2126 Tasting Notes

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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 7

I looked at my note from last year and found that this was on the same day last year, and in fact that was the day we went to get our Christmas tree. How appropriate, because this year we are also getting our Christmas tree today! Just call this my Christmas Tree Tea.

I had it in my head that this was the same as the black Christmas blend, but it is not. But that one has cherry so initially I was tasting cherry even though there is none in this blend. Oh, impressionably minds. I think its the almond + unknown fruit that ended up being cherry-ish.

Anyway, now that I know that it’s not cherry I’ve sorted my tastebuds and I’m more ok with it. I think I would like it better on a black base. I do enjoy the lingering almondy aftertaste, which combines nicely with the spices, but the main sip itself is a little lackluster. Definitely a factor of being a flavored green, not my favorite. But it is pretty holidayish, so it’s a nice blend for today anyway.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 6

Am I good or what? Yesterday I said I wouldn’t have Goût Russe as my citrusy tea because they would probably have it in the calendar, and sure enough, it was today’s tea! I have this tea in loose form but it’s at work and I’m at home, so I drank my advent sachet.

As soon as the water hit this I got a wave of memories (yay limbic system LOL). I first had this tea in Mongolia and I drank it nearly every day, and it still brings me back. I love the blend here; a fantastic Earl Grey variation with a tasty base blend.

Cameron B.

I agree, this one is delicious. :D

Sil

blllllleeeerrrrrrrrgggggggggg

Dinosara

Yuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmm

OMGsrsly

I really like this one as well. Poor Sil. At least I haven’t actually made her a box of blergh yet.

Sil

haha so true story. i BOUGHT earl grey from verdant..to try it lol

Kittenna

It’s tasty, Sil. I’ll be curious to see if you get the same lemony flavour that I did.

OMGsrsly

You’re an odd duck. :)

Sil

QUACK

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drank Bulgare by Dammann Freres
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When I opened today’s slot on the advent calendar, before I could see the name of the tea, I could see the orange wrapper and I knew I wouldn’t be drinking it. Rooibos! Blech.

It was a citrus rooibos, so I decided in its place I would drink a different citrusy Dammann tea, but I wanted one that was unlikely to show up in the calendar. That ruled out any of the “Nöel” teas, and also likely Gôut Russe Douchke, so I went with this one, which is blood orange, rose, and raspberry. Close enough!

This tea is very tasty, and I love how the way the orange, rose, and raspberry play together. I might say the raspberry is the most prominent note, but none of them really take over too much. It works.

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

awe poor rooibos…

Cameron B.

What a strange rooibos it was… Cola and citrus flavor?

Anlina

Oh wow this sounds amazing. Orange and raspberry is one of my favourite flavour combinations.

OMGsrsly

Uh oh. I think I sent you a rooibos or two. I’m sorry! :(

Dinosara

It’s totally fine, don’t worry about it! I have a friend at work that likes rooibos and I am happy to pass them along to her and spread the love. :)

OMGsrsly

Oh, phew. The ones from Janet are actually super mild wrt the woody flavour. Hope your friend likes them. :)

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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 4

It’s been a long time since this tea was in my cupboard, and I am happy to have some around. Incidentally this was also one of the free sample sachets that they sent me, so I still have another serving, yay!

I never restocked this tea, despite its very high rating from me, because I kind of got tired of it after a while. I mean, I do love the almondy cookie flavor combined with the floral and sweet poppy. I think I just get overloaded after a while. But I am very a happy to have this back for a bit.

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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 3

This is not my favorite Dammann blend, but I will drink it anyway because it is day three and I don’t actively _dis_like it.

I’ve said a lot about this tea before. For whatever reason the orange blossom and chestnut don’t work for me and get perfumy. If you ready my tasting notes often you should know that is a rarity for me, I love floral teas. Not this one. I ended up drinking my stash of this one down as a cold brew. This is actually less powerful in the sachet than loose, and I appreciate that.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I agree, so much floral. But I didn’t hate it! :)

Stephanie

I like this one :D

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94

I’m supposed to be drinking more of my oolongs so that they don’t age too much before I consume them, but my problem now is that I don’t want to drink oolongs right now. A lot of them are very spring-y to me, and now I want rich black teas. So I decided to drink this one—decidedly NOT old, so it doesn’t really help my purpose—because caramel, yum.

I brewed it at a hotter temp today just to see how it would behave, and it was definitely still delicious, although the oolong was more present and slightly more vegetal. I’m happy to let the oolong lurk in the background on this one and just provide butteriness, so I will probably keep future steepings at 195°F.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

gawd everytime i read the name of this tea i drool.

Kittenna

I was actually going to say almost the exact same thing. >.>

whatshesaid

Sure does sound amazing!

Dinosara

When I saw this pop up on their website I pretty much had to have it immediately.

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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 2

Which is going to be funny looking on the page for this if anyone looks at the dates posted, because it was apparently day 2 last year as well.

I cheated a bit with this one. Namely, this is the same blend as what is sold as “Nöel en Alsace” as loose leaf. I like to save the wrapped sachets from the calendar for traveling if I happen to have the loose tea (and at this point, I often do), so this morning I actually drank some of my Nöel en Alsace instead of this tea.

I love this tea. Why on earth did I only rate it 88 originally? My rating on Alsace is higher, but I’ve bumped this one another couple of points anyway. Love the friggy fruit blend here. I think there might be a hint of caramel in this blend as well {love}. I am sad my cup is empty.

Flavors: Caramel, Citrus, Fig, Spices

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

I love this one too. I think I’ll get it after I drink down some of my flavoured teas.

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drank L'Oriental by Dammann Freres
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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 1

It was funny finding this as the first tea in the calendar, since I had requested (and received) a sample of it with my previous order.

I feel pretty much the same way about this tea that I did the first time I had it, which is to say, it’s ok. I don’t love it, I don’t hate it. It’s a fruity green tea on a pretty grassy sencha base. I don’t really care too much for Dammann’s sencha base, and I don’t have a lot of green teas by them. I mean, I don’t really care for nearly any flavored green tea these days. But I do still like them cold brewed, so I will have to remember to cold brew my last sachet of this (from the order). I will say that I left some of this in my cup and it got quite cold, and it was a nice tasty fruity green, and the fruit was even fruitier.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I agree on the flavored greens teas! The only ones I tend to enjoy are citrus flavors.

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drank Amore by Dammann Freres
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I didn’t drink any tea over thanksgiving at home, mostly because my parents do not own any type of kettle and I get annoyed boiling water in a saucepan. When I came home, this is the tea I immediately wanted this morning.

I’m kind of obsessed with it? At this point I think I could drink it every morning and be happy. Bergamot and rose and chocolate and almond cookies… yum. It’s basically everything I have ever wanted in a tea. If you asked me to create a dream blend of flavors, this would be about it. When I first drank it I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, but now I love it.

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

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94

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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

Omg yummmmm. Must buy this one. :P

Anlina

Oh I think I need to try this!

Indigobloom

That sounds amazing. Noms

Kittenna

Ahhhhhhhhhh so much want. One day I’ll get on this French tea bandwagon, haha.

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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.
89-86: 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
85-80: 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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