant, but it’s taking awhile to go. however!!! i am feeling much better since i got my exams done: one A- and one A+! i’ll take a mutated eye for those, lol.

ifjuly

yay, congrats!

OMGsrsly

Go you! That’s awesome. :)

JustJames

i am noth relieved and amused…. relieved because they’re over, and amused because i have more projects than ever due and i bounced right out of them and into more, lol. public announcement:’ i am an academic trampoline artist! boing!’ sheesh.

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