2007 Tasting Notes
MOAR CARAMEL TEA!
This is one of Dammann’s new blends for this fall, and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it. Salted butter caramel, mmmmm.
This tea is INSANELY caramel smelling. It is almost overpowering. It is also insanely caramel tasting. Once again, distinct from some of my other caramel teas, and not just because this is on an oolong base. I can definitely taste the slightly salty buttery notes in this. It tastes like an amazing soft salted caramel. I think this particular oolong really adds to the butteriness. Normally I might prefer caramel on a black base to make it really rich, but the oolong works here. It really makes it taste like a lightly-cooked caramel, almost a caramel sauce. Very delicious. So glad I have this one! And all of the caramel teas. :D
Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Salt
I have been trending toward black teas lately (and flavored blacks at that), so I’ve decided to drink an oolong every day (during the week at least) to make sure that I don’t let them age too muc, since they are much more likely to suffer with age than the black teas.
Today, after my rose oolong, I grabbed this one. Man I forgot how mind-blowingly good this is. It’s totally one of those teas that I can’t even imagine how they made it this good. The score is well deserved.
This was crazy rosey and delicious today. Rose-scented green oolongs are not impossible to find although I wouldn’t say they are common, but I will definitely have to keep one around. This one is extremely well done: the rose is thick and luscious, but it doesn’t cover up the orchid notes of the oolong, either. Definite winner.
Here are some short reviews since I have been really bad about tasting notes lately.
I had this one again and it was SUPER almondy. Definitely very good. I think I should keep the temp on the lower side, though, because it was edging toward bitter at times. I also think that, for me, my ideal almondy tea is not just powerfully almondy but also has an all important bakey-ness too it, like a cookie or cake. Just almondy ends up feeling kind of thin, and like it has nothing behind it; I have found this to be the case in several teas now, and it is also true of this one. I mean, this is super delicious, but it also feels like it’s missing something. Maybe I need a punch of vanilla with my almondy teas. Basically what this comes down to is that this tea is super similar to Fauchon’s La Naissance, but Naissance has those cakey notes that round it out and make it just a bit better, for my tastes.
Sometimes you just want one of your most favoritest teas to start the day.
I was surprised to find that I actually found the similarity stronger between this one and Amore (DF) than I had notice before. I guess there is more almond in the Amore than I realized. Anyway, this was full of almondy and rosey goodness, and it makes me very happy.
I wanted to try this one again after having Saint-Valentin from MF, since I believe they are fairly similar teas. This one has almond and chocolate listed in the ingredients, where as that one sticks to only bergamot and florals.
The almond isn’t really a distinct flavor, and I wouldn’t necessarily call this tea super chocolatey, but the chocolate notes are there, and I think the almond and chocolate come together to make some cakey goodness.
Of the two, I think I prefer this one for that reason, but they are both delicious (if you love bergamot and florals, which I do!).
Side note: my office is freezing and my throat is feeling sore. Should have stayed at home but the internet wasn’t working!
Yay, 2000th tasting note!!
I decided to celebrate with this, which has got to be the most milk-chocolatey tea I’ve ever tried. No hint of bitter dark chocolate here, no sir. All sweet and creamy chocolate. It really was eclair-like. Definitely sweet as well, not sure if the “vanilla pieces” listed in the ingredients are really sugary pieces. I didn’t really notice the oolong base too much to be honest (it is a dark, but not very roasty variety), but that’s ok. I may try steeping this at a higher temp next time to see how it behaves. This is a dessert tea to be sure. Not sure how often I will really crave it, but I do very much enjoy it.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Sugar
This is the third tea I bought at MF in Berlin. I decided to take a chance on it because of the bergamot and rose combo. I am not disappointed in my purchase! (Side note: I know I have rated all of these new teas the same, but it’s hard for me to really pinpoint my feelings on them right now. I really really like all of them, but I don’t know if I loooove them. Anyway, probably jet lag brain).
I enjoy this tea quite a bit. The base is smooth and pleasant, the bergamot is relatively stong, the florals (mallow, rose & lotus) add a nice counterpoint to the bright citrusy bergamot. It’s kind of like Amore from DF, but slightly simplified (without the chocolate and almond notes). It may (like that tea) become a regular rotation of my morning tea; an Earl Grey with interest. Another winner.
Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Rose
I drank this one yesterday late afternoon, but never got around to making a note for it (bleh, jet lag).
I ordered this one despite the fact that I just received 100g of Caramel-Toffee from Dammann, and I also just bought 80g of Caramel Rose tea from Mariage, and I recently ordered Caramel au Beurre Salé from Dammann as well. All of the caramel teas!! I was worried this one might be too similar to the Caramel-Toffee because I have heard that Dammann blends Fauchon’s teas, but it’s not!
This one really reminds me of Creme Brulee from Bayswater. It is totally burnt-sugar creme brulee more than straight up caramel. Creamy and buttery and burnt sugary. Works for me. I just have to remember this one is my creme brulee-style tea, and Caramel-Toffee is my straight up caramel tea.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Butter, Caramel, Cream