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drank Cola by Dammann Freres
5544 tasting notes

Nabbed this one because I thought it might be nice to have some higher quality sachets in my cupboard for travel purposes – plus, this one is a decaf black which is always nice to have around AND it’s a more unique flavour.

All good things.

- Dry leaf/sachet smells like cola balls!
- Kind of light/mild in flavour though
- With a bitter quality
- I do appreciate that it’s decaf, though!
- I think it’s probably the same decaf cola tea they carried years ago but rebranded

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First tea of the morning today; just a little teacup of it.

I’m still tweaking how I brew this one, trying to eliminate the bitterness and chemical tasting elements. This morning, I used about a third less tea leaf than I have been using and steeped it with 70C water hoping that would do the trick. It actually wasn’t bad! Not bitter at all, but still a little chemical/artificial tasting. Flavour profile was mostly lemon, with some mandarin orange undertones. It was pleasant enough, and a nice gentle start to the morning.

MrQuackers

One day I will get my hands on a real Yuzu. Mooahahahaha.

Roswell Strange

I’ve seen them for sale ONCE in the grocery store; they were really, really pricey and didn’t seem like they were great quality/in good condition – but I definitely still kind of regret not grabbing one.

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Cold Brew.

Not at bad as the last few times I’ve tried this in terms of sheer bitterness/astringency and chemical flavour – however, it was still a little artificial and had a REALLY pithy tasting lemon flavour undercut by the orange notes. Drinkable, but still not pleasant…

I don’t know what I’m gonna do with the rest of this one.

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Iced Tea!

…but a bad one.

I want to really like this one; but something about it doesn’t sit super well for me and I think it’s very fickle overall with regard to steep time. Like today I made a cup of it at work and I under leafed and only gave it two and a half minutes to steep just because I was so worried about burning the leaf. But guess what!? I still burned it.

All this tasted like was bitter, harsh notes of hay. No orange. No yuzu. I drank less than a quarter of the cup I had made for myself, and then the rest got pitched. It was very disappointing.

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I’ve been curious about this one for a LONG time; eventually I just had to breakdown, cave in and order it – and of course a whole bunch of other things too. I couldn’t wait to try it, so when it showed up I steeped it up that same day!

- A little bit astringent; not overly so
- Has a very mellow ‘mandarin orange’ flavour that comprises the bulk of the sip
- With some lemony/yuzu undertones to it
- Light, bitter peach notes and floral finishes as well
- Light to medium bodied overall
- Quite interesting; still on the fence about whether or not I really liked it

Gonna hold off on rating it, for now.

Daylon R Thomas

Finally! I’ve always wondered if there was a such thing as a satsuma orange tea!

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drank Oolong Châtaigne by Dammann Freres
1867 tasting notes

hmm this is more stone fruits (peach, apricot) and white grape) than nuts and caramel. Maybe it has absorbed some of a neighbouring tea’s flavours.

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81
drank Noël à Paris by Dammann Freres
1867 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
1867 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
3698 tasting notes

This tastes like leather today. That’s strange.

Fjellrev

Huh, never got that before!

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80
drank Bourbon by Dammann Freres
3698 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
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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
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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
71 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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drank Charlotte aux Fruits by Dammann Freres
8941 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
2270 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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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

Sipdown (315)

Goodbye buttery caramel deliciousness.

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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
565 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
2200 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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