Dammann Freres

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
286 tasting notes

This is a sample sipdown…thank you JustJames for sending me this tea.

The dry leaf aroma is quite fragrant, almost floral. I wouldn’t have guessed that this was a strawberry tea. I got a hint of the fruit up front, and a bit of tartness at the end of the sip. Sorry JustJames, this one was just ok for me. But I have a hard time with any type of tartness, no matter how delicate it is.

I do appreciate the samples that you sent…thank you!!

Roswell Strange

I don’t think it disappeared? I can see it right here – which is why I’m posting on it. ;)

scribbles

You’re right!

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For an unexpected comparison, I just drank Verdant’s Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha the other day, and this is surprisingly similar! Mind you, it is not a substitute. The chocolate nut notes are what remind me of the LBCG, though this has less tea flavor and a light floral overlay. I suppose they are technically both flavored/blended, but my palate tires sooner of these flavors than the at least partly tea-leaf based flavors of the Laoshan. Though I might have really liked this tea in another context, it’s hard to see the point of drinking it with the Laoshan around. And it leaves a ‘flavored’ aftertaste.

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Meh. It’s a bit too bright and lemony for my tastes. I like a deeper bergamot and had hoped the orange would really come through.

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
142 tasting notes

I’m not usually a huge fan of flavored teas. So it’s a bit of a mystery why I’ve ordered several of exactly that from Dammann Freres. This was my first taste, and I’m pretty happy. I mostly taste a warm vanilla, and it’s somehow both obvious and subtle at the same time. It isn’t a fake or chemical-tasting vanilla, but a nice smooth addition to a smooth tea that I’m sure will be terrific iced as well.

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I’ve only had this tea a few times but I think it’s safe to say it’s in my top three favorites. It tastes just a little different each time I drink it; this time it’s deep dried fig flavor with an almost buttery undertone. It feels perfect on a cold day like this. I’ll probably resteep it at least once, because this is one of the few black teas in my cabinet I can do that with. Yum!

Flavors: Fig

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Attempting a resteep. This still smells incredible, and I think I could easily get addicted to it. There’s more black tea this time around, but it’s still nice and fruity.

After a few quick searches I’m despairing a little, however; none of the U.S. sources for this company seem to sell this one! And everywhere in Canada/elsewhere has shipping over $20… I’m willing to pay for shipping from France (which is cheaper than Canada?!) if I have a big order, but surprise customs fees also scare me. Sigh.

Anyway, the tea: I think this actually worked as a resteep but it’s about half as dark so I won’t attempt a third. It’s more watery but the same flavor is still there. Honestly, when I say “watery” it’s not really fair—this is about what I would expect from most fruit-flavored blacks. It’s just that the first cup was so flavorful it just about knocked me out. I’m glad I’ll be able to make it last this way since I’m not sure when I’ll be able to restock! :(

MissB

You can get Dammann Frères teas at Cadeau Vendomme in France, for really reasonable prices (around 5-7 euros per 100g). Shipping was a flat rate 8 eurpos to North America, lighting fast, and exceptionally well packaged.

MissB

… and I know they have this because I bought 100g of it. ;)

MissB

Oh, and I paid zero customs fees. Sorry for all the notes!

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This one comes to me from MissB! I wanted a real cup of tea after the disappointing bagged stuff earlier. I hadn’t actually opened this before to smell it, but now I wish I had sooner! It smells like wine. Very fruity, absolutely amazing.

Oh, this is a gem! It’s like honeyed fruit. The tea base is very subtle but still present and the flavoring is larger-than-life. I’m completely amazed. There’s fig to the flavor but it also tastes a little like plums and blueberries, with a definite honey note.

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Oh the love I have acquired for these French teas! and all thanks to MissB and Dexter3567 for sharing a million different companies and teas just because they wanted to! :) steepster friends are generous it’s crazy! We steepsters are collectors of tea. Usually collectors don’t usually share their collections and that is why I love steepster! We are u like usual collectors.

Anyways… This lovely came from Dex and oh man! Boston blend from H&S… By far this one beats it out! How do these French companies do it?! Perfection all bundled up in each tea! How does a girl get a job there? One can dream…

For breakfast I had some chocolate chunk hazelnut biscotti granola cereal and I remembered I had some French tea that resembled this from my box from Dex I just had no idea which kne so I went through them all looking at them trying to narrow them down by smell and look before I looked them all up trying to find this gem!

Anyways… Back to the tea! This is decadent, luxurious, indulgent, grand, sinister almost. It’s too good to be true. Creamy, nutty, citrusy, and a touch of floral. A perfect balance of all of these fine ingredients! I do recommend sugar and a touch of milk to make this tea all that more sinful!

This tea has such an innocence to it that you feel guilty drinking it.
If you didn’t know better, you wouldn’t guess this was tea.

Anyways, I wish I could but this. The tins they come in are so quaint and would look amazing on my tea cart.

Delicious!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec
yyz

We’ve found two places in France where you can buy DF teas for cheaper shipping and sometimes cheaper prices than the Dammann site ( though DF does have cheaper shipping than most of the big French tea co.)
http://www.cadeau-deco-vendome.com/en/dammann-freres-teas-xsl-247_268.html. There are more teas under the Christmas headings.
http://www.chocolathe.fr/groupederubrique/index.html. this one is in French only.

Shipping is usually pretty quick too.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

$35 including shipping for this tea:/ same on with the DF site too:( thanks anyways though!

yyz

Is that because of the tin?

Its 4.75 plus 8 euro shipping at cadeau Deco vendome, without a tin.
http://www.cadeau-deco-vendome.com/en/velours-nacre-xml-247_268_292-6118.html

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I had an exhuasting morning, and I am finally getting to the point where I am “catching up” with everything I usually do in the morning. Including drink tea! I finished up my sample of this one from MissB, thanks again!

This is just so lovely, and one I would consider restocking in the future. And this is a tea I thought I wouldn’t be into! Just the right amount of chestnut for me, I think, with a nice oolong base underneath. Glad I got to try this one.

Flavors: Chestnut, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
__Morgana__

It seems to be a tea of the day… I wonder whether I have some? Must check.

MissB

Yay for enjoying it, less so for it being a sipdown. :)

Ysaurella

it’s a very lovely tea and as this is the second review in 5 minutes I consider this is definitively it’s a sign for me to rebuy some !

Dinosara

Haha yes it is a sign!

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MissB snuck this one in my package and I’m glad she did. I never went for this tea in the past because it is a roasted oolong instead of a green, and I wasn’t super into those (recently I am appreciating them more).

I could smell the chestnut immediately, and it reminded me a hint of Tourbillon (also chestnut), but this one is more subtle than Tourbillon, which I appreciate. The chestnut in Tourbillon kind of over-chestnuts me, it’s too strong of a flavor, but this is lovely and blends so well with the oolong base. Slightly sweet (in a natural way), lightly toasted, sooooo smooth, this definitely has the sense of lightly roasted chestnuts. Delish.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Velours Nacré by Dammann Freres
113 tasting notes

1/30/14 Afternoon cup. 1tsp/6oz/212F/5min. Maybe this was over leafed? Very dark in the cup, with a scent of chocolate and marzipan. It doesn’t really taste of anything but bitter, though. Or it could just be me today.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
AnnaEA

It was too hot. After a nice cool down the bitter has cleared up, and there’s a gentle black tea/marzipan flavor going on.

yyz

That seems to be true of a lot of Dammann Teas. You have to wait for them to cool down a little to get the full impact of their flavours.

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drank Amande Amaretti by Dammann Freres
103 tasting notes

Aww, this is the last of the Amande Amaretti. Guess we’ll have to go back to France…

Actually, I’m planning a trip to Montreal… goes to look at tea shops in Montreal… Yup, France it is. Though I’m sure I could bring back some Chinese tea and Gauloises.

I have extreme Spring fever today. I’m just staring at the computer screen but nothing’s getting through. That Hardywood beer right after work is going to taste AMAZING.

Sil

montreal! yay odree! there are lots of nice tea shops in montreal :)

oddree

The quick google search I did agrees :) Some place called Second Cup seems to be ubiquitous, and there’s David’s Tea, and fancy places for high tea, but I’m probably going alone and I’ve made the mistake of having to eat high tea for 2 by myself before – soooo many macaroons and tiny things add up! I’m not going until September, so I’ll have lots of ideas by then so I’ll get back to you :)

Sil

second cup is just a coffee shop – maybe a little classier than uh dunkin’s donuts without the donuts… a step down from starbucks sort of?
teafairy/variaTEA and a few others could give you a bunch of places to visit and peruse :)

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drank Amande Amaretti by Dammann Freres
103 tasting notes

Really beautiful tea. Not so much cherry as almondy, and not overpowering.

Shmiracles

i’ll always remember that the first time you tried this tea you felt compelled to text right away and tell me how delicious it was!

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
3721 tasting notes

Sipdown!! Although apparently this wasn’t in my cupboard so the count remains the same.

I will miss your caramel smell but your taste leaves something to be desired. I am ever so thankful that I got to try you though so thank you Dexter3657 for making it happen.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
3721 tasting notes

Thank you Dexter3657!! This one smells SOOO good. I did not realize how much I wanted to try this tea until I smelled the amazingly caramel deliciousness of the steeped cup. However, when I took my first sip, the flavor was not nearly as strong. In fact, I mostly get the caramel-toffee in the aftertaste as opposed to in the sip itself. It is a good cup but after having Je T’aime, I am left just a little underwhelmed. I am very grateful to have gotten to try it though!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Courtney

Woot French teas!

VariaTEA

Why must they always lure me in with their delicious smell and then not deliver on taste?

Courtney

That is the worst. It’s just no fun when the scent is drool-worthy and the taste is a let-down. Hopefully you will have something else delicious this evening. :)

Sil

variaTEA…there are a few from MF you would probably really like in terms of delivering a more concentrated taste experience. While i quite like this one, i agree that it’s not in your face like the smell is haha

VariaTEA

I think I would have liked this more had I not tried Je t’aime prior to this. Both smell amazing but je t’aime delivered more on the flavor.

VariaTEA

Also, I had Bolero which I found pretty tasty. And I have Marco Polo arriving in a swap so hopefully that is a success too.

MissB

Oh, I should send you the rest of my Boléro then, as I’m allergic and it’s just sitting here.

VariaTEA

No! You already sent me so much and I ended up sending it off to people. As much as I liked it, I did not think about it/reach for it often. I am sure there is someone out there who would show it far more love than I would. Thank you for offering though.

OMGsrsly

I’ll buy it off you, MissB. I loooove strawberry teas.

Dinosara

I guess I should try some Nina’s again… I tried them when they first showed up on Steepster offering samples and I wasn’t super impressed. Then again, French teas seem to be fairly divisive by company!

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
358 tasting notes

This is a very nice strawberry flavoured black tea. Not sure what else to say about it, the rhubarb I am not familiar with enough to be able to spot it with certainty, but any background flavour melds very well with this wild strawberry flavour.

It is a little bit thin for my taste and for some reason, despite being flavoured it could not stand up to my tap water. But in all, very nice.

From a swap with sil, thank you so much!

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

welcome!

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drank Osmanthe D'Or by Dammann Freres
682 tasting notes

Sipdown!

Cries bc this is my absolute FAVOURITE oolong! Thank you tons to shmiracles for sending this to me my way in our first ever swap (nearly two years ago. Yes. I hoard my tea for that long). This tea has probably gone bad since it’s so old, but it still tastes just as good as it did the first time I had it!

I’m going through my tea collection and seeing which ones I should keep and take with me to Florida, and which ones I should pack up into cuter bags and give out to friends. My collection went from 171 to 135. PROGRESS!!!

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drank Osmanthe D'Or by Dammann Freres
682 tasting notes

A great big thank you to shmiracles for sending me this tea!
I was quite excited for this one. I recently just started drinking oolong teas and I found out that I actually enjoyed them! So here we have this beautiful tea, with a nice dry aroma. A lot of the oolong teas that I smell dry does remind me of dust and attics, but the good kind! Like the smell of old books :)

The description of this tea is correct! First you get that nice floraly taste, and it’s topped of with that woodsy feel. Definitely going to remember this tea as one of my favourites.

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Thank you so much MissB! But this one is not for me. The leaves look like black tea to me. I don’t see any other ingredients. The black tea is on the lighter side and the flavor seems weird to me. It’s like licorice or something, but this isn’t supposed to be licorice at all. No caramel apple for me, that I can see. I don’t even think I’ll resteep this one (rare for me!) Ah well, I can’t love everything.

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drank Noël à Prague by Dammann Freres
1007 tasting notes

This is another great tea from the awesome package yyz sent to me.
To me this is mostly caramel black. It’s quite sweet, and nice creamy caramel. I’m not sure I’m getting the boozy vodka from it, but I do agree that the flavors deepen as it cools
Not worrying about what it “should” and just accepting it for what it “is” – this could be my favorite caramel black tea. It’s really nice. I like it a lot. Thank you so much yyz for including this for me to try.

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drank Figue Fraîche by Dammann Freres
3721 tasting notes

This is a juicy fig tea for sure! Thank you Dexter3657 for sharing this tasty cup. I don’t know how often I would reach for it just because fig is not a flavor I think about. However, when I do have a fig, it is a delicious treat and this tea captures that flavor perfectly.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Courtney

I’ve been seeing quite a few tea notes pop up on this one, but I’m not so sure I’m crazy about figs haha.

TeaNecromancer

I love figs and sadly have been disappointed by the two figgy teas I have tried. I will have to give this one a go.

MissB

Heh. Likely due to myself and Dexter grabbing a schwack of it (minimum 100g order with Dammann Frères), and then liking it yet wanting to share, since our cupboards are so out of control. ;)

Courtney

Minimum 100g? Eek. And I thought 50g was bad haha!

Dexter

Yep I got lots in that split order – I’ve send quite a bit out in swaps and have yet to try it. At least others will know if they like it or not before they order 100g. That’s the beauty of sharing/swaps.

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I’m enjoying my foray into the world of Dammann teas. This particular tea from their Christmas series fits what seems to be their favorite profile —– spice + caramel or vanilla + fruit + sweet + a light touch of floral. In this case, cinnamon and ginger and a tiny note of clove with almond and apple produce a soft well balanced sip. The spices blend nicely (cinnamon is the strongest)and the almond dominates the apple but it is definitely there. A pinch of sweetener serves to highlight the flavors. Not my favorite in the Christmas collection but a tea I look forward to drinking again sometime soon.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Figue Fraîche by Dammann Freres
612 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
NofarS

There is a huge fig tree near where I work, and we often pass it on our way to lunch. The smell of the figs in season is dizzingly uplifting. I love figs!

Dexter

Sorry that you weren’t blown away, but really happy to have helped you in the learning/exploration of this tea. Try before you buy is always a good thing – maybe you’ll find something else you like better that is easier to get a hold of. :))

ifjuly

Man Dex, I’ve been trying to no avail to leave comments on your notes all week but whenever I hit post they disappear into the ether and suddenly the page says I’m not following you. Ack! Anyway, I’ve been so happy to see you dig some of the stuff I sent—I haven’t tried the wine pu erh yet myself but now I’m even more excited to (let’s not go into what that even says about the sorry crazy state of affairs re: my out of control stash, heh).

Anyway, yes! I’ve really been enjoying the teas you sent me—had a bunch of the fancypants straight blacks last week and need to log them soon, and my husband and I have been enjoying the S&Vs for afternoon tea—and this was definitely the one I knew would be the most useful/game-changing for me, where it’d either convince me to part with a bunch of money and start stressing about DF ordering, or I’d be relieved, ha. I’m so glad I have a better grip on their tea now. I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve tried of theirs but not “spend a fortune to buy 100g” in love, which is perfect really. Thank you so much!

ifjuly

NofarS, as a fig fiend that is my idea of heaven! (:

Dexter

Not to worry – Steepster has been misbehaving for me this week too. Happy that you have been enjoying the package I sent you. :))
I don’t want to talk about the sorry state of my cupboard – I haven’t tried ANY not one of my BF teas – including this one. I haven’t tried any of the Fauchon I sent you…. out of control stash. I need to take a couple of days and drink some of MY teas.:))

__Morgana__

I remember finding this tea somewhat discombobulating when I first tasted it because I’d never had fig in tea before, but once I got past that I became a big fan.

MissB

Heh, you two and me as well with the out-of-control stashes! :) I have a huge fig tree in my front yard.. I should see about mailing them off when they’re ripe again, because literally pounds of them went to waste last year. I posted on Craigslist for people to come and get them, even.

ifjuly

Sooooo jealous! I would gorge on them ‘til I got sick if I could in the summertime, nothing makes me feel quite as languid and summery voluptuous as biting into a fresh fig, yum. A few friends here have had trees in the past at the apartments/houses they rented, but they’ve since moved on. I can’t grow anything that survives past a year to save my life alas, so I am fruitless.

I also always think of that cheesy-funny scene in the movie adaptation of House of Mirth with Gillian Anderson where the guy comes on to her by offering her figs and mentioning their, ehrm, evocative qualities. Haha.

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