1915 Tasting Notes

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
1915 tasting notes

I had (amazing) butter pecan ice cream not long ago, and so when choosing a tea I was in the mood for something sweet and desserty. I opened one of the drawers and saw this one and immediately wanted it. Then I thought I really should drink something older, or something closer to a sipdown, but nothing else was right. Finally I said screw it, I am going to have a cup of this tea even though I just drank it the other day.

Mmm, so delicious. I am bumping my already high score of this one because it is just that good. Creamy and nutty and sweet, this is totally dessert in a cup. So glad I got this one, and I forsee a permanent place for it in my stash.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Ruby Woo Scarlett

I have a sample of this in my stash, this makes me really eager to try it now :)

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94

Ugh, started writing this tasting note and then was forced to refresh all tabs, thus losing it. Oh well. I officially finished sampling all the teas in my Instant Thé order, but I still have a couple that I bought at the Dammann store in Paris. This is one of them.

The dry leaf on this one smells very bright and citrusy, but also with a darker non-citrus note that must be the mango. Steeped, it smells citrusy but also kind of herby in a hard to describe way. Almost like thai basil? Oh, checking the ingredients list here there is ginger, which makes sense. Still getting a somewhat basily note, which is possibly the oolong interacting with the rest. The flavor is nice, slightly sweet, citrusy and gingery. The ginger is not super strong, but it’s enough to give it a slight kick. Definitely very much enjoying this one, but I’m not surprised as flavored green oolongs, especially citrusy ones, are some of my favorites.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

I hate it when my tasting notes get lost somehow! Makes me not want to re-write it all.

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86
drank Bali by Dammann Freres
1915 tasting notes

Had this one earlier this afternoon. This had been high on my list of Dammann teas to try despite my waning interest in flavored green teas. I do still like rose or jasmine greens, and I do still like my Dammann greens, so I figured I would give it a shot. It wasn’t until today that I realized that the flavor profile is pretty similar to another French tea I recently acquired, the Rose et Litchi from Fauchon. This has a bit more going on, though; besides rose and lychee, it has jasmine and grapefruit flavors as well.

This was nicely fruity and floral. It is definitely predominantely lychee, with the complementary rose that merges so well with it. I do get bright, citrusy grapefruit as well. No distinct jasmine, but it kind of adds to the overall floralness I suppose. I will have to try Rose et Litchi again in comparison, but this is quite tasty and I will definitely enjoy my pouch of it.

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

it may be because Fauchon and Hédiard supplier for teas is…Dammann Frères ;)
For Hédiard, I identified at least 12 teas from the classical Dammann Catalogue (Charlotte au chocolat, Paul & Virginie, Orange et miel, mélange mystérieux etc…) And Dammann is the historical supplier for Fauchon since ages now so your palate should be right Dinosara

Dinosara

Haha, that’s so funny! It happens all the time with US tea companies so I guess I should have expected that something like that might be happening. Guess that explains why I have been liking Fauchon teas so far.

Ruby Woo Scarlett

Oooo that’s an interesting piece of trivia, I didn’t know Dammann supplied Fauchon. Do you know if Ladurée get its tea from another company too? I’m having a cup of Mariage’s rose right now and it’s eeringly similar to Ladurée’s Thé à la Rose.

Ysaurella

For Ladurée I have no idea sorry Ruby Woo Scarlett. I think I never had one of their teas :S

Ruby Woo Scarlett

Oh don’t bother. Overpriced weak tea, and I hate their staff.

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81
drank Elégie Pourpre by Dammann Freres
1915 tasting notes

This is the other flavored puerh that I got from Dammann/Instant Thé, besides Pu Erh Gourmand. The flavors on this one are blackberries and vanilla, with heliotrope (which is a flower, but I expect that it may be more for looks). The dry leaf smells very sweet and fruity, I’m going to say like blackberry jam.

Of course immediately upon the water hitting it, the puerh aroma really somes to the foreground. Definitely earthy woody puerh, much like the puerh in the Pu Erh Gourmand. I’m not sure whether my 2 minute steep time made a big difference relative to the Pu Erh Gourmand or not, but the woodiness of the puerh is less prominent in this one. It’s really quite nice. Rich, almost syrupy blackberry with smooth vanilla, and the puerh giving it a slight grounding, earthy tone. It’s really more evident in the aroma than the flavor. I’m not in love, but I’m glad I tried this one out because it is quite tasty.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Sounds delightful!

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84

One of the few non-black teas from my Dammann/Instant Thé order. I went back and forth about picking this one up and eventually decided yes because I love passion fruit and florals, and have been liking white tea more lately. There are not really steeping directions for this one, just a suggested time but no temp. So I went with my now-default white tea temp, and 3 minutes.

At first I thought I had ruined this cup because when it was still pretty hot it had a sharp bitter flavor. But somehow, against the odds it mellowed out and by the time the cup cooled a bit it was basically gone. Still, I think I will brew this one at a cooler temp next time. The white tea didn’t give the hayish, honey flavor of some of the whites I’ve been having recently, more just a very light base for the flavoring. This is passion fruit and apricots, and it is nicely fruity… perhaps more passion fruit than distinct apricot, but nice nonetheless. Not particularly strongly floral, but they provide a nice accompaniment. I’ll hold off rating until I brew this one again, but right now it’s a like not a love.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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86

Back to normal days at work, and normal tea habits. Also back to working my way through my Dammann teas. I ordered this one mostly to pad my order and because I was ordering pretty much any tea that Instant Thé stocked that sounded like something I might like. I am not usually one for strawberry in my teas, or the potential for lavender, but I am one for fig and honey.

This smells mostly like strawberry jam, figs, and honey. No lavender, which is fine with me. The flavor really reminds me of preserves, both strawberry and fig. With honey! This is definitely one of those blends that seems ‘sugary’ without being actually sweet. It’s really quite nice, and I’m definitely enjoying it. The usual Dammann base complements the flavors really well and is smooth and tasty. A strawberry tea that I really enjoy, how about that!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fuzzy_Peachkin

mmm… figs and strawberries? I would never think of a combo like that.

Sil

you’re killing me with all your delicious teas! haha

Veronica

Oh my, that sounds amazing!

My mom makes a mock strawberry jam from figs that is really good. I doubt anyone would know it was made from figs if she didn’t tell them.

Tealizzy

That sounds yummy!

Dinosara

Wow, Veronica that jam sounds awesome!

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92

Second comforting tea of the afternoon. I wanted to have this one before making my Butiki order for the TWMB. In the end I decided not to pad my stash of this one right now, but not because I don’t love it. Mostly just because I still have some and I didn’t want to restock a tea before running out of it. This was very sweet today. Malty, delicious. I drank it while working so I’m afraid I didn’t think about this one too hard. But it was tasty, and very comforting.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
1915 tasting notes

Today was another crappy day at work, so another day of comforting teas. I said I was going to have this yesterday to compare it to the Hand Curled Dian Hong from the reserve club, and I kept my word. It’s been a long time since I’ve had this one, but it was still delicious.

This tea is more honey and spiced sweet potatoes, versus the chocolate sweet potato pie of the Hand Curled. I have some non dian hong teas that are quite chocolatey (Laoshan Black being one), so I don’t know that I need chocolate in my dian hong, and I’m quite happy with the honeyed tones. Still loving this one after all this time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Momo by Lupicia
1915 tasting notes

Today is the second time I had this cold brewed, and I have come to the conclusion that it is just not that good cold brewed. There is something about the base, I think, though I can’t put my finger on it. The first time I thought it was just “oversteeped”, but this time had the same funkiness, so it’s definitely not. Too bad, although at least I like this one hot. This might be the first time that I’ve had an iced black tea fail on me.

Preparation
Iced

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76
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
1915 tasting notes

Sipdown, 143. Cold brewed the rest of these sachets in my handy steeper, and they turned out very tasty. Fruity and green and refreshing. Don’t know that I would restock this one for cold brewing, but I did enjoy it that way.

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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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