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I’ve been asked by a friend of mine to bring a cheesecake tomorrow for lunch and I don’t feel like I have the strength to prepare it…so I have some pressure as I cannot spoil it …she thinks I am a good cheesecake cooker…not sure to be really today.

I am ill today and I was searching for a good starter to push me to make this cake…I need a comforting tea and remembered Nicole sent me this one a long time ago and I never had it …shame on me !
This is a lovely kind of Lady Grey. I have to recognize that I was expecting something stronger especially as it is a blend dedicated to the British Queen and remembering the English teas experience I had I’ve been surprised by the lightness of Diamond Jubilee.
Anyway this medium bodied tea is absolutely pleasant with its notes of lemon mainly and of course grapefruit which gives the blend a touch just a touch of tartness very welcome.
Next time I’ll let it steep a bit longer to see if the tea base can come out a little stronger.

Thank you Nicole for sharing

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Terri HarpLady

I hope you feel better! And I hope the cheesecake comes out delicious!


Hello my dear French cousin! So sorry to read about your illness…Just do the best you can, I’m sure your friend will appreciate it no matter what, knowing you love and effort into it. Get well soon :-)


thank you Terri and my Canadian cousin ! I managed not too bad with paracetamol and my cheesecake is done, it is actually in the oven. Hope I just won’t burn it now ;)

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Yesterday I went to the Theodor shop in Paris to buy a tin of J.E Oolong Milky. In addition I wanted a black tea and the charming saleswoman proposes me this black Oolong. She said it was coming from a very great Garden and she made me smell the dry leaf. It was a very earthy smell (which is not what I prefer) but I decided to go for it because the leaves were very long and I do really trust Theodor’s selections and creations.

I am clearly not regretting my choice as this is a very mellow and smooth Oolong with distinct tastes of cocoa and somehow some chestnut as well.

I really enjoy it and this is for sure a tea to keep in cupboard

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Sounds like a great tea Ysaurella! Shopping online has its perks, but it’s nice once in a while to physically visit trust worthy shops and get good recommendations from experts. Obviously, if I lived anywhere close to Paris, online shopping would quickly become a habit of the past!

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Sadly it’s a sipdown. Thanks again to Nicole for having permitted me to taste this fantastic Darjeeling. It goes in my shopping list even if I doubt I can find it easily here in Paris.And European H&S website is …weird.

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I think I overleafed this one a little and as it is a sample I get with my Instant thé order I won’t be able to taste it properly now… I won’t rate it so but can tell some of my feelings disregarding the bitterness I stupidely created myself.

This is a lovely exotic fruits blend, I can get the natural notes of pineapple and mango for sure.
Jasmin is there but is very discrete.
I’m pretty sure it is a fantastic blend where the aromas pair very well together what a pity I wasted it so stupidely.

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drank Ma Passion by Nina's Paris
293 tasting notes

The description here mentions a ceylon base but on my sachet it is written keemun…I wonder so what is the tea base used here.

This is definitively a tea for passion fruit lovers, the aromas are so present.
My daughter tasted it and said it taste like Oasis (Frenchies around know what I am talking about, for others this is a soft drink made of water and fruits – the most famous is made of passion fruits aromas)
For me, no Oasis (I HATE this beverage and I was even hating it when I was a kid)
This flavour is natural here.
For my daughter tasting like oasis is a compliment, it means it’s fruity. This tea really is, so I can agree with her on this point.

As each time with Nina’s I am impressed by the quality of the flavouring, how delicate and how refined it is. This brand never let us down regarding quality.
It’s an Overwhelming passion fruit flavour but the we still can taste the tea base.

This is a very lovely tea but not for me as I am not a passion fruit lover. I cannot complain a passion fruit tea tastes passion fruit , my note here reflects the quality of the tea.

Thanks to Laurent and Mélanie from Nina’s for the sample.

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Thank you so much LaFleurBleue for sharing this lovely tea with me.
It comes directly from Singapour and I took ages before trying it : that’s not fair from me.

Now my tastes have changed, I am revisiting my swap box and rediscovering a lot of lovely samples I wasn’t prepared to taste at this period. Now I am ready !

I respected the detailed brewing instructions given by LaFleurBleue and I am enjoying it. The dry leaf smells herbal as the smell of the liquor.
The liquor is just a kind of liquid pale gold, incredibly clear and attractive.
The taste is surprising, very refined and delicate, quite herbal with a very very very light touch of pleasant astringency at the very last moment.
While cooling I can detect some fruity notes.

A very relaxing tea.

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My daughter told me few minutes ago that I am just a waster…why ? because she discovered in a cupboard an old box of this tea with 15 remaining sachets.
“You’re so tea snobbish she told me…it’s because it is not a Mariage or a Theodor you’re not drinking it” ohhhhh nooooope, just because I totally forgot about it in the cupboard ! (and maybe because I just didn’t want to drink it…as it is tea bags…)

This is a tea I had for free with an order of food and this is an organic green flavoured with orange and bergamot.
The flavouring is a nice idea to me to pair with a green.

She decided to make it for herself (the non waster of us !) but after 2 sips, didn’t want to continue…so here I am to drink it right now.

I told her : so you waste your tea ? …she aswered : come on…it’s not as if it was the best tea of the world ! It’s not a Mariage Frères Tea… (grrrrrrrrrrrrrr)
Agreed it is not even if it is really not bad for an organic supermarket tea brand.
Bergamot, orange and green base is clearly energetic and dynamic.

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haha i love your daughter :)


yes she is not already a teenager but she acts as if she already is !


Lol! I love this story! :-)


Haha she needed a refresher.


I have a couple of their bagged teas, the other (ok, pricier, maybe your daughter has a point, and about me as well) line the premium one with 15 bags and wrapped in foil and those are such nice convenient teabags! I got the ceylon and the white tea, and they are probably my best travel tea. Though I gotta be ruthless, since the box only had 15 tea bags and it was getting close to finishing, I have been hoarding those, I really should just have them and get more space.


ah, nevermind, am idiot, confused brands. Do not know this one after all. Ignore me, please.

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drank Melange Fauchon by Fauchon
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How refined, how elegant this tea is ! It’s fantastic.
I am having it after my congou keemum by Butiki Teas and I loved it so much I wasn’t expecting too much of this second tea to drink just behind.

This is THE most famous tea of Fauchon. I choose this one because I loved how its smell not because of its fame.
Brewing it and tasting it now I am particularly impressed by the way the aromas are coming on the same time: together and distinctively.
None of the aromas, vanilla lavender and citrus, are overpowering.
The 3 are working so well together, waaaa, the person who created this combination is just a genious.
The day begins on a lovely note : I had 2 teas, totally different, I really really loved for so different reasons.

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So many teas that you have readily available madam. I’m so envious!


hehehe but you have sooooo many available easily from your side of the Atlantic : for some I am jealous (Butiki Teas) or other very less (David’s). I may be able next month to send you some you want to try, let me know if you are interested :)


I am always interested in a swap with my european friends! I’ll try to clean out my cupboard a little of all of the samples in it before then. :)

Terri HarpLady

What she said!

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drank Congou Keemun by Butiki Teas
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I’ve always loved keemuns but I generally have them as flavoured teas bases.
I’ve always been impressed by their mellowness, their incredible mellowness and sweet taste, their total absence of astringency.

This one is of course no exception and I’m even more than impressed by this Congou Keemun. The leaves are so beautiful, so long and curly on the same time.
I have respected the 3 min steeping time and I get now a lovely dark brown colour, depth dark.

Tasting it I wonder if I made a mistake somewhere : I have the impression to taste a malty flavoured tea, flavoured with lovely natural notes of flowers, rose mainly, sweet rose.And I adooooooore rose ! so I was so happy and while drinking it, I can smell the liquor as well and this rose for sure.
I’m not enough advanced with my palate to detect mushrooms I think but it is absolutely not important because I’m already in love !

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It’s time for me to add a new note to this lovely tea.
I have it now at 95°C which is probably the correct temperature to have it and the classic Dammann tea base is absolutely lovely with its flavours.
Poppy candy is really present at this temperature, a kind of almond pastry as well(more than cookie to my opinion).
It’s a luxious dessert tea and I do not get tired of it !


Ysaurella, you are as wicked as you are lovely, for you make me crave this tea very much.


I adore this tea.


it is so lovely yes :)
@ Anna : if you want I can send you some ! along with some MF you would like to try before ordering, just drop me a message :)


i will have to try this sample today!

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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 ?!?!?


Paris, France

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