268 Tasting Notes
Yesterday was my Mom’s birthday. To celebrate it, I took her and my daughter this morning to have a brunch in Paris at Le Bouillon des Colonies :http://www.bouillondescolonies.com/
It was a nice brunch and the waitress was exceptionnal, very kind and sweet with a real sense of service.
Everything went well even if my daughter decided at one point to suddenly eat bacon with her hands !
The restaurant is serving Mariage Frères teas and this one with the Brunch.
I had a lovely teapot and a teabag.
You know how unsure is a steep in a restaurant, we never know which temperature they used for the water. I would say it was a 85 or 90°C.
I left the teabag 3minutes only and I have had a splendid light amber liquor, smelling delicious bergamot.
This is surely an Earl Grey but very floral, refreshing and sparkling. The base was really wonderful and made me think to try more first flush Darjeelings even if I tended to think 2nd flushs were my favourite. A very thin but lovely hint of astringency.
A very refined and elegant tea. Very unusual tea base for an Earl Grey but clearly a success.
Still exploring *Dexter3657*’s samples. Thank you so much for all these samples !
This one really earthy and roasty and has a strong burnt taste,. It even has almost a smocky taste when you have it very hot, not at all when it cools.
It is medium bodied. I think I would have prefered it a little stronger bodied due to the notes it reveals : earth,roast requier to my opinion and to my tastes a robust body.
Whatever, it is really a very good tea as it is.
Thanks again for sharing Dexter3657
Incredible but I am the very first to review this tea. It is again a sample I picked out the huge swap box the kind Dexter3657 sent me.
The box is so huge I generally do a blind pick out…ramdom pick out…until a certain point ! I picked out first an assam this morning and I was like awwww no, not an assam this morning ! My second try was this Jin Xuan black and I am very pleased it was this one.
First I loved the leaves : long, rolled up, very dark. I tend to prefer plain teas with full leaves instead of cut ones.
The scent was not very expressive, almost absent.
Le liquor was amber, not so dark and its smell was typically Taiwanese, yes it was smelling exactly like a lot of Taiwanese teas. ohohohohoho I was quite interesting because I espacially appreciate when a taiwanese tea liquor smells so good.
Drinking it it was clearly a nice Taiwanese tea with dominant notes of honey and mature fruits. I liked the roastiness as well.It reminded me a little Butiki Teas’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain black but with less body, less notes of honey and fruits.
While cooling the notes were growing and becoming even extrovert.
Butiki’s TWMB and this one are kind of cousin teas.
My preference remains to Butiki Teas but it is really nice to have met this one as well.
I get this sample thanks to the lovely Dexter3657
This is my first Tea Vivre and first Golden Monkey I think.
After 2 minutes steeping I already get a very dark beverage. It is very malty without being strong.
I detect very nice notes of sweet patatoes, the most proeminent to me, and, behind cocoa notes, tasting more like cocoa powder.
Sadly I don’t get the honey notes promised and this is one of my favourite notes in plain black teas along with mature fruit notes.
This is a pleasant cup of tea, really but probably not my first choice for a black tea cup in the morning.
I can perfectly understand why it is so high rated here oon Steepster, it is just not among my favourites.
Really not bad for a tea bag. I stole this sachet in the hotel yesterday (yes…I am a robber :) but wanted a plain black for breakfast and saw this one I absolutely wanted to try as well so I put the tea bag in my purse !)
Very decent black tea base with a light flavour of lemon, abolutely perfect for beginning an horrible afternoon at work ! why horrible …because I hate to follow and check waht people are doing, I really prefer when they do it just because we already asked 3 times…but…c’est la vie. As this tea there is always a very thin bitterness to everything.
Flavors: Lemon Zest
It was my morning tea in the train to reach Aix en Provence. The SNCF, the national French train company uses now Compagnie Coloniale as unique brand for the tea served in all their restaurant coaches.
I am quite happy to see Lipton disappearing from main lines trains. Unfortunately the employees are not aware the water should be boiling (or at least near). I would say they served me a water at 60 or 65°C…hard time for a Darjeeling.
It was so clear liquor I was really worried but the taste was light and very pleasant. I detected a fruity note .
I need to buy some to get a correct preparation (home made…) but I really think this tea should be one of the type of Darjeeling I really appreciate (even if it mainly comes from a first flush and is from green type)
Thank you Dexter3657 for sharing this blend with me.
I’va always been curious of this one especially after reading several notes of Ashmanra about it.
This is my first tea of the morning as it is supposed to be a bergamot tea and I find really nice to begin the day with an EG or even an EG’s spin off.
The liquor is very dark, depth and smells honey and berries.
Drinking it, I still get the honey notes and a little bergamot, stronger on berries, probably black currants to me, not sure.
I really appreciate the smoothness of this tea, free of any bitteness, almost creamy.
The flavours are not overpowering the tea itself and are subtile, natural and elegant flavours.
The tea base made of a mix of Chinese black teas is a medium bodied tea which pair perfectly with the subtile flavours evocated above in the note.
A very lovely blend.
why cannot I find bergamot nor citrus in the flavour rolling menu ? did you have the same lack ? It seems crazy it is not already present
--so I decided not adding anything for flavours if I cannot immediately add all the ones I picked out
well what a strange tea. I picked it out the enormous swap box Dexter3657 sent me because I have been attracted by the leaves…of course I have thought it was an Oolong because it looks like an Oolong but no this is not…and however it comes from Taiwan and I adore Taiwanese teas…
And now I am sipping it after a 3 minutes steeping and…I am perplexe…I cannot really say what I feel about it and what I can taste. I it a medium black bodied tea, I would say a little malty with very little candied fruits.
It is a pleasant tea but really strange tea exactly like some people you meet and cannot really grasp their personnality.
Maybe I should meet this tea sevenral times…
I received this tea in a swap with Dexter3657 thank you so much for sending me such a lovely black tea.
It smells cocoa and a earthy not. I brew it western style. The liquor is quite darked amber.
I really enjoy it both very hot and as it cools even if I absolutely agree with Dexter3657 the main lovely notes for me , the fruity ones & apricot especially and baked bread, are most present while the tea is cooling.
The only little point is I would have prefered it with a little bit more body and it is “just” medium bodied. This is a very little point because I do frankly love it.
I’ll retry with a longer steep to see if I can ameliorate the body to adjust to my tastes.
Flavors: Apricot, Baked Bread, Cocoa, Earth