37 Tasting Notes

78

Still had a bit left to make the last batches of iced tea for this year, and it´s a good choice : a good green tea base with banana, or rather green banana=plantain I think (no sweet aroma here). The resulting tea is very aromatic, and lacks the (artificial) sweetness of a lot of fruity green teas, and when drunk cold it is very refreshing. Originally I had picked the tea for its fragrances. According the pack the recommended steeping time is 2 minutes but I never had a problem letting it steep for a lot longer.

Flavors: banana, Green

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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85

I bought this tea in Madrid in a newly opened tea shop. They get it from a German importer , but I don´t have any more details of its origen. When I smelled the selection of black teas they sell, I inmediately liked this one, for it being different, quite strongly aromatic with a smokey hint to it. Once steeped, this smokey side is still clearly present. The tea has a reddish colour, is strong in taste but without the bitterness of most black teas, almost floral (which it isn´t, fruity it says on the “menu” of the tea shop, but I don´t really agree). One of the better teas I´ve tried recently.

Flavors: Oak wood, Smoke, Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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81

Picked this almost automatically the last couple of days in the afternoon…nothing special, but at the same time it´s easy going, the weather being bad outside and you want to get something hot while getting on with all the other work. And if somebody calls or you need to go to another room for a moment, the tea won´t be ruined. I´m not sure I want to buy more of this when the tin ´ll be empty…wait and see.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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84

Getting to the end of Summer and also at the bottom of the pack of Jardin Vert tea, and it´s been nice, really nice iced tea. I desperately need to clean out the teas I still have to see whether there are others which can be used for iced tea with a similar result…or just wait until next Summer, and see what´s to be found (and approved) in the tea shops. There seem to pop up quite a lot of them in Madrid these days, and some have an impressive collection of green teas, so I might opt for this 2nd way around. Any recommendations are welcome, of course.

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85

Almonds rule! The nearest thing to eating a frangipane without having one in the house is drinking this tea. The sweet almond fragrance which is wonderful in the nose doesn´t disappear when steeping the tea, and for once, it´s a green tea which can keep my attention when hot. As far as I´m concerned, a solid aromatised tea.

Flavors: Almond, Green

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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84

Thanks to Ysaurella I know now that this tea might just well be Dammann Frères after all. I´m not a huge green tea fan, but I somehow seem to like it more 1/in Summer, and 2/ cold in iced tea. This year, I started using Tibetan secret, then I finished off another green tea (with banana), and now I´m using Jardin vert. I make a pot of tea, let it steep for an hour or longer, fill a bottle and put it in the fridge…and it´s part of my summer tea routine : I take water with my meals, but when it´s too hot, water is “boring” and I have cold tea. All three teas I used this year are green, flowery, and doesn´t go too grassy or bitter when steeping this long.

Flavors: Flowers, Green

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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84

The tea I have at home (and I bought it in a tea shop in Pau, France) isn´t from Dammann Frères (as far as I know), but the blend in the picture really looks like it, and the name is the same as well. After I finished the tea I was using for my summer ice tea, I needed another one and this works perfectly. A bit dryer in the mouth but nonetheless very refreshing.

Flavors: Flowers, Green

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML
Ysaurella

Nice to read there are still tea shops in Pau ! Dammann is over represented in small tea shops so it may really be a Dammann

Ilse Wouters

So, those small tea shops buy Dammann´s blends and sell them in bulk or do I understand it wrongly? It´s true that I have never really seen Dammann frères in small tea shops “en province”, very unlike Taylors of Harrogate for instance in UK, but I had never thought that much about it either. Good to know.

Ysaurella

absolutely this small shops are buying to Dammann Frères and sell the blends in bulk. They often mention the brand but not systematically.They do much for Kusmi because I think their marketing team is more insistant about the branding

Ilse Wouters

Interesting. But in your opinion, where is it best to buy Dammann Frères teas? Parce que vois que c´est une marque qui te plaît beaucoup…et j´aime recevoir des recommendations ;-) En plus, ce serait qq chose de plus à mettre sur ma liste pour une prochaine visite à Paris (je dois impérativement m´organiser pour rendre visite à une copine qui a eu un bébé…déjà l´année dernière!!!)

Ysaurella

pour l’expérience client indéniablement la boutique Dammann Frères de la place des Vosges à Paris. Ils ont 85% de la gamme Dammann Frères et le magasin est sublime. Sinon ici http://www.instant-the.com/ car l’achat aux 50 grammes est possible et le service est bon , ils expédient à l’international sur demande :)

Ilse Wouters

Merci pour toute l´info…

Ysaurella

de rien :)

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75

This afternoon, I felt like sipping this tea, and once again, even if it doesn´t represent the teas I tend to like, I quite enjoyed it. Red fruits present but don´t overwhelm, just a nice cuppa.

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50
drank Yellow Label by Lipton
37 tasting notes

very neutral, and actually not too bad, but that doesn´t mean it´s OK, if you understand me here ;-) The usual stuff they put in the tray of the hotels where coffee and tea facilities are offered.

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30
drank Earl Grey by Lipton
37 tasting notes

This isn´t Earl Grey tea, it´s more like a lemon tea…but unfortunately still about the only tea available (apart from the yellow label tea) in standard snack bars. No way I´m buying this one!

Flavors: Lemon

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Introduced to tea by my sister-in-law in my country of birth = Belgium more than 30 years ago, I still love tea, mainly black, which I enjoy without sugar or milk. Having lived in UK, near good tea shops (e.g. Betty´s all over Yorkshire), I tend to buy most of my tea in bulk from tea shops (as such, most of these are not represented in my on-line cupboard). Nowadays, I live in Spain where tea gives me another sensatory bliss (as wine or beer or coffee can give me too).

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