Dammann Freres

Recent Tasting Notes

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Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Additives: none
Water: 22 oz filtered, boiling, then let set until approximately 170-180°
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer in cup
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: DELICIOUS, fruity with some vegetal scent
Steeped Tea Smell: fruity, cherry, green vegetal tea
Flavor: sweet, vegetal, slight hint of floral and fruit
Body: Light
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: translucent yellow-green

This tea brings immediately to mind spring cherry green tea.

I believe in my excitement to try this tea I used too much leaf and / or perhaps water that was too hot.

I unfortunately decided to break into this tea (it smelled so fabulous I could not resist!) after 6 o’clock pm. I do hope it won’t keep me up all night.

Sadly right now I must award it only 2/4 leaves. I do believe once I tweak the steep it will be a 3/4 however I do think that it is on par as a tea with spring cherry. I am not saying this tea is not good, but I certainly won’t bring it from France to the US if there is a comparable tea here.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: 3 minutes – still a nice vegetal fruity tea, dumped in honey and drank it all up

I got my order in from the group order from Dammann Freres with Doulton today!

The packaged smelled delicious, simply delicious. I had to have one right away.

I also got some surprises in there I can’t wait to try!

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/04/dammann-freres-loose-leaf-green-tea.html

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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91

Decided to steep this again. All I can say is this is a delightful chocolate blend. May even say I prefer this one to Florence. As others have said, this is milder than Florence. And I agree. Sort of the typical subtle French tea. But as I am trying to limit sugar…that Florence with it’s bitter notes from the hazelnuts requires soooo much sugar to smooth it out. This chocolate tea only needs 1 tsp per 16 oz. For a delightful sweet tea.

amandajo

Ok, now I’m craving chocolate… looks like I get to dig out my chocolate malt honeybush :)

Lori

Now that one sounds good…

amandajo

Oh it is! Gotta love 52 teas :)

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91

Had this tea in the afternoon as suggested by DF. Certainly a perfect way to celebrate the end of my workday-excercise hour…Very chocolatey. Of course, I added milk and sugar which made this even more like a sweet treat. I could not detect the almond flavors but instead detected caramel?

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91

I am so sad – my last cup of this delicious, subtle tea. Sweet and cherried and green, but soft. So easy to drink. I am still of an unevolved nature in that sometimes when I drink green tea I feel like I am taking medicine! I find some of the vegetal tastes unpleasant, and if the tea is not of a certain quality, even low steeping temps tend to produce bitterness. Not this one, though. It’s pure delight!

Au revoir my beautiful Frenchie :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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91

I was straightening out my tea drawer at work yesterday, and I was inspired to take a sniff of this one. Oooooh! The fragrance of the leaves was so sweet and intoxicating! I knew I had to have it today!

Ahhhh. Sweet. Green. Cherry. Flowers. The word “tender” comes to mind, as does “Spring” – Delicious. Delicate. French. Last time, I got 4 steeps out of this one, so I am looking forward to a lovely morning :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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91

A delightful green tea. The base reminds me of my beloved violet tea: smooth, a little vegetal, very enjoyable. The cherry flavor is beautiful. Like a faint whisper of a cordial made with real cherries. Very subdued and elegant. You could say “the anti-Teavana” ;) I could easily drink green tea each and every day with these wonderfully blended Dammann Freres teas!! They “get” just what I like in a tea – that a little art and artifice does wonders. I am certainly developing an addiction!

Steep two: 4 min Sooooo good. Again, the second steep of this tea really shines for me. The flavors marry, the tea is darker and more flavorful, ahhh! I am so in love!

I am going to save my leaves for an after lunch steep just like I did yesterday.

The only reason I’m rating it lower than the violet tea, really, is because I think the violet is harder to do with a soft touch, and they made something that could quickly be too perfumed and cloying into something exquisite. I think cherry is a little easier to do and a little more common – but make no mistake – this is a world class tea and I’d jump at the chance to snap up some more!!!

EDIT: did 2 more steeps for a total of 4. I enjoyed every sip!! :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec
__Morgana__

Oooh, I just checked tracking and my Doulton package made it to San Francisco which I hope means it will show up today. I can’t wait!

JacquelineM

I’ve been making sick cow love eyes at the Dammann Freres site as I sip my tea. I want one of everything!!!!

Janni

Man. Reading all this stuff about Dammann Freres is totally making me need to go on a mission…

Rabs

“We have the need…the need for tea.”

Janni

@Rabs If you break out in “You’ve Lost That Steepin’ Feeling,” I’m not really sure what I’ll do. XD

Rabs

@Janni – ROFL! Between this and “Oh my Cthulhu” you have brightened my dreary day! Thank you :)

SoccerMom

Janni you know your “Goose” and your the one whose suppose to be losing that steepin’ feeling!!!! XD

Janni

@SoccerMom and @Rabs I wasn’t going to bring up the fact that this is the second time in two days that someone’s made a Top Gun reference here. XD Despite the fact that I’m firmly in the Tarantino camp as regards said film! >3

@Rabs We aim to please. I’m actually wearing a Cthulhu t-shirt right now. Trufax. XD

AmazonV

man, no Cthulhu shirt heere, but i have a Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog

Janni

@AmazonV Nice! My sister got me a plush one of those. It’s sitting on my dresser. Best gift she ever got me. XD

teaplz

Looove your reviews, Jackie. Cthulhu!

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drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
328 tasting notes

Like most French teas, the DF advertises a multitude of flavors for this blend: chocolate! vanilla! cherry! strawberry! And like most French teas, they magically blend into a subtle /sophisticated flavor like a classical symphony and certainly not a rock concert…..

One more mystery: these French tea blends are typically leaf only w/a smattering of flower petals. No chucks of cocoa nibs, chocolate chips, caramel squares, vanilla bean chunks or dried fruit are present. Do they flavor these teas with a French-patented flavor oils?

This is the first DF tea I have tried from Doulton’s order and phew I have many more to sample…

LiberTEAS

Lori: I don’t know what oils they flavor Dammann’s teas with, however, I do know that the petals, bits, and chunks generally found in most blends are there for aesthetic value more than for flavor’s sake. It is the oil that is responsible for the tea’s flavoring.

Lori

Liberteas- yes the flavors are definitely in the oils…

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The teas that Doulton so graciously ordered from France have arrived in my mailbox!! I am so excited! The minute I opened the package this one started to call to me. Violets! I ate a nice big breakfast that reminded me of a lunch so I could make pretend I was having this in the afternoon :)

Ooooooh so delicate! I’m drinking green tea Choward’s Violet candies!!! I am swooning. Where is my fainting couch?!?! I am IN LOVE! I am finding subtle supportive other sweet floral flavors, but this one is nothing like an Earl Grey and the other flowers do not stand out. This one is a lovely slightly vegetal green tea with violet, violet, violet. I erred on the side of caution and steeped it for 3 minutes, but the next time I make it I’m going to go for a 3:30 first steep. I think it can take it.

Steep 2: 4 min – Could it be that this steep is even more delicious?!!? Why I think it is!!! It’s a little more rounded but equally as violet and wonderful. I wish you could see me – I’m freaking out. You have no idea how much I love violet and I was so afraid this tea would be the equivalent of a toiletry – and it IS NOT!!!!

I’m completely intoxicated and am seeing violet elephants, but I think this could even go another steep. I’m going to save my leaves and see if I may want some this afternoon!

I am so happy right now! I love Doulton, I love the French, and I love Steepster!!!!!!!

EDIT: I just did a third steep (4 min) and it’s great!!!

Also – this sounds a little strange but I totally want to take a bath with this tea!! Green tea bathing is supposed to be good for health:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1141970/the_health_benefits_of_a_green_tea.html?cat=68

and this fragrance – ahh!! It would be the most amazing soak ever.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Rabs

I wanna see violet elephants! Your whole review actually made me smile :) I shall now be keeping an eye out for the next time Doulton does a large international order – this one’ll be on my list!

SoccerMom

Your review made me laugh and excited for you! I can’t wait to see how this Miss Violet gets along in the cupboard! Think Thomas will sweep her off her feet?

JacquelineM

Miss Violet is making friends right now with Jasmine Green! She is learning Lady Marmalade and some dance moves! She makes it so chic and frenchy tho – totally down tempo, smokes a cigarette on a holder, the lighting is subdued – amazing!

SoccerMom

I love it!

~lauren.

Go for it, JacquelineM! I take a nightly bath with green tea (only 2-4 teabags, not 6 like in your article though I have a huge tub)
Ref: http://steepster.com/LaurenUSA/posts/34419

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This appears to be a promising green tea.

I messed up my order and through my own miscalculation was only able to try a small portion of a tea-spoon so I tried to adjust with only a small amount of water and a longer steeping time….well, maybe you know how these things go. I certain detected a very fruity aroma and not so much of a vegetal one. I’ll be interested to hear what others think.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
3 tasting notes

I was bought a selection of teas from Dammann Freres after family visited paris i received this tea in a fantastic case of 4 with a lovely gold covered infuser. This tea was very refreshing and smooth on the pallet not too sweet, short aftertaste and medium tolow viscousity very enjoyable

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank L'Oriental by Dammann Freres
558 tasting notes

I love the green tea base to this tea! It’s not the buttery vegetable type of green…it tastes more like my lovely Dragon well…or at least has similar notes. I haven’t tried to find out what exactly this base is, so I could be way off, I just know that I like these leaves. The flavor of peach doesn’t really come through for me, but the passionfruit, whoa the passionfruit aroma is definitely there, and a bit in the after taste. This is a quite pleasant cup. I think I’ll brew up another cup, and possibly a small pitcher of iced for tomorrow. Thank you soccermom for sharing this with me!

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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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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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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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