Dammann Freres

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I picked this up one for Lex last year with the DF order and it doesn’t really appeal to me, but I thought I’d give it a whirl tonight.

The dry scent is quite medicinal to me, but I tried to strategically get extra strawberries pieces in my cup before steeping. The taste is slightly medicinal, but it’s not as intense as the scent. The strawberry and cherry mix comes out here, but I’m almost wishing for maybe a bit more vanilla…or better yet their delightful biscuit flavour – just to mellow it out a bit more.

Edit: Lex wants to note that she is upset I’ve ‘strategically stolen’ her extra strawberry pieces. XD

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This one has a lovely aroma, and I do taste a lot of strawberry pastry here, but there is a bit of something floral in the background – rose, maybe? I don’t know, I’m not super confident identifying perfume-y notes since I don’t care for floral teas, but there is something there that makes this one not a total win for me. I really am enjoying the cup despite that, and I find the floral note is dissipating somewhat as it cools.

This is another one from the samples Courtney delivered to my house last week, and so far I haven’t been disappointed with Dammann Frères.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec
Courtney

I feel the same about this one. The DF have some floral notes, but most fade away once the tea is steeped. This one was not the case, sadly.

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Dang it, backspace key! A note lost.

A cup of rooibos sounded nice before bed so I opened this sample. Regret washed over me when I was walloped in the senses with sweet medicinal redfruit (strawberry heavy) with a touch of tang. The smell of the sachet reminded me of red Fla-Vor-Ice popsicles; artificial artifacts of humid childhood summers in the previous millennium.

Once brewed, the aroma remained intense, fruit forward, medicinal tart strawberry and dark brown sugar. The flavorings play well with the rooibos. The taste was herbal forest strawberries blended with the sweet, vanilla medicinal, mineral, wood shavings character of red rooibos. A pleasing floral, almost perfumey quality merged with both. The rhubarb tartness became evident in the back and sides of the mouth after the swallow and was accompanied by the drying rooibos quality.

I propped myself up in bed with pillows and contemplated life and tea. This isn’t something that would ever be found in my cupboard since I’m not a big fan of hot, tart liquefied redfruit. But the longer I lay there and the drier my mouth became and the heavier my eyelids, I was lulled into restful sleep by the lingerings of an intense brown sugar returning sweetness and a delightful forest strawberry perfume.

Dammann Frères, you’re doing things to me.

Even though I consider this to have artificial and medicinal notes, I do recommend it for red rooibos fans. I really enjoyed it and thought the wild strawberry note was spot on. Do not consider this if you don’t like the taste of red rooibos, but maybe try the black tea version.

The second steeping was cold-brewed overnight and was good in its own right but I really appreciate Rooibos Jardin Bleu hot.

Flavors: Artificial, Brown Sugar, Drying, Floral, Herbs, Medicinal, Mineral, Perfume, Red Fruits, Rhubarb, Rooibos, Strawberry, Tangy, Tart, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Courtney

Your notes are awesome. I also had a DF rooibos red fruits blend last night, which was saved by their biscuit flavour. :)

Martin Bednář

I hate when I hit backspace accidentaly, so I am now and then using copying to clipboard. At least I won’t lose everything :)
I like this tea in black tea version, but rooibos seems nice as well

Mastress Alita

I have always, since I first joined Steepster, used an external NotePad .txt file that I write everything on. All 700-something tasting notes are on it. I then copy/paste off that file to Steepster. No chance of losing anything that way, and all my tea-writing is backed up in multiple (off-site) places.

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The dry leaf smells almost buttery here. There is the scent of rooibos, but it’s fairly tame.

At it’s warmest, the fruit is mostly forward, but mixed so much with the rooibos it’s hard to tease apart the two. As the tea cools, the biscuit comes out and the rooibos calms down, making it a much more enjoyable cup.

I steeped this for 3 minutes, 30 seconds instead of the 4-5 minute recommendation.

I couldn’t finish this one off before bed, so I threw the rest of my mug in the fridge to have it this morning. The smell is definitely rooibos, but the taste is more fruits with a hint of biscuit. The bonus is that the cold is very refreshing! It’s making me want to cold brew all the teas.

Cameron B.

I may have to try this one when I run out of my Charlotte aux Fruits Rouges, which they no longer seem to carry… (grumbles)

Courtney

They don’t have that one any longer? I have some in my cupboard and I’m not a huge fan (the black base). I can include some in the inevitable swap if you want. :)

teaqueen

This sounds divine. I love putting butter and fruit preserves on my toast— sounds like this tea captures that flavor profile.

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drank Rooibos de Noël by Dammann Freres
5365 tasting notes

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Made this and then forgot about it while I did schoolwork. So its cold and also just not a favorite. It’s a Christmas tea so it has a similar profile to Merry Cookie. However, the rooibos base comes through a touch medicinal and then the orange is very sweet making this like an odd and artificial orange candy drink.

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This sachet came as a sample with the advent calendar. I’m not sure if it’s the right tea, especially since the last reviews were years ago, but the envelope matches exactly the picture here.

Pretty full body with malt, leaf litter and wood. Smooth muscatel integration, smoother than I prefer. The light astringency adds a little something needed. I like the second steep better because it’s not as smooth and I can taste both some bitterness and a hint of citrus.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Citrus, Drying, Malt, Muscatel, Smooth, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is a great cold-weather tea, the nutty flavor feels so cozy and comforting. It reminds me a lot of DavidsTea’s Brazillionaire, which I love and miss to this day. So I find myself disappointed that there’s no raisin-y flavor here – it’s just nuts and toffee, which is still delicious but dammit, I want Brazillionaire again.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec
Courtney

Oh my gosh, didn’t even realize how close it would be to Brazillionaire!

jessiwrites

It’s super Brazillionaire-y! I might have to get some and just put raisins in, hahahaha!

Courtney

Perfect! I was thinking I need more of this one when I’m out too.

jessiwrites

I might also need to do a Harney & Sons order. I was browsing old tasting notes and TOKYO OH MY GOD.

Courtney

Hahah I know. I’ve now browsed the websites for: H&S, Lupicia, S&V, Steam Tea, Granville Island Tea, more DF, and more Bird & Blend (this is where I ordered the advent plus extra teas and they haven’t even arrived in the post yet). Someone stop me!

jessiwrites

Hahahaha, but there’s nothing else to but stay home and drink tea! Especially now that it’s getting colder and darker out there.

Courtney

So true! I mean, there’s no way I’ll order from all those companies, but it’s good to know the options. Do let me know if you’re placing any orders though and maybe I can throw things in and we can split shipping. :)

jessiwrites

Oh, definitely! I also noticed Davids has Vanilla Orchid labeled as a ‘last chance’ tea, so I might need to get some of that before it’s apparently gone for good… which would break my heart.

Courtney

Oh no! I feel like I’ve come across other vanilla-y oolongs that may be tasty. I was actually really intrigued by Bird & Blend’s Peppermint Cream (and I usually shy away from most minty teas)

jessiwrites

That peppermint cream sounds INCREDIBLE, that’s basically combining my two favorite teas, hahaha! You will have to let me know how the other teas are so I know what to order from there along with that one.

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drank Maté Cacao Amande by Dammann Freres
776 tasting notes

Reading about all your advent calendars last year, I thought I’d try one this year from Dammann Frères. Mine almost got sent back to France because my post office never left any attempted delivery notes. Anyway, three sample sachets were tucked into the shipping box.

I LIKE THIS. The yerba maté is not too heavy nor is it bitterleafy. The cocoa and almond come through as a sweetened cocoa powder dusted almond, nutty cocoa butter note that so smoothly complements the taste of the yerba maté. I’ve been craving black teas with cocoa notes lately (like Whispering Pines’ North Winds) but haven’t been in the mood for anything heavy. This one, while not a black tea, hit the spot with no surprises, just a damn pleasant, light brew.

<3 you fellow Americans <3

:D

Flavors: Almond, Cocoa, Grass, Nutty, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
857 tasting notes

This one smells so much like maple in the bag, and yet, it’s all orange blossom once steeped. It’s still pretty tasty, don’t get me wrong, but it just makes me want all the maple tea. I love maple.

I have been going crazy trying to determine the maple tea I once loved. I only remembered it was from a tea shop in BC. But today, I found it thanks to Steepster! It isn’t offered on the company’s website, but I went ahead and messaged them on Instagram. And now we wait. Fingers crossed they’ll still offer it!

Cameron B.

I’d love a good maple tea, too! So I am highly invested in your search, LOL.

Courtney

I will definitely keep you in the loop!

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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
857 tasting notes

I steeped this one up this evening after a bit of a disaster last time (where I couldn’t even bring myself to create a note).

After Cameron mentioning the orange blossom, it made this tea so much better. I actually really enjoy orange blossom and going in with that in mind made all the difference. I’m still sad there isn’t more of a maple hint, but I enjoyed it fully this evening for the flavours it did have.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec
Cameron B.

I also wanted more maple and desserty things, but if it’s going to be floral I’m at least okay with orange blossom versus some other flowers…

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This was the first tea I tried from a collection of samples I got from Courtney, and I was initially a bit scared that it would be too floral based on the perfume-y scent. But it smelled lovely and teas often smell more flowery than they brew up, and thankfully, that was the case here! There was still a hint of that, but I mostly enjoyed how creamy and lightly sweet this one was, thanks to the fig and strawberry notes. Super tasty, my worries were completely unfounded.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec
Courtney

HEEEEY! Unreasonably excited. XD

jessiwrites

Me too! I think my second cup today might be my guilty pleasure Adagio candy cane tea.

Courtney

That’s a great choice for such a delightful grey day!

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Just drinking this one now!

This one has a light flavour, and the DF base is great, as usual. I’m getting a subtle orange flavour with the faintest hint of hazelnut and a creaminess that must be the milk chocolate. The chocolate I can’t really identify as chocolate, but I’ve got lots of this tea to experiment with.

I understeeped this at 3 minutes, but maybe 4 minutes is the sweet spot for this one.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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Enjoying this tea now! The tartness with the tea base is just perfect here. And no overwhelm of floral at all. I just love this tea. This is a cupboard staple for sure.

Between this and Vicky’s Sponge Cake I’ve really realized that raspberry teas may be my absolute favourite!

I’m just starting my 7th ecology lecture today, and this will be my last today before setting up the projector and screen for a movie night!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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Enjoying this one as dinner simmers away on the stove — French onion soup (vegan)!

This tea is always so tasty and just gets better as it cools. The flavours are just perfect and not too floral, which a couple DF teas can be. I love the sweetness mixed with the tartness in this one. It’s a perfect balance.

Also, my paper is now ~75% written, just need to add a bit more content, bring it all together, find the right flow, and then on to the next!

ashmanra

I received this tea in my first ever swap, and what an impression it made! Delish.

Courtney

Love that – it really does make an impression!

Cameron B.

I think I’ll have to order this one next time. If I don’t like it, it will certainly go to a good home somewhere else. :P

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I can’t believe I don’t have a tasting note for this tea! I absolutely love this one from DF.

We were watching Beat Bobby Flay last night and I steeped up this tea just prior to turning it on. The secret ingredient they chefs had to use turned out to be rhubarb – which is what this tea reminds me of!

This tea has such a lovely flavour. It’s got a hint of floral with a hint of sour that reminds me of rhubarb and a little bit of raspberry. There’s also a very faint sweetness paired with a delightful sweet biscuit flavour. The base tea is completely devoid of astringency and pairs perfectly with the flavours. This one I would happily purchase again.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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You know, this tea has really grown on me. I think it’s the mix of the rooibos base with the Earl Grey. I think I prefer Earl Grey in a rooibos base! What! I don’t care for rooibos and I don’t care for Earl Grey (well, bergamot) – so why do I enjoy them together? Fascinating!

I guess in this case, two wrongs do make a right.

Cameron B.

I’m not sure I’ve ever had a rooibos Earl Grey, but I’m a bergamot fan so I’ll have to try it sometime. :)

Courtney

You should! It’s actually quite mellow, while other EGs I’ve had have been more “harsh” (for lack of a better word). Perhaps one for the inevitable swap haha!

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I am not an earl grey fan, but I keep this one for Lexa because she can’t handle caffeine at all. We just finished eating and she requested this tea as a latte. I made it up with simple (coconut) syrup, frothed almond milk, and vanilla sugar on the top. Then I took a sip and it was so good!

Alas, I made myself Mint Cacao from New Moon, so I will polish this off then make myself an earl grey latte as well and do a proper tasting note of it because I have some thoughts!

I loved the latte so much you can see it here: https://instagram.com/stories/biologistcourtney/24230270814774113061?utm_source=igstory_item_share&igshid=1dcdrjipeqfiu

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Sipping this one now — just making my way through these teas with this reading (it’s the only thing keeping me going haha).

This one I’m getting the strawberry and biscuit, along with a floral or perfume like aspect. I’m not crazy about the floral/perfume, but really enjoying the strawberry and biscuit flavours. DF has such a good thing going with their subtle, yet clear, flavours.

I did understeep this at 3 minutes to see if I could get a better outcome than Oolong Châtaigne.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I get a bit of lavender from this one. I suspect it’s the red fruits flavor, as I think I remember tasting it in another red fruity tea I have from them.

Courtney

Yes! I generally like lavender, so I’ll try this one again another day to see if that’s what it was.

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I made this cup to enjoy with an amazing carrot cake that Lex whipped up to brighten the day! Then I finished enjoying it while we decorated the Christmas tree!

Now that I’ve decided it’s all hazelnuts and cocoa, I’m thoroughly enjoying it!

If anyone is interested, the tree is on my Instagram story here: https://instagram.com/stories/biologistcourtney/2437620911350637444?utm_source=ig_story_item_share&igshid=evut5u1eqxlg

Edit: Making a teapot of this now to enjoy while watching The Holiday and then Four Christmases! Lex says it tastes exactly like roasted chestnuts (she grew up eating them every holiday season)!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

D’awww that sounds like such a lovely evening!

P.S. – I love your cupboards!

Courtney

Thanks! ❤

jessiwrites

Christmas already?!? This does sound really good, and I was just thinking about what kind of tea to make once I finish my cold brew… which is less enjoyable with the blustery snow going on out there. I might prepare myself a cup of this!

Courtney

I just got out of bed and saw that with the insane wind it’s -20? No, thank you! Making myself a cup of Yuchi Wild Mountain now.

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This one is a fairly even mix of hazelnut and cocoa for me. It has a scent to the dry leaf that doesn’t appeal to me, but once I steep it up and actually start drinking it, I enjoy it.

I wouldn’t necessarily say I get roasted chestnuts from this tea, but the nuttiness helps. The oolong base is smooth and pairs well with the flavours. Maybe I can play with the steeping parameters a bit to try to coax more chestnut-specific flavours out.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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Just sipping this one now as I read up on peatland restoration. I’m getting mostly subtle hints of chocolate and then what tastes like the skin from a raw hazelnut. I know I’ve enjoyed this one in the past, but tonight it’s not quite hitting the spot. I do feel it’s getting better as it cools though.

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drank Enjoy Summer by Dammann Freres
1695 tasting notes

Now we’re talking, Dammann!

I really like this one. It’s a green base with melon, strawberry, and mint flavors, and it is so juicy yet refreshing at the same time. I get all three notes in fairly equal measure, the honeydew melon providing a nice creaminess and sweetness, the strawberry a slightly more tart and fruity flavor, and the mint giving a nice clean finish and refreshing high note.

I accidentally overleafed the cup, which adds a tiny bitter note, but even with that it’s still lovely. I imagine this was likely meant to be an iced tea for summer, and I’m sure it would be very tasty that way, but I’m enjoying it warm as an evening tea.

I was perplexed that I managed to order so many green teas, but I’m glad this was one of them!

Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Grass, Honeydew, Melon, Mint, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Another of the tagalongs from my Dammann advent order. I’m not sure what possessed me to choose this one, I’m not one to order a plain peach black tea. I do enjoy peach, I just find it boring I suppose? Plus I already had a plum/peach tea in my order. It must have been the mention of apricot that drew me in!

The flavor here is somewhat light, but I’m really enjoying it in this case. The beginning of the sip is mostly the base tea, smooth and woody with a bit of malt. The peach starts appearing in the middle, and then I’m left with a lovely true-to-life peach flavor in my mouth at the end and in the aftertaste. It’s somewhere between fresh and stewed peach, a nice combination of the two. I think I taste some apricot, but honestly it’s hard to distinguish from the peach flavor. The woodiness of the base tea combined with the sweetness creates a suggestion of vanilla, even though none is there.

A lovely tea with a restrained peachy flavor, perfect for the afternoon. I can imagine this being served at a tea party, accompanied by scones and teacakes. I hope someday all of us Steepsterites can come together for a fancy tea party weekend or something!

Flavors: Apricot, Malt, Peach, Smooth, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
VariaTEA

The Dammann advent is so pretty! I had it last year and it was just such a nice treat each day. I decided against it though because I feel like the teas overlap year to year.

Cameron B.

For sure, at least it’s guaranteed that all of the Christmas Tea variants will be there. Luckily I haven’t had it in a couple of years so hopefully there will be plenty of things I haven’t tried. I love the color they chose this year, it’s a bright coral and very pretty.

Courtney

Ooh, I’ve never ordered a tea advent calendar. What other companies do ones that might be amazing?

Cameron B.

There’s a thread about them on the discussion boards: https://steepster.com/discuss/42114-2020-tea-advent-calendar

The ones I’ve tried and liked are Dammann Frères, Bird & Blend, Palais des Thés, and Simpson & Vail. 52teas also does a 12 day box that’s very popular. Apparently Kusmi does one now that I’m hoping to try this year as well.

Courtney

Ooh I forgot about Simpson & Vail! Thanks for the tip. :)

Cameron B.

I haven’t seen one from them this year yet, I don’t know if they still make it or not.

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After being dissatisfied with the other chocolate teas I’ve had lately, I figured I would give this one a try. This is from my recent Dammann order, I added it in partially because of the cute tin, and partially because the combination of chocolate, almond, and biscuit sounded so tasty.

Hmm. It has a nice aroma with chocolate and marzipan, but it’s not really translating to the taste for me. Mostly I just taste a generic base tea and a little bit of amaretto flavor…

I wonder if I’m doing something wrong with these Dammann teas, as I had a similar blandness problem with another tea that I just bought. Perplexing.

Reserving judgment until I’ve tried this with some other steeping parameters… :(

Flavors: Almond, Marzipan

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dustin

I love French teas, but I could not get into DF as much as I tried. Every cup in my advent was bland to my palate.

Cameron B.

I don’t usually have this issue with Dammann’s teas, I am so nonplussed that it’s happened twice in a week… :/

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