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Ok, I’m back from Chicago and back to consistant tea drinking! I can’t wait to go through all my new teas from Europe, plus I just got a swap package from Jillian while I was away, so I have even more teas!

I was looking through my collection for a black tea for the morning(ish), and while I couldn’t recall about some of them, I was pretty sure this one was. True! I was of course intrigued by this tea because of the “marzipan” flavor that is part of it. When I was at Dammann Freres they said that it was a 100g minimum on teas, but that they could maybe do 50g on some teas if I was getting a few. It was pretty vague, but I ended up getting two teas in 100g and three in 50g packages (Mariage Freres was 100g no exceptions), and this was one that I went ahead and got 100g of.

The dry leaf on this one has an aroma of floral fruitiness which is surprising, with an underlying sweet almond to it. I got one huge pink peony petal in my brew this time. The aroma of the brewed tea is more almondy and that “biscuit” note is really coming out.

The flavor is… wow, complex. While still very hot, I get a powerful, intense rush of floral at the beginning of the sip, which quickly morphed into a calmer biscuit note, and then the tail of the sip and the aftertaste is decidedly marzipan. Wow. As it cools the floral notes calm down a bit, and stretch themselves out over more of the sip, lingering on the tongue a bit along with the marzipan. Well cooled (but still warm), it’s very almondy-marzipanny, but with an overlying floral taste that compliments it very well. Definitely an A+ tea for me!

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ashmanra

I got this in a swap and I absolutely ADORED it! I have been to their website so many times thinking about placing an order.

JacquelineM

Vague – how French of them ;)

So, did you go to the Dammann Freres in Paris? If I missed a post about this, please forgive me, and point me toward it! If not, when you have time, would you care to post about your experience? I saw photos of the shop in Paris and it is sooooo elegant.

Dinosara

I did go to both Dammann Freres and Mariage Freres while I was in Paris. I didn’t do a post, but you’ve reminded me that I want to add a post to the Places section! I’ll let you know when I get it up there. It was definitely awesome!

Dinosara

JacquelineM – I just posted a review of Dammann Freres (and one of Mariage Freres) in the places section! Let me know if you want to know anything about the shop. I really loved it!

JacquelineM

Thank you for letting me know! I swooned, and swooned some more as I read the reviews. I think I will go back and read them every once in awhile to get me saving for a trip…or at least that beautiful Dammann Freres box at Illy ;)

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ashmanra

I got this in a swap and I absolutely ADORED it! I have been to their website so many times thinking about placing an order.

JacquelineM

Vague – how French of them ;)

So, did you go to the Dammann Freres in Paris? If I missed a post about this, please forgive me, and point me toward it! If not, when you have time, would you care to post about your experience? I saw photos of the shop in Paris and it is sooooo elegant.

Dinosara

I did go to both Dammann Freres and Mariage Freres while I was in Paris. I didn’t do a post, but you’ve reminded me that I want to add a post to the Places section! I’ll let you know when I get it up there. It was definitely awesome!

Dinosara

JacquelineM – I just posted a review of Dammann Freres (and one of Mariage Freres) in the places section! Let me know if you want to know anything about the shop. I really loved it!

JacquelineM

Thank you for letting me know! I swooned, and swooned some more as I read the reviews. I think I will go back and read them every once in awhile to get me saving for a trip…or at least that beautiful Dammann Freres box at Illy ;)

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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