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This one is a part of my Theodor order arrived on Saturday.
I ordered it because I love la galette des rois ! The Epiphany cake (do you call this a Twelfth-Night pancake or cake in English ?)
This is a black tea flavoured with marzipan.
The dry leaf scent is absolutely fantastic, this is an amaretto tea ! and the colours are so beautiful : red and orange small petals of flowers are mixed with a beautiful dark tea.
I was wondering if the taste would be as nice as the scent…the liquor scent is very promising and taking the first sip…release ! yes!!!!! it’s so good ! this is a liquid marzipan, with the perfect taste of a bitter almond.
The tea base is really smooth and mellow, no bitterness at all, no astringency, it’s a so sweet tea.
You know I am a sucker for almond teas…so it may be because I love so much almonds that I love it so much but I do really think this is blended perfectly with a wonderful and ideal tea base (I would like to know what it is…a Keemun maybe ?)
I am so happy to have bought 100g of this one !

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

In my neck of the woods (southwest Missouri) we’ve never heard of an Epiphany or Twelfth-Night cake. Traditional where you are?

cteresa

This sounds fabulous – and Theodor really is good at changing tea bases to be the right one for the flavouring!

Ysaurella

@ gmathis, yes absolutely in France, everybody loves so much these galettes des rois, look this is this kind of cakes :http://www.linternaute.com/paris/shopping/selection/galette-des-rois/1.shtml
we put a kind of ceramic bean inside and the person who gets the bean gets the crown…he/she is the king…or queen :) that’s funny, children adore this. Spain has this tradition as well, pretty sure Italy and Portugal as well.

Ysaurella

@ cteresa : you’ll give me your opinion on this one soon, the envelope leaves tomorrow :)

cteresa

Thanks Ysaurella!

gmathis we have king queen indeed, traditional for epiphany, with a dried fava bean and a little trinket – or so it used to be, not sure if the little trinket is anylonger legal. The fava was the person supposed to pay for the cake or the next one, the trinket was the king. But our king cake is not particularly about almonds – it had almonds yes but also nuts and pinenuts and a lot of candied fruit.

Ysaurella

it may be because your galette is this one :http://becfin.fr/becfin/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/gateau-des-rois.jpeg
we have this one in the south of France but in the north, we have this one, with marzipan inside :http://www.jeveuxlarecette.fr/2011/01/galette-des-rois-a-la-frangipane-simple-et-rapide/

cteresa

sort of, closer, I think, but ours is this one

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolo_Rei

though now they got variants without candied fruit and so on, including some with this spaghetti-like pumpkin jam (is better than it sounds) which I guess is a bit like a marzipan filling.

the dough is always yeast raised, sometimes denser (which i prefer), sometimes more brioche like.

Dinosara

Mmmm marzipan! Sounds like its my style :D

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gmathis

In my neck of the woods (southwest Missouri) we’ve never heard of an Epiphany or Twelfth-Night cake. Traditional where you are?

cteresa

This sounds fabulous – and Theodor really is good at changing tea bases to be the right one for the flavouring!

Ysaurella

@ gmathis, yes absolutely in France, everybody loves so much these galettes des rois, look this is this kind of cakes :http://www.linternaute.com/paris/shopping/selection/galette-des-rois/1.shtml
we put a kind of ceramic bean inside and the person who gets the bean gets the crown…he/she is the king…or queen :) that’s funny, children adore this. Spain has this tradition as well, pretty sure Italy and Portugal as well.

Ysaurella

@ cteresa : you’ll give me your opinion on this one soon, the envelope leaves tomorrow :)

cteresa

Thanks Ysaurella!

gmathis we have king queen indeed, traditional for epiphany, with a dried fava bean and a little trinket – or so it used to be, not sure if the little trinket is anylonger legal. The fava was the person supposed to pay for the cake or the next one, the trinket was the king. But our king cake is not particularly about almonds – it had almonds yes but also nuts and pinenuts and a lot of candied fruit.

Ysaurella

it may be because your galette is this one :http://becfin.fr/becfin/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/gateau-des-rois.jpeg
we have this one in the south of France but in the north, we have this one, with marzipan inside :http://www.jeveuxlarecette.fr/2011/01/galette-des-rois-a-la-frangipane-simple-et-rapide/

cteresa

sort of, closer, I think, but ours is this one

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolo_Rei

though now they got variants without candied fruit and so on, including some with this spaghetti-like pumpkin jam (is better than it sounds) which I guess is a bit like a marzipan filling.

the dough is always yeast raised, sometimes denser (which i prefer), sometimes more brioche like.

Dinosara

Mmmm marzipan! Sounds like its my style :D

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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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