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drank Thé Champagne by Théhuone
33 tasting notes

Every now and then there are situations that just crave for champagne. Putting up the first personal blog ever for instance, which you can find from here:

http://mintblack.blogspot.fi/

So, what to do when it’s Monday, the first day of the week and it’s only 11 a.m.? Well of course every good art student goes for the real thing since noblesse oblige. This time though yours truly went for a green tea blend called Thé Champagne, which with its’ name hits close enough.

The scent of old, dried fruits is unmistakably an underlayer of the floral palette, and delightfully the added strawberries don’t push too much through. As nice as strawberries are, they still work best when fresh and straight from the fields. Dried ones…not so tasty.

Always having flavors added as aromas is something that makes my neck prickle a bit, since it’s so easy to taste only the added aroma and in worst case scenarios the whole thing being very artificial both in smell and taste. So as with the real thing itself, this champagne is also something to approach with caution. The brewing takes the edge off of the scent, and turns it into more tea-like in its’ softness and fuller form. So good so far.

Sip.

Oh come on.

Giving myself a toast and going for another cup. Now it tastes. The dry taste lingers first on tongue, accompanied with the green tea, and somewhat airy character is thrown at you. No trace of bubbling though. Which might actually be a little unnerving if being suddenly hit with sparkling sensations. The promised champagne gets lost and stays only in the smell.

I can see this tea fitting situations where talking is the main thing instead of really tasting the tea. This is just tea for company. Nothing interesting, just very light and airy, a little bit of sweetness which does lose to the taste of dried fruits. What fruits they might be, maybe some apricots and grapes, but overall undefined.

I suspect the deities of decadence are not laughing with me in this case.

JacquelineM

Nice blog! I’ll be reading :)

charab

Why thank you! I’m glad to hear that, and if something comes up I’m always grateful for feedback if you see something missing etc.

cteresa

is this green sencha-like tea with dried strawberries and chamomile? If so i have it as well from another reseller but probably the same blender!

charab

Hmm, it might be actually, at least the leaves resemble it a little. If one can taste beyond the other flavors I could say it falls close to sencha. Glad to hear that someone else has tried it as well! How did you like it?

cteresa

I quite liked it at first, it was not too natural but it was interesting. A lovely tea to brew and have tea with friends and some tea and girl talk. But I found that this tea seems to age very fast. I guess all green teas age a lot faster than black teas, but I got this tea maybe some 9 months ago, I still got some and the older the tea gets the more bah it gets. Of the very same 50 grams I got and I got it zipped and away from light and heat and all. Not ageing well at all. so use it fast! And of course, how good it is is going to depend on how long it has been in the shop :(

cteresa

Just to add this was the review http://steepster.com/teas/unknown/18573-delicia-de-champagne
when i just got it. I am a bit surprised I rated it so high, the last times I had it I would not rate nearly as high. But as I said, the tea is ageing really fast.

charab

Good to know about the aging, need to sip it fast then. And it is familiar-looking on the blender’s site you linked in the review. Hm. Might be that indeed.

cteresa

I think that blender sells to so many european small tea shops and brands, you keep finding the same tea in several places! In a way it´s more difficult to compare review notes, but at least it means the teas are easier to find if sold in so many different places.

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JacquelineM

Nice blog! I’ll be reading :)

charab

Why thank you! I’m glad to hear that, and if something comes up I’m always grateful for feedback if you see something missing etc.

cteresa

is this green sencha-like tea with dried strawberries and chamomile? If so i have it as well from another reseller but probably the same blender!

charab

Hmm, it might be actually, at least the leaves resemble it a little. If one can taste beyond the other flavors I could say it falls close to sencha. Glad to hear that someone else has tried it as well! How did you like it?

cteresa

I quite liked it at first, it was not too natural but it was interesting. A lovely tea to brew and have tea with friends and some tea and girl talk. But I found that this tea seems to age very fast. I guess all green teas age a lot faster than black teas, but I got this tea maybe some 9 months ago, I still got some and the older the tea gets the more bah it gets. Of the very same 50 grams I got and I got it zipped and away from light and heat and all. Not ageing well at all. so use it fast! And of course, how good it is is going to depend on how long it has been in the shop :(

cteresa

Just to add this was the review http://steepster.com/teas/unknown/18573-delicia-de-champagne
when i just got it. I am a bit surprised I rated it so high, the last times I had it I would not rate nearly as high. But as I said, the tea is ageing really fast.

charab

Good to know about the aging, need to sip it fast then. And it is familiar-looking on the blender’s site you linked in the review. Hm. Might be that indeed.

cteresa

I think that blender sells to so many european small tea shops and brands, you keep finding the same tea in several places! In a way it´s more difficult to compare review notes, but at least it means the teas are easier to find if sold in so many different places.

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An MA student in Aalto ARTS, Helsinki. Works as a studio supervisor at the aforementioned University and as a gallery assistant for The Association of Finnish Sculptors at the Gallery Sculptor.

Enjoys life that revolves around art in general, drawing, printmaking, MA studies, work as a technician at the university and many, many fine cups of tea. And an understanding husband.

As for the basic characteristics of the everyday life there are two main aspects that eventually come up with the people I meet and form an acquaintance with:

Getting into situations and things happen.

Stand between me and my tea and I’ll show you a person with no future ahead.

Oh and those interested about the other things I’m doing check out my blog:

http://mintblack.blogspot.fi/

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