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drank Noël à Paris by Dammann Freres
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TBH I am not really sure why I picked this up. Between the cherry and the almond, this is marzipan and medicinal and basically not what I look for in a tea. However, I feel like I should have seen that coming with this flavor profile. I am wondering if I confused this with one of the other Noel teas.

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Looking through my cupboard I was shocked that I had never reviewed this one. It is one of my new favorites! Rectifying that now.

This tea, amazingly, fills the hole left by the dear, departed Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black from Verdant, since they no longer blend their teas. No, the base tea isn’t as good as Laoshan Black, but it is distinctly different than DF’s normal black tea bases and does seem to be a high quality Chinese black with long wiry leaves. It is so fluffy it didn’t fit in one of my standard 100g tins that all other DF teas fit in, I had to use an extra large tin. The flavors are chocolate, rose, and bergamot, which is pretty much heaven for me. In the end, this tea may be BETTER than BRLB because I taste more of the bergamot and rose, which is always something I had problems with. There is really not much more I could ask of this tea, and I hope they never stop carrying it.

Flavors: Bergamot, Chocolate, Citrus, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Fruity McFruiterson. I’m not an herbal tea person, but I’m happy this does not have the full punch of rose hips that usually come across as really sour to me. It’s sweet, somewhat jammy, totally orchard fruits. Brews up a lovely warm pink/red and smells great. Again, I’m not an herbal tea fan but will definitely hold the rest of this tin for when I have herbal tea drinkers over because I think it would be a hit with herbal fans. I also could see myself maybe reaching for this one in the summer to make iced tea, I think it would lend itself very well on a hot summer day. It has a richness and depth to it that I usually don’t experience with herbals…….a bit velvety and very smooth.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I realized I never reviewed this tea, and yet I recently drank it down. I used it for cold steeping, which is how I do pretty much all of my green teas these days. I really enjoyed the orange blossom flavors: a little bit of citrus, a little bit of floral. Would probably purchase this one again for cold steeps.

Flavors: Floral, Orange, Orange Blossom

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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The caramel here came off a bit astringent. Sour isn’t the right word but it did carry aspects of what I associate with it. May have let it sit too long in the cupboard although I made a small cup of this ages ago and it was more of the same. The oolong part was rather soft as well. Definitely done in more of the traditional way than the “green” oolong style… which isn’t my favourite (really gotta be in the mood to enjoy).
Overall, rather tasty, all considering. Might have done better as a latte?
Thanks for the sample Sil!!

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Just finished this one off as a midday cuppa. It’s not really anything fancy or extravagant; just your run of the mill green tea with sweet spearmint notes. Just the tiniest step up from the even more common/run of the mill green tea and peppermint pairing. I will say, for whatever reason, this read as especially sweet to me when I drank it – not that spearmint isn’t already pretty sweet.

Like usual I’m maintaining my position that, while this was a good tea, if you ARE going to shell out the money for some Dammann Freres it’s much more worthwhile to go for something more unique to the company. You can find a recreation of this at more than a dozen places…

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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
2401 tasting notes

Finally writing a tasting note for this one, as it is a puzzle to me. I love the list of ingredients but the result to my tastebuds is just this rum sort of flavor that is unique but odd considering the ingredients. Rum rum rum on a black tea. Maybe like a hint of fruitcake? That has rum in it.

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drank Verbena by Dammann Freres
5672 tasting notes

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Finishing this one up right now while I wait for the bus; I didn’t realize until literally just now that 2/3 of the teas I brought with today for work were Dammann Freres ones. Usually I try to vary things a little more than that…

This one was a free sachet sample that came in my most recent DF order. I wasn’t excited about it per say, but it is a step up from the very generic “English Breakfast” or “Green Tea” sachet samples that usually seem to come with DF orders.

It’s not bad – a mix of floral lemon notes and generic herbaceousness. Of course, that’s essentially all that there is to Verbena in the first place. I’d call it delightfully average overall. Probably good as an option for before bed. However, like I’ve said with many DF teas – I associate the company with really nice quality flavoured teas. For the price you’re paying, I definitely wouldn’t waste my money ordering something as simple as Verbena when I can get the equivalent quality from a different company for a better price.

If I’m spending money at DF it’s for something fancy I can’t get elsewhere.

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So I’m on holiday in the limousin, France. No Internet signal so I didn’t have my phone but found a dammann freres.

My French is terrible but the lady didn’t have bai mu Dan but said this is ‘a grade up’ from it.

Not sure how bad their bai mu Dan is, but this is not what I would consider a grade up from mine.

Its also a different tea altogether, being greener and thin wiry compared to the image on their website. But they describe the dominant note accurately : ‘plain’.

Its very plain, with gentle green bitterness. No florals or any complexity, no white wine, no white tea even.

Just didnt know what to make of it, very boring.

Fjellrev

That is awesome, enjoy your vacation!

Rasseru

Oh, I meant it like ‘I was on holiday’, ive just come back

Rasseru

Beautiful place! Great food, and decent amount of tea culture compared to the UK

Fjellrev

Ah cool, yeah, at 2am, I didn’t catch that particular usage of the present tense.

I imagine! But I’m sure the UK has a pretty amazing tea culture too. :)

Rasseru

not the same imho! There is even small fancy tea shops in small towns, and more of a cafe culture. Ours is such a pub culture

Rasseru

i’m still confused about this tea if anyone knows info more than the website

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Hot tea immediately before bed. I know there are a ton of fruits in this one, but this time I only got cranberry. Cranberry jam, more specifically. It was good, though.

I’ve been working on building up my caffeine tolerance again; it’s coming along though not perfectly. It’s a process. More tea/more caffeine will gradually get me there, though. I am finding if I drink something caffeinated and then immediately go to bed afterwards (like within ten minutes) that I’m fine though! It’s just not enough time for the caffeine to really ‘set in’, so to speak.

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Hot cuppa from a few nights ago.

I was really in the mood for berry, but a darker/full bodied berry that wasn’t overly sweet or sugary. This was a really good pick because it had beautiful, natural currant and raspberry notes but still a strong, present black tea flavour for backbone. Malty, and jammy all at the same time!

It would have been really good with scones or tea biscuits for dunking, as well.

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Trying this one hot, this time around, and actually paying more attention to the flavour!

It’s a little bit weird knowing how many different red fruit elements are in this tea if I’m being honest, because I mostly just taste the cranberry. It’s a good balance between quite sweet but also a little bit tart. It’s not a bad thing that this flavour is the majority of what I’m tasting though, in fact cranberry is probably actually the red fruit note that I like the most in tea; and specifically in black teas. It’s very likely my taste buds are just hard core honing in on it because of this fact…

Apart from a heck of a lot of cranberry, I do get some of the other elements though! The raspberry is the next strongest flavour to me, and in more of a jammy way. Apart from that, the rest of the fruit notes just meld together as this mixed red fruit undertone. I’ll take it though! All of these elements combined are still VERY lovely.

The black base is nice too; a mix of present but light floral, malt, and sort of pine wood notes!? The pine is the most surprising, but not unwelcome. Like a much beloved friend/relative unexpectedly popping by for a visit.

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Cold Brew.

So, I didn’t really notice much about this tea – but I think the reason for that is pretty justifiable! I was drinking it while the not-boyfriend was over at my house and we were watching shitty d-list horror movies. I was far too distracted by him and his reactions to the movies to pay next to any attention to the tea I was quickly downing.

He was just too adorable.

I do remember thinking it reminded me of DT’s Superberry tea in some way – but now I can’t pinpoint exactly what it was that made me think of that tea. I did like Superberry a lot though, even if it wasn’t one of DT’s more popular blends. I’d love to see it come back as one of the New Years/Feel Good teas!

Anyway; I’ll get to experience this one again – I did buy 100g of it, so plenty left to sample.

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As an iced tea, this time.

I definitely didn’t use enough leaf for this iced tea so I know the flavour was a little off. I had premeasured it at home before hand, and then brought it to work in a sample bag but as soon as I had poured it in the Steeper I realized it wasn’t enough tea. Couldn’t do anything at that point though…

Taste wise, it was very apple heavy with mild, delicate strawberry and hibiscus undertones and a bit of a sweet, candied pistachio finish. It did still taste good, but no where near as rich and full bodied as it would have been brewed properly. Plus, while apple notes can be nice, they’re definitely not supposed to be the main flavour in this tisane and not what I was looking forward to when I selected it.

Live and learn.

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Cold Brew!

So I was right, and cold brewing this definitely resulted in a tea that was far less tart/heavy on the hibiscus notes. The star flavour was definitely the strawberry: very plump and juicy! It really well conveyed both the flavour of very ripe, natural strawberries and of strawberry candy as well. I do think some of that ‘candy’ element came from the pistachio flavouring though: I’m still finding that the flavouring for the pisctachio is very sweet/candy like and less natural. I think some of that sweetness much have rubbed off on the strawberry, making it seem more candy like too.

It was still REALLY delicious overall, though!

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While I have certainly tried different tisanes from Dammann Freres before, I’m pretty sure this is the first one I’ve actually purchased myself. I just don’t find them as unique or stand out as the rest of the teas they carry, typically – so I’d generally rather put my money towards other teas.

This one just caught my eye though; I’m a sucker for pistachio flavoured this and I was really curious how they were going to convey that pistachio flavour effectively in a tisane with A LOT of tart ingredients like hibiscus/rosehip (that often drown out other flavours) and no actual pistachio in the mix. The price wasn’t bad, so I figured I’d just find out…

I drank this one hot the first time around; but I feel like it’s much more suited for iced or cold brewed preparation – I was just too impatient to wait to try it as such initially.

- Very sweet strawberry; juicy AND tart
- Hibiscus-y undertones, as well
- It would be pretty generic if it weren’t from the pistachio
- It’s not SUPER realistic/natural tasting… but it is really present as a top note
- Kind of like a pistachio candy!?
- I wasn’t sure how it would work with the strawberry, but I actually like the two together

I’m actually surprised just how well the pistachio came through all things considered – and I bet if I did make it iced like I originally thought it would be suited for that the pistachio would be even clearer since there would be a lot less tart hibiscus flavour that hot brewing results in. Overall? It’s actually pretty good/unique!

Fjellrev

Ah, I had this one on my list mentally and wondered how tart the hibiscus would be.

Roswell Strange

Welp; I’m happy I could at least kind of answer that question for you.

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#VacationTea

Yay, another sipdown! Right now, that’s a real celebration.

This is the last vacation tea; and don’t get me wrong I’m definitely glad I got to get away for a while but it feels nice to be wrapping everything up. Hotel food and stranger’s beds only go so far, you know? I’m happy that I get to sleep in my own bed tonight.

I enjoyed this one – I’m glad I chose it to bring with me for this trip! It was pleasant having this one on the seven hour car ride back from Winnipeg to home; slowly sipping at it as it gradually cooled down. It was very much like the cup of it that I had earlier in the trip though; more dense/syrupy in flavour with less bright fruit notes. A little apple heavy. Still loved it though.

It’s a happy good bye.

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#VacationTea

Drank this one while we were still in Winnipeg; I made a cup to sip on in the evening when we were hanging out at our host’s house in the evening – post Comic Con.

This was actually a lot darker looking in terms of liquor colour and the flavour was significantly less bright and fruity than I remember it tasting in the past. Like, it was still sweet with pomegranate notes but the flavours were heavier, less candy like, and just denser (?) in general. I don’t know; it’s kind of hard to describe it and I don’t know that I’m doing it justice. It was still good, just very very different.

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That feeling when you wake up from sleeping, only to find yourself deeply craving a specific tea at 1AM – unable to get back to sleep until you satisfy that primal want.

That was me, like two nights ago.

This one was so sweet and sugary, with super strong and accurate grenadine/pomegranate notes. I also thought that there were some undertones of other fruits as well, such as juicy/ripe red apples, candied maraschino cherries, and overripe strawberries. Are you sensing a pattern? Basically, it was very SWEET red fruit notes. Maybe the slightest bit of tartness in the top of the sip but overall just REALLY sugary.

Hey, at least it’s caffeine free, though! I was back out like a light right after finishing the comforting warm mug…

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The other fancy schmancy sachet option I got in this DF order…

I forgot to mention this with my ‘Cola’ review but the two came together in this very cute box, and are market as more kid friendly tea options which I think is pretty cool. Closest thing to a ‘kid’ I have in my life is my little sister, who is about to turn thirteen. Honestly? I think maybe she’d be into this tea but I know the cola one definitely would NOT appeal to her at all. Her thing, generally speaking, is more sweet/sugary vanilla or chocolate teas, with a special place in her heart for cake teas.

Here are my notes, though:

- VERY sweet; but that should be a given for a tea inspired by what is basically syrup
- “Fruit” syrup, sure… but still syrup
- It actually DOES taste like pomegranate/grenadine BUT with some citrus to it
- And maybe a smidge of apple?
- I like it, but it definitely wouldn’t work as an every day tea
- Not without cutting it with something else to make it more mellow, anyway
- HOWEVER if I was craving something sweet? Hell yes!

I totally see why this might appeal to kids.

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