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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!
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.]
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!
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!
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!
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.]
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 :)
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!
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. ;)
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.
[Sample from my epic Instant-Thé order to Rome, October 2013.]
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!
i loved this sample from ysaurella…. it’s funny, when i look at the amount she sent me for each tea it’s almost as though she anticipated that i would mess up the first attempt! because although i messed up all of the damman first steeps, i had enough left over to try again and add the extra that made it perfect, lol.
as i mentioned in a review yesterday i am happy with damman freres blends with 1.5 times the recommended amount.
once i got the amount right this blend was exceptional. i am a fig fan, big time. i have a fig tree in the front yard… though sadly it does not produce fruit for me.
if i could design an old growth forest i would do it with fig trees… that as they aged bore immense pear sized figs that were light and sweet and tangy. the fruit would be harboured under the canopy of broad leaves. my forest would be hectares long and acres wide.
all the houses bordering my forest would be equipped with windows that had built in wipers because whenever there was a wind storm the great soft figs would splatter against the glass and no one would be able to see! (welcome to my world?)the deer and cariboo would also leave your flowers alone in this imaginary place because the grounded figs would more than satisfy! (we have a ‘small’ deer population in our area, lol)
with the blend amount amended this tea gave me everything: i got sunshine in the summertime, the mild tang of an italian honey fig, a sense of juiciness, ripeness, i even (somehow) gleaned the light taste of seeds!
all fruit, no floral. not creamy, not astringent. this tea very accurately reflects a fresh fig. beautifully done.
heh heh… french immersion can make for an amusing linguistic experience, in my head i translate this one as ‘knackered velvet’, lol!
i’m getting a strange read off this one since i had it last… more of a milk flavour with really mild orange and almond tones. too mild for me now.
thank you to MissB for such a generous share! strange how our tastes shuffle and side step…. sorry dammann, the score must drop…. no worries though, i love plenty of your teas!
C’est grace a ma chere ysaurella que j’ai eu la chance d’essayer cette beaute!
i have done it! i have worked out my algorithmic happiness with damman freres blends!
with each sample that ysaurella sent me of damman freres i have loved the smell of the blend, but each time the steep fell short!!!
as predicted, operator error…. and now i know how i like it.
1.5 five times the recommended amount, with a 6 minute steep. precisely. each time. and i love them that way!
under these parameters i got all of the expected brilliance of this blend. i got creamed roasted chestnuts, almonds, hazelnuts… a very gentle floral contribution without perfume.
i liked this one with cream and sugar.
and now i know how to prepare it!
I think I overleafed this one a little and as it is a sample I get with my Instant thé order I won’t be able to taste it properly now… I won’t rate it so but can tell some of my feelings disregarding the bitterness I stupidely created myself.
This is a lovely exotic fruits blend, I can get the natural notes of pineapple and mango for sure.
Jasmin is there but is very discrete.
I’m pretty sure it is a fantastic blend where the aromas pair very well together what a pity I wasted it so stupidely.
this sample was a bittersweet gift from ysaurella.
my grandmother was the dearest person in my life. i remember being a very little boy staring at a bowl of purple sculptures on the glass table in the livingroom— tiny, delicate…. she popped one into my mouth! light, perfumed, crunchy and sweet. the flavour of violets will always make me think of her.
she died almost two years ago, and i will always miss her. finding bits and pieces that take me back to snapshots of memory is something significant to me. this tea is a direct link to her: not because she’d like it, lol! she was a purist tea-wise… assam, unflavoured, no sugar. in a pinch, lady grey. but we’re talking about my memories here!
lovely. and i must have some.
ysaurella, thank you so much.
candied violets, perfectly captured. seamlessly executed.