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293 Tasting Notes

78

I bought this tea in a beautiful tin this afternoon at La Grande Épicerie in Paris.
Compagnie Coloniale is one of the oldest tea company in France. They are using a special method to flavour teas : a vapour method (or steam method, no idea which word is most adapted for tea flavouring in English !)

Of course I bought it because it is an Oolong…and because caramel beurre salé is really an appealing ingredient…isn’t it ?

The dry leaf smells incredibly good, caramelly and salted caramel…so noticeable.
Unfortunately the taste of the liquor is less noticeable. This is a light caramel, not an in your face one and this is really ok, a subtle caramel.

But I was expecting more Oolong notes and this Oolong base is a little too much discrete for my taste. This is a buttery Oolong, mellow but too much subtle for my pleasure to be complete.

I’ll play around temperature to see if it changes something for me.

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

The idea of this tea sounds really nice though…Interesting method, never heard of steam infused flavours before…did you try others teas that were processed this way?

Oh, and can you take a Canadian fairy with you on your next visit to La Grande Épicerie de Paris?

Ysaurella

Never had before Compagnie Coloniale teas. The brand is really nice.
I should take a Canadian Fairy next time to retain me to buy everything in !
Honeys, cakes, teas …everything ! this Epicerie is out of budget…but sometimes it is so good…just to buy little yummy things…http://www.lagrandeepicerie.com/
ahhh si j’étais riche…;)

TheTeaFairy

Lol, I’m more the kind of fairy that would encourage you to buy everything!! Facile de se ruiner dans un tel endroit!!!

Sil

a canadian heffalump wants to come tooo!

TheTeaFairy

Of course, who could possibly say no to a heffalump???

Ysaurella

I imagine the idea…an heffalump and a Fairy (Canadian of course)+ me in la grande épicerie…a temple where we can find Mariage frères,Kusmi teas,Dammann frères,compagnie coloniale,Fortnum & Mason + 2 or 3 other brands (English and German)….you know what ? I think we should take a a banker with us too…

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Ysaurella, for real I AM a banker, lol! Your plan sounds delightful, I’ll just carry the vault with me, and a LARGE safety deposit box to bring all those precious teas back home!!

Ysaurella

I’m saved so ;)

Sil

haha i almost qualify as being a banker… in that i work for one :)

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drank Sakura 2000 by Mariage Frères
293 tasting notes

I am enjoying this green tea while I am trying to decide which teas I should say bye bye to…
Gosh… sometimes we do need to clear out our stash, don’t we ?

Here is the result : http://steepster.com/discuss/6964-french-teas-to-swap

This green tea is a little wonder, so perfumed, so greeny and cherry. Just so yummy.
I keep this one for sure !

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
seule771

You reminded me to view my wishlist and I cleaned up a bit. Some teas I have actually purchased and enjoyed need not be on wishlist. Some that I no longer wish to try are removed from my wishlist. Everything for me is mood and how my palette has elevated somewhat from last year. Thanks. Happy New Year by the way.

Ysaurella

it’s hard to keep an eye on everything and update all the time. Happy new year to you too :)

TheTeaFairy

Aww! So tempting but I have to take a rain check for now on swapping…I have too many samples to drink at the moment (not that there’s ever too many), but I also have good stuff I want to send you eventually, so we’ll talk soon :-)

Ysaurella

of course no probs and I can send you some Theodor I cherish (plain ones) and MF exceptional blend to me (the grand fancy Oolong…)

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59

Well, I am afraid this brand is definitively not a brand for me. This is clearly Blueberry and natural.
As with the other Davids tea I cannot really taste camellia sinensis.
I was suspiscious as the blend is containing as much blueberries as tea leaves…I was right : this is a lovely hot juicy blueberry beverage but it’s just not tea to me.

I have a full tea pot and I share it now with my daughter who is in love with it (she is 11) like she is for almost all DT blends. I can imagine why a child can appreciate these teas, no acridness at all and more focused on flavours rather than tea bases.

Thank you justjames for sharing

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
TheTeaFairy

I think you perfectly resumed the situation with DT. Some blends are really tasty but we can hardly call them tea cause the tea is too hard to find. Having said that, I do like this one cause it really tastes what is smells like: a blueberry fest! It’s nice to know that it actually comes from the fruit and not only added flavouring as there are so many real blueberries in it! I understand why your daughter is so fond of it :-)

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84

My friend Valérie offered me this tin + the black tea tin of Thé de Pâques for my birthday.I am very lucky to get such a friend :) she shares with me a passion for good tea and especially for Mariage Frères ones.

She told me “I know you’re not very green tea but at least if you don’t like it you’ll get the canister with the double lid”
I get the canister AND I love the green tea.

I already know the black version and can say I prefer this green version to the black. It’s a lighter version, more flowery somehow.
I get the lovely citrus and the precious vanilla with notes of crème brûlée.

Une fois n’est pas coutume, I prefer the green version. This is a mellow green without any astringency – if only all greens can be like this…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Oh, tea and friendship, the best!!! You have a good friend :-)
(sorry I missed your birthday, but BONNE FÊTE EN RETARD!!!)

Ysaurella

no worries my birthay is the day after Xmas…very boring I never celebrate it because everybody is sick off with parties and food :D

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87

Sadly it is a sipdown. I finished my canister and as this tea is only available (alas !) in canister, at 22 €, I am afraid I won’t repurchase it until a while. I propably will use the tin to put Pleine Lune tea.

I sent some of Full Moon Party to several people and unfortunately no one reviewed it until now. This is one of the mystery blend.

I especially like the mix almond and rose here. this is so sweet, so mellow.

Bye bye sweetie…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Oh my! Really, too bad MF won’t allow smaller purchases, you could just refill the pretty tin with the amount of tea you want. But we can forgive them, most of their teas seem to be totally worth it, but at €22 I would also think twice…

Ysaurella

yes a lot of ther tea are available as loose leaf by weight, unfortunately not this one neither Alexandra David Néel I want to try for ages…

TheTeaFairy

Oh, I thought they sold only 100g pouches or tins! Guess it’s more of an online thing, I remember lurking at their website (many times!!!)! One day I’ll just say, the hell with shipping costs and I’m just going to order :-)

seule771

During my tea craze and reviewing of teas, I never did get to sample their teas. Just as well since they are of calibre teas like Harney and Sons. I would not want to mess with them folks. Thank you for sharing.

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drank Noël by Mariage Frères
293 tasting notes

Inoffensive day to have this dear Christmas tea as Christmas is behind us now. It doesn’t make me think too much about xmas now the date is away.

It’s a comfort to sip it right now after spending 2 hours to search where my parcel amazon can be…and to chat online with the customer service.
Hopefully I’ll get my daughter’s books on Tuesday so one week after the expected date…fantastic for school…

I love the work done on citrus and spices in this tea and I think I will never get enough of it

Tuscanteal

I loved Noel when I had it in my cupboard… it is such a nice blend!! I hope Amazon smartens up!

Bonnie

Hello my friend. Stay warm with all the rain I’ve been seeing in your forcast lately. My nephew just returned home to Paris Monday after 8 weeks in sunny California (which has a drought). Where is your snow?

TheTeaFairy

Ysaurella, I really liked this one (you had sent me a sample of it) I have a pending note on it!

Ysaurella

@ Bonnie …no snow around but you’re right, rain everywhere ! It should be hard for your nephew after 8 weeks in California

@ TheTeaFairy : I would love to read a note from you about Noël :)

@ Tuscanteal : Amazon sent me an email saying the opposite of the previous email and discussion…terrible but Noël is really a fantastic tea, probably one of the most purchased at MF after Marco Polo

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99

I really have not much vocabulary to express how much I love this one !
Really this is a dreamy cup : sure I get orange blossom and aniseed and a light lemon…hummmmm and the base is a mix of black tea and Oolong…that’s it ! that’s why I love it so much for sure…awwwwww Oolongs…

Sil

oooh this sounds really interesting.

Flowery

Jealous…this review had me trying to figure out where to find it here in the states. I guess I have to make a tea run to Paris!

Ysaurella

I’m afraid Flowery but if you come to Paris you’ll have a huge tea run :)

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drank Ceylan OP by Jardin d'Asie
293 tasting notes

You know what ? it’s a correct Ceylon tea. That’s it ! and I won’t complain because it was my morning tea at the hotel.
I am happy this hotel didn’t serve any lipton :)

So correct is good enough

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
293 tasting notes

Thank you so much JustJames for sharing this Oolong with me.

I am very fond of Oolongs, I love them plain or flavoured so was excited to try this one even if a little suspiscious because of the brand.
ButI thought : it may be THE DT I would really like because it is an Oolong.

Unfortunately I cannot taste the typical Oolong notes I love so much.This Oolong tea base is not for me, very weak almost totally absent.

The positive points are the creamyness of this tea and its pleasant Vanilla (without being exceptionnal but it is a natural Vanilla).

I have other DT teas to taste thanks to JustJames, I surely find one I’ll like.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec
TheTeaFairy

Yes This tea is a bit of a let down…I much prefer davidstea milk oolong…But it’s nice you got to try this from the wonderful james :-)

Ysaurella

I love milky Oolongs…that’s a decadent tea type !

Helena

I might have to give the milk oolong another shot now that I own my breville variable temp kettle. I might like it more now that I can get the temp right! :D next trip to DT I’ll pick some up and see :D

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85

I’m having it right now and it is my first tea of the day (strangely as it is 4 PM)
I am still very impressed by this Betjeman & Barton’s blend. For sure one of my favourite Stawberry & Rhubarb tea.

I am trying to relax myself and not think about all the kind of problems waiting for me tomorrow at work. Sometimes when you are doing a job and have the feeling to ONLY try to solve problems all day long it is just so boring.

This Blue Mountain is a nice tea to spend the afternoon with while watching a TV documentary about General Custer.Not sure it would have been his kind of tea. I imagine more Custer drinking a strong Irish Breakfast.

Fjellrev

I hope work will turn out alright for you tomorrow. Nothing is worse than having a day off but spending it stressing out about all the things that may go wrong the next day.

Ysaurella

Thank you Fjellrev

TheTeaFairy

Know what you mean about work…when you’re a problem solver, it gets really hard on the moral sometimes, right? Have a good week nonetheless Ysaurella, you can vent on Steepster if need be :-)

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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 ?!?!?

Location

Paris, France

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