Bellocq Tea Atelier

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same with this one..i tried this today and enjoyed it…it’s not knock your socks off omg wowsers, but it was a good solid cup. All that being said, reserving rating for a proper note that isn’t happening 12= hrs after i drank it haha

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i tried this today and enjoyed it…it’s unique. that being said, reserving rating for a proper note that isn’t happening 12= hrs after i drank it haha

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84

longer steep on this one worked even better for it – 6.5mins. :) a very tasty treat for earlier this afternoon.

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84

I opened this one today – my present for getting my cupboard weight down more than anticipated in March. Let me tell you the dry leaf on this one is amaaazeballs. I made my other half smell this one and he immediately said chocolate., instead of saying “dirt” like he always does. I wish the brewed version of the tea was as chocolatey as the dry leaf – instead it turns into a VERY pleasant more typical yunnan golden bud. That’s not to say it was delicious and thoroughly enjoyable, just lacking the intensity of the chocolate aroma of the dry leaf. :)

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86

noms. another comforting tea for a very long day. just one more to go before i get a little bit of RnR (while i work). Thankfully it’ll still be a break since i won’t be home even if i have to work a little next week. This one being delicious makes me want to pull another one of my bellocq teas out to try…maybe hide this one again to save it haha

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86

been busy. still drinking tea. ADORE this tea…. malty delicious goodness.

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mmmm pulled this one out today since i’d like a few more straight teas to be opened in my cupboard. Lots of flavoured but not as many straight teas. Also, i had forgotten i had this keemun and might as well compare it someday soon against the one i just picked up from genuine tea (just not today). This is a fabulous tea. Not sure it warrants the price, but man, so delicious this morning. Malty, cocoa, caramel, sweet but in a creamy sort of way…. noms. just yums.

Nicole

Mmmmm….

Fjellrev

OMG, those notes. Oh, those notes.

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I couldn’t tell whether this was a green or an oolong, because it was rolled up into tiny dark green nuggets like an oolong, but had a rich, nutty taste that reminded me somewhat of a gunpowder green. This was worth it to try, but it didn’t really wow me, as there was a vegetal undertone to it that I wasn’t a fan of.

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Of all the amazing teas that Sil sent me – this was the one I was most worried about.
There are pieces of pine tree in here. The leaf looks like it’s been picked up off the forest floor. Now I’m sure this would excite some people, but it kind of scared me.
The first cup, I under leafed and under steeped – I was afraid….
That cup was really mild and didn’t really taste like much more than black tea – ok so far so good – not as scary as I had feared.
The second cup I steeped longer and with more leaf. This is a little piney and a little fruity. There is hints of woody and smoke. It’s like being out in the woods.
While I can appreciate how balanced and interesting this is – these flavors are not really to my liking. Not nearly as bad as I had feared, but this still isn’t really to my tastes.
Thanks Sil for this interesting experience – I would never have chosen this to myself and would not have tried it if you hadn’t sent it to me. :))

Plunkybug

Pieces of pine tree would worry me too. :P

Sil

haha yay for getting out of our comfort zones :) there will be more from Bellocq that i’ll send you as i actually open them

Dexter

I will try almost anything – I’ve been surprised before – that tea you thought you would hate but didn’t. That’s the amazing thing about sharing – never know what hidden gems you will find. :)

Dexter

@Plunkybug- ok pine TREE might be an exaggeration – ingredient list says “douglas fir tips” :))

Plunkybug

Ah, ok, that’s better. :P

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86

Another fantastic tea for the morning. Just a slight bit of almost honey like taste to this one while still being a strong enough morning tea for me. Smooth, and delicious.

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86

I pulled this one out to start my day. Running around today so not much time for drinking tea, but i WILL get my sipdown tomorrow to meet my Feb goals. I really like this one – it’s an oolong but it’s closer to a black than an oolong imo. It’s lacking that distinctive OOLONG taste that i tend not to enjoy. instead it’s sweet with fruity notes, but not as intense as some TTC teas. just a really enjoyable tea – even if it is hard to let it brew for as long as the instructions call for (4-6mins)

Evol Ving Ness

What is this TTC tea?

Sil

taiwan tea crafts – they have fruity, delicious, honey like black teas that i love

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Sil!

Nicole

I need to order from them sometime (TTC that is)

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I think i’m almost to the point where i need to pull a few more bellocq straight teas out of my shopping box lol I’m getting down to the end of a lot of my straight teas so i can start working on some of those ones without feeling guilty. Of course i’ve been neglecting my puerh and need to drink a lot of flavoured teas, but we’ll get there.

i don’t see this tea as being as strong as the description calls, even with a longer steep – but it is delicious to me. Still need to drink up a bunch more before i decide if it’s worth the price given the exchange and all that but I will fully enjoy this entire bag that i picked up.

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I went shopping in my cupboard this morning. I wanted a new black to try and this one ended up getting pulled out. So glad. I need to have this one again tomorrow to really form an opinion but after a couple steeps this morning i am a fan. It’s not a super intense strong black, but it’s got great body to it and has that whole malty, chocolate, fruit thing going on that i love. thank goodness it’s a win, since it’s one of many teas i picked up from bellocq without having ever tried them. yay for wedding presents from tea friends heh

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This is a seriously good green tea. It has a crisp note with light florals and just embodies “fresh”. Scent of vegetal green and grass. I ignored it and let it go too cold. It’s not bad cold but it’s better hot. Reminds me a lot of Twisted Green.

Thanks so much for sharing this, Sil!

Sil

yay glad you enjoyed it.

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Oh, this one is interesting. But in a way where I don’t think I want to drink it.

It feels pretty rich. Kind of like a gunpowder in the way that it’s a teensy bit smoky/earthy with some sensations of being in the open air on a mountain side. But the green vegetable notes are really not agreeing with me. :(

Thank you, fuzzypeachkin, but this is so not for me. I’m not sure if it’s the age, but I would think that this tea would age pretty well due to its shape and apparent processing.

Edit: Also marine notes. That might actually be it. Sorry tea, it’s definitely me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

heh this is the one i really like.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, the sample was big so I threw it into your box. You can see if it’s changed a lot in the past couple years. :)

Sil

hahahaha

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In all fairness, i don’t love green teas. But i also don’t typically hate them either. This was a sample that was included in my order from Bellocq – generous as i’ve probably got enough here for 5/6 “normal” cups. For those who enjoy green teas, this is likely a very nice dragonwell. I’m not sure that i can understand why this is a limited dragonwell or if it’d be worth the price (42$/2oz) to me to pick it up, but it’s tasty. There’s a vegetal note here but not overwhelmingly so as it blends with the sweetness in the tea to become less in your face. I am enjoying this cup but i’ll see if i can share the generous samples with others who might not otherwise pick this up given the price.

ashmanra

They really do give generous samples with orders!

Sil

my first order with them, so I didn’t know. Maybe next time i’ll ask them for a black tea sample lol great customer service as well.

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A few days ago, I was called by a lady who has come to tea at my house a couple of times. We met about twenty years ago but only had quick, passing emails once a year on homeschool association business so other than that first time we met, I didn’t really know her. Last year I invited her over for tea and she loved the teas she tried. A couple of months later she called and asked if she could bring her daughter, who likes tea but wanted to know more about it.

Last week she called again and said she saw something that just spoke my name to her and she had bought it for me, and she wanted to bring it over. It was a tea set with tray from Vietnam, with a Kyusu style side handle teapot and six cups and saucers. I was stunned and overwhelmed to say the least! Wow! People can be so incredibly nice!

So tonight, I made an Asian style vegetarian meal for my son and his girlfriend who are visiting us and I got this new set out and this tea after we ate.

I didn’t remove the leaves from the pot, but poured tea to all and added more water as we emptied the pot. I made three steeps this way.

It worked very well with this tea, I am pleased to say. It didn’t not become bitter or sour. It was not terribly strong, and reminded me of kale. I thought it was quite good for a post-meal tea. It had nice green leaf veggie flavor, wasn’t sour or bitter, and wasn’t super light like the Mao Feng I drank recently or like the Snow Bud tea last week.

Sil

that’s awesome!

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83

Light, floral, with distinct notes of guava/tropical fruit. A great summer tea, very delicate.

Flavors: Floral, Guava, Vegetal

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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93

Gentle, creamy, but very fragrant — distinct scent of plumeria. The floral was so distinctive I wondered if it was a scent that was added. Sweet and classic milk oolong, definitely recommend.

Flavors: Floral, Milk

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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