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drank Madame by THE O DOR
405 tasting notes

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

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sounds really interesting!


it is for sure !


That filter fits perfectly – a good find for your pot!

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drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
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This is a sipdown and by the way an eternal sipdown.
For the occasion I took more pics than usual to put on my blog.
Thanks Stacy


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Second tea from my Theodor order on Vente Privée . I must admit that I kinda chose this tea by default just to have a plain tea and because it was quite cheap . Now Ceylons never really transported me . I have at least 5 of them right now in my collection -because every time I think it will be THE little TEA Ceylon that will transcend me … and each time well no it’s not …

The smell is similar to all those little Ceylons. Are there only Great Ceylons somewhere ? I guess so .

The dry leaf is very thin and it has the typical twigs.

And the taste ? So we have an unpretentious and correct tea. Like all I tasted.. except 1 Ceylon I ’ve had … with my great aunt … a Mariage Frères …very good… but which one? mystery. In any case this Theodor is not his twin..oh no.

Some pics are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/ceylan-op-superieur-theodor/

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i had one the other day that was really nice… but i can’t remember which tea it was…


aww thank you Sil !


Nicole sent me a sample and it was quite tasty….still not knock your socks off omd this is the most amazing tea ever but it was really lovely…and pretty! :)

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drank Earl Grey Royal by THE O DOR
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Yesterday I received the Theodor order that I placed on Vente Privée . Oh joy to see the postman emerging at my doorstep in the middle of the afternoon .

Obviously Theodor wanted to sell its so-called kimono bags , in aluminum . The 5 teas I ordered were in this type of bags that preserve wonderfully the qualities of tea. Well I personnaly do not care because all my teas end in an airtight dedicated tin but for those who keep their tea in the original bags , those ones were perfect.

This morning I had an embarrassment of riches with five new teas to test but my love for the legendary Earl Grey outweighed everything else. And seeing the sublime osmanthus flowers and corn flowers mixed with black tea leaves I cracked .

During the infusion the yellow flowers rise to the surface and we can see them only !

The liquor is very dark and smells delicious bergamot-y.

The taste obtained is strong bergamot, very present and very bright , almost slightly spicy . This is an extremely invigorating and joyful blend. Ideal in the morning. It reminds me a lot of Mademoiselle another blend by Theodor , another Earl Grey but scented with lavender . The Bergamot oil used is most likely the same . I don’t think I am wrong on this . It is also probably the same Chinese tea base between medium and full -bodied in terms of strength .

A good Earl Grey in conclusion even if I denote nothing very extravagant here .

You can have a look at pics of my session with this tea here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/earl-grey-royal-theodor/

Flavors: Bergamot

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so lucky. i’m still waiting to place my order with the du loup haha

Terri HarpLady

Although I don’t care for the Earl, & can’t read French, I love the pics on your blog. Beautiful setup, & the yellow flowers are SO pretty! :)


thank you Terri :) I’m glad your finger is healing little to little.
Sil : they had Thé du loup at the sale on Vente Privée but it came out of stock very very quickly, I didn’t manage to beneficiate of the 50% off on this one :(


Beautiful photos as always! Those are very interesting-looking “kimono” bags.


yes it’s a pity they stop these bags but they are now selling other bags (called M sized) with a biggest weight 125 g and big bags (L size) of 250 g !Great for tea lovers !

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Darjeelings… with me it’s really all or nothing . I am often disappointed or completely horrified by the taste of some , and I’ve found some gems befitting me completely (some Sungmas in particular).

So we have a very classical leaf with a pretty vegetal but fairly low odour.
as I fear the highly outstanding capabilities of Darjeeling in terms of bitterness , I infused it for 2 minutes only.

Very green wet leaves, chopped wide are obtained. We see the classic mix brown leaves and green leaves typical of many Darjeelings.

The liquor is amber , quite dark for a tea brewed 2 minutes only.

Taste : it is a very vegetal Darjeeling , vivid, dynamic with this unique and so special boost typical of this type of teas. But it’s a little Darjeeling. Unpretentious. So not bad. But nothing more. Not the kind of tea for which I would wake up in the middle of the night to make me a cup of !

So I dip my homemade lemon & poppy seeds cake in it … that’s good anyway

pics of the tea (dry, wt and liquor) and of the cake are visible here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/darjeeling-f-o-p-2nd-flush-dammann-freres/

Flavors: Vegetal


mmmm lemon poppyseed loaf


yes this is really a nice type of cake and it helped me a lot to terminate my meh cup !

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This is an extremely interesting tea ! It has beautiful golden tips and an odour of undergrowth .

Once wet, bye bye golden tips , they are becoming invisible. Like all golden tips actually.

It is an extremely strong tea tastewith a hint of tartness . undeniably a tea dedicated for breakfast.

It is so strong,almost smoky .

I like this tea but probably not enough to consider a re- purchase. It has an earthy and tobacco taste that I often found in Yunnans and that are not my favourite flavours .

I’ retry my next experiments with a water a little cooler and a reduced steeping time . Story to be continued so .

Here are some pic of the tea (dry and wet +liquor) : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/yunnan-celeste-tgfop-dammann-freres/

Flavors: Earth, Tobacco, Wood

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yes not bad for those who love tobacco and earthy notes

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Autumn. Nutty teas. Mmmmm.

This is a tea I wanted to swap 2 months ago as I drink less flavoured teas but I changed my mind. I was right to keep it, however there are only 40g remaining – 4 teapots and it will be gone.

This is Velvet in a cup !

Pics are available here (dry and wet leaf , liquor and my washi black paper tea tin) : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/amande-amaretti-dammann-freres/

Flavors: Almond

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I spent all my Sunday morning with this tea. It reconciled me with assams a long time ago and from now this is my favourite assam ever.
Any other assams as sweet to advice me ?
Here are somes pics of the tea here : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/premium-taiwanese-assam-butiki-teas/

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Butiki Teas

Cute mug! :)


Even better to drink a very good tea in a cute mug :)

Butiki Teas

Indeed! :)

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Imperial Wedding is a flavoured tea I never get tired with . Yet our story was wrong part !

Opening the bag is an olfactory shock : a large wind of caramel powder invades the nostrils. Too much . Too strong.

It’s a capricious tea, its tea-based assam made of cut leaves makes it complicated to brew properly.

I struggled to find the right temperature , I wasted the first half of a bag before finding : 2 minutes , no more. 90 ° C and not much.

When you miss it, you get a bitter tea undrinkable, yes undrinkable even with a dash of milk and sugar.

But when it succeeds, you get the most glamorous caramel tea , malty, strong in taste and still assam-y with a thin note of chocolate at the end of the sip.

Wedding Impérial … the Angel and Demon of Mariage Frères .
Completely demonic accompanied by a religieuse au café (coffee cream puff)!

For those who like to see, you can find pictures of the dry & wet leaf, infusion and religieuse au café here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/28/wedding-imperial-mariage-freres/

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate

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I googled religieuse au café and they look so fancy! Fancy French teas and pastries, why are you oh so desirable…


they are sooooo good, one of my favourite pastries for sure

Sami Kelsh

OH man, one of these days I am going to master baking the religieuse. So delicious!


@Sami this is typically something I am unable to bake, the cream is hard to do for me, if you managed to I’ll take an Eurostar ticket to get teached :)

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Here’s one of my favorite types of tea : Oolong and even better Taiwanese Oolong ! and even even better , it’s a fairly oxidized oolong .

It comes from a swap with Sami Kelsh who is living in London, so I have a nice opportunity to finally taste this famous British brand.

It is a low fragrant leaf with a beautiful chocolate colour with golden highlights .

It looks more like a black tea rather than an Oolong at a first glance, but many Taiwanese highly oxidized Oolongs are like this .

Come on, let’s go for a dip of 4 minutes at 90 ° C as Whittard of Chelsea doesn’t give any brewing guidance on this package .

I taste a classic oxidized Oolong with a rather light mark. A discrete taste of cereals is pleasant enough but I cannot find very much honey and fruity typical tastes of the Taiwanese Oolongs . This is not a problem but I am surprised .

I have 50 grams of this tea so I’ll be able to explore it out more but I can already say I rather like it . Which may not be enough to buy it. But I enjoy drinking it. Thanks Sami Kelsh for sharing.

You can se pictures of the tea (dry, wet leaves and liquor) here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/imperial-formosa-oolong-whittard-of-chelsea/

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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 : Taiwan tea Crafts, Teavivre, Mariage Frères,Theodor,Butiki Teas,Dammann Frères, Betjeman & Barton.
My ratings are as follow :

100 to 95 : my darlings; always in my cupboard (or very often ! )

94 to 90 : Excellent tea

89 to 80 : very good tea, a pleasure to drink it

79 to 70: not bad even quite nice, why not having it sometimes, but well,it’s 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 thing supposed to be tea ?!?!?

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