234 Tasting Notes
Aaaaaaah Autumn…falls, colours, rain, clouds and…diseases !
I’ve been quite absent from steepster because I have a pneumonia…first time of my life I have such a delightful disease…15 days of high temperature and the impression to suffocate while breezing is really an enjoyable experience (so I had it now, thanks, no need for future)
The funniest is to have worked for 10 days with high temperatures, do 3 hours/day of transport time to be a good manager and finally being stopped by an angry doctor…to discover this effort seems not being enough to the boss…I had to shut my Blackberry down to avoid all the messages about things to do (things he can do easily in 2 minutes)…well I know I should be happy to still get a job but really sometimes it sucks to be treated as a machine.
My doctor asked me to drink a lot of hot beverages but I’ve been unable to prepare tea until yesterday and this cup is the first one I am really enjoying.
I am at the very end of the bag and I probably get much pumpkin aromas because of that (I had a lot of powder mixed with tea leaves), I love the extra aroma of pumpkin here and I still love this blend,so mellow, so comforting : it gets me reconciled with Autumn !
I’ve been asked by a friend of mine to bring a cheesecake tomorrow for lunch and I don’t feel like I have the strength to prepare it…so I have some pressure as I cannot spoil it …she thinks I am a good cheesecake cooker…not sure to be really today.
I am ill today and I was searching for a good starter to push me to make this cake…I need a comforting tea and remembered Nicole sent me this one a long time ago and I never had it …shame on me !
This is a lovely kind of Lady Grey. I have to recognize that I was expecting something stronger especially as it is a blend dedicated to the British Queen and remembering the English teas experience I had I’ve been surprised by the lightness of Diamond Jubilee.
Anyway this medium bodied tea is absolutely pleasant with its notes of lemon mainly and of course grapefruit which gives the blend a touch
just a touch of tartness very welcome.
Next time I’ll let it steep a bit longer to see if the tea base can come out a little stronger.
Thank you Nicole for sharing
Yesterday I went to the Theodor shop in Paris to buy a tin of J.E Oolong Milky. In addition I wanted a black tea and the charming saleswoman proposes me this black Oolong. She said it was coming from a very great Garden and she made me smell the dry leaf. It was a very earthy smell (which is not what I prefer) but I decided to go for it because the leaves were very long and I do really trust Theodor’s selections and creations.
I am clearly not regretting my choice as this is a very mellow and smooth Oolong with distinct tastes of cocoa and somehow some chestnut as well.
I really enjoy it and this is for sure a tea to keep in cupboard
Sadly it’s a sipdown. Thanks again to Nicole for having permitted me to taste this fantastic Darjeeling. It goes in my shopping list even if I doubt I can find it easily here in Paris.And European H&S website is …weird.
I think I overleafed this one a little and as it is a sample I get with my Instant thé order I won’t be able to taste it properly now… I won’t rate it so but can tell some of my feelings disregarding the bitterness I stupidely created myself.
This is a lovely exotic fruits blend, I can get the natural notes of pineapple and mango for sure.
Jasmin is there but is very discrete.
I’m pretty sure it is a fantastic blend where the aromas pair very well together what a pity I wasted it so stupidely.
The description here mentions a ceylon base but on my sachet it is written keemun…I wonder so what is the tea base used here.
This is definitively a tea for passion fruit lovers, the aromas are so present.
My daughter tasted it and said it taste like Oasis (Frenchies around know what I am talking about, for others this is a soft drink made of water and fruits – the most famous is made of passion fruits aromas)
For me, no Oasis (I HATE this beverage and I was even hating it when I was a kid)
This flavour is natural here.
For my daughter tasting like oasis is a compliment, it means it’s fruity. This tea really is, so I can agree with her on this point.
As each time with Nina’s I am impressed by the quality of the flavouring, how delicate and how refined it is. This brand never let us down regarding quality.
It’s an Overwhelming passion fruit flavour but the we still can taste the tea base.
This is a very lovely tea but not for me as I am not a passion fruit lover. I cannot complain a passion fruit tea tastes passion fruit , my note here reflects the quality of the tea.
Thanks to Laurent and Mélanie from Nina’s for the sample.
Thank you so much LaFleurBleue for sharing this lovely tea with me.
It comes directly from Singapour and I took ages before trying it : that’s not fair from me.
Now my tastes have changed, I am revisiting my swap box and rediscovering a lot of lovely samples I wasn’t prepared to taste at this period. Now I am ready !
I respected the detailed brewing instructions given by LaFleurBleue and I am enjoying it. The dry leaf smells herbal as the smell of the liquor.
The liquor is just a kind of liquid pale gold, incredibly clear and attractive.
The taste is surprising, very refined and delicate, quite herbal with a very very very light touch of pleasant astringency at the very last moment.
While cooling I can detect some fruity notes.
A very relaxing tea.
My daughter told me few minutes ago that I am just a waster…why ? because she discovered in a cupboard an old box of this tea with 15 remaining sachets.
“You’re so tea snobbish she told me…it’s because it is not a Mariage or a Theodor you’re not drinking it” ohhhhh nooooope, just because I totally forgot about it in the cupboard ! (and maybe because I just didn’t want to drink it…as it is tea bags…)
This is a tea I had for free with an order of food and this is an organic green flavoured with orange and bergamot.
The flavouring is a nice idea to me to pair with a green.
She decided to make it for herself (the non waster of us !) but after 2 sips, didn’t want to continue…so here I am to drink it right now.
I told her : so you waste your tea ? …she aswered : come on…it’s not as if it was the best tea of the world ! It’s not a Mariage Frères Tea… (grrrrrrrrrrrrrr)
Agreed it is not even if it is really not bad for an organic supermarket tea brand.
Bergamot, orange and green base is clearly energetic and dynamic.
How refined, how elegant this tea is ! It’s fantastic.
I am having it after my congou keemum by Butiki Teas and I loved it so much I wasn’t expecting too much of this second tea to drink just behind.
This is THE most famous tea of Fauchon. I choose this one because I loved how its smell not because of its fame.
Brewing it and tasting it now I am particularly impressed by the way the aromas are coming on the same time: together and distinctively.
None of the aromas, vanilla lavender and citrus, are overpowering.
The 3 are working so well together, waaaa, the person who created this combination is just a genious.
The day begins on a lovely note : I had 2 teas, totally different, I really really loved for so different reasons.
I’ve always loved keemuns but I generally have them as flavoured teas bases.
I’ve always been impressed by their mellowness, their incredible mellowness and sweet taste, their total absence of astringency.
This one is of course no exception and I’m even more than impressed by this Congou Keemun. The leaves are so beautiful, so long and curly on the same time.
I have respected the 3 min steeping time and I get now a lovely dark brown colour, depth dark.
Tasting it I wonder if I made a mistake somewhere : I have the impression to taste a malty flavoured tea, flavoured with lovely natural notes of flowers, rose mainly, sweet rose.And I adooooooore rose ! so I was so happy and while drinking it, I can smell the liquor as well and this rose for sure.
I’m not enough advanced with my palate to detect mushrooms I think but it is absolutely not important because I’m already in love !