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Dammann Frères Advent Calendar 2022 – Day 6

Ooh, one of the new teas I’ve been wanting to try! :D

It’s really good. I will say, it doesn’t reallllly remind me of pancakes? It’s more toasty than that, almost like a genmaicha or something. It does have some lovely buttery notes to it, and the banana comes in mostly at the end of the sip for me. It is a tad candylike, but it’s not full-on Runts banana. More like a creamy pudding banana, the kind from a box. There’s also some caramel going on, or maybe that’s the maple. I’m surprised I’m not getting a more definite maple note, as I remember some of their other teas being super spot-on for real maple syrup.

Oh, I see this has buckwheat flavoring, which explains the toasty notes! It’s scrumptious but reminds me more of a banana-caramel genmaicha on a black base than it does of pancakes. Either way it’s yummy though, and going on the to-buy list! :)

Also, I find it nice that Dammann seems to be embracing more modern flavors in their new teas lately, despite being a very traditional company. I hope they keep making fun new blends like this and Lassi Mango!

Flavors: Banana, Butter, Candy, Caramel, Caramelized Sugar, Grain, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet, Toasted, Toasted Rice

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

I’ve also noticed DF getting a lot more adventurous/modern with their flavours and ingredients. As a legacy brand, I can’t help but wonder if it’s an attempt to reach a younger customer base more open to deviating from the “traditional” mono flavoured black blends they built the brand on. Whatever the case, I dig it!

Cameron B.

That could definitely be the reason, either way I’m happy about it ha ha. I guess I’m the target audience! :P

Dustin

I got their advent maybe 10 years ago now and wasn’t impressed. Their flavors were so light and the teas so boring that I wrote off the company and haven’t had them since. May have to reconsider that stance if they are doing banana teas now!

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Roswell Strange

I’ve also noticed DF getting a lot more adventurous/modern with their flavours and ingredients. As a legacy brand, I can’t help but wonder if it’s an attempt to reach a younger customer base more open to deviating from the “traditional” mono flavoured black blends they built the brand on. Whatever the case, I dig it!

Cameron B.

That could definitely be the reason, either way I’m happy about it ha ha. I guess I’m the target audience! :P

Dustin

I got their advent maybe 10 years ago now and wasn’t impressed. Their flavors were so light and the teas so boring that I wrote off the company and haven’t had them since. May have to reconsider that stance if they are doing banana teas now!

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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 piano, knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, planners, bento, KBeauty, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is “collecting” hobby-related things… ;)

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