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I’m back on steepster …with a Dragon tea.
Mariage Frères does a special edition each year with a tea for the Chinese sign of the year.
until February it is the Dragon sign…so I hurried to buy it because it won’t be available after this date.
I wanted the tin…but the scent pleased me very much as well so I rushed after work Place de la Madeleine to buy it + 200 gr of Pleine Lune and 100 gr of Oolong Fleurs d’oranger. I am poorer now but happy with my teas.

The tea taste is not so promising as the scent. I think the green tea base should be similar to Sakura 2000. There is just a hint of slight astringency but very very very slight.

It is a fruity tea (goji berries), incredibly perfumed but not unforgettable.Anyway MF doesn’t sell it by weight to refill so that’s great, I have a beautiful tin to put another tea I love more.

I have no more brown crystal sugar (no way to find some here in my new town)…so I will give another try asap I find some in Paris.

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Kasumi no Chajin

Ah, one more Chinese Zodiac thing for me to collect, as long as they consider returning the teas each cycle.


welcome back mon ami!


Nice to have you back!!! I still have a ton of tea from you to taste and review! I am working on reorganizing, sampling, etc,

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I am in the middle of packs and packs and packs…for the move and ooooooh I found a wonderful parcel among the parcels…. I re-dicover the box from Kansas …the one I received from our lovely Azzrian full of tea samples! This is Christmas after Christmas again !

I decided to taste this one …because of raspberry my favorite fruit.
J’adoooooooooooooore les framboises.
This framboise is really natural and delicate, absolutely not tart.
Chocolate is really not my madeleine in tea but I have to recognize the 2 ingredients work perfectly together and the chocolate doesn’t overpower the tea base neither the raspberry flavour.

I appreciate this tea, really and would be happy to taste it again but I am not really in love with despite all its qualities.

I was expecting more framboise (but as said before I love too much framboise)
I love so much framboise I can’t say rapsberry …the French word is more romantic to my ears inversely to pumpkin (the French word citrouille is just so…incredibly weird !)

A very good Butiki teas job

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I like the french word for it better too :) Glad you liked this one but wish there had been more FRAMBOISE flavor for you! :)


thanks again for sharing it with me :)


I’ve always preferred framboise as well! More fitting for the berry.

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I’ve been quite absent these last 2 weeks and it will be the same for the next two ones. I am moving from home January 2 and have so much to do : pack my teas especially…meaning I kept only very few to drink until the effective move.
So I leave my adored Paris for a near suburb…c’est la vie…I’ll have a bigger flat, a more recent one, with a better isolation, but my heart is broken somewhere…It’s not to be snobish but I think my life will be quite different.

The Tea !

Except the fact I struggled to manage to open the tin, I liked this tea very much.
I received it as a gift for Christmas by my Mom and it was a great idea.
Once upon a time Christmas…Il était une fois Noël is a very comfortable tea with a dominant apple and cinnamon in a supportive role- but the nice point is the presence of almond, very refined.
I didn’t get ginger but I need to test it again asap I’ll be installed in my new BIG kitchen.
More place for my teas should stop my sadness :)

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which suburb are you moving to?


good luck with the move!


Good luck with your move!


thank you girls :)
@ Sil : I’ll be 15 km from Paris, meaning 20 min by train from St Lazare (very central). I’ll be in the French department of Val de Marne and the town is quite near Disneyland as well (21 km)


Ysaurella – have a wonderful move! It’ll be different but you’ll find things to love I’m sure. I haven’t visited that neighbourhood yet but I’m sure it’s lovely


Good luck, may it be for the best, unexpectedly sometimes how things go! And more room for teas sounds like a great thing :) I keep buying little shelves on ikea and pretty tins, it´s amazing how the sight of your tea corner never gets old or stop cheering you up.

And this sounds like a wonderful christmas gift!


Ysaurella I hope the move has surprises that are good for you! Maybe places to explore! I love my smaller town where I know my shops and I love to take photo’s now. I never did this when I live in the city. We are all here ready to listen to your new adventures and wish you well!


thanks Bonnie :) obrigada cteresa
i’ll keep you updated for sure


I’m so happy you were able to find a place you like! Too bad it’s out of Paris, must be really hard to leave the one place you feel your heart belongs to…but at least it’s not too far, right? And more tea storage is a BIG plus, that’s for sure!
Good luck with everything:-)

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drank Blueberry Hill by Yumchaa
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this is a sample tea I just received from cteresa – thanks so much for this.

I love keemun teas, I love their mellowness. I never had a tea before with blueberry I think and was very excited about trying one.
Blueberry Hill is a good tea to begin with a blueberry tea.
I really had a high dose of blueberry and this is what I was looking for. In addition, I received as well a very floral note but in a second role.
I think this tea would fit perfectly with an English blueberry muffin on a greedy afternoon.
Now there is something missing for me especially for a keemun : no real mellowness, creaminess yes but no mellowness.

A beautiful tea.

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I think i picked this because of the peonies, it is the one tea I had with peonies on it – but it is not too noticeable! And then I remembered than their Enchanted Forest tea is sort of a green take from this, also red fruits and peonies, so sent both (i think! I did send Enchanted forest right?). I am very fond of Yumchaa blends.


yes you sent me Echanted forest …such a promising name :)

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drank Peach HoppiTea by Butiki Teas
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This is the special custom blend tailored by Butiki for Azzrian
I thank you very much for sharing some of it with me.

I really love it – First the blend scent is wonderful, then the brewed blend perfume is unique …and the taste is just waouh…surprising and so yummy.

Tea base is not too strong-but absolutely not weak- and perfectly spouses the peach aromas. But we can detect a different very interesting aroma and this is probably hop.
There is a very very light bitterness (no astringency at all) which is so interesting because this is really like the flavour of a beer without alcohol :)
This is an original flavour in a tea and this is really a success for me (and I don’t like beer, so this is really a big success)

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A tea tasting like beer? Well that’s interesting! I had a beer experience yesterday, might write about it later :-)


Thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed it!

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
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I am not familiar with tamarind – this is not something we find easily in France (except probably at La Réunion or in the French Antilles) – so have nothing to compare with and no special expectations with the tamarind flavour of the tea.

The brewed liquor has a beautiful amber colour and the scent is fantastic.

I find the tea a little bit bitter to my taste and just a hint of sourness but it is pleasant even if I won’t add this one in my shopping list.

Despite its quality I think it is just maybe not a tea for me or maybe I won’t be a fan of tamarind if I ever have the chance to taste it.

Thank you Azzrian for the sample I am very glad to have had the opportunity to taste it.

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You do need to sweeten this to enjoy the tea.


Bonnie, unfortunately I sweeten it with brown crystal sugar and it didn’t work for me – I may be because I may not a fan of tamarind finally (I’ll know this for sure when I would eat tamarind first time in my life)

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drank Gooey Butter Cake by 52teas
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Thanks to Azzrian for permitting me to taste my first 52 teas.

So inversely with a crème brûlée I have nothing to say about gooey butter cake, I never had the chance to taste one.
I made some research about this cake and it seems really nice, maybe one day I’ll try to do one.

I must confess something (I hope 52 teas would forgive me !) : seeing the picture I saw…a Hachis Parmentier !and I found this very weird…but knowing that a bacon maple tea was existing…I research the Gooey butter cake recipe and was totally reassured !

The dry leaves scent is really amazing, so fruity, absolutely divine.
Brewed I get a very thin aroma of pastry but the leading note is more fruity and clearly lemony.
Lemon is the star of this tea I think.
The black tea is smooth and pleasant but I didn’t find it very much character.
This is a nice afternoon tea, probably ideal to go along with a pastry.
I’m looking forward to taste this famous Gooey Butter cake pastry now !

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I hadn’t heard of gooey butter cake either but bought the tea out of sheer curiosity. Perhaps this Christmas I can be a little naughty and make one :) They do look delicious! Nice review.


thanks KittyLovesTea – Americans have a lot a delicious pastries- as you I should try to make one these days :)

Terri HarpLady

In St Louis they serve gooey butter cake everywhere, as it originated here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gooey_butter_cake
Of course, with my inability to eat products with gluten, diary, and sugar, I’ve never tasted it. I have had the tea, however, and although I don’t drink a lot of ‘dessert’ teas, I did like the lemony-ness of it!


Terri it’s a pity you can’t taste it – I saw this cake was originated from St Louis – this town should be so lovely !

Terri HarpLady

St Louis is a wonderful place! I love it here!


I can’t even imagine how amazing that cake would taste with the far better butter you have in Paris!


Momo, sure I’ll use the Beurre de Normandie for it, probably our best butter in France (along with the Breton one…I don’t want to reactivate the war between Norman and Breton !)

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This is again a delightful tea sample I get from Azzrian – thanks for sharing a so big bag of this one with me !

Nobody’s perfect…I am French…you know that La crème brulée is a French dessert (I am very sorry for my dear British and Spanish friends – but really this is a French dessert, it seems we get the older date for a mention to the recipe- end of Century XVII)- let’s say I should have eaten a thousand tons of crème brûlée in my life because this is one of the dessert we get in almost every restaurant and because this is one of my favourite dessert.

Why did I digress ? Because to me this tea is not a crème brûlée tea.
It doesn’t mean this tea is not wonderful, because it is a wonderful tea, it’s just that to me there is no crème brûlée around.
But I am not vegan and I know Butiki teas only uses vegan ingredients- so it may be because I never ate any vegan crème brûlée.

Having said that, I really loved this tea as a pumpkin tea and this is an exploit because out of tea life, I really hate pumpkin.
The flavour pumpkin here is really perfumed and refined, completely different from another tea I had with pumpkin (the flavour wasn’t natural I think in the other tea).
This means this tea can be the first step for me to walk though the idea to try to eat again some pumpkin… so thanks Butiki teas for that.

Dry leaves are very beautiful and the black tea is really perfect : smooth but not weak.

A delicious tea to recommend to any Cinderella (and Cinderellos !)

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I ordered a bunch of Butiki Teas but had them shipped to my parents so I could enjoy them during the holidays. Seeing all of your notes is making impatient though. They sound so delicious!


we are all different and have different tastes but yes I think they are delicious !


I’m glad you got to try this one Ysaurella! Living in Paris, I can understand your selectiveness when it comes to Crème brûlée! But you are right, this tea is more about the spice blend, showcasing the pumpkin at its best with some subtle sweetness….oh, look at me now, I’m mouthwatering over it, see ya, got a go make some for myself!

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drank Yellow Label by Lipton
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I received enough of Cantaloupe & Cream tea to get one big mug.I need to warmly thanks the generous Azzrian who sent me all the rest of her bag.
I was drinking my tea as if it was a liquid treasure …I think it is, really.
As far as I think about Cantaloupe I’ve always liked it …wherever it was from…Cavaillon or from Charentes…The aroma is so wonderful, so perfectly delicate.
This is exactly what I got in my mug : a wonderful melon taste as I got a perfect melon scent while infusing.
Regarding the cream…I am not sure I got it but this is a mellow tea, very smooth.
The dry leaves were so beautiful it was exactly as having a little garden in my infuser.
This one is in my shopping list now.

There is something I noticed with Butiki teas : for some reasons I prefer their teas warm and not hot…I am definitively not like Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon !

Azzrian thanks so much again for permitting me to taste this fantastic tea – hope to see you soon back on Steepster- I miss your notes :)

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Thank you !!! I am alive – not well but alive lol. Starting to clear up some but if I was able to rest more I would be better faster. With end of month I MUST be up working therefore the healing is taking longer. I will be back soon – thank you so much and I am glad you liked this tea. xox


try to rest as much as possible :)

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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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