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drank Temple d'Angkor by Dammann Freres
1835 tasting notes

First whiff of this was—-wow! cotton candy! Fruity and sweet with the emphasis on sweet.

I should, however, not fuss with delicate teas first thing in the morning on a workday while two family members are talking to me simultaneously. Water was too hot and I didn’t time it, so the green tea base bittered out on me.

Even so, this is exceptionally good. It really does have that fruity, sticky, creamy carnival treat feel, and I could have sworn I detected a little banana. I am confident that when I actually pay attention, this one is going to be toe-curlingly good.

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Paris has come to New Jersey! Dinosara was the kindest, most generous world traveler ever, and sent me some of her Paris teas from Mariage Freres and Dammann Freres! I didn’t know where to start! I bet she thought I was kidding when I said I was going to do eenie meenie miney moe to decide, but that is what I really did! (but I said "catch a Frenchman by the toe! instead of a monkey. Monkeys are for Chinese teas!)!

So, the Frenchman chose this one!

Divine Decadence! I taste a nutty, chocolatey tea taste, and then PING the orange on the end of the sip. It’s really delightful, round, and yes, decadent. It’s amazing how sweetly satisfying it is sans additions!

I did my first steep at 3 minutes, and there was a little thinness. For my second steep, I put in a little more leaf, took it to four minutes, and yes. There it is. French Perfection! No bitterness, no astringency, great flavor. I love it.

I must say, though, it certainly makes me not want to work! It’s making me dreamy! I want to sit on a park bench and read and watch the world go by when I sip something so lovely. Ah!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Quick! Have a cup of Queen Catherine! She will set you straight and you can have some of your French tea this weekend. :)

Dinosara

Now you know what I felt like when I got home and had to choose the first tea to try! :D There is something about the French teas that put you in a whole ’nother mindset!

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drank Touareg by Dammann Freres
9 tasting notes

Quite tasty and refreshing, but I have the impression that the mint flavor has been enhanced by a syrup added to the natural mint leaves.

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drank Noël à Londres by Dammann Freres
1979 tasting notes

This is another Dammann tea that we ordered from Summit Tea Company. It still doesn’t taste quite as yummy as Coquelicot Gourmand but it was a very good tea. The prominent aroma was almond or amaretto, delicious! At the first sip I picked up a very faint citrus flavor as well. We took it sans additions, and I wonder if this one would benefit from a touch of sugar. Nice, but I wouldn’t make a special order to France for it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Thé des Poètes by Dammann Freres
1979 tasting notes

What went wrong? I loved the first Dammann Freres teas that I tried but I am pouring this one out! Life is too short to drink bad tea. This tastes like a badly brewed astringent tea with bad lemon added. Is it because it came from Summit Tea Company instead of straight from Dammann Freres? We bought this sampler hoping to find a US source for their tea, or at least to find a variety of teas we could order all at once from France. This one will NOT be on my list. I am getting no apple or caramel flavor at all.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Sandy

Booo! I know you had such high hopes for that distributor and tea.

ashmanra

I will try again and see if it improves!

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A big THANK YOU! to MeghannM for these teas!

I had a WHOLE POT of this one during the virtual tea tasting with Sandy via Skype! THis is my last sanple of Dammann Freres tea. The dry leaves are lovely with the petals mixed in, and the aroma is very nice as well. Brewed, the aroma is as special as you would expect from a good French tea. The flavors in the tea are not as pronounced as you might think they would be, but they are not hidden. They are very well balanced with the tea flavor. I noticed the blood orange flavor most, the cherry and strawberry next, and really didn’t pick up on the peach much.

These are not my favorite flavors for teas, but for anyone who loves berry flavored teas this would be an amazing cup. It was very good (I did say I drank the whole 22 ounce pot!) but I must say The de Cigales and Coquelicot Gourmand (I think that was the name of it!) were absolutely divine and I MUST HAVE THEM!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
JacquelineM

I don’t know if it will happen, but my fingers are crossed. We are supposed to go to France in June. If so, I am going to bring back lots of DF and MF teas!! And Kusmi! And only the French know what else!!! :) :) :) I really, really, really hope we go!!!!

ashmanra

That sounds exciting! I hope you get to go and have the time of your life!

JacquelineM

My fingers AND toes are crossed :)

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Day Two of the birthday celebrations: fudge pie with fresh strawberries and this aromatic tea which was a Christmas gift from my oldest daughter. (Said daughter has advised me that my birthday gift from her will be two Dammann Freres teas that she selected, but I have to wait until she gets back from Europe. Eeeee!)

This is beautiful to look at, intoxicating to smell, and delicious to taste. There is definitely a biscuit aroma and taste, not biscuit as in sweet cookie, but biscuit as in bready, lovely, fresh baked biscuit.
The tea base is not as strong as the one they use for their chocolate tea, and I love that they have matched their bases to the flavorings better than many companies do.

TeaBrat

I hope you’re having a great birthday. :)

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This was our third tea at tea time today with my friend and daughters. What a heavenly aroma! I chose this special tea to celebrate the end of JURY DUTY! Hooray! I am not complaining that I got called up. I feel blessed to live in a country where trial by jury is our right. BUT, this week? Really? LOL! Three puppies getting fixed, daughter leaving for Europe, need to go out of town twice, and throw in a couple of days at the courthouse plus my music students. WOW!

So the end of my jury duty was call for celebration! Since I am done, I now get to go along to drive daughter to the airport, the daughter who bought me this tea and has more DF tea waiting for me in N. Ireland, to be brought home to me when she returns. EEEEE!

Delicious! Aromatic! Smooth and lovely base. Yum.

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My oldest daughter bought me this tea for Christmas, along with Charlotte Au Chocolat. There were three samples in the box as well. I am not sure if they were ordered or are compliments of Dammann Freres. The bottom line…this tea was worth waiting for. It is smooth and delicious, refined and artfully blended.

The dry leaves are beautiful with the blue flower petals and poppies. The aroma is so nice. This is magnificent tea. It must be for me to break down and make a cup at two in the morning…

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Oh, Meghann, what have you done, sending me another French tea to fall in love with?

I had a rough morning. Rough. I needed something special. Came home after lunch and made this. Ahhhhh. This is elegance in a cup. So much flavor, none of it overpowering. At first I thought, “BISCUIT FLAVOR? Are they kidding?” But this was sweet, good, had lovely body, and oh my the flavors are beautifully blended. I drank the whole 22 oz pot by myself. Sigh. I melt into a happy puddle. Thank you, Meghann. Thank you, Dammann Freres.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
JacquelineM

Happy thoughts sent to chase away that bad day!

gmathis

This sounds yummy!
Quote that I have taped above my desk at work: “There is no trouble so great that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.” Bernard-Paul Heroux

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Thank you to Meghann for this one! I don’t usually drink tea this late at night unless it is decaf, but I couldn’t wait to try one of my new teas that arrived today.

First on my list was Nuit A Versailles. The aroma is heavenly. This is a lovely green tea, lightly buttery-flavored and oh! the goodies they have blended with it! I don’t taste the bergamot as bergamot – this tea is far too delicate for that. And having had lavender tea that tried to hurt me, and Parma Violets candy from Ireland that tasted like I was eating a WHOLE field of flowers, I could have been afraid to try this. But I know the French do flavored teas so well, and they didn’t let us down here.

Want to feel rich and pampered? Get out your favorite pretty cup, make this tea, and sniff sniff sniff. Then slowly sip and enjoy, but don’t stop letting this aroma work its wonders on you. This is a five star flavored green.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
JacquelineM

This is my favorite, favorite, favorite flavored green in the world!!!!!

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drank Easter Tea by Dammann Freres
1112 tasting notes

I made some of this to take to class tonight (thank you Doulton!). I used my new Liquid Solution travel tumbler, and…the brew basket is the worst! Leaves floating in my tea! I had to restrain it with my fine mesh strainer, and put it back in the tumbler. This will not bode well for keeping my tea hot, methinks.

I did take a little sip and I unfortunately did not use enough leaf. I taste some sweet, yummy flavors, but they are too faint. My tea is weak to boot. Oy – tea fail! I will update this log later once I drink my tea during my three hour class…stay tuned!

EDIT: When I started sipping my tea in class – it tasted like Scotch and water! How strange is that?! It was also lukewarm. I hate my travel tea tumbler – it does not keep things warm very long, the brew basket is a joke, and it is also so unpleasant to drink from with all the plastic :( I think I am going to host a giveaway on discussions since it was only used once. The tumbler and a few teas…

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

Oh I hate bad tea tumblers! My favorite one is the one from Teas Etc. It’s not the prettiest, but it works the best for me.

JacquelineM

I’ll have to check that one out! There is also one at my local tea store that looks promising. I goy the one I did because I had a gift certificate to another local store. I should have done my research first :(

ashmanra

I am ordering the Joemo XL that was the Steepster Select a couple of weeks ago. The reviews are just too good to pass up. My current tumbler just doesn’t keep my tea hot for very long AT ALL!

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drank Thé des Cigales by Dammann Freres
1979 tasting notes

I still love this one, but my friend who had tea with me today wasn’t crazy about it at first. It is a slightly more assertive, slightly dry base and she isn’t accustomed to that. I noticed how smooth and sweet this tasted when I had a bite of cream puff first, so I suggested that she add a wee bit of White Gold Honey and some milk to smooth out the base for her.

Once she did that, she warmed up to this tea and said that it now tasted like a delicious dessert. Next time, I will serve Coquelicot Gourmand with its smoother base so she can enjoy her tea without additions.

Her favorite tea of the day was Fruits d’Alsace, iced!

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drank Thé des Cigales by Dammann Freres
1979 tasting notes

Having reviewed this tea three times already from the sample sent by JacquelineM long ago, I am delighted to click the “In My Cupboard” on this one! My daughter just got home from Europe and brought me LOTS of tea!

I steeped this at 195 F for 4 minutes. I didn’t pick up any bitterness. The aroma is like fine French perfume, but not in an off putting way. I don’t want soapy tasting tea! This is an elegant tasting tea. Truly pampering!

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drank Thé des Cigales by Dammann Freres
1979 tasting notes

I was tres chic today at tea time in my new alpaca lace scarf gifted me by JacquelineM and made with her own two hands! She also furnished the best two teas at the table. Thank you! You are a wonder!
We were only supposed to have two teas today, but since we were still chatting and there were cookies and Aero chocolates left, I couldn’t stand it! We just had to make another pot of tea. The aroma is arresting. I read once that the French teas are so good because the French are master perfumers, and they use that blending expertise to make teas that make your mouth water. There was a lot of oohing and ahhing over this tea. The fresh fig gives a warm cozy feel while the orange peel gives a bright note and the nutmeg teases you from the background. Aaaaaah. I didn’t know if it would go well with food, but the pretzel sticks and chocolate covered cookies were not at all affronted. Delightful tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
ashmanra

Forgot to add, we did take it sans additions and loved it!

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drank Thé des Cigales by Dammann Freres
1979 tasting notes

I had to wonder if this tea was really as good as I thought, or if it was just my imagination on that first cup, so tonight I had another. Not my imagination! This tea is so flavorful! It has depth and richness, with the fig lending warmth, the nutmeg adding interest, and the many other ingredients making your mouth SING! It is THAT good. I must get more! No additions – this one is too too good as is!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Thé des Cigales by Dammann Freres
1979 tasting notes

Thank you, JacquelineM! This was delightful! After having quite a day, I needed a good cuppa! There are so many flavors in here to experience, I can’t wait to drink it again. It is like meeting a really interesting person and knowing when you leave them that you haven’t heard even the half of it and you can’t wait to see them again. This one will tease me until I drink it a time or two more and really figure all those flavors. It doesn’t get muddy or dark, just so so smooth and flavorful. No additions – this was great plain.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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Backlogging Thanks Teaequalsbliss for including this. This smells like black tea apple cinnamon and some lemon. I steeped this up and I can taste the black tea the apple the cinnamon and abit of lemon could not taste the caramel though. but I think this is a pretty good tea.

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I can clearly see all of the ingredients. Dry it smells like passionfruit and green tea. I steeped it up. This tastes like passionfruit with abit of peach and green tea. This is good not too tart but natural tasting and the green tea is not hitting me too strongly luckily.

Lori

This is one tea that I enjoy.

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drank L'Oriental by Dammann Freres
111 tasting notes

I can agree with Lori’s tasting notes. This tea is very light in flavor, the smell of the dry leaf mix is heavenly very soft like a potpourri smell but not like yucky potpourri like a peach potpourri. Which makes since because the ingredients read green tea, passion fruit, bush peach and wild strawberry, pineapple bits and cornflower petals. It’s quite beautiful to look at. The taste is mildly astringent and while I do pick up on the fruit I think I mostly pick up on the peach and passionfruit I will have to try making this a few more times to see if I pick up on the pineapple which is what I really want to taste in here. Not bad wouldn’t buy the again but I don’t totally hate it. I LOVE the tin though:)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lori

I think I liked this tea more than you did.. I didn’t feel like it tasted too astringent..However, it was very difficult to discern individual fruit flavors in this tea. They just meld together to to taste “tropical”.

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drank Osmanthe D'Or by Dammann Freres
6170 tasting notes

sipdown! (239) Another one from my swap with shmiracles and i have to say this one has grown on me the second time around. Bumping up the rating a little as i’m enjoying it tonight. being oolong it’ll never be my favourite but this is another that i would drink from time to time when i was crazing that green taste :)

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drank Osmanthe D'Or by Dammann Freres
6170 tasting notes

thank you shmiracles! this was a tea i wasn’t expecting to like, as it’s a green oolong. So i’ve been putting it off until today. I had the tea earlier today that had osmanthe in it…so i figured today was a good enough day to try this.

Overall impression? Not too shabby. It’s not overly floral, which is a plus for me and it doesn’t have that weird oolong-y taste that i don’t like. But there’s also nothing here to really entice me to come back to it. I’ll drink the rest of my sample but nothing to be wowed over…but it IS another tea off my “ALL THE TEAS” list! :)

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
6170 tasting notes

This is also a tea i’m decupboarding. I know there are people out there who love this more than I do, so i’d rather it went to a home where it will be loved and sipped with pleasure. To those that i’ve swapped with before, i’m looking at you! send me a note if you are keep to have more.

Terri HarpLady

Someone (not me) should start an earl grey TTB, or maybe a Floral TTB.

Sil

ew… lol

Lala

Can I get in on this EG box, ha ha.

Terri HarpLady

Lala, you could start it! I’ll be glad to contribute any EGs I have. :)

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
6170 tasting notes

I’m not sure how i feel about this tea. It’s strawberry, less so rhubarb but there’s a floral taste in the background that i’m not sure yet how i feel about. I’ll have to try this again ina few days and see if there’s any change in how i feel.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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