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drank Thé Citron by Jardin d'Asie
293 tasting notes

Really not bad for a tea bag. I stole this sachet in the hotel yesterday (yes…I am a robber :) but wanted a plain black for breakfast and saw this one I absolutely wanted to try as well so I put the tea bag in my purse !)

Very decent black tea base with a light flavour of lemon, abolutely perfect for beginning an horrible afternoon at work ! why horrible …because I hate to follow and check waht people are doing, I really prefer when they do it just because we already asked 3 times…but…c’est la vie. As this tea there is always a very thin bitterness to everything.

Flavors: Lemon Zest

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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It was my morning tea in the train to reach Aix en Provence. The SNCF, the national French train company uses now Compagnie Coloniale as unique brand for the tea served in all their restaurant coaches.
I am quite happy to see Lipton disappearing from main lines trains. Unfortunately the employees are not aware the water should be boiling (or at least near). I would say they served me a water at 60 or 65°C…hard time for a Darjeeling.

It was so clear liquor I was really worried but the taste was light and very pleasant. I detected a fruity note .

I need to buy some to get a correct preparation (home made…) but I really think this tea should be one of the type of Darjeeling I really appreciate (even if it mainly comes from a first flush and is from green type)

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No more Lipton – a miracle in itself.




You gotta love any reviews that start with a sentence like «It was my morning tea in the train to reach Aix en Provence».
Lol, I am in awe just by the fact that you can get Darjeeling in the train on your way to work! The only thing you’ll find around here is bad coffee, lol!


yes they made big efforts to upgrade the food & beverage offer in main lines trains I even can have an EG or a 3 other tea type :)

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Thank you Dexter3657 for sharing this blend with me.
I’va always been curious of this one especially after reading several notes of Ashmanra about it.
This is my first tea of the morning as it is supposed to be a bergamot tea and I find really nice to begin the day with an EG or even an EG’s spin off.

The liquor is very dark, depth and smells honey and berries.
Drinking it, I still get the honey notes and a little bergamot, stronger on berries, probably black currants to me, not sure.

I really appreciate the smoothness of this tea, free of any bitteness, almost creamy.
The flavours are not overpowering the tea itself and are subtile, natural and elegant flavours.
The tea base made of a mix of Chinese black teas is a medium bodied tea which pair perfectly with the subtile flavours evocated above in the note.

A very lovely blend.

why cannot I find bergamot nor citrus in the flavour rolling menu ? did you have the same lack ? It seems crazy it is not already present --so I decided not adding anything for flavours if I cannot immediately add all the ones I picked out

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I don’t use that flavour thing at all, nor do I look at what other people put. It just doesn’t suit my approach at all, so I ignore it. I did however notice that a lot of people were missing the suggestions they wanted to use so I had a look at what was there. Those are some pretty wacky choices! Some of them sound like something Husband and my dad would use to describe their single malts. O.o


Hah! Yes, I’ve sent in 3 emails now to add flavours, because I don’t add any if all the ones I want aren’t there. I’ve yet to see my suggestions added though.


I think it is crazy we are allowed to create a tea into the database and not to add any flavour by ourselves…
Until yesterday I was not using the flavour things and I thought it can be ok to begin to use it but meh…no :)


My favorite characteristic of ToL is its flexibility and forgiveness…as addlepated as I often get, I haven’t managed to ruin a cup yet, regardless of steep time or temp.


thank you gmathis, it’s nice to know that.I love these easy teas

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well what a strange tea. I picked it out the enormous swap box Dexter3657 sent me because I have been attracted by the leaves…of course I have thought it was an Oolong because it looks like an Oolong but no this is not…and however it comes from Taiwan and I adore Taiwanese teas…

And now I am sipping it after a 3 minutes steeping and…I am perplexe…I cannot really say what I feel about it and what I can taste. I it a medium black bodied tea, I would say a little malty with very little candied fruits.
It is a pleasant tea but really strange tea exactly like some people you meet and cannot really grasp their personnality.
Maybe I should meet this tea sevenral times…


Lol, I have also experienced the generosity of Dexter3657!


yes incredible generosity. I don’t know which lovely teas to drink first now I have so many :)

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drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
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I received this tea in a swap with Dexter3657 thank you so much for sending me such a lovely black tea.

It smells cocoa and a earthy not. I brew it western style. The liquor is quite darked amber.
I really enjoy it both very hot and as it cools even if I absolutely agree with Dexter3657 the main lovely notes for me , the fruity ones & apricot especially and baked bread, are most present while the tea is cooling.

The only little point is I would have prefered it with a little bit more body and it is “just” medium bodied. This is a very little point because I do frankly love it.

I’ll retry with a longer steep to see if I can ameliorate the body to adjust to my tastes.

Flavors: Apricot, Baked Bread, Cocoa, Earth

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Nice review of this tea Ysaurella, the notes you found are really appealing :-)


this is a very recommendable tea !

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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The blend smells Strawberry Shortcake doll…I didn’t notice that at my first try !
Thanks again for sharing again Sil
I still don’t like the tea base but this time I tried it longer and it was a little bitter (the kind of difficult and capricious assams I always struggle with)


I have enough to retry again ! sure this time I’ll manage to get a perfect Ruby pie !

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drank Gui Fei Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Thank you so much Courtney for sending me that one.
I love it, this is typically the teas I appreciate : creamy, buttery and with touches of honey and herbal hints.
I prefer it as it cools because the buttery note and the mellowness of the tea is renforced.

Thanks again Courtney

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I’m glad you enjoyed this one. :)

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drank Love Potion Sencha by Tealish
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Another tea from the lovely MissB

A green, and I am not very green except for Oolongs.
The dry leaf is absolutely beautiful, mix of tea, flowers and berries.

The liquor smells cinnamon, light cinnamon. I didn’t want to take any risk , I am very suspicious with greens and steeping so it has been steeped for 2 minutes only.
This is a sencha and has the specific taste notes of the sencha.

I particularly appreciate the way the flavours are working together, I wasn’t expecting cinnamon and currant to pair so well together.

I am very pleased to have had the chance to taste this sencha.

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Je suis tres heureuse que tu aimes cette thé! (Je practique mon francais, et j’ai besoin d’un becherelle pour les conjugaisons.)


bravo pour la petite note en français et merci pour ce joli thé :)

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I am very confused with this tea. I think I didn’t do anything wrong : leaf, water, steeping time..and I get a robust, heavy tea exceptionaly strong on bitterness.

I generally love Butiki’s Tea bases and often their flavoured teas. Unfortunately I have to say this tea is probably not for me. I am unable to get any cheesecake nor Irish cream and all I get is very bitter breakfast tea.
Thank you MissB for sharing I am happy to have had the opportunity to taste it and I have enough for a second try. I’ll do so.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

It didn’t get better as it cooled?

Better luck with your next attempt!


it is cooling now and let’s say it is less awful rather than better :)


I’m finding the same thing, and even though it does get better as it cool, it’s definitely way too robust and it’s really hard to pick out the other flavours.

Butiki Teas

The base tea is extremely finicky. Its fantastic when its done perfectly but otherwise it can be bitter and can get bitter when it cools. That’s why were are discontinuing both the base tea and this version of the Irish Cream Cheesecake. Instead, we are looking to try it with a Wen Shan Bao Zhong, this new very chocolatey Assam we picked up, or a white tea base.


I would be more than happy to try the new version Stacy :)

Butiki Teas

Great! :)


That’s too bad. This one is finicky, but when it works, it’s amazing!


I like this tea, but I’m pretty sure I would love it as a white!

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drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
293 tasting notes

Thank you Sil for sharing this blend with me. The funniest is I hesitated to buy a tin last Wednesday while I was in La grande Épicerie – finally I decided to leave it and Sil sent me some :)

It’s a so strong assam…bitter…at the very first sip I knew I would not be able to drink it. I’ll retry with a 2 min steep to see if I can have it.
So I added milk and sugar…à l’anglaise…and it is really enjoyable, really nice.
So clearly a blend I should reserve to drink with a dash of milk.

served with toasts with butter and Tiptree crystal orange marmelade …yummy.

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Nice! Glad I saved you the. Trouble of buying it and having a whole tin :)


it is really pleasant with milk and sugar , thank you again

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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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