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drank Violette by Dammann Freres
490 tasting notes

Yes, another violet tea! This is the second I’ve tried, Kusmi’s being the first. Anyway, I got this in a trade with JustJames. Thanks, James!

This stuff is powerfully fragrant! My entire tea corner of the kitchen reeked of sweet, sweet flowers. I had to keep it out on top of the microwave so it wouldn’t contaminate my other teas. Goodness. It’s a lovely-looking tea. Tiny, fine black leaves mixed with little dried flowers – pale brown with a hint of the purple they used to be.

As it steeped, my kitchen started to smell purple. You know what I mean. Like some purple candy tastes, but not like artificial grape. When the tea was finished, a fully-formed violet flower had risen to the top and was floating on the surface of the dark brew. It smelled soothing and very, very floral. Upon tasting it, I see what James was talking about. The black tea base for this one is milder and less sharp than the one Kusmi uses. The flowers take the forefront, of course, in an exotic and spring-like way. Something about it also reminds me of hard candy.

If I make an order with Dammann Freres, this is something I’d definitely get again.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Fjellrev

Awesome! I’m looking for a really good violet tea. This one just made it to my shopping list. :)

Stephanie

I made violet jelly a couple summers ago :)

Fjellrev

OMG that must have been amazing.

Tabby

Yum! Did you use fresh flowers or dried?

Stephanie

Fresh. My entire back yard is shady and covered in them! I waited till they were in full bloom and easily plucked a couple of quarts of them! You basically steep the fresh flowers like super strong tea, mix that bright purple liquid with sugar and pectin and then can it! I can post a link to the recipe if anyone is interested :)

TeaBrat

i’m skeered, lol

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

This tea sounds amazing!

OMGsrsly

Stephanie, that sounds amazing! I wonder if I can convince my parents to plant violets for me. :) (I have no outside space at my apartment!)

Tabby

Do you know what variety of violets they were, Stephanie? I live in the southeastern USA and all we have are Viola sororia, which don’t have any kind of scent.

Stephanie

Nope I sure don’t, Tabby. They grow like crazy here in Indiana though. The jelly did not have a super strong flavor in the end though. It’s really hard to describe! Based on my googling, I bet they were the same.

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Fjellrev

Awesome! I’m looking for a really good violet tea. This one just made it to my shopping list. :)

Stephanie

I made violet jelly a couple summers ago :)

Fjellrev

OMG that must have been amazing.

Tabby

Yum! Did you use fresh flowers or dried?

Stephanie

Fresh. My entire back yard is shady and covered in them! I waited till they were in full bloom and easily plucked a couple of quarts of them! You basically steep the fresh flowers like super strong tea, mix that bright purple liquid with sugar and pectin and then can it! I can post a link to the recipe if anyone is interested :)

TeaBrat

i’m skeered, lol

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

This tea sounds amazing!

OMGsrsly

Stephanie, that sounds amazing! I wonder if I can convince my parents to plant violets for me. :) (I have no outside space at my apartment!)

Tabby

Do you know what variety of violets they were, Stephanie? I live in the southeastern USA and all we have are Viola sororia, which don’t have any kind of scent.

Stephanie

Nope I sure don’t, Tabby. They grow like crazy here in Indiana though. The jelly did not have a super strong flavor in the end though. It’s really hard to describe! Based on my googling, I bet they were the same.

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Quiet, strange, and in love with the world of tea. 20-something and living just outside of Atlanta. Cat lover, EBM/synthpop/industrial geek, balcony gardener, and collector of fossils. On the hunt for the perfect tea in each of my favorite categories.

I prefer black teas, but I’m trying to broaden my horizons. My favorites tend to be yunnan tips, earl grey, chai, and pretty much any black tea from Fujian, China. My favorite add-ons are plum, cinnamon, coconut, apple, raspberry, bergamot, lychee, osmanthus, cucumber, sage, lavender, vanilla, and caramel.

I’m shy about green tea, curious about white, and learning to love oolong. I hate rooibos and anything with orchid, fennel, or jasmine.

I’m currently growing my own tea. I have a 3-year-old potted Camellia sinensis, and I plan on picking a tiny bit of new growth this spring for my first try at drying my own leaves.

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