Pop Corn from Dammann Freres. . . .

Back on January 19 aka National Popcorn Day, my teas finally arrived from the States. Since my father lives in LA, I often route tea orders through him to save on shipping. Well, apparently the orders built up because the box that arrived was HUGE! Some of the teas inside were from a Dammann Frere group order. Of course, as soon as I saw the popcorn tea I just couldn’t resist given it being National Popcorn Day and all.

Popcorn tea, in theory, is a fancy name for genmaichas. However, instead of the traditional green tea base, this uses black tea. The black tea is a touch malty but also quite smooth. It also provides a depth that is not normally found with lighter green tea bases.

Moreover, perhaps it is the base or maybe it is the power of persuasion but this is more buttery than the typical genmaicha blend, which is really helping to create the illusion of popcorn. There is a hint of roastiness but more so than anything is the rich popcorn flavor similar to that of Jiffy Pop. The flavor is more on-point than expected so I am really impressed with this tea. Yum!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black Tea
Where to Buy:  Dammann Freres
Description

If you love popped cereals, you simply must experience this tea. It is unusual and completely unpretentious – we’re sure you’ll agree that it’s well worth tasting! The light yet indulgent flavour is perfect to help you relax during a tea break or quiet evening in.

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Rooibos Pecan Pie from Dammann Freres. . . .

The scent of this tea is of lovely, sweet and floral almond. There is also something more explicitly nutty and starchy.. almost like a walnut. The woodsy rooibos comes out in the background, but is overshadowed by the almond.

Sipping… wow, it’s really the almond that I’m tasting. Pure, sweet and gorgeous almond. I don’t really taste much of the pecan pie, but the almond flavor is so yummy, I’m not too disappointed. It would have been nice to taste some pie crust or pecan pie filling. The sweet and nutty flavors work really well with the rooibos base, though. I wish that this tea offered more beyond the marzipan sweetness.. it’s a little one dimensional. I would have liked for there to be more notes at play here.

If you love almonds or marzipan, this is a great caffeine-free alternative to try. It satisfies a craving for something sweet!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Rooibos
Where to Buy:  Dammann Freres
Description

This flavoured rooibos is scrumptiously fragrant, like a delicious home-baked cake, with a medley of nuts – pecans, hazelnuts, almonds and pistachios – and a hint of honey. It is a rounded, creamy and generous blend which creates a flavourful liquor with a beautiful amber colour.

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Bourbon from Dammann Freres

Even though I still drink coffee in the morning to get myself going before work, with the arrival of the cold weather (finally!) I have been reaching for more tea. It’s so nice to pick a tea and sip on it throughout the afternoon and evening. This one sounded warming and sweet, just what I needed this evening when a sugar craving hit.

Sipping… I love that the black tea base is mellow, while also providing a bold base for the added flavors. The vanilla comes out as the sip spreads across your tongue. It reminds me quite a bit of Lucky Charms marshmallows with that pure, sugary sweet flavor. I think the caramel comes out at the tail end, but is almost overshadowed by the vanilla. They blend really well together and really make this cup a delicious treat. The caramel isn’t terribly complex, but brings to mind gooey, sticky strands hugging vanilla beans.

If you’re looking for a simple black tea with the addition of vanilla and caramel, I highly recommend this one. It’s a lovely dessert tea that is great on its own, but might even take milk and sugar well, too. I think it would partner well with a slice of cake or pie.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:
Where to Buy: Dammann Freres
Description

A blend of black teas scented with the aromas of vanilla and caramel. Ideal for lovers of warm, gourmet teas.

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Violette from Dammann Freres. . . . .

I will admit that this wasn’t the first tea that I added to my shopping cart from Dammann Freres. I do like floral teas, but they have to be really special for me to enjoy. Floral teas can either be very nice or they can remind me too much of perfume and cause a headache. I have high hopes that this tea will be tasty.

The scent of this tea is of a rather plain black tea base with a hint of flowers and a handful of juicy blackberries. Sipping… this is a bit different than I expected. The black tea base isn’t really anything special… it’s light and a tiny bit astringent. It honestly reminds me a little bit of store-bought iced tea. The flavor that follows next is sweet and reminds me of berries. I suppose I do detect a bit of something floral, but it isn’t as obvious as other blends.

While this isn’t my favorite tea from Dammann Freres, I do enjoy how unique this tea is especially in the realm of floral blends. If you want to venture into floral teas, but don’t really want something over the top, this would be a good choice.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: Dammann Freres
Description
Blend of black tea perfumed with violet flavor. Close your eyes and breathe you recover the freshness of a undergrowth in spring.
  • Dominant note: Floral notes

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Rooibos Rhubarbe-Coco from Dammann Freres . . . .

I really enjoy teas from Dammann Freres. Even though they’re a bit hard to purchase in the states, I’m thankful that they ship overseas and that I don’t need to travel all the way to France to buy their teas.

I taste creamy coconut with rooibos that reminds me of Coconut Custard from Teas Etc. The coconut doesn’t overwhelm the rooibos. The two work together so well and to be honest, it would be delicious on its own without the rhubarb. The rhubarb comes out after as a tart yet sweet fruity note. I personally wouldn’t think that rhubarb and coconut would go well together, but they do. Just when you find yourself a little overwhelmed by the tart rhubarb or creamy coconut, the other one steps in to keep things nice and balanced. This is a really lovely dessert tea and definitely fills my desire for sweets.

I would recommend trying this tea if you enjoy rooibos with coconut or rhubarb. The combination of the two takes it to the next level and gives you something new and different. Delicious!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy: Dammann Freres
Description

Rhubarb for freshness, coconut for the exotic, two flavors combined with the round and smooth notes of rooibos in a delightfully gourmet infusion.

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