1920 Tasting Notes

drank La Naissance by Fauchon
1920 tasting notes

Due to mentions on Facebook about this tea, I had to have a BIG MUG last night.

Om nom nom. SO so good, especially with milk. Almondy rosey biscuits.

This might be my favourite Fauchon tea. Maybe.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Soo… I may have just “accidentally” placed a rather big Mandala order. Including this! (And on a side note, I totally forgot to get some Smark Soak to try. WHOOPS.)

I blame the order on Sil. And Dex. And my paypal balance that I was actually trying to save for the next month of Tea Club. :)

So I hadn’t tried this version yet. I have a sample of the 2008 and it is divine. I’m not sure how different, I’d have to test them side by side to see what I think. But I’m really liking this. It’s tea. Definitely tea. Hay and pea shoots. Sweet, malt, hopefully highly caffeinated.

I’m drinking part of the 4th steep right now. I combined 1-3.5 in a travel mug for work. It’s a golden shade, looks lovely. And I used a ceramic mug to be extra fancy. :)

Here’s hoping all the cakes I now have survive my rather shoddy storage conditions (paper shopping bags on a shelf in my room…) until I get to drinking them and sharing them out.


if you’re just looking to try the smart soak, remind me next time we talk about packages and i can send some your way


:) That would be awesome. The denture tablets work great, but I hate how they’re all so grossly minty.


yeah just don’t let me forget. I picked up a bunch the other day

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Many thanks to Amariel for this tea!

I tried this yesterday, and wasn’t sure what to say about it. The dry tea smells lovely, and looks like it has some huge leaves rolled up there. It’s floral, and slightly green smelling.

Steeped, it unfortunately has some of the oolong flavour that’s really hard for me to describe that I do not like. I’ve called it things like “seaweedy” before. That’s sort of it. This tea is mostly floral, I’m guessing from the osmanthus as well as the tea itself. The texture is nice, not too thin even though I was doing shortish steeps. But something about the flavour just hits my tastebuds the wrong way.

Thank you Amariel for sharing, but I don’t think this is for me.


Aww, sorry it didn’t work out for you.

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Oh dear. I’m almost through this tea too! :(

It’s amazing tonight with some of that maple whipped cream I made earlier. Om nom nom. Great accompaniment to a new book – Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. It has music and dragons. Yes.


That sounds like the perfect evening! I enjoyed Seraphina :)


I stayed up all night reading it and feel so under awake right now…

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This is similar to the Moonlight cake I got from The Chinese Tea Shop, but it is also different.

The flavour is a little more savoury to begin with, less of that honey-sweet intensity. It doesn’t really need a strainer as most of the leaves are whole, but there are some small bits that come through on the steeps. Nothing really to be concerned with, though.

I really like this one as well. It starts differently and has more of an umami feel to its lingering honey aftertaste in the later steeps.

I expect about 7 steeps out of this.


4 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

woot woot


How many of this kind of tea can I collect, Sil? :P I will probably order White Night before bed… I can’t resist.

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This is a really nice lapsang! It’s smoky, but not too smoky… and it tastes SUPER GREAT with maple whipped cream.


https://instagram.com/p/00gBKwR5Dt/ (In Dexter’s handmade cup! Thanks so much! :D )

1.5 tsp in 10 oz, 2:45, 195F)

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

We’re tea twins today! Ha!


Maple whipped cream sounds absolutely amazing!!


Awesome! :D I went for this because it’s pouring out. Still contemplating the Farmer’s Market, but… so much rain.


Maple whipped cream sounds fantastic. Happy that you found a use for the bowl :)


beelicious, maple whipped cream is just cream whipped with a little maple syrup. How much depends on how sweet you want it!

And of course I found a use for the bowl, Dex! :)


whaaaaaat?! I need to learn how to make that :P


Looks yum! Gorgeous cup too! :)

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drank Pomme Cannelle by Casino
1920 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample, MissB!

Yes, another one from Europe. Haha. We’re so lucky!

I actually really like this tea. It’s fresh baked apple, nice and bright and true. And some cinnamon. And probably some other things too. I’m having it with 1/2 tsp honey to bring out the flavours a bit more, and yum.

Definitely one I’d get more of, especially in the fall! It would be such a good fall tea.

2 tea bags in 16 oz, 4 minutes at 200F.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Gin Fizz by Jardin du Thé
1920 tasting notes

Thanks to MissB and Sil for the sample. :) Well. “Sample.”

Dry, this smells amazing. So limey and fresh! Unfortunately, once steeped it has a scent I really don’t care for. I’m not sure if it’s the green tea or the lime peel or what.

Sipping on it, it’s mostly lime and a bit of ginger. I could see this being really good sweetened and chilled, but… I’m not a huge fan of iced tea unless it’s a cold steeped fruity thing.

Tasty, but not quite for me. :) Oh well. I have more teas to try!

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank O'Connor's Cream by TeaGschwendner
1920 tasting notes

Drank the last of this today, with a large splash of cream.

I still quite like it, but IDK I think I’m moving away from the chocolate/cream/heavy kind of flavoured teas because it’s so springy. If I have flavoured teas, I want citrus and berries and flowers and toasted rice…

Maybe I’ll have to get more for the fall. :)

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Diyi Cornfields Shu by Verdant Tea
1920 tasting notes

Ohhhhh this is good!

Smells like toasted basmati rice. Tastes like toasted basmati rice.

Om nom nom (I think I’m going to go put on a pot of rice to cook!).

(Flash steeping 3g in my teensy gaiwan that I haven’t measured yet.)

Edit: It started with a garnet hue, like pineapple pomegranate juice or wine, almost. It’s steeping out and is more of an amber colour now. So pretty. So tasty. I must be on steep 8 or 9.


i seriously need to just spend a week with only my puerhs


Yes. Me too. :D Tea-cation. I’m just puttering in the kitchen (also I have to vacuum) and making cup after cup of this… Mmm…….


Mmmmmm this sounds amazing


i did not like it. just swapped 2 oz.


have you tried rice mini tuo from Tao Tea Leaf? I like them both, shou maybe teensy better. but sheng is quite good too. not dusty, leaves are pretty good


I’ve only tried one rice tuo and I don’t remember where it’s from. I dont even know if it was ripe or raw.

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

Also: A map of tea places in Vancouver. I’ve been to some of them, but not a lot. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!


Vancouver, BC, Canada



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