Dammann Freres

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This tea experience was provided by the gracious Ashmanra
All these teas that she sent me, make me hungry for some European pastry that I have never had.
Which I know makes no sense, but seriously they make me think of some delightful decadent morsel.
I read about this tea before I brewed up a cup, so I knew what it was supposed to smell/taste like, but was still surprised when I stuck my nose close and inhaled…Figgy goodness galore!
It brought an immediate memory to mind.
A few years ago, before I got married, I cared for a 90 year old blind woman named Mary.
She was originally a teacher from California, but after she went blind she moved to Idaho to be closer to her daughter.
Her son still lived in California, and he had a Fig Tree in his yard, and would send her fresh figs.
Opening that box for her was always a delight, the smell that hit your face was like sugar and sunshine.
This tea has that same delightful odor.
There is a definite floral note to this as well, but nothing overpowers the other.
It really feels like I am sitting in a Californian garden…although I can’t say for sure, since that is something I have never done.
This tea is fairly dark in color.
I just brewed it for 3 minutes, but it is a dark burgundy.
First taste is actually lavender, which was weird, because my nose kept smelling fig, but it was unmistakably lavender in taste.
After that first sip, I could taste the Yunnan tea and then floral notes, as well, as citrus mixed in with the sweet figgy-ness of it all.
What a beautiful tea, and for some reason I keep associating it with California.
Maybe they should have a State Tea?
Thank you again, Ashmanra for sharing with me!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Ysaurella

do they have any cicada in California ?

Hesper June

Yes! they do:)

Ysaurella

so Thé des cigales is definitively a californian tea :) (shhh don’t tell Provence I said that !!!)

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I was a bit wary before drinking this one. The smell of the dry blend was obviously fabulous; but the advertised biscuit taste did not fully appeal to me. I was thinking it might have an artificial cake taste, like those flavored and overly sweet La Laitiere yoghurts.
I finally tried the sample offered by Isaurella this morning.
While taking the first sips, I was actually surprised by the tea base, which was stronger than I expected. Now it’s cooled, I think it’s quite mild, though not too weak.
Let’s now talk about the flavors: the very good news is that they all taste very natural, not something coming out of a bottle. The flowers complement well the sweet almond-marzipan underlying taste, and allow the blend not to seem overly sweet but rather really well-balanced.
Delightful; a perfect morning / late morning tea for my taste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Ysaurella

I am glad you liked it.
It was the very last sample I put in your parcel because I went to DF shop in Le Marais the day before sending it over :)

LaFleurBleue

Thanks very much for that!
Just thinking I can make another teapot of this one puts me in a good mood;)

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I had really high expectations for this one, following my first tastings of Dammann teas, thanks to Isaurella.
The tea base was fine, though not fantastic, better than that of Kusmi Anastasia. However to me the disappointment came from the flavoring, mild, really mild, I kept searching for it. I mostly found it in the lingering pleasant aftertaste left in the mouth after drinking.
I preferred Anastasia’s flavors to this one, which are subtle but not as subtle (ie. almost weak) as this one.
I’ll definitely have to try the second sample on a positive day, as I know I feel gloomy today and this might also explain part of my disappointment.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
LaFleurBleue

I’ve had a cup of this today, in the middle of Anastasia’s teapot. This may not have been a good idea. The flavors of this one are really mild, and in comparison with the others appeared washed out, even though the tea base stood out as really good quality.
I definitely have to be super careful with my tasting of the few remaining leaves in the sample.

LaFleurBleue

I finished the sample today and got a tea more black than citrusy; indeed a nice and well-balanced black tea, but too weak-flavored. I’m glad that I could try it, thanks to Ysaurella, as it allows me to avoid a purchase that would have left me frustrated.

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drank L'Oriental by Dammann Freres
111 tasting notes

I drank this at a friend’s place. I chose it by default, as he offered me mainly Christmas spice-laden teas, totally right for the season but usually not so to my taste. I must confess I was not overly enthusiastic at first, at the idea of drinking a flavored green, as I often am wary of the green teas bitterness.
The smell was delightful, very tart and fruity. I had a cold so could not really recognize the different fruits among the flavors.
I would definitely drink it again, though I’m still unsure whether I’m ready to buy a flavored green and whether this one would be it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Yesterday morning I woke up at quarter to three, courtesy of jetlag. I decided then to indulge in a nice teapot, while reading, before getting ready for the office, to make up for that way too early awakening. I picked up Jardin Bleu’s sample that Ysaurella had sent me, which kept calling my name but which I wanted to keep for a special day. Here it is.
The tea looks quite nice with little yellow and blue petals mixed with the tea leaves and also smells good dry.
Once brewed, the color is golden honey; the smell very pleasant.
The taste is very mellow, almost tart at first, very fruity, and at the same time there’s a bit of tanginess, a little something that makes it not overly sweet. The strawberry flavor is quite noticeable, but is however not domineering. I honestly did not recognize rhubarb, but I haven’t eaten any over the last 2 years and that probably makes it more difficult.
Overall it’s a very delicate brew, very easy to drink, and which I did not tire of. I could have brewed a second tea-pot right away, had I still been thirsty. While drinking it, I really had the feeling, blue was the perfect color to embody this tea: neither navy, nor baby blue, but sapphire blue, which is IMO neither cold nor warm, and very relaxing.
I’ve seen description of this tea as a morning tea. IMO, it’s much more an afternoon one.
I really look forward to my second and last brew of the sample and will most probably buy it sometime soon (after having emptied a bit my overfilled cupboard though).

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

a cousin of this one is IMO Thé du Hammam Black leaf from Palais des thés, but smoother, on a keemun basis

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Oo-la-la!
This delightful brew comes courtesy of Ashmanra
My oh my does it smell lovely.
I was trying to decide which one of her delicious teas to try first and my exact words when I saw this one was “Oh! its so pretty!”
And it is, blue and pink floral petals mixed with the black tea leaves already promise something special is in store.
Then the smell! Oh! I want a perfume to smell like this! I would wear it everyday and I would smell so yummy.
Notes of floral but also a little candy-like, not a gaggy sweet candy but some sort of foreign confection that I probably could not even say the name of.
The odor of the tea itself turns more cookie-like upon brewing.
With maybe just small hints of almond, perhaps?
All this before I have even taken a sip!
The color is a lovely dark amber.
At first sip I taste the black tea, which is good.
Then floral, with a hint of almond cookie to finish off.
None of the flavors are overpowering, though they are there.
I appreciate the I can in one sip taste all the aspects of the tea, but none pushing out the others (how very polite!)
Well, what a lovely tea!
It makes me want to have a tea party:)
Thank you for allowing me to taste this fine tea, Ashmanra!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I think this is my favorite of all the ones I sent to you! I first had it from a swap and talked about it for so long that my eldest daughter wrote down the name and ordered it for me as a gift!

Hesper June

Oh dear! Well, thats what I am afraid of, that some of these teas you sent, I simply just won’t be able to live without;)
That was so sweet of your daughter to get it for you!

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drank Violette by Dammann Freres
333 tasting notes

The last of Ysaurella´s sample and upping the rating a bit as well as putting this on my definite to buy list (one day! If i ever get to order from dammann or go to Paris anytime soon).
Violet tea, so pleasant, so smooth, a very good one and a type of tea i crave sometimes.
To buy for sure.

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

I found Dammans freres in. Rockery store here in Beijing!!! I’m so excited to pick one to bring home haha yes…French tea from china :)

Dinosara

I bought a box of Dammann in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia!

Sil

Haha. Awesome!

cteresa

oh wow, am so impressed! much more exotic than place des vosges (lovely though it is!)

Funny how a lot of the high end teas are french and selling their teas to Asia. Mariage Freres seems to focus very much on the japanese market for example.

Ysaurella

Violette is nice as well with milk and sugar.Plain is perfect too.

Dinosara

Yeah, they need to start selling them in the North American markets more! I was shocked at the selection I could get at a grocery store in Ulaanbaatar, but you can’t find it at all in any store here.

FYI, if you look for this one on the Dammann site, it doesn’t come up when you are looking at the english site, though you can find it by searching for violet. There are actually quite a lot of teas that don’t show up on their english site, but you can still find by searching!

Sil

dino – i agree! you can find them a bit in ontario at high end stores, but they cost like twice the price as it would be to buy them in europe. it’s stupid. I managed to find all the teas on the damman freres site that were in the store here in china, and the prices are only maybe a dollar more than if i were to buy them in europe. since i don’t have to pay for shipping, i’m ok with that, so likely some of them will be coming home with me. Also there were some betjeman and jason? teas…

Ysaurella

Betjeman & Barton teas, this is a French brand as well.
they have fantastic teas : http://www.betjemanandbarton.com/

Barbara

Oh good to know. They also have a Dutch website, hoeray! In fact, at first I thought they were Dutch. Esp. Betjeman sounds rather Dutch…

Ysaurella

you’re right Barbara it sounds definitively Dutch, cannot find anything about the creators of the brand…Barton sounds British …but they are Marchand de thés à Paris depuis 1919 …who are they ?

Ysaurella

ok reading in Dutch :S (thanks google translate !) it seems they were both English but decided to associate themselves in France (maybe a much open market in 1919 for teas !) no idea why the French website doesn’t mention the origins & history of the brand, it’s a pity.

Barbara

Hahaha, French people reading Dutch, albeit through Google translate. It’s a world upside down (don’t know if you can say taht in English, it’s actually a Dutch saying.). In the Netherlands in most schools French is obligatory for a number of years (at least when I attended).

cteresa

Those frenchies and their monopoly of truly great tea :p (it is weird. The english for all their love can not compete at really high end tea!).

Ysaurella

Fortnum & Mason are really nice, we should ask the opinion of Meliorate and Kittylovestea, sure they have a lot of lovely brands we don’t even know

cteresa

Yes, and I have been drooling over Postcard teas – next time I go to London will budget for it!

Sil

postcard teas are really neat! I have a list of teas i want to try whenever i can make it to europe sometime.

Barbara

Never heard of them. Nice, something to check out :-)

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drank Violette by Dammann Freres
333 tasting notes

Another so kind sample from ysaurella, many thanks!

Oh this is nice, nicer than the other violet tea I have, smoother base and more delicate flavour. Base has some ceylon on it, no? And this smells so strongly and sweetly, I had to segregrate the ziploc containing this from the other samples, even on the ziploc it perfumed the cupboard where I put it.

It is a violet tea, not sure how to describe it other than that. Base is strong enough, I think maybe with some Ceylon on it (as well as chinese teas, maybe?). The scent is violet, not quite as strong as in my other tea, but more delicate and I do prefer this one. And that is it, tea with violet. Violet is almost certainly a specific taste for food – I like it, love violet candies and love violet perfume notes as well. But it´s always a strong scent, maybe the essence of floral (along with roses and jasmine, maybe) so beware of violet teas if you are not already know you love violets.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

I need to buy Iskandar from MF as well

cteresa

Iskandar, oh, that is on my wishlist for one day! do let me know what you think of it when you get – violet and menthol it sounds so potentially awesome.

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drank Nosy Bey by Dammann Freres
333 tasting notes

I think it was Ysaurella´s review of this a few weeks ago which has made me crave a peach and vanilla black tea. I was at the time ordering Thé-o-Dor teas and her review of Nosy Bey made me choose their Mélange de Galice. So an inevitable comparison from the start!

In the meanwhile Ysaurella oh so kindly got into another tea swap with me and sent me this as well (and oh so many other so fascinating goodies. Thank you so much!). I now got two dreamily-named black teas with vanilla and peach, not just one! And I do love to compare and contrast flavoured teas, how different companies can make such different takes on the same idea.

A warning: there might be a bias by previous acquaintance, that I would always prefer the first one I tried. Theodor ended up the winner but maybe I was biased because I had it first? Dunno.

The teas: Mélange de Galice is a mix of chinese and Sri Lanka black teas with peach and vanilla flavours and some sunflower/marigold petals sprinkled around (for prettiness, I guess). Nosy Bey is a chinese black tea, with vanilla and peach flavors with rose petals and I think tiny sugar cubes? (or is it dried peach?) Both teas smell divine when dry. I think Nosy Bey smells a bit more floral and bit more like orchard peaches, while Mélange de Galice smells a bit more like regular peach and orchard peach mixed together, and has a stronger vanilla scent with no floral notes. Honors even here, both wonderful scents, different but equally lovely.

Nosy Bey brews very much like a chinese BLACK tea. Mélange de Galice has (predictably) a bit more body and is (unexpectedly!) smoother as well, even when brewed at the same 85C that I brew Nosy Bey. I do not understand why a ceylon-chinese blend brews so so smooth while having some body, but there you have it, even at several temperatures it is always smooth and even naturally sweet.

And then, the liquor: and it is here that Mélange de Galice pulls ahead to win me, it just tastes more, a richer, more intense, more layered taste. But Nosy Bey is still pretty lovely on its own. And drinking peach and vanilla tea in December, oh it is so mood lifting!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Indigobloom

hehe MgD, makes me think of beer :P
(Miller)

cteresa

Ah, sorry I do not know any MGD beer! I was just trying to save some type. Miller is an american brand of beer right?

Indigobloom

yup, it stands for Miller Genuine Draft. I prefer the lime version myself. Or local craft beers

Ysaurella

I think there are no sugar cubes in the tea (this is something the French Tea brands are not really doing) I identified the cubes as dry fruits…but which ones…mystery…
I taste really the wine peaches (pêches de vigne en français dans le texte) in Nosy Bey. Now I am craving to taste Mélange de Galice !

cteresa

Indigobloom, oh thank you for the explanation!

Ysaurella I think it was fruit as well, at least it did not melt. The roses I could detect a hint from them.

And Mélange de Galice, oh I will save some for you! I am currently afraid of going to the post office before Christmas, but I would love to send you a little bit of Thé du Loup and Mélange de Galice (LOL; with a condition that i would love to read your opinions on it, of course ;)

Ysaurella

Oh thank you !Sure you will read my opinion :)
Hope to see yours soon about sakura 2000 – this is not a very commented tea here on Steepster but I am very curious to get your opinion on this one especially.

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Thank you Ysaurealla for sending me so many amazing teas!!!! I mean REALLY THANK YOU! So many the box of teas smelled like something from heaven above!
DELICIOUS!
I have had three this far – unfortunately will have to backlog the others when I get a chance.
This one is not my favorite of the ones I have had but it is good. Don’t get me wrong, this is just not in my flavor profile of choice. Not a huge fan of ginger teas. Although the ginger in this tea IS done quite nicely!
Its just not nearly as amazing as the other two I have had thus far!
Thank you again Ysaurealla I am loving what you have sent! :)

Ysaurella

this one is not one of my favorite neither

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drank Nosy Bey by Dammann Freres
390 tasting notes

I’m coming back to tea life after a big cold.

I wanted to taste Nosy Bey for a while now.
The perfume of the dry leaves is absolutely divine : vanilla and peaches.
The aroma is clearly a vine peach head note (not peaches but really vine peaches- In France our vine peaches are almost red (pulp) and the skin of the fruit is more or less grey ).
We can taste a very present and opulent vanilla behind.The black tea base is absolutely sweet and has no hint of astringency.

This is a delightful aroma, vine peach is a wonderfully perfumed fruit and this tea reveals perfectly its qualities.The presence of the vanilla just sublimates it and makes it very generous and luxurious.

A great afternoon tea, almost a fruity dessert tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Sil

mmmm that sounds divine!

Bonnie

Glad you’re feeling better!

Ysaurella

thank you Bonnie :)
Sil : yes it is really :)

Sil

We will need to have that swap sometime in Janvier so that I can taste some of these delicious teas! It should be a little quieter in the new year :)

Ysaurella

no probs Sil, January is fine for me as well

Nicole

That sounds wonderful!

Nik

I don’t much care for vanilla, but this sounds really good.

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drank Pomme d'Amour by Dammann Freres
333 tasting notes

This sounds so irresistible. French caramel apples in tea. I never had any caramel apple, ever, but that just made it much more appealing – it was the idea of it, caramel and apple, oh yay. It really was something I wanted to try, particularly since I have recently been impressed by the first Dammann tea I tried (Paul et Virginie, that was). So when Ysaurella so kindly shared this with me, yay, thank you so much again Ysaurella!

I could not resist trying this before getting really better from the cold I had, so my first teapot was not really a fair trial (a waste, but could not resist). And here goes my second attempt – I was distracted by something else and brew it just a smidgeon too long. No harm done, still extremely drinkable, just adding the data point that it´s probably much better with shorter steep times.

The dry leaf smells totally divine – not like apple nor caramel, but some indescritable blend, fruity and spicy and yes caramelley. The liquor smells and tastes differently. Like apples yes, and this tea left me quite baffled. I think part of the problem is that never having any caramel apple I did not know what to expect. For example, yesterday I tried another marvelous sample from Ysaurella, Rouge d´Automne which tastes wonderfully of marrons glacés – which taste very differently from any other dish of chestnuts! If I had never had had marrons glacés I think I would not have known what to make of that taste. And I get this feeling from Pomme D´Amour, like I can not recognize what it is about. It is very nice indeed, but a stranger somehow!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 45 sec
Angrboda

Oh, I love mixing caramel and apple flavoured teas for this effect! Half and half of Kusmi’s caramel and their apple is one of the best combinations I’ve ever done. :) (I’ve found, though, that LPdT’s Toffee, which fills the same slot as the caramel in my mind, doesn’t work half so well with that combination.)

cteresa

It is a good idea indeed. And mixing teas, I got to dare that one of these days!

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My second tasting from the nice samples provided by Ysaurella…
The weather is hot and sunny; the clouds and rain should only come later in the day. However I felt like having comfort food today to make up for my almost gone cold and for the absence of Hubby.
Pomme d’Amour smelled like the perfect antidote to any gloominess.
I was afraid to have left it steeping a bit too long, as I’m not sure I was not on the wrong side of 5 minutes, and that I had put too much of it, as it had really swelled inside my strainer. The little apple pieces in particular had especially filled out.
The color was a nice caramel honey; the smell very sweet and candy-like.
Then I sipped and was relieved not to find any hint of bitterness. My first surprise was that the caramel taste was lighter than I expected, but fortunately tasted like home-made caramel and not like the fake-caramel flavor which is often used in industrial foods and beverages, especially herbal-dust in bags heavily laden with artificial coloring and flavoring that is sold in most supermarkets.
The tea base seems really nice. Pomme d’Amour tea has the very natural taste of real fruit heavily dipped and cooked in sugar. This is undeniably a very high quality product.
I have to confess that I have only one bit of a toffee apple once in my life, many many years ago. My cousin who had shared a part of her delicacy with me was not very happy when I told her I did not like it very much, as it was too sweet and sugary; and that’s about the only recollection I have of it.
I am not the biggest fan of desserts, especially cakes, and am really quite picky about those; however a good Tarte Tatin is among my favorites. So I tried to find out what differences there were between Pomme d’Amour tea with what I love about apple cakes and Tarte Tatin. I came out with those findings:
- I usually like the apples to be a bit tangy, as the fruit tanginess complements the sugar-butter caramel better;
- I also much prefer when the cake is prepared with salted butter, especially crystal salt. To my opinion, the twist added by the salt make all the flavors stand out.
Of course, this tea did not promise to be “Tarte Tatin” flavored, but Pomme d’Amour and I believe the promise to be perfectly met.
If you have a very sweet-tooth, it should be a bullseye hit.
If you have more of a sweet and sour tooth, it might not be so convincing.

I’ll drink a second batch of this tea with great pleasure (and the first one did not linger long in my pot), however I know that I will not buy it, as I probably would not finish the batch, and that I have to be careful selecting candy-sweet flavored teas.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

this is funny because Pomme D"amour is a tea almost all people I swapped with requested (along with Pleine Lune of MF)
You’re the first to review it and I am happy you appreciate it for a sweet tea. If you don’t like too much pastries and cakes, maybe try some citrus teas, you’ll get the fruity notes without the sugar hint note. From DF Douchka is a very nice one but if you like teas not too strong on caffeine maybe Earl Grey French Blue from MF would please you.
Aïda as well from MF but stronger on the tea base

LaFleurBleue

I’m sure some people would love it à la folie…

cteresa

Guilty of requesting it of ysaurella – :) have not tried it yet though hoping for a properly functioning nose soon!

Ysaurella

No probs cteresa, I fully understand as I am myself absolutely tea disabled since 3 days with a kind of big cold :)

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Trying this sneakily as I bought it for my housemate over the summer to replace his Lady Londonderry tea (our favourite local stockist no longer does it!! I’ve managed to source it somewhere else, nonetheless… a tragic loss!) – it’s not exactly the same, obviously, this has vanilla and caramel and more berries, but I’m intrigued.

This tasting is off a mug brewed to a deep orange, although I tried it a clear pale orange in a teacup last night. It smells intensely floral even though the flavours are mainly fruit – is this a Dammann Freres feature? In the first sip there is very little actual floral taste, however, and the first fruit to jump out is… cherry, with a hint of caramel, and a vanilla aftertaste.

Despite being brewed so strongly this isn’t as dry as other black teas. The further I get into the mug, the more raspberry comes out, too… It’s all delightfully sweet, I wouldn’t mind a splash of milk or drop of lemon in this!

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

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I was served this tea at a restaurant in Paris and loved it! So many other teas with fruit get bitter before I’m done with the cup. This has a really lovely flavor. Real fruit pieces are combined with good quality black tea.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Violette by Dammann Freres
6 tasting notes

My all-time favorite tea, but then again I am a complete sucker for violet. I have tried many other Violet black teas, including the Kusmi, and nothing comes close to this one in terms of complexity, flavor, and strength. HIGHLY recommend. Also great iced!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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Well this one was in my shopping list but I am happy my mother gave me some to taste because now I know I don’t have to buy it.

It is not a bad tea but it is just not enough fantastic to me to decide buying it.
Almonds are there (but the sweet ones, not very strong on taste, exactly the same as the ones used in Charlotte au chocolat- so weak), weak cinnamon too on a just correct black tea base.
The ingredients seem to be all on the same level, no one to take an advantage on the other – sometimes this is a strength and we can say the tea is so well balanced- here is it just not the case.

It is just a nice cup…I am becoming terrible with tea…it’s no more enough for me, I want more and expect more especially from Dammann Frères.

Really not very impressed by their Christmas teas for the moment; but I only tasted 2 so I am keeping hope !

EDIT

Tried another time, same opinion …

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
cteresa

all these noël teas sound great in theory, I am glad to have your opinion just in case I decide to order from DF. “good enough” is just not that worthwhile.

By any chance have you tried or smelled yet Noël à Paris? that one is sounding very appealing and surely they should try extra hard for a christmas at home blend!

Ysaurella

I sniffed it only and didn’t buy it because I was upset with the fact DF didn’t want to sell 50 gr :) It was nice sniffing it but definitively need to taste it

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drank Violette by Dammann Freres
6 tasting notes

delicieux j’ adore ca le gout de la viollette nous donne l ‘impressions d’ etre dans un jardins fleuris fée rique <3

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Rose by Dammann Freres
6 tasting notes

ce thé n’ est pas si bon qu’ il en a l’air . il est plutot eceurant domage ppur daman

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drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
333 tasting notes

This is my first Dammann Fréres tea and I am quite impressed, this is delightful.

I noticed the other day and pointed in another tasting note that I had nothing less than 4 well know tea blends, from different blenders, all with the same notes – red fruits and caramel (and two of them added bergamot to it); and all those teas are among the most popular for each of their blenders. I am talking of Harney´s Paris, Kusmi´s St Petersbourg, Mariage Frères´ Marco Polo and this very one. And it´s easy to see why it´s so popular: it works, the caramel gives something to the red fruits and vice versa. The Fred and Ginger of taste pairings? He gives her class, she makes him sexy.

Of those 4 teas mentioned I like this better than Paris and St Petersbourg. It´s the fruitiest of those 4 with the most recognizable, juiciest fruit scents and for once I can detect clearly all the fruits mentioned – the raspberry, the cherry and even the strawberry. The vanilla is also quite noticeable in the scent, the caramel gives it an extra depth, and I found it particularly noticeable in the aftertaste of the tea. The tea base used is a mix of Chinese and Ceylon teas, and it´s very right for these flavours – it´s not too strong though or at least not as I brewed it (relatively cold (90C) for not too long (3-4 minutes) with a generous scoop of tea). I think this is definitely an afternoon tea. It was very quick to disappear!

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

This is one of the DF i didn’t taste yet. I can get it very easily at my tea shop around the corner.

cteresa

I am soooooo soooo envious! Corner shop, ah, the envy is deep.

I got a shop which sells this and I think they are going to stop carrying it. And they got about 5 different flavours, only two where things I was finding interesting. I was considering Jardin Bleu as well but expiry date was this very month.

This PV is nice, though not an extraordinary tea – I think it might be a great tea to give or serve people which are not usually tea drinkers

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My friend Jackie sent this to me as a surprise sample. She knows my tastes so well. This is the most gourmand tea I’ve ever tasted. I’m really surprised there isn’t a single fruit in this (according to the description at least) as it smells and tastes of candied strawberry to me (what?) I would hate that in any tea (I like berries but I think they just taste gross hot) but this is so complicated. I could see a child absolutely loving this, it’s like a bag of sweets with a slight edge coming from the flowers.
Quite a captivating tea, if you ask me – there’s so much going on, I just spent my whole cup analyzing every note. I strongly recommend milk and the sweetener of your choice with this, though you can go without sweetener (it’s a dessert tea on its own), I feel it just ties everything nicely. I’m frankly surprised I like this, it’s very very sweet, but it’s also very very lovely on the tongue and smells like teen spirit.

JacquelineM

I was going for the marzipan and pretty flowers angle :) I too find this a little fruity, but like you said, there is so much going on as to not make it a deal breaker (at least I hoped it wouldn’t!).

cteresa

Smells like teen spirit, oh wonderful – and now I will have to try this one! Luckily enough I think I have seen it it for sale locally.

Ysaurella

this blend is really nice and leads us back to childhood instantaneously

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drank Rose by Dammann Freres
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