1263 Tasting Notes

85
drank Mon Premier Thé by Fauchon
1263 tasting notes

I’m retarded and put this tasting note in the wrong place.

Hm. Still not sure about this one. Cleaned the kettle again, made this tea right away, and it still smelled delicious – this time like raspberry cocoa. Drinking it though just isn’t as lovely as I want it to be. Maybe it’s the tooth stuff I’m fighting (very old root canal that seems to get infected easily, however I’m allergic to most antibiotics, so I’m downing a tremendous amount of raw garlic and oregano oil). Just had a sip cold, and it’s quite lovely – other than the scum on the cup (normal for severe hard water, I know, still icky).

Flavors: Cocoa, Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

I hope your tooth gets better ASAP…. I have bad luck with dental stuff, so I can totally feel where you’re coming from. (and…I do the raw garlic/oregano oil thing too, when it flares up…). :(

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66
drank Peach Mango (black) by Lipton
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Hm. Okay. This is better than the Tropical I had the other day, although it’s very artificial, pow-in-your-face kinda tea. I don’t mind it, it’s cheap (2-3 euros/20), but it also left slime on my teacup — although that could well be the severe hard water issues I have here.

Flavors: Artificial, Mango, Mineral, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Mon Premier Thé by Fauchon
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Gr. Lost the tasting note.

With one sip this is pure raspberry chocolate mousse, the next caramel, and the next a roasty, toasty cocoa. I’m confused, yet really liking it . Must try when I don’t have severe hard water issues like I do here in Brussels.

Bought in the Paris Fauchon store, looseleaf, for about half the price of a tin. Woot!

Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa, Raspberry, Roasted, Thick

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

Oh, WOW!!! I bet this is super yummy!! :D

Fjellrev

Holy shit, I bet it is too.

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62
drank Tropical Fruit by Lipton
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This is such a strange tea, I really can’t quite make whether I like it or not. Grapefruit, kind of, but perfumey (not soapy like the other day). Tart citrus as well. I much prefer Tarte Citron (lemon tart) to this one, or the Peach Mango, which I need to review still.

Flavors: Citrus, Grapefruit, Perfume, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Bourbon Vanilla by Kusmi Tea
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Totally undrinkable. I dumped it. Hoping it’s just user error (I cleaned the teapot right before with white vinegar). This was so bad, I actually gagged.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82
drank Vanille des Îles by Mariage Frères
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In-store this smelled amazing, and I struggled to choose between this and Paris Breakfast (which smelled equally vanilla-y, with perhaps some sort of caramel). There’s a woody, almost paper-like taste to this, as well as a rich softness. The vanilla is divine, hard to describe, not as punchy as I’d like it, but really smooth and elegant. I do like this, a lot.

Grabbed at a chocolate shop in the heart of Brussels, March 16, 2015.

Flavors: Smooth, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dinosara

You must go to Wittamer in Brussels if you haven’t already done so. Their chocolates are amazing! I miss Belgium…

MissB

I hate saying this, but I was told most folks here don’t buy chocolates unless they’re a gift for a tourist. They’re so expensive! Most just get them at the grocery store. The quality and selection are still staggering. So while I might go see a chocolate shop, I’ll rarely buy anything. I’m pretty sure I found The Chocolate Street and The Italian Fashion Street yesterday. Lol

Dinosara

Well, that’s generally true of most places. I mean, in China people just buy tea at the grocery store because the selection and quality are good, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t go to the tea street when I’m there. It’s more the sheer variety and unusual flavors that you just don’t find at a grocery store (and we did go to the grocery store too!). We got some amazing marzipan/chocolate/caramel confections there that I’ve never seen anything like before.

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I really, really like this, however I’m having a hard time describing it. It smells like a hot, tart grapefruit and tastes more like a sour orange, or sweet grapefruit, or a bunch of citrus with a hint of floral that I just can’t place. It’s more robust than say a juice… I’m really perplexed and need to review the ingredient list. Regardless, it’s refreshing and I can easily drink this often.

Flavors: Citrus, Grapefruit, Orange, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

sounds like an SB tea heh

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62
drank Tropical Fruit by Lipton
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Made this with water that had cooled significantly so I’m unsure if that’s why it tastes so… unexpectedly. There’s grapefruit, yes, but it’s… soapy? I get pineapple, kind of, but it’s… floral? I don’t know, this is just not quite right, even though I can tell where it wants to go.

Flavors: Floral, Grapefruit, Pineapple, Soap

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Andalusia by Lipton
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Shockingly sweet citrus/grapefruit tea. I need to have it again because I must’ve done something wrong – it was almost cotton candy sweet.

Flavors: Citrus, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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79
drank Mélange Fauchon Vert by Fauchon
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Here I was trying to have a tea I hadn’t tried yet – and I grab the one I’ve already tried.

I steeped this way too long, so it’s a bit bitter. Still vanilla creamy though, however I’ve lost all the citrus. When done right, this is a lovely, elegant green. This time? I messed it up completely.

Flavors: Cream, Hay, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Having said that, I’m traveling indefinitely (currently in France, was in Ireland and England prior, next up Belgium) so my stash will sit and wait for me, as I send back tea to explore more when I get home again.

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time exploring, playing board games, reading, hiking, hanging with friends.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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