61 Tasting Notes

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drank Pomme d'Amour by Dammann Freres
61 tasting notes

I have been on the hunt for a delicious apple tea for a while now and I was excited to add this tea to my advent calendar order last month. It just sounded so delicious. And I’m glad I did because now I got it out of my system, but I’m a bit disappointed because this is not the end of my search for a delicious apple tea.

I think maybe my mistake is that this is a baked apple type of tea and I’m craving an apple pie, or even a fresh apple type of tea.

I get oven-baked apple and some caramel and vanilla, so it delivers on its promise. I’m the one who is fickle on this one and evidently changed my mind as to what I was hoping for: more apple. I do like it a lot more than the carcadet version though and it is a lovely tea.

Flavors: Candied Apple, Caramel

Cameron B.

I found the base tea to be a bit discordant for this one – super earthy or something. I really wanted to like it, I too want a delicious apple tea!

lizwykys

I’m also in the market for a delicious apple tea! :) Actually, I had this one on my last DF order and ended up striking it off because my shipping was too high.

EmmaM

I agree Cameron B. It might be that earthiness I’m not connecting with. On paper it sounds so perfect, but it just doesn’t work for me. The search continues lol.

EmmaM

Liz, I wish I could send you some of mine. 100 gr is just a lot for a tea I’m not in love with, but I imagine shipping to Greece would be prohibitive. Maybe when I go to France this Spring, it would be easier to ship from there. Will investigate :)

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drank Noël à Londres by Dammann Freres
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Advent Calendar – Day 16

Sweetness and Cinnamon are the main story here for me. I do taste a little fruitiness and a hint of almond maybe but I’m afraid that’s really all I get from Noel a Londre. It’s a lovely tea but not one I see myself reaching for. I’m so glad I tried it and I enjoyed my cup but it was like a date with someone you know is nice but you have no chemistry. It was a “nice guy” kind of tea for me. I won’t miss it but I enjoyed my time drinking it. I think it might be the perfect tea for someone else who loves cinnamon though since it’s light and nicely done so I hate to give it a mediocre review.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity

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Advent Calendar Day 14

Oh boy!!! That’s a lot of hibiscus and rosehip peel in one cup of tea! That’s a definite no thank you from me. Even with sweetener I couldn’t finish the cup. As it cooled it got better, but it just wasn’t for me. I couldn’t get any caramel or toffee. I have the black version of it so I’m hoping I like it better than this version.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Tisane de Noël by Dammann Freres
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Advent Calendar – Day 15

Spices! Lots of them. This one is a complete departure from my usual flavor profile but I like it more than I thought I would. I would not sell my soul for a ginger cookie (as opposed to, you know, an eclair, a millefeuille or even chocolate mousse), so I cannot say I love this one, but the combination of cardamon, cinnamon, and licorice (not the licorice candy, but the licorice root like I remember buying and sucking on as a kid ) works very well I think (at least with the stevia). In fact, I found myself reaching back for my cup in spite of my initial hesitancy.

I think this might be a great herbal tea for after a heavy meal. I don’t know that it would help with digestive issues, but it tastes like it would be good for you, and that it would be soothing. It reminds me a bit of the Fasting Tea from Yogi Tea and I bet it would be a great infusion to drink if you were fasting (minus the sweetener so you don’t break your fast). I might have to try this one again when my stomach is unsettled so see if I like it.

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Fennel Seed, Licorice, Medicinal, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Noël à Paris by Dammann Freres
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Advent calendar – day 13

Trying to catch up with my teas… The problem is that I have a 20oz Yeti cup that I use in the morning for a double cup of tea to start my day, And of course it’s too big for the Dammann samples, so I end up drinking teas from my own cupboard in the morning and getting behind. …1st world problems :p

Another cherry tea. I might be an easy customer, but I like this one too even though I don’t see myself yearning for a cup of cherry tea anytime. This one is a bit more straight forward maybe? Cherries and almond with a hint of ginger. It reminds me a little of a cherry cobbler. But it did leave me with a bit of a dry mouth though (maybe the way I brewed it?).

I think it would be a great one for cherry lovers like my husband. For me, it was another fun tea to try.

Flavors: Almond, Fruity, Overripe Cherries

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Blanc Myrtille by Dammann Freres
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Advent calendar – day 12

This one was a fun treat to try yesterday! (I’m so behind on my advent calendar, it’s embarrassing) I had no expectations since I had never had a blueberries tea, but I enjoyed it very much. I suspect my habit of adding a bit of stevia to my tea made a big difference here. It made the blueberries pop. It was a soft fruity tea with a hint of grass and I gulped it down happily. I tried to resteep it but it seemed like a ghost of itself so I only drank half of my cup that second time. Too many teas to try and not enough time… :p

It might not make it to my “Must Purchase” list since my list is long as it is, but I will be happy to get another cup when I can.

Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity, Vegetal

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Noël à Pékin by Dammann Freres
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Advent calendar – day 11
Such a delicious tea! I forgot to look this one up so I brewed it a bit higher than I would have if I had realized it was a black/green blend, but it was very forgiving and turned out just fine. I will try at a lower temperature next time just to be sure but thankfully, it is fabulous as is.

This one is so bright it seems. The jasmine tea is really lovely with the passion fruit and pineapple. I also get some mango but that might be the combination of the first 3 that makes it feel exotic and sunny. Very tropical. It’s a wonderful pause amongst all the dessert teas I love so much in the winter. It would be a great tea to drink in the middle of the cherry blossom season, or in the summer, or basically anytime!

I love Lupicia’s fruity oolongs like the peach momo oolong supergrade and the mango one, but this is different. It’s more flowery than those, more blended and layered. Just delicious! Definitely on my “must buy” list.

Flavors: Flowers, Jasmine, Mango, Passion Fruit, Pineapple

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Advent calendar – day 10

This is a lovely green tea but I’m not in love. I get some fruitiness/cherry and spices with a hint on orange and vanilla, but I found it a little light in flavor and I much prefer the black version of this tea. It’s another tea I would enjoy if it was offered to me, but would not stock for myself.

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drank Noël à Prague by Dammann Freres
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Delicious! When I bought my advent calendar this year, I took the opportunity to buy a few extra teas. My husband wanted the Christmas Tea since he loves cherry teas, I wanted Mon Petit Chocolat and this was my chance to add to the order (15 euros for shipping was too good to pass up – Thank you Dammann!!!). This was one of the teas I tried out of curiosity and I’m so glad I did because it has given me a chance to try different brewing times and see what I like best.

The dry leaf is all prunes and while I actually like prunes ( I can’t figure out why so many people in America have a grudge against prunes. They’re delicious once in a while, so sweet and thick), I can imagine it’s not a flavor too many people love. Brewed for 4 minutes at 195F, the prunes still dominated the flavor with caramel second, a sort of booziness, and a hint of chocolate last. It was very good but you would have to like prunes.

This morning, I forgot to turn on my timer and I let it steep for probably 6 minutes and suddenly I went from liking it to loving it! Just like that! The flavors are much more balanced and I get much more caramel along with the prunes. So good! The vodka (I could not have picked it out but I can recognize it) is light and so is the chocolate, but it’s there. The combination works really well. Definitely a winter, rainy day tea. So cozy and thick. And it gets even better as it cools.

Flavors: Alcohol, Caramel, Chocolate, Fruity, Plum

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Cameron B.

People in the US mostly associate prunes with the elderly, so maybe that’s why they’re not popular?

EmmaM

You’re right, I’m sure. In fact my 97 yr old mother in law eats prunes each day… Maybe by the time I’m her age, I will be more enthusiastic than she is :p

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Advent calendar – day 9

This is a very delicate cherry tea. Light and fruity and bright. Lovely! In fact, I gulped it down as I was working, and I’m already wishing I had taken my time instead. Thank goodness for my second advent calendar waiting for me in January, but I might have to fight my husband for this one! He loves cherry tea, while for me it’s more of a “once in a great while” thing. In any case, I liked it! Since white and green teas are not my usual teas, I am thrilled to have tried it! I can’t say that I taste much of the almond, but it might be why I liked it. The ginger and spices are there but in a very gentle way, it blends beautifully. I don’t find it vegetal at all which is a wonderful surprise. All and all, a lovely and delicate cup of tea. (disclaimer, I added a tiny bit of stevia as usual to bring out more of the fruit flavor)

Flavors: Cherry, Fruity, Ginger

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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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