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Dammann Frères Advent Day 23 (23-February 2021)
It’s Lexa’s birthday eve!
Yep, this is lemongrass-y. Lemongrass always reminds me of my time volunteering at a yoga studio many years ago – happy memories. There is also subtle hints of vanilla, lemon, and perhaps star anise, but the lemongrass is so string, these flavours get fairly lost unless I’m really concentrating on finding them.
Overall a good cuppa, but I don’t really need this one in my cupboard.
Dammann Frères Advent Day 21 (21-February 2021)
This tea is delightful! The puffed rice blends nicely with the green base both the chocolate and orange is here and enjoyable. I really enjoy DF’s chocolate flavour, it makes me think of a thin chocolate biscuit one might have with tea. There’s hints of anise and hazelnut, but they stay in the background and are a lovely addition.
Lexa really liked this one too. This one will definitely make its way into a future DF order!
Dammann Frères Advent Day 20 (20-February 2021)
This tea is AMAZING. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been dancing around the house all morning to old school tunes that make me think of home and my early 20’s or what.
I really wanted to add this one to my order from December solely due to the fingerlime, which I have a bizarre intrigue with since becoming obsessed with Masterchef Australia many years ago. Alas, I didn’t add it because what if the bergamot didn’t agree with me and 100g…now I just have to place a new order because I love it so much. This is definitely a sign that I need to just live sometimes.
The dry tea had a delightful grapefruit scent. The bergamot is here, but mellowed out. And there’s a hint of sweetness that is perhaps the fingerlime in the background. The base is strong, but also mellow and balanced with the ingredients. Lexa enjoyed her cuppa too, but I loved it so much she donated half of her cup to me so I could enjoy more haha!
Dammann Frères Advent Day 17 (17-February 2021)
This one is really great! Lexa immediately said it tasted like coffee, which intrigued me. I definitely got the hojicha, vanilla, and pear flavours and they work so incredibly well together. I would definitely consider ordering this one for our cupboard.
Dammann Frères Advent Day 14 (14-February 2021)
We did a massive purge declutter yesterday and I drank this tea during, but honestly didn’t catch any in depth notes.
The tea was really good, very popcorn-like with a hint of sweetness. Very true to form, but I don’t know that I’m a huge popcorn tea fan. Nonetheless, another enjoyable cuppa from DF!
Dammann Frères Advent Day 15 (15-February 2021)
This tea smells delicious dry. Very fruity.
The flavour is really well done here. The passionfruit comes through clearly and is so delicious. The scent is almost intoxicating. It feels very tropical. There’s a hint of spiciness that doesn’t overtake at all and adds some depth here. I love that DF is all about the passionfruit!
Lexa is loving this one too, and we would definitely order this for our cupboard. This DF calendar has been great so far!
Dammann Frères Advent Day 13 (13-February 2021)
Another delicious tea from DF! I was always a little hesitant to order this one, but I will definitely add it into my next order.
The carrot comes through really nicely here, with an almost cream cheese flavour as well! I’m really impressed with this one. I love that the cinnamon is almost non-existent because it sadly ruined Carrot Cake from B&B for me.
Lexa loves this one too!
Dammann Frères Advent Day 12 (12-February 2021)
I think this tea works really well! The mint and chai spices are so strong on their own that together, they create a perfect balance. Not too minty, not too chai – just right.
I also enjoy that this is a herbal blend and Lex says she loves it. We both said we could have this in our cupboard. :) What a great start to a Friday!
Dammann Frères Advent Day 11 (11-February 2021)
The dry scent here is very banana — I hope that translates into the flavour!
The banana flavour does come through, but much more subtly. I’m quite enjoying this. The green base complements nicely.
Dammann Frères Advent Day 9 (9-February 2021)
I have to say I was not excited when I opened the advent and saw this tea, but try anything once!
There is semi-muted ginger here, with some sort of woody flavour layered on top that I don’t recognize. I don’t get much honey or lime.
Lexa says this tastes like cologne XD.
Dammann Frères Advent Day 7 (8-February 2021)
This one is really good! I’m mostly getting passionfruit here with a hint of mango and almost a grapefruit flavour? I’m finding it super enjoyable and actually happy that the bergamot doesn’t seem to be coming through.
Sipdown! (14 | 87)
Another one from Courtney. I think I only have one left after this – yay for sipping down swap samples!
I believe this is the rooibos version of a black tea I have called Charlotte aux Fruits Rouges, which Dammann doesn’t seem to carry anymore. Unfortunately, I don’t like this quite as much…
Don’t get me wrong, it’s perfectly tasty. There’s a jammy, strawberry-heavy red fruits flavor that goes well with the woody rooibos base. But I feel like I don’t get a whole lot of the biscuit here. I wonder if the rooibos is overpowering it or something? I remember there being more buttery biscuit goodness in the black version. It also tastes like there’s a hint of lavender, which is something I also found in another red fruits tea from Dammann.
I’ll have to pull the other one out and enjoy it before it doesn’t have any flavor left!
Flavors: Cookie, Floral, Jam, Lavender, Red Fruits, Rooibos, Strawberry, Sweet, Wood
Sipdown! (13 | 86)
So I had to look up what “châtaigne” is. I’ve always seen chestnut as “marron”, so it’s interesting that there’s another word for it. I learned a new French word today! :)
Anyway, I quite like this one. The base is a fairly generic oxidized oolong with a nice cozy autumn leaf sort of flavor. There’s some soft woodiness there as well. It goes really well with the vanilla and nut flavors that are added. The vanilla is very light but adds a nice creaminess, and the nut does reminds me of chestnut with its rich and toasty flavor. I’m not sure whether I get chocolate, but I tend to have a hard time with that anyway.
I’ll have to consider this one for a reorder in the future… It’s so cozy and would be perfect for fall! Thanks for the share, Courtney!
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Chestnut, Cream, Nuts, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla, Wood
Dammann Frères Advent Day 8 (7-February 2021)
Lexa didn’t want a black tea today, so we swapped days 7&8.
I’m struggling to determine what exactly I’m tasting, but I can say I’m not really enjoying it.
The tea is a lovely pink colour from the hibiscus and there’s some tartness from the hibiscus, but then things start getting lost. There seems to be a hint of spice that’s most likely the peppercorns. There’s an odd scent that comes into the taste that makes me think of flat, warm cream soda pop. No thanks!
Sipdown! (12 | 85)
Another one from Courtney!
So I tried steeping it a bit less for this second pot, because the first time I didn’t find much bergamot here. But the shorter steep doesn’t seem to have helped much.
The rooibos here is nice, it has a biscuity sort of quality and doesn’t taste medicinal at all. And there’s just a little hint of bergamot, but I would like a lot more.
So pleasant enough to drink, but not something I would order for myself.
Flavors: Bergamot, Cookie, Smooth, Wood
Dammann Frères Advent Day 6 (6-February 2021)
This smells just like Market Spice! I miss having Market Spice in my cupboard at all times.
I love the spicy sweetness of this tea, with hints of the orange bursting through. True to DF style, it’s more subtle than other MS teas I’ve had, but very enjoyable. Another tea I’d order in the future.
Dammann Frères Advent Day 5 (5-February 2021)
We were both so excited about this, but the ginger just ruins it. I wish it was just lime and passionfruit, because it would be amazing, but the ginger just overpowers everything (as it often does).
On to the next!
Dammann Frères Advent Day 4 (4-February 2021)
Well, it’s been a rough start to the workday, which means this poor tea got pushed to the wayside and nearly forgot about. An absolute shame, because it’s delicious.
I really enjoyed the dry scent, like a sweet almond cookie, which translated to the steeped scent as well. The chocolate flavour is the same as Mon Petit Chocolat, which I’ve been kicking myself about not re-ordering with my order in December.
The chocolate flavour is more prominent and the almond highlights, but the combination of the two is just wonderful. I find myself wishing for more chocolate almond teas now. If this is part of DF’s regular collection, I wouldn’t hesitate to order this. :)
Lexa loved it too!
Sipdown! (4 | 77)
I finished all of my subscription teas, and that section of my countertop organizer was conspicuously empty. So I decided to fill it with my remaining swap samples from Courtney and work on finishing them off!
Without looking at the description, I thought this was a rhubarb and cream sort of tea. I wasn’t that far off I suppose, but actually it’s red fruits with vanilla and toffee. Maybe it’s the combination with the rooibos that’s making me think of B&B’s Rhubarb + Custard.
Anyway! It’s perfectly tasty, though I could use just a bit more flavoring and I don’t really get toffee at all. It’s fairly rooibos-forward, which isn’t a big issue for me, but I know it could be for other people. It’s not one that I would buy because of the similarity to Rhubarb + Custard, but it was enjoyable to try. Thanks, Courtney!
Flavors: Caramel, Cherry, Cream, Raspberry, Red Fruits, Rhubarb, Rooibos, Smooth, Strawberry, Tart, Vanilla, Wood
Dammann Frères Advent Day 3 (3-February 2021)
This is a lovely cuppa! The apple is clearly there, yet not overpowering. I feel like apple is often in herbals and I’m unsure if I’ve ever had it in a black tea. I really enjoy how the base and apple here mellow each other out. The sweetness of the apple adds to this cup in a great way. I’m not sure if I get a lot of the other flavours, but I’m enjoying this tea as it is!
This tea has a little floral in the scent, but it doesn’t translate into the flavour for me. The floral scent makes me think of DF’s Noël en Provence.
Lex is really enjoying this one too. I would consider ordering this one!
Dammann Frères Advent Day 2 (2-February 2021)
It seems like there was a mix-up in our calendars because Lex got “Week-end à Paris” and I got this tea!
This smells like those dried blueberries they add into instant porridge both dry and steeped. The taste does have hints of blueberry with a distinct oolong base. I’m not huge on lighter oolongs, so it’s not my favourite. There’s a slight mineral taste. I’m not really sure where the banana is?
Dammann Frères Advent Day 1 (1-February 2021)
We are doing another advent for Lex’s birthday month, so here we go! :)
This smells very marzipan-y but cut through with a tart cherry as well.
Both of these flavours come through, but I would say this is more cherry in the flavour with hints of marzipan. The cherry is very realistic and not candy-like at all. The cherry is not fresh, but more like a dried cherry that was once fresh. I can taste the most subtle hints of ginger spiciness and heat as the tea cools, but I’m going to try to drink it while it’s still hot so the ginger stays relatively hidden haha.
Another one from Courtney!
This is a fairly tasty one. I love dark fruit-flavored black teas, especially with blueberry. And this has a nice dark, syrupy-sweet berry flavor to it with a lot of rich jamminess.
I will say, the blackcurrant is definitely the strongest one here and it comes off a little bit candylike? It reminds me of these powdery sort of cassis candies that I’ve tried before. I do enjoy blackcurrant, but I find it nicer when there’s some tartness to it, like in blackcurrant jam.
So I wish there was more blueberry and blackberry here. But still enjoyable! Still searching for the perfect blueberry black tea… ;)
Flavors: Black Currant, Blueberry, Candy, Earth, Jam, Powdered Sugar, Sweet, Wood