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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Dammann Freres Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Thé des Cigales'

Tea Information:
Tea: Thé des Cigales
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Dammann Freres
Purchase: Here
Description: Yunnan tea, flavoured with fresh fig, essential oils of clementine and nutmeg. Sprinkled with seeds of lavender, sunflowers, petals of red roses and orange peels. Time of infusion : 4 to 5 minutes
Ingredients: ?

Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp
Water: 22 oz filtered, boiling
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer in cup
Steep Time: a little over 4 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: orange, fig
Steeped Tea Smell: black tea
Flavor: smooth black tea
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: none
Liquor: translucent brown

I really didn't get any of the flavors listed strongly in the scent or the flavor. I think perhaps a longer steep or more leaves are in order.

As it is I find it a smooth black tea, nothing special.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Rating: 2/4 leaves


Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing




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