Noël à Pékin

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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  • “This tea, along with the next, was technically acquired at the same time as Coquelicot Gourmand in Paris, and as such they are all the same age. I just manually added this one to my cupboard after...” Read full tasting note
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    dinosara 1962 tasting notes
  • “bit of a guilty review here... sortof sleep-steeped this one today as a black... oops! however, lovely anyway. christmas in peking (at least when steeped as black) is orange... not a typical...” Read full tasting note
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    JustJames 379 tasting notes
  • “I think I overleafed this one a little and as it is a sample I get with my Instant thé order I won't be able to taste it properly now... I won't rate it so but can tell some of my feelings...” Read full tasting note
    Ysaurella 352 tasting notes
  • “Interestingly, if you compare the English and French descriptions for this tea, there is no mention of citrus (or, well, _agrumi_) oils in the translation - I picked this as the first to try from...” Read full tasting note
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From Dammann Freres

“Noël à Pékin” flavored black tea

Subite and delicate infusion.

Blend of black and jasmine green tea from China with passion fruit, mango, pineapple flavours and bergamot essential oil, perfected with jasmine flowers. Sublte and delicate infusion.

Brewing time: 4 to 5 minutes

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1962 tasting notes

This tea, along with the next, was technically acquired at the same time as Coquelicot Gourmand in Paris, and as such they are all the same age. I just manually added this one to my cupboard after that one.

I also recently restocked this one, but I didn’t mix the old stash with the new. I should probably just use up the old (probably 15g) with some cold brews since I have another 100g of this. There is still a lot of flavor in the older leaf, but it lacks a bit of subtlety. It’s pretty much all bright! passion fruit! pineapple! and none of the jasmine. Still, I drank this one up easily and happily.

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

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379 tasting notes

bit of a guilty review here… sortof sleep-steeped this one today as a black… oops!

however, lovely anyway. christmas in peking (at least when steeped as black) is orange… not a typical orange though. i taste tangerine. well, tangerine when hot…. tangerine/apricot as it cools. honestly, while it was an accident to steep it so strictly, i would do it again =0)

thank you for the treat yyz!

very nice… back to study.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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I think I overleafed this one a little and as it is a sample I get with my Instant thé order I won’t be able to taste it properly now… I won’t rate it so but can tell some of my feelings disregarding the bitterness I stupidely created myself.

This is a lovely exotic fruits blend, I can get the natural notes of pineapple and mango for sure.
Jasmin is there but is very discrete.
I’m pretty sure it is a fantastic blend where the aromas pair very well together what a pity I wasted it so stupidely.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Interestingly, if you compare the English and French descriptions for this tea, there is no mention of citrus (or, well, agrumi) oils in the translation – I picked this as the first to try from my Instant-Thé tea haul, as it smelled so strongly of blood orange – which I can never keep my hands off.

Green/black tea blends really appeal to me, as they are often so clear and light. My main issue with all-black (flavoured) teas are their muddiness, to be honest. But this turns a perfect shade in the cup. I steeped it for three minutes first, deemed it too weak and then gave it another minute. The recommendation was for 4-5 at 90C, and I think it could take the full 5 without any bitterness.

This is very peculiar. I’m not really a fan of jasmine (this was a free sample included with my order), but it works very well here – it’s a subtle, elusive perfume both in the nose and the cup.

Flavour wise, I get mostly passion fruit and blood orange, but a deep, rich blood orange – there isn’t any tartness to speak of. This all plays out against a very complex backdrop of intermingling fruit flavours, which is just lovely.

I find myself really enjoying this one, and I very badly want to try it with various forms of baked goods – it would be an excellent tea party tea, in all its complexity.

Some astringency.

[Sample from my epic Instant-Thé order to Rome, October 2013.]

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Nattie

“I’m not really a fan of jasmine” :O le gasp

Anna, how could you?!

Anna

Haha, that’s supposed to be ‘jasmine IN BLACK TEA BLENDS’. Honestly, sometimes when I edit these on my iPad they just go poof. Boarding now, will fix it later. Thank you! <3

Nattie

Hahaha I guess that’s excusable. Hope you had a safe flight!

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I had a St*rb*cks *c*d C*ff** this morning (that’s Starbucks Iced Coffee, shhhh!), so I thought something with green tea in it would be lovely for the afternoon. I’ve started perusing the Dammann Freres website for the Future Order of October, so I thought what better tea to drink with that than a French one!?!? :)

Mmmm. I’m definitely getting jasmine and tropical fruit. I can’t really say which one, but maybe mango or passion fruit? The black tea is giving it a nice base, and the green a fresh taste. I don’t much care for green tea, but when it’s used in a blend I love the little oomph it gives – that little bit of grassy freshness is very nice, almost like another flavor in the blend!

Another bonus for a work afternoon is this reminds me in no way of anything Holiday-ish or growing up-ish :) In fact, I don’t think I had a mango until I was in college and living on my own!

Thank you Dinosara! This is so, so good! It makes me wonder how it would taste iced, too. I bet refreshing.

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

This one is even a holiday tea, acutally! But I guess it would only be nostalgic if you grew up in asia. :D

JacquelineM

That is what made me chuckle!!! :) :) :) I was so relieved!!

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Advent calendar, day 13.

I am loving my little routine of getting up and trying new teas every morning. Such a fun little present to myself. I’m also loving all the different “Noel” blends. It brings me to their website every day, making lists for future orders. Honestly it seems as though they have enough teas to where I could make my own advent calendar for a year. I’ve never once felt inclined to visit France (despite loving the language, and wanting to see the rest of Europe), but now I know I’ll have to stop in just for the tea alone.

Steep notes: No additives, below parameters.

Black and green blends always make me nervous about steep temperature, but I’m less nervous since the Dammann teas seem incapable of bitterness no matter what you do to them. I don’t think I’m getting jasmine in the dry leaf, but I’m not good with florals. I am definitely getting pineapple, maybe mango. The tea, as usual, is not immediately discernible in the scent.

Steeped, the pineapple is 100% at the front of the taste. Surprisingly it’s the green tea that follows right behind, but I think it’s a perfect counterbalance to the sweetness. As it cools it takes on a more tropical flavoring, which I guess is the mango peeking out more. The very, very last sip was all passion fruit/guava. No floral (no biggie, not my thing anyway), and the black tea base is its typical mild, unassuming self.

I liked this – can’t say I would buy more, because green/black blends aren’t really my thing, but it was awesome for an unexpected, one teabag treat.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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Day 13!

The dry sachet smells so much like grapefruit to me. I thought immediately I would like this blend. I didn’t actually look up the ingredients in this blend until after I brewed it. So I was surprised to see there was no grapefruit, and that there was jasmine in it. I probably steeped it at a little too high temp.

This one tastes not too bad. I find the jasmine to be quite dominant. I am getting a bit of citrous which could now be the pineapple. I don’t get any grapefruit flavour like I was getting in the dry scent. I think there could be some mango in there as well. I am not sure what red passionfruit tastes like and if it is the same as regular passionfruit, but I am not getting any flavours I would describe as passionfruit.

This tea reminds me of an exotic oriental tea. It is a good tea, and it is extremely well blended, but is not my preferred flavours. I think I would have loved this tea if there was no jasmine in it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This is just lovely, and Day 13 in Dammann Freres’ advent calendar. I was so very happy with this purchase, even though it was a bit pricey for samples. The packaging, the labeling, the teas themselves – stunning. All of it.

This is a wonderful tea, and I’m contemplating buying more of it. Very light floral notes from the jasmine enhance a light black tea base, with something tropical and fruity in the mix. It makes me think of the black teas I’ve had at many an Asian restaurant, but with an added layer of complexity and sweetness.

EDIT: Oooh! The pineapple pops with sweetener, backed up by the jasmine. So lovely. Almost wish this was a exclusively a green tea, although it’s still lovely on it’s own.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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when i have a lot of teas i’m excited about trying i tend to brew small little 6 or 8 oz cups.
this one i brewed once, and then brewed again immediately. i just wanted to be sure is all.
i wanted to be sure that what i thought i tasted was really what i thought i tasted.
and i’m just gonna go for it and declare …Apricot.
i don’t even know why apricot.
i mean, no pineapple or mango. i feel like apricot.
APricot!

thanks Dinosara! it’s a euro tea adventure!

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For some reason I thought I already tried this but now I am 2nd guessing myself!

It smells like Mango and green tea.I can see the Jasmine in it tho.

This ‘brews’ very light…almost like a pale green or even a ‘white’ type tea. by the look of the post-infused liquor I wouldn’t know it had black tea in the base at all…that’s how light in color it is.After infusing I can now smell mango and jasmine.

It has a very light flavor – which is good in this case – I was afraid it was going to have all sorts of conflicting flavors but it doesn’t. It’s gentle in just about every way. The Jasmine is the first flavor then the mango. There are other fruit flavors that are being hinted at but they aren’t as identifiable. This is way better than I thought it would be!

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