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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
388 tasting notes

This is a tea I get thanks to Nicole. Thanks really for that.

Paris…my town…I mean Paris is really my town, the one I love overall on earth.
The other one which touchs (almost) so much my heart is Lisbon.

I decided to have this tea especially today because of its name, I’ll explain you why : I’ll have to leave my apartment in one year, the owner needs it.
Regarding the rates of the apartment in this city, I won’t be able to find another one with the same rooms number.
So I am already nostalgic with my town as I really don’t want to leave it : I feel already out of Paris even if I am still here.My bakery, my supermarket, my daughter’s school seem already distant now, as no more mines…

So let’s back to the tea : it’s a real tea :) I mean I feel the tea + the flavours and this is very nice.

After reading some reviews and especially cteresa’s one, I didn’t steep it too much, 3 minutes only.
I had none bitterness,none astringency.

This is a nice tea where I picked out bergamot (leading note for me) and vanilla and just a hint of caramel.

Not sure I would have chosen these flavours to represent Paris, but why not ?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

That’s really sad. :( I feel the same way about Scandinavia. The second I confirmed the date when I had to move back to Canada, it felt like I was already moving away even though I still had nearly two more months there. It’s crushing when you have to move away from a place you love so much.

Nicole

That’s sad about you having to move. I hope you settle in quickly wherever you end up. Glad you liked the tea. :)

cteresa

I am so sorry about having to move! Good luck, hope you can find a new nice home.

And did not know that about you and Lisbon, it is my city! I love it and know exactly what you mean about having to move. Here are very complicated times, and a lot of things are disappearing or just neglected and it is very sad. Saudade for things that still exist.

Never seen any tea named Lisbon. I would buy in an instant and then likely sneer. I was joking with friends about a café having breakfast menus named after several cities, the Lisbon breakfast would be 1 bica (strong expresso) and 1 pastel de nata and would have to cost less than 2 euros. Would they put cofee in any tea named after Lisbon? LOL. It would have to have cinnamon I guess, and lemon as well. Or a lemonbalm tisane. Closest thing to a Lisbon tea I have ever seen would be Harney´s Queen Catherine blend, she was a portuguese infanta and spent many years as regent of Portugal, a very nice neighbourhood is named after her palace.

TheTeaFairy

I feel very sad for you Ysaurella…I understand that apartments in Paris must be very coveted and expensive, but maybe the perfect one will come along and you won’t have to move? I am very hopeful for you…

gmathis

Uprooting is hard! May all go well so you can thrive wherever you are replanted.

I love the lemony-caramelly flavor combination, although I wouldn’t have dreamed it up on my own in a hundred years.

Ysaurella

thank you all for your support :) I am spending a lot of time on real estate agency website and hope to find quickly something correct in the suburb.

@ cteresa : I visited Lisbon a long time ago and only once. spent 4 days during a December month and I really loved the city, its atmosphere and I understand the Saudade “feeling”
Never saw any Lisbon tea but for sure I would put some lemon in it and probably apricot as well (acidity + sweetness)
I miss Mosteiro dos Jerónimos,barrio alto, praça do comercio & Castillo san Jorge !

Nik

Best wishes, Ysaurella! Hope you find something that makes you happy. =)

I love reading your reviews. Not only are the tasting notes themselves wonderful, but you always inspire our Steepster family to post such great comments in response to you and they are equally lovely to read. =)

cteresa

Lisbon can be lovely in December indeed. And if you get the chance, come back in late May, when the jacarandás are in bloom.

Oh a tea for Lisbon, that is a fun idea to think of. Apricot is not really something too usual here – but maybe loquats, nêsperas. The fruit and the totally different smell, which is the blossom, oh so sweet. The loquat trees are in blossom right now, sometimes you pass somewhere and you have this heavenly strong sweet scent from some tree in some backyard. The nickname for Lisbon natives is the little lettuces, but I can not really see lettuce in tea!

cteresa

And I just another tea which reminds me so much of this Harney´s Paris, and realize I got FOUR teas which are all this redfruits-caramel-vanilla thing and feel the need to compare them. With photos and all!

Ysaurella

no lettuce in my tea please ;)
St Petersbourg is caramel+ redfruits…which other do you have ?

cteresa

I have figured out what a Lisbon tea would have to have – cinnamon and quince (it is the season, and so much better than apples and foreigners seem to not appreciate those as much as we do) and maybe a touch of Port maybe. We shall avoid the lettuce I think.

And I got 4 fruits-caramel teas – Paris, St Petersbourg (Well done!), Paul and Virginie (new arrival! my first Dammann) and (I think) Marco Polo (not that they say anything about what is on it!). Each is relatively famous or popular within its brand and I just checking the four and sniffing and it is fascinating. St Petersbourg and Paris have bergamot though not too noticeably when brewed. Marco and Paris smell chocolatey in the leaf. I think Marco has to have some Assam on it, though again they do not say what it is on it. Paul et Virginie has the clearest stronger fruit notes, I can smell the cherry and raspberry very clearly. Checking the tea themselves, and they are all similar, black teas with no fillers, P&V and Marco have the fattest longest leaves, and my sample of Paris is of such thin broken, almost fannings leaves (explains the bitterness). But it might have to do with packaging, my sample of Paris is a little bag which does not offer much protection, tea might have gotten broken in transit and that cause them to be so small and would explain the bitterness. Dunno. But really these 4 teas are really all somewhat different takes on the same idea. If I was creating a tea line I can see what would be a popular flavouring!

Ysaurella

Frenchs adore quince (notre gelée de coing…Bonne Maman…so famous)I struggled with port… as I was pretty you didn’t want to incorporate the Lisbon’s port in a tea I had to verify the dictionary : ah ! Porto ! :) of course !

that’s so true similar composition teas may be so different.

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Fjellrev

That’s really sad. :( I feel the same way about Scandinavia. The second I confirmed the date when I had to move back to Canada, it felt like I was already moving away even though I still had nearly two more months there. It’s crushing when you have to move away from a place you love so much.

Nicole

That’s sad about you having to move. I hope you settle in quickly wherever you end up. Glad you liked the tea. :)

cteresa

I am so sorry about having to move! Good luck, hope you can find a new nice home.

And did not know that about you and Lisbon, it is my city! I love it and know exactly what you mean about having to move. Here are very complicated times, and a lot of things are disappearing or just neglected and it is very sad. Saudade for things that still exist.

Never seen any tea named Lisbon. I would buy in an instant and then likely sneer. I was joking with friends about a café having breakfast menus named after several cities, the Lisbon breakfast would be 1 bica (strong expresso) and 1 pastel de nata and would have to cost less than 2 euros. Would they put cofee in any tea named after Lisbon? LOL. It would have to have cinnamon I guess, and lemon as well. Or a lemonbalm tisane. Closest thing to a Lisbon tea I have ever seen would be Harney´s Queen Catherine blend, she was a portuguese infanta and spent many years as regent of Portugal, a very nice neighbourhood is named after her palace.

TheTeaFairy

I feel very sad for you Ysaurella…I understand that apartments in Paris must be very coveted and expensive, but maybe the perfect one will come along and you won’t have to move? I am very hopeful for you…

gmathis

Uprooting is hard! May all go well so you can thrive wherever you are replanted.

I love the lemony-caramelly flavor combination, although I wouldn’t have dreamed it up on my own in a hundred years.

Ysaurella

thank you all for your support :) I am spending a lot of time on real estate agency website and hope to find quickly something correct in the suburb.

@ cteresa : I visited Lisbon a long time ago and only once. spent 4 days during a December month and I really loved the city, its atmosphere and I understand the Saudade “feeling”
Never saw any Lisbon tea but for sure I would put some lemon in it and probably apricot as well (acidity + sweetness)
I miss Mosteiro dos Jerónimos,barrio alto, praça do comercio & Castillo san Jorge !

Nik

Best wishes, Ysaurella! Hope you find something that makes you happy. =)

I love reading your reviews. Not only are the tasting notes themselves wonderful, but you always inspire our Steepster family to post such great comments in response to you and they are equally lovely to read. =)

cteresa

Lisbon can be lovely in December indeed. And if you get the chance, come back in late May, when the jacarandás are in bloom.

Oh a tea for Lisbon, that is a fun idea to think of. Apricot is not really something too usual here – but maybe loquats, nêsperas. The fruit and the totally different smell, which is the blossom, oh so sweet. The loquat trees are in blossom right now, sometimes you pass somewhere and you have this heavenly strong sweet scent from some tree in some backyard. The nickname for Lisbon natives is the little lettuces, but I can not really see lettuce in tea!

cteresa

And I just another tea which reminds me so much of this Harney´s Paris, and realize I got FOUR teas which are all this redfruits-caramel-vanilla thing and feel the need to compare them. With photos and all!

Ysaurella

no lettuce in my tea please ;)
St Petersbourg is caramel+ redfruits…which other do you have ?

cteresa

I have figured out what a Lisbon tea would have to have – cinnamon and quince (it is the season, and so much better than apples and foreigners seem to not appreciate those as much as we do) and maybe a touch of Port maybe. We shall avoid the lettuce I think.

And I got 4 fruits-caramel teas – Paris, St Petersbourg (Well done!), Paul and Virginie (new arrival! my first Dammann) and (I think) Marco Polo (not that they say anything about what is on it!). Each is relatively famous or popular within its brand and I just checking the four and sniffing and it is fascinating. St Petersbourg and Paris have bergamot though not too noticeably when brewed. Marco and Paris smell chocolatey in the leaf. I think Marco has to have some Assam on it, though again they do not say what it is on it. Paul et Virginie has the clearest stronger fruit notes, I can smell the cherry and raspberry very clearly. Checking the tea themselves, and they are all similar, black teas with no fillers, P&V and Marco have the fattest longest leaves, and my sample of Paris is of such thin broken, almost fannings leaves (explains the bitterness). But it might have to do with packaging, my sample of Paris is a little bag which does not offer much protection, tea might have gotten broken in transit and that cause them to be so small and would explain the bitterness. Dunno. But really these 4 teas are really all somewhat different takes on the same idea. If I was creating a tea line I can see what would be a popular flavouring!

Ysaurella

Frenchs adore quince (notre gelée de coing…Bonne Maman…so famous)I struggled with port… as I was pretty you didn’t want to incorporate the Lisbon’s port in a tea I had to verify the dictionary : ah ! Porto ! :) of course !

that’s so true similar composition teas may be so different.

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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 ?!?!?

My tea blog (in French)
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