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drank Lime Blossom by Dammann Freres
1077 tasting notes

Wow, this is something totally different and my first Dammann Freres. My favorite florals in teas are citrus blossoms – orange, pomelo and lemon – but they’ve only been mixed in with true teas in small amounts or used in scenting.

I’m not sure what else is in the bag, possibly lime leaf? I was initially put off by the smell of the bag with its strong perfumey aroma but I went through with an infusion. It turns out the brewed tea smells incredibly of floral perfume, not fake and sickening but nevertheless intense in its own way. It is absolutely intoxicating. The taste is light and smooth, a tinge woody and tart but it is mostly dominated by the retronasal activity of the heady and floral lime blossom.

I’ve never been to a spa, but I’ve read about Cameron B mentioning a tisane as being a ‘spa blend.’ This lime blossom tisane seems like one such a place would serve. It’s heady yet light and relaxing and would best be kept a rare treat, at least for me.

Edit: bumped up the rating a little. Wanted to add that I do think tasting this would be a polarizing experience.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

Yaaa… that does not sound like something I could handle, heh.

derk

Hey everybody, this isn’t a citrus blossom. I did some reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilia and found this is the flower of a temperate tree species in the genus Tilia which contains other species commonly known as lime, linden or basswood depending upon the locale in Europe or the States. The scent of the flower is evocative of a citrus blossom to me (perhaps wishful thinking?). Still an incredible experience.

Chelsey DuBois

Great review!! I’ve got to try this!

ashmanra

I had a tea once with tilia and now I can’t remember which it was. Probably something from Dammann or Gurman’s.

derk

I was browsing earlier through Dammann Frères’ website and saw several of their herbal tisanes contain these flowers. Some of those tisanes went into a wishlist.

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Mastress Alita

Yaaa… that does not sound like something I could handle, heh.

derk

Hey everybody, this isn’t a citrus blossom. I did some reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilia and found this is the flower of a temperate tree species in the genus Tilia which contains other species commonly known as lime, linden or basswood depending upon the locale in Europe or the States. The scent of the flower is evocative of a citrus blossom to me (perhaps wishful thinking?). Still an incredible experience.

Chelsey DuBois

Great review!! I’ve got to try this!

ashmanra

I had a tea once with tilia and now I can’t remember which it was. Probably something from Dammann or Gurman’s.

derk

I was browsing earlier through Dammann Frères’ website and saw several of their herbal tisanes contain these flowers. Some of those tisanes went into a wishlist.

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Always open to gifting or swapping teas. I do send international when feasible. Please follow and send a message if you see a tea in my notes or cupboard that piques your interest.

Tea became a hobby and my daily drink of choice some time late in the last decade. My introduction to loose leaf came in the form of dumpster-dived Wuyi oolong packets that somebody left upon moving out of an apartment building. From there, my palate expanded to teas from across China and the world. I used to focus more on taste and still harbor the habit, but after trying sheng puer, I tend to focus more on how a tea feels in my body. Does it complement my constitution? Does it change my mood or does it enhance my current mindstate? Flavored teas are not a favorite but I do drink them intermittently.

In terms of who I am, you could consider me a jill of all trades. Specialty is not my strength, as can be seen in the spread of my tea notes. I might have attention issues. One thing I will always love is riding a bicycle.

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