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I had this tea this morning even if it’s typically more an afternoon tea.
I was expecting more cherry due to the tea name but it’s more a mix of red berries.
The scent is lovely and the dry leaf is made of some dry fruit and cut tea leaf.
The liquor is pleasant even if not very interesting. This is a natural and decent tea but for real cherry lovers I recommend more Cerise Noire from Betjeman & Barton (black tea base) and Sakura 2000(Mariage Frères on a green tea base)
Velours nacré is a tea I have never heard about before ordering it to complete my Dammann teas order.I wasn’t expecting too much from this tea as I didn’t choice it really and just went for it to access the free shipping for my parcel.
This is a yummy tea.Very greedy with its almonds and chocolate aromas.
The fact of adding a splash of orange blood to the blend is really a nice idea. It adds some depth to the blend.
The orange lingers a long time after having finished the cup
Really delicious to begin the day.
thanks to Sil for this swap!
it is so slightly berryluscious that i barely knew it was strawberry, but that is a good thing. cuz who really needs a wallop of strawberry. not me.
i drank it really fast. dammann freres is always good.
i’m drinking it in my newly purchased summer tea cup!
I am continuing tasting my new Dammann Frères teas.
I have been very curious about this one since a long time, mainly because of the mix of provencal flowers and a typical fruit from mediteranean areas : fig.
I am a sucker too for teas containing honey and this is the case of this one.
The dry leaves smell honey and fig mainly and are really beautiful with the blue flowers (cornflower mainly and a little lavender) and yellow flowers (sunflower)
I am not disapointed at all : the flavours come so lovely on the very smooth and mellow tea base : honey for sure and fig on the top, strawberry comes on a supportive but really present role.
I was a little afraid to find an heavy lavender essential oil taste but it isn’t the case, the lavender taste is quite absent, I suspect DF only added some flowers to the blend and that’s it.It is perfect to me but if you are looking for a lavender tea, you may be a little disapointed.
Cooling, it becomes even sweeter and smoothier.
Thanks to Dammann, I know by now what a pitanga is, as I had to search for that :)
What an ingredient list…I was expecting something more parfumed regarding that point but it wasn’t so perfumed.
The dry leaf scent is really lovely, a mix of flower scent and citrus to me.
Same DF base, I won’t speak again about their unique base (which is good).Pourquoi changer une équipe qui gagne ? hummm to get more personnality and tea exploration pershaps ?
Liquor : I was expexting something more perfumed as well but it is really nice : I get the cherry blossom for sure (the famous pitanga !), fig, citrus.
The flavours are recognizable, this is really a nice surprise , I was daring having a kind of global flavour without subtility and it’s not the case.
More complicated to me : get the flowery notes separately _I don’t manage to, sorry.
It was my first cup of the morning but I strongly recommend to have it in the afternoon.It’s a very delicate and quite complex tea.
I don’t think I’ll repurchase it but I am happy to have 50g to enjoy.
I made cups of this for the boy and I this morning. I was excited to try it, since this was my first tea from Dammann Freres. I like the name of this tea, as Easter is by far my favorite holiday. There is nothing better than getting a colorful basket full of goodies on a sunny spring day! The dry leaves smell wonderful – extremely sweet and fruity with just a hint of champagne or white wine. Maybe the alcoholic smell that I’m noticing is from the maraschino? Whatever it is, it smells wonderful, although a little strong. The flavor is chocolatey and malty with a heavy fruity aftertaste. With a little milk and sweetener, this becomes a creamy cup with flavors of vanilla and maraschino. I am glad that this tea came out so nice, I was a little put off at first from all of the heady aromas from the dry leaves. A big thank you to Shelley_Lorraine for this wonderful sample! The fiancee is loving this tea also and already asking when we can get more – anyone know where to purchase Dammann Freres online or in the US??
-Dry blend has small black tea leaves and twigs with pink and yellow rose petals and small blue petals.
-Dry leaves smell overwhelmingly sweet and fruity with a hint of champagne or white wine. Tea liquor aroma is malty with sweet floral and fruit notes.
-Tea liquor is a cloudy dark brown color.
-Chocolate malty flavor and finish with a heavy fruity aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Very good tea. A decadent and creamy cup with a light flavor of maraschino and chocolate vanilla.
i generally love all the Dammann teas i’ve had.
this one isn’t at the tippy top of the list, but it still falls under the ’i’d smash that’ category.
maybe it’s the cherry notes? ever so slightly too tart is all. for me at least. if it was just a tad more subtle it would be on my buy list i bet.
still love it.
thank you bunches Sil for the beautiful sample!!
i just wanna put this song here cuz i’m really into it today.
this one goes out to Capsicle.
If you’re still alive, My regrets are few
If my life is mine, What shouldn’t I do?
I get wherever I’m going, I get whatever I need
While my blood’s still flowing, And my heart still beats…
Beating like a hammer
Help, I’m alive, my heart keeps beating like a hammer
Hard to be soft
Tough to be tender
Autumn. Nutty teas. Mmmmm.
This is a tea I wanted to swap 2 months ago as I drink less flavoured teas but I changed my mind. I was right to keep it, however there are only 40g remaining – 4 teapots and it will be gone.
This is Velvet in a cup !
Pics are available here (dry and wet leaf , liquor and my washi black paper tea tin) : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/amande-amaretti-dammann-freres/
It seems I am the very first to review this tea, damned…had to create the tea in the database as well.
I was curious about this tea especially because I like very much nutty teas.
Of course I wasn’t searching something similar to Pleine Lune as Amande Amaretti is a simpler tea, with a single flavour : almond and even bitter almond.
The dry leaf scent is really strong bitter almond, like the amaretto cocktail. It reminds me childhood as well as we got in France a glue with this scent, the glue Cleopatre.The problem was some children were eating it !!! Anyway it was inoffensive :)
So no worries, my tea has not a glue taste ;)
The way the almond comes on the tea base is lovely, they perfectly pair together.The balance is really perfect.
For sure it won’t replace my dear Pleine Lune but this a tea I will drink again with pleasure.
I have decided to add this tea to my order because of the high ratings here on Steepster and because your notes here were really enthusiastic.
Opening the bag, I get a delicious smell of toffee, really toffee, not caramel.
Drinking it, it’s a pleasant caramel and toffee tea.It’s not a complex tea, it’s a pleasant tea.
For me, it is a kind of “lack of character” and I was probably expecting too much from this tea.
I have now a lot of caramel teas and from far my favourite one remains Wedding impérial from MF.It’s a totally different tea and they cannot be compared but I cannot forget its strong character each time I have another caramel tea…complicated…
While cooling, the toffee taste is much present and overtakes the caramel, I prefer that.
Very nicely blended tea.
Caramel-Toffee you may have been my lover if I haven’t have met Wedding Impérial first :)
First day of Autumn is really adapted to sip this tea…chestnuts…candied apricots…orange blossom flower…and caramel…are you serious ? really ? caramel ? I cannot get the caramel…never…hidden by chestnuts…for the very best :)
I am drinking it in my new Japanese cup…strickly perfect for this tea as Tourbillon means whirl…
Hello Autumn ! Drinking more teas, yes ! Joyful season.
Pictures of this Dammann Frères tea and of my new cup are there : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/tourbillon-dammann-freres/
Flavors: Apricot, Chestnut, Orange Blossom
The dry leaves smell exactly like Luxury of Betjeman & Barton.
They share 2 ingredients : chestnut and China black tea base and are belonging to the same tea group.
I definitively smell chestnut in this tea and the same “perfumed” oil I got with Luxury, but less heavy,for the best.
Tourbillon is much complex : I can get candied chestnut for sure, this is the main guest here. But candied apricot is there too.
The brand argues there is toffee as well and orange blossom.
To me orange blossom is present only on the aftertaste and really lingerates along with candied chestnut.I am not able to detect toffee in this blend.
The main impression with this tea is really good.There is no bitterness at all, it’s a sweet tea. But I’m not in love… because of the tea base, I find it too weak for the flavours of this tea.I’m pretty sure this is the same habitual DF tea base but I would have prefered a stronger one to welcome these rich flavours.
But this is a small reserve, it’s really a beautiful tea
I’m downgrading a little my rating for this one. I’m still loving it but my tastes evolved since.
I’m trying to finish this tea quickly now because I’ve had it for over a year and I find green teas, even though kept in a sealed box with a double lid, quickly lose their flavour and fragrances (whatever they are plain or flavoured).
This is an absolute divine tea, very delicate. The fragrances used are subtle, refined, they are not overpowering the tea itself and we can clearly recognize first cassis and then violet.
For the macaroon well it’s quite different ! … I do not find any trace IMO.
This is a tea that I prefer sweetened, with brown candy rocks.
It is a refreshing tea,even hot. It is perfect brewrd cold as well but considering the weather this summer I didn’t have much opportunity to enjoy it iced this year.
Tthe liquor is translucent, a pretty yellow / amber.
While cooling its texture becomes creamy, even velvety.
The Green tea base used is unknown… tea brands unfortunately rarely say which tea they use for their flavoured teas, I would go for a sencha but I may be wrong.
Infused 3 minutes at 80 ° c it has no bitterness nor astringency. A real Tea dream for beginners with green teas. But not for those looking to find a taste of macaroon !
Some pics of the tea are available on my blog : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/macaron-cassis-violette-dammann-freres/
If you read my notes regularly, you know I am always quite suspiscious about green teas.
This one is the only green I ordered along 15 others (50g of each) – all the others are with a black tea base.
As often with green flavoured teas, it smells incredibly good. Berries are there for sure with a floral shadow.
I made a quick steep to avoid any bitterness especially because in addition of being a green tea, this is a sencha.
I brewed it for 3 minutes not more and this is just perfect for me : none bitterness nor astringency : it is a mellow green (yes ! I found one, I’m so happy !) even a very mellow green tea base.
The flavours are just incredible : blackcurrant is the main note but violet is still detectable (the Dammann Violet, closer to the violet candies rather than a typical flowery violet tone)
It is a delicious green tea, very sweet, very fresh.I imagine it can also make a wonderful ice-tea.
I am very glad to have chosen this one in addition of the black teas I ordered.
This tea just arrived with my order of 16 teas…yes I know 16 teas…:)
I found a lovely website selling Dammann Frères teas by 50 g ! So I was able to order more teas for the same amount.
This one wasn’t in my wish list but I decided to take 100 g to reach 39 € to beneficiate of the free shipping.
This is a great surprise because I like it so much.
As usually the tea base is the same Ceylon +China and the aromas are vanilla and hazelnut.Really nice for breakfast.
So sweet, so mellow, so YUMMY without being exceptional…just YUMMY and that’s really nice enough to me.
Thank you so much cteresa for sharing this 4 red fruit tea with me.
I already mentioned in the past my daughter’s favorite jam is the brand Bonne Maman’s 4 fruits and I think this tea is just his twin in a tea version.
As habitual with Dammann Frères, the tea base is their classic base of Ceylon and China teas.
The way the red fruits comes is lovely even if I cannot really detect each flavour separately.
Anyway this is not important, I love its mellowness, the global flavour of red fruit is very natural.
There is just a little hint of tartness so typical of red fruits (especially red currant -groseille).
Don’t think this tea especially needs a 5 minutes steeping as 3 and a half were enough IMO.
Gorgeous, thanks again cteresa
The dry leaf aroma is floral oolong. Oh yeah! That’s what I’m talking about! I woke up craving a nice green oolong, and I think this tea will assuage my craving nicely. I wasn’t entirely sure what brewing parameters to use, so I opted to do what other Steepsterites here did.
The brewed tea aroma is more developed but otherwise the same as the dry aroma. The taste? Ohhhhh yeaaaahh! This was exactly what I wanted! It’s a lovely quintessential example of floral green oolongs. Buttery, silky smooth, and full of flavor!
I agree with Dinosara’s assessment that this is an unscented oolong with natural Osmanthus-like qualities. It tastes very naturally floral to me as well and not flavored with real Osmanthus flowers. I’ve only tried one other Osmanthus oolong and that one definitely had more of a flavored feel to it. It was from Lupicia, and it was a very long time ago that I had it. But I do remember it being lovely and quite enjoyable.
Second infusion for 4 minutes was equally as delicious as the first infusion! As the cup cools, it loses luster. This is definitely best enjoyed piping hot. Third infusion for 5.5 minutes was less floral yet still tasty. This is a great green oolong, and I’m very happy that I had the opportunity to try it. Thank you to Shmiracles for passing along this sample!
I thank cteresa for sending a generous sample of Paul et Virginie.
Of course, the flavour, as the tea name is somehow very romantic : berries, caramel and vanilla.
No berries nor chunk of caramel in this tea, every flavour comes from essential oils here.
So different from St Pétersbourg from Kusmi teas with the same flavours…I am not a fan of St Petersbourg.
The tea base has a hint of astringency to me. It’s not an in your face flavoured black and the berries are the main flavour here – raspberry is very detectable as well as strawberry, less evident for cherry to me.
Caramel is far behind even if pleasantly present.
Not bad even quite nice but I think these kind od mix between fruits and caramel or fruits and chocolate are rarely for me.
Quite strange as a big fan of the cake “forêt noire”, I’m not seduced by the same with tea.
After the wonderful experience with Mariage Frères’ Wedding Impérial yesterday, I decided to try their competitor’s caramel tea: Dammann Frères’ Caramel-Toffee! I don’t know if they’re really competitors per say, or if these teas will be at all alike, but this is my tasting note and I’ll do what I want! LOL! Man, I’ve been feeling wonky lately. I hope you’ll excuse my weirdness.
The dry leaf aroma is pure caramel toffee sugary sweetness! It has little toffee cubes and smells much more sugary than Wedding Impérial. Mmm, I can’t wait to try this one! I much prefer Chinese and Ceylon blacks to Assam. So, maybe I’ll like this more? It hardly seems possible, but one way to find out!
Hmm, the brewed tea aroma is good, but the flavor is much less intense than I was expecting. With Truvia added, it’s more enjoyable. But I don’t think there’s any chance this will steal the limelight away from Wedding Impérial. It’s sweet and has a nice caramel toffee flavor. The base seems weak and quiet, which surprises me. I steeped it for 4 minutes! Maybe Assam is just a better base for these flavors.
I definitely like it, and it’s a very enjoyable cuppa. But if I’m craving a caramel tea, I have other teas I prefer to this one. I do have to add that the caramel seems to become more buttery the longer I sip it. This is a tea that grows on you with its flavor instead of whopping you upside the head with it upon the first sip. Thanks to Shmiracles for making this tasting possible!
Shmiracles sent me the never-ending box of samples. It’s like a bowl of spaghetti that doesn’t get smaller no matter how much I eat! haha.
There are many left in there that I haven’t been brave enough to try yet, but this one didn’t look too scary.
I don’t know what Osmanthe is supposed to taste like, but this tea doesn’t taste too far off from most of the other floral oolongs I’ve had. The floral isn’t too overwhelming, but i wish there was more vegetal flavor too. Nonetheless, this is a pretty good Oolong and worth the full-size mug that I brewed it in.
Update: as this tea cools, the texture gets creamier. Quite lovely.
“You know that tea…?” Husband asked me last night.
EEK! Well, that was a good fifteen minutes steep, I think. And I didn’t even know what the base was at that point. Turns out to be a blend of Chinese and Ceylon, and as we know Chinese blacks can take a lot of abuse while Ceylon can really go either way. No adverse effects then.
This is a tea that Cteresa shared with me and I have to admit that I found it difficult to concentrate on it last night for some reason. It simply just failed to hold my attention for very long, so I’m writing this on a flimsy memory.
The base held up to the mishap very well, without a single bit of bitterness or astringency. The fruit flavouring was… well, fruity, obviously, but I couldn’t pick out each individual fruit. This may have something to do with my lack of concentration, but my immediate thought was that it was somewhat generic red fruit-y.
It’s a fairly classic flavouring, this, so I’ve had it and enjoyed it before from other vendors. Then, I definitely remember being able to ‘find’ each of the four red fruits in the flavour. Knowing what to look for obviously. I doubt I’d have been able to do so without knowing what they were in advance. I couldn’t do that with this one (at least not at that particular level of attention) and I’m not sure if that’s really a bad thing or a good thing.
It’s a shame when one can’t pick out the flavours, and one feels like the whole things is just a big muddle with a generic taste. On the other hand, when each flavour clearly stands out on their own, the tea can end up tasting a little bit unfinished. Smoothness is lost, and it’s just a cup full of edges and corners that don’t quite join up.
Pros and cons, really. The smoothness of this one rather suited me last night, though. I think precisely because I couldn’t concentrate on it. Edges and corners would have thrown me off completely, I think.