339 Tasting Notes

drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
339 tasting notes

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

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Jin Xuan Black by Tealux
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Incredible but I am the very first to review this tea. It is again a sample I picked out the huge swap box the kind Dexter3657 sent me.

The box is so huge I generally do a blind pick out…ramdom pick out…until a certain point ! I picked out first an assam this morning and I was like awwww no, not an assam this morning ! My second try was this Jin Xuan black and I am very pleased it was this one.

First I loved the leaves : long, rolled up, very dark. I tend to prefer plain teas with full leaves instead of cut ones.

The scent was not very expressive, almost absent.

Le liquor was amber, not so dark and its smell was typically Taiwanese, yes it was smelling exactly like a lot of Taiwanese teas. ohohohohoho I was quite interesting because I espacially appreciate when a taiwanese tea liquor smells so good.

Drinking it it was clearly a nice Taiwanese tea with dominant notes of honey and mature fruits. I liked the roastiness as well.

It reminded me a little Butiki Teas’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain black but with less body, less notes of honey and fruits.

While cooling the notes were growing and becoming even extrovert.
Butiki’s TWMB and this one are kind of cousin teas.
My preference remains to Butiki Teas but it is really nice to have met this one as well.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I get this sample thanks to the lovely Dexter3657

This is my first Tea Vivre and first Golden Monkey I think.
After 2 minutes steeping I already get a very dark beverage. It is very malty without being strong.
I detect very nice notes of sweet patatoes, the most proeminent to me, and, behind cocoa notes, tasting more like cocoa powder.

Sadly I don’t get the honey notes promised and this is one of my favourite notes in plain black teas along with mature fruit notes.
This is a pleasant cup of tea, really but probably not my first choice for a black tea cup in the morning.
I can perfectly understand why it is so high rated here oon Steepster, it is just not among my favourites.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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drank Thé Citron by Jardin d'Asie
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Really not bad for a tea bag. I stole this sachet in the hotel yesterday (yes…I am a robber :) but wanted a plain black for breakfast and saw this one I absolutely wanted to try as well so I put the tea bag in my purse !)

Very decent black tea base with a light flavour of lemon, abolutely perfect for beginning an horrible afternoon at work ! why horrible …because I hate to follow and check waht people are doing, I really prefer when they do it just because we already asked 3 times…but…c’est la vie. As this tea there is always a very thin bitterness to everything.

Flavors: Lemon Zest

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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It was my morning tea in the train to reach Aix en Provence. The SNCF, the national French train company uses now Compagnie Coloniale as unique brand for the tea served in all their restaurant coaches.
I am quite happy to see Lipton disappearing from main lines trains. Unfortunately the employees are not aware the water should be boiling (or at least near). I would say they served me a water at 60 or 65°C…hard time for a Darjeeling.

It was so clear liquor I was really worried but the taste was light and very pleasant. I detected a fruity note .

I need to buy some to get a correct preparation (home made…) but I really think this tea should be one of the type of Darjeeling I really appreciate (even if it mainly comes from a first flush and is from green type)

140 °F / 60 °C 5 min, 0 sec

No more Lipton – a miracle in itself.




You gotta love any reviews that start with a sentence like «It was my morning tea in the train to reach Aix en Provence».
Lol, I am in awe just by the fact that you can get Darjeeling in the train on your way to work! The only thing you’ll find around here is bad coffee, lol!


yes they made big efforts to upgrade the food & beverage offer in main lines trains I even can have an EG or a 3 other tea type :)

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Thank you Dexter3657 for sharing this blend with me.
I’va always been curious of this one especially after reading several notes of Ashmanra about it.
This is my first tea of the morning as it is supposed to be a bergamot tea and I find really nice to begin the day with an EG or even an EG’s spin off.

The liquor is very dark, depth and smells honey and berries.
Drinking it, I still get the honey notes and a little bergamot, stronger on berries, probably black currants to me, not sure.

I really appreciate the smoothness of this tea, free of any bitteness, almost creamy.
The flavours are not overpowering the tea itself and are subtile, natural and elegant flavours.
The tea base made of a mix of Chinese black teas is a medium bodied tea which pair perfectly with the subtile flavours evocated above in the note.

A very lovely blend.

why cannot I find bergamot nor citrus in the flavour rolling menu ? did you have the same lack ? It seems crazy it is not already present --so I decided not adding anything for flavours if I cannot immediately add all the ones I picked out

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I don’t use that flavour thing at all, nor do I look at what other people put. It just doesn’t suit my approach at all, so I ignore it. I did however notice that a lot of people were missing the suggestions they wanted to use so I had a look at what was there. Those are some pretty wacky choices! Some of them sound like something Husband and my dad would use to describe their single malts. O.o


Hah! Yes, I’ve sent in 3 emails now to add flavours, because I don’t add any if all the ones I want aren’t there. I’ve yet to see my suggestions added though.


I think it is crazy we are allowed to create a tea into the database and not to add any flavour by ourselves…
Until yesterday I was not using the flavour things and I thought it can be ok to begin to use it but meh…no :)


My favorite characteristic of ToL is its flexibility and forgiveness…as addlepated as I often get, I haven’t managed to ruin a cup yet, regardless of steep time or temp.


thank you gmathis, it’s nice to know that.I love these easy teas

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well what a strange tea. I picked it out the enormous swap box Dexter3657 sent me because I have been attracted by the leaves…of course I have thought it was an Oolong because it looks like an Oolong but no this is not…and however it comes from Taiwan and I adore Taiwanese teas…

And now I am sipping it after a 3 minutes steeping and…I am perplexe…I cannot really say what I feel about it and what I can taste. I it a medium black bodied tea, I would say a little malty with very little candied fruits.
It is a pleasant tea but really strange tea exactly like some people you meet and cannot really grasp their personnality.
Maybe I should meet this tea sevenral times…


Lol, I have also experienced the generosity of Dexter3657!


yes incredible generosity. I don’t know which lovely teas to drink first now I have so many :)

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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 ?!?!?

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