389 Tasting Notes

92
drank Sakura 2000 by Mariage Frères
389 tasting notes

I’m going to get though some of my green teas. I would like to terminate Sakura asap because again greens are losing their flavour so quickly.

But I have still a lot of this one. I think it will become my evening tea for a while so !
Sakura 2000 is a perfect tea for the evening : low caffeine level, light, really great to finish the day with this cherry blossom.

Here are some pics of the session with this tea : dry and wet leaves and liquor (with agaun some cut leaves in rrrrr) : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/sakura-2000-mariage-freres/

Flavors: Cherry Blossom

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Casablanca by Mariage Frères
389 tasting notes

I love almost everything with this tea. What do I dislike ? The cut leaves…too small…complicated to filter these leaves efficiently. I always find some remaining in my cup…like little wicked submarines…
Here some pics of the tea in situation : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/casablanca-mariage-freres-2/
You can see the villain submarines in my mug…grrrrr

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec
mj

LOL, “little wicked submarines”…that killed me!

Ysaurella

I’m in war against remaining cut leaves in my cup :)

cteresa

we are twins regarding this tea. It is so very perfect! I think the bad bad little pieces are the mint, degrading with time very fast, but it is also the mint which makes this so perfect.

Ysaurella

I bought this tea 1 week ago to me it seems to be smal pieces of tea but you may be right as I have no idea how long Mariage stores the tea in their big jars. I’ll have a more precise look next time to examinate much the “invaders”

cteresa

It is annoying isn´t it? But this is such a wonderful tea. And it makes the best iced tea in the world, though you need to be generous with the leaf and since I also love it hot which is more economical i only do it iced now and then!

cteresa

by the way have you ever tried one of those gravity strainers? I have this one

http://www.yumchaa.com/cms/pliki_uzyt/duzy_untitled_panorama2.jpg

which was quite expensive, but that filter at the bottom (removable to clean) it really really works for things like casablanca or rooibos (more of a problem for me than you). I have had mine for almost 2 years, at first I thought it was a waste of money but seriously worth it. Only problem is mine is getting all ugly and stained from the tanin now!

Ysaurella

thanks Teresa, I didn’t even know such a tool was existing, seems absolutely interesting

mj

cteresa, a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser wipes away tea stains like a dream. Little to no scrubbing required!

cteresa

Thank you, mj. I have never seen that brand around though!

ysaurella, it is really wonderful and that filter being so tight fitting (at the beginning it took me a few days to understand it could be removed for cleaning), you really get totally clear tea. I thought, and still think, you do not really need it to make good tea, it is just so convenient though!

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96
drank Congou Keemun by Butiki Teas
389 tasting notes

I’m still loving this tea a lot. My stock is running low as well as a lot of my favourite teas this month ! What should I do ? So many teas I would like to repurchase but my purse is not extensible…alas.
The natural rose taste of this one is so sweet…not sure I can resist …

Here are some pics of my tea session : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/congou-keemun-butiki-teas/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Butterscotch by Mariage Frères
389 tasting notes

Well, sad of not being able to get a sample of their oriental beauty, I lower my sights and asked for a sample of this tea. A full change of registry! But I also wanted to taste this famous tea.

“Butterscotch” the term for a French, does not really mean anything. In fact I know by now there is a kind of Scottish caramel made of brown sugar mixture and butter, molasse. But before I thought it was a kind of cake … well … I had to taste a butterscotch shortbread … which explains my mistake … I’m ignorant :)

The dry leaf displays a very strong fanatic fragrance (yes fanatic, not fantastic) of caramel: even with a big cold I don’t think possible for anyone not to detect the caramel because it is really so strong. And it’s not the smell of a light, sweet caramel; it smells like an aggressive caramel, very very red, not the little light caramel found on a tiered cake!

The leaves are cut rather short with a lot of very small twigs: suddenly I get scared and decide not infuse it more than 2 minutes 30 and at 90 ° C.

I get a wet leaf that looks like “packets”. I wonder what taste I’ll get in the end…

The liquor is a very dark amber brown very …caramel … actually …

And the surprise happens at the very end and essential chapter in the art of tea: the taste ! this tea is amazing! It is relatively smooth, very soft and the taste of this caramel is truly unique, very present but not too strong – that unique taste that I do not know, I love it … it’s probably that… the butterscotch … it should make sense isn’t? :)

Some pic of the tea (dry, wet leaves and liquor) are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/butterscotch-mariage-freres/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cameron B.

Sounds fantastic! Butterscotch is kind of similar to caramel in my opinion, but more buttery. :D

darby

Hmmm…maybe I need to get this one now!

Ysaurella

This is a very nice tea for a very little price 5,50 € for 100 grams.I may be tempted now to buy some !

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85
drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
389 tasting notes

Two days ago I went to one Mariage Freres shop to buy Tzar Alexander, Casablanca and Pettiagalla OP1. I asked for a sample of their Oriental Beauty tea as it costs € 45 100 g I did not want to buy it without tasting first. Unfortunately this tea is not available for sampling … Too bad.

Si I decided to finish my Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas instead and I am thinking to buy 100 grams rather than Mariage Frères one.After all I know and I love it. But I’m curious …I would love to taste the MF.

The Butiki’s dry leaf has a smell of honey and like any good Oriental Beauty has a beautiful chocolate/ brown colour. This one does not have the typical Oolong rolled leaves but twisted ones. Again this is classic for an oriental beauty.

Once the infusion ended the leaves are more swollen but not that much after all. Leaves appear in their true light, rather small and absolutely cute.

On the palate the amber honey liqueur is rather slight. It’s delicious.

It’s not the most sublime Oriental Beauty tea I drank but it is undoubtedly an excellent tea.

For the pics of this tea (Dry and wet leaves, liquor) please see here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/oriental-beauty-butiki-teas/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Ag

I have to say, since I couldn’t fit a French class into my schedule this year, reading your Wordpress posts is helping me to not forget too much of the language!

Ysaurella

I worked for 8 years for an English company and changed of work 3 years ago…English was my job language for 70% of my time…big change…0% of my new job ! So I joined Steepster to keep practicing English (in addition of my passion for tea of course). I’m happy if my little blog can help in return :)

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78

This is a great cup of coffee one might say. So dark …

However,everything started with a pretty long Ceylon tea leaf . the smell is honey , heady. It suggests a tasty breakfast.

Well, once infused this beautiful leaf turns out to be a cut leaf. awww.

The taste is fruity and honey dew but actually I get a hint of bitterness at the very end of the sip. I think 4 minutes were a bit too much for the infusion of this tea but I stupidly thought it was a whole leaf tea. So I need to repeat the experience tomorrow with a 2 or 3 minutes steeping, it should be really much better.

This tea is very pleasant, unpretentious. It’s not a big tea but it is very correct for € 5.50/ 100 grams.

Some pics of dry leaf and wet leaf and liquor are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/pettiagalla-op1-mariage-freres/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
mj

I might have to try to read your blog to see if I remember any of my French :)

Ysaurella

please do ! and at least my French is very nice vs my English ! :)

mj

Your english is impeccable compared to my french ;)

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99

I’m not going to beat around the bush: I still love this tea. First it is an Oolong and then the scent is so refined that drinking it is simply divine.

The rolled Oolong leaves are mixed with pretty pale yellow flowers and they are opening themselves slowly and beautifully in my infuser

The liquor is incredibly clear, a transparent yellow.

It is a very vegetal and floral tea … how could it be different ? between the Oolong tea base with a low oxydation and the violet the rose …! Also I always add some brown crystal sugar rocks and it becomes smoother, softer and it clearly reminds me violet sweets.

Another tea beautifully blended by Butiki Teas

Here are some pictures of the tea : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/rose-violet-calendula-butiki-teas/

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Love the pics :-)

Ysaurella

Thank you TheTeaFairy :) hope to be able to take better ones ! I am not totally satisfied with my pics.

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82

I’m downgrading a little my rating for this one. I’m still loving it but my tastes evolved since.

I’m trying to finish this tea quickly now because I’ve had it for over a year and I find green teas, even though kept in a sealed box with a double lid, quickly lose their flavour and fragrances (whatever they are plain or flavoured).

This is an absolute divine tea, very delicate. The fragrances used are subtle, refined, they are not overpowering the tea itself and we can clearly recognize first cassis and then violet.

For the macaroon well it’s quite different ! … I do not find any trace IMO.

This is a tea that I prefer sweetened, with brown candy rocks.

It is a refreshing tea,even hot. It is perfect brewrd cold as well but considering the weather this summer I didn’t have much opportunity to enjoy it iced this year.

Tthe liquor is translucent, a pretty yellow / amber.

While cooling its texture becomes creamy, even velvety.

The Green tea base used is unknown… tea brands unfortunately rarely say which tea they use for their flavoured teas, I would go for a sencha but I may be wrong.

Infused 3 minutes at 80 ° c it has no bitterness nor astringency. A real Tea dream for beginners with green teas. But not for those looking to find a taste of macaroon !

Some pics of the tea are available on my blog : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/macaron-cassis-violette-dammann-freres/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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88

I just realized with horror that my stock of JE Milk Oolong Theodor is dramatically running low … so I decided to rather go for a cup of this tea.

J.E = Jardin d’Exception (exceptional Garden) in the Théodorian terminology. Well it’s true, again! it’s a beautiful and Yunnan and you should believe me because Yunnan are not among my favorite teas.

The dry leaves are typical of this variety of teas, a mixt of dark brown and golden sand twisted leaves

The liquor is an INCREDIBLE dark brown, almost earthy- surprising as the steep lasted 3 minutes and 85 ° C only.

The taste is mostly made of malt and cocoa with a hint of honey. No bitterness at all.

The texture is a deep mellow.

It is a very nice tea and I think I’ll add it to my permanent collection as the Yunnan reference.

I used for the first time my new teacup Roy Kirkham bought 3 hours ago in La Vaissellerie rue Mogador in Paris.

It really makes a huge difference when drinking in a fine bone china cup … my other percelain or English earthenware cups seem really pale vs this one.

You can see some pics of the tea here on my blog :
http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/j-e-yunnan-yu-yunnan-fgfo1-theodor/

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

That cup is so lovely madam!

cteresa

Your milky ooling is running low? Shocking! I admit I rebought, but did you nottice they upped the price of the tins now? I bought my first tin at a surprising, unexpected sale right here in Lisbon for 15 euros (and regretted it when I smelled it because it smelled very oolong-y except it was magic when it hit boiling water) and my second tin for 20 euros at their adorable Trocadero shop with the so nice saleslady but now the website says 29.95€ ! I have almost all of the new tin, and admitteddly it might be worth the new price, but damn, it used to be cheaper.

This other one also sounds magical, I am saving my tea money for a Theodor order, next autumn maybe! Some tea providers, you can trust them to have working palates and noses!

About teaware, I understand completely. If you get the chance try also Zara Home, particularly on sale and when they get to the end of sale and really discount things. I confess I got yet another tea cup, I will try to photograph, but it looks like Roy Kirkham bone china and it is really pretty as well (though inconsistent. They have camellias in bloom alongside blackberries which it totally anachronistic. Camellias here bloom February-March, in late winter and blackberries are late summer, and roses are mid spring. I notice and do not forgive these things, though ok, maybe that is a tad precious, maybe?)

Ysaurella

Thank you Sil :)
Teresa : I just checked on Theodor’s website and yes the price of my favourite Milk Oolong took 10 €…awwwww do it will be a simple bag for my repurchase sure.
I would love to see your anachronistic tea cup ! We have very few Zara home here in France but I’ll have a look sure.

cteresa

I will take a photo of my anachronistic mug one of these days. when it gets colder, I confess ! When it is hot, even wise people tell me how how refreshing hot tea is, for me nothing beats cold water straight from the fridge. I confess to a few tea purchases this summer though, waiting to be tried.

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90

Thank you so much Angel and Teavivre for the opportunity to taste this Pu-erh.
I wanted to do a simple cup of this one but I cannot manage to cut the little cake, too hard. So I decided to go for a full teapot to use the entire cake.

After steeping, the leaves are very green and are a mix of cut and entire leaves.

The taste is not so smocky but very on the honey and dry stone fruit side to my opinion. It has none bitterness at all.
The texture is light, not mellow, very refreshing.

I loved this one very much, sure I’m not afraid at all anymore of Pu-erh !

You can see some pics here on my blog :http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/raw-pu-erh-mini-tuocha-teavivre/

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Yay! No longer afraid of pupu :-)

I love those minis and I loved your blog!

Ysaurella

Thank you :) I can add pics so that’s so nice. I need to create an instagram account as well

TheTeaFairy

Oh!!! Please come and join us on instagram, it’s so much fun ysaurella, people are great there too!! :-)

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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)
http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/

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