405 Tasting Notes

drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
405 tasting notes

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/

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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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This is a great cup of coffee one might say. So dark …

However,everything started with a pretty long Ceylon tea leaf . the smell is honey , heady. It suggests a tasty breakfast.

Well, once infused this beautiful leaf turns out to be a cut leaf. awww.

The taste is fruity and honey dew but actually I get a hint of bitterness at the very end of the sip. I think 4 minutes were a bit too much for the infusion of this tea but I stupidly thought it was a whole leaf tea. So I need to repeat the experience tomorrow with a 2 or 3 minutes steeping, it should be really much better.

This tea is very pleasant, unpretentious. It’s not a big tea but it is very correct for € 5.50/ 100 grams.

Some pics of dry leaf and wet leaf and liquor are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/pettiagalla-op1-mariage-freres/

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I might have to try to read your blog to see if I remember any of my French :)


please do ! and at least my French is very nice vs my English ! :)


Your english is impeccable compared to my french ;)

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I’m not going to beat around the bush: I still love this tea. First it is an Oolong and then the scent is so refined that drinking it is simply divine.

The rolled Oolong leaves are mixed with pretty pale yellow flowers and they are opening themselves slowly and beautifully in my infuser

The liquor is incredibly clear, a transparent yellow.

It is a very vegetal and floral tea … how could it be different ? between the Oolong tea base with a low oxydation and the violet the rose …! Also I always add some brown crystal sugar rocks and it becomes smoother, softer and it clearly reminds me violet sweets.

Another tea beautifully blended by Butiki Teas

Here are some pictures of the tea : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/rose-violet-calendula-butiki-teas/

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Love the pics :-)


Thank you TheTeaFairy :) hope to be able to take better ones ! I am not totally satisfied with my pics.

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I’m downgrading a little my rating for this one. I’m still loving it but my tastes evolved since.

I’m trying to finish this tea quickly now because I’ve had it for over a year and I find green teas, even though kept in a sealed box with a double lid, quickly lose their flavour and fragrances (whatever they are plain or flavoured).

This is an absolute divine tea, very delicate. The fragrances used are subtle, refined, they are not overpowering the tea itself and we can clearly recognize first cassis and then violet.

For the macaroon well it’s quite different ! … I do not find any trace IMO.

This is a tea that I prefer sweetened, with brown candy rocks.

It is a refreshing tea,even hot. It is perfect brewrd cold as well but considering the weather this summer I didn’t have much opportunity to enjoy it iced this year.

Tthe liquor is translucent, a pretty yellow / amber.

While cooling its texture becomes creamy, even velvety.

The Green tea base used is unknown… tea brands unfortunately rarely say which tea they use for their flavoured teas, I would go for a sencha but I may be wrong.

Infused 3 minutes at 80 ° c it has no bitterness nor astringency. A real Tea dream for beginners with green teas. But not for those looking to find a taste of macaroon !

Some pics of the tea are available on my blog : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/macaron-cassis-violette-dammann-freres/

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I just realized with horror that my stock of JE Milk Oolong Theodor is dramatically running low … so I decided to rather go for a cup of this tea.

J.E = Jardin d’Exception (exceptional Garden) in the Théodorian terminology. Well it’s true, again! it’s a beautiful and Yunnan and you should believe me because Yunnan are not among my favorite teas.

The dry leaves are typical of this variety of teas, a mixt of dark brown and golden sand twisted leaves

The liquor is an INCREDIBLE dark brown, almost earthy- surprising as the steep lasted 3 minutes and 85 ° C only.

The taste is mostly made of malt and cocoa with a hint of honey. No bitterness at all.

The texture is a deep mellow.

It is a very nice tea and I think I’ll add it to my permanent collection as the Yunnan reference.

I used for the first time my new teacup Roy Kirkham bought 3 hours ago in La Vaissellerie rue Mogador in Paris.

It really makes a huge difference when drinking in a fine bone china cup … my other percelain or English earthenware cups seem really pale vs this one.

You can see some pics of the tea here on my blog :

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That cup is so lovely madam!


Your milky ooling is running low? Shocking! I admit I rebought, but did you nottice they upped the price of the tins now? I bought my first tin at a surprising, unexpected sale right here in Lisbon for 15 euros (and regretted it when I smelled it because it smelled very oolong-y except it was magic when it hit boiling water) and my second tin for 20 euros at their adorable Trocadero shop with the so nice saleslady but now the website says 29.95€ ! I have almost all of the new tin, and admitteddly it might be worth the new price, but damn, it used to be cheaper.

This other one also sounds magical, I am saving my tea money for a Theodor order, next autumn maybe! Some tea providers, you can trust them to have working palates and noses!

About teaware, I understand completely. If you get the chance try also Zara Home, particularly on sale and when they get to the end of sale and really discount things. I confess I got yet another tea cup, I will try to photograph, but it looks like Roy Kirkham bone china and it is really pretty as well (though inconsistent. They have camellias in bloom alongside blackberries which it totally anachronistic. Camellias here bloom February-March, in late winter and blackberries are late summer, and roses are mid spring. I notice and do not forgive these things, though ok, maybe that is a tad precious, maybe?)


Thank you Sil :)
Teresa : I just checked on Theodor’s website and yes the price of my favourite Milk Oolong took 10 €…awwwww do it will be a simple bag for my repurchase sure.
I would love to see your anachronistic tea cup ! We have very few Zara home here in France but I’ll have a look sure.


I will take a photo of my anachronistic mug one of these days. when it gets colder, I confess ! When it is hot, even wise people tell me how how refreshing hot tea is, for me nothing beats cold water straight from the fridge. I confess to a few tea purchases this summer though, waiting to be tried.

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Thank you so much Angel and Teavivre for the opportunity to taste this Pu-erh.
I wanted to do a simple cup of this one but I cannot manage to cut the little cake, too hard. So I decided to go for a full teapot to use the entire cake.

After steeping, the leaves are very green and are a mix of cut and entire leaves.

The taste is not so smocky but very on the honey and dry stone fruit side to my opinion. It has none bitterness at all.
The texture is light, not mellow, very refreshing.

I loved this one very much, sure I’m not afraid at all anymore of Pu-erh !

You can see some pics here on my blog :http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/raw-pu-erh-mini-tuocha-teavivre/

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Yay! No longer afraid of pupu :-)

I love those minis and I loved your blog!


Thank you :) I can add pics so that’s so nice. I need to create an instagram account as well


Oh!!! Please come and join us on instagram, it’s so much fun ysaurella, people are great there too!! :-)

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Thank you Angel from Teavivre for this sample.
I am very very very far from being an expert in Pu-erh. I am even an absolute beginner at this type of tea. I think I only tried one before this one.

First while opening the sample packet, the aromas are lovely as are the dark leaves, with some white points. Funny leaves. After steeping they are now so long, so green, still lovely.

I steeped this tea western style, 6 minutes as recommended and in a boiling water.
The liquor is very very pale, incredible regarding the dark leaves.
I add 2 brown sugar rocks and the liquor becomes now a pale orange.

Drinking it now it is a little bitter but not that much and a kind of special bitterness which adds personnality to a tea.
The notes are fruity : grapes and apricot maybe ?

This is a pleasant tea and ideal for the season, not too heavy, easy to drink.
I am knowing by now I can and should drink some straight pu-erh without fear.

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Thank you so much Angel from Teavivre for this lovely sample and thanks too for providing us such an high Jasmine tea quality.
The pearls are really small little marbled green and brown pearls. The liquor is a pale yellow, very pale yellow.
The texture is silky and the taste reveals a soft jasmine, very natural and not overwhelming.
This is probably one of the very best jasmine teas I had for sure.

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I am enjoying this cup right now before going to bed. Tomorrow I have to wake up at 4 o’clock to take the first train to Montpellier (south of France…not Montpelier in Vermont, unfortunately because Vermont sounds really much exotic to me !) to see a client.
I hate going to bed too early…

This is a tea sample I got a long time ago from TerriHarpLady and it is a quite nice foral Oolong.

Since a little while now I am drinking very very few flavoured teas (except Earl Greys). I think I’m going to post soon a giant tea swap proposal with a lot of my flavoured teas.

I still appreciate drinking some time to time like this smooth, light Oolong with light buttered notes. The coconut is absolutely not overpowering so it’s really refreshing and delicate. Lovely. Thank you Terri.

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Floral

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Cameron B.

It’s funny that you think Vermont sounds more exotic than France, when I would never think that! Just shows that no matter where you live, there’s always a longing to see other places. The grass is always greener on the other side, I suppose!

I’m finding that I don’t enjoy flavored teas as much now either.


I’ve never been to Vermont and I’ve only been to eastern France, near Germany, but I’m pretty sure France is probably more awesome than Vermont :)


as a French I just cannot find France exotic for sure but I do think Vermont is a lovely place, seems so green, I’d love to visit Vermont :)

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This is an Ali Shan Oolong sent by Angel from Teavivre. Angel, thank you a thousand times.

I am an oolong drinker. My preferences in terms of Camellia Sinensis generally go to these teas and black straight Taiwanese teas .

There is no exception with this Oolong, I appreciate it but probably less than many others. This tea is extremely light and floral, the liquor has also a delicate smell of spinach. Its color is a very pale yellow, translucent. You can see the bottom of the cup effortlessly. Mineral notes are also present, especially late in the sip.

The texture of this tea is extremely creamy, soft, almost silky. It’s lovely.

I think I was wrong by choosing this Oolong to be my morning tea. It is not the appropriated tea for me at this moment of the day .But this tea is exceptional and I’ll enjoy drinking it in the evening and even just before bedtime.

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Heureuse de te voir la frimousse ysaurella :-)


Hereuse de Te voir I know. But what is frimousse?


Nxtdoor, don’t even know if they say it like that in France, but here in quebec it’s a cute way to say “your face”.


yes yes we say frimousse as well – thanks TheTeaFairy :)


O. Thanks for the language lesson! :)

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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 : Taiwan tea Crafts, Teavivre, Mariage Frères,Theodor,Butiki Teas,Dammann Frères, Betjeman & Barton.
My ratings are as follow :

100 to 95 : my darlings; always in my cupboard (or very often ! )

94 to 90 : Excellent tea

89 to 80 : very good tea, a pleasure to drink it

79 to 70: not bad even quite nice, why not having it sometimes, but well,it’s 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 thing supposed to be tea ?!?!?

My tea blog (in French)


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