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I cold steeped some of this in the fridge overnight and I have to say it is LOADS better than when I tried it hot. It is still really weird and I still get a ton of baby powder flavor, but the raisin taste has faded and some of the orange and rose has come out on the sip. The aftertaste is still all powder tho. If the flavors from the sip lingered into the aftertaste, I’d have a winner here, but I just can’t get past the powder mouth.

Preparation
Iced
Stephanie

baby powder gag

TeaBrat

Where do you get Fauchon teas in the US?

Dustin

There was a sale from Vente Prive. It is one of those places that gets a limited quantity of stuff from particular brands and does a flash sale. Keep an eye on the sale threat we have on the forum. Someone always posts when they are doing a Fauchon sale. Last year people were finding it at stores like Home Goods and Tjmaxx too, but it is really random there too.

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I’m not 100% sure I have the right year for this tea, but I’m reviewing it here anyways!
When I opened the bag and smelled this tea I thought “Whoa, green and super grassy!”. It wasn’t really a good omen since I’m really not in the mood for super grassy right now, but I decided to try it anyways. Once steeped it was really mellow! That green edge is gone and the tea is nice and mellow. It is light, slightly sweet with no green tang to it. The aftertaste has the faintest tingle on the back sides of my tongue like anise would leave, but much less intense. At one point in the aftertaste it is similar to the aftertaste of having had swam in the ocean. It is the point where you are back on the beach laying down, listening to the sound of the ocean and birds, relaxing and the faint taste of the ocean is still lingering. Then the taste is gone and I’m brought back to the reality of standing in my kitchen reviewing a tea on my computer on an overcast day… far from any ocean. Oh reality, you cruel beast!
My preferences lay with flavored teas, but if I was in the mood for something more basic yet still complex, I would reach for this tea!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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drank Momoko by Lupicia
474 tasting notes

So the free sample with my order worked. I had to have more of this and placed another order. Now I’m happily sipping on another cup of this delicious creamy peach tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
474 tasting notes

“Why would they call this swampwater?” I thought. That is a very non descriptive name. Then I steeped it. Oh, that’s why. I’m guessing it is the black sprinkles that turn the water a deep olive color. I’m not sure what the oily stuff floating on the top is, aside from swampy.The rooibos is nice. I think I prefer green over regular rooibos. Unfortunately I don’t get much else from this tea. I taste a slight fruitiness to it, but it is just a light generic flavor. It gets a big old meh. MEH.
It reminds me of a weaker version of Della Terra’s Black Cat and comparing the two, they look exactly the same in the bag! Now I’m going to have to steep a cup of Black Cat and see how the taste compares too!

Despite the meh, thanks goes out to Moraiwe for the sample. :)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Dustin

Ok, yup same as Black Cat. Tastes much better with sugar.

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This smells really nice and caramel like, but 4 minutes was too long of a steep and the cup went bitter. Still, with enough sugar I drank the whole cup.
Note to self: try 3 minutes next time!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Tochiotome Green by Lupicia
474 tasting notes

Oh man this smells crazy good in the bag! It is this intense juicy strawberry smell with a slight tartness. The instructions say to steep it at boiling water for 1-2 minutes which seems really strange for a green tea. I’m doing a lower temp for my first cup. Once steeped the tea smells fine, but the leaves have a hint of canned cat food scent. WTH?!
Sipping now… there is a strong strawberry taste, a little tart with an almost gummi type flavor to it. I’m not crazy about it so far, but I think I’ll try steeping it the way Lupicia suggests and see if that works out any better. When I ordered, I saw that they have a couple types of strawberry flavored tea and I wonder how this variety (the Japanese variety of strawberry) differs from their others.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

canned cat food LOL ewwwww

Dustin

I know, right?! I have been having the strangest flavors come out in tea lately. Cat food, smoked lox, baby powder.

TeaBrat

I almost got this today but now I’m glad I didn’t :)

Dustin

It could (and likely is) just me. My sense of smell has been inconsistent lately.

I did do the second steep in boiling water and it was bitter once it cooled. I’m sticking with lower temps for my greens.

TeaBrat

you should never really use boiling water for green tea

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drank Creamy Caramel Oolong by Tealish
474 tasting notes

Thanks for this sample Moraiwe!
This really is kinda creamy! It is very light and hints at caramel. It is not a super strong flavor and the oolong is quite subtle. I don’t think I would have picked it out as an oolong. There is almost a hint of mint on the sip and the aftertaste gets a bit more carmely. It is an interesting tea, but not one I’m super taken by.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cherry Blossom by Harney & Sons
474 tasting notes

Thank you Marcel Duchamp for sharing this with me!
I am liking this. It is a light and floral green. I’m not sure exactly what cherry blossoms are supposed to taste like, but this is nice. It tastes similar to a Le Palais tea that I have and checking that bag reveals it is a cherry blossom tea too, so I guess I am learning the taste of the blossom! It isn’t as strong as the Le Palais tea, which I’m thinking I prefer, but it doesn’t have the astringency I was getting on the other either. It is in a convenient bag for steeping on the go, so I think I will save the other bag for when I need tea while out of the house.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Strawberry Paraiso by Teavana
474 tasting notes

I did a rare trip to a mall today and had one of the best Teavana experiences ever! The sales people weren’t pushy or rude at all! The main gal I was talking to was really chill and it made me feel really comfortable and didn’t raise the urge to run out of the store like I have done before.

I decided to get a cup of this iced to go. It smelled really good and didn’t have hibiscus in it like the other strawberry tea I was interested in. The first few sips were good, but then it changed. The beginning of each sip was nice, light and strawberry like, but then it morphed into a light, but very distinctive smoked salmon taste. Like lox without the salt. I’m sure if I added salt it would be dead on. I really do love lox, so I was able to drink it, but I think I prefer that taste NOT in my tea. Glad I didn’t get any of this to take home!

Preparation
Iced
Anna

Aww, that’s so great about your store visit. Less great about the, uh, salmon. Fish should never be liquid.

__Morgana__

LOL. Liquid fish makes me think of SNL and the Bass-o-Matic.

Dustin

I think there is a time and place for liquid fish… like in a bisque with some fish chunks, but I think that is the ONLY time and place.

I never saw that SNL skit. I’m going to have to youtube it.

Dustin

Found it. Oh god… ewww! Drop some strawberries in that blender and it’s probably a close match to that tea!

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! I like a little sugar in my tea. I love caffeinated tea, but since I limit myself to one cup a day, I have been exploring more rooibos and honeybush teas. Rooibos now = meh and I have upped my caffeine tolerance. BRING ME CAFFEINE!!!!

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