401 Tasting Notes


This is a sample I got from TerriHarpLady, thank you so much Terri for sharing.

For an unknown reason I thought it was a plain tea not a flavoured one . I’m having this tea for my breakfast and this is a pleasant fruity break.

I don’t have much to say about this naughty vicar except praying its smoothness and its good taste of black currant. None atringency even if I stupidely left it steep for 6 minutes, so it is clearly a docile tea.
Pleasant even if not something I would add to my cupboard.

Flavors: Black Currant

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

Naughty Vicar? Oh my, I would have bought it at once!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Black Pearl Sumatra by Tealux
401 tasting notes

Who are you Black Pearl Sumatra ? I mean who are you, really ?
You’re supposed to be an Oolong and you look like an Oolong (rolled leafs) but you taste like a light bodied black tea. Are you a double agent ? Classified as an OOlong but working for Black teas ?
You’re quite good and I am happy Dexter put you on my way. Thank you Dexter
You get some fruity notes as well, and yes apples seem to match very well to your taste even if you get some apricot as well.
You’re very delicate and lovely, you are the perfect tea to have whenever I don’t want something too heavy in the morning or in the evening.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

Haha! What a perfect note this was! Classified oolong….working for the Black Tea Organization.
You are right, this one is a double agent :-)

Terri HarpLady

This review made me smile :)


I am very grateful to agent Dexter (ex alias 3657)for sharing this very secret Oolong with me :)

carol who

Those double agents! Perhaps we should let the Tea Justice League know about this. However, it sounds like they are a benevolent.


agree Carol,the tea justice League should know about this :)


I’ve stopped trying to figure out what side this one really works for, it’s just a fun little friend to have aroung regardless of it’s alliances. :))

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Florence by Harney & Sons
401 tasting notes

This is a tea I was wanting to try for a very long time. Someone gave me this opportunity by sending a sample of it and…I forgot who ! Maybe MissB ? so sorry but thank you so much !

This is an American blend. A good one. I don’t really know how to explain that but there is something in the blend that tastes american. different from my usual european blends. Florence gets this taste an this odour as well.

I appreciate the nuttiness of Florence, the sweet almonds and the sweet chocolate. Everything is so sweet and mellow, kind of sugar cloud.

I am very happy to taste Florence even if this not a tea I’ll add in my shopping list.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

american teas really are different – and so are french teas and then there are german teas.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


This tea is so good ! it is strange because this is an assam but it has some distinctive notes of Darjeeling (to me !)
I really enjoy it thank you Stacy for the sample.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
401 tasting notes

First tea of the day and I’m having it with slices of buttered bread with rapsberry jam.
I was expecting something maltier. Of course it is not a black tea but there is a lack of body to meet my tastes.

I particularly like the apricot notes, very present from the first sip. I love apricot notes in a tea and I’m glad this one is so fruity. But it’s not enough for me especially in the morning. I may have chosen the bad moment to prepare Black Rhino and I’m afraid I am too much a black tea personne to appreciate this tea for what it is.
Thank you Stacy for the sample, I’m glad to have had the chance to taste it.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

Mmmm, framboises!!!


Confiture Bonne Maman…I love it !

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


Thank you Sil for this lovely creamy Oolong. It tastes much like a milk Oolong and it is nice as I loooooove milk Oolongs.
So of course it is creamy, buttery and mellow but it is quite flowery as well and has a touch of mineral taste (even a long mineral taste) at the very end of the sip especially when the cup is beginning to cool down.
I love it.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Floral, Mineral

175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Orange Pekoe by Gorreana
401 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…

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


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 :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Breakfast Tea by Dammann Freres
401 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

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


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.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.



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)


Paris, France



Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer