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drank Miel Orange by Hediard
379 tasting notes

i will begin by thanking ysaurella.

this is not a tea i would normally buy, but i really must rank it highly because of what it accomplishes!

have you ever been around bees? not like when a wasp is dive bombing you while you’re driving on the highway, or when you feel a sharp sting at a picnic…. but observed a hive? or spent time around an apiary?

there are very strong, smiling elements of clumsy, fat honey bees in this tea. i always found that bumble bees had an odd warm smell to them, as though heat generated by all of their busy work. the blend has the same warm, velvet honey flavour to it. very reminiscent of fresh honeycomb that is sold at the farmer’s markets every weekend.

the orange is very subtle… not remotely astringent or sharp. not bitterness from the pith. much more like a honey derived from orange blossoms.

a beautiful pairing. i am beginning to conclude that french tea blenders do not simply create a tea, nor is that their goal… nor is it their goal (for the most part) to be purist as their asian counterparts. they are monet and degas…. they see a pastoral scene— maybe bees working in a field, maybe blueberry shrubs crowding around a single rose bush, and they try to capture its essence. in a tea. for my cup.

ingenious. impressive.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Nightshifter

Lovely description! And the thought of clumsy, fat honey bees makes me smile. :)

JustJames

my swap with ysaurella has completely respun my understanding of tea blending… this skill set is on par with that a perfumer… more like a painting than a beverage.

Ysaurella

I’m happy you appreciated this one too.
European blends are very different from North American ones and that may be the thing you are putting the finger on. However for sure, Frenchs are much more on painting, writing and perfume when they create a tea but I didn’t send you the dark side of the French Blends ahahaha…(this is the laugh of the evil French tea Joker !) we have some of meh companies and teas, nothing poetic with them…

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Nightshifter

Lovely description! And the thought of clumsy, fat honey bees makes me smile. :)

JustJames

my swap with ysaurella has completely respun my understanding of tea blending… this skill set is on par with that a perfumer… more like a painting than a beverage.

Ysaurella

I’m happy you appreciated this one too.
European blends are very different from North American ones and that may be the thing you are putting the finger on. However for sure, Frenchs are much more on painting, writing and perfume when they create a tea but I didn’t send you the dark side of the French Blends ahahaha…(this is the laugh of the evil French tea Joker !) we have some of meh companies and teas, nothing poetic with them…

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Time For A ReWrite!

A good friend of mine on here kindly asked me to do the Steepster world a favour and list my allergies front and center (fair enough, lol):

-COFFEE … rare, nasty, not even a bit funny if i’m exposed. (call me original)

-ROOIBOOS … is a new appearance. under certain circumstances i’m okay with it (ie if it’s GREEN and paired with mate) but because i have an auto immune disease i try not to poke at things.

*NOT an allergy, but an abnormality that drives my tea buddies bananas, i AM INCAPABLE OF TASTING CARAMEL AND TOFFEE. so i thought i’d list it at the top too. it’s very annoying. they smell great!!?

Hi! I’m James!

I’m a student: double major of human geography and psychology with the intention of chasing a double doctorate. (reading that over it occurs to me again that i must be crazy).

i’m a live and let live sort. i look and see alot of silver linings. my discovery of tea has only served to further that viewpoint. for me tea is art and nuance, watercolours and bold brushstrokes….

swaps are grand things! the element of surprise in a tea swap completely trumps forrest gump’s chocolate box life metaphor, lol.

favourites: french teas dammann freres, mariage freres and nina’s paris especially.

i have recently discovered a german tea company that has romanced me: tea gschwendner (sp?)

mandala teas is brilliant and a company i count on.

justea and tealet are companies i study because of both their exceptional products and and business models, as well as their work with farmers who are TOO POOR for fair trade certification. this is highly relevant to my studies.

90-100 i need more
80-90 i might need more, or it might be a respect vote
below 75? it was likely an oops buy. my evolution into french teas has vastly focused what i like!!

however, i’m always open to trying things.

dislikes so far: guayasa, darjeeling, most peach teas.

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