Dammann Freres

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Today without a stroopwafel. This was a generous sample sent to me by Ysaurella.

This tea has both the scent and taste of lemon and raisin. Perhaps that’s actually the toffee? It comes off as raisin to me. Not a bad tea, but I think I was expecting a bit more flavour here. Perhaps I’ll try a longer steep time.

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This one was sent to me by Ysaurella. Thanks!

I did spy some rose petals, eep. Hopefully they won’t come across too strongly in the taste. I also treated myself to some stroopwafels, for no reason at all. My uncle is Dutch and he taught me to put the waffle over the top of your tea so the heat from the tea melts the sweet inside. So yummy!

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Onto the tea! Oh no! The opening to my mug is evidently too big because I just took my stroopwafel off the top and half of it has fallen in! Well, the tea is guaranteed to be tasty now. I suppose when I finish this mug, I’ll have to make another sans stroopwafel to do an actual tasting note.

Stephanie

That stroopwafel looks delish

Courtney

It is! Even the soggy half. :P

caile

nom nom I’ve never had a stoopwafel – looks delicious and seems perfect to go with a cup of tea!

Courtney

They definitely are! I always forget about them, but I was at the German store this morning and I spotted them on the shelf. Mwuahaha.

OMGsrsly

I love the maple ones. Too bad I haven’t seen a gluten free version!

Courtney

There are maple ones?! I’ll check next time I go to see if the ones they carry are gluten-free. :)

OMGsrsly

Yes there are. :) They’re usually in a box rather than just the plastic bag. I have never seen gluten free ones, sadly.

Courtney

I will definitely be checking for the maple ones everywhere I’ve seen them now haha. I was going to say I wonder if you could make your own, but they seem a bit intricate to make yourself.

Ysaurella

and how was the tea after being kinda swimming pool for the waffle ?

Courtney

Haha I could still get some lemon-y flavour Ysaurella :) I have high hopes for it! I plan on steeping some more this afternoon again. I love the opportunity to try French teas.

Ysaurella

typically French anyway to drop food in tea or coffee (we ALL drop our croissant in tea or coffee…ALL of us :) )

Courtney

Hahaha! Excellent, I fit right in. :P

Kat_Maria

Ooooh, haven’t had these waffles for a while… Sometimes you can get them at Big Lots in the US… But usually my parents would send me some from Poland ;) Although I am sure none of them are as good as some original Dutch ones – which I had a LONG time ago, my then-BF brought them from his Dutch relatives.

Courtney

Hehe. I haven’t heard of Big Lots, but I know up here some of the grocery stores carry them too. :) I just enjoy visiting the German store really. i’m not German, but part Danish, and they also carry an eclectic mix of things from Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, etc.

Stephanie

goes to Big Lots to look for them

Kat_Maria

@Courtney – that sounds wonderful. I don’t have many stores of that sort here in central PA :(

@Stephanie – They used to have these from a Polish brand like 2 years ago but I could swear I saw some from some other (Scandinavian?) brand when I was to my local BL three weeks ago.

Shmiracles

omg stroopwafels. just… sigh.
i love this heating idea. it’s now a ‘thing’. from now on it will be a permanent thing.

Courtney

#stroopwafel

Stephanie

I love Big Lots, they have the most random stuff!

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Sipdown! (105)

I think I might have added a bit too much water…
I only had 2g left and I put in 8oz so…
Dude. I don’t remember drinking this tea though. It might have been Valentine’s day when we were watching Rent? I think that was it?
Ahhh but I rated this an 85 before so it must be good! I just finished going out grocery shopping and I finished lunch and things, so it’s time for dessert!
Yep. This is a bit watered down aww :( Oh well. I have more dessert teas with me so I’ll have those soon :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Thank you shmiracles for this tea!
Valentines day was all… roommate bonding and IT WAS FUN.
We just watched a whole bunch of movies (Lilo and Stitch, Bring it On, Rent… a whole lot more ahhaA) and I was like IMMA MAKE ME TEA.

I looove this tea! I wasn’t a fan of toffee teas. I really wasn’t a fan of dessert teas, but then shmiracles gave me some and WOW WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE.

This tea is SO good. Just the perfect balance of sweetness with the caramel and toffee :)
Sadly this is been put into the sipdown pile. I’ve got nearly 20 teas in the sipdown pile wow.

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drank Velours Nacré by Dammann Freres
1016 tasting notes

I’m finding this to be more almond than chocolate. Real, natural almond, hints of chocolate – not getting any orange. This is good, but not my favorite Dammann tea.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Love this one! Love that u sent me it! Love them all! I just hate I can’t purchase them for a decent price.

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drank Christmas Tea by Dammann Freres
1016 tasting notes

I really liked this. Hints of cherry – I thought even a little nutty even though that isn’t on the ingredient list. I didn’t get any orange – but that’s ok with me. I’m happy that there aren’t any “Christmas spice” in here. It doesn’t need anything other than what’s here. It’s nice and balance a really nice fruity black tea. I would be very happy to be able find more of this and have it in my cupboard on a regular basis.

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This tea is likely going on my shopping list. have no idea how on earth Canadians acquire DF teas, but in the event that I have the opportunity to acquire this without paying insane shipping costs, I’ll do it. Either that or wait until I go to France and get some myself! ha. I like it a lot, but thankfully am not dying to get my hands on some this instant.

I was really cautious with the steep time here, because somehow I’ve been getting a lot more base than I’d like recently. I set the timer for four minutes, but lifted the basket out at about three and a half. I was greeted with the smell of cherried almonds, with a backscent of a really creamy, milky base. It reminded me of the tea my mother used to make chai with when i was little.

The taste is fairly similar to the scent, although the cherried note makes a more understated appearance at the end of the sip, giving the taste a very slight and pleasant tang. I’d started out with only a bit of sugar, and added a bit more for the second half of the cup. I’d say this tea was fine either way, although the sugar helped bring out the marzipan flavours a bit more, I think.

Thanks again, JustJames, for sending this along. Three dash-shaped stickers along the left side of the packaging let me know that this was the tea for the afternoon!!

yyz

Keychange you can order Dammann teas for reasonable shipping from
http://www.cadeau-deco-vendome.com/en/almond-amaretti-xml-247_268_292-698.html

yyz

I sent that a little early that’s the link to this tea. Here is the site http://www.cadeau-deco-vendome.com/en/dammann-freres-teas-xsl-247_268.htmlttp://www.cadeau-deco-vendome.com/en/dammann-freres-teas-xsl-247_268.html

Shipping at last check was 9 €. If you would prefer to buy from
http://www.dammann.fr. shipping is still quite reasonable starting at 12€.

Courtney

Speaking of French tea companies, where can you order Fauchon? I’ve checked numerous Winners near me, with no luck.

yyz

At the moment I don’t know. There is a ghost add on Amazon.com for autumn. Whether they had it and are no longer carrying it or are addind it I don’t know. I heard of two stores that have carried fauchon in TO one only has Maxims right now and another does not have an e-store and according to other sources is very expensive but if you’d like to see if they have anything and are willing to ship the address ishttp://www.petiteandsweet.ca . in the past holts has sold fauchon. The fauchon site has addresses of resellers mostly in Europe on their site. You may want to do a search using a tea you might want . That’s how I found alternate DF sellers. Fauchon been tricky so far any listing I’ve found doesn’t ship to _Canada. Having said that you may want to email fauchon and see if they are willing to ship tea. I think they have disabled sales to North America due to the large amount of products they have that might cause problems through customs.

Courtney

Thanks for all the info yyz! I’ve checked 3 Winners here now, and I’ve found La Naissance, but not L’Automne. I checked the Holt website to no avail, but I suppose I could drive down there hah. I was on their website and I considered emailing them, but just their shipping prices within France are steep, I can’t imagine what they would be to Canada. I may just go ahead and email them anyway to ask about Canadian retailers. This is exactly why I can’t try inaccessible teas! :P

yyz

That might be a good idea. They may be able to send you a list of retailors in Canada. I don’t think any of the holts here jhad any this year, but if they still have any relationship with fauchon they might be able to help you. There are some very famous customer service stories here in TO. This is the Amazon add http://www.amazon.com/Fauchon-Paris-Autumn-Scented-Rooibos/dp/B0043CMNN8.

keychange

yyz, thanks! You’re such a wealth of information! You’ve got some mad hookups. ;)

Courtney

You are such a wealth of information haha! I was just going to check Amazon, thanks for sending the link. I’m in AB so perhaps I’ll call Holt and see what they say. I plan to keep checking Winners as well. The city is so spread out, it’s an inconvenience to get to them unless I’m in the area, but I’m determined to find this tea.

yyz

Your welcome! If you do look at the cadeau Deco site there are some more teas under the Christmas heading as well!

yyz

Courtney. Red Tree in Calgary has carried Fauchon Teas http://www.redtreecatering.comu

Courtney

yyz, you know ALL THE THINGS!

Sil

cadeau is pretty damn good. I picked up a few teas from them over christmas…

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drank Bougainville by Dammann Freres
142 tasting notes

Is this a different base tea from DF’s other flavored blacks? At least I can taste this one, and it’s a reasonable OP. And the flavoring, supposed to be ‘apricot, fig, plum, strawberry, and vanilla,’ well, there is certainly a touch of vanilla plus ‘fruit.’ It’ll make a refreshing iced tea.

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Just no. The base tea is light and unflavorful, and there is little bergamot to even comment on. This is the day I get through my last three Dammann Freres flavored blacks and see if the order can be salvaged.

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drank Bali by Dammann Freres
358 tasting notes

A sample from a friend and wow this is fruity and flowery – though I admittedly used a very generous dosage.

The green tea base is innocuous, nice enough, with some bitterness which I blame on not having been careful enough with temperature and time. The leaf I used was full of jasmine blossoms including the cutest whole blossom just starting to unfurl. So for me there is definetely a strong jasmine note, just behind the lychee, and the rose coming third to the jasmine.

I do not know quite what to think of this – it´s really intense, maybe too intense for my tastes though a nice enough blend to have now and then.

Ysaurella

would you say DF uses always the same green tea base for flavoured greens as well ? I didn’t have very much DF greens to have an idea

cteresa

This is probably my second DF green and can hardly recall the first. And this is hard to tell much about the base, it is such a busy blend. I did think it was one way to make sure I was not bored by the same base!

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74

There’s a very distinct smoky, leathery element in here, which I wasn’t sure about with the first sip, but ended up actually enjoying more than I thought I would. With the orange citrus adding a sweet and bright flavor, this reminds me a bit of an Earl Grey, or like a Kusmi spin off thereof.

What I learned from this: I actually think I might enjoy smoke with citrus. I ran into the same thing with Romanoff (American Tea Room), when they paired it with blood orange. It just works.

Thanks Shmiracles!

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

On my shopping list

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drank Atomic Lemon by Dammann Freres
615 tasting notes

I almost drank this last night at about 10pm, which would have been a huge, horrible mistake, because apparently there’s mate and green tea in here and I like sleep. But that makes it great for this morning.

In ways, I like this blend. The lemon is nice and there’s a bit of zip from the ginger. I actually really like the way the hibiscus was implemented here, too. It’s tart and adds to a real lemony feel without overpowering the whole cup or leaving the metallic taste I associate with hibiscus.

The cinnamon is kind of weird though. It adds a strange sort of sweetness and doesn’t really fit to me. It also seems to just be muddling what could have been a really crisp pick me up.

Thanks Shmiracles, I look forward to my mate induced energy spurt :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Shmiracles

ikr! that green little bag and the word tisane is a bit deceiving!! hah damn french tricksters. happy mate boost!

Lala

I made the same mistake and drank this at night! Another one of their tisanes also contained green tea.

gmathis

Oh, my—this sounds wicked. My eyes are watering just thinking about it!

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I have no idea what # of sipdown I’m on, but this is another one from the *Sil*box. This is a juicy jammy cup of fruitiness, with a building tartness. I was a little worried about the lavender, & although it’s there, it’s pretty mild.

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I served a bunch of teas today, & even managed a few sipdowns in the process, which I’ll report on later. For now, I’m back at Tony’s, working on a few teas I brought with me while he fixes dinner (He truly is the most wonderful man in the world). this tea is a tasty hazelnut & vanilla, from my *Sil*box.

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51

I admit I had high hopes for this tea, but I’m surprised to find it to be nothing special at all. If I’d been served it at a diner, it would have seemed unremarkable and about as expected. The tea base is light and balanced but unflavorful, and I’m really only getting a little orange on top. I’m sad to report my foray into Dammann Freres flavored black teas is not going well, and I’ll definitely abandon it once I get through a few others I have. So far only the Fleurilege will stay around at all, and that as an everyday iced tea, not to be repurchased.

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Sipdown #47, also from Sil, thanks sister!

This is nice. I added a little stevia, just a pinch, because I really couldn’t get the fruity tastes without it. It’s a little tart & tangy!

Sil

for you? anything!

Terri HarpLady

That’s because you’re awesome!

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drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
1722 tasting notes

Sippin’ this down. I tried this last cup with half and half. Very delicate berries and cream this way.

Thanks again, Sil!

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drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
1722 tasting notes

Another generous sample from Sil gives me an excuse to hang out and get tea drunk.

The dry leaf smells like candy. Almost like strawberry cotton candy, but juicier. I swear!

It’s a little on the astringent side, but I’m sure milk would tone that down, although I want to try this out without any additives. The strawberry is coming through as the strongest note here. That candy note is probably from the caramel, but it doesn’t scream caramel.

Thanks for the experience, Sil! My first DF tea. Aww.

Courtney

Tea drunk :P

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81

I’d say “I’m back!” but really I’ve been here all this time, and forcing myself not to buy extra teas while I use up what’s already in my cupboard… Alas! I went to Aachen for a day and immediately found its tea shops, where I bought some cute-sounding fruit and rooibos teas, then some friends moved away and left me their Dutch-branded flavoured teas, and then I brought some more from home when moving back to this flat… Safe to say, the collection is growing, but I’m in denial about how quickly I can use it all up!

This tea really grabbed my attention when I bought it in the summer because of the ingredients list. Tea from Vietnam? I’d never tried that, and the ingredients are things I’d never seen added in a tea (other than the lychee). This is the second brew I’m having, because the first time I misjudged amount (due to the large, twisted leaves), water temperature (because they’re quite dark in colour, almost blacker than your regular green tea if you’re not looking closely enough – mea culpa. . .), and time to brew (I was doing something else). All the steps you need to ruin a perfectly good first cup.

First thing I notice after its deep marigold-orange colour is its incredibly mellow scent, which the flavour follows through on. So many lychee-scented teas are intensely flavoured to the point of being over-floral where the tea base becomes an annoyance… or perhaps I’ve had so many lychee-and-rose cocktails that I’ve forgotten what the original flavour is like! Nonetheless the lychee in this tea is the least aggressive lychee flavour I’ve ever come across.

However there’s another floral element here, light and more of a bouquet than a syrupy-sweet flavour… I think this must be the banana blossoms and bamboo flowers. None of these hang pungently in the mouth, either; more of a brief, delicate taste that washes away quite quickly with the follow-through of the tea base which I have to say is really pleasant! Slightly roasted like sencha without the boldness, but a nice savoury aftertaste to follow the gentle hit of astringency at the end of a sip.

Since the website says it has a taste of “nature after the rain”… Well, I’d give it that it has barely any dryness at all. Overall I’m really enjoying it; such a lightly-flavoured tea is new to me!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

welcome back ! and with another name again :)

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drank Figue Fraîche by Dammann Freres
749 tasting notes

Thanks for sharing VariaTEA and Dexter3657!

This smells like figs, wow. But that scent for some reason reminds me of baby food. Maybe slightly flowery figs, but only slightly.

This really does taste like figs. I’m not sure I’m fond enough of them to enjoy this tea, but I do so love when a tea is bang on it’s name.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
VariaTEA

Another from Dexter3657 and I felt the same way (minus the baby food smell)

Dexter

It makes me happy that this tea is getting passed along. I understand that neither of you liked it, but the more people that get to try it the better. Now you don’t have to wonder about it, or waste money on it.

Courtney

Thanks Dexter! It’s true. It’s not that it was bad, in fact it was a well-done tea, just the flavour wasn’t for me.

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
749 tasting notes

I got two swaps in the mail today, so of course it’s time for sample teas. Yes! This one came my way from VariaTEA.

The scent is not overly welcoming, there’s something about it that it slightly off. The taste is much better, but it’s still not quite what I was hoping for. The caramel toffee flavour is there, and it’s not overwhelming, which is nice, but I also think the base tea could be ever so slightly less strong. Perhaps with a little tweaking this one could be completely amazing.

Thanks for sharing VariaTEA!

Flavors: Caramel

VariaTEA

Haha. I preferred the smell to the taste. Also this came to me from Dexter3657. Thanks Dexter!!

Courtney

Thanks to Dexter3657 as well! :)

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