2006 Tasting Notes

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The last two teas I have to try from Whispering Pines (again, thanks to Cameron B.) are discontinued, and judging by their response whenever someone reviews them, I think WP would rather they just disappeared all together.

I agree with Tea Sipper who said this doesn’t taste like much. I mean, there was some flavor (mostly scent), and it was kind of nondescript, but it was also weak and completely inoffensive. It kind of reminded me of really weak tea bags I’ve had when there were no other options. Or even the base teas that some companies (not WP) use for flavored blends, that have no interest on their own, they are only there to be the vehicle for the flavor. Nevertheless, I drank the whole cup yesterday. Yup, inoffensive.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Whispering Pines Tea Company

Hahaha yes, I want them all to go poof! :-) I am not even a little bit proud of the stuff I offered just one year ago. I send potential customers to my company page to get an idea for what they may like, which is the reason I don’t really like seeing old teas up here. BUT, I think I’ve solved that issue by putting “discontinued” before them. I agree with everyone that rates them low, but it just hurts me to see my name beside a “meh” tea. I am glad this was inoffensive to you :-)

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I am certainly behind on tasting notes. Well, here is me catching up. They will all be fairly brief!

I just sipped this one down, after drinking it regularly as a cold brew. I actually really liked it as a cold brew! Apparently I never logged it as a hot brew, even though I did have it that way once or twice. In the hot brew, it was over lavender-y, without enough bergamot. I tried another incarnation of this ages ago (in the “Alchemy Blends” days), and it was really similar.

Cold brewed, the lavender tamed itself a bit and it was a better balanced green earl grey. Still not my favorite blend but I had no problem drinking it up.

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drank Vanille by Dammann Freres
2006 tasting notes

Another sample! I thought it would be nice to try Dammann’s plain vanilla black tea, since I am used to trying all of their various multi-flavor blends.

Let me tell you, I don’t think I have ever smelled a dry tea leaf that smelled more boozy than this one! It pretty much smells like straight up vanilla extract. INTENSE. The booziness goes mostly away in the steeped tea, and then it just smells like a vanilla bomb. It smells like the tub of Madagascar vanilla beans in my cupboard at home. It also smells like a nice black tea; I can smell their characteristic Ceylon/Chinese base shining through as well.

Once again, I find myself drinking a very tasty cup of tea. Strong, rich vanilla, with an aftertaste like you were just eating vanilla candy. What this one is missing is the super creaminess. I know Fleurilège is a vanilla hazelnut tea, but it is almost more vanilla-y to me than this one because of the creaminess. This one comes out a tiny bit flat. Still, I find it very tasty, lots of sweet vanilla, smooth and tasty base. Glad to have a bit of this one to try!

Flavors: Vanilla

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

you are killing me here, your last 3 tasting note teas have gone on my wishlist.

Fjellrev

You’re making me want to get off my butt and place a DF order already. :)

Dinosara

Lol, sorry? :D

Fjellrev

Haha well I’ve been putting off an order forever. You know, the classic, “I can’t order from X until I finish this other load of tea I have in front of me” but that order keeps getting pushed back.

Dinosara

I know the feeling, that kept happening with this order.

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drank Pomme d'Amour by Dammann Freres
2006 tasting notes

I wrote about this on the mail thread, but I will copy it here because it was really exciting! From a previous order from Dammann I knew that they usually threw in samples of wrapped sachets of their teas, so this time I went through their wrapped sachet offerings and in the order comments I requested a few of them that might be available. Well they did send me some wrapped sachets, but they also sent me two half-ounce packages of loose tea of two of the samples I had requested (Vanille and Pomme d’Amour). Awesome! Now I know that I can request loose samples from them in the future!

When I requested a sample of this tea, I didn’t realize it was CANDY apple, or else I forgot in the intervening time since I ordered. Then I was looking at the label and seeing that one of the “arômes” contained the word “caramel”, and I got really excited. And I read Ysaurella’s note and got more excited. SO glad I requested a sample of this one!

It smells sooo appley and also has a definite sweet buttery toffee-ish type smell. I really wanted to drink this before it got cool enough. Finally! This is quite delicious. INTENSELY appley. I agree that it comes across as almost a baked apple, where the apple flavor is really intensified. Definitely caramelized sugar and a bit of buttery goodness as well. If I had to pick out one thing I could do without on this tea it’s the maraschino cherry. It is a light note and meshes well enough with the apple that I don’t mind, but I can still get hints of it. Still, this is super tasty and I’m very happy to have a sample!

Flavors: Apple, Butter, Candied Apple, Cherry, Sugar

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

Sounds fantastic! :D

Lariel of Lórien

That sounds good. And is it ‘love apple’ or ‘apple of love’?

Ysaurella

this is a really good tea for sure. In the past it had another name “thé des vieux garçons” but Dammann changed it years ago now. Still good whatever his name is !

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
2006 tasting notes

Yup, this tea. Sooooo glad it’s back in my cupboard as well, and that I have a huge tin of it. It’s actually a tea where the dry smell doesn’t really make my mouth water or call to me (basically just kind of nutty), but once it’s brewed, hold the phone. SO amazingly sweet and vanilla-y. Love it!

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

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85

Another black tea from the Cameron B. pile!

I’m kind of really tired and braindead today so I’m afraid this review won’t be super detailed. In short, this was a tasty golden yunnan and I definitely enjoyed my cup of it, although it didn’t really stand out to me very strongly. A little bit of cocoa powder, some breadiness, and a hint of sweet potato. Smooth and slightly sweet. I will definitely have to compare this one more closely with the Golden Snail since they are both golden yunnans.

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

Hi I read your post on Manliandao Tea Market and was wondering if you still have flashcards in Mandarin? I like greens/oolongs/whites mostly Taiwanese high altitude but wondering if you have any tips on which local Chinese teas would be good to buy (ie hard to find outside China, better value etc). Thank you!

Dinosara

I do still have the PDF. I’ve followed you, so you can PM me your email address and I’ll send it to you! Basically most teas you will find in the market will be very very good in comparison to what you get outside China. It was pretty astounding! My best recommendation is to wander around and do tastings and such. And always ask for a discount!

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
2006 tasting notes

Welcome back into my cupboard, lovely. Giant fresh tin of buttery caramel and toffee deliciousness? Yes please. So happy to have restocked this one!

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

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drank KG Amore by Dammann Freres
2006 tasting notes

My morning meeting got cancelled! So I got to have this tea also this morning. Amazing what new, exciting teas can do for your desire to drink tea.

This tea was one of the main reasons I wanted to order because I think it is new (I hadn’t seen it before in my searches of the website). I think it was released in a limited tin last valentines day and then they kept it in bulk, which is how I bought it. I had some silly idea that this could be a replacement for the limited and inaccessible La Naissance from Fauchon, in that it has almond and rose in it, but of course this also has about a million other flavors in it, so that isn’t very likely. BUT those flavors are also ones I love (bergamot, chocolate), so I had to try it!

This tea reminds me of another tea but I’m not really sure what. It is a complex blend, and each flavor peeks out at different points. I would say that the major flavors are indeed rose and almond, with a light note of dark chocolate in the trailing end of the sip and a bright pop of bergamot primarily in the aftertaste. All of these things come together to make a cakey flavor as well.

All in all, delicious. My preliminary rating is “I love this tea” but it’s going to take me a few sessions to really sort through all the flavors.

Flavors: Almond, Bergamot, Cake, Dark Chocolate, Rose

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

That sounds like a pretty amazing combination of flavours.

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90
drank Bulgare by Dammann Freres
2006 tasting notes

Today is a day where I might not have had tea at all, given that I have a meeting this morning and I am teaching all afternoon. But this tea was teasing me all evening yesterday; its scent could not be contained in its little paper bag, and I could smell the raspberries from a mile away. So I knew I had to brew this one right away when I got in to make sure I had time to drink it before my meeting.

Side note, I think they may have sent me more than 100g of this tea. It almost didn’t fit in the empty Fauchon tin that I put it in, and usually those tins have a little headspace with 100g of tea in them.

Good thing I really enjoy this tea. I would say that the raspberry is the strongest flavor here, no surprise given the scent, but I definitely get a “dark” citrusy blood orange note, and of course the richness of the rose. I feel like the blood orange makes its appearance at the beginning of the sip, then its taken over by raspberry and rose, and then it pops back out in the aftertaste. There is also a somewhat cookie-ish note in the aftertaste; it’s something I sometimes associate with rose and black tea, in the way they interact, that makes me think of baked goods. It’s definitely here. The base tea is their usual, which is my fave, and is reliably smooth and nicely balanced.

This tea is dark and rich, and the flavors are thick and entwining. It reminds me of 7 Parfums, but with only 3 parfums. :) If you don’t like rose, don’t even think about this tea. If you do, I would definitely recommend this one.

Flavors: Blood orange, Cookie, Raspberry, Rose

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

this sounds really good.

Anlina

You’re making me think I need a Dammann Freres order, which no, I really do not :P

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drank Rose de Mai by Dammann Freres
2006 tasting notes

Yay, my DF order came in today! And even though I don’t usually have tea after work, I broke into this one immediately. This tea was one of the geneses of this order, since it’s a limited edition spring tea. Yes, most of their limited teas are available for a long time, but you never really know.

When I opened up the tin, I was immediately struck by the scent of the rose. It’s not a dark, lush, rich rose (unlike the rose in Amore, which I can smell through the bag is intense!). It is a bright, springy rose, which makes sense since this is suppose to be some special roses that are harvested early in May.

The flavor on this one is light and delicate. As with the aroma, this is not thick, dark rose; this is gentle, delicate rose. The oolong underneath is also delicate; I might guess a high mountain oolong, but I don’t know for sure. All together, it reads as a bright spring day, which is funny since it is now officially fall. I brewed it on the cool side for oolongs but I think I will try it at boiling as well because it seems like it will stand up to it. It is very good, although I don’t know that it stands out as amazing to me. Which is fine because it is only available in a tin at a steep price. I am curious about their Tieguanyin Rose too, although that one is even more expensive just in bulk (no tin)! Maybe someday!

Flavors: Green, Rose

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

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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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