Goût Russe Douchka

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From Dammann Freres

“Goût Russe Douchka” flavored black tea

Created by Dammann Frères in the 1950’s, this blend of black teas and citrus fruits (bergamot, orange, lemon) essential oils has prouved its durable success. Kept secret by the family, you will enjoy this recipe for many long years.

Brewing time: 4 to 5 minutes

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2188 tasting notes

Well, I’ve been reduced to boiling water in the microwave. With a Dammann sachet, which is crazy. Man can you tell the difference. Years ago, before I was actually “into” tea, I used to boil water in the microwave at work and steep my teabags in them. These days I’ve always wondered how I was able to stand such bitter, yucky tea, but now I realize that microwaved water totally neutralizes any tea you put in it. I brought a bunch of Dammann sachets with me but it’s totally not worth using them in this, because while there are still hints of how good they are, it’s basically a waste. Oh well, if only North American hotels all had electric kettles like Asian hotels!

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Dylan Oxford

If you have one of the little personal coffee pots, you can just run it with no coffee, and it’s a passable kettle. Not great, but probably better then the microwave


Here is a trick I learned with the microwave – after heating your water pour it into another vessel. The mixing of the hot water and air puts life back in the tea. Still not as good as a kettle but as you know, one is not always handy.


Dylan—I took one sniff of the plastic water container for the coffee maker and quickly put it back down again. It smelled so powerfully like coffee, and I’d rather have “flat” tea than tea that tastes like coffee blech

KS—I remembered you saying that and I poured it from one mug to another, although perhaps I need different sized vessels and better control over the pouring.

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985 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon…..

This one is from Dinosara. Thank you! OMG! This is so right up my alley! It is a good tea base and a super yummy citrus flavor. I am guessing it is orange and bergamot. It is just a little more lemony-but-not-quite-lemon than an orange tea would be. It is also nice to have such an orangey tea without spice! If there was an easy way to get some of this (besides Dinosara’s generosity!) I would be buying some. I guess for now it will just go on the list in hopes that I can get more one day. For now, I have about two more sachets and I will thoroughly enjoy them.

Usual mug method with a sachet.

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Yes, this one I will have to get more of some day! Glad I “splurged” and bought the box in Mongolia!


I found one place online that sells a few Dammann teas loose leaf, but shipping was going to be about $10 for half a pound. So, I started playing around with a cart at the Dammann Freres site…. Weirdly, shipping was estimated to be only slightly more. I think I know where I am getting my birthday tea…. :)


Yeah, shipping is not so bad from Dammann themselves all things considered!

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863 tasting notes

Day 6 of the advent calendar.

I am not following along very well, it seems. Also, I am kind of picking and choosing my way through it for whatever reason.

What a gorgeous tea. I have had a few of their citrus ones and its enough for me to see that they do this flavor well. The scent of the dry leaf in particular with this one smacks of bergamot – I was assuming it was an Earl Grey, in fact, until I tasted it and got mostly orange. I am also assuming there is some Ceylon in the base as that has particularly bright citrus characteristics to me and the base is working VERY well with the flavoring.

I’m having trouble remembering why I ever needed to drink any tea with milk and sugar. It seems like all teas should stand on their own as well as DF teas do. All teas should be this smooth and unfussy to make, as well.

I’m so glad someone posted this advent calendar in our forums…it’s made my holiday season so far!

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=0) DF converted me too; no milk or sugar anymore….. off to bed now. maybe i’ll dream of ‘jardin bleu’. have you had that one? goodnight…..

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So… after much ado about nothing, I am decupboarding this tea. I had it again today and i find that it’s just not enjoyable for me, though i know a number steepster folks out there that i’ve swapped with have really enjoyed this. SO, for those that I’ve swapped with before, if this is of interest to you, send me a pm. I’m happy to send it off to a home that will enjoy it more than i do :)


Extremely tempting.

Terri HarpLady

I probably need to decupboard a few things…


Terri – it’s the long weekend so that means i’m going to take a hard look at my cupboard tomorrow while ian is at work. I’m tired of hoarding things that i don’t love..so there are a few that will come out and make way for swaps or something.

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Sounds like a good plan. Maybe I’ll try to do that on monday

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Day 6!

This is one of the Dammann teas I have had before. This one tastes a bit different this time. I am unsure if it is scent contamination or just the time that has passed since I had this one. I am getting a much more floral fragrance and taste this time around. The black tea base is light to moderate. It is smooth with no astringency. There is definitely an orange flavor. It is sweet, maybe slightly tart, but it is not bitter. And it is orange, not orange peel, which is a refreshing flavor to have in a tea. I also feel like I am getting some jasmine (?), some kind of floral. Either way, it is still delicious. Because of this tea, I now often put a whole orange slice into my tea for pure taste enjoyment.

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This fruity black tea is from Sil, when she sent me an amazing Strawberry Rhubarb package a few months ago.

I steeped it for 3 minutes in a David’s Perfect Mug, in 208F, sans milk.

There’s more citrus to the aroma than to the taste, and it reminds me a little of an Earl Grey. There’s something lightly smoky to it too, that strangely appealing right now. I feel cozy and nostalgic while drinking this, and I have no clue why.

This seems like a good tea to sip away at while finishing off the fourth book in the Wheel of Time (I’ve unknowingly made a huge commitment).

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glad you’re enjoying it :)


Thanks again, Sil. This one took me by surprise. :)


Ahh yes, Wheel of Time. Hope you enjoy them! I think I’m the only one in my family who hasn’t read them… I’m trying to resist.


Good luck resisting this 12,000 page monster! My older sister wanted me to read this series so she could talk to someone about it, but so far she’s struggling with not spoiling everything. XD

Terri HarpLady

I have the first wheel of time. I’ve had it for a couple years. I still haven’t read it. Instead I read all the sookie stackhouse books, all the Anita Blake books, the entire game of thrones series, the greywalker series, a few others, & now I’m reading the entire Sherlock Holmes collection. So obviously I don’t have a problem with making commitments when it comes to books, but I keep avoiding that book for some reason.

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I would like to try this tea, however! :)


I would love to get a hold of more of this tea, myself. :)

There are so many Anita Blake books! Lots of respect for reading all of those. I’m usually good about committing to series, so long as they’re already finished, or have an end in sight, when I start them. I read all the Sookie Stackhouse books out at the time, five years ago, and still haven’t pick up the last few.


I got the first half of the first book when it originally came out – the library had them as free “samples”. It was the size of a single book, so I was skeptical. My dad and brother immediately got sucked in, and have been trading the series back and forth for YEARS so they can re-read when new books come out, etc. I think I’ve done a good job resisting. :)

Terri HarpLady

Regarding Anita Blake, I originally started reading those because they take place in St. Louis, & some of them are amazingly good, but the last 3 or so were lousy, IMO. The kinky ness was ridiculously over the top, & there was basically no plot. The last one read like a NaNoWriMo project that had never been edited. I haven’t read the most recent one.


Agreed on Anita Blake…they went downhill :(

Terri – can you make a list of things I need to send you? Because we’ve done such big swaps ill forget what to toss in the box for you.

Terri HarpLady

Lol, Sil, I think it’s mainly just our recent teavivre order. I have verdant samples for you, but if there’s anything else you want, just let me know.


No silly I meant teas that you want to try that I still need to send you….like this one and my mousse….

Crow….i haven’t had this one in a while….if I decide I really don’t love it, I’ll see if we can swap some. I’ve got a fairly decent size of it

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OK…this one & the mousse :)


Ok, Sil! The 77-some teas left in my cupboard are getting to the lower end of things (except for the matcha?), but if you want to swap let me know. :)

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I absolutely wanted to buy this tea, because of its history (described in the tea sum up) : I found this very romantic and I adore citrus flavoured teas.

Opening the bag…oh…I was first disapointed because no pieces of fruits here, no flowers…only dry leaf + essential oils.

The perfume of the dry leaf was fine but not exceptional.

I brewed it as requested and magic arrived !
What a wonderful tea, so subtile, delicate with a touch of orange just as we need, not over flavoured and so natural.

Just as if we had some fresh orange juice into an excellent black tea.

We can taste as well some bergamot but a very delicate and soft bergamot.

A beautiful tea, reliable as only an excellent classic tea can be.

Jean Jumeau-Lafond should have loved his wife so much to imagine such a fantastic tea for her…or Mrs Jumeau-Lafond had a fantastic taste and explained exactly what an excellent tea “goût russe” should be …we’ll never know…

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2216 tasting notes

Yum. Yum yum yum.

I feel a lot of my tasting notes are starting in similar ways. :)

I love this tea. The orange-earl grey just takes the edge off the “blergamot” and makes it divine, especially with some honey.

I would get more. I would get more of a similar tea, even. Not necessarily this exact one. :)

Thanks, Sil, for sharing!

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:) glad you enjoyed


Sil buying something with blergamot in it? :)


Apparently it’s just orange. Interesting! It tastes (to me) a lot like an orange-earl-grey.


yeah i was young and foolish…and thought the orange wouldn’t be as blergamotlike. :) i was wrong.


Oh, Silly, you’re so silly haha. But really, that’s quite something that orange can even turn on you.

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615 tasting notes

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!

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On my shopping list

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Having to skip a few days of Dammann’s Advent Calendar due to allergies, this finds me at day six.

This tastes like an expensive Earl Grey to me, heavier on the orange than bergamot – but let’s face it, I’ve confused the two many times before. Had to add a fair amount of Truvia for me to enjoy it.

Nothing to see here. I think I may move on to day seven next.

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