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This was a ZOMG diamond prize in the awesome swap box Dexter3657 sent me—I’ve been DYING to try it; it’s the tea from Dammann that was the main motivation every time I’d go through the hoops of online shopping basket calculations and fretting about customs—huge THANK YOU! Every time I nearly pulled the trigger on an overseas or through-some-mysterious-North-American-vendor-and-still-expensive order, I teetered on that ledge and walked off just in time by reminding myself until I know for sure I love this or other similar gorgeous sounding blends from them it’s silly really.
So to be honest, I’ve been secretly hoping to be let down a little so I can breathe a sigh of relief and forget about all the hassle/cost. Well. Turns out not quite. There are not angels blowing trumpets in my mouth or anything, but this is quite good. It’s hard to find many fig teas at all, harder still to find any that really taste of fig, and then nearly impossible to find ones that taste of fig AND are tasty as tea. While not the rapturous perfection I was fantasizing about in my head (a perfect fresh fig is, for me, one of the most transcendent and dizzingly sexy gastronomic experiences one can have), this is good and grows on me the more I linger on it. I can see why the smell could be offputting to some—it’s a very ripe bordering on spoiled fig, or maybe like a jammy, cooked down or dried one. You know that aromatic element of extremely soft, sweet-to-bursting, floral-rot funk fruit gets, kind of wine skin-ish? It’s like that. What’s interesting is flavor-wise it does not taste overly sweet at all. It’s a bit woody-drying thanks to the Ceylon I think, and it fits well because it captures the seed-filled sticky quality of a real fig. There’s a subtle tartness too that works well with that texture. And I like that you can taste the tea, and it contributes naturally to the impression of figginess.
So. I rather like this. I’m not blown away though, so I’m thinking it’s a good thing I didn’t go crazy ordering DF for myself in full-size amounts just yet. Thank you so much Dexter3657 for helping me figure this all out. Super useful opportunity.
This tea was a revelation for me. Such a fragrant tea, smells like an orange macaron with hints of clove and vanilla which would usually turn me off since I’m not a big fan of sweet teas yet this tea was refreshing and smooth with just the right amount of sweetness.
I was intrigued by this tea because white peony petals and marzipan and wow so many things going on in one tea I just //had// to try it!
Opening up the package and wow. Overwhelmed by the fruity/sweet/candy-like smells.
Brewing… oh. It smells like medicine. I don’t know what to expect from it now…
Tasting it… oh oh no. Now this is just a bit too sweet for me. I’m sure it’s good to some people! But this is just too much and it’s leaving a weird sweet aftertaste in my mouth.
I was kinda disappointed with this tea? Usually the sweet teas lose some flavour when you steep, but this just got stronger. I was so excited for this tea, but sometimes less is more. I really want to love this tea, but I’m sorry, I took two sips and I can’t finish.
Five minutes later and the aftertaste is still there. I’ll try this tea again later on. Maybe balance out the sweet with a bit of milk? Just not tonight.
From MissB. I could NOT find this tea this morning, and then I thought: ACCENTS! So here we are.
This is so delicious. I couldn’t tell what the flavour was, besides fruity. It’s so good. I’m steeping it again now that I’m home from work.
The remainder that’s cold in my mug from this morning is still good, honestly. The resteep is fantastic. The flavours are more muted, but it’s still delicious fruity black tea.
The dry tea smells like cherries. I used about half the water than I usually do in my David’s mug, hoping for a more concentrated taste and I think I got that. I’m reading the description now because I have no idea what I am tasting. Poppy and peony?! I have never tasted those before! Maybe the cherry I was smelling was the marzipan. This is probably the best DF cup I have gotten so far! Even so, it isn’t a must have, but I would enjoy drinking it again sometime.
The dry tea looks pretty and Xmasy. Red, green and white bits. My first sip was strange tho. It was almost medicinal cherry. Like those sore throat lozenges that leave the back of my mouth and throat feeling odd. I was hoping their white teas might sit better with my palate, but this one is actually worse than the blacks.
This was the last tea with a description that sounds intriguing on the back of the advent calendar. I enjoyed the experience of the calendar and the chance to explore a new brand of tea, but I do wish they had put more of their regular or best seller teas instead of special holiday blends full of varying degrees of citrus.
This has the scent of a nice black base. At first it seemed cherry scented, but now I think I can pick out fig instead if I work really hard at it. A few sips in and the individual flavors just fade and I get a nice but indistinguishable cup. Nice but unimpressive.
This tea made my whole dorm room smell like violets; it is delightful! It tastes just as well too :) Today was particularly exhausting due to unpacking, grocery shopping, and driving for a few hours to the airport and back to pick up a friend; such is college life!
Anyways, This tea was a swap sample sent by James. It has a rich violet taste, very thick but not overdone. The black leaves underneath give it a very woodsy fragrance and a lightness to contrast the violet. I don’t think I would put this in my stash a a staple but it might be a “I need something different in my stash” kind of tea.
In case anyone out there doesn’t know already, Sil and Terri are the best. I just got the BBB box in the mail and it is filled to the brim with not only an amazing amount of awesome teas, Terri put in her Christmas CD so I can actually hear the Harp Lady in action! Sil, in typical Sil mode, put in an insane amount of tea. Her generosity is seriously enormous. Loving my tea ladies today!
To the tea!!! So I’m not a fruity tea gal, but lately my tastes have been changing. Not sure why. Maybe it was spending so much time in the dark roasty corners of laoshan and fujian teas that the pendulum has now swung the opposite way. I’m actually really enjoying this! Not gonna lie, I put a tiny dash of whipped cream on it and it’s super good. Like a berries & cream dessert. Thanks Sil!
Another from this smallish order. I had to order this one (#38) when I found out it existed since mangosteen is such a rare flavor to find. There are pretty much no other mangosteen teas that I’ve found (I did try one blend once, but it wasn’t very good)! This one is pretty mangosteen-y. It comes across as a nice tropical blend. I bet it would be fantastic cold brewed.
This tea I drank just now. Yum. The base on this tea seems a bit more keemun-y than Dammann’s usual blend. Not sure what it is about it, but it reminds me a touch of the keemun base on Lupicia’s Earl Grey.
Love drinking my tropical mangosteen tea. This one I don’t crave like some of the other DF teas, but I think that’s because it’s a bit simpler. It’s definitely still very tasty, and it captures the mangosteen flavor well. I should probably try cold brewing this one, I bet it would be awesome.
I love mangosteens but they are just such a hard fruit to find. They don’t travel well, so finding a fresh one in the states is next to impossible, and they just haven’t taken off as a “superfruit” so you rarely find them dried. That extends to tea… I have almost never seen a mangosteen flavored tea besides a few blends from grocery store teas trying to cash in on superfruit status. But I found out that Dammann has a mangosteen black, and I finally got around to ordering some (since CDV carried it).
The dry leaf certainly smells like mangosteen, that hard-to-describe, tropical, peach-passion fruit-banana-pear flavor. There are also clearly chunks of dried mangosteen in the blend. Steeped up, it retains that scent and flavor, with the addition of Dammann’s traditional Chinese/Ceylon tea base (people who dislike that blend will find the same flavor here; fortunately, I love the blend). The flavor is nice, slightly creamy, sweet and tart. Very pleased with the faithfulness to mangosteen here.