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91
drank Bali by Dammann Freres
7 tasting notes

Bought at Oronero – Palazzo Pitti – Firenze
Luzzia was the owner.
Jul/13

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Bought at Oronero – Palazzo Pitti – Firenze
Luzzia was the owner.
Jul/13

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drank Nosy Bey by Dammann Freres
383 tasting notes

of the lovely samples that the indomitable ysaurella sent me, thus far this one has been my least favourite. i didn’t get the expected flavour…. but apparently my son did!

he’s become quite the loose leaf afficionado and will often swagger in and walk off with my mug of tea (!!!) or pull dramatic faces declaring that it tastes off. my wife sips her coffee and laughs.

with this particular cup he piped up:‘is the tea from france here yet? is that it?’ and he slurped some up, going on and on about how perfect it was. lol.

not quite my cup of tea… but absolutely our 14 year old’s!

i have enough for another cup, but honestly, i think it will vanish before i can try my hand at it again… blake was that big a fan!

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

hummmm sounds weird you didn’t get the aromas for this one really, it is very perfumed, a refined peach and vanilla, a very sweet and mellow tea.
If some remains you can try it at 95°C or even boiling anyway I’m happy your son loved it !

JustJames

hmmmm, no i didn’t get vanilla or peach….. strange. i do have a bit left— hotter you say?

gmathis

Glad you have tea drinking company at home!

JustJames

indeed! my daughter is the one that came home with teavana and david’s teas menus, and my son and i were the ones that latched on! it’s remarkable to me the differences between our tastes too… i don’t know if it’s an age thing? an individual thing? he cannot abide verdant’s laoshan black, i cannot abide pekoe tasting teas, each which the other loves! lol. in any case, if you can find something with family to bond over then that’s a grand thing =0)

Ysaurella

yep try it hotter it may help beacuse that’s really weird you don’t get the vanilla and peach except if the sample has been corrupted by others or arrived opened.

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76
drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
630 tasting notes

The last time I had this tea, my father-in-law was having heart attacks due to a clogged artery. I asked for your prayers and miraculously, he was healed and made a full recovery. Now five months later, I’m going through my own health battle and I’m asking for your prayers again. May this tea bring me good fortune as it did before.

I added a splash of skim milk. The aroma is very flowery and fruity. I looked up the fruits this time and the description says strawberry and rhubarb. I can definitely taste that. It’s kind of like drinking a flowery, rhubarb pie in tea form. There’s something a little reminiscent of wax in here, similar to chapstick or poor quality lip gloss. But that really only comes into play in the aftertaste.

I re-steeped the leaves for 6 minutes, added a splash of skim milk, and some Truvia. The flavors are all still going strong! Although that waxy element is still apparent as well. The tea is perhaps a little less flowery, but that added sweetener could have changed the flavor profile in this direction. I’m definitely enjoying this cup, but I think I preferred it without the Truvia. It’s much too sugary now, and I usually prefer things on the sugary side. But I think it’s overpowering the base, the flowers, the fruit, and just about everything else that’s going on.

This second cup tastes mainly of sugary strawberry lip gloss. Overall, it is a very enjoyable cuppa if you like flowery teas, which luckily I do. Upping the rating from 74 to 76. Big thanks to JustJames for giving me this sample!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Lala

Hope you are doing well, sending prayers your way.

caile

My thoughts are with you, and hope all will be well.

greenteafairy

Lots of good thoughts for you.

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76
drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
630 tasting notes

Sipdown #45

Thanks to Sil for this sample! The brewed tea aroma is fruit and flowers. Hmm, there’s something weird about this flavor combo. I can’t readily identify the type of fruit or flowers that this tea is supposed to taste like.

I added some almond milk and agave, and now it’s much more to my liking. The black base is calm and floats in the background behind the added flavorings. Overall, this isn’t an incredibly complex or nuanced tea, but it is delicious! Yum!

Please pray for my husband’s father. His name is Bob, and he was just admitted to the hospital tonight with complaints of chest pain. They are doing a cardiac catheterization first thing tomorrow morning to diagnose what’s going on. They currently think he might have a blood clot or some other type of blockage, but we won’t know for sure until they do the diagnostic test tomorrow.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
yyz

My prayers with you and your family and that everything will turn out well.

Sil

hug i will send positive vibes your way darling.

OMGsrsly

I wish him and your family the best.

MissLena

Sending prayers your way!!

tigress_al

Oh no, my thoughts will be with you and bob. Hope he’s ok

ashmanra

Praying!

CHAroma

Thank you all SOO much for your prayers and kind words! Bob had the cardiac catheterization. The procedure normally lasts 30-60 minutes. He was in surgery for 4 hours. One of his arteries was 100% blocked! The doctors said that they haven’t seen a blockage this large before and that they only had a 20% chance to clear it. However, they kept working at it and didn’t give up (thus explaining why it took 4 hours), and they were able to completely clear the blockage!

Bob’s blood pressure immediately improved, and he is already feeling much better! We are so blessed that he walked into that hospital on his own power. He could have had a heart attack at any minute! Coronary heart disease is the #1 killer in America for both men and women. He had just come for a visit and played tennis with my husband out in the hot sun for hours. It’s simply a miracle that he’s okay!

They have him on new medication to help lower his cholesterol and another one that will scrub his arteries to keep future blockages from happening. This all happened so fast, and it’s already over. I think we’re all in shock. But now we can go on our honeymoon without worrying that he’s going to need a bypass or anything more serious.

It’s just amazing how God took care of him. I am so thankful to be part of this community of genuinely good-hearted people. I’m convinced that this truly is a miracle brought on by everyone’s love, support, and prayers. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Sil

oh that is AMAAAAZING news. I’m so happy to hear that things went better and that he pulled through. That is incredible news….totally just made my day :) so happy for you!

OMGsrsly

So glad to hear he’s doing better! Hope you have a great honeymoon. :)

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93
drank Osmanthe D'Or by Dammann Freres
2016 tasting notes

Yet another from the teaboxB! I love tea leaves like these — the pretty green just lets me know the flavor will be delicious. I waited for the water to cool around 15 minutes and steeped for three minutes. I had no idea… I looked on the site and didn’t find any steep instructions. But the flavor is delicious! It’s floral, but I think there are plenty of oolongs that taste this floral that aren’t necessarily jasmine. I thought this was just usual oolong flavor. There was a hint of peach too. The second cup was very good, but different.. even less floral I think. A very nice silky lingering flavorful oolong! One of the best, I think!

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80
drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
630 tasting notes

Sipdown #47

The dry leaf aroma is sweet and fruity. The brewed tea aroma is distinctly cherry. I’ve had a few cherry-flavored teas before, but this one has the most spot on, authentic cherry flavor. It is pretty good plain, but I did add a little Truvia to ramp up the sweetness. I let the cup cool and enjoy this much better as an iced tea. Overall, a very enjoyable cuppa! Thanks Sil for the sample!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

YAY!

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drank Pomme d'Amour by Dammann Freres
2140 tasting notes

My sample sip down continues, and I am starting my day with this sample that came in a tea gift box from my daughter. (Superanna, for those who haven’t figured that out yet! grin )

Not many apple teas have made me roll around in ecstasy. Neither does this one. LOL! It isn’t bad, it is quite good. The base is smooth and warming, there is definitely more than just apple going on in it, and I can see this being incredibly comforting and soothing on a cold winter day. I don’t drink alcohol at all but I can really see this tea becoming awesome with the addition of something stout and dark, like maybe a splash of cognac? Brandy? I don’t know liquors though I have tasted some way way back, but I do think this would be an amazing tea to add some warming spirits to.

And I may be a hypocrite, because I said I wasn’t crazy about apple tea but I polished off a large cup of this in record time. Now I wish I had more.

Edit to add: second steep weaker but still really good. Also, gone.

Indigobloom

Welcome, Superanna!! :)

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43

Finally, after lots and lots of internet-scouring and mistakes, I found this tea in a DF stockist! I was so excited, I absolutely adore macarons, so to hear that macarons can inspire tea flavours as well always makes me so happy. Plus, I got on so well with THE O DOR’s “Je T’aime” pistachio macaron black tea, that I thought I would love this just as much.

It’s very very different, however… For one, it’s a green tea, which I thought was a better choice considering the mango and jasmine scent – it’s lighter and won’t clash with a black tea base flavour. When brewing it, the tea gave off a wonderful aroma of jasmine blossoms and… cake, funnily enough, and slowly became more fruity until I removed the leaves. The liquor was a deep yellow and strongly scented, so I suspected having brewed it a little too long.
However, rather than the light cakey flavour I was expecting, the dominating flavour in this seems to be almonds! Obviously since it’s inspired by the almond meal-based macaron, it would make sense to have some kind of almond perfume, but it’s overpowering! The jasmine and mango are definitely there, no doubt about it, yet I get the impression the jasmine lent some of its strength to the almond, and I had an amaretto-like aftertaste… not amazing, I’m afraid, I’m not a fan of amaretto at all. Sadly it dominated the green tea entirely… A very aromatic tea, and certainly something I would recommend to those who love a unique flavour combination (the maltiness of the almond and the fruity perfume is quite something), but it didn’t hit the “macaron” spot for me, unfortunately. Next time I have this to hand I will brew it a little lighter.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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90

My numbers now mean nothing because I added a bunch of stuff to my cupboard that I didn’t have in there before, but oh well. I guess I will go into negatives when I get to the bottom.

This tea (#67) is my most floral of floral teas. It is seriously like a bouquet. I love florals but I don’t crave this one often. Maybe I will more in the spring.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

What a garden of flowers. So floral and delicious. I think what I like best about this blend is that there are so many unusual flowers in it. Not just rose and jasmine, but acacia, water lily, aloe, and plum blossoms? Quite unique, and somehow it doesn’t come across as a perfume shop.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Ysaurella

I do need to try this one next time I’ll shop at Dammann’s

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90

I think this is officially the last of the teas I brought back from Paris that I haven’t yet tried. It’s also the third of Dammann’s “Jardin” series of flavored oolongs. The dry leaf on this one smells fruity and very floral, which makes sense since all the flavors listed are a myriad of flowers, most of which I would not be able to pinpoint (acacia? waterlilly? aloe vera?). I think the fruitiness may be coming from the plum blossom.

Steeped, it smells pretty much like a bouquet. In a good way! This is a rich bunch of florals, but I feel like the fact that a lot of them are different from the usual florals keeps things interesting. It doesn’t smell as fruity brewed as it does dry, it’s more pure floral. Despite all of this, it is definitely not overwhelming in the flavor. Smooth, sweet, and floral. It kind of reminds me of Naivetea’s Rose Violet Calendula oolong, but with more florals that are kind of unique and exotic. I also don’t find this one to be overly floral, like I did with that other tea. When I’m in a very floral mood, this will definitely be the tea for me.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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73

Yes I am having a Christmas tea for breakfast in the middle of Summer…I wanted to taste it for ages and now I have the opportunity thanks to a sample I received with my Instant thé order.

This is a classical blend more than clearly the same kind as Thé de Noël from Compagnie Coloniale exactly the same ingredients cherry,ginger, cornflower on a black tea base.

I need to make a special tasting with a cup of each but I have the impression now that the tea base of Dammann is maybe a little bit stronger vs Compagnie Coloniale.

Well this is clearly not my favourite christmas tea even if nice but these flavours change from cloves, orange, mandarin…

I am gloomy today as I have to come back to work on Wednesday and I really would have loved to remain in holidays – That’s so weird to me as in my previous job I was always so happy to wake up to go to work.
I know what it means so…

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

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67

I actually can’t stand smelling it dry, there’s just too much going on. It’s really nice brewed though – peach for sure but there’s an edge to it. Not sure I’d repurchase as it’s a bit too fruity for me but it’s a good tea.

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80

This fruity black tea is from Sil, when she sent me an amazing Strawberry Rhubarb package a few months ago.

I steeped it for 3 minutes in a David’s Perfect Mug, in 208F, sans milk.

There’s more citrus to the aroma than to the taste, and it reminds me a little of an Earl Grey. There’s something lightly smoky to it too, that strangely appealing right now. I feel cozy and nostalgic while drinking this, and I have no clue why.

This seems like a good tea to sip away at while finishing off the fourth book in the Wheel of Time (I’ve unknowingly made a huge commitment).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

glad you’re enjoying it :)

CrowKettle

Thanks again, Sil. This one took me by surprise. :)

OMGsrsly

Ahh yes, Wheel of Time. Hope you enjoy them! I think I’m the only one in my family who hasn’t read them… I’m trying to resist.

CrowKettle

Good luck resisting this 12,000 page monster! My older sister wanted me to read this series so she could talk to someone about it, but so far she’s struggling with not spoiling everything. XD

Terri HarpLady

I have the first wheel of time. I’ve had it for a couple years. I still haven’t read it. Instead I read all the sookie stackhouse books, all the Anita Blake books, the entire game of thrones series, the greywalker series, a few others, & now I’m reading the entire Sherlock Holmes collection. So obviously I don’t have a problem with making commitments when it comes to books, but I keep avoiding that book for some reason.

Terri HarpLady

I would like to try this tea, however! :)

CrowKettle

I would love to get a hold of more of this tea, myself. :)

There are so many Anita Blake books! Lots of respect for reading all of those. I’m usually good about committing to series, so long as they’re already finished, or have an end in sight, when I start them. I read all the Sookie Stackhouse books out at the time, five years ago, and still haven’t pick up the last few.

OMGsrsly

I got the first half of the first book when it originally came out – the library had them as free “samples”. It was the size of a single book, so I was skeptical. My dad and brother immediately got sucked in, and have been trading the series back and forth for YEARS so they can re-read when new books come out, etc. I think I’ve done a good job resisting. :)

Terri HarpLady

Regarding Anita Blake, I originally started reading those because they take place in St. Louis, & some of them are amazingly good, but the last 3 or so were lousy, IMO. The kinky ness was ridiculously over the top, & there was basically no plot. The last one read like a NaNoWriMo project that had never been edited. I haven’t read the most recent one.

Sil

Agreed on Anita Blake…they went downhill :(

Terri – can you make a list of things I need to send you? Because we’ve done such big swaps ill forget what to toss in the box for you.

Terri HarpLady

Lol, Sil, I think it’s mainly just our recent teavivre order. I have verdant samples for you, but if there’s anything else you want, just let me know.

Sil

No silly I meant teas that you want to try that I still need to send you….like this one and my mousse….

Crow….i haven’t had this one in a while….if I decide I really don’t love it, I’ll see if we can swap some. I’ve got a fairly decent size of it

Terri HarpLady

OK…this one & the mousse :)

CrowKettle

Ok, Sil! The 77-some teas left in my cupboard are getting to the lower end of things (except for the matcha?), but if you want to swap let me know. :)

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86

I love the hazelnut in this and the base is really nice – you can’t really go wrong with Dammann. A piece of brioche with this would be heaven and very Proustian. I have a piece leftover in the kitchen – should I?

back with the brioche You know, looking at the ingredients it seems like my brioche has a bit of rum to it which makes a lot of sense. Brioche is not about straight sugar, it has a depth to it, just like maple syrup for example is not just a sweetener but its own particular woody, fabulous taste. Brioche is good at any time but I’m glad I paired it with this tea.

Now I need to find a rum-scented tea. I don’t like alcohol but I’m really curious about the combo. Done right, it could be really decadent. OR a maple syrup tea! Oh my god just the idea of this.

Another winner in my batch of samples from Ysaurella. Thank you again, dear :)

Dinosara

Glad to hear you liked it!

Ysaurella

it was a nice surprise as I bought this one in addition of my Instant-Thé order and I am really happy to have bought 100g.
Happy you liked it too.
You’re very welcome with the samples? It was my pleasure to share

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83

This is a sample that was graciously sent to me by the lovely Ysaurella.

Another dessert tea – do you see a pattern here? I live for them. Velours Nacré is very comforting, kind of like its name (perly velvet). It’s basically on a mission to choke you with tenderness. Love the chocolate in this and the smell of the dry tea is so divine. The orange’s a nice addition, I didn’t think I would like it but definitely enhances the depth of the chocolate and almond. It’s the perfect cocoon.

Ysaurella

I didn’t find it so far from Mélange des Chérubins finally execpt on the almond’s presence. I am happy you liked this one too :)

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94

As happens with all my ginger lemon teas, I’ve started to associate this one (#69) with digestive issues and feeling unwell. Which is acutally fine right now because I ate some intensely spicy drunken noodles for lunch and I think my gut could use some calming. This is more lemony and less gingery, but overall tasty and soothing. I accidentally made it with boiling water instead of 195°F, and it doesn’t seem to have suffered. (I have done a lot of steeping of green oolongs at boiling lately, they seem to be rather more robust than most people think).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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94

Drinking this one now as part of my cupboard chronology and not because I’m feeling ill. Yay!

Lemony, sweet, with a little ginger zing. This type of tea will always have a place in my cupboard, and this is such a good example of it that I will be tempted to have this one be my staple. I’m so glad that Dammann’s international shipping isn’t as crazy as some other tea companies!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TheTeaFairy

Dinosara, do you buy them directly from Dammann or from a distributor and how much do you usually pay for shipping?

Dinosara

Well, this one I actually brought back from Paris with me. I have bought DF teas from Cadeau Deco Vendome (http://www.cadeau-deco-vendome.com) and they have a flat 9 Euro shipping charge to North America. Dammann’s own site scales based on how much you buy, but I’ve ordered a small package from them for 10 Euro shipping.

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94

I felt awful this morning and ended up leaving work just an hour after getting in. So in spite of my chronological order I skipped ahead and had a cup of this tea. I don’t really want this to become a “sick tea”, but the fact is that it is lemony and gingery and delicious. I have another lemon ginger green tea but this one tastes better so why wouldn’t I prefer this one? Besides, I don’t think I will have a problem with associating this one with sickness (I love ginger and lemon together!). Anyway, this one settled my stomach a bit but I am still not 100% so the chronology is on hold for the weekend I suppose.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
caile

Glad you’re starting to feel better!

TeaBrat

love ginger! this sound nice

Stephanie

Ginger and lemon are awesome for tummies :)

Memily

But I love sick teas!

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94

My stomach apparently doesn’t like it when I wake up really early, which I have to do almost every Friday to teach an early class. Ugh. When I got out of class I wanted something to settle my stomach and I remembered this has citrus and ginger in it. Perfect.

Sweet, citrusy, with a slight ginger kick. Although I have a lemon ginger on green base, I prefer the (green) oolong base because I feel like it gives more body. This may become a somewhat regular post-class tea on early days.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
keychange

odd—I seem to have stomach issues when I wake up earlier than my body would like as well. I wonder why that is.

Fjellrev

Weird. Actually, when I have to get up ridiculously early, the same thing happens to me. I have a feeling it has to do with the increase of ghrelin production when you don’t get as much sleep (naturally, I tend to get a lot less sleep when I have to get up earlier than usual, regardless of how much earlier I go to bed).

Lynxiebrat

Alot of people’s bodies seem to work best when we get to sleep the sametime every night and get up the same time every day. (Or vice versa as the case might be for some folks.) Myself: for the most part I cannot handle much food when I wake up, and if I can…usually not breakfast food. Now if I have that for lunch (If I’ve been up for a few hours.) I’m fine with it…though depending.
Cereal-I love having that as a midnight snack. heh.

OMGsrsly

I used to be like that but for the last month I’ve been waking up hungry. Bodies are weird, yo. :)

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94

Ugh, started writing this tasting note and then was forced to refresh all tabs, thus losing it. Oh well. I officially finished sampling all the teas in my Instant Thé order, but I still have a couple that I bought at the Dammann store in Paris. This is one of them.

The dry leaf on this one smells very bright and citrusy, but also with a darker non-citrus note that must be the mango. Steeped, it smells citrusy but also kind of herby in a hard to describe way. Almost like thai basil? Oh, checking the ingredients list here there is ginger, which makes sense. Still getting a somewhat basily note, which is possibly the oolong interacting with the rest. The flavor is nice, slightly sweet, citrusy and gingery. The ginger is not super strong, but it’s enough to give it a slight kick. Definitely very much enjoying this one, but I’m not surprised as flavored green oolongs, especially citrusy ones, are some of my favorites.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

I hate it when my tasting notes get lost somehow! Makes me not want to re-write it all.

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82

Thanks so much to Ruby Woo Scarlett for sharing this tea with me.

I wanted to try this one for ages and here I am : classic Dammann tea base and greedy ingredients such as chocolate, hazelnut + blood orange.

It is really quite similar to Velours Nacré (same tea base, same ingredients at the difference it has almonds in place of hazelnuts)

it’s a pleasant tea, not one I would buy as I own Velours Nacré but I’m happy to have had the chance to taste it

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

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86
drank Bali by Dammann Freres
2182 tasting notes

I’m not actually drinking this one (#65), but I wanted to give it one last note before I removed it from my cupboard. I gave the last of it to Equusfell because she fell in love with it, but before that I was cold brewing it regularly. Which was totally delicious. I have found that while I am not huge on green teas hot, I almost prefer to black tea when iced. I’ve been starting to drink more iced black tea and I think I prefer the how light and refreshing green teas are when cold. Anyway, I did really love this one as a cold brew.

Equusfell

Many thanks, my friend! Once I order a large amount of this, I will try cold brewing.

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