404 Tasting Notes
First day of Autumn is really adapted to sip this tea…chestnuts…candied apricots…orange blossom flower…and caramel…are you serious ? really ? caramel ? I cannot get the caramel…never…hidden by chestnuts…for the very best :)
I am drinking it in my new Japanese cup…strickly perfect for this tea as Tourbillon means whirl…
Hello Autumn ! Drinking more teas, yes ! Joyful season.
Pictures of this Dammann Frères tea and of my new cup are there : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/tourbillon-dammann-freres/
Flavors: Apricot, Chestnut, Orange Blossom
I am finishing this tea by preparing a large pot of one liter.
It is a white tea , beautiful with a long white leaf mixed with sublime pink flowers. It smells delicious more melon than watermelon …watermelon is same family as melons after all, this is definitively a proof !
The wet leaf does not take extra volume during or after the infusion.
It is an almost translucent liquor obtained , crystalline .
The taste is a light tea delicately flavoured with watermelon, very refined. Ideal for a summer afternoon or as an evening tea .
Hard to get tired with this tea as with almost all white teas flavoured by Butiki Teas , their refinement is really perfection.
I’ll miss you Watermelon Xylophone .
You can see how gorgeous this tea is just here :
I was sure I already made a review of this tea but cannot put the hand on…weird.
Steepster makes now things so difficult to add notes, research notes thanks to the tea ratings – we cannot sort them out anymore by brand or rating…I’m begining to really lose patience with the Steepster bugs.
So I had this tea with my breakfast this morning and I appreciated the huge malty & cocoa notes. I brewed it western style. This is typically the right tea to wake you up.
I noticed a thin bitterness at the end of the sip which is not my alley but it may be caused by the fact I didn’t prepare the tea as recommended in a gong fu session.
Thanks to Angel for this sample
Pics of the tea are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/bailin-gongfu-black-tea-teavivre/
Flavors: Cocoa, Malt
This is a surprise blend my mother offered me. It’s sold in a beautiful box : cylindrical, navy blue lacquered box decorated with a label that shows the famous painting by Monet Waterlilies … well one of the paintings … since Monet painted a series of more than 250 … The tea had been purchased in the Orangerie museum in Paris . By the way I recommend to all visitors of the Jardin des Tuileries to make a stop to admire the spectacular big sized paintings of the garden museum .
Tea: Well it is very good ! There are still a few months I would have praised its many qualities: lovely dry leaf nicely decorated with blue and pink flowers , an extremely mellow tea base ( in some ways it reminds me the tea base used for Boléro of Mariage Frères ) , its delicious taste of apricot and at the same time a light floral taste provided by cornflowers and roses petals.
Today I have to say this tea is a real success, extremely smooth and quite delicious .
The thing is I drink now less flavoured teas and am more inclined to pick directly a straight tea at any time of the day , so I’m less enthusiastic about them than I was before.
But on the other hand I’m still very happy to drink a good flavoured tea and this one is one of them. I love it.
Some pics of my session with this tea : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/the-les-nympheas-ninas/
Flavors: Apricot, Floral
Today brunch at Mariage Frères rue des Grands Augustins. I’ve been very disappointed with the brunch card.It often changes but what they were proposing today wasn’t really for my tastes. However I drank a Margaret’s Hope and I did not like it … raaaaah.
My friend Valerie has chosen a Genmaïcha and I liked it so I bought 100 grams.And I asked for a sample of this Kaori Cha which is also a Genmaïcha but with Matcha in .
The tea liquor is obviously very green, semi opaque, hazy … mysterious … and this liquor smells crisped rice.
The taste … a good Genmaïcha, matcha is present but really in a supportive role. Crisped rice is very present, green tea is definitely there.
I like this tea but I do not know if this is a tea I would often drink. I find it perfect to use during a dinner or lunch. It is very well balanced. But, no chance for me for a breakfast, not even if the contribution of matcha caffeine would wake me gently up … I cannot imagine breakfast without a black tea or an Oolong tea heavily oxidized. At least not for now.
I took a lot of pics of my session with this tea, Genmaïchas are so lovely… you can see them here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/kaori-cha-mariage-freres/
Flavors: Green, Herbs, Rice
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
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
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/
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/
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/