689 Tasting Notes

I went and picked up 50g of this yesterday after having some from my swap with MirandaGou. And evidently, I was none too soon, because I’ve got an upset stomach now. Joy. I’ve been writing out cue cards all afternoon for my exam Tuesday, and I’ve got such a good roll going I don’t want to stop just because of my stomach. I also cannot seem to warm up no matter how many layers I apply, so hopefully this will ease my stomach and heat me up. Yay ginger!

P.S. I sent in some flavours for the first time yesterday, and one of them was ginger. It’s not in the flavour database yet, but hopefully soon.

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drank L'Automne by Fauchon
689 tasting notes

VariaTEA sent such a generous amount of this, I made a cup each for J and I this evening. I am really enjoying this tea, which continually amazes me. The orange seems to work well with the rooibos base – simultaneously balancing each other so neither is overwhelming, but so they’re both still present. The chocolate flavour is lovely in the background.

At this point, any herbal or rooibos that I like enough to keep around needs to be added to my cupboard. I love my black teas, but I have an awful tendency to forget to eat, but continue to drink black tea, and the caffeine just wreaks havoc on my empty stomach.

Does anyone know the best way to order Fauchon to Canada?

Sil

i haven’t figured it out yet courtney…let me know if you figure it out. i ADORE this tea… drinking it atm..

Courtney

I’m on their website, but to contact them you need to fill in all your details! I suppose I could. I do adore this tea.

VariaTEA

I am so glad you are enjoying this. It was good but I am not a chocolate orange lover so this would not have been appreciated if it stayed with me. I am grateful I got to try it though.

Sil

gasp

Courtney

Even their shipping prices within Europe seem outrageous. Sigh. I’m finding so many things I need in Europe now, just weeks after my Swedish friend left for Australia.

Terri HarpLady

This one is in my lineup!
BTW, my son’s best friend Matt married a girl from France that he met online. I still haven’t met her, but I’d love to ask her to pick up some teas when she goes home to visit :)

Sil

hahaha dooo eeeet

Courtney

Yes Terri, that’s awesome! My friends fiance is French, and he may still have family there too. I’m sure there’s some way we can conspire to get some Fauchon across the ocean.

Sil

how about…you guys pay ME to go and i’ll bring it all back…deliver it to your doors ;)

yyz

You might want to contact the people at Fouvrac to see if they are carrying any at the moment. There is some Fauchon in their Facebook pictures put not in their menu of teas though they say it is incomplete. The main French lines they have seem to be Betjeman and Barton and kusmi but they do phone orders if they carry it.
https://m.facebook.com/lefouvrac?id=220918191303544&_rdr

VariaTEA

yyz, everytime you mention Fouvrac I am so tempted to venture over to the store to check it out.

Sil

I WANNA GO TOOOOOOO

VariaTEA

I think it might be a bit easier for me to get there. You are welcome to come visit and we can go together :P

Courtney

Me too, me too!

VariaTEA

All are welcome :)

MissB

This is WONDERFUL stuff. I grabbed all of mine at Winners, and have yet to find it on their website, or anywhere else that will ship to Canada.

yyz

I have a list I want there cherry tea, les classiques, one of their straight black blends two of their greens ( one is meant to taste of lemon macaroons, one with a Yunnan base their smokey jasmine and according to one chat group I read their oolong Paris s’éveille is better than MF wedding imperial.

Courtney

I also have an ongoing list. I may check the Winner’s handy me tomorrow. There’s also a Holt here.

yyz

It’s possible they may appear again at winners last time it seemed it was within a few weeks after the vente privée sale.

Courtney

I haven’t heard of this sale? I do hope they reappear.

yyz

It was the us only online sale listed in miscellaneous sales thread. They seem to be doing it seasonally.

Sil

Vents privee didn’t have this…you didn’t miss it lol it was the firsts thing I looked for haha

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This is actually a lovely tea. I avoided this one for a time, then I discovered Bangkok, which has ginger, and decided maybe ginger wasn’t so bad after all. I didn’t want to buy a bunch of this myself, so MirandaGou was awesome and sent some in a swap. It’s sweetly gingery with a little kick of peppercorn. Truly what the name suggests. Today has been a good tea day, and I’ve secretly been sipping down swap samples. I’m almost through them all. Mwuahaha.

Next I will have to try the Ginger Crystals I see pop up on my feed so often.

Update: This tea is heating me from the inside out. I can actually feel it go down my esophagus and hit my stomach. I’m always cold so that is just delightful!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

this looks good! I love ginger….

Courtney

You should try it! I went out and picked up 50g immediately haha.

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This one came my way from KittyLovesTea – thanks!

What an interesting black tea. It’s so creamy! I love creaminess in teas. The flavour is creamy and thick, yet also light. There’s a very subtle nutty flavour in the background as well. Somewhat reminiscent of a green tea minus any vegetal flavour. I’m so happy I got a chance to try this one.

I started off the day so productively with studying, and I’ve really lost some speed on that front. However, on the upside, I’ve gotten rid of a bunch of stuff on Kijiji hah. Yay for ridding my life of clutter.

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

woot! goodbye clutter!

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This one was sent to me by VariaTEA :)

I bypassed this one in favour of Campfire Blend in my Verdant order, and now I’m wishing I hadn’t haha! This one is much better. The black tea is so lovely with nice spiciness to it. It’s almost cake-like. I must have more.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

i like them both a LOT…my only complaint about this one is that it needs a bit more tea in the bag

VariaTEA

This was not for me so I am glad it went somewhere where it was appreciated.

Courtney

Yes I agree about the tea Sil, but I much prefer this to Campfire Blend. Thanks VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

Your welcome :). I am glad our recent swaps have been quite successful.

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This was my morning tea choice, and it is delightful. Delightfully malty. I think it’s safe to say Assams are my favourite black teas. This is also my first tea from RiverTea, yay.

I drove J to work at 6am this morning, then I immediately got in the shower so I wouldn’t go back to sleep. It’s only 8am and I’ve already made decent headway into my weekend of studying.

http://instagram.com/p/kI91kluZGT/

Thanks for sharing MirandaGou!

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
Sil

i should pull this one out this weekend. It’s the last of the 3 i picked up that i haven’t tried yet.

Courtney

It’s a good choice :) I’m putting it on my order list.

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drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
689 tasting notes

My Nina’s order arrived today!

This tea is really well done. In teas with vanilla and other flavours, I feel the vanilla mostly comes through in the softening of the other flavours. This tea is no exception. The raspberry and red currant work well with the base tea, but there’s no mistaking them. I’m not so sure I’m getting caramel, but there is a sweetness in the sip that could be it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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Yum raspberry! I love a good raspberry tea. This is reminding me of the raspberry in 52Teas Raspberry Cream. The white base works great here, and the raspberry comes through clearly, with a hint of creaminess to round it out. Really a great tea. I would consider reordering this one.

Thanks for sharing VariaTEA!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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This one came in our Della Terra order. We only ordered Lemon Chiffon, which is J’s tea, so technically it doesn’t count toward my tea ordering.

This is actually a pretty decent tea. There are very few Della Terra teas that have amazed me, and while this one doesn’t amaze me, it’s still tasty. I’m not getting any spice at all, but the apple is there and a sweetness, which I’ll say is the toffee. Overall a decent cup, I’ll have no problem finishing off our sample.

Also, my proposal was accepted! I will be presenting to the biology department at the end of the term, so it’s high time to work on my social anxiety.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
VariaTEA

YAY!! Congrats on your proposal getting accepted.

TeaBrat

congrads! you can work on the social anxiety. I think I have it too.

Jennkay

Congrats! That’s pretty exciting :)

keychange

Congrats! onwards and upwards!

caile

That’s great! Congrats!!

Cavocorax

Woo! Congrats!

OMGsrsly

Yay! You can do it. :)

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drank L'Automne by Fauchon
689 tasting notes

Hello there orange chocolate. Or chocolate orange. The rooibos isn’t overly strong here, and I really dislike fruits and chocolate together (why would someone ruin a perfectly good piece of fruit?!), but amazingly, this tea I may actually be enjoying. What is happening?

I must be because the rooibos is well hidden. We’ll go with that.

Thanks for sharing VariaTEA!

Flavors: Chocolate, Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, and all things summer.

That’s my mug! I may have a slight love of Star Trek.

I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Likes:
Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

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