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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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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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Inconstant tea drinker – I mostly drink tea when not too hot. I hang around steepster much more frequently in (northern hemisphere) cold season.

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I like all sorts of tea, flavoured and unflavoured, though I am picky. I am always willing to try anything new. I am now particularly interested in single origins.

I am one of those people who actually loves Lapsang Souchong. I am not crazy about Earl Grey, in general. I don´t quite get Darjeeling teas, but I am trying to make sure …

I like rooibos, though not all bases. I loathe hibiscus. I do not like fennel/liquorice/anise in blends or teas with chicory. I am picky about what I consider true cinnamon.

As you can probably tell from my cupboard, the brands I find more interesting right now are Mariage Fréres,Thé-o-Dor and Yumchaa.

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