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This is a sample surprise kindly sent by Nicole, thank you very much for this one too.
The dry leaves are full of pineapple chunks and smells like caramelized fruits.
After steeping it smells really like a fresh home made cake coming out of the oven ! incredible – and it tastes absolutely like a caramelized fruit cake.
The pineapple is not very perceptible as caramel, cake and vanilla flavours but I can taste it very very very far behind.

The flavours are so strong you keep the taste a long time after drinking !

A very well done dessert tea.

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Ysaurella, glad you enjoyed this one cause I also sent some you way :)


chic, j’en aurai plus à déguster :)

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ok, I’ve been brave and finally have tasted this tea.
I bought it because of its name and because of Bonnie and because of The tea Fairy and because of Tommy the Toad…because the 3 of you are making a lot of gorgeous notes about pu’erh…and I wanted to try.

So I decided to go for a flavoured one…and then I have never brewed it…It’s really scary to begin with a pu’erh !
However, each week since I bought it my daughter asks me : why did you buy this tea ? It stinks…why did you buy rotten tea ? and why don’t you try it now you have bought it ?

Tonight cteresa made a note about it, as I sent her a sample of it, and I felt like it was really the right moment to dare…(however my daughter is with her grandma, she cannot laugh at me !)

I feel stupid now…for have been scared by a tea !
The taste is not horrible, it has a kind of mix of earth taste + mango vanilla taste.
Quite interesting without being exceptional to me.

I maybe won’t wait 3 months now to try another pu’erh…on the other hand I like to sniff the teas I’m going to buy and this is not the case with a pu’erh…so…wait and see

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Hahaha! Ysaurella, I so love this note and whenever you comment on that very smart and witty daughter of yours :-)
Please don’t feel stupid, if you only knew how many times I got scared by Pu’erh ! (still am occasionaly!) I always end up like you, thinking why did I get scared in the first place… Over time, I realized the only pu’erh that are «fishy» are the ones of lower quality. I persevered cause I find pu’erhs very intriguing, and after a lot of «training», I truly enjoy many pu’erhs now, though my personal likings are more towards the non-flavored ones.
P.S. I will be mailing your teas only wednesday, sorry for the delay…


I was terrified the first time I tried a puer tea too! ;)


awww good to know I am not alone :)


@ The Tea Fairy : pas de souci…je suis arrivée à 19h01 à la poste ce soir…et elle ferme à 19h00 dans ma nouvelle ville ! c’était 20h00 à Paris…Je poste tes thés demain matin seulement du coup :)


The interesting thing about this and another pu er I liked (sophisticated of me, two pu ers I could tolerate) is not so much the taste, more of the mellowness. Not the main taste but sort how smooth the aftertaste was – though I admit this could have been more intense at just about everything. Very interesting!


you’re right it was mellow, I was sooooo focused on the fact I could have drank it that I forgot to mention the mellowness


The name is really nice once again, and seem so adequate for a tea with an earthy-like flavor. I’ve never brewed pu-erh, just had a few sips in some tea-shops, so hot it’s more burning than flavorsome. I’d also be scared at this perspective. And even the Lapsang Souchong cteresa shared with me, still scares me a bit, even though I already had a full pot of it.

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I need to thanks very much Nicole for this sample, she added it as a surprise in my parcel :)

I love this surprise ! It’s a Butiki tea, and I’m rarely not in love with a BT tea and however it is a Pineapple tea ! I love Pineapple !J’adore l’ananas ! Ananas sounds much tropical than Pineapple.

The dry leaves are long and so beautiful,and I love to get chunks of fuits in my fruity teas so I’m lucky I have at least 3 chunks of a beautiful pale yellow Pineapple. the scent is definitively Pineapple. I really enjoy the oolong tea base you used Stacy.
The taste is so fresh and soft, I adore it. I am not disappointed at all by the Pineapple taste of this tea, it was often the case in the past with other teas, unable to respect the natural taste of this fruit.

Stacy are you thinking about working on a Raspberry tea ? I am the raspberry biggest fan…and never found a tea I consider as really respectful with this berry.

Nicole thanks so much for this one !

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Glad you are enjoying this one! The Wen Shan Bao Zhong base is one of my top 2 favorite oolongs. Unfortunately, I am not planning on working on a straight raspberry. We will be working on a raspberry beer tea which is pretty close but will have a bit of bitterness that the hops provides. I would be happy to work on a custom raspberry blend to develop the perfect raspberry blend for you.


I loved very much the custom blend you did for Azzrian around beer too, Peach Hoppitea. I’m looking forward to taste your raspberry beer tea :)
Thanks for the custom blend offer – I keep this in mind as we say in French…ce n’est pas tombé dans l’oreille d’un sourd ! Do you use this expression as well ? something like your proposition didn’t fall on deaf ears ? :)


you’re correct. in english we say “falling on deaf ears” or in this case “your offer hasn’t fallen on deaf ears” :)

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Glad you enjoyed that one. I had a great time working with Azzrian on her beer tea. Yes, we have a similar saying and my mother says that quite a bit. :)


I love this oolong base as well. So light and refreshing. This was the first oolong I had that made me reconsider oolongs as a whole. I’m so glad you liked it!


Stacy has also made a Raspberry Truffle Black Tea that is phenomenal! I highly recommend it!

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drank Cache-Cache by Lupicia
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I picked up his sample tonight among all the samples kindly sent by Devilish

To me, this mysterious tea has mango and probably tropical fruits.
It’s really very mellow and sweet, just like having a kind of smoothie sirup with water.

The point is for my taste the tea base is really weak to welcome the flavours.This is the kind of tea I would let my daughter have without problem.Pleasant, sweet and not strong at all !

It may be a nice iced tea perhaps.

Thanks Devilish for sahring it with me :)

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I haven’t tasted this tea myself yet! Sounds really mysterious… perhaps I should brew it for a longer time given the relatively weak tea base.


yes it may change a little – I’m looking forward to read your review about it

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I am crazy…it is almost midnight here and I am having an assam tea !
But I cannot resist ! I received this tea sample thanks to Nicole and I wanted to try it right now.

It’s a strong tea but smooth as well. It becomes really lighter on the aftertaste. Regarding the flavours and the tea base it makes me think to Wedding Impérial from Mariage Frères but without chocolate.
The tea base is an Assam as well BUT they are different the MF blend is really stronger, capricious on steeping – don’t forget it 15 seconds too long otherwise it’s bitter.
This Assam seems really much cooperative but I kept a low steeping time, by security :)
It is smoother and very very very much creamy.

Wedding Impérial is one of my staple teas, I think I will alternate with this one when I would like something lighter and creamier.

I really enjoyed it, bravo Stacy and thank you so much Nicole

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I’m glad you liked it!!


I was pretty sure I would like it and I really do, yes :)


I only had a sample of this and it was really good, despite the fact that I completely forgot about it and steeped for 10 min! That’s the beauty of this base, Taiwanese Assam is very forgiving!

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drank Arabian Nights by Lupicia
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This is my first Lupicia tea. I had no idea where to buy this brand in France and sent an email to the Lupicia USA customer service two weeks ago. Still awaiting an answer :) – Maybe I should have wrote to Lupicia Japan but I felt more confident with my English rather than trying to read the Japanese writings.
Anyway I am very lucky because while discussing with the lovely Devilish she proposed me to send me out her Lupicia’s samples !
So my samples arrived from Hong Kong yesterday and I am now sipping Arabian Nights.
I wanted to try this one first because Devilish rated it with a 100 and mentioned in her post it reminds her Morocco.

I have too a beautiful teapot from Morocco and beautiful Moroccan tea glasses but didn’t use them neither :)

I am so grateful to have the opportunity to taste these Lupicia teas ! I should say I am not disappointed at all with this first tea, I love it !

The taste definitively is pomegranate and rose to me.The tea base is so mellow, this is fantastic.I am happy there is not mint inside – I love mint but almost each time a tea gets an oriental name, we have mint inside – Oriental teas are not just mint teas – this one probes it in a yummy way !
I am also happy it is a black tea base, often to mention Orient, a green tea is used – and I prefer black teas :)

I am definitively in Morocco tonight thanks to Devilish thank you so much :)

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I am happy that you love it!! :) Just reading your review makes me crave for a cup of it!! Haha…


it’s really a beautiful tea, thanks again !

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This is a very beautiful tea leaf : a lot of yellow flowers (sunflowers) are mixed in, and it smells delicious.

Drinking it, I had difficulties to isolate the flavours : for sure there is orange but don’t get especially a blood orange.
Originally, I bought this one because it was with chestnuts- I cannot really say I get a huge chestnut taste. It is quite weird. It is here, but light and very very mixed with the other ingredients.

Having said that there is no reason to be picky : the taste is delicious, everything is very well balanced and the tea base (always the same with perfumed black teas with B&B) is nice and goes very well with these flavours.
The tea name is perfect and you are really in Autumn with this blend.
As it seems Autumn in coming back here in the middle of the Spring…this tea is perfect today.

I think this one could have been a very great tea but just stops before reaching the top. A little plus of je ne sais quoi would have permitted it to reach the top.

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drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
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I struggled with this one because of its name !
Zabaglione …typically italian…what’s zabaglione ?…hehe it seems to be what we call in French a Sabayon…Ok I know now what I’am going to drink ! yeah seems exiting now!
The dry leaf scent is absolutely wild strawberries to me. After steeping, this is a pleasant black tea base (not bitter) with creamy strawberries.

It’s a yummy dessert tea but it’s not a sabayon/zabaglione to me – I don’t get the typical sugared alcohol taste we get in a zabaglione, it’s quite different but good !

Not something I would stock but nice, thank you Azzrian for sharing :)

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This is my first lavender tea ! Thank you so much LaFleurBleue for sharing it with me.
we are first hit by a wonderful scent of lavender, I mean a real true lavender exactly like the one you can smell everywhere in Provence (or in the grand’ma’s armory ;) ) this is really enjoyable.

Again, I love the high quality muslin sachet of this brand…so perfect that none tea leaf manage to pass though !

the tea base is pleasant and really good but I was thinking it may have been a little bit stronger – but it’s perfect like that either.

The taste of lavender is absolutely lovely.
While cooling, the tea becomes stronger and different but the wonderful taste & scent of lavender remains intact.

A very lovely tea

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I’m glad that you liked it. I still haven’t compared it directly to MF Earl Grey Provence, but I tend to believe this one might be better.


unfortunately I don’t have yet Earl Grey Provence but sure I need to try it

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I’m so happy I received a big tin of this tea as present !
My mom visited the museum Cernuschi in Paris (dedicated to the Asian Arts) and this tea is a special creation from the tea company George Cannon for one of the exhibition so she bought me a tin !

The tea base is an high quality oolong.
The leaves are so beautiful with all these wonderful berries and flowers.
The scent is more fruity than floral to me, same for the taste of the liquor.
To me the leading role goes to goji berries and citrus in a second role.
A very pleasant tea for an afternoon.
Saying this, this is not my favorite Cannon tea but I only had 4 and all were very impressive :)
I must say I am more and more impressed and interested by this brand and I need to continue tasting their creations.

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Cannon does seem to have amazing names for teas….


you’re right, the name of their teas are often amazing but you know it’s almost the case of all the French tea brands…it’s really on our DNA to use references to literature and history …even for marketing ! In Portugal it may be the same ? You have really an amazing list of great poets and writers in your country.


We do not really have any tea blenders ( a couple of tea plantations though. Most famous one has a name I do not know what it means, other two have generic “harbor” names, one is pretty harbor which is even our name for Taiwan and a bunch or other names. ). I guess the chance to be fancier might be with wine names. So maybe !

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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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