2134 Tasting Notes

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Yummmmmm. Special thanks to OMGsrsly for getting me a stock of this tea. I had forgotten just how much nougaty goodness was contained within this tea. When the hot water hit the leaves it smelled amazing.

This tea is the perfect example of just when I think I’ve found my favorite tea in nearly every category, some category shows up to prove me wrong. Who would have though I would need a nougat tea?? Or that a nougat tea could be this good? Not me, but I was wrong. Thanks again OMGsrsly!

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

Yay! Love this one too. I mean, how can you not.

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drank Noël à Venise by Dammann Freres
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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 12

Mmmmmm, one of my favorites. I slurped this one down quickly. Of course, I used my loose leaf and saved my advent sachet for traveling. It’s always convenient because I spend a lot of time around the holidays at houses that are not my own, so the sachets are great to take a long and most of them are Christmas themed.

I love the lemon-cream-toffee flavors of this tea. Another example of Dammann’s caramel flavors and how I love them so.

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

Lemon pudding tea! Slurp slurp…

JoonSusanna

My favorite Dammann Freres! Do they sell these in sachet form? I have it loose (and love it that way for home) but man the convenience of bagged for travel would be lovely…

Dinosara

I think they only make these sachets for the calendar, unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that they offer sachets of this tea on their site.

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drank Dune d'Épices by Dammann Freres
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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 10

I remember this one from last year, and I remember wishing it was a black base. Fortunately for me, I don’t really get a bubblegum scent to this one. Maybe a whif of bubblegum from a distance, but when I really smell it I smell the orange and spices and a bit of cream.

I still enjoy this one, and I still wish it was on a black base. I think the creamy orangey gingerbready-ness of it would be so well complemented by a hearty black. Ah well, one less tea to have to stock. :)

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

Oh, I assumed it was the same flavoring as Flocons d’Épices but on a green base.

Dinosara

Oh, duplicate Dammann names and shifting descriptions!

I checked the website and I see that Flocon d’Épices is 1) now available in bulk (not tinned) and 2) has a different description than it originally did. Now, it really does seem like these are the same flavorings on different bases, in which case I suppose my wish is granted.

Also, they no longer sell Noël en Alsace, which was a duplicate of Flocon d’Épices (but available in bulk when “Flocon” was only available in an expensive tin). I guess they decided they liked the latter name better.

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 11

I’m going a little out of order here because yesterday I didn’t get a chance to drink my advent tea at all, but I prefer to start my mornings with a black tea, like this one, and not green, like the previous day.

I couldn’t remember if I had tried this tea before, but apparently I got a sample of it from Sil once (so it is new to the advent calendar this year). I’m not big on strawberries in any form except fresh, so it’s not my favorite blend. I liked it better cold brewed than hot, but I’m having it hot again here just to try it out.

I am enjoying this cup, and I don’t find it astringent like I did my first time. I wonder if that is the “benefit” of the sachet, which tends to mute flavors a tiny bit. Jammy strawberry, a bit of tart rhubarb. I do think I would still prefer this cold brewed, but it was a nice cup this morning (if a bit spring-y).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I feel weird drinking anything other than a black blend first thing too… :P

Kittenna

Man, 3 reviews for this tea all in a row on my dashboard! Haha, and you all rated it very similarly. (Amused.)

Cameron B.

Hah, I saw that too! Funny. :P

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I could have sworn that I’ve drank this tea before, long ago, but I don’t want to blame Steepster for eating my note because it is entirely possible that I haven’t and just thought I had.

Anyway, my work tea buddy Equusfell got a sample of this in a recent Upton order, found it to be very bergamotty and thought of me, the bergamot lover. :) She described the scent of the dry leaf as bergamot and cookies, and I can agree with that. The vanilla in this really brings out the cookie-ish notes that I can sometimes find in Earl Greys.

This is both heavy on the vanilla and heavy on the bergamot. Whatever base they put on this can’t really stand up to it. It has a slight tendancy to go almost bitter on the aftertaste, like the pith of a lemon, and the sweet vanilla cream can’t quite cover it up. But overall a pretty tasty tea.

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

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88

Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 9

Hey, it’s a DF tea that I haven’t had! Seems like a rarity these days. They seemed to have switched out the standard EG for the Yin Zhen this year.

I never quite know what to make of black teas with silver tips thrown in. Do they make a difference? Should I compensate for the fact that most white teas don’t really like boiling temps (at least western style)? For this one, I dropped it to just below boiling to make sure I wouldn’t shock them.

I find this to be a very tasty Earl Grey. Bright and citrusy, with a smooth, nicely blended base. It’s been so long since I had DF’s regular EG (or avec fleurs) that it is impossible for me to compare the two, but I remember liking them but wishing the bergamot was a bit stronger. I don’t really have that complain here, but I also don’t know if it’s really that different. I’m not sure I can pick out anything that says white tea to me; perhaps a slight added creaminess? I just got a sip that maybe had a hint of hay, which is definitely white tea. Overall a tasty Earl, though I’m not sure the silver tips provide any added value.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Anlina

I’ve had so many blends where the white tea seems completely pointless, aside from maybe looking pretty in the dry leaf, and bumping up the price significantly.

Dinosara

Yeah, I was actually going to make a comment about pricing but then I checked and this blend is no more expensive than their “Earl Grey avec fleurs” blend, and hardly (like a dollar or two per 100g) more expensive than the plain EG, so at least they’re not jacking up the price because of it.

Kittenna

Ahahahaha, I saw a review for this a bit higher up on my dashboard, and was curious as to whether you’d just grab your looseleaf tin of this too! :P Seems not, which is a good thing!

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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 8

A new tea for the advent calendar, but not for me. Having some loose and saving my advent sachet for later.

This can be a somewhat finnicky white, but when you get it right it’s very nice. Very rosey-floral, with some nice passion fruit and apricot notes to it. One of those teas that I enjoy but don’t drink often.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

I actually didn’t hate it, whoop! It cracks me up that you have all of these in loose leaf in your cupboard. :)

Dinosara

Well you know me, Ms. Dammann :D

Cameron B.

Sounds like you need to be waving atop a DF float in a parade somewhere. :D And don’t forget your sash!

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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Man, this tea is delicious. Why don’t I drink it more often? It’s one of the oldest teas in my cupboard, plus I find it very fall/winter/holiday appropriate, so I decided this morning to have a cup. And it was delicious. Sweet almondy cranberry goodness. Maybe I will try to get this in my regular rotation so that I can use up this old stuff, although age does not seem to have dampened this tea much at all.

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

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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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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.

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