395 Tasting Notes

drank Orange Pekoe by Gorreana
395 tasting notes

I made a full pot of this tea for my breakfast. This is November here…in July, terrible. Rain, fog…
Thank you cteresa for sharing this tea with mea.It took me ages before trying it because I am not especially a big fan of Orange Pekoe but I was wrong. This one is really pleasant, smooth, medium bodied with lovely touches of stone fruit.

The leaves are quite long without being full and this is a good point. Most the Orange Pekoe I had were broken leaves and probably it counts on my OP’s meh experience.

A tea I would drink with a lot of pleasure.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

It was +6 degrees C here this morning! Feels like autumn too :( but it’s supposed to get warmer today at least!


I was in the South of France yesterday for work and it was really warmer…but Paris is still under rain…

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I think this one came from scheherazade but not sure, anyway thanks to whoever had the big idea to share this tea with me.
It’s a very buttery and fruity Oolong with detectable notes of plums, honey and apricot.
A note of roastiness is present as well, on aftertaste. Berries, maybe but not heavy to me.

Very lovely, very Oolong-y so very for me ! :)

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

Oh, I haven’t tried this one, maybe it’s so very for me also ;-)


I’m pretty sure it would be very for you yes :)

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drank Breakfast Tea by Dammann Freres
395 tasting notes

Another tea from an hotel breakfast. Not bad at all. Tasty enough with dominant Ceylon notes. Very much better than a lipton.
Clearly a tea able to please to most of the drinkers.
I liked it but it is too much clinical to make me run out to purchase it.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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I didn’t touch this tea since almost one year as I’ve been disapointed with it.
But tonight is the THE night I dare to make another cup and this is really nice : I didn’t respect anything MF wrote about steeping parameters and this is it !
I have a lovely pleasant cup, nothing exceptional but a lovely tea.
I’m bumping my rating so :)

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Little tea rebel ;-)

Ysaurella :) I recommend anyone to react as a tea rebel with MF steeping parameters because I discover they are wrong especially for Black & Oolong teas on their website because they don’t adapt them to each tea …strangely because they do in their tea rooms.

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I’m still loving this one a lot but need to lower my rating because my tastes have changed a little since I bought 4 oz.
It is really a lovely Oolong with such a natural taste of maple and pecan…absolutely not a tea of season but it is so cool to be out of sync sometimes.

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I spent all my day with this unique tea. This morning and tonight as well. In the middle I went out with my daughter in a funfair.

Weather is quite hot around and Darjeelings are the type of hot teas I can drink with pleasure during summer time. They are refreshing teas, energizing teas. Not heavy at all, light but deep on the same time. Deep joy.

I particularly enjoy sungmas and this Mariage Frères is really a staple for me.

Flavors: Muscatel

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

Hope you had fun with your daughter at the fair :-)


she had a lot of fun with one of her ‘old’ friends :) and we ate waffles…so yes lot of fun and calories !

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I got this lovely sample from Dexter thank you very much.

The dry leaves are very green and smell very herbal.
I’ve prepared this tea western style and brewed it at 185° for 5 minutes and I get now a very lovely Oolong, mellow and tasty.
I taste mainly peachy notes and floral notes and a touch of honey.
This is delicious.

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

I liked this one too :)


and it resteeps very well really ! I forgot it for 15 minutes …and no bitterness at all, an easy tea.


Sounds like a lovely one!


it is a very nice one, probably the peach tea I prefer even if totally peach free :)

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I am afraid I just ruined my nose by making my hair coloration this morning. This is a new one and I had a heavy scent of amoniac which just lingerates for 1 hour now.
I cannot really enjoy the tea as it is probably regarding smell but my taste is intact and I really enjoy sipping it.
I get all the things I love so much in Laoshan Black + a roastiness quite heavy to me. This is very lovely. Even if I tend to prefer the black version because I didn’t really get the Oolong-iness I was expecting from it.
Thank you so much Dexter for sharing.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

It’s probably just a very temporarily ruined nose. And hopefully your hair looks good enough to be worth a few hours of Temporary Nose Disorder!


thank you Anna for the support. Yes my nose came back but I am quite impressed a simple coloration can be so chimically nuisible, this is the first time I experience this.


Did you switch to a new kind of hair dye?


new line yes and I think I won’t rebuy this one :)


At least that’s better than when they change a product you’ve used for years, and you open it, and it’s all, ‘Aaaah! This smells WRONG!’

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Earthy so earthy. Not my alley but a pretty nice full bodied tea. Thanks Dexter for sharing

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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I had a pot of this one while waiting with a collegue at Gare de Lyon in a kind of design & snobbish café inside the station : le café premier.
Beautiful place but low service level. Not bad, low. More than 15 minutes before the waitress decided to ask us what we would like to drink.

I was happy to welcome a pot (but without lid !) of this tea. Good surprise, no lipton.
No possibility to choice the tea.Having said that I just requested “a tea please” whereas my neighbor asked “what do you have as beer”….of course a lot.

I was a little disturbed by the absence of lid on my pot so I may have understeeped the tea but it has a lack of complexity and body to me.
Correct but nothing more.
More a tea I would drink during a lunch without paying as much attention to.
To be correct with it, I would need to have it at home.

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

It seems a little strange that they would bring a tea pot without a lid! Did you end up asking why?


I think they simply forgot as at the other tables the pots had a lid. I didn’t have the force to try to find the waitress to request the lid.


a tea without lid? goodness, that is indeed bad service.


well I am not very difficult I am the kind of personne able to eat a meal I didn’t order and which wasn’t for my table if it can avoid me a discussion with the waitress – of course I need to like what my neighbor of table ordered :)
I am more the kind of client who doesn’t say anything but never come back again if the service is unfriendly

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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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