404 Tasting Notes
Well sorry no idea of the name of the the tea company … that would be German .
It therefore comes from the tea shop les thés d’Émilie, better known by its brand name on the Boulevard Haussmann : Twinings shop . You can see photos on their website, I’m sure this shop is familiar to any walker on the bd Haussmann http://www.lesthesdemilie.fr/ . I also received a very warm welcome.
I found this little tea in the midst of many twinings boxes.
Scent : the dry leaf is very buttery like any good Milky Oolong tea but with a very vegetal note.
The leaves swell quite a lot during brewing .
They unfold and we get beautiful whole , fine and very green leaves.
The liquor is a lovely pale yellow, translucent
The taste is an extremely creamy and very vegetal tea . It’s creamed spinachs for me. It is therefore a very little oxidized variety of Oolong .
At the second infusion the vegetable side fades considerably, but the creamy side as well. This tea has a pleasant taste but nothing more.
This is clearly not the Milky Oolong that could dethrone the Theodor in my heart.
Unlike what the nice lady told me at the Twinings shop , no, all the milk Oolongs are not the same and moreover they do not all come from Taiwan. Some also come from Fujian in China. So weird to hear from a personne working in a tea shop that all Milk Oolongs are the same.
You can the big leaves here :http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/milky-oolong-les-thes-demilie/
Flavors: Butter, Cream, Spinach
What is good with public holidays is that you can prepare a full teapot and drink it quietly without running behind a train, a bus or the people of the accountancy or IT service :)
And a nice point with Taiwan Tea Crafts is that their teas names contain the lot number , which reminds us that each year is different due to the harvest and tea like wine is by the way a little different.
This tea is a black tea, necessarily Taiwan . It has long , veryyyy veryyy long black dry brittle leaves and its odour is undergrowth and fresh mushroom. Let’s go , I’m following the package instructions because I am a good girl : I boil water and pour on the pretty leaves and let’s go for 3 minutes waiting . And it is long indeed when you are just dying to drink a cup of this tea !
The filter of my glass teapot annoys me , it is much too tight for the leaves to express themselves and unfold, it had to be designed by a guy who does not drink whole leaf tea … this is not possible otherwise. Fortunately after the second infusion the leaves managed to unfold.
This tea has a beautiful amber color.
The taste is completely different from the smell of this tea, it’s fun. It was a tea " disguised " . Honey and yellow fruits are the guests of honor here. There is an explosion of flavours in the mouth.
Taiwan Tea Crafts states that this tea is a blend of two original tea and a Jin Xuan Si Ji Chun. Unfortunately I am not savant enough to know all the specificities of these two teas but I’ll try to find out more.
This tea is absolutely delicious , it’s simple : I swallowed the contents of afull teapot just the time to write this note and I am exploring my second teapot . It resteeps perfectly.
Pics of the session with this tea are here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/golden-dragon-black-tea-lot-241-taiwan-tea-crafts/
Flavors: Honey, Oats, Stonefruits
This tea arrived straight from Canada , from a swap with Jillian – Jillian Thank you so much . It’s crazy , isn’t it? A French tea which did the way France – Canada and is now back to its " home " country … Hello carbon … not to mention the first trip of the original tea which probably came from China :) Anyway, even if I feel a little guilty for being a nasty polluter of the planet I can enjoy this superb Earl Grey.
There is nothing to do for Earl Greys, I ’m definitely a huge Mariage Frères fan . I tasted at least 7 or 8 of their EG and I loved them all. Some more than others but all have in common a perfectly balanced bergamot , balanced and scrupulously respectful for the tea base used to accompany it.
This tea has the distinction of containing tips silver . They usually make tea more delicate and refined. This is actually a lovely tea and refined tea. Still relatively smooth and with the perfectly balanced sweet bergamot which slowly but surely tickle the palate. Very successful.
The liquor is very dark amber .
You can see pictures of this tea here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/earl-grey-silver-tips-mariage-freres/
Backlog from yesterday night
This is an interesting chai tea and as its name suggests it, this is a Rwandan tea. Which is rarer than a chai made on an Indian tea base .
We immediately see by the size and type of leaves that we are dealing with a Rwandan tea. The leaves are super short , with a chocolate colour and have almost a circle shape.
We have lovely and nice mixed spices : ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and pink berries
I opted for an Indian style of preparation because of the gloomy weather. I got so a barely beige liquor.
This chai had not a very strong flavor , spices are present, very mixed, difficult to feel each one separately. Cardamom is nonetheless a little more present in this chai .
I’m not super excited . I much preferred Anichaï of Dammann Frères too . I love an heavy spice chai , this one was very discreet.
But my cat loved it :)
You can see pics of this tea and of the thief cat here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/the-des-mille-collines-dammann-freres/
Let’s go, I continue to explore the wonderful teas of my Taiwan Tea Crafts ’s order . I ’m really not disappointed . The appearance of this Oolong is very rocky , the leaves look like small green stones as they are rolled so tight.
They do impress me these leaves !
And even wet , they unfold but not completely … as if they had terrible secrets to keep …
The liquor offers me the classic honey but especially very mineral notes . Mineral notes are dominating in my opinion. Cereals are also there as nuts … walnuts, almonds. A delicious tea, perfect for sippingin the morning as in the middle of the afternoon.
This is a very lovely and unexpected (physically) tea, you can see pics here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/baguashan-gui-fei-oolong-tea-lot-262-taiwan-tea-crafts/
Flavors: Honey, Mineral, Nuts, Oats, Walnut
Oh Lord I am so happy to have found this tea…really it is a wonder. I’ve always loved Oriental Beauty teas but this one is soooooo sweet, so fruity. Muscatel & Muscatel & Muscatel here + Honey & Honey & Honey !!! I am in heaven
I am knowing by now I will survive after my last cup of TWMB from Butiki Teas if this Oriental Beauty premium grade Oolong Tea lot 342 continues to exist !
Pics of my session with this wonderful tea are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/oriental-beauty-premium-grade-oolong-tea-lot-342-taiwan-tea-crafts-2/
Flavors: Apricot, Honey, Muscatel, Raisins
Here’s a sample of tea offered by my mother. She went to see the " HOKUSAI " exhibition at the Grand Palais and Le Palais des Thés ,for this occasion, created an exclusive tea sold at the Grand Palais (and also on their website) .
Green teas and I is not the best pair but I like to drink some of them time to time especially in the evening . Last night the time had come to test this Hokusai.
The blend is really pretty and generous with all these pieces of citrus peel and these pretty little electric blue flowers .
I bought a small bohemian glass teapot at Nature & Découverte . Less than 20 € , perfect. I do prefer those from Mariage Frères but … I’ll wait to win the lottery :)
The good point is that you can see the infusion step by step even if I find the filter a little tight on this teapot .
The taste is delicate and refined . Citrus fruits are on the first line but the sencha base used for this tea remains perceptible.This is invigorating thanks to the addition of ginger here . A spicy ginger.
The liquor is a lovely pale yellow.
This tea is very successful and even if I won’t rush to buy a box of this tea, I drank it and could drink it again with great pleasure.
You can see pics of this lovely tea & of the glass teapot here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/le-the-hokusai-le-palais-des-thes/
My tea of the morning. Another Theodor tea from my order on vente privée.
For my daughter , this tea tastes and smells like barbecue & charcoal. Well … it’s a bit more complex than that a Lapsang Souchong ! Personally I like the smoked teas but it is true that the first step in this universe can be difficult to initiate .
The smell : wood- fire , comfort , tranquility that’s what we can breathe here .
The dry leaf looks nothing special , short cut , curled and very dark.
The taste : the tea obtained has a very pronounced smoky flavour and is extremely soft and mellow like all Lapsang Souchongs I met but this one is really particularly mellow . No ounce of bitterness.
I made a full teapot . I think this was a mistake because it is not a tea that I enjoy more than 2 cups at a time. However, I swallowed everything … Very successful this unpretentious LS .
For those who like to see, some pics are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/lapsang-souchong-theodor/
Alleluia ! I finally found the time to get the package waiting for me since 6 days at the post office. I didn’t have to wait to get it … unexpected . And on the top of it the package was containing my beautiful Taiwanese teas purchased atTaiwan Tea Crafts .
So I have a series of packages pretty , colored with all the indications in Chinese and English. This is too cute.
Highly appreciated, a small handwritten note was added to my parcel and in French !
So this tea … chosen because Taiwanese and Oolong and because of being an Oriental Beauty … this is a silvery brown and almost fluffy tea.
The package says (yes , the package is talking to me ) to use boiling water . Oh yeah ? really ? Oolong … I am rather inclined to infuse at 85 ° c … well let’s be disciplined , do it .
After a dip of 6 minutes I got nice wet leaves , quite small but entire, dark brown mixed with other leaves more on the chocolate colour side. And an amber liquor , quite dark but translucent.
Taste : it is an Oriental Beauty quite serious , not at all on the sweet side , on the honey side . It has the typical taste of fruits such as apricot, plum but sugar-free or with a low sugar content.
This is extremely surprising , very good and really unexpected. As a kind of extra extra dry champagne that I did enjoy once without any sugar touch . A version of “dry” tea like we have dry wines in fact.
You can see somes pictures of this tea and the lovely packages of Taiwan Tea Crafts here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/oriental-beauty-superior-grade-oolong-tea-lot-341-taiwan-tea-crafts/
Oh ! This is an extremely surprising flavoured tea.
First we have a very small cut leaf with dried red berries.
Theodor says it is a mix of non smoked black tea and smoked black tea . The smell escaping from the bag is slightly and gently smoked and red fruits are immediately detectable .
I took my “old” Japanese teapot to prepare this tea. I love this teapot . It was a gift but I had chosen it myself 15 years ago in the shop Le Chat Huant, rue Galante in Paris. This shop sells Japanese objects and still exists even though I have not seen a teapot for a while in. I used it very little since it was sold without a filter … and I never found one that fits … until now !
The taste is divine and yet I am not the biggest fan of red fruit teas . The Smoked side is extremely discreet. I think a smoked tea beginner should start exploring these types with a tea as Madame .
The tea base is not hidden by the scent of red fruits : smoke taste associated with red fruit is very unexpected and absolutely irresistible.
Finally, another point but not least, lapsang souchong (probably used here with a second non- black tea smoked) in this blend offers a deep mellowness making Madame a velvet tea . Yes … Madame likes. Velvet … and plays the card of a masculine/feminine boudoir.
I love it.
Pics of Madame and of my “old” Japanese Teapot are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/madame-theodor/
Flavors: Berries, Smoke