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drank Goût Russe by Dammann Freres
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Dammann Frères Advent Calendar – December 6th

Hooray, another black base! I must say, I’ve been very happy with the ratio of teas in the calendar so far – it’s been almost all black teas, with one green and one rooibos. Just how I like it! :) I was very surprised that I had to add this tea to Steepster (there were two similar teas but not this exact one). Anyway! This is a black tea with bergamot and orange oils, so it should be similar to Troika from Kusmi. The dry scent is quite lovely, and I can definitely smell the sweet orange clearly.

Yum, I like this one a lot. The bergamot and the orange are both strong enough to be easily identified, but not so strong that they overpower your mouth. The base tea is mellow and smooth, and though it doesn’t really have any distinguishing characteristics on its own, it serves as a nice base for the citrus oils. I’m drinking mine straight, but I’m sure this would be lovely with a touch of sugar or milk as well. Thanks Dammann!

P.S. – I must say, I’m actually very happy that this advent calendar is in sachet form! It’s so convenient and doesn’t leave me with extra bits of tea to sipdown later. :)

Flavors: Bergamot, Orange, Smooth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dinosara

Actually, sorry but this is the same tea as this one… http://steepster.com/teas/dammann-freres/12143-gout-russe-douchka

They just left the “douchka” off the name on the sachet. I wonder if Jason and co. are able to merge teas again?

Anyway this has been one of my faves for a while. Glad you enjoyed it!

Cameron B.

Oh… really? Dammann has them listed as two separate teas – one with bergamot/orange and one with bergamot/orange/lemon.

http://www.dammann.fr/flavoured-black-teas/903-gout-russe.html
http://www.dammann.fr/235-the-noir-parfume-gout-russe-douchka.html

Cameron B.

But if they really are the same, it’s not problem. I can just copy the note over to the other listing and mark this one for deletion.

Dinosara

Hmm I am pretty sure they are identical teas, despite the slight difference in description. But I suppose we would have to ask someone at the actual shop to be certain. :)

Fjellrev

I agree, sometimes I like sachets for their easy usage. :)

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Dinosara

Actually, sorry but this is the same tea as this one… http://steepster.com/teas/dammann-freres/12143-gout-russe-douchka

They just left the “douchka” off the name on the sachet. I wonder if Jason and co. are able to merge teas again?

Anyway this has been one of my faves for a while. Glad you enjoyed it!

Cameron B.

Oh… really? Dammann has them listed as two separate teas – one with bergamot/orange and one with bergamot/orange/lemon.

http://www.dammann.fr/flavoured-black-teas/903-gout-russe.html
http://www.dammann.fr/235-the-noir-parfume-gout-russe-douchka.html

Cameron B.

But if they really are the same, it’s not problem. I can just copy the note over to the other listing and mark this one for deletion.

Dinosara

Hmm I am pretty sure they are identical teas, despite the slight difference in description. But I suppose we would have to ask someone at the actual shop to be certain. :)

Fjellrev

I agree, sometimes I like sachets for their easy usage. :)

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby related-things… ;)

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I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, and oolong varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I love matcha and drink it often!

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