293 Tasting Notes
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 !
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…
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.
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.
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.
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
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.