Dammann Freres

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Got this in a sample with my DF advent calendar. I definitely get a mild goji flavor, and a slight nuttiness. Really nice and smooth. Pretty enjoyable, but not extraordinary.

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drank Bougainville by Dammann Freres
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My giant Dammann Freres advent calendar arrived today and so in order of its arrival, I am finishing off (what I believe to be) the last Dammann tea I had in my cupboard prior to the order’s arrival. To be extra festive, I even had it in a Christmas-themed mug. Check out the picture here: https://www.instagram.com/p/B372an1hEat/

This tea’s best before date passed in April of this year but it is not bad. It is not great either but that’s likely my fault. I don’t hate the base like I sometimes do in fruity French teas and I think that is because the fruits in this, i.e. plum and fig (which may not actually be in the tea but something tastes like it), tend to compliment that more dark/flat base tea (sorry if this is not making any sense). Essentially this is generically fruity but not in a bright or sweet sort of way. It is more dried fruits-fruity, a little less sweet and slightly passed its prime. Again, that latter part may because the tea is past it’s best before date.
I also get some creaminess which was unexpected. I think that is the vanilla coming through.

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I’ve been having some issues with caffeine recently, so I’ve been cutting back on my daily intake – which means that my routine of having 5 espresso shots in the morning has had to change into a nice cup of chamomile tea or any other available herbal tea. Don’t get me wrong, I always love a cosy cup of chamomile, but I’ve been wanting to spice things up a bit with a fancier kind of tisane so I bought this at my local tea shop.

Long story short, I really like it. I have to admit, I’ve always seen herbal tea as the “punishment version” of tea, the disappointing ersatz you have to go for if tea is unavailable, but I realise this was based on nothing but ignorance. This blend is as good as any solid tea blend I’ve tasted and it’s a genuine pleasure to have this for brunch on a nice Sunday morning. It’s not going to replace my caramel rooibos as an afternoon stimulant-free treat but it’s a great blend and very pleasant to sip.

It tastes very refreshing and it has no hibiscus. Finding a hibiscus-free tisane at the shop was very hard and I’m grateful they sold this one.

I recommend this one as a flowery, fancy tisane for when you’ve got friends over and you’re all detoxing from caffeine.

Flavors: Flowers, Rhubarb

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Last of the free samples from my DF order – and the only one that I might have actually ordered for myself based on the name/description. Pear and candied chestnuts/chestnut cream!? Where do I sign up!?

Ok – so starting observation is that you really cannot smell the white tea or the chestnut from the steeped liquor aroma; it’s very, very heavy on the pear notes. The pear is sweet and creamy smell, with a very floral undertone. When you got to take a sip!? This is a bit of a lighter tea and very smooth – the pear is really all you taste at first, as well. It’s much like the aroma, but a little bit more floral in its undertones. It’s a damn good tasting pear! That’s about everything you get. That is, until you swallow!

That’s when the rest of the magic happens – if the body taste is all pear, then the finish is all chestnut cream. It’s silky, but distinctly a creamy and sweet chestnut that you don’t get otherwise. It’s sort of crazy how that happens – no chestnut at all otherwise and then, bam! Lingering chestnut on the bed of your mouth. It really makes you slow down and sip away at the tea slowly, really savoring the cup & that’s quite nice, makes it feel even more calm and gentle.

I liked this a lot, and it’s something I could definitely see myself ordering!

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One of the free samples from my DF order – and honestly something I likely wouldn’t have bought for myself, but I’m glad it was included because I thought this was actually really incredible! DF blends have this amazing ability to really nail their intended flavours (more often than not) while still feeling more delicate/refined and allowing the base teas to come through really well – and this is an excellent example of that.

The chocolate note is there but it’s much less intense than you would get from a more North American style of chocolate tea. They’re silky and velvety while still having the richness of a really nice, high quality chocolate. The other main note here is the “praline” which is sweet and nutty, kind of like a praline or almond brittle? You experience the chocolate note first – very smooth and graceful, and then it transitions into more of this sweet nuttyness. It reminds me a bit of a very nice, fancy “praline truffle” kind of thing you might get from a box of very high end French chocolates. It’s so nice, but most importantly you also get the black tea at the same time!

I enjoyed this a lot – it’s like the more grown up version of DT’s Chocolate Covered Almond, and while both are good and have a purpose this is something I think I could find myself drinking more often. Thanks DF for including it!

Martin Bednář

Sounds lovely!

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Recently ordered an Advent Calendar from DF, but also picked up a bunch of teas as well. Mostly teas I’ve had before and loved or that I needed a tin top up of but this was one it new to me which jumped out. I love pear, I love houjicha – so of course I just need to experience them together.

I like this a lot but it is a little bit weird. The houjicha is roasty, coppery and toasty/comforting and the pear is sweet and juicy with just a bit of a floral undertone to it. Independently both are amazing, though they don’t perfectly compliment. I feel like a “bridge flavour” is needed – like maybe cinnamon? Then you could argue the taste is kind of like a poached pear. However, even still I think this is yummy!

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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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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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drank Bali by Dammann Freres
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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drank Bali by Dammann Freres
315 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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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
315 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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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
8621 tasting notes

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Finished this off earlier today and for whatever reason it was just much nicer than my last cup. Sweeter and more lively overall despite a relatively simple flavour note – just a sort of buttery toasted rice element, that does remind me of popcorn. I don’t know why I sometimes like this a lot and sometimes didn’t – but I am glad I tried it!

Thanks VariaTEA for the share!

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drank Pop Corn by Dammann Freres
8621 tasting notes

Drank this one earlier in the week – it’s not one of the DF blends from my more recent order but something I got from VariaTea a little while back…

I guess I was subconsciously in a popped rice mood because all three of the teas I pulled from my stash in the morning (I grab like 1-5 teas every day from my own stash to drink at work; otherwise I’d never make a dent in my stash) happened to have popped rice in them. That wasn’t a conscious decision – just a thing that happened.

This was the most boring of the teas I grabbed – and I don’t really feel like it’s the tea’s fault for that; it’s a simple blend in the first place. It does taste a lot like popcorn, but very flat and somewhat stale popcorn without any sweetness/buttery elements. Maybe would have benefited from a touch of milk and sweetener, for liveliness.

VariaTEA

Also probably would be better off if it was fresher :(

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drank Pop Corn by Dammann Freres
8621 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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