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Backlog from yesterday morning when I had this tea while in the TGV (meaning Train à Grande Vitesse).
As usual the guy at the bar made a too low temperature (micro wave…)but this is a lovely Earl Grey, not sweet, with a hint of bitterness. Nice (would have loved to taste it at an almost boiling temperature…but that’s it !)
This is really great the French train company choiced a nice tea brand to travel with !

155 °F / 68 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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This is a sample sipdown and thank you again JustJames for sending me this lovely tea.
It took me several steeps but I can by now really appreciate why people around are loving so much.
The last cup was the best one for me and the sadest as it is now gone.

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This is an Oolong I have bought while in Dammann’s tea shop Place des Vosges 3 weeks ago.
I wanted to rebuy the Châtaigne Oolong so did I. But while at the desk when the young woman asked me if I wanted something else….aww….of course I didn’t expect my mouth to say…“and what do you have as really good Oolongs ?” but this mouth did it…

The young lady told me she was Madame Green Japanese and Madame Oolong teas in the shop and we had a very pleasant discussion about Oolongs.
As I wasn’t able to choice between all the ones she proposed, I asked her which Oolong (Dammann of course) was her favourite one and she indicated Teguanyin Green Oolong as such.
So decided to go for it. Last time while at Theodor I left the very sympathic lady choice the tea for me and I have such a lovely surprise that the tea she choiced for me is now one of my staple.

So the tea : no temperature indications on Dammann’s website…and I put my tea in a tin and dropped the bag…let’s go for 90°C and I respected the 5 minutes steeping required.

The liquor is a pale golden yellow and smells flowery and buttery.
Drinking it, it is yes flowery, really much flowery rather than woody – my experience is in contradiction with Dammann Frères’s description. But there is not a problem for me as Iove floral types as I love woody and roasty types.
I have the impression to detect rose notes. It is a mild mellow green Oolong not as much mellow.
It is very well balanced between the nutty and buttery note and the floral note.

I am really enjoying this smooth mug. Thank you for the advice Madame Oolong :)

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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It smells chocolate. The dry leaf and the liquor. Drinking it it’s very different : I get much patatoes notes, very stong ones and malt. However I get a smocky after taste, light but present.
This is a very uncommun tea. I never had such a tea, nothing I can compare with. It has a lot of personnality.

While cooling, honey notes are growing as well as chocolate ones.
It is a light bodied tea to me but I didn’t steep it very long because I had no parameters to steep it (and I’ve beentoo lazy to search on VT’s website !)

Dexter3657 sent me a huge sample of this one so I can play around this one a little again. Thank you very much for sharing.

Accompanied with pancakes and maple syrup to honour my dear Canadian fellows here on Steepster. Thank you all for the last Swap which was almost a 100% Canadian Swap :)

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Milk Oolong by Mandala Tea
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Well thank you very much Dexter3657 for sending me this sample of Milk Oolong. This is one of the teas I wanted to try for a very long time.

I am not using a gongfu and I steep all my teas western style. There is no exception for this tea.
The dry curled leaves smell so good : caramelly and buttery. The liquor is very pale, typical of good milky Oolongs, pale golden yellow. It smells buttery and a caramelly vanilla.
Drinking it , no doubt this is a remarquable Milk Oolong, creamy, buttery and caramelly like the scent of dry leaves but with in addition a typical flowery taste as well. It resteeps very well too. I detect a touch of salt as well, just a very very very little touch but it gives a lot of personnality to this tea.

Having said that of course I love it. Would I stock it ? I don’t think so. Why ? because I have another Milk Oolong in my life and even if this one is really remarquable my Theodor Milk Oolong remains superior on my opinion. Much creamy, much buttery,much my heaven kind. So it’s not that Brad Pitt isn’t sexy but I tend to prefer George Clooney.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

Good comparison. :)


I’m glad you finally got to try it!


Haha! I’m also team George!!
But this milk oolong is my favourite to date…it’s nice to try other teas, sometimes it makes you switch favourites, sometimes it just reinforces how much you already like your own, glad you got to try it :-)


I need to send you some Theodor teas next time and for sure their Milky Oolong

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Another tea from the lovely Anna and another Lupicia tea.
Anna do you read my mind ? or maybe my notes ? :D you sent me Oolongs Melon and Lychee which are 2 fruits I particularly like. Thanks so much for that.

I do prefer this delicate blend with a refined (even if quite strong) lichee to the melon one.
I get very much of the nuttiness and buttery taste of the Oolong with this one. Absolutely mellow and sweet.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

Sounds really nice, hard to acheive a good lychee flavour without it being overwhelmingly perfumed!


I do prefer the Butiki one to be honnest but this one is lovely.BT is more subtle on the flavouring


and I am watching a TV documentary about….Québec city…and Montréal…


Yes, Butiki is in a classe à part for their Lychee Oolong, it’s the best lychee I’ve ever tasted in tea.
Lol, I hope the documentary says nice things about us :-)


of course, French people adore Québec !

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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If you read my reviews regularly you know I am an Oolong lover so I was very excited by this tea Anna generously sent me. However I like Melon very much so for sure Oolong and Melon should pair perfectly together.

It smells absolutely as it tastes : very strong on the melon aroma, and even very candy-ish.

The green Oolong is really much subtle, the honoured guest in this blend is the melon.
The main point for me is the kind of behaviour of this guest : he talks loud , makes lot of noise and takes finally too much place, almost all the place leaving the poor Oolong hiden under the table whereas he’s already dancing on it…
I am wondering if the flavouring is a natural one, I tend to think it may have some artificial Melon notes.

Anyway, this is a juicy, sweet and pleasant blend and would probably make a very nice iced tea as well. Just wondering if, for an iced tea party the melon would directly dive in the swimming pool while the Oolong would try to find out his sunglasses…I have another sample so to be continued…

Thanks so much Anna for sharing

Flavors: Melon

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

LOL. I’m picturing a loud-talking, dancing melon. :-)


with a jacket ;)

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yes yes yes !!!! this is a sipdown and an happy sipdown…I have this stupid little tin since ages and I cannot manage to terminate it because I just don’t like it.
Now I forced myself it is gone :) : ) : ) byyyyyyyyye les rois mages


The joys of an empty tin! I know precisely what you mean.


What a relief. :)


you cannot imagine what a relief it is :)


you are dedicated, sometimes I just throw my unlikable teas in the compost!

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Yesterday was my Mom’s birthday. To celebrate it, I took her and my daughter this morning to have a brunch in Paris at Le Bouillon des Colonies :http://www.bouillondescolonies.com/

It was a nice brunch and the waitress was exceptionnal, very kind and sweet with a real sense of service.
Everything went well even if my daughter decided at one point to suddenly eat bacon with her hands !

The restaurant is serving Mariage Frères teas and this one with the Brunch.
I had a lovely teapot and a teabag.
You know how unsure is a steep in a restaurant, we never know which temperature they used for the water. I would say it was a 85 or 90°C.
I left the teabag 3minutes only and I have had a splendid light amber liquor, smelling delicious bergamot.
This is surely an Earl Grey but very floral, refreshing and sparkling. The base was really wonderful and made me think to try more first flush Darjeelings even if I tended to think 2nd flushs were my favourite. A very thin but lovely hint of astringency.

A very refined and elegant tea. Very unusual tea base for an Earl Grey but clearly a success.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Oh! She would fit right in in America – we always eat bacon with our hands ;)


ahaha she told me this morning she wanted to see New York…I went there and saw no one eating bacon with fingers ;)


Aww, happy birthay to you mother :-)
(And I’ll have the Tagine de poulet au citron confit et aux légumes please!


Thanks for her TheTeaFairy ! but if you join me for a lunch in Paris (one of these days I hope) I’ll take you to Mariage Frères for sure – food is really delicious as well :http://www.mariagefreres.com/boutique/FR/vt+menus3.html


Bring her to the U.S. Midwest—finger bacon is standard procedure around here!


Hahaha. In reading David lebovitz’s “the Sweet Life in Paris” (and a lot of other books about French habits) I learned a lot about how fond the French are of their fork and especially their knife.


@ Nxtdoor the only exception we do is for French fries :)
@gmathis it might be a nice idea :)

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Still exploring Dexter3657 ’s samples. Thank you so much for all these samples !
This one really earthy and roasty and has a strong burnt taste,. It even has almost a smocky taste when you have it very hot, not at all when it cools.
It is medium bodied. I think I would have prefered it a little stronger bodied due to the notes it reveals : earth,roast requier to my opinion and to my tastes a robust body.

Whatever, it is really a very good tea as it is.
Thanks again for sharing Dexter3657

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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 ?!?!?

My tea blog (in French)


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