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Advent calendar 2013, day 9.
I love Earl Grey. LOVE it. Mostly the EGC varietals, but I have to admit this is probably the most excited I’ve been about a tea so far, since I kind of know what level of flavoring I like and have had enough other versions that I could really do a good comparison.
The results were disappointingly ‘eh’.
There is surprisingly little flavor from either the tea or the bergamot in this, despite following the recommended steep parameters. I’ve enjoyed all of Dammann’s other teas without additives but maybe that’s what is missing here? I guess I’ll give it a try….
Okay, with a bit of milk and sugar the bergamot peeks out but this is still a really lackluster tea base. It’s smooth, it’s just…barely there. I think Earls need a strong base to stand up to the bergamot.
So this one wasn’t too my taste. Still a good tea, just…I’ve had better Earl Greys for sure.
Received this as a free sample from my Dammann Freres order.
At first the smell of the dry tea sachet was medicinal rooibos. I was a bit worried. Would Dammann blend their rooibos tea to just as delicious and exceptional as all the others?!?
The brewed tea tastes lightly of vanilla. It is not super vanilla to cover up the taste of the rooibos. It is vanilla that works with the rooibos. The rooibos is woody, but it is not medicinal or peppery tasting. It is creamy and the liquor is thick. I am not a huge rooibos, or vanilla tea, but Dammann did not disappoint (as usual) :)
One of the days of the Dammann Freres Advent Calendar – I forget which one. I’m sure other commenters have noted it.
Yet again, I oversteeped this. Suggested brewing time: 5 minutes. Actual brewing time: 23 minutes. Ack!
It still tastes lovely though, and is a solid green mate. (Not an herbal, as the package lists it). Tastes very much like mate and lemon rind, although there is a weird cinnamon smell to it that’s a bit offputting.
I love other mate’s though, so this will stay out of my rotation. Having said that, I’ll definitely enjoy the energy boost it gives in the next hours or so!
It’s just sitting here on my desk – how can I not try it? Yes, yes, I know I need to parse some out to various Steepsterites that have asked for samples or part of this order – and I will. I’m just waiting to pick up the NINE packages of tea currently waiting for me at the border, when the snow dies down a bit and I feel safer making my way there.
So until then… ;)
This is a lovely, full-bodied tea with zero sweetener needed, although it does punch up the caramel flavoring somewhat. And it’s the caramel here that takes center stage for me: chewy, juicy, gooey caramel amidst the black base. I could easily drink this every day.
This tea is a nice mix of sweet orange flower water, a nutty note,and syrup. The dry leaf smells of marrons glacés, with a slightly sweeter note. The base underneath is light and brisk and slightly sweet. The flavour begins as a sweet soft floral note, followed by a nutty note which begins almost like almond and develops into chestnut, in a sweet syrup note which has hints of nutty toffee. The aftertaste is of roasted chestnut in an orange water scented syrup.
Drinking Day 4 on Dec 4!! Yah for me! I am finally caught up. Ha ha, it only took me one day to get off track.
This is one of my super favs from Dammann. I actually bought a 100g of this tea at the same time I bought the advent calendar. I am glad this one was in the calendar again.
Pastry, cake, almond, sweet candy floral. Moderately bold but smooth black base. Neither the base nor the flavours overshadow the other.
This one is a bit more sweet than I remember but I am ok with that. It still tastes delicious.
Free sample from Dammann Freres with the order of my advent calendar.
I was super happy to be able to try this one as the reviews on it all look so good. This one makes me laugh. I think of it as poppy glutton. Not sure what that is even supposed to mean, but that is my loose and liberal translation of this tea.
This dry tea smells divine. There are notes of candy. But I also gets hints of nuts and poppy seeds.
The brewed tea reminds me very much of lemon poppy seed loaf with cream cheese icing. Mmmmm. I get the slightest hint of marzipan at the beginning of the sip but it disappears really quickly and I had to think hard about it. I definitely get a “candy-like” sense with this tea. I would say the black tea base is light to moderate in boldness, but I really don’t care becuase the flavourings are so good.
Dammann advent calendar, day 9. Ahhh, Earl Grey. I have had their Earl Grey avec fleurs, but not their plain Earl, so I am interested to try it.
This tea just makes me happy. It’s been a long time since I had the “avec fleurs” Earl, so I can’t really remember it enough to be able to distinguish them, but I do think that this reminds me of that tea. I love the base blend, it is rich and comforting. The bergamot is not super strong, but it’s present enough to keep me satisfied. It is citrusy and not too floral, and it has that somewhat biscuity flavor that I sometimes get with bergamot and some base teas. Mmmm, so tasty. Kinda wish Dammann made a “double bergamot” Earl just because I would like it a bit stronger, but it is still lovely.
Mmmmmm. My favorite.
The black tea base is fairly mild. The bergamot is quite mild in my opinion, which is a bit disappointing. I was hoping for a bold tea. But after tasting a few of Dammann’s other teas, I can see why this one is formulated as it is. It is subtle, light, slightly sweet in a natural sense. No astringency or chemical taste. A bit reminiscent of oranges but also of red fruits. Even though I generally prefer a stronger bergamot, this one is still good. Pure enjoyment!
I like this one just because of the name, Atomic Lemon. Awesome!
The smell of the dry tea is of sour lemon rind. A bit of hibiscus. And a tinge of sweetness.
The brewed tea is not as strong or as sour lemon as I had expected from the smell. There is a slight pepper lemon rind flavor. I am getting spice from the ginger and cinnamon. There is a bit of hibiscus but it is not overpowering. There is a tinge of sweetness but the tea is mostly sour/bitter. Not bitter in a bad way, bitter like a lemon. I think this tea is well done, however I would have preferred it to have a stronger sour lemon flavor.
I have to say I was disappointed that this one is labelled as a tisane. It has green tea in it. It also has yerba mate, which is akin to having caffeine (for me anyway). I drank this last night, excited it was a tisane and not a black tea. Then I couldn’t sleep all night I realized today after reading some other reviews that this was probably why I couldn’t sleep. Maybe I should have read the ingredients first, but I know I am not the only one that was fooled. I guess that is why they call it atomic :P
This was a tea which had been on my casual to-check-out one day list for like ever. I am not a big earl grey or citrus lover, but I am not a hater of those either and sometimes it´s just so delicious. Yesterday my cup of morning tea was plain old Lady Grey, from the blue Twinings tin and like meeting an old friend you had not seem in years and picking up seamlessly. I am in a (somewhat rare) earl-grey mood.
This is a famous Dammann tea, the story is beautiful, and Sil kindly swapped some of this with me. And dunno, but am a bit underwhelmed. Citrus-y bergamot-y black tea, a familiar black tea base.
And forgive me the heresy, but for this sort of thing, I prefer Lady Grey. Or preferrably Aïda….
Dammann advent calendar, day 7. Dammann needs to work on their definition of tisane. I almost drank this last night, late in the evening when I drink caffeine free things, but thankfully I looked at the ingredients. Although I will grant that maté is technically a tisane, sencha green tea most definitely disqualifies this blend! Also I agree that there does appear to be a hint of hibiscus in this although there is no hibiscus in the ingredients.
Steeped it smells very lemony and gingery. I probably should have let this one steep longer, but I was worried about the green tea at 5 minutes. I guess it’s minimally present. The brew is a little weak but the flavor is pretty good. Lemony, a bit of heat from the ginger, and a light sweetness from some ingredient, but I don’t know what. This probably would be amazing iced!
Having to skip a few days of Dammann’s Advent Calendar due to allergies, this finds me at day six.
This tastes like an expensive Earl Grey to me, heavier on the orange than bergamot – but let’s face it, I’ve confused the two many times before. Had to add a fair amount of Truvia for me to enjoy it.
Nothing to see here. I think I may move on to day seven next.
Huh- was there hibiscus in this? I wasn’t expecting it to be pink but it starting turning as soon as the bag hit the water.
I’m having this during my lunch break with a chicken salad and it actually works really well. The lemon is what I get first and foremost and the tartness from the hibiscus is next. No real spices or actual guayusa/green tea that I can see.
I’m excited to read other tasting notes and see if I’ve even got the right blend, to be honest. I do like it and wish I had enough to try iced…
An amazing surprise treat from JustJames! Our swap was loosely French themed, so now I have lots of beautiful Nina’s Paris, Mariage Freres, and Dammann Freres goodies to try (!!) and that wasn’t even all of it! I tip my hat to you, sir. (:
This is surprisingly subtle—if you’re expecting over-the-top-rich-roasty-nuttiness or sweetness a la Florence and its ilk, you may be disappointed. But this rewards those who like evocation more than straight up flavor replication, if that makes sense. There’s a woodiness here I quite like (you know me!), and a gentle warmth. Kinda like crawling up to your grandma’s attic and opening up her wooden chests full of pretty things. The roastiness comes out slowly and feels very genuine, not like an added-on flavor dimension so much as an inherent foundational component. This is very comforting, not the sugar dessert bomb I thought it might be but instead something a lot gentler but also subtly deeper. Deeply soothing. I enjoyed it with the chocolate from my Advent calendar late tonight, and it was perfect.
Resteeps like a dream too, and I’m usually pretty picky about that sort of thing.
I am SO thrilled this was in the Dammann Freres Advent Calendar this year – this was a tea I really wanted to try, and couldn’t find a supplier for.
Out of the bag, this smells amazingly decadent – chocolate hazelnut. OH YES. It smells divine! Steeped, it smells less so, and drinking it was pleasurable, although not as lovely as the smell of the tea itself.
I’m getting a rich black base along with almonds and perhaps something orange. There’s something faintly chocolate in here too, and I can definitely taste the nuttiness. It’s much better sweetened, and I wish I had more… it’s delicious. Definitely on my to-order list.
I THOUGHT this was day 4 of the Dammann advent calendar. REALLY it was a free sample.I put the packet down from day 4 and got them mixed up. Sorry if you see this review twice I am now posting it in the right place!
THANK YOU YSAURELLA for pointing out my mistake by making me think about why I though the tea was cherry-y!
When I opened the packet I was worried because to me it smelled almost like cherry cough syrup. I was getting some of the same smells as I waited for it to infuse.
HOWEVER, while drinking it this is a very enjoyable cup of tea. The based is delightful with the cherry and candyish notes. This is not my favorite cup nor will I reorder but I am glad I got the chance to try it!
This was a sample that I got for free from Dammann with my advent calendar. I love sweetened hibiscus tea, and I decided to follow Stephanies proceedure for making tea soda with this sachet. I brewed it triple strength (so, only 3oz of water), then added a good amount of sugar (2.5TBSP), let it cool, then mixed with soda water. YUM! The strawberry-rhubarb of this really came out and it was delicious. I kind of want to keep a hibiscus blend around just for making fruity tea sodas, especially for the summer. Yay tea soda!
The smell of this tea very much screams HOLIDAYS!! It makes me think of when you go into one of those cutesy decor stores. The ones that burn scented oils and blast Christmas music and are always too warm. And you don’t want to move because if you turn your bag will slightly buffet the air which in turn will make thousands of delicate ornaments chinkle and then the lady working the counter will follow you around scowling until you leave. Ahhh, the holidays…
I thought this tea would be kinda chai, but it isn’t. The green base is strong but slightly astringent. There are hints of vanilla, sweet cinnamon, something nutty.
I liked the black tea version better. It is essentially the same but with an obvious black base.
This one dry, smelled like a Christmas tea. There was sweet cinnamon and a fruity flavor I thought was cherry.
The green tea is smooth and creamy, but not buttery. It is a bit more dry than what I would have assumed from the smell. There is a definite fruity taste. Not necessarily orange or apple, but it is sweet and tart at the same time. I am getting a definite cinnamon taste. There seems to be other spices as well, maybe some nutmeg but I am having a hard time putting a name to the taste, the best I come up with was kind of chai but not really. There is a very light vanilla-y taste. Maybe this tea is kind of like some kind of Christmas cake taste.
This tea tastes good, but it is not as good as the other Dammann teas I have tried so far. I am having trouble distinguishing the tastes of this one. Maybe I am trying to hard…