4 Tasting Notes

drank Réglisse by Dammann Frères
4 tasting notes

A very pleasant, light liquorice tea. It’s recommended by Dammann Frères that it be allowed to steep for 6 minutes – the resulting liquor is still fairly light and the tannins remain mild. The black liquorice is present but not overbearing. A pleasant after dinner tea.

Flavors: Licorice

195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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During a walk in Florence, Italy, I was delighted to spy a small shop with wall full of canisters of my favourite tea company, Dammann Frères’ tea. Oronero sells a nice, broad selection of their own line and Dammann teas, as well as chocolates. We decided to try a few new ones in addition to our original favourite, Jardin Bleu, which is a good introduction to their fruit and flower infused teas.

This is a nice winter holiday tea, with rich, warm notes of caramel and vanilla, and essences of dark fruits. The tea is smooth with a medium-coloured liquor, and a lingering note of cherry on the finish.

Flavors: Caramel, Cherry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Vanilla

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 48 OZ / 1419 ML

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Frères
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This is a perennial favourite at my house for many reasons. My wife and I discovered this at an all-night bistro on the night we met, and the taste and aromas added to the magic of that night – neither of us had ever tasted anything remotely like it.

Dammann Frères recently sent us a package of it as a gift for the tenth anniversary of that night. They are a wonderful company, and their teas are of an exceptional quality.

The strawberry aromas can seem over the top at first, and one expects a very fruity cup but the tartness of the rhubarb and mild hints of vanilla mellow it. The black tea is mild and produces a pleasing reddish liquor. It is pleasant chilled in the summer, and wonderful hot with a drop or two of milk. No sweetener necessary.

4 min, 30 sec

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I agree with many of the other reviews here – it isn’t the most subtle Earl Grey, nor is it the best quality, but it was one of my first loves, and “tastes like home.”
I used to keep a tin of it and a slotted spoon in my locker at school, and it was a reward at the end of the day. There is a singular flavour to it that I’m in the mood for sometimes, and the finer Earl Greys don’t have the same effect.

In my school yearbook, I was voted “Most Likely to move to the U.K. and live off croissants and Earl Grey Tea.” My tea tastes have changed, and I prefer scones these days, but although they meant it in jest, they were right about me.

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An avid tea drinker since my mid-teens, tea has come to represent many things – comfort, relaxation, contemplative time, reward, nourishment – and is infused with many good memories.

My grandma used to meet me on Thursday afternoons after school to take me for a cup of tea at our favourite shop, where I’d also be able to choose a bag of my favourite loose leaf. She always encouraged me to try new varieties, and little by little, my tastes expanded and matured somewhat.

My favourites are Darjeeling and Keemun, although my daily teas tend to be more robust; Ceylon, Yunnan and Assam.

My early favourites were English Breakfast, Earl Grey and Blackcurrant, so although I’m not overly fond of them now, I do enjoy the flavours from time to time for the nostalgic value.

Otherwise, I was not into flavoured teas until one fateful night when a certain young woman I’d just met joined me for tea at an all-night café in New York, and we discovered Dammann Frères’ Jardin Bleu, which has been as high favourite since. So although very happy with discovering the natural flavours of teas, I’ve enjoyed tasting the many flavoured teas of Dammann Frères over the past decade.

I look forward to learning more here, and hearing about other tea enthusiast’s favourites.


Edinburgh, Scotland

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