335 Tasting Notes
I had a full pot of this flavoured Oolong yesterday night.
I already reviewed this tea but I wanted to add something : the mineral taste.
This taste is the most proeminent I ever had in a tea. Ever. Of course I already noticed mineral taste in some teas but here it is really as if I made my tea with some typical mineral water very heavy on iron (Volvic).
It makes this Balade en Bretagne a very special tea and a beautiful dedicace to Brittany, a very mineral area.
My relationship with grapefruit is made of love and hate.
When I was a kid, my step father was making the meals. Often, as a starter, he was serving us grapefruit. Here we can serve grapefruit for starter or dessert…even if for me it sounds weird as a starter on its own. We had the right to add a little sugar and we were using the special little spoons made especially for grapefruit.
I hated these moments and I hated grapefruit : so bitter to me so terrible to have had to finish it each time.
Later I tried grapefruit juices and I didn’t like neither. I had more chance with mixing grapefruit with other fruit or vegetables or shrimps.
Now I can eat them without other addition.
Anna was kind to have sent me this tea. I can appreciate the grapefruit here and even the green base. It is fresh grapefruit with a little only grapefruit bitterness for the very best.
Very well done Lupicia, a so lovely blend.
I am lucky Anna sent me this lovely blend. Thank you Anna.
This is chocolate and kind of chaï and I like it. Strangely. Because I don’t really love that much chocolate teas but this one is really nice.
The mix of spices and perhaps pepper too works perfectly for me.
Even if it is not a great great tea, this is a very correct one and it really makes me want to explore more chocolate and spices tea.
At last I am finally tasting this famous tea, kind of Mariage Frères holy Grail for me.
This is an expensive tea and I didn’t want to go for a full 100g bag without tasting it. I requested a sample and they accepted. I even received a generous sample , large enough to serve 2 big mugs.
This is a low oxidation tea and a very green type of Oolong. With a name as Jade it seems quite logical.
The taste is much on the floral side rather than the biscuit side mentionned by MF. There is the typical buttery and creamy Oolong texture in this tea.
The biscuit comes more at the end of the sip for me, very light.
It reminds me a little Teguanyin green Oolong of Dammann Frères on some aspects.
I like it ,really, but now this is maybe not a tea I’ll buy to get on my cupboard. Happy to have had an opportunity to taste a sample before buying.
Thank you so much Nicole for having sent this gorgeous tea.
It is not a yunnan wrote Nicole on the sample but it has a similar taste profile.
Interesting thing first is the leaf itself, sooooo thin, 2 colours golden and chocolate. Lovely.
I don’t drink gongfu style but even western style it is really delicious, it has an incredible lightness and mellowness in the same time.
Medium bodied, malt and sweet patatoe make this tea a real winner.
This tea comes from a swap with Nicole done in order to help me to explore more yunnans. Thanks Nicole this one is really fantastic and clearly my favourite yunnan.
The texture is so mellow and sweet with a good amount of maltiness ! I get cocoa notes and I like this.
A very great tea, really.
Thank you Scheherazade for this sample.
I am absolutely sorry to belong to the minority who doesn’t like this tea. I can’t really feel the Oolong base and the Strawberry taste is very subtle.
As an Oolong lover I am a little disapointed not loving this one. Having said that this is my second Stawberry Oolong and the second I didn’t like. So it may be the point.
This is very lovely from Angel from Teavivre to have sent me this pack of samples.
Bi Luo Chun Green tea is one of this samples.
The dry leaves are funny, very curly and looks almost like moss. It is two-couloured.
The scent is very vegetal, grassy.
Taste is different, grassy but cerealy as well. A touch of nut too.
To me this is a easy green which can be used while a diner or lunch with some asian food (and even non asian food !) because the taste is light and delicate and probably doesn’t interfere in the food taste itself.
Thank you Angel because you really help me to discover plain greens for the best.
I am enjoying this one this morning. This is a quite old sample and I think TerriHarpLady sent me this one. Thanks Terri !
I am an Earl Grey Lover, you know, I’ suprised I didn’t taste this one before.
This is perfectly balanced maybe too much for me. Tea base and bergamot are on the same line. This is pleasant but surely not my favourite EG. It has a lack of some bergamoty touch, maybe the peel ? not sure but something is missing for sure to be a real EG on my opinion.