1216 Tasting Notes

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Surprisingly tasty, like a fruity cherry with a hint of floral/woodsy notes. No idea where I grabbed this other than I did somewhere in France. Thought I could use a tea that helped me with the massive amounts of food I’ve ingested while in France, and thus… :)

Flavors: Cherry, Floral, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Thought of omgsrsly while making and sipping this one – I think it may end up on her shelf! For whatever reason, I’m having an allergic reaction to this tea, so I’ve stopped drinking it. Found it in a cute health food store in the heart of Grenoble, France, with about 10 other infusions La Vie Claire makes themselves (Infusion Après Repas, Infusion du Soir, Infusion Apaisante, Infusion Joli Tent, etc.) Quite fascinating really, that a tea company would choose to only create organic tisanes and nothing else.

Regardless, this was inexpensive, and made me think of a roast beef au jus with all the rosemary in it. Had no idea there were rosehips at all. Smells amazing.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dustin

Did you just get back from France? Did you visit all the tea shops? Was it dreamy? Tea is all I can think about now when I think of France!

MissB

Still in France! Housesitting… And sending packages back to Sil so she can share with everyone. :) have only visited ones in grenoble so far.

Dustin

Nice! Sounds like a great way to spend the holidays! I look forward to seeing other reviews on the tea treasures you find!

OMGsrsly

Ohhh that sounds so cool! Rosemary and lemon thyme? It’s really too bad you’re having a reaction to it.

Terri HarpLady

What a fun way to spend the holidaze!

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84
drank Thé Noir Agrumes by Casino
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This smells and tastes like caramel, even though it’s an orange cinnamon spiced tea. Surprisingly delicious, with hints of orange coming through at the end. Creamy, dessert-like. Interestingly, the box suggests having it with a piece of spice cake and a scoop of caramel ice cream.

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Creamy, Orange, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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81

Had this last night and wish I had more to drink… sadly it only came in a specialty box, and I think I either grabbed the only one, or sent the other bag to Sil. Very unusual ginger tea, with something lightly and pleasantly floral in it, and then the lemongrass and cinnamon were lovely additions. I’ll definitely keep my eye out for more of this!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Floral, Ginger, Lemongrass, Spicy

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

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78

Found this next to a black kiwi flavored tea in an Asian grocery store, middle of nowhere, France. They had lots of loose leaf teas as well to try, but this one spoke to me for whatever reason. Came in a tin, then in plastic, and filled to the brim with loose black tea. Looks like a mix of Chinese blacks.

The base is quite beautiful. It’s rich and aromatic, like a soft nut, with a touch of something floral and then a tropical sweetness to it. The flavor is like a green pineapple, which is interesting to me considering I’ve only ever had it once, and it’s used only for medicinal purposes (where it’s even eaten at all). There’s a flowery note as well, plus way back there something chocolatey and rich.

It’s quite an unusual tea; think lychee or green pineapple and it’s pretty darn close. Not sure if I’ll drink the 50g of it, but it was inexpensive and easily shared.

Flavors: Cocoa, Flowers, Lychee, Pineapple, Thick, Tropical

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

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76

Grabbed this… in Ireland?… at a health food shop, in a box of 20 tea flavors. Really fruity, would be an excellent iced tea, mostly raspberry (and genuinely so) with the tartness from the rosehips and hibiscus. Normally I’d avoid a tea with these two ingredients in it, but the raspberries.. it’s like drinking a tart raspberry juice. Yum!

Flavors: Raspberry, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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74
drank Christmas Afternoon by Twinings
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Hm. Did I have this one yesterday instead of Christmas Caddy Tea? Sigh. This is very familiar. More fruity though, like a Christmas cake, with a strong vanilla in it. Slightly creamy, slightly astringent… is it the tea kettle? I don’t get it. Everything is drying and astrigent. I need to try something else.

Flavors: Cake, Dried Fruit, Drying, Vanilla

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

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72

Had to add the French name to this tea, otherwise I’d never find it and we’d get duplicates. Tried it both hot and cold, and I much preferred it hot. Like an almond marzipan, if you’re into that sort of thing? Not really my cup of tea.

Left boiled water to cool for an hour and then used it to steep this tea. Yes, the teapot was still hot to the touch, so I thought it about right.

Flavors: Almond, Marzipan

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

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72
drank Christmas Tea by Fortnum & Mason
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I’m a bit shocked by the other reviews of this tea. I grabbed a tin of it (smallest I could get), had a cup, and passed along the rest to Sil for sharing. Perhaps it’s a different blend every year? Dunno. Regardless, this is amazing hot, but cooled it’s extremely drying and astringent, a bit surprisingly so. Hot however… oh wowie. Spiced like a plum or orange with cloves in it, rich and full bodied, it’s quite lovely. Not as creamy as the Twinings Christmas Caddy Tea though, so I think that one’s my favorite at this point.

Flavors: Astringent, Cloves, Drying, Orange, Plums, Red Wine

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

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73

Wasn’t terribly sure about this one, so I only grabbed one bag for myself at the Twinings store in London. (How I wish every tea company offered the same!) Sadly, this means I don’t have an ingredient list, although there are no strawberries in it… this I checked.

Regardless. Wasn’t a fan at all of this hot. The dragon fruit flavor was surprisingly strong, and while I don’t mind it, I prefer raspberries. Cold however, this tisane sung, and I could have easily had a liter of it. Tart yet sweet, very authentically raspberry with the dragon fruit only coming in a bit at the end. I could see making this iced all summer, if I had easy access to this tea.

Flavors: Raspberry, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 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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