Dammann Freres

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83

Uh oh. Hi there. Morning, 7.40 am – two hours till my train to job (and lunch). It is not best thing ever. But summer-job is good and well paid, so I can not complain.

This tea – I think I wanted to rate it, but Steepster was funky again and does not let me. But it works now. I have it in sachet right now.

I think I did recommended 4-5 minutes steep, although I wanted make it weaker. Whatever.

It is, as expected from Dammann Freres, very floral in aroma. But then different notes appear. Poppy seeds (love it btw), almonds, marzipan, pastry, biscuits… sweet notes!

In tastes it changes abruptly though. Tends to fruity notes now – mostly raspberry, wild strawberry, other berries. Combined with almonds, maybe bit of marzipan. It is quite sweet for my tooth.

Overall, it is quite good, but bit too sweet.

Flavors: Almond, Cookie, Marzipan, Raspberry, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
gmathis

I had this one years ago, and still remember it as being an extremely pastry-like dessert tea!

ashmanra

I received this in my first ever swap, and it was from teaequalsbliss, I think. I loved it so much my daughter bought some for me as a gift and that was when tea as gifts first started!

Kittenna

So many tea memories!

tea-sipper

Martin’s tasting note for this tea made me drink some of this yesterday. :D

Martin Bednář

tea-sipper: I hope it was good :)

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78

Thanks to CameronB for this sample.

This is very fruity, lots of cherry and plum with some light floral (rose) and cream notes. The base is slightly tannic but since I’m enjoying this with some soy milk, everything is smooth. The cherry is sort of like sakura and black cherry combo. Quite tasty!

Flavors: Cherry, Floral, Fruity, Overripe Cherries, Plums, Rose, Sakura, Tannin

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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100
drank Bali by Dammann Freres
2 tasting notes

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90

Another sample sachet I received. Last one. Now I have only sachets from boxes.

I had not idea what to expect. “Always spring” as it was translated to me. I have no knowledge for French, but common sayings as “Merci”, and some others used by Hercule Poirot.

It was again very floral in aroma with bit of almond.
But when brewed, many different aromas came up. Certainly an almonds, but followed with cherry flowers and rose. They suggest on DF website that there should be more aromas present as bergamot or heliotrope. What is heliotrope aroma? I found out it is a flower, but I never heard about it.

Anyway, in taste, it is quite sweet, roses present with almonds. It works quite well! Cherry bloosoms are there too.

Delicate, smooth, floral green tea, although the base is not very present. Maybe even better.

Flavors: Almond, Cherry Blossom, Floral, Rose

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML
tea-sipper

yeah, I’ve only seen Dammann Freres use the word “heliotrope”. haha

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94

I got sample sachet of it, not a loose leaf. But it is available only in bulk otherwise.

I finally finished the garden, it is all mowed, but the parts where I started I can mow again, hehe.

Green tea sounds good for me today, as today is going to be long day. As I said, I was mowing (in the early morning), now tea and breakfast and then to Uni city to return books I have from library, lunch and whole afternoon to work. No more inventory checks, but warehouse office job. I was looking forward for it since I started to do inventory checks. It is different company too (I was working there previous two summers).

Tea?
82 °C water, 4-5 minutes steep.
Tea looks good in sachet, quite big leaves (as unusual for sachets) and some wonderful white petals and flowers. Liquor is quite light green and clear.

Aroma is as usual for DF teas strongly floral, with peach notes. I can imagine those nice fuzzy peaches while smelling it. Nice, ripe, fuzzy peach. Soon they will be ready there. We have a peach tree on garden.

The taste is though bit different. It is refreshing verbena flavour with peach sweetness. Good choice. There is as well floral-honeyish aftertaste. Too bad I have just a single sachet.

Great tea!

Flavors: Floral, Fruit Tree Flowers, Herbs, Honey, Peach

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 15 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

We are 35C and above every day for two weeks now. We are mowing every five to six days! We have heard about heat waves in Europe. Is it quite hot where you are, too?

Martin Bednář

We are keeping our garden rather like a meadow combined with orchard. Indeed we caught heat wave, when I was at that customs post office it was worst (around 35 °C), now it was few days just around 30 °C (even that is too much for me :) ) Now another superextreme (sic!) weather is coming, 35 °C should be minimum for next week.

I do not like it at all, we do not have AC in office.

ashmanra

Oh no! Do your evenings cool off well? I would like it so much if our evenings were cool, but they are not. Our lows are about 24C and sometimes higher,

ashmanra

The meadow and orchard setting sounds heavenly…

Martin Bednář

A bit, not much. And sleeping in room where is about 25 °C is way too much in my opinion.
I think lows are similar here. About 22-25°C

ashmanra

It is 32C right now and climbing. We just had lunch under a dogwood tree outside, with a huge pedestal fan pointed at us! We drank Blueberry Green iced sweet tea. Temps are still climbing, so supper will almost certainly be indoors, but we do love eating outside if the weather cooperates!

Martin Bednář

Yep, iced tea is almost only opinion right now. Though I had again Calabria from DF. At least it was bit refreshing.

gmathis

We’re at 34; that’ll be our daytime high (look at me doing temperature conversions … OK, I asked Google). The fridge can’t chill fast enough to suit me—got a couple Mason jars going that I can’t wait to try.

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85

Whoa…
there is a big demonstration against Prime Minister (mostly) over here. I am not taking part beause of upcoming exams.

So, I am at home, watching live stream, drinking tea.
This tea was last remaining from DF I have not tried. I am big fan of salted caramel, but in tea it was something I could not really imagine.

But the tea was great!
There is not much of base noticable, liquor is yellow-green and when I had a sachet in and I moved the sachet, it looked even bit oily.

But the tea – itself. As I already said, base is not really noticable, but the taste was great. Slightly mineral and salty with little sweetness beneath. But it is not awfully sweet, nor awfully salty. It was just correct amount of both. And as it is butter caramel, little bit of buttery taste is there too.

But none of the tastes was awfully strong. They work so well together making whole drink good, bit creamy as well.

Great!

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Mineral, Salty, Sweet

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Martin Bednář

If somebody wants to read what is happening here:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48737467

Kittenna

Yikes. Thanks for the link; I hadn’t heard that this was going on. (I haven’t been watching the news here lately, but I’m sure it’s made international headlines.)

gmathis

Caramel and oolong are lovely together. (And thanks for the link as well—my attention is often focused far too much on my own little 7-mile daily radius!)

ashmanra

I sent the link to my youngest who is going to be there in just a month! I think it will enrich her experience to be aware of both history and present day events.

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85

Morning tea.

Simple, 4 red fruits. Sachet version. It smells after red currant when dry. I notice one bit of strawberry in, maybe even smaller pieces of currant. So it is not much, but better than just artificial flavouring. Soon is red currant ripe here; so we will make homemade syrups again. Much better than bought ones.

Ahm, tea. 4-5 minutes steep. Red fruits aroma for sure. Bit of cherries, bit of strawberries. Red currant is there too, raspberry I do not notice. Maybe in kind of raspberry seeds – then it is weakly there.

In taste raspberry is more present. I would say it is bit generic, but in good way. It is fruity. All four are more or less noticable.

Flavors: Cherry, Red Fruits, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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90

Morning refreshing tea?
Morning tea!

It is 8 am – so time for start the day. I need to study for Friday exam. So let me pick some green tea. I decided for this one, becasue it is actually last one I have not tried from the DF box. And butter salted caramel oolong is not what I want to drink in the morning.

I used about 90 °C water, added tea sachet and watched the leaves grow. As the sachet is quite big, they expanded to full lenght! They are usually torn into small pieces, not really whole leaves, but they are quite big.

I did not know what to expect, because it contains ginger bits, lime oil, passion fruit flavour. The tea has got nice yellow-green colour.

It smells very floral, with notes of passion fruits and citruses.

In taste it is actually very refreshing! with fruity notes of passion fruit, but ginger makes it not so sweet as one can expect. But it is not too spicy because of ginger. Probably my most favourite green tea I had from this box.

Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Fruity, Passion Fruits

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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83

I am surprised that this tea was not here!

Another Earl Grey today, or some similar blend with bergamot. This is acutally called Earl Grey instead of the morning “Grand Gout Russe”. In sachet there are quite nice amount of green leaves, including blue flowers as picture shows. The bergamot was certainly noticable after I took sachet out of foil prison.

I think the blue flower will be cornflower and is there just for colour. Looks pretty though.

After 4 minutes of steeping I get a nice, clear and lime green liquor. I was expecting a bergamot explosion of aroma, but instead I rather got a slightly bergamot and slightly needles.

In taste though, it is more about the bergamot. Yeah, it tastes like classic Earl Grey with a green tea base instead of black tea. It is more refreshing. The needles are still noticable too. I do not mind it actually!

I like that the tea, even steeped for 4 minutes is not buttery at all and not overwhelming grass notes. It is earl grey, so it tastes like it. Just maybe bit rough on tongue tip.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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83

Sachet version.

I took it out of golden and woderful bag, and a lime aroma struck me. Then there were some bergamot notes too.

Tea itself have malty aromas, bit of citrus fruits, maybe even bit of smokiness.
Quite dark, copper colour. Clear.

In taste it is actually quite sweet. The lime flavour is really strong, but then a bergamot appears. I expected tea base much stronger. Overall, it is smooth, refreshing black tea. Enjoyable.

Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey, Lime, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

I used to have a tea by DF called Gout Russe Douchka. It has been a while, but I remember it being very good.

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77
drank Bali by Dammann Freres
238 tasting notes

Good morning from sweaty Martin :)
Yep, it is 9 am and I am already sweating. I am not really fan of it. Certainly I do not like drops of sweat on my forehead while writing on chat with friends. Especially in the morning.

So, I took another green tea, in a hope it will be refreshing and went to the living room.
The liquor is nice, green and clear.

Aroma: Strongly floral and bit of fruits. It smells like some perfume, but not overpowering.

Taste is quite fruity (grapefruit, peach) but bit too strong and artificial. It tastes quite good, but certainly overpowering the tea base.

For floral lovers, certainly a deal. Not for me so much though.

Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Floral, Grapefruit, Peach

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
LuckyMe

Floral lover here but found this blend way too perfumey. Having tried a number of their blends, Dammann Freres feels like a tea company that aspires to make perfume

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74

I guess this would not be my favourite blend.

I never had a pecan pie. I think it is because pecans are expensive here.

When I took out the bag it was very sweet in aroma with roasted almonds. Not much pecans. And certainly marzipan.

I brewed it for 4+ minutes, with, I guess, 93 °C water.
It was mostly marzipan scent again, bit of almonds. When sipped it was really marzipan sweet and roasted nuts and finally bit of pecans. But unfortunately, the sweetness was bit too much for me. The black tea base did nothing in matter of taste in my opinion.

I understand it can be lovely tea for somebody, but certainly not my cup of tea.

Snack pairing with pecan (I bought it because of this tea) whirl pastry.

Flavors: Almond, Marzipan, Pecan, Roast nuts

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
gmathis

Never had a pecan pie? Mercy! You do need to visit :)

Martin Bednář

I know I need to :D

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drank Touareg by Dammann Freres
238 tasting notes

I wanted something kind of refreshing.
Green tea sounds quite good, with mint even more.

I do not know how hot water was – my brother just filled my cup after he filled his coffee. So I guess something above 90°C. But actually I do not think it has some negative effect.

Tea liquor is golden and clear. Tea itself is very tasty, refreshing and smooth. I think I had tea bag in maybe even for little longer time than 3 minutes but I can´t tell because I was preparing ice cream.

But overall, it is nice tea and refreshing in this hot afternoon. I won´t rate, as I do not have steeping parameters. No additives (it is supposed to be great with lots of sugar).
3 sachets remaining.

Flavors: Mint, Smooth

Preparation
12 OZ / 350 ML

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85

Blue garden.
Jardin bleu.
But why when strawberry tea?

Yep, there are blue notes in black tea sea in sachet.
Strongly aromatic. Rhubarb mostly. Wild strawberries too. Aromas are great.

This is so strawberry in taste. I not biting one, right? Strawberries with cream. That’s it. Little rhubarb tartness. Great morning tea.

Flavors: Cream, Rhubarb, Strawberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML

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drank Pop Corn by Dammann Freres
8304 tasting notes

Thanks for the share VariaTea!

I spent basically the entire time I was drinking this trying to figure out if it was flavoured or not – because it basically just tasted like a Genmaicha on a black tea base (more body; a bit maltier) but also had more buttery notes that I think should be natural for the tea/rice. Without looking up the ingredients, I’m like 90% sure there’s flavouring to enhance the buttery element (straight up butter flavour IS a thing used in tea blends sometimes) – and maybe something like a biscuit flavouring for just a HINT of sweetness? Even still, it’s a nice blend and very smooth – doesn’t seem heavy of the flavouring (if it’s there) and captures the Popcorn/Genmaicha vibe nicely.

I enjoyed it!

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93

And SIPDOWN!
Haha, I had just one sachet of it. It was a sample in package of two boxes I received from Swiss friend Fabiana. Thank you!

Dry leaf aroma was soo great. Orange, grapefruits, maybe some other citrus fruits too. And then! Spices – nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, orange zest, lemon zest.

Used 85 °C hot water, steeping for 4 and half minutes with quick rinse afterwards.
Wonderful clear, golden-copper colour. Shiny.

Wet aroma is full of spices, mainly cloves and cinnamon combined with oranges. Ripe sweet oranges.

And in taste? Yep, oranges again with spicy aftertaste. Hmm, so good. Tea base is nice, not overpowering the fruity taste of this tea. I am not sure if it is not freshly squeezed hot orange juice combined with spices. No tartness, no astringency. It even reminds me maybe some kind of cake?

LOVELY!

Flavors: Orange, Spices

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 45 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Martin Bednář

Oh, and it is my #150 tasting note. Woohoo!

Kawaii433

Congratz Martin :D

Kittenna

Hey, a sipdown’s a sipdown! Congrats on 150 :)

Martin Bednář

Thank you Kawaii433 and Kittenna :)

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I am feeling well, but I just wanted to drink something different. By some accident I got this tea bag full, so I have drink it myself. And nobody likes chamomille in my family. So it is up to me again. I took sachet out and to my surprise I see quite nice number of yellow buds and not much of herbal dust. The string is bit short in my opinion, but it will be okay. I don’t know how old it is.

They suggest 6 minutes steep, so I did. Quite long in my opinion but they know best.
Liquor is clear and golden, no dust. It smells of course after chamomille. But it smells after a pineapple too! As haptiK found out, even they are noticing it.

In taste it is very nice and smooth. The herbal taste is not really strong and that is something I like. Again the pineapple is there. It is quite sweet as a honey a bit as well. Interesting I notice three different tastes in one plain herbal tea. Not even a blend.

Overall, I won´t rate again, as it is just plain chamomille and I don´t like it usually. But this is somehow different and really lovely herbal tea. But I can clearly recommend this tea and that is huge achievement when I recommend pure chamomille!

Flavors: Herbs, Honey, Pineapple

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec 12 OZ / 350 ML
ashmanra

I like chamomile all right but I don’t love it. However, I have discovered that I DO love it really, really cold in hot weather! I put it in a glass bottle in the refrigerator and it is SO refreshing. I hope it also helps my poor tummy.

derk

Martin, I have a package for you but I haven’t been able to access my messages for a few weeks. Can you either send me a message which I will see in my personal email but be unable to respond, or email me your address to the following burn account? “please fix steepster at gmail dot com” with no spaces.

Martin Bednář

derk: e-mail sent :)

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95

One of my favorite. The caramel notes are incredible.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 30 sec 5 g 20 OZ / 600 ML

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73
drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
17 tasting notes

Today, I drank “Jardin Bleu” from Dammann Frères. It’s a black tea with rhubarb and strawberry and wild strawberry aromas. It’s a good tea but a little acidic for me. I taste the strawberries but only it after that. It’s creamy and wow! I want more strawberries! I will try again as an iced tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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71

Light sweet taste in mouth, compare to its powerful fragrance. Dry leaf: The strong salty but sweet fragrances. And the sweetness is not only caramel but also a clear flower note in the end. If you can control the steeping time within 60 seconds, you could brew it up to 5 times I guess (100ml of water).

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Flavors: Caramel, Floral, Salty

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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80
drank Tisane du Roy by Dammann Freres
36 tasting notes

I liked this one more than I expected. The combination of orange/citrus, blackcurrant and red fruits was lovely in fact. The citronella and bergamot were both very light which I really appreciated. Overall, it was a dainty and feminine cup of tea I thought. Very enjoyable!

Flavors: Fruity, Orange, Orange Blossom, Red Fruits

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85
drank Miss Dammann by Dammann Freres
307 tasting notes

Sipped this while watching Bohemian Rhapsody. Such a good movie.

Really nice ginger tea. I put ginger in almost everything I cook, especially in my rice congee. It’s a subtle tea, very smooth. Floral but not too much. Citrusy but not too much. Balanced and the ginger is the star in this one. I was worried that some tasted Jasmine because I can enjoy a little of it but not a lot. No problem in that department. Lovely morning tea if you like Ginger.

Thank you Cameron B.!

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Ginger, Jasmine, Smooth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

I love this one, and I don’t even like ginger that much! I think it’s just a very good balance of passion fruit, lime, and ginger. I don’t remember the floral aspect, I guess I’ll have to try it to refresh my memory. ;)

Kawaii433

I tasted a little Jasmine but it was it was a very good balance. Not many flavored teas are this balanced (I say that with itty bitty experience though lol). Thank you for sharing it with me. It’s great that I got to try a few of Dammann Freres and good ones too!

Todd

Sounds good! Jasmine can certainly be overdone easily.

Kawaii433

@Todd I hope you like it when you try it as we did! :D (If you haven’t already hehe)

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