1917 Tasting Notes

95
drank Figue Fraîche by Dammann Freres
1917 tasting notes

Speaking of simple teas that do one flavor and do it well, next we have this tea. I’m in love with many of DF’s fig-based teas, and this one is no exception. I love that it’s nice and figgy, smooth, well-balanced base tea, not too much going on. It would probably be fabulous iced but it’s also one of those teas that I don’t necessarily want to use it up that fast! But perhaps I will try it at some point. I would certainly consider keeping this tea around despite the fact I have many other figgy DF teas in my cupboard already!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

I really need to try some figgy tea…makes me smack my lips every time I read a review!

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98
drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
1917 tasting notes

It is happy day when I get to drink this tea. And what do you know, it’s next on my chronology! Granted, all these Dammann teas were acquired at once and could thus be drunk in any order, but I’m just drinking them as I added them to my cupboard.

Why did I only rate this a 93 originally? Into the high nineties with you! It’s one of those teas that I just come back to again and again, and it’s always delicious, and I crave it, and if that doesn’t deserve a high 90s rating I don’t know what does. Sometimes you just want a simple tea that does one flavor and does it well, and that is this tea for me. Love you, Caramel-Toffee, and will always have to keep you stocked.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Ysaurella

funny I had this one this morning while at work. I am less in love than you are but it’s so true it’s a lovely mono-flavoured creamy caramelly tea.

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86

Merry Christmas! Or something. It was snowing today, does that count?

This marks the start of a long line of Dammann teas that I ordered through Instant-Thé in 50g quantities. What a great way to try a ton of DF teas and decide which ones are reorders for me. Although I do enjoy this one a lot, I don’t think it’s a reorder. Mainly because I like it for it’s figginess, and I have others that I love more for their figginess. But this is a lovely fig-berry jam flavor, with a hint of florals. I do appreciate that the lavendar isn’t overwhelming.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TheTeaFairy

Yes it counts…merry christmas to you also…sigh. (Yes, it snowed here too!!)

Stephanie

The snow was so weird…kinda neat looking on blooming daffodils though, and it’s gone now!

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88
drank Rose & Litchi by Fauchon
1917 tasting notes

A lovely flavored green, just the way I like my flavored greens: light, fruity, and floral. To me, lychee is like a fruity rose flavor already, so adding the rose just really ups the floral notes already present. It also means that the two flavors are not quite distinguishable to me… it’s just one big cup of rosey, lychee goodness.

I didn’t rate this one last time I had it but I’m happy to rate it now: delicious! I have to tread lightly with flavored greens these days as so many of them are off-putting for some reason, but not this one. I bet this would be delicious iced as well!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dustin

I have also noticed the rose/lychee similarity! Sounds good!

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87

It’s been a while. I’ve been crazy busy with no time for tea (gasp!), which is sad. I also haven’t been reading tasting notes, so do let me know if I’ve missed anything (I won’t have time to go back through them all, you lot are prolific!).

Continuing my cupboard chronology? I bet you forgot about it! I’m still mid-French tea boom, though, so I’m more than happy to keep going.

Ahh, Paris. Since I first purchased and tasted this tea I have grown a lot fonder of traditional TGYs and their roasty toasty notes. So while it was surprising to me that I enjoyed this one as much as I did when I first tried it, this time is no shock. Delish! Unlike many Fauchon teas, I find the flavoring on this one to be more subtle. Light citrusy orange blossom, and a rich almond that comes out more in the aftertaste but lingers like you just ate some marzipan. Definite yum.

Also I realized that I have just been boiling all of my TGYs now. I used to think that they needed lower temps, like 195°F, since they were green oolongs and delicate or something, but not true! I find it harder to mess up an oolong than a black tea these days.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Full Moon Party by Mariage Frères
1917 tasting notes

Mariage Frères and I have not had the best of relationships, so I’m not really sure what compelled me to pick up a 100g tin of this one at a café in Pittsburgh. Perhaps the lure of almond and rose, and perhaps because I remembered Ysaurella’s notes on this one. Although they don’t always agree, our tastes tend to be fairly similar in many cases, so if she liked this one, I wanted to try it.

I have to say that I didn’t realize that this was spiced as well, and initially it was a little disconcerting because the dry leaf almost smelled like Christmas (clove, cinnamon), and I have had little success with teas spiced this way (from any company). However, I should not have worried. This is without a doubt the smoothest, sweetest tea I’ve ever had from MF. And so almondy! That’s what really won me over. The almond is strong and rich, in a slightly marzipan-y way (and not just nutty). The vanilla is creamy and sweet, and combined with the spices it really reminds me of a spiced almond cookie. The spices themselves don’t overtake the rest of the blend (like they so often do). And here we have found a base tea that I truly enjoy (wish I knew what it was, haha!). Smooth, with good body and nicely balanced.

Very glad that I picked this one up (and apparently got it for a steal at $24 when it retails for 25€ on their website).

ETA: I meant to mention that I don’t really get a distinct rose flavor here, which is a little disappointing but the rest of it is so delicious that it doesn’t bother me. I still have Fauchon’s La Naissance for when I want an almond-rose blend.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
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Anna

This sounds really interesting! Is there no trace of cinnamon/cloves? (Loathe spiced tea.)

Dinosara

Anna: the spicing is definitely present (just not overpowering) so if you loathe spiced teas I would give this one a miss. It’s not unlike Pleine Lune but without the fruit and with a larger spice presence.

Anna

Okay, thank you!

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85
drank Thé sur le Nil by Mariage Frères
1917 tasting notes

I’m in Pittsburgh this weekend and I happen to have found a cute French restaurant called Crêpes Parisienne that is right near the museum where I’m working today. Not only do they have tasty crêpes, they also sell MF tea. I chose this one to go with my lunch mostly because they didn’t have any black teas that I really wanted to try in stock.

This was really lovely! Fresh and green and lightly citrusy. Smooth and overall very nice. It was on the whole lightly flavored (at least, with the somewhat unknown parameters at which I steeped it), but that is just fine with me. Perfect for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, and a perfect accompaniment to my delicious crêpe!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Kat_Maria

Do they only sell them to have with your food, or can you buy the entire tins? Either way, thanks for bringing it up! I am occasionally in Pittsburgh, so it is a good thing to know… Are there any other cool tea places you would recommend? I will be in Pittsburgh at the end of the month, in the vicinity of Cultural District mostly.

Dinosara

They do have a small selection of tins (and boxes of tea bags) for sale, but be warned that they are cash only! I don’t know much else about Pittsburgh as this is my first real visit, just happened across this place!

cteresa

This is one of my all time favorites, my perfect spring-summer afternoon tea…

I love Nil Rouge as well.

Kat_Maria

Dinosara, somehow I thought you’re a very frequent visitor there! :D Thanks for sharing what you know, however. I might check out this place, maybe not in a couple of weeks, but the next time I’m there.

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78
drank Raspberry Macaron by Fauchon
1917 tasting notes

I have battled with this tea ever since I brought it back from Paris. Darjeeling! * shakes fist * We are not friends. But maybe we can call an uneasy truce. This time I steeped this tea like it was a green tea, and there is only the barest hints of bitterness on my palate. Most of the flavor is a slightly perfumy raspberry and rose, with the light almond of a macaron underneath. I’m still not in love with this tea, but maybe with a slightly shorter steep time I can actually enjoy it enough to finish it!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88

I had this one yesterday afternoon and never logged it. Suffice to say it was super delicious! I do love a rosy tea, and this one fits the bill. This is the only Fauchon tea that I have that doesn’t have a fancy Fauchon tin because I actually bought it loose at their shop in Paris. Wish I had bought more there, but it’s so easy to spend an absurd amount of money at Fauchon. At least it isn’t as impossible to find as it once was!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

What a garden of flowers. So floral and delicious. I think what I like best about this blend is that there are so many unusual flowers in it. Not just rose and jasmine, but acacia, water lily, aloe, and plum blossoms? Quite unique, and somehow it doesn’t come across as a perfume shop.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Ysaurella

I do need to try this one next time I’ll shop at Dammann’s

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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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