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The first time I smelled this tea, it was so familiar. I’m absolutely elated it only took one more whiff to figure it out, because it’s a weird one and it would have driven me crazy trying to hunt it down.

Dry, Thé des Impressionistes smells like… Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream with Cocoa Butter & Sesame Oil from Burt’s Bees.

It really, genuinely does.

The tea is more elegant, of course; where the hand cream speaks of long days in the freezing potting shed, the tea is smooth and creamy and indoorsy with a hint of something delectable baking in the oven – most probably Nigella’s Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake (http://food52.com/blog/5226-nigella-lawson-s-dense-chocolate-loaf-cake).

This is all scent so far – I’ve been so torn about tasting this (It smells like hand cream! And Nigella!) I’m doing a live tasting note in case it’s so horrifying I need moral support.

Okay, in the cup this just gets stranger. No hand cream. A dash of Nigella, but it’s a good dash. This comes off as a light, sophisticated gingerbread-esque shortcake.

I’m extremely confused by this tea right now, but I do enjoy it.

[Surreptitiously acquired from Mariage Frères in London, August 2013.]

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

I’d be skeptical about trying a tea that smells like hand cream too!

Anna

Haha, yeah – but we have to be brave!

greenteafairy

I’d always wondered what this tea tastes like. Not quite what I imagined, but it does sound interesting!

Ysaurella

I have a sample from Ruby Woo Scarlett to try so I’ll jump on it to smell if I get the hand cream too !

Anna

I had some of the Burt’s Bees cream lying around, so I sat there smelling the tube (sniff) and then the tea (SNIFF) and then both (sniff-SNIFF-sniff-SNIFF). It was completely ridiculous, but it did smell so much the same to me.

Look forward to reading some more tasting notes on this!

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Fjellrev

I’d be skeptical about trying a tea that smells like hand cream too!

Anna

Haha, yeah – but we have to be brave!

greenteafairy

I’d always wondered what this tea tastes like. Not quite what I imagined, but it does sound interesting!

Ysaurella

I have a sample from Ruby Woo Scarlett to try so I’ll jump on it to smell if I get the hand cream too !

Anna

I had some of the Burt’s Bees cream lying around, so I sat there smelling the tube (sniff) and then the tea (SNIFF) and then both (sniff-SNIFF-sniff-SNIFF). It was completely ridiculous, but it did smell so much the same to me.

Look forward to reading some more tasting notes on this!

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I’m going to try all the teas.

Then I will choose a lucky few perfect specimens, and we will live happily together in my tea cupboard.

Forever.

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2014

This year, all bets are off. I am going to drink both peppermint and chamomile and possibly suffer a little. But it’s okay – it’s for science.

I’m doing Project Jasmine, Project Peach and Project Unflavoured Green.

In terms of flavoured teas, Lupicia and Mariage Frères have become my massive favourites, and I have learned that Dammann Frères/Fauchon/Hédiard and Butiki aren’t really for me.

The O Dor, Adagio and Comptoir des thés et des épices are all on this year’s I’d like to get to know you better list.

2013

Getting back into tea drinking last fall, I was all about rooibos. This past spring has been all green tea, all the time, with some white additions over the summer. Currently attempting a slow, autumnal graduation to black teas. Oolongs are always appropriate.

The constant for me, flavour wise, is the strong presence of fruity and floral notes. Vanilla is lush, as long as it’s not artificial. Peach, berries, mango. Cornflower, rose, lavender.

No peppermint.

No chamomile.

No cinnamon.

Ever.

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My ratings don’t reflect the ‘What does this tea do for me?’ standard, but rather my own ‘What would I do for this tea?’ scale.

100-90
My absolute favourites. Teas I would travel for – or, in any case, pay exuberant postage for, because they simply have to be in my cupboard. Generally multi-faceted teas with complex scents and flavours. Teas with personality. Tricky teas.

89-80
Teas I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again if and when I came across them. Tea purchases I would surreptitiously weave into a travel itinerary (Oh! A Lupicia store! Here?! My word!).

79-70
Teas I enjoyed, but don’t necessarily need to make any kind of effort to buy again.

69-0
Varying degrees of disinterest and contempt.

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