390 Tasting Notes


Another tea arriving from Canada thanks to Jillian .

A not so very black leaf escapes from the lovely tiny gold package, it is curly , fragrant and it really suggests the very best.

I respect strictly Aura Teas statements in terms of temperature, but I choose to brew this tea Western way for 5 minutes.

The leaf really reveals its darkness when wet . It unfolds quite well but the second infusion will be necessary to fully unfold it apparently.

The infusion is of a beautiful brown amber . A strong smell of honey and fruit comes from the infusion . I’m in heaven . I can already see the best in terms of taste .

This tea is absolutely delicious ,a lot of honey , strong fruit : apricots, peaches , almost candied fruit. The texture is light bodied, it slightly envelops the palate, it’s fresh.

He has also a long finish . This tea is eminently done for me, totally my type. Jillian thank you , you could not make me happier than this type of tea .

You can see pics of my session of this tea in my new red ceramic teapot here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/formosa-natural-wuhe-honey-black-tea-aura-teas/

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woot! awesome


Your teapot is beautiful!


@Veronica thank you, this is a second hand as one of my friends was looking for a new family for her teapot she thought about me :)
@ Sil : it may be one of the Canadian companies you’ll explore in 2015


What a lovely teapot!


thank you Nicole :)

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This is a joyful flavoured tea . It has a black tea base , basic but correct, which welcomes and accommodate burlat cherry, black scrumptious .

Normally the dry leaf is mixed with pretty pink flowers but for today they decided to remain in the bottom of my box.

Just by opening the tea box , waoooh what an heady scent of beautiful ripe and sweet cherry … .I want to prepare a full teapot , let’s go.

The cut sheet swells a bit , not so much.

The liquor is of a black / dark red, deep .

For once the cherry keeps its promises in a tea : a real cherry, natural , fleshy, voluptuous , generous . A cherry “forbidden fruit” , not a cherry blossom with just a little cherry fruit.

And for once it is a black tea base and not a green one… Frankly thank you Betjeman & Barton. And congrats.

You can see pics of my session with this tea here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/cerise-noire-betjeman-barton/

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Se Chung by Mariage Frères
390 tasting notes

Another tea I have the chance to taste thanks to cteresa , obrigada Teresa .

It is an Oolong and an highly oxidized variety .

I decided to brew at 100 ° c as Teresa wrote no indication and because I am a phenomenal lazy people and don’t want to go to check on MF’s website (which by the way often gives wacky brewing indications on this site)

The liquor is quite dark for an Oolong , meaning we are drinking an highly roasted variety.

The taste is strong too. The flavours that emerge in the first place are earth, malt, wood.

The aftertaste reveals some cocoa notes and a fairly pronounced fruity note . I am unable to identify the fruit, stone fruit but which one?

It is not a great roasted Oolong but it is more than respectable .

Ultimately the site Mariage gives no recommendations for infusion , incredible isn’t it?

Pics of the session are available here :http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/se-chung-mariage-freres/

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I love this tea. Betjeman says it is supposed to remind English Pudding.Thanks God , no ! I hate English Pudding but love this cinnamon, apple, almond and ginger tea !

Pics are available here : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/il-etait-une-fois-noel-betjeman-barton/

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Cameron B.

Cute name! Is “Once Upon a Christmas Time” correct?


absolutely :)

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I found this little sample in my sample box. I never had it, stupid me.
So first and last time with this tea.
It is an organic green tea Huangshan Mao Feng embellished with pieces of apples cut in thin slices and potato cubes.

Let’s say it is extremely subtile . nice, buttered – subtle but very mellow , it is rather focused on the apple. The potato gives a little body to the overall architecture of this tea. The base is very noticeable.

I liked it. I prefered the first steep.

Thank you Stacy & Butiki Teas for her creativity and the sample.

Pics of my session with Potato Pancakes & Applesauce are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/potato-pancakes-applesauce-butiki-teas/

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

Love the second pic down. It looks tasty.

Cameron B.

Cute Christmas mug! :)


@Stacy it was absolutely tasty.
@Cameron thank you :)

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Morning tea and God knows I prefer black teas or super oxidized Oolongs in the morning … but for one time I decided to try this sample offered by Angel Teavivre .

This tea has a beautiful pale green tea colour, translucent. The infusion lasts 5 minutes but it can be up to 10 minutes according to the information provided by Teavivre .

The coloring process is very slow .

The leaves are whole leaves of course and look pretty “dry” after the infusion . They do not seem to hold water. Funny.

The taste of this tieguanyin is floral, light and extremely refreshing but in my opinion it contains a type of flower I particularly like : the rose.

It also has a creamy texture , slightly buttery . The finish is clear , light , “clean” . An afternoon tea for my tastes and an exceptional tea.
Strangely it is not my favourite from all my Oolong samples kindly sent by Teavivre but I like it.

Pics of this lovely tea are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/12/07/nonpareil-anxi-qing-xiang-tieguanyin-oolong-tea-teavivre/

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It annoys me every time to have to classify a Darjeeling into black teas . Yet it is … technically . But the heart of Darjeelings remains green in my opinion. Darjeeling Chameleon should be the real name of these teas .

This Sungma is quite exceptional . At the same time I really like Sungmas …

The liquor is really orange , a dark amber.

This Sungma is not bitter , just a touch . The taste is sweet and fruity . Muscatel is indeed the guest of honor in this summer Darjeeling and normally of most of summer Darjeelings and I am absolutely delighted because this is what I love . It does not have a too green taste. The texture is light, almost Sparkly .

I still love this one and it remains a staple.

Pics of my session with Sungma are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/12/06/sungma-ftfgop1-mariage-freres-2nde-revue/

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i agree ysaurella!


Good suggestion! Darjeeling Chameleon"! Je suis d’accord! ;-)


I just have now to convince the Darjeeling producers to change the name of their label :D

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Warning ! I am tasting the second “monkey” of Teavivre . This is again a beautiful sample offered by Angel . Slighly roasted . Green . A teguanyin to sum up … but not just any!

A beautiful rolled leaf that unfolds entirely at the first infusion. It Looks like a salad :)

It is a so sweet tea , green , floral even very floral but also a little fruity. A nice fruit , peach, but not from a too sweet variety , too heady .

The long finish is impressive. The taste lasts and lasts … it makes me want to go directly to a second infusion. Let’s do that !

The body and texture of the juice remains intact for the second infusion but the peach is more present. The light creamy taste is still there too. Adorable tea. I don’t know which one I prefer between the first and the second monkey Teavivre . Alike and also dissonant . I like both .

Some pics are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/anxi-monkey-king-ma-liu-mie-tie-guan-yin-oolong-tea-teavivre/

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Cameron B.

You’re the adorable one! <3


thank you Cameron :)

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Well, I decided to make me a full teapot of this one . This tea as the brand will disappear and I must say that I try to keep it as long as possible because I really love it. Its scheduled disappearance , I consider it as a drama.

Since 2 months I do not drink this tea anymore whereas it brightened all my Sundays or Saturdays mornings. I now have the experience of this tea and it is almost impossible to spoil it . Its whole leaves are so long , dark and bright that I have the same impatience every time to start their infusion.

The simple fact of opening the box where I store Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black is a delight. Its dry smell is just unequalled : dried fruits , honey … it’s an extraordinary fragrance.

And it tastes absolutely wonderful. The first time my daughter tasted in my cup she thought it was a flavoured tea and not a plain tea . And yet for sure nature is full of flavours exacerbated , no need of additives.

Stone fruits are the guests of honor of this tea : apricot, peach, plum . The raisin is not forgotten and honey is flowing freely . Each tasting is both the same and another tea, natural flavors by thousand hide or reveal themselves infusion after infusion.

This tea remains the most greedy, the most decadent , the most opulent I ever drank. Although I think I found his replacement with Taiwan Tea Crafts and its Oriental Beauty Oolong Premium Grade lot 342 , there are still in this unique black tea some tones and notes that the Oolong does not have .

Heartache in perspective.

Some pics are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/11/30/taiwanese-wild-mountain-black-butiki-teas-le-chagrin/

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yeah… a few TTC teas are close, but just not quite the same.


I’ll buy a full package of kleenex the day I’ll finish my tin of TWMB, really.


Maybe Butiki would be willing to part with their supplier to another tea vendor at some point? I only say that because the announcement said the closing was permanent.

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This very lightly roasted Oolong , I love it. It is exquisite.

Dark green oolong with rolled leaves go for 5 minutes into aboiling water.
The wet leaves look terribly like spinach branchs.

With the taste everything changes. Here is a festival of flavours . Peach succeeds honey, puffed rice to nuts and warm bread… It has also floral notes , characteristic of Tieguanyin but I prefer them in this tea vs the high mountain Oolong tea because these notes are not isolated here.

The texture is also interesting : fluid, light yet creamy , mellow . I really really love this tea.

I cannot resist to reproduce here what Teavivre explains about the name of this tea :
" Legend has it that the cliff is too abrupt for people to pick the Oolong tea leaves. Therefore, monkey is trained to climb the cliff and help tea farmers pick the Oolong tea leaves. Another saying goes that tea farmers need to tie a rope around the waist during the process of picking, just like a monkey. Hence obtains its name"

Lovely tea that offers a very pale yellow liquid.

You can see pics of my session here :http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/taiwan-monkey-picked-ma-liu-mie-tie-guan-yin-oolong-tea-teavivre/

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Cameron B.

I love this one! I’m becoming quite attached to these light-medium roast oolongs. :)


it is absolutely a fantastic medium roasted Oolong

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First, please forgive me for my English and all the grammatical mistakes you’ll find in my posts.
As English isn’t my mother tongue it sometimes makes things more difficult to express cleverly and accurately what I feel.

I was mainly in black flavoured teas, green as well if not bitter.
I’m now drinking much straight teas because my palate is now developed enough to appreciate them .

My favourite brands are : Mariage Frères,Theodor,Butiki Teas,Dammann Frères, Betjeman & Barton.
My ratings are as follow :

100 to 95 : my darlings; always in my cupboard

94 to 90 : Excellent tea, often in my cupboard

89 to 80 : very good tea, a pleasure to drink it

79 to 70: not bad even nice, why not having it sometimes, but well, not so urgent !

69 to 50 : Meh, deceptive or just not for me – but has some qualities

49 to 30 : I just don’t appreciate it

Under 30 : is this tea ?!?!?

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