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Apparently today is caramel day!  And I haven’t written a note for this yet.  It hasn’t really inspired a note when I have tried it before.  This is from the old group order (and almost gone now.)  The leaf looks very roasted, which is why it would not be a favorite of mine.  But it’s not too bad in the roast/mineral department!  And even years later, I do have a hint of burnt sugar/caramel to the leaf which is an interesting pairing with the roasted oolong.  By the third steep, both the flavor and leaf are drastically faded.  I’m glad I tried this, but nothing I need to have again.  (SO many I want to try from DF though!)
I also had today: Matcha Outlet’s Caramel Matchaccino (in a blueberry/cantaloupe smoothie) and Tea Desire’s Caramel Puerh.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug //  20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 //  12 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #3 //  2 min after boiling // 3 min

gmathis

This sounds a lot like a Sugar Caramel Oolong from Golden Moon I used to rave about. (Alas, I don’t see it in GM’s lineup any more.)

tea-sipper

gmathis – I was going to say I never had that one, but looking it up, I did! It seems they lost it when they went organic. My note says it was a floral/pineapple tasting oolong, so not roasted like this one.

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Like the other DF tea I tried, I find the flavoring here to be too mild for me. It tastes lightly of sour cherry, which is pleasant, but it’s just such a little hint of flavor. The cup mostly tastes like absolutely nothing. What I’m tasting isn’t even right. Oh well, I don’t want to bother trying this one again.

Courtney

Such a shame! I love this one. :)

AJRimmer

Yeah, I think I must not be able to appreciate the mild flavors since I’m used to stronger flavoring.

Cameron B.

This one is very beloved, but I don’t get it either for some reason. Ha ha…

Courtney

That’s fair! I think a lot of stronger flavoured things are too much for me, so it’s great there are so many different teas for different tastes!

ashmanra

This was one of the first teas I tried when I began drinking loose leaf, and one of the first that ever absolutely knocked my socks off. I haven’t had it in years so I don’t know if I would feel the same.

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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
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This tea sounded really good and Cameron B graciously offered to send me some!

I tried it first with Ashman as a huge pot with bagels for breakfast. Since it was brand new to me I didn’t do my usual two steeps put together thing, but drank it full strength.

It was very good, but neither of us got fruit or flowers. I asked Ashman if he tasted fruit and he said not at all. I thought I tasted burnt caramel and he agreed that was spot on.

But we were supposed to taste something else, something fruity, so I tried it again the next day for breakfast when I was alone. I used 205F water instead of 212F and took the steep time down just a tad. And there it is! Baked apricot!

It was ever bit as good as I thought it would be! Thank you so much, Cameron B! It was a great tea and fun to try!

Cameron B.

I wish I got apricot and caramel ha ha, I mostly get orange blossom!

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I had this tea for the first time at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans. I loved it! I don’t like fruit teas, but I do enjoy black that include some fruits. It just feels tender, a tad sweet, and deliciously smoothed. One of my favorites. I drink it black

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drank Christmas Tea by Dammann Freres
996 tasting notes

I overleafed this, but it’s still weak enough that I was afraid to add milk. Even the black tea itself is super light in flavor. Without looking at the ingredients, it tastes a little like almonds (apparently that’s not right at all). I’ve tried this a few times now, and I just can’t squeeze more flavor out of it. The flavor is actually quite pleasant, it’s just too light for me. Maybe it’s something my palate has to get used to because I feel like as I drink more of this, I am enjoying it more.

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drank Happy Green by Dammann Freres
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Kiki has been summoned by Cameron B.!

“Ohhh it smells good. It smells kinda floral and fruity. Smells kinda peach-like. No-no it smells like a berry, blackberry or something. Not quince. Maybe it’s got a little jasmine flower to it, too. I’m a little rusty. Strawberry, it’s strawberry isn’t it? Is it raspberry? It’s not apricot. Apple?

Oh, I do taste the kiwi and green apple now that I know! Even the cucumber!

It tastes good, naturally sweet. That’s good. I like it. I would buy it again. It’s clean-tasting and satisfying. I really like it. I’d give it an 8 and a half. I think when I want to drink it again, it’s gotta be 8 or above. This is very nice, light but flavorful. Thank you, Cameron B. Very sweet you are."

I sneaked two sips before I passed it to Kiki. Really good kiwi flavor, and some green apple and cucumber. Good body. I might be a little jealous she got the mug!

ashmanra

Oooh, what a neat sounding blend!

derk

Two sips was good enough to add to my DF wishlist. The kiwi note was awesome.

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I´m honestly only guessing the origin of this tea, as I bought it in a small independent tea shop in Belgium, and I´ve been told that a lot of these tea shops get their tea at the big French houses.
It´s one of those teas (again ;-) ) I tend to buy on an impulse, and then store somewhere to forget where…until I move to another place or decide to clean out my tea cabinet! Fortunately, the tea was stored in an airtight pouch, and so, it actually is still very fragrant. It´s not the best earl grey I´ve drunk, but it´s enjoyable, not too strong and quite elegant (discretely floral).

Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Happy Dreams by Dammann Freres
1088 tasting notes

Dammann Frères Advent Day 23 (23-February 2021)

It’s Lexa’s birthday eve!

Yep, this is lemongrass-y. Lemongrass always reminds me of my time volunteering at a yoga studio many years ago – happy memories. There is also subtle hints of vanilla, lemon, and perhaps star anise, but the lemongrass is so string, these flavours get fairly lost unless I’m really concentrating on finding them.

Overall a good cuppa, but I don’t really need this one in my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Dammann Frères Advent Day 21 (21-February 2021)

This tea is delightful! The puffed rice blends nicely with the green base both the chocolate and orange is here and enjoyable. I really enjoy DF’s chocolate flavour, it makes me think of a thin chocolate biscuit one might have with tea. There’s hints of anise and hazelnut, but they stay in the background and are a lovely addition.

Lexa really liked this one too. This one will definitely make its way into a future DF order!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

I really liked the maple syrup flavor here, but mine had way too much star anise in it, unfortunately.

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Dammann Frères Advent Day 20 (20-February 2021)

This tea is AMAZING. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been dancing around the house all morning to old school tunes that make me think of home and my early 20’s or what.

I really wanted to add this one to my order from December solely due to the fingerlime, which I have a bizarre intrigue with since becoming obsessed with Masterchef Australia many years ago. Alas, I didn’t add it because what if the bergamot didn’t agree with me and 100g…now I just have to place a new order because I love it so much. This is definitely a sign that I need to just live sometimes.

The dry tea had a delightful grapefruit scent. The bergamot is here, but mellowed out. And there’s a hint of sweetness that is perhaps the fingerlime in the background. The base is strong, but also mellow and balanced with the ingredients. Lexa enjoyed her cuppa too, but I loved it so much she donated half of her cup to me so I could enjoy more haha!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

I love this one too, the lime is such a nice, bright addition!

Martin Bednář

I highly liked this one as well!

Courtney

Yay for such an enjoyable tea :)

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Dammann Frères Advent Day 17 (17-February 2021)

This one is really great! Lexa immediately said it tasted like coffee, which intrigued me. I definitely got the hojicha, vanilla, and pear flavours and they work so incredibly well together. I would definitely consider ordering this one for our cupboard.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Rooibos de Noël by Dammann Freres
1088 tasting notes

Dammann Frères Advent Day 16 (16-February 2021)

I forgot about this tea until it was pretty cold, but it’s still tasty! I’m getting mostly orange here and I quite enjoy orange and rooibos. I’ve nothing to complain about here!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Granola d'Hiver by Dammann Freres
1088 tasting notes

Dammann Frères Advent Day 14 (14-February 2021)

We did a massive purge declutter yesterday and I drank this tea during, but honestly didn’t catch any in depth notes.

The tea was really good, very popcorn-like with a hint of sweetness. Very true to form, but I don’t know that I’m a huge popcorn tea fan. Nonetheless, another enjoyable cuppa from DF!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
derk

Decluttering is one of my favorite activities. So is acquiring more tea :P

Courtney

Hahah yes, same here!

Cameron B.

I loved this one! Such a nice maple syrup flavor.

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drank Spicy Coco by Dammann Freres
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Dammann Frères Advent Day 15 (15-February 2021)

This tea smells delicious dry. Very fruity.

The flavour is really well done here. The passionfruit comes through clearly and is so delicious. The scent is almost intoxicating. It feels very tropical. There’s a hint of spiciness that doesn’t overtake at all and adds some depth here. I love that DF is all about the passionfruit!

Lexa is loving this one too, and we would definitely order this for our cupboard. This DF calendar has been great so far!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

This was surprised me so much, because I was expecting a coconut chai ha ha.

Courtney

I agree! But I love it so much more than I assume I would’ve enjoyed a coconut chai. :)

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Dammann Frères Advent Day 13 (13-February 2021)

Another delicious tea from DF! I was always a little hesitant to order this one, but I will definitely add it into my next order.

The carrot comes through really nicely here, with an almost cream cheese flavour as well! I’m really impressed with this one. I love that the cinnamon is almost non-existent because it sadly ruined Carrot Cake from B&B for me.

Lexa loves this one too!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

Did I send you the S&V version? I haven’t tried it yet, but based on their other desserty green rooibos blends, I’m expecting greatness.

Courtney

I don’t have a note on that one, so I guess not!

Cameron B.

Adding it to the list! XD

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drank Mint Chaï by Dammann Freres
1088 tasting notes

Dammann Frères Advent Day 12 (12-February 2021)

I think this tea works really well! The mint and chai spices are so strong on their own that together, they create a perfect balance. Not too minty, not too chai – just right.

I also enjoy that this is a herbal blend and Lex says she loves it. We both said we could have this in our cupboard. :) What a great start to a Friday!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

Happy Friday!

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drank Palm Beach by Dammann Freres
1088 tasting notes

Dammann Frères Advent Day 11 (11-February 2021)

The dry scent here is very banana — I hope that translates into the flavour!

The banana flavour does come through, but much more subtly. I’m quite enjoying this. The green base complements nicely.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Magic Ginger by Dammann Freres
1088 tasting notes

Dammann Frères Advent Day 9 (9-February 2021)

I have to say I was not excited when I opened the advent and saw this tea, but try anything once!

There is semi-muted ginger here, with some sort of woody flavour layered on top that I don’t recognize. I don’t get much honey or lime.

Lexa says this tastes like cologne XD.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

My note says “ginger soap” ha ha…

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drank Noël à Pékin by Dammann Freres
1088 tasting notes

Dammann Frères Advent Day 7 (8-February 2021)

This one is really good! I’m mostly getting passionfruit here with a hint of mango and almost a grapefruit flavour? I’m finding it super enjoyable and actually happy that the bergamot doesn’t seem to be coming through.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

I LOVED this one! It’s at the top of my list for a reorder. I always seem to love it when DF does passion fruit…

Courtney

I am with you — I loved the passionfruit flavour. That’s what I was hoping for with Miss Dammann as well. At least it was here. :)

Cameron B.

More for me! \o/

derk

BIGDROOL

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Another one from Courtney. I think I only have one left after this – yay for sipping down swap samples!

I believe this is the rooibos version of a black tea I have called Charlotte aux Fruits Rouges, which Dammann doesn’t seem to carry anymore. Unfortunately, I don’t like this quite as much…

Don’t get me wrong, it’s perfectly tasty. There’s a jammy, strawberry-heavy red fruits flavor that goes well with the woody rooibos base. But I feel like I don’t get a whole lot of the biscuit here. I wonder if the rooibos is overpowering it or something? I remember there being more buttery biscuit goodness in the black version. It also tastes like there’s a hint of lavender, which is something I also found in another red fruits tea from Dammann.

I’ll have to pull the other one out and enjoy it before it doesn’t have any flavor left!

Flavors: Cookie, Floral, Jam, Lavender, Red Fruits, Rooibos, Strawberry, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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So I had to look up what “châtaigne” is. I’ve always seen chestnut as “marron”, so it’s interesting that there’s another word for it. I learned a new French word today! :)

Anyway, I quite like this one. The base is a fairly generic oxidized oolong with a nice cozy autumn leaf sort of flavor. There’s some soft woodiness there as well. It goes really well with the vanilla and nut flavors that are added. The vanilla is very light but adds a nice creaminess, and the nut does reminds me of chestnut with its rich and toasty flavor. I’m not sure whether I get chocolate, but I tend to have a hard time with that anyway.

I’ll have to consider this one for a reorder in the future… It’s so cozy and would be perfect for fall! Thanks for the share, Courtney!

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Chestnut, Cream, Nuts, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I’d be happy to send more because I’m not as much of a fan. :)

Cameron B.

Well feel free to pawn some off on me the next time we swap. ;)

gmathis

Loved this one.

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Dammann Frères Advent Day 8 (7-February 2021)

Lexa didn’t want a black tea today, so we swapped days 7&8.

I’m struggling to determine what exactly I’m tasting, but I can say I’m not really enjoying it.

The tea is a lovely pink colour from the hibiscus and there’s some tartness from the hibiscus, but then things start getting lost. There seems to be a hint of spice that’s most likely the peppercorns. There’s an odd scent that comes into the taste that makes me think of flat, warm cream soda pop. No thanks!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Another one from Courtney!

So I tried steeping it a bit less for this second pot, because the first time I didn’t find much bergamot here. But the shorter steep doesn’t seem to have helped much.

The rooibos here is nice, it has a biscuity sort of quality and doesn’t taste medicinal at all. And there’s just a little hint of bergamot, but I would like a lot more.

So pleasant enough to drink, but not something I would order for myself.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cookie, Smooth, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Dammann Frères Advent Day 6 (6-February 2021)

This smells just like Market Spice! I miss having Market Spice in my cupboard at all times.

I love the spicy sweetness of this tea, with hints of the orange bursting through. True to DF style, it’s more subtle than other MS teas I’ve had, but very enjoyable. Another tea I’d order in the future.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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