408 Tasting Notes
Sorry wasn’t able to find out a picture of thé Violette !
It isn’t sold on Dammann’s online website.
I bought it directly at the shop place des Vosges, so I’ll need to take my own pic of it .
It is a really pleasant tea.
First the scent of violet is fantastic, the liquor color is deep and we get immediately the violet note.
I had it in the morning , half of the cup plain, the other half with with black crystal sugar + a splash of milk.
I loved both methods.
This is nice but not on my Dammann top list.
First time I met this tea, I burned my tongue ! It was in a big department store in Paris where Kusmi has a corner.
The salesmen always prepare a large volume of one tea and offer it to the potential clients around.
This is a very kind and marketed attention …but they should have warned that it was incredibly hot :)
Anyway I found this tea quite good as soon as my taste buds went out of a burning coma.
I have a small tin of it and had the chance to prepare it home.
This is a very pleasant but quite light Genmaicha.
Not my favourite one but rice and popcorn are really present and there is absolutely not bitterness.
Nice to begin with Genmaicha
This tea is really delicious and you can pick easily strawberry.
It gives a very very fruity & sweet taste.
Rhubarb is more subtile and more complicated to detect but it arrives at after taste.
The black tea base is really perfect to reveal the flavours.
It’s not too mild but not too strong neither so this is tea to drink in the afternoon to my opinion.
On certain aspects it makes me think to the Thé du Hammam black leaf of Palais des thés.It contains red fruits and rhubarb as well.
I’m going to compare these 2 teas by drinking it one after the other and will put another note for that.
Pleine Lune is MY tea : the one I would keep with me if I was obliged to live on a desert island for years (hoping I could boil some water on the island !)
I love everything in Pleine Lune : the loose leaf full of wonderful petals of flowers (blue & yellow), the amazing smell of almonds of the dry leaf, the quality of the black tea base and the flavours after infusing.
The main flavours are really almond and honey.
To me Pleine lune is an opulent tea.
Pleine Lune is one of the best seller of Mariage Frères, a very popular tea of the Mariage card.
Some people have it with sugar and milk, I don’t. I have it plain because it’s already a very sweet and generous tea.
I drink it every morning when I have time enough (the week end so !) because I refuse to drink it quickly without paying attention enough to it.
I can really say : Pleine Lune you’re a star …at least you’re MY star.
I absolutely wanted to buy this tea, because of its history (described in the tea sum up) : I found this very romantic and I adore citrus flavoured teas.
Opening the bag…oh…I was first disapointed because no pieces of fruits here, no flowers…only dry leaf + essential oils.
The perfume of the dry leaf was fine but not exceptional.
I brewed it as requested and magic arrived !
What a wonderful tea, so subtile, delicate with a touch of orange just as we need, not over flavoured and so natural.
Just as if we had some fresh orange juice into an excellent black tea.
We can taste as well some bergamot but a very delicate and soft bergamot.
A beautiful tea, reliable as only an excellent classic tea can be.
Jean Jumeau-Lafond should have loved his wife so much to imagine such a fantastic tea for her…or Mrs Jumeau-Lafond had a fantastic taste and explained exactly what an excellent tea “goût russe” should be …we’ll never know…
Today the weather is cloudy, rainy in Paris. Rain is the Automn’s side I don’t like. I was looking for some solace…
I found Pomme d’amour…Toffee apple in English ? The kind of sweet things we can buy in carnival. Let’s go for joy !
On the other hand, each time I see a Pomme d’amour…I think about Snow-White and the very red apple…as attractive as poisoned…
So verdict : Pomme d’amour is a joyful poison (addictive poison !)
To me this tea is closer to oven-baked caramelized apples than Toffee apples – it is really fruity and sweet but natural.
The dry leaf is amazing : very very dry and shinning.
Dammann is generous, a lot of petals and big pieces of apples are mixed with it. The smell is just fantastic.
The color of the infusion is really beautiful and the mix of the 2 black teas (Ceylan + china) is a perfect base to reveal all the flavours , so sweet but always natural.
I love it ! Sure it is a great antidote to the gloom of the Rain.
Thé du Hammam black leaf was in my shopping list for a while.
I bought it yesterday and just made my first cup this morning.
I am a lover of the original green tea and was a little bit concerned by the dates swap to rhubarb in this blend.
I am very surprised and absolutely in love with the black leaf version : the flavours are perfectly balanced and none takes the advantage on the other.
I put too much brown crystal sugar for my first cup and didn’t appreciate the real taste of this tea so I steeped the leaf a second time and it was a revelation : no need of mint to create a fantastic oriental tea (I already known it thanks to the green version but it’s confirmed !)
To be honnest I still miss the dates even if I really love rhubarb.
Black leaf version seems more to be a cousin of the green version rather than his black twin.The green version is more delicate and subtile but I love both and the black version is already now in my top 20 list.
If this tea was a lipton bagged tea I would have said …nothing…
This is a Kusmi tea and I am almost upset (again) for not loving it.
The dry leaf was already weak and after steeping it is really worst.
It’s a floral tea,ok but it’s supposed to have citrus as well but cannot taste it at all…
Tsar Nicholas II was supposed to drink it every morning …sign of excellence…I won’t have his patience…bye Nicholas I am invited by your daughter to have my favorite Kusmi tea : Anastasia
Thé des Amants : what a promise ! Amant in French is not Amoureux…It is a little bit more sulfurous…so I was expecting a very strong tea, spicy and sweet.
I sniffed this tea in a shop and adored the perfume : very strong, spicy and fruity …I picked up apple and cinnamon.
However I am always happy to see pieces of fruits mixed with a blend and not only essential oils.
Of course I bought it and brewed it immediatly…
Well…all the flavours were there apple, cinnamon, vanilla (not a very strong vanilla), almond too.
The only problem is with the tea itself : so weak, light-bodied. So light that I came back in the kitchen to read again on the sachet : black tea…oh really ?
That’s a pity because the flavours are very present and nice but I had more the feeling to drink a very good and tasteful tisane rather than a black tea.
So I rebrewed another time with more leaf and steeped it 1 min more but it developped a little bitterness I didn’t like.
Please Palais des Thés, reconsider your recipe and use a stronger-bodied tea base for this one : it could become a very great tea.
Second note for this tea.More indulgent.
Thé des rois mages was the only tea remaining in my office this morning. Don’t know what I did this week end but simply forgot to refill my empty tins for work.
The dry leaf was promissing as any Kusmi tea : the head note was spicy very spicy (clove I think)
I found this tea too mild the first time, so I added more leaf and left it steep longer this time.
It was better,really better.
But it is supposed to be Xmas tea…and my reference for this is Esprit de Noël de Mariage Frères. Let’s say we are very far from any Christmas Spirit with this one. Still too mild.Lack of perfumes to my opinion.
So I did an heresy…but a typical French sacrilege…I dove my croissant in this tea…not bad !