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77

I FINALLY arrived home…after 3 hours spent in the trains, subways and buses.There was a fire in a Parisian station and the traffic was terrible on several lines.Horrible.
It’s now almost 11 and I’ll go for a rose tea because, to me, rose always symbolized rest and quiet. yes : Rose is relaxing, no doubt.

This is a lovely mild rose tea. Not the kind of rose to shout I’M A ROSE on the roofs. No, it’s a delicate and somehow even a shy rose.

It reminds me a lovely Pierre Ronsard’s poem about rose and youth(sorry in Old French):Ode à Cassandre
Mignonne allons voir si la rose qui ce matin avait déclose n’a point perdu cette vesprée…finishing by
Cueillez, cueillez votre jeunesse : Comme à cette fleur la vieillesse
Fera ternir votre beauté

Meaning Carpe Diem because even if you’re young… you’re getting older like a rose…

And for me, this tea is the opposite : young rose, you’re too young – please get older and we’ll see your magnificence.

I’m watching a TV show about our president and as I’m sipping my rose tea, I have a thought for the French first Lady. Hold on Valérie…you’re a clever and lovely rose and you desserve really better than this boor…

Thank you JustJames for sharing this lovely tea !

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

Or in the phrase Aaron Sorkin loves to quote (it’s been both in The West Wing and in The Newsroom), “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may…” ;-) I love rose teas and was glad to hear about this one!

Ysaurella

I love rose teas as well. Until now my favourite remains Rose of Dammann Frères but I should try now a Mariage Frères one

TheTeaFairy

Ahhh! Je me souviens de ce sublime poème Ysaurella, thank you so much for this beautiful note. Perfect tea for the occasion. ( I’m exhausted just by reading about your daily travelings…must be really hard, you have all my compassion…)

Ysaurella

Thank you TheTeaFairy :)

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96

I am seriously thinking of cleaning my cupboard and say bye bye to some teas -especially some flavoured ones.I need to check which ones exactly and propose them to adoption in the swap discussion area.

This one is not the kind of tea I can ever get enough. That’s very funny because this Theodor one and the Grand Fancy Oolong (MF) are among my favourites and I didn’t really choice them -the sales persons in shop did by deciding me to buy these ones even if, the scent, in both cases,didn’t really please me…
Sometimes you must forget about your nose…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Aw! You look so pretty Mademoiselle :-) love the new couture sophisticated look!
The tea sounds awesome! The getting of…after 3 years it seems to be an ongoing project, lol!

TheTeaFairy

Oops, I meant «the getting RID of»

Ysaurella

thank you, this is a pic of Erwin Blumenfeld, I love this photographer.
About tea, yes I aam sure now for some I won’t drink anymore BUT I’ll continue to drink some very nice flavoured teas (mostly European brands I should confess…)

TheTeaFairy

Don’t rub it in, Mme la Française, lol!

Ysaurella

I’m definitively typically French I am afraid ;D

TheTeaFairy

And we love that you are xxx

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45

It was ages since I have wrote a note about a new tea. Let’s rectify this !
This is a tea kindly sent by justjames in our swap.

I don’t really know what to say about this tea it’s just mild : mild flavouring and mild tea – I would even say weak tea…but weak with a hint of acridity.
Just as if I am not drinking tea but hot syrup.
I’m so sorry not loving it James, did you liked it ? Cannot see a review from you about this one.
I am particularly sorry because I love blueberries, blackberries but to my opinion these flavours are among the most difficult ones to success in a tea (along with cherry probably).
Thanks so much for sharing James.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
JustJames

no… i loved it not either. this was the beginning of my blueberry tea pilgrimmage. i was so disappointed. BUT i have been sent teas on occasion in swaps that others disliked that i loved… worth a try as an extra toss in! =0)

Ysaurella

Myrtille sauvage is from far the best Blueberry tea I have had, difficult to have another one behind for me

Sil

Justjames have you tried black n blue from serendipitea?

JustJames

i haven’t, no. though i’ll add it to my shopping list. with the december sale haul it will be awhile before i can justify buying anything!!

i did love myrtille sauvage…. happy sigh.

JustJames

you know what i adore? blueberries mixed with blackberries….

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98

I’m upgrading my note for this Oolong, it’s just so gooooooood, incredible.
It is so mellow,I am in love.
I feel so alone here, none additional note about this tea and I would love to see your reviews soon here dear Steepsterites.
This is a great great great tea.

Sil

Haha someday ill place an MF order…

TheTeaFairy

We shall remedy that on our next swap my darling, would me some of that! So glad you like oolongs :-)

Fjellrev

Haha same as Sil.

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88

with this steeping parameter, this is perfect !
Loved it
Thank you JustJames for sharing

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
JustJames

i am so glad you enjoyed….. =0)

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90

This is a sparkling, shinning Darjeeling.It resteeps very well.
The more I drink you the more I love you !

TheTeaFairy

I like that you used «sparkling», It is le champagne des thés after all :-)

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88

I was expecting this one for a long time now…I remember all (almost !) Terri’s notes about this tea and the picture of this proud and bold Tiger inside a tea circle…I love the pic, would I love the tea ?

JustJames kindly sent me a sample of this precious assam, thank you so much to introduce this tiger in my kitchen. This is an assam so I was a little worried, sometimes some of them are just too bold, too strong for me especially because of bitterness.
I stupidely left it steep more than 4 minutes because I was baking an ham and olive cake…I generally let assams steeping for 2 minutes not more.

This is too bitter for me but it’s my fault. Having said that i know that with 2 min steeping I will love because even if I find it too bitter for me, it’s not so bitter and I love the maltyness and the depth taste of this assam.
It’s midnight here – yes I’m crazy to drink an assam at midnight especially this one ! I’m sure this is a tea I would like with a splash of milk as well and particularly on the morning for sure.

I’ll make another try tomorrow with a shorter steep.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
JustJames

i love this tea…. i oversteep it regularly… it’s very forgiving.

Terri HarpLady

I also love this one, I just ordered a new tin of it! I always steep it for 4 minutes :)

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76

thanks to JustJames for sharing this Oolong with me.

I am a fan of Oolongs and I love this one as basis for the maple pecan Oolong tea.Drinking it as a plain tea I am a little less seduced.

It’s a fruity Oolong, mellow as Oolong are often and for the best but there is an aftertaste I am not very fond of.
This is a very correct tea but it is not for me I think because of that aftertaste which is less sweet than the first sip.I can get a very light but long touch of acridness at the end of the sip and I think this is the point for me.

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

you didn’t get ice, huh? i didn’t get any acidity…. wonder what i did differently. did i send enough for another cup? of course, if it just is not your thing pass it along to someone else =0)

Ysaurella

I made a second steep with and I get the same very very light acridness (not acidity). I think this is not my thing even if I have drank all my cups with pleasure. I see what you meant with “ice taste” I think I get it.

JustJames

=0)
i would agree… i like the novelty of it. a tea that tastes like ice!!! but i probably won’t repurchase.

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88

Steepster ate my note…first time for me ! I am shocked lol, naughty steepster !

Thank you so much Sil for sending me this tea as a surprise.
This is really a very kind attention and a very good tea.
I am very fond of Taiwanese teas and especially those from the Sun Moon Lake.LaFleurBleue sent me one in the past and I really felt in love with it.
I tried to find one at Mariage Frères but it’s very expensive (30 € for 100 g) so I forgot about it.
And yesterday night this lovely envelope was waiting for me in my mailbox!

This is a very lovely assam, deep, dark but fruity as well.I get candied apricot for sure and fresh bread notes.

I love it ! for sure I’ll have a look at this company. Thank you so much Sil

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec
Sil

YAY! I’m glad you like it. If you only buy sample sizes, shipping is free over 25$ – it’s how i placed my first order with them to try a bunch of their blacks!

TheTeaFairy

Ah! Yes, Steepster can be naughty, it happened to me also after writing a long post, so frustrating! I don’t type directlyl in the little box anymore, I open a new document and copy/paste after so I don’t have to start over if there’s a glitch…

Terri HarpLady

I enjoyed this one, although lot #154 was my favorite of the two. I opened the tin the other day, & the aroma alone is just so delicious!

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98

Oh la la it’s so good ! I’ve let the salesman at Mariage Frères choice for me an Oolong and he picked up this one and he was so right. It’s exactly what I wanted : a mellow, nutty and earthy Oolong.

The small tea leaves are folden but full. The dry leaf smells like chesnut and the very dark liquor is the same but with this heavy earthy taste, the kind of taste the earth has probably after the rain.

I was sceptical about this plain Oolong (at Mariage you should buy at least 100 g and this is an expensive tea, so it was risky !)and I was so wrong, it is really a wonderful blend.

I have now more and more difficulties to drink flavoured teas. At least at picking them first in my cupboard.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

hmmm i may need to add this to my shopping list if you enjoyed it heh :)

Ysaurella

it’s really a very nice Oolong !

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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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