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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
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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

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Cameron B.

Gorgeous cup! :D


if you ever come in Paris you should visit the shop Ikat rue François Miron – they have a ot of splendid real Japanese cups…I choiced mine after 25 minutes of hesitation…too much good choice !

Cameron B.

Oh Ysaurella, I would love to go to Paris! :P


This sounds like the perfect cup for the first day of Autumn!


Gorgeous cup, Ysaurella! And this tea sounds wonderfully autumn-appropriate.


thanks girls :)

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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 :

Flavors: Melon

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Les Nymphéas by Nina's Paris
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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

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Kaori Cha by Mariage Frères
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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

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

Very nice pictures!


Thank you Nicole :)


I’m jealous that you can go to brunch at MF… I’ve been dreaming of travelling to France lately… perhaps my body is telling me something!


Tuscanteal It may be better to wait a little to travel to France …just the time for MF to change the brunch card :)


Well it most likely will not be until next year, so that is plenty of time for them!!

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drank Sakura 2000 by Mariage Frères
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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

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Casablanca by Mariage Frères
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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

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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


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


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.


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”


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!


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


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!


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


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


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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drank Congou Keemun by Butiki Teas
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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/

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Butterscotch by Mariage Frères
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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/

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


Hmmm…maybe I need to get this one now!


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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drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
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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/

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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!


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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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 ?!?!?

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