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78

A solid Yellow tea
A strong pea note, a little vegetal with a nutty touch.
It had all the characteristics one would find in a yellow tea, but none of the refinement of a good yellow tea.
The body was a little thick for me, it wasn’t very refreshing. It also did not leave a nice feeling in my mouth afterwards.

Flavors: Nuts, Pear, Vegetal

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Flavors: Floral, Lavender

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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95

This tea smells like the northwoods, and I love it. The taste is also great. I found it a very mellow, smooth black tea with hints of a forest-y taste. This will definitely be a staple for me.

Flavors: Forest Floor, Pine, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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96

a delicate grassy flavour with a beautiful after taste, malty notes, buttery and sweet. Maybe my favourite green tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML

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80

This is an “assam-y” black tea blend, with a twist to the finish and lingering flavour- subtly composed of nutty cedar chips and sweet juniper berries. I’ve had other teas that have combined cedar and juniper berries but I like how this one mixes those flavours with the base blend.

Flavors: Berries, Cedar, Honey, Malt, Smoke

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Fjellrev

Wow, the scents of cedar and juniper berry remind me of Banff. Beautiful but can’t imagine drinking that.

OMGsrsly

It’s GOOD, Fjellrev! Really good.

CrowKettle

I can save you a sample for when we meet up, Fjellrev! The “woodland” flavours aren’t heavy-handed, imo.

Fjellrev

If you really like it, you don’t have to worry about it! I’m also not a fan of smoky teas anyway.

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Wow! I was curious when I should have known better. I may have to turn this into soap.

For true Floral Fanatics only.

Flavors: Hay, Lavender, Orange, Rose

OMGsrsly

Ooo… I’ll trade you a taste of this for some Sleeping Bear! :)

CrowKettle

Sounds good to me! I keep forgetting to pick up Sleeping Bear when it’s in stock :)

OMGsrsly

I set some aside for you already, so, score! It’s so lovely.

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Bellocq kindly gave me this sample when I purchased a tin of their breakfast blend last year. Yes, I know, last year, so maybe it’s a little past its prime. Still, this flavor is, well, weird. Not getting any black tea flavor, and the spices are unidentifiable. Vanilla? What vanilla? I think I’m getting a little anise flavor, and I hate anise, so, well, blech. The rose is not a floral note that I can appreciate. Also, I’m noting some tangy notes at the finish, and I hate tangy, too. So, this is not the tea for me. Too bad, since I think their breakfast blend is so superior.

Flavors: Anise, Rose, Tangy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

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Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 8 min or more 3 g

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85
drank gui fei by Bellocq Tea Atelier
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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g

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Oh, I have this one! It’s not labelled with this name, but that’s OK. I think this name is way better than the old one.

Anyways, it looks and smells super cool. I think it might be an assam base, as it smells SUPER malty. The juniper berries and tree bits should add an interesting flavour!

And it is interesting. It’s surprisingly sweet, and very malty. I can’t really tell there’s tree bits in here, but it’s really nice.

Would I get more? Maybe. I mean, I just did a tea count and am still rather overwhelmed. Maybe if I ever get down to 100?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sil

I really want to pick some of these teas up someday….maybe if I get to 50 lol.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I know what you mean! They’re quite expensive, but it looks like they’re selling 2.5 oz bags now which is nice.

Sil

ooohh

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85

Perfectly balanced black. Such a high quality tea, like Bellocq is known for. It’s not just for breakfast, but for anytime you want a solid, grownup, serious black that’ll get you wide-eyed and energetic. And it’s delicious with a bit of milk in it.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown, and sadness.

This tea is so so good. Good in a regular mug, good in a travel mug, just good. I’ll be resteeping once I’ve finished the 3 teas in front of me. It’s that delicious.

Thanks so much for sharing, Fuzzy_Peachkin!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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A sample from Fuzzy Peachkin, via CrowKettle. :)

Thanks so much!

This tea is SOOOOO GOOD. I’m having it with a touch of brown sugar because I’m really sensitive to bitterness/astringency right now. But it’s divine. Such a tasty, strong, breakfast tea. Some assamisness in there, but toned down with other teas, I think.

Highly recommend. Maybe if you can justify the $17/2oz for White Wolf, we can do a group order in the fall, CrowKettle? :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
CrowKettle

That sounds like an excellent plan. I’d love to try more of their teas, or at least pick up more White Wolf. :)

OMGsrsly

:D :D Yay!

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Smells like toothpaste!

Bellocq couldn’t tell me what kind of mint was in here ages ago when I asked. But now, now I can tell. Toothpaste mint. :P

I steeped low and slow, as I’m enjoying with some of the white teas I have. There’s a bite on the tongue, I can smell and taste creamy vanilla, toothpaste, and some star anise. The white tea is super mild, but I’m not surprised by that.

If you like spearmint and weird teas, definitely check this out if you can.

Thanks so much to Crowkettle for sharing this with me. Not something I’ll buy again, but something I’ve really appreciated trying.

Edit: It might be the cedar that’s giving me the SPICE on the tip of my tongue. Pretty cool!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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A chunk of anise in the basket today, so this tea definitely taste more anise-y. This brings out the mint and cedar as well. So neat how naturally flavoured (ie: with just ingredients, not spray) will change cup to cup.

I do quite like it, it’s calm and soothing, and the white base is lovely as well.

Thanks, Crowkettle. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
OMGsrsly

Sadly the mint is making my tummy super upset today. Time to dump it and move on!

CrowKettle

I’m glad you got to enjoy this one, even if it was short lived!

OMGsrsly

Sometimes, even if I don’t like an ingredient, I can still appreciate the tea. :)

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Oh, I’m so excited to try this! Thanks so much for the sample, CrowKettle!

I smell mostly vanilla from the dry sample. Once I add hot water, I smell the mint and star anise. This is… hmm. I think it’s spearmint. I initially thought it was peppermint, but it’s not really. Maybe a blend, or some other type of mint. My favourite is Corsican mint (look it up! It’s a really neat ground cover, and the scent is divine), but I’m not sure if my friend would react to it or not.

It also tastes mostly of mint and anise. It’s a really mild and somewhat earthy mint tea. But it has body because of the white tea.

Really interesting. Thanks so much for sharing, CrowKettle!

Edit: Yeah, I can’t tell what kind of mint it is. If it’s spearmint, it’s not triggering anything for me. And it’s not super cooling like what I expect from peppermint. So. “Mint.”

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
OMGsrsly

(I emailed the company and they couldn’t or wouldn’t tell me which variety of mint it is.)

CrowKettle

How do they not know what mint (or mint extract) they use? Good to know!

OMGsrsly

I know, right?! I could ask my friend to sniff it but I would risk her not being able to breathe. So.

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80

Nice and subtle. This tea is great, but I would not recommend steeping it for the 4-6 minutes that Bellocq suggests. Along with other Bellocq teas, this is overpriced, but I got it as a present, and it’s pretty good.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

Herbal tisane of the evening here…

There is a store called Maison d’Etre near the Rockridge BART station that is really cute and full of housewares, jewelry and some specialized tea that is difficult for me to find elsewhere. I should never take my BF tea shopping with me because he can’t understand why I need to buy more tea, he he! Of course that did not stop me.

Anyway I was intrigued by this blend, it seemed like a very nice herbal from what I could tell from the package and it smells really good. It’s a blend of tulsi, flowers and some chai like spices. The flavor is a bit too floral for my personal taste but otherwise I think it’s pretty good. I don’t really know that is was worth the price I paid for it ($14 for 2 oz) but I’m glad I got the chance to try it. Kind of wishing I could get the Bellocq teas in a sample size, I would definitely be interested in trying them all.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I got my Bellocq samples from fuzzypeachkin and CrowKettle! YAY!

Of course I’m having the assam first.

It’s nice. Really smooth. Really doesn’t need anything added to it (and I do like adding things to my tea). It’s a very sweet assam. IDK. Descriptive words are escaping my brain.

Tea good.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

it was a nice one, eh? :)

OMGsrsly

Yes. And less strong than some, but still nice and strong. I wonder what shipping is like… :)

Sil

the tea itself is a little pricy for some of them heh

OMGsrsly

Yeah, sadly. And with moving now May 15 (we haven’t even looked at the house yet but it’s ours if we want it) and the added costs there… I probably shouldn’t buy any more tea.

CrowKettle

When I ordered the white wolf blend shipping came to about $9, I think. The teas are definitely pricey though.

OMGsrsly

Oh, that’s not bad. But yes it’s quite expensive for the amount.

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90

Very subtle tea – as white teas should be! Delicate and smooth bergamot flavor. Yes, this tea is not as strong as Earl Grey.

Personally, I never liked the assertiveness of the Earl, but I love bergamot. That is why I first tried this tea.

I love No. 9, The White Duke, BUT Bellocq teas are very expensive. Thankfully, I received a canister as a Christmas gift!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Sipdown #52
This is another one sent to me from Sil, thanks!
Not sure what to say about this one. I like the way the cedar aroma rises up into my nostrils, I’ve always loved the aroma of cedar. The tea is a little on the bright side for me, & I’m really craving something bassy & satisfying right now.

TeaBrat

this sounds so interesting!!!

Sil

i really enjoyed this one in how different it was…there are two from belloq i would gladly order again

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