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drank Noël à Paris by Dammann Freres
2197 tasting notes

Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 23

It seems the French like cherries around Christmas, or at least there are a lot of teas with cherry in the calendar. Given that I don’t really care for cherry, that makes it a little tough for me sometimes, but apparently Dammann can get me to enjoy even cherry.

I drank this one and liked it this year. Yes, there was cherry, but it wasn’t too fakey and it paired nicely with the marzipan and light spices. Apparently last year I found it similarly drinkable despite the cherry.

I’m probably going to save the christmas tea (today’s tea) for tomorrow on Christmas!

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drank Noël à Paris by Dammann Freres
2197 tasting notes

Dammann advent calendar, day 23. Christmas in Paris!

When I smelled the dry leaf of this one I correctly picked out the flavors: fruity (I thought perhaps cherry), almond, and a hint of spiciness (turns out to be ginger). We’ll see if this cherry goes over ok for me.

This one isn’t too over the top cherry, so I’m good with it. I mean it’s cherry, but it’s not cherry. Perhaps it’s a bit more natural and less candy-like (I do like fresh cherries). Anyway, the cherry and almond are the main flavors, with some mild spices. Overall not a bad cup, but I wouldn’t go for it again.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Shmiracles

i’m gonna brew this to take with me to a holiday party. tea is the best drink for ALL OCCASIONS! happy holiday to you!

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i also ordered 100g of this one completely blind.
how can almond NOT go well. no matter what direction it takes.
figured it was a safe bet and i was right.
my sister and i live together but we still text even when we are in the same house.
modern times!
and i woke up to a text of “amande amaretti is so good!” :) yays
dammann is sexy stuff.

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drank Orange Zen BIO by Dammann Freres
2197 tasting notes

Backlog of Dammann advent calendar, day 15. Finally getting around to trying this one! This is actually a tea I was interested in as an evening herbal, so I am glad to get a sample of it.

Steeped, it smells lemony and the slight apple-hay of chamomile. I like the flavor of this one pretty well, but it doesn’t stick out to me as particularly special. I would wish for more rose, but I never get enough rose in herbals. It is a nice evening blend but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get more.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Tisane de Noël by Dammann Freres
871 tasting notes

Day 22.

Writing this review for posterity only. I totally messed this one up.

I am so disappointed. I quite liked this last year too.

I steeped this one for maybe an hour… I have had a super crappy day, have lots to do tonight to get ready for Christmas holidays. I felt guilty about not getting to this one yesterday, so I thought I better brew it up. But then I forgot about it, sitting on the counter, tea bag steeping away in the now warmish water.

It is strongly cinnamon, lots of lemon balm. It feels like it is scraping my throat all the way down. cries. I wanted cookie…

Next time I guess.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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91
drank Tisane de Noël by Dammann Freres
871 tasting notes

Day 22!

Back to delicious Dammann teas! Yumm! I agree with Dinosara, this one reminds me of a cookie. It is a hard and thin shortbread biscuit type cookie with Christmas spices like clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. It is super delicious. The liquor is sweet. I think it could have used a tiny bit of sweetener but I still didn’t add any. I get a bit of lemon balm in the aftertaste, it lingers for a while. But that is ok because the beforetaste is so good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

this one sounds great.

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angel tea!
and this is a tea i will probably buy a tin’s worth of.
i’m adding it to my shopping list for later.
this tea has everything i love in it.

i meditated today. a whole big 15 min too.
that never happens.
i really want to maintain a practice this coming year.
i guess IF i was a person who had new years resolutions, that would be one of them yup.
2014 2014 2014

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I drank this one earlier without really knowing what it was. It smelled sweet, rich and a little spicy and tasted fruity and… heavy?

When I looked it up I realized it was orange citrus and once I had that in my head it was very obvious to my taste buds. Whoops. I need to get better at identifying it without knowing what I’m drinking. :P

Overall this is a nice tea, but I think I’d prefer an actual EG to this one. Thanks Sil for letting me steal a scoop!

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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
773 tasting notes

Advent calendar tea!
(This might be tomorrow’s tea? I didn’t drink days 1 & 2 yet and I brought day 3 & 4 home since I keep my Dammann calendar at work. It’s So Pretty!)
I brought home 100g of this tea years ago when I visited Paris. When I was in the store I could tell I was gonna like it from the description alone. And I love getting to drink it again!
There are a few teas in the two advent calendars that I haven’t had, so that’s nice, but there are probably many more teas I’ve already tried that it will be fun to revisit.
I’ve mostly been drinking the same 5 teas for months and months. Also coffee. Work has been hard for the past 1.5 years and I’ve been working LAaaaaTE nights and drinking coffee to get through. Really too much coffee.
But let’s turn that around!! I have so much tea to drink! And it’s very exciting.
I’ll see you around soon!

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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
773 tasting notes

i bought this one completely blind.
i didn’t taste it before hand and just dove in and ordered 100g. BAM
i don’t think i super duper love it exactly the way i thought i would, but i suspect strongly that it’s one of those teas that will grow on me in a deeper way.
the part that lured me in was the “biscuit” and the “orange” “apricot” flare.
no regrets. not at all.

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oh damn gurrl this rulez!

i’m so so so glad i got the advent calendar. they took it down off their website now. but that’s okay. i will continue to order 100g bags from them. using the teas i got to taste this winter and the taste profiles/descriptions i’m sure i’ll make some good choices in the future.

also, i’m kinda a chocolate tea fanatic. so if you get me with one tea, you probably have me with all the chocos in your catalog.

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another sample from the dammann advent calendar.

i’m watching Leviathan now. it’s an experimental film so it’s not for everyone.
it is an unedited and raw and crystalized visual window into time spent of an industrial fishing boat in the middle of the ocean.
but it is making me think about so many things i never would think of otherwise! so good!
often times the ocean sounds just like contemporary orchestral music. and the life of everything just keeps pushing on.

i took this from wikipedia but i think it says a lot about the film in a good way
…the film “plunges us into the sights and sounds of this visceral business”, … raw images and natural sounds. Edited together into a non-linear and virtually wordless whole, it creates a briny immersive effect that is almost hallucinatory." … the film “conveys the brutal toll that the enterprise takes on the workers and on the ocean, …the sea threatens to exact its revenge on humanity. … avoids exposition and context, unfolds almost entirely in the dark and often verges on hallucinatory abstraction. Where most documentaries prize clarity, this one attests to the power of estrangement.”

estrangement! that’s why i’m having such an experience. it’s definitely my style.
at home floating and alone. or also like Frances Ha said “I like things that look like mistakes”.

oddree

Yes, like listening to a live orchestra or going to the opera and just letting your mind drift all over the place. Plus the ocean, which is as awesome as you can get.

Shmiracles

the ocean is a fucking serious beautiful monster.

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drank Noël à Vienne by Dammann Freres
1474 tasting notes

Another oversteep. In my defense, it’s a one cup tea bag, and therefore I had to steep it the ‘normal’ way. Yea, that’s my excuse.

I thought this would be horribly bitter by the time I got to it, yet it’s still really smooth and gentle. It’s kinda meh on it’s own, and turns into subtle dark chocolate yumminess with some Truvia. Not getting the orange really, other than perhaps if I think about it.. I wish I had more than the advent calendar sample to play with this a bit more.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Noël à Vienne by Dammann Freres
358 tasting notes

Merry Christmas everybody.

This ended up being my Christmas tea – Dammann has a lot of Christmas teas, many of them smelling (and their descriptions sounding) very tempting, but this was the winner for me. Christmas in Vienna, why not?

For me the notes here are chocolate, apricot jam and tangerine (?). Vanilla as well, and the chocolate is kinda of liquorish, making me think of hazelnut liqueur as well. Both the base and flavouring are a bit weaker than I hoped for, but on the other hand being a milder flavoured tea, it is also a very pleasant christmas to serve anybody. Very nice

For some reason this tea sort of (unfairly maybe) came off to me as being the ugly stepsister of Thé du Loup. I love the wolf tea, I think the stepsister would be prettier without the comparison, if only I had not been reminded of it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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day 23 of the dammann advent calendar !!
I actually drank this days ago and I’ll probably have my second and last cup in a few moments this morning.
I ordered the advent calendar as a way to taste 20 or so new teas. And seriously having all these individually wrapped tea bags is so fun! Easy to bring them along to parties as back-up or enjoy while out and about.

This tea smells super cherry. Like candy cherry. But after it’s brewed the almond is very strong. I’ve been tasting a bunch of almond related teas lately. I’m totally into it.

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damnit
i have a lot of teas to make notes on.
the ones that left an impression i can remember fairly well :)
but this one, not so much.

Terri HarpLady

I hate when that happens :)

oddree

I agree. Kind of a weird stevia aftertaste?

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drank Tisane de Noël by Dammann Freres
2197 tasting notes

Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 22

Yay, I love this one. I even bought a box of sachets of this one, although I still rarely think of having a tisane in the evenings. Like tasty spiced christmas cookies! Yum.

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drank Tisane de Noël by Dammann Freres
2197 tasting notes

Dammann advent calendar, day 22. An evening Christmas tea!

This smells extremely Christmassy in the sachet. Cinnamon and spices for sure! Steeped, it smells like cinnamony Christmas cookies. Mmmm! This tea reminds me of one of the Verdant blends but I can’t place which one. Spices, a cookie flavor, and some sweetness from the licorice root (although i don’t get licorice flavor). I quite like this one, it would be nice to have for the evenings!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Dammann Freres
2 tasting notes

This tea is a rather special Earl Grey, its taste is almost neutral, much less pronounced than many tea I had the opportunity to taste elsewhere. Nevertheless it is a very nice tea that I like to drink nature, as all teas I usually drink. Its nose is very fragrant and it’s always a pleasure to open its box.
Drinking tea is something I do everywhere, at home, at work or with friends and this tea, presented in a beautiful cardboard box can be transported easily, even if its conservation would have been much better in an iron box. You need some time to drink 50 sachets, and it will be interesting to see how the tea will grow old.
The Dammann’s Crystal bag is another advantage of this tea, in fact its excellent workmanship and its very fine mesh guarantees no deposit in the cup.
Without being my favourite tea, this tea is excellent with breakfast, and I highly recommend it to anyone wishing to drink tea with a delicate but simple flavour.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Noël à Londres by Dammann Freres
871 tasting notes

Day 21!

I quite like this one. I was getting a bit worried because that last few Dammann teas I hadn’t really loved. But I am excited about this one.

I definitely taste the cinnamon which is nice. I am getting some almond. Not getting any apple though. I am getting a cake type flavour from the marigold petals.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Noël à Londres by Dammann Freres
2197 tasting notes

Dammann advent calendar, day 21. Is the lead-up to Christmas all “Noël” teas? Maybe so!

Of course, the English Christmas tea is the prototypical Christmas tea, to me. Spices, almond, a bit of fruity (this time apple, not orange). And the steeped tea is like, holy crap cinnamon! And I think there has to be clove in this as well. The initial part of the sip is all spices, with perhaps a bit of smoothing vanilla. Then as I sit, a while after taking a sip, the almond flavor grows strongly in my mouth, like amaretto or almond extract. I wish this tea was a little more balanced—perhaps cinnamon and almond together at the same time, instead of separate—but it is still a tasty tea and I enjoyed drinking it this morning.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Advent Calendar, day 21.

This smelled of apple cinnamon – so, heavenly – when dry. Unfortunately even with the steeping parameters I’ve used with all the other DF teas, this just tasted weak and thin. Even as it cooled nothing really changed. Maybe a nutty undertone to the tea if I REALLY concentrate on it, but still just too watery for my tastes.

This one is just a ‘meh’ for me.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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well my dammann order arrived yesterday so here i am jumping in!
Day 21
i don’t love cinnamon in my tea, so i knew this wasn’t gonna be a fave, but i was still VERY surprised by how much i liked it. yay win!

if you love movies then watch this.
asap.
just do it.
like, now.
http://vimeo.com/80862133

the university where i work is closed until January 2nd.
my goal is to watch 1 documentary and 1 film i haven’t seen from the list in the video link every day.
today i watched 2 documentaries, (A)sexual and Blackfish.
and i currently started the film Post Tenebras Lux.
though it might be too late for it and i might watch an episode from The Top of the Lake instead.

my documentary options feel a little aimless, so if anyone would like to recommend a few i’d love the guidance! :)

Lala

How was Blackfish, I have heard a lot about it.

OMGsrsly

So jealous. I have to work on Monday and Tuesday. :(

MissB

The Cove – although do watch it with a box of kleenex and perhaps a friend to yap with after. Met the guy who wrote it (yes, there are writers for documentaries)… really inspiring story. Mind you, it’s considered ‘old’ now, so you may have already watched it.

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Day 20!

This one dry smells of apples. The brewed tea tastes like apples and rose petals. There is a bit of plum. I am finding it has abit of a waxy flavour but I think it is from the rose petals. As it cools there is maybe a bit of pear in there.

This one is ok. But I definitely prefer Marie Antoinette for an apple/rose tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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