59 Tasting Notes

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Day 2 of the 2020 Dammann Freres Advent Calendar. I’m not sure how I feel about this one. I want to love it because it looks so pretty and it sounds delicate and lovely, but I can’t make myself fall in love with it. The peach blossom and cherry blossoms are nice, but maybe the whole thing is too light for me. I think it’s one that my daughter who loves floral tea is going to love though as will my husband who loves MF’s Sakura white tea.

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Day 1 of the 2020 Dammann Freres Advent Calendar. It has been such a crazy unusual year that I needed something that felt familiar to make me feel grounded this holiday season, and make my husband, daughter and I smile every morning as we all start our day online. And this white cherry tea was a lovely way to start. Sweet cherry candy with a hint of spices. A little bit like an echo of a Thanksgiving cherry pie. I love Dammann’s Christmas Tea, which tastes to me like a Scandinavian Christmas bread, but this white one is straight on cherries whereas rather the black version brings in candied pineapple, orange and caramel in addition to the candied cherries. This one was light and straight forward but I enjoyed it. Plus I liked the fact that it has hardly any caffeine since my cupboards are filled with black and green teas I can’t drink in the late afternoon. Both my husband and daughter who are confirmed cherry enthusiasts have happily added it to our “purchase list”.

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Day 6 of the 2020 Dammann Freres Advent calendar. I tried this tea a couple of years ago, but I had completely forgotten that I liked this tea! So it was a delightful surprise to smell the orange and spices when I opened the little packet this morning. The scent was so Christmasy on this cold gray rainy day, it cheered me up. And once brewed it was just as lovely.The orange and spices are well balanced for my taste and the cinnamon doesn’t overpower the nutmeg and cloves. The perfect cup to sip as you decorate the Christmas tree… I definitely enjoyed it! it reminded me of my childhood’s Pain d’epices with an orange twist.

It’s too bad you can’t buy it in 50 gr increments. I can’t imagine drinking this tea outside of the month of December, but I would love to have a little bit of it then. I might have to find someone to split it with next year, so I can enjoy it.

Cameron B.

A few of us have been talking about doing a group order sometime next year, so I’ll keep you in mind!

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drank Magicienne by Nina's Paris
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drank Tisane du Roy by Dammann Freres
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I liked this one more than I expected. The combination of orange/citrus, blackcurrant and red fruits was lovely in fact. The citronella and bergamot were both very light which I really appreciated. Overall, it was a dainty and feminine cup of tea I thought. Very enjoyable!

Flavors: Fruity, Orange, Orange Blossom, Red Fruits

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Oh my goodness, how I love this tea! Such a delicious dessert tea; it’s beautiful to look at with its flowers and it smells so good. Brewed at 195, it’s almondy pastry or cookie mixed with poppy candy. It’s fruity/raspberry-ish, and floral, and has that almond/marzipan taste I love so much in dessert teas.

I think if I had to give a Dammann Freres tea as a gift to someone who is not that into tea, this one would be one of my top 5 if they had a sweet tooth. I can’t imagine them not loving the taste of a raspberry tartelette on an almond butter crust in a cup!

ashmanra

This was one of the first teas I ever received in a swap from teaequalsbliss and I loved it so much that my daughter bought it for my birthday that year! It really was an amazing tea.

EmmaM

Such a sweet thing for your daughter to do! It’s teas like this that motivated me to give tea a try. All the deliciousness of a dessert without all the calories, :p Eventually, I’d love to learn to love the natural teas, but my palate is just not there yet. I still want my pastry in a cup at this stage.

lizwykys

ooh, adding to my wishlist for my next order!

EmmaM

I hope I’m not over selling it, but it’s such an easy one to love, I hope it’s a hit for you :)

tea-sipper

EmmaM – I drank this today because of your tasting note. It turned out pretty much how I remember it. You love it more than I do. haha. :D

tea-sipper

*Meaning I pulled it out of my stash to revisit because of your fantastic note about it.

EmmaM

Oh no, I’m so sorry. Lol. But at least I’m glad you reconfirmed your thoughts. I’m probably an easy customer when it comes to dessert teas :)

lizwykys

I’m partial to Dammann Freres, anyway; they seem to hit my sweet spot a lot. :)

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drank Vert Chai by Dammann Freres
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This is my second sample of this tea (Day 7 in the After Holidays calendar) and I have to say I enjoyed it much more the second time so I upped the rating. In truth, I think my issue the first time was not so much the tea but my not being in the habit of drinking chai tea or even spicy teas in general.

As it is, while it’s not my usual cup of tea, it’s actually lovely —especially as it cools and with a little stevia. The ginger-cardamon combination is well done and it’s not at all in your face. It’s light and approachable. And I didn’t find it vegetal this time, just spicy and light. It is probably exactly what a chai tea is supposed to be about: spices.

I think I might have changed my mind about this one!

Flavors: Cardamom, Ginger, Spices

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drank Tisane du Berger by Dammann Freres
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This infusion feels like such a classic French herbal blend: Verbena, citrusy notes and a little peppermint. Very herbal and lovely. A nice cup of tea for the evening.

Based on the ingredients, I knew this was a ways away from my usual fruity teas or dessert teas, but this was a fun sample to try. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. And I think if I wasn’t feeling well, I might reach for it.

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drank Kiwi Fukuyu by Dammann Freres
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A delightful surprise from Le Calendrier de l’Apres from Dammann Freres this year. This was Day 2.

I tried to find a translation for “Coup de coeur” in English but it’s giving me “heart stroke”. Not at all the feeling this tea gives me!!! But in French it means “Wow, I love it!” —much more in line with where I was going! ;p

Dry, it smells heavenly: fruity and fresh. Delightful kiwi. It’s quite strong and direct.

Brewed, the kiwi is softer but still deliciously present, and the green tea is most definitely there. I brewed it at 185 F for 2 min and 15 seconds because I was afraid it might go all wrong for me (I’m not a green tea person) and I’m glad I did. The kiwi flavor danses very well with the green tea. It’s both vegetal and fruity, but the green tea does not overpower the kiwi. It’s more that they make each other better.

I think someone who loves green tea would still love this one because the fruit doesn’t drown the sencha either. It’s very balanced.

I love the brightness of the kiwi and it reminds me a little of what Lupicia would create (minus the oolong slant): clean, fruity, fabulous tea . So delicious, I did not want my cup to end!

I bet it would taste fabulous iced (if I knew how to do it and make it come out right)

Flavors: Fruity, Tropical, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Cameron B.

This is one of the teas I most want to try from DF! :D

EmmaM

It came in my calendar or I would gladly share it! When I go to France, I think I will get some. Maybe I can send you some then?

Cameron B.

Oh you’re so sweet, don’t worry about me! I’m hoping there might be some interest in a Dammann Frères group order later in the year. ❤

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My favorite carcadet so far! This was a lovely cup!

I was not a big fan of any of the carcadet from Dammann’s Advent Calendar, but this one from Le Calendrier de l’Apres is actually delicious. The hibiscus is softer than in the other ones I have tried, and the raspberry is clean and bright. Dry, it smells like a delicious raspberry candy, but in the cup it’s more natural. The passion fruit is a little less present but it’s a lovely addition, making it feel a little bit more tropical. A great blend for something sweet and fruity in the evening. Simple and delicious. A trip back to childhood. Coup de coeur.

Flavors: Fruity, Passion Fruit, Raspberry, Sweet

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I started drinking tea 5 years ago when a friend introduced me to flavored black teas. Since then, I have developed a bit of a tea addiction. I never want to be without the teas I love, but I’m perpetually compelled to try new ones… I’ve never been a collector of anything, but it seems I do have a tea problem. Still, I work as a web designer and digital marketing specialist so I always have a tea cup by my side to keep me happy as I stare at my screen all day.

Being French and living in the US, I started with French tea companies like Mariage Freres, Dammann Freres, Kusmi, Nina’s and TheOdor (it has been a way for me to stay connected to my roots), but I’d love to find tea companies I love as much on this side of the Atlantic.

I love dessert teas. All kinds of dessert teas. Although most of my favorites are black teas, I love a few green teas, oolongs, green rooibos (I dislike regular rooibos) and I’m always searching for an infusion I can drink at night. So far, I have found very few fruit teas or herbal teas I love, but I’m still looking.

In terms of flavors, I adore almond, pistachio, biscuit, nutty types, as well as caramel, cream, cake, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and cookies. For me, it’s all about drinking my dessert!!! I also like fruity teas like peach, melon, mango, raspberry, strawberry, figs, and even grapefruit flavored teas. I like it all except for lemon. I also love black licorice candy so licorice tea works for me.

I am discovering more floral teas and testing the waters there, but I don’t care for earl greys or chai. I have not expanded into unflavored teas yet but maybe one day.

For full disclosure I usually add a little bit of stevia to my teas.

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