Dammann Freres

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drank Easter Tea by Dammann Freres
255 tasting notes

This is one sweet confection! It smells a bit like one of those Easter baskets my parents would prepare when we were young—a melange of fragrances. The black tea seems to be a foundation for the candied fruity florals. This tea is a bit like the Easter Bunny on steroids of sweetness.

I am absolutely loving these Dammann Frères teas, but it is getting a bit cloying. They are so delicious and maybe I’m at the point today where I’m craving the smokiness of a Lapsang Souchang. I think I need to bring them out sparingly and not try to dash through them so quickly. I’m bedazzled by the wonder of it all!

sophistre

I know just how you feel! Sometimes getting a slew of teas in, it’s hard to do them all justice with a fresh palate when you want to try everything…this morning has been like that for me!

All of these have sounded so good. My shopping list is expanding at an alarming rate!

Doulton

Yes, this is an embarrassment of riches. I should really go and chasten and purify myself by an evening repast of rooibos (which I don’t like much).

JacquelineM

You are going to have a Scarlet T on you too :) :) :) (see tea vow of chastity thread)

Rabs

This sounds amazing – will add it to shopping list anon! And can I tell you how much I love the Scarlet T concept? Steepster should make shirts ;)

Ricky

Woah, that’s quick. They’ve arrived already!??!

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I’m enjoying this “greedy blend”. The dry tea smells like dark, rich chocolate. Brewed, it is full and chocolate-y. I cannot really detect the other flavors side from a very faint whiff of almond. I added milk at the end and it tasted like a rich hot chocolate with black tea highlights.

It’s really enjoyable and makes me feel “greedy” as advertised. I might need to reorder this.

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec
__Morgana__

ooooh, I can’t wait to try these…. reading these are like seeing film trailers. Lol.

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91
drank Figue Fraîche by Dammann Freres
255 tasting notes

The dry tea smells bake-y and figgy and very much like a Fig Newton. The steeped tea is a medium black with a flowery figgy flavor. The aftertaste is very pleasant. It is like a fig-infused flower—but I cannot id the flowery taste precisely. Midway through the cup I added some milk and a little bit of sugar and that really did not change my opinion. The milk did not diminish the flavor. I am glad that I have this and will wait to judge it again when I feel more emotionally grounded.

5 minutes later: there is a very satisfying and rich aftertaste lingering on my palate. It must be this tea; my breath alone does not smell so sweet!

LATER: This tea stands up very well; I am enjoying it right now and revising its grade upwards. Since I wrote my original note I have been revising some tea grades based on those which I will NEED to buy again when my original stock is low. There are a lot of French teas which are very amiable but somewhat “same-ish”. This one has got a unique thing going with its strong fig taste. I prefer it with milk and a touch of sugar for full luxury.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Jasmine Tea by Dammann Freres
67 tasting notes

I usually have this tea whenever I go to one of my favorite restaurants here in Atlanta. Generally, I’m not wild about French teas, but this jasmine tea retains a delicate flavor even after a recommended 4-5 minute steep.

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

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100

Of all the Dammann offerings this is my favorite – but I must admit I am a green tea lover. This tea is wonderful at any time of day and has an enjoyable mint flavoring and aroma.

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drank L'Oriental by Dammann Freres
328 tasting notes

This is a high quality, smooth and delightful green tea. Overall, it is a mild tropical flavor but this is not a one-note flavor. No single flavor predominates but each of the added flavors come together in a light manner… A highly enjoyable tea that will be perfect when the weather warms……

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76

No doubt about it. Today requires a fabulous Earl Grey. And this is a fabulous Earl Grey.

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76

Oops, steeped it a little overlong, but it’s still tasty. Nom.

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76

Should probably not be drinking a black tea, but an earl grey on this overcast marine morning is irresistible.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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76

Oh, Earl Grey, how I love you. It’s a nice partially sunny day outside, but it’s foggy and cold and dreary in my head, but with you everything is cozy. And maybe in a bit I’ll wake up a little.

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec

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76

Monday morning calls out for a nice Earl Grey. Om nom nom!

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76

When I need an earl grey, I turn to this one every time when it’s an option. The flavorings are not overwhelming, allowing the tea to come through, but they’re there and distinguished. Hints of tangerine & lime provide some additional interesting notes. Love this tea!

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68
drank Christmas Tea by Dammann Freres
57 tasting notes

Intesting tea…tastes like a christmas stollen. The Ceylon comes across a bit rough for my taste but overall a pleasant tea to drink. I got it as a gift. Only by looking at the fancy tin I know I’de probably would have found it a bit to expensive. I am not a big fan of those flavored teas that are coming from France. They got rather popular during the last couple of years…especially in Asia. Japanese love to buy it as a present for others…cool tin and flavorwise something totally different to which they are used to.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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So I was stuck at JFK airport for several hours on the day after Christmas, in the Jetblue terminal. Even though it was after 10pm, there were several thousand people in the terminal with various flight delays and all the bars and restaurants stayed open past midnight. In our gate area was a sit down bar and an espresso bar with Illy coffe products. They had tea also, of course, and I had not had the brand of tea they offered. They had a choice of Earl Grey, chai, a few others, but the one I had definitely never had was described to me by the young barista as “strawberry tea.”

Okay, sure, I thought. I’m stuck here for another hour. I’m a little chilly. Worst comes to worst I’ll put sugar and milk in it and think of it as a tea flavored strawberry shake.

Turns out it was perfectly yummy just as tea. The strawberry sweetness was quite pronounced, and it normally would have been “too fruity” for me, but for a comforting hot drink in a challenging environment, it was very pleasant. I’ll have it again.

Cecilia Tan

I blogged it and 2 other strawberry teas more extensively here: http://teawritings.com/?p=105

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backlogging / had this yesterday.
Sweet, but not as sweet as the usual Rooibos. I thought it was more sugar-tasting, but I had to add sugar myself to really enjoy it.
Quite decent, though.

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100

This is one of my favorite teas. Well balanced, smooth, wonderful aroma. Great first thing in the morning, especially on cold days.

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74

enjoyed its soft smoked taste. almost needs no sugar.

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62

quite liked the fruit-ish taste of biscuits, very sweet.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Touareg by Dammann Freres
9 tasting notes

Prepared with suger and extra mint leaves.

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drank Silk Road by Dammann Freres
68 tasting notes

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