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81
drank Noël à Paris by Dammann Freres
1568 tasting notes

While this tea is really good, it tastes just like Damman Freres’ cherise noir. There isn’t much here other than black tea, almond, and black cherry.

Flavors: Almond, Cherry, Fruity, Overripe Cherries, Sweet, Tannin

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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85
drank Fraise Pistache by Dammann Freres
1568 tasting notes

This is really nice iced. The sencha base is good, lots of fruity strawberry and nutty pistachio, although the pistachio is more similar to walnut and almond.

Flavors: Almond, Fruity, Green, Nutty, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Fjellrev

Love the sound of that.

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80
drank Bourbon by Dammann Freres
3438 tasting notes

Does this tea taste like bourbon? No. Do I care? No. Am I actually happier that it doesn’t? Yes. So, what does this taste like? Vanilla-caramel yum! Check out my full review (featuring a story of the time I was 10-years-old and my mom let me try actual bourbon) here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/03/26/bourbon-from-dammann-freres-2/

Evol Ving Ness

Gah! This sounds de-li-cious!

VariaTEA

I can add a sample into our swap (if I haven’t already…I don’t recall).

Evol Ving Ness

Yes, please! I am way behind on things here. My health has taken a nosedive, not helped by this lack of sleep thing courtesy of the baby next door. As a result, I am able to function an hour or two per day, if that. Not great. Doing the best I can at the moment. My apologies.

VariaTEA

No worries. I get the bad health thing so no rush. Plus, I gotta get the 52 Teas order anyways.

Evol Ving Ness

I hope your things iron themselves out soonest. Ah, yes, no rush on that either.

VariaTEA

Apparently I already added some Bourbon to the swap :)

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 6 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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85
drank Osmanthe D'Or by Dammann Freres
18 tasting notes

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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85
drank Osmanthe D'Or by Dammann Freres
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Flavors: Floral

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 6 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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76
drank Paï Mu Tan by Dammann Freres
18 tasting notes

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Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 7 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Flavors: Artichoke, Mineral, Vegetables

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 5 g 14 OZ / 400 ML

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82
drank 4 Fruits Rouges by Dammann Freres
65 tasting notes

A delicate, very fruity black tea, almost perfume-y, which was so flavorful I didn’t bother with milk.

Flavors: Black Currant, Cherry, Raspberry, Strawberry

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74
drank Charlotte aux Fruits by Dammann Freres
8570 tasting notes

Another sample from VariaTEA to be honest i don’t really care for the french “red fruits” this one is along that vein. Is it a good solid cup of tea with really nice flavouring….yes. but it’s just not my favourite :) thanks V!

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drank Bali by Dammann Freres
2236 tasting notes

This is a sample that came with a gift I received. Unfortunately I have allowed several DF samples to get a bit of age on them, so they are not as fresh as what most of you would be tasting.

When I drink samples like this, I am usually joined by my youngest daughter. To stretch the tea so that we can both have a small cup, we make it in a kamjove and resteep immediately, combining the two steeps. Usually we still get good flavor.

This time we did get a good tasting tea, but I feel that this one would have been really truly tasty full strength. The grapefruit was the predominant flavor I picked up, and it was so good that I wished it was even stronger. It didn’t seem overly floral but then I don’t mind floral tea as long as it is natural tasting rather than perfume-y or blatantly synthetic.

Overall, a good tea that I would definitely drink again and would be a great choice if I wanted something tropical.

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55

Here’s Hoping TTB

This blend smells like a candy store! But to me, the flavor is a bit muddied…I do pick out the poppy seeds and marzipan, but there’s also some floral notes and something a bit sour. Not something I’d drink again.

Flavors: Candy, Marzipan

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82

Had this last night and decided to have it again tonight. Just awesome!

Memily

Haha I went to add this to my wishlist and it was already there. Nice.

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90
drank Vanille by Dammann Freres
410 tasting notes

Thanks, Sil, for sharing this one with me, especially given my fondness for vanilla teas. I like this one a lot—possibly the scent rising from the steaming cup even more so than the flavour coming through in the sips. The scent really is intoxicating. Yum. The flavour seems to round out more nicely as the tea cools a bit. Nice one. I wonder how it compares to my favourite vanilla black.

Flavors: Malt, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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94
drank Vert Exotic by Dammann Freres
2189 tasting notes

I picked this one up with my most recent Dammann order, and it makes a totally fabulous cold brew. Lots of tropical flavor, very fruity and not too grassy. I definitely taste the passion fruit and citrus, it’s nice and tart. This one is a definite reorder for me.

Preparation
Iced

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81
drank Bourbon by Dammann Freres
8570 tasting notes

mmmm samplr from VariaTea. This doesn’t beat out my favourite vanilla tea but it was a pretty tasty cup. This might, though it’s been a long time since i’ve had others, be my favourite vanilla from DF…there’ s a creaminess here that enhances the vanilla and makes this a tasty cup. Glad i tried it, though happy it doesn’t beat out my other vanilla fav :)

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76
drank Noël à Paris by Dammann Freres
8570 tasting notes

Sample from VariaTea i’ve had a few noel a…. from DF. This isn’t one i’d have picked out for myself but it’s actually not half bad. The cherry flavouring is actually quite nice and made for an enjoyable treat this afternoon.

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80
drank Gulistan by Dammann Freres
2189 tasting notes

I’ve had this one for a while and been cold brewing it. It is reasonably tasty, but I think on the whole I prefer fruitier cold brews to ones that are all floral. There is something very thick and rich about this tea, and I think I would love it on a black base, but on a green it neither works great as a hot or a cold tea for me.

ETA: I looked at the ingredients again and it’s actually supposed to be pretty fruity (strawberry, rhubarb, raspberry), but I get almost no distinct notes of those. I could almost see dates, but they are not listed. Would have been awesome with a sharper tart rhubarb note.

Preparation
Iced
Fjellrev

Too bad the rhubarb didn’t come through, for sure!

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73
drank Bougainville by Dammann Freres
8570 tasting notes

Sample from VariaTEA I didn’t look this one up so had no idea what the flavouring was. It was a good cup but i had a lot of trouble figuring out what was i was drinking besides “fruity” On seeing the flavlouring, maaaybe i was picking up on the apricot since it wasn’t “red fruit” taste..but i couldn’t say for sure. Fun to try anyway!

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74
drank Cerise Noire by Dammann Freres
8570 tasting notes

sample from VariaTEA a decent cup for earlier this afternoon – black cherry, subtle like most of DF’s teas…brewed it at low temps for longer as i’ve found much success with most of their teas that way.

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This tea is…interesting. I’ve had it 3 or 4 times now and just can’t make up my mind what I think of it! The flavor is rather muddled: lots of floral and fruity notes with nothing specific standing out. The base is smooth and unobtrusive. There’s no bitterness, astringency, or artificial flavor that I’m picking up on, so nothing to hate…but nothing to love either.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Pomme Verte by Dammann Freres
2189 tasting notes

I have realized recently that I’ve never reviewed most of the green teas that I use for cold brewing nearly every day, and that it would probably be a good idea to note which are my favorites so that I can reorder. So a series of tasting notes!

This tea is green apple, and it is quite tasty. It is crisp and a little appley, although the green tea does make it edge toward grassy and almost too vegetal. I’m not sure whether this one is a reorder for me, and I think it somewhat middle-of-the-road when it comes to my cold brew teas; I reach for it more than some but less than others.

Preparation
Iced

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76
drank Pop corn by Dammann Freres
3438 tasting notes

Received my portion of the Dammann Freres group order on national popcorn day. Luckily I had the perfect tea to celebrate with! http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/02/21/pop-corn-from-dammann-freres/

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