2189 Tasting Notes

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Ooh, it’s time for the tea I picked up in Europe last fall! This one (#11) was high on my list to get, and fortunately easy to find at the MF in Berlin. I am very happy with the rose and almond in this. It doesn’t quite reach La Naissance levels of awesome, but it is quite delicious nonetheless. Today was particularly almondy, which is awesome.

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

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drank Pomme d'Amour by Dammann Freres
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This tea (#12) would be awesome if it lacked the maraschino cherry flavor. Otherwise, apple and caramel are great. I still like it enough to drink it and defintiely enjoy it, but it wouldn’t be a re-purchase for me because that hint of cherry is enough to keep me from reaching for it often.

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

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90
drank Vanille by Dammann Freres
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Last time I drank this one (#13), I wished for more creaminess. Not sure if I was off my rocker or what but today it couldn’t get much creamier. This is an intensely vanilla-y tea, and if you appreciate Dammann’s standard black base (which I of course love), it doesn’t get too much better in terms of a simple vanilla black tea (which is to say, not one that relies on a complex black base but rather those that are all about the vanilla). I’ve had a few others and none seem to come close in terms of pure vanilla power. It is amazingly sweet and creamy. Drinking it nearly back-to-back with Fleurilege I can see the similarities: Fleurilege is this plus hazelnut. Not sure I would need to keep this one around, although it is tempting just because it is giving me a delicious cup today.

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

Gosh, you make it so difficult to not want ALL OF THEM.

Dinosara

Haha, that’s my job. :)

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97
drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
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This is the other one that I had last week, but am re-having now (#14). This combo of hazelnut and vanilla is awesome; creamy, nutty, delicious. YUM.

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

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98
drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
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I drank this tea (#15) and the next one at the end of last week, and thought of just backlogging some notes on then, but I would never give up the opportunity to drink some of my favorites again. :)

Love love love this tea. My favorite caramel black tea. I have to add that “black tea” modifier now because the Oolong caramel au beurre salé from Dammann is also too amazing (and soon I will get to it!). This is one of the few single-flavored teas that I still crave regularly; most of the time I want complexity, and rarely go for my single-fruit or single-floral teas, but this one is too delicious to ignore.

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

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88
drank Bulgare by Dammann Freres
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This tea happens to be next in my cupboard list (#16) and I gave out a sample this morning, so I was thinking about it anyway. I do enjoy this one a fair bit. The raspberry, rose, and orange play well. I should try to remember this one when I am wanting a fruity, rosey tea.

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

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drank Amore by Dammann Freres
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So happy to get back to this one (#17) since before I went on my cupboard sip-through it was one of my go-to teas in the morning. I just always wanted to drink it. There is something about the mix of flavors (bergamot, rose, chocolate, almond), which are all my very favoritest of flavors, that make it irresistable.

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

Oh good, I think this is in my cart to order.

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90
drank Rose de Mai by Dammann Freres
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I cannot tell you how I excited I am to get to this part of my cupboard, my Dammann order from last fall. Full of teas that are some of my faves. This one (#18) is delicious, full of rosy-ness and oolong goodness. A nice, relaxing tea for this afternoon.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82

Here’s the blends club blend that resides in my cupboard (#19). I hadn’t tried this one until recently when I cold brewed some.

I would say it is a decently tasty blend. I wish there was more tea and less “stuff” in it (‘cause holy crap there is a lot of stuff in this blend). So many flower petals. It tastes like jasmine with a hint of fruitness. I will probably cold brew the rest of it since it’s not super exciting.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88

Ok, now I can review this one, which I am drinking this morning. This tea isn’t actually in my cupboard, but it should be. So it’s not going to get a countdown number because it would screw everything up. But it should be about here; there’s another blends club blend here, which I will be having later this afternoon. I almost put this one in my list of blends club blends to sell (note: I have a bunch to sell that I listed over in the forums), but then I realized there isn’t actually any wacky ingredients in this that I dislike, so I decided to keep it and at least try it.

This is one of those teas that is impossible to measure out properly. Everything is long and spindly and doesn’t fit in the teaspoon. So an approximate 3 tsp (2 perfect teaspoons) went into my cup. I like this one. It reminds me a bit of the Cocoa Goji Zhu Rong, which was a blend a while ago, but this time with jasmine. It works. It’s a bit chocolatey, a bit of bright goji berry, and then an nice strong hit of jasmine with some creaminess from the yunnan white. Very tasty. And of course not a blend that they will ever bring back.

Flavors: Berry, Chocolate, Creamy, Jasmine

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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