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drank Cerise Noire by Dammann Freres
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Wow, that’s a very accurate black cherry flavour! Definitely black cherry and not generic cherry/cough syrup. That being said, this is obviously artificial flavour, but I like it. Dried cherries don’t give the same intensity of flavour. From this, there are notes of milk, dark fruit, jam, and honey.

The base is very strong, very oxidized, and makes the brew quite thick. It kind of smells like grain, but there is no grain/toasty note to be found. I do

Flavors: Artificial, Cherry, Fruity, Jam, Milk, Overripe Cherries, Stewed Fruits, Sweet, Tannic, Tannin, Thick, Vanilla

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Cerise Noire by Dammann Freres
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I guess I must have wanted to try this because it was “black” cherry not knowing so many of the fruity teas from DF would taste like cherry. This one doesn’t taste like black cherry, it tastes like the cherry of the other blends. haha. The rose petals don’t impart much to the flavor and the black tea is samey, yet again. So it’s a little redundant and this one will be going on the sale list. I don’t need many ounces of DF cherry teas. But of course I enjoy trying the DF teas!!
I’ve been attempting to try more new-to-me teas because the teabox will be on the way back to me soon!

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Trying this one last week, I thought it would be another for the sale list. But trying it again, it’s completely different. Both steeps didn’t have any notes of coconut at all. But this one has plenty of rhubarb (last time it didn’t). Maybe because I used a teaspoon and a half or maybe because I made sure my serving had whatever those fruit pieces are included. The rooibos results in a nice dark cup and the flavor is like rhubarb with cream. This is my fourth favorite rhubarb tea I have around though. Can you tell I like rhubarb?
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoon for a full mug// few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep

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drank Vanille by Dammann Freres
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This one just isn’t for me, after trying it twice. I don’t like the vanilla flavor here and it just isn’t good with the base… Ceylon again. Or something that tastes like Ceylon. Tasting notes lead me to believe other batches of this tea were better. Onto the sale list it goes. My tasting note is as blah meh as this tea is to me.
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for a full mug// few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep

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drank Milk-Oolong by Dammann Freres
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So, this was one of the picks we got as part of the DF group buy and I’ve been putting off trying it because it smells scary to me.

Wash. Steep. Sip.


Tastes fake. The wash toned down the scary smell, but that smell totally carries over into the flavor. I won’t be drinking this again.

Roswell Strange

Probably because it’s a flavoured milk oolong :/


Yeah, it was a dumb mistake on my part. :(

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Goodbye delicious tea. I hope to reorder you someday, but I need room for my American Tea Room samples.

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Oh, dear rooibos, this is amazing. Lots of fruity notes (cherry, strawberry, maybe raspberry and blueberry), sweet rooibos, cream, caramelised nuts, almond, sugar, and vanilla. These are all my favourite things put into one blend. Best of all, no hint of tartness if you leave it steeping too long.

I honestly can’t think of anything to improve this. Everything about it is lovely. It also resteeps well and makes amazing lattes!

Flavors: Almond, Berries, Berry, Black Currant, Blueberry, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Cherry, Cream, Creamy, Dried Fruit, Fruity, Nut Fruits, Nuts, Pastries, Raspberry, Rooibos, Strawberry, Sweet, Toffee, Vanilla, Walnut

190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

Sounds wonderful. This is the last one I haven’t tried from the group order, and you’ve gotten me excited for it!


Try it! It is the best of the rooibos blends in my opinion.

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I am obsessed with all things poppyseed, so naturally I had to get my hands on some of this—to my knowledge, the only tea out there to incorporate these little specks of goodness. Unfortunately, of the many promised flavor notes, poppy is the only one I’m not getting. There’s that sweet undertone DF passes off as biscuit—while that’s not quite how I’d characterize it, it’s certainly very pleasant—and a little bit of marzipan. It’s a very sweet blend, and as much as I’ve complained about the ever-present DF Ceylon base, I have to admit it works pretty decently here. I’m enjoying my cup, but it’s not what I expected—while I was hoping for something super unique, it’s actually quite similar to some of the other DF black blends I’ve tried, like Charlotte aux Fruits minus the fruits, maybe. I’ll just have to keep hoping that someday someone comes up with an actual poppyseed-flavored tea.

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I was hoping this one would be delicious — it is! I just wish DF would list their ingredients. I often find fruit pieces that aren’t listed and unidentifiable. I love the green tea with this one. It is refreshing but also sweetly vegetal but with a creamy smooth quality. Then there is subtle sweet candy strawberry flavor and just the tiniest hint of pistachio. Such a unique but fitting combination, especially with this base tea. I can’t really tell if the green tea has matcha or if it’s just broken green tea leaves but it’s delicious. I could almost wish for more flavor from the strawberry and pistachio, but then I’d notice less of the green tea. I’m glad I bought some of this one — I would again! It reminded me a little of Lupicia’s Strawberry Vanilla. I must have steeped this quite well.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 27 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 28 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep

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Another from Christmas Eve!

After breakfast/opening presents we decided we were gonna head to the mall because mom wanted to spend some of her birthday money from her mom, and my sister and I still had to grab some last minute things for her Christmas stocking, as well.

While we were all getting ready to head out, I decided to make a cup of tea because that’s just what I do. This was one of the free samples from my Dammann Freres calendar, and now that the advent is all done it marks the last DF tea in my cupboard, currently, that I’ve yet to try, which is kind of sad…

The tea was good; very smooth for a jasmine green, especially a bagged one. For anyone else, I imagine it would have been a perfectly normal/average jasmine green. For me, there was something more unique about it though, and that was that when I drank it I didn’t get grape notes at all. That’s really strange for me because usually jasmine and grape come hand in hand for me, so it threw me a little bit.

I’d have loved to see if that weird absence of grape carried throughout the whole mug even as it cooled, but sadly the last third or so of my mug got spilled. My siblings were fooling around in the kitchen and one thing led to another and, well, my little sister ended up sprawled on the ground underneath where I was standing and then my brother made me laugh so hard I not only dropped my mug of tea (the mug is fine!) but also spit out the tea in my mouth, as I was mid sip. Both the mouth tea and the mug tea landed on my sister who was under me… Oops.

She was fine, though.

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Flavors: Apple, Fruity, Pastries, Sweet

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Advent Calendar Day Twenty-Four

Well, sadly my advent calendar experience came to an end yesterday – but on a very positive note! When I saw this was a “Christmas Tea” I was really worried it was going to be the non herbal version of Tisane de Noel, with an array of spices. Instead I was very pleasantly surprised to see that the ingredients/main flavours were caramel, pineapple, and maraschino cherries! Kind of weird as an overall pairing, but also not? Doesn’t make much sense to me as a Christmas flavour but that cherry/pineapple pairing is basically Pineapple Upside Down Cake, which has never led me astray in tea form, so…

And yes; this DOES taste a lot like most Pineapple Upside Down Cake tea blends I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying (and DAVIDsTEA’s Coffee Cake which also uses pineapple/cherry). The key difference that I’m gathering is that while the caramel in the blend does provide some extra sweetness/dessert scrumptiousness this blend is overall a lot less cakey with milder brown sugar/molasses sponge cake notes. Instead, where PUDC lacks any defined fruit notes, this has rich candied cherry and pineapple notes that are sweet, fruity and bursting with life/character. It’s just so smooth overall, as well.

So basically; it’s exactly like PUDC from Della Terra but also not at all because the ratio/balance of flavours is pretty well totally flipped. I’d love to have this in my cupboard though, however the name probably would both me just a little bit if I was drinking it year round. Though I guess no more than the “Noel a BLANK” blends from DF do…

I’m not sure it’s my favourite from the calendar – but top three for sure.

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Advent Calendar Day Twenty Two

So, I’m behind on posting advent calendar notes – but only ‘cause I’m at my mom’s for the rest of the holiday now. So, for everyone here on Steepster celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or anything in between or otherwise: Happy Holidays! May they be spent drinking good tea in good company!

This tea was alright – it’s a spicier one, so not my favourite from the calendar by a long shot. However, it’s much heavier on the fennel and clove, and those are some of my preferred of the different ‘spice in tea’ options so it could be worse. The finish is very licorice root-y, though. Which is kind of… meh?

But not the worst tea!

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This is an enjoyable tea. The primary flavors I am getting are caramel and fruit. The fruit smell fits with papaya for me, but the taste may be closer to the Grand Marnier spiked plum jam I used to make each year. The black tea base lets the nice flavoring down, so next time I’ll try adding a bit of high grade black tea with some caramel and chocolate notes to see what happens.

2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

That’s such a good idea to mix a different black tea in with this one—I loved the flavoring but didn’t think the base was the best complement for it either.


Yes, I’m excited to see how it works out. LuckyMe suggested it, so I can’t take credit for the clever idea. I’ll report back.


Ok, I added golden needle black tea and I think that was the right choice, but the ratio was too high and the flavoring is too muted. I used 2g of df and 1g of golden needle. I’ll try the same df and a half gram golden needle next time.

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Advent Calendar Day Twenty-One

Tragedy has struck, tea friends!

I slept in this morning, so in my rush to get out of the house and catch my bus I didn’t have time to brew my advent tea, so I grabbed the sample and tossed it in my bag. I had intended to drink it at work for lunch. However, when I went to do so the bag of tea was missing! I figured that I’d probably left it on the counter and, in my sleep deprived state, had maybe only imagined I’d tossed it in my bag.

Well, I just got home from my second job and… the tea is no where to be found.

So, this is basically a tasting note to say that I didn’t get to taste the tea. I have absolutely no clue where I lost it; but it’s gone and I’m incredibly bummed out/sad because I feel like my advent experience is incomplete now! Something that’s been a key part of my day for twenty days in a row now is just gone.

So on that notes…

If anyone, perhaps from the group order(?), happens to have any of this on hand I will HAPPILY pay you to send me a sample of it. I don’t need much – just a cup or two worth. It’s really bothering me that there’ll be ONE tea from the advent I wont have tried though so if I can get my hands on some that’d be great!!!


Nooo! Fingers crossed it turns up!


Super bummer :(

Evol Ving Ness


Totally understand the feeling of incompleteness.


Oh no! I did not get this one in the group order (though I sort of wish I had), but if I had any I’d totally send you a sample!

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Advent Calendar Day Twenty

Ok, so I 100% understand the need to incorporate a no frills Chai into the advent calendar because the flavour profile definitely does fill a gap flavour wise. Plus, it’s hard to argue against Chai being seasonally appropriate…

So, I get it. I just don’t like it.

And really that’s no surprise; I’m not a lover of Chai and this one is very clearly a bold, classic style Chai. The best I can do is focus on the elements of the blend that I DO like; that primarily meaning I trying to hone in on the clove flavour. It’s hard to do with how balanced this is, though…

Not rating; clearly I’m too biased to give this a fair shot.

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Interesting that this is the only Steepster result when you type in ‘Prague’. Whoa was this a unique flavor. First, I love the little purple flowers. I couldn’t tell from the fragrance or from sipping it WHAT it was supposed to be. It seemed vaguely fruity, but something very uniquely fruity…. definitely no cherry here again like two of the other Noel teas! So looking at the description, what should be here is: caramel, prune, “vodka”, chocolate, clementine, papaya bits and flower petals. I guess what I’m tasting is a very interesting flavor that combines and results from all of these ingredients. I definitely taste a prune-like flavor that could be like a rummy plum or grape. But also hints of other fruits in the background that could be the papaya. Sweetness from any caramel. I don’t seem to taste any clementine or chocolate, but maybe it’s in the overall taste. Very interesting and I’m glad it isn’t another cherry cup! The second cup was much weaker on flavor though. I think all four of the Noel teas I’ve tried have the same black tea base, though I might be wrong.
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for a full mug// 12 minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled//5 minute steep

Flavors: Grapes, Plums, Rum, Sweet


I think just about all of the flavored DF blacks I’ve tried so far have the same base! It’s a little unfortunate, since IMO a few of them would’ve really benefited from something more robust.


Definitely. I think DF should have known tea addicts would love to try a lot of their flavors but not necessarily with the same base tea.


love this one

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This is one of the teas I was most looking forward to from the DF group order, but instead it’s turning out to be one of the bigger disappointments. I’m mostly just tasting the sencha base, with a hint of candy strawberry and no pistachio to speak of. I think strawberry and pistachio make for a fabulous flavor combination, in general, and I was hoping for a tea that captured both components in all their glory.

I did steep it for 4 minutes, of a suggested 3-4, so I’ll try it at 3 next time in hopes that the strawberry and/or pistachio come through more strongly. I’m starting to wonder if DF’s greens just don’t work for me—and my feeling that what this company does best is old school European flavors is definitely getting stronger.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I’m sipping this one now… I think you should definitely try it at a lower temp and for a three minute steep time (maybe even two minutes?) I’m tasting both strawberry and a LITTLE bit of pistachio with mine. (I steeped after cooling the water for around 27 minutes and steeping for three minutes.)

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