Betjeman and Barton

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drank Luxury by Betjeman and Barton
2358 tasting notes

Sipdown! Thanks Sil and Ysaurella :)

I’m with Sil on this one here – not tasting maple nor chestnuts, but instead it’s fairly floral. Well, maybe I can catch a hint of chestnut post-sip, but for such a delicious-sounding combination, this falls rather flat. It’s not bad by any stretch – the floral edges towards fruity, and the base is present but smooth – it’s just not what would be expected.

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drank Polka by Betjeman and Barton
380 tasting notes

The dry broken leaf tea has a sharp tang of orange softened by sweet, warm and round fruit notes.

After a 3min25s steep, the tea is wafting scents of baked goods mixed with grainy malt mixed with cherry note softened by the strawberry and peach notes and tempered by the orange.

Orange, malt, and a denser baked good note ( like scones) are the first flavour notes apparent. The tea feels dense in the mouth and could easily take additives. In later sips cherry and strawberry are present in the initial burst of flavour before dissolving into orange. The tea has a strong dose of caffeine and while not astringent feels kind of bracing. Having said that the tea with its dense texture is slightly bready but not overly tannic and is generally smooth. As the tea cools further the sweeter fruit notes become more apparent and balanced with the orange. While I feel no particular need to own this tea, the quality of the base and the subtlety in the flavouring confirms my interest in eventually making as phone order to try more of Betjeman and Barton’s teas. Thanks Dexter for giving me a chance to try one before doing so!

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This is one of my favourite Betjeman and Barton teas. It reminds me of a green version of Coquelicot Gourmand, but it’s less sweet and lighter – and green, obviously (or not so obviously, if you haven’t had Coquelicot Gourmand. Which you maybe should, because it’s lovely). It smells absolutely scrumptious – I sometimes open the tea jar just to sniff at it for a while. Its flavour is more subtle, but still lovely. I usually go for citrus-y or flowery flavours with green tea. This one is on the sweet side of things, which I think may be harder to pull of well with greens, but it works like a charm.

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82

When I first made this tea, I couldn’t taste the chestnuts at all… I can’t say I have the most refined tea palate, but still. Then I got a cold one time and decided to have this as my ‘get better’ tea, with some honey, and suddenly the chestnut was there! Doesn’t work the same way at all if I just add sugar. So I love this with a bit of honey. Not too much, though, otherwise it overpowers the tea flavour.

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81
drank Framboise by Betjeman and Barton
532 tasting notes

This has a nicely round feel. Definitely raspberry but with a sweetness as opposed to the sourness I’ve usually encountered in raspberry teas. Overall this was a nice cup and I can see where it would be good iced. Thanks for sharing, Ysaurella!

Ysaurella

it is delicious iced yes and I even prefer it iced

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I am possibly the WORST person ever right now. I’m super backlogged on notes, half the stuff I’ve sipped down I never wrote notes on (but enjoyed very much), and what I do have I’ve lost the page I wrote down who gave me what to try, and UGH! Life. It hates me right now! I think this came from Fjellrev ?

Anyways, this is my first B and B tea as far as I can recall. Sorry if anyone has sent me others, I either still have them hidden in my “to try” box, or I had them and failed to write a note. As I said, I currently suck super bad right now.

I’m currently in full-blown breakdown mode, smack dab in the middle of the worst anxiety/depression bout I’ve had in YEARS. It’s to the point where I’m so stuck in my own head and all these really intense feelings and such that I haven’t been able to get out enough to walk from one side of my room to choose a tea, to the other side to make a cuppa.

I was finally convinced (well, threatened-with-violence-if-I-didn’t-finally-make-a-cuppa) to make a cup, and blindly grabbed this one. Not sure what to expect, but it smelled lovely in the baggie – crisp and sweet.

Steeped, the liquor is a pale green, and smells almost creamy. I want to compare it to honeysuckle, but that’s not quite right. Close though.

It tastes almost like it smells. There’s a crisp freshness, without being overly grassy or vegetal, combined with a sweet fruitiness that I can’t really pinpoint. It’s really lovely, nice and light, a bit like a sunny romp through a grassy field, all in a teacup.

I’m glad I have plenty left to enjoy later, when I’m a bit less, umm, emotional? because I can see this being a tea I’d like to keep on hand. It was definitely a glimmer of sunshine at the end of an absolutely horrificaly stormy day, so thank you Fjellrev for the generous sample!

Bear With Me

And fellow Heffalumps, Woozles, and Faction friends – this was kind of my way of saying “i’m alright”. I’ll be back once this blackness blows over and I can handle large numbers of people again.

Sil

Mwahahahaha sil teas make the rounds! Remember mister….we’re here if you need anything. Don’t make me pounce on you!

Bear With Me

This one seemed like a “originated in Sil-land” tea. Glad you shared enough with Fjellrev that she could share it with me. Was definitely what I needed today (just ask Indogobloom, bless her patient heart O.o).

Sil

Just remember… we’re all here for whatever you need. Even if it’s just a smile. I mean, i’m good at supplying random bouts of insanity if you need it. ;) just think about my rubber boots….

Sil

ooor…. “matcha matcha maaaaan…i’ve got to be, a matcha man!”

Bear With Me

Yes, that matcha of yours has been the only thing to get me out of bed, into clothes that I could wear out of the house and not get arrested for wearing, and out to do what I need to do every day. Toss it in a shaker bottle with some almond milk and I can actually sort of almost function (and make it most of the way home before I crash again, woo!), so THANK YOU!!!!

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82

Iced this becomes much more fruity and much less caramel. An apple green is essentially what I got, tart and vegetal. Quite refreshing, though I rarely drink iced greens.

Still, I can’t see myself drinking this regularly. But its always nice to try new things – especially in sample sizes!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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82

Steeped some of this hot and set some up to cold brew in the fridge, so I could decupboard the whole sample that I got from Sil a while back. This has been a week of sipdowns, and that is such a good thing!

The main flavors I’m getting here are the tartness of an apple, the surprisingly rich caramel flavor, and then a vegetal green tea beneath it all. I know there are supposed to be a lot of other fruits in the ingredients, but its possible I could have lost them due to scent/flavor contamination from being in a drawer with other teas. That’s the main reason I’m coldbrewing, too – to see if I can pick up on those other flavors with the different brew parameters.

This is really good though I agree that the caramel and apple seem like it would be better suited to a black tea base. Still, it works for my afternoon cup today.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77

YES, it’s a sipdown! I chose this as a library tea. Cuz ‘n’ stuff. Someone just awkwardly looked at me while I was tilting my Timolino back to get to the last drop.

Very fruity, and it’s awesome that the base isn’t astringent. This could have made a pretty good cold brew, I’m sure.

I swear I smell genmaicha around here. Where is it?!

Sil

haha glad you enjoyed it heh

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77

Thanks muchly to Sil for passing down a sample of this!

Yay for no astringent base. I made sure the water cooled down before steeping, and honestly, I kind of forgot about the kettle, so the water was even cooler than planned. But it works really well.

I taste mostly strawberries and fresh apple. There are no artificial fruit flavours here, which I appreciate. I can’t pick up on any caramel, however, but perhaps because the pieces couldn’t melt as easily. I’ll have to go back and see what’s left in the leaves.

This cup smells like spring to me.

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100

This is the best vanilla-y tea I’ve ever had. All others pale in comparison. I wish Betjeman and Barton had a store in America, though, because shipping from France is not cheap.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
yyz

You can order their teas from Montreal by phone order. https://m.facebook.com/lefouvrac?id=220918191303544&_rdr. They carry the complete collection.

This sounds good. I’ m thinking about ordering this one.

Leah Claire

Oooo, thank you so much! Now I can stop going to the Betjeman and Barton website and torturing myself about the shipping!

yyz

Apparently shipping to the stated is around $10.00cad. I still look at the French site for product description. I’_m probably going to order in the next !month or so..

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51

One of the few teas I got at Betjman and Barton, I am always looking for more rooibos suppliers and new different blends.

But it turned out to not be my cup of tea. I was sort of dubious when I opened the package – full of little pieces of I suppose dried pineapple but the rooibos itself looked small and broken. I opened my tins of other rooibos blends and this rooibos does indeed look a bit lower grade than my favorites. But it turns out that it is not necessarily a problem, it is the flavouring itself I do not like – pineapple I can not detect on the taste, only a kinda of cream flavour with coconut which makes me think of coconut gone rancid (sorry, not meaning to imply that is happened here, just that the particularly combination is evocative of that to my nose).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Pouchkine by Betjeman and Barton
331 tasting notes

Another tea from a swap with Ysaurella which was a tea I really really wanted to try. It was on my shopping list, tried to buy it a few months ago but was out of stock. But, and not for the first time, Ysaurella came to the rescue!

This is probably the nicest (do not check numeric ratings, I am seriously considering deleting all) Betjman tea I have tried yet. It´s a “russian” french tea and very much so – some citrus, some bergamot and an elegant base. For me it works very well, I get little bergamot but more orange, some smoke and a hint of bitterness which somehow make it even more drinkable. Very nice indeed.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

that’s so funny ! I made a full pot of this one today and was wondering when you would decide to taste it ! I like the smocky taste of this Pouchkine tea and need to do a better tasting note one of these day.
I was pretty sure you would like this kind of Earl Grey’s spin of !

cteresa

I have had it before I confess! Sometimes it is such a treat to have a new tea, but I do not have the time to write a taste note immediately afterwards and I decided to delay the next taste note. But this was only the second taste, so not too bad! I must go and check if I did taste notes of a few more I have already had!

Ysaurella

yes not bad for a kind of EG especially for you who don’t like so much EG but Pouchkine is different, really

Anna

I always loved how his name is spelled in French – it sounds like a cute little monkey.

Ysaurella

a monkey,yes why not :)

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This is a lovely cherry tea. Kindly sent in a swap with Ysaurella, and been drinking and drinking it and just not leaving taste notes. Perhaps because I do not know what to say about it, it´s a totally correct take on what it is supposed to be.

It´s cherry, and a nice kirsch-like cherry flavour, not like cherry flavoured lip balm or medicine. I mean it tastes natural and that is a total wonder in cherry flavoured anything. The base is absolutely adequate. Liked it very much.

Lovely tea, does what it says on the label, so to speak.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Ysaurella

I am very picky for cherry teas and I think this is probably the only one I would keep in cupboard. I am happy you liked it

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73

This is a nice evening tea.
This is a nice sipdown. (148)

Nice.

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73

Another cup from Sil!
I can taste the apples and cherries but not much of the caramel. The caramel is more in the smell than the flavour.

This is good, but not one I"d re-stock, mostly because it’s a green tea.

Thanks for the sample!

Tea Sipper

Haven’t seen this tea company before.. it looks like Beetlejuice & Burton to me. :D

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82

Sipdown, 129 (I decupboarded a couple of teas that I have decided to give away to a friend of mine). I cold brewed this one, and it was delicious! Mega yum. Apple and caramel and a hint of cherry.

Sometimes you cold brew a tea that you feel generally ambivalent about and it turns out SO MUCH BETTER than the hot steep. That’s how I feel about this tea. Also I love apple teas cold brew, so that may have something to do with it.

Preparation
Iced
Sil

wonder if i’ve tried this as a cold brew yet…

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82

Argh, Steepster ate my note! Well shoot. Thanks to Sil for this tea. Long story short: I found this to be a nice tea. The fruit flavoring was authentic, the caramel light but smooth, the green tea base inoffensive. I’m not in love, but I do enjoy the cup. I’m not much on flavored greens these days except in some circumstances, but I found this one to be very nice.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Anna

I will admit to writing all my tasting notes in a gmail draft; that’s how lazy I am. No rewrites, ever.

Stephanie

Smart idea Anna…it’s the WORST when you write an awesome note and Steepster eats it!

Dinosara

My laziness extends the other direction… I can’t be bothered to write it somewhere else and transfer it, haha. Sometimes when Steepster is being fussy I will copy the text before I hit submit, but when it’s generally behaving I never remember to do so.

Anna

Oh, well, then I guess it’s just my inflated ego. ‘I wrote this. This is ART. It must not be lost to the world!’

Dinosara

Maybe you just value your time more than I value mine, haha. :D

Anna

Considering the extreme wordiness of my tasting notes, I would say that’s highly doubtful…

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Oh no! The first note. Thanks for yet another tea, Sil. :)

I stood there waiting for the water to reach 170-175C. With a candy thermometer, suspended in my kettle. That’s how serious I am about trying these blasted teas!

I REALLY need to get a variable temp kettle! I might go to Canadian Tire tomorrow to see what’s available.

For a green tea, this is pretty good! It smells of fruity dessert. Maybe an apple crumble, but without the oats? A little buttery, definitely fruity. The flavour isn’t strong at all, but that could be due to the age of the sample (I don’t even know how Sil got it!) or how it’s been packaged, or because I didn’t use the right water temperature. IDK.

It’s pretty good, and I’ll enjoy the cup, but it’s nothing I’d chase down. It’s going into my ahem swap box, I think. Might as well pass on the French teas!

Thanks for sharing! :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Sil

This is why you try all the teas!

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What a strange tea. If I hadn’t looked at the description, I would’ve said this is a nondescript floral. I don’t know where on earth the candied chestnut or the maple syrup are. It’s not terrible, it’s just utterly odd.

Ysaurella

you need to steep this one very little time (2 minutes max) to get the candied chestnut otherwise it is bitter

Ruby Woo Scarlett

I’ll try again,then!

Ysaurella

yes because it’s not a bad tea really just maybe the reproach I can do is an over-use of essential oil which gives a perfume-y taste

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Sipdown! 809. This tea is pretty tasty! Before having any idea what it actually was (aside from green), my guess would have been that it was a caramel apple tea. Looks like I’m not too far off! Just missed the plum and strawberry flavours, which make sense as it tasted a bit different than just straight apple. This is definitely the best caramel apple tea I’ve ever had though – nice green base, delicious caramel, and distinct apple flavour. I’m pretty impressed! Thanks Sil!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

Lots more next time you’re over, big tin!

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Another sample sent to me by ysaurella – thanks! I’m still limiting the notes, but I definitely liked both the Betjeman & Barton blends ysaurella sent me (this and Pouchkine) a lot more than the ones I bought myself – Luxury & Hanami (also Courtisanes, but that’s green). I like the orange, though I agree that I wouldn’t be able to distinguish it as blood orange, I like the more subtle taste of the chestnuts (compared to Luxury), and the cinnamon is a very nice addition to the mix. Good black base too. Definitely a pleasure drinking this – thanks again, Ysaurella!

Ysaurella

I’m glad you liked it :)

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drank Luxury by Betjeman and Barton
73 tasting notes

Have had several cups of this now, and I’ve decided it’s a nice black tea base with essence of confusion-to-your-senses. Sorry, candied essence of &tc. I rather doubt the flavouring is all natural, and I feel I should dislike it for that reason, but it is such a happy smell/taste (though smell especially) that I don’t. Certainly not over-perfumey, despite which, I find myself craving an oil blend I could dab on myself and wear around all day. I definitely am craving candied chestnuts, aka marrons glacés! I totally agree with Ysaurella about the slight chestnutty bitterness, which is nutty but different from other types of “nutty” flavour.

Will try to do a closer approximation of a proper tasting note soon! Just for now, adding that yesterday I tried a smidge with my unsweetened almond milk, being afraid of ruining the cup, and it was lovely that way too.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

I like this blend even if to me B&B used too much essential oils vs other blends but…I like it ! This is a quite recent creation I think and they may try another recipe in the future (as they did for the Cerise Noire blend) – The director of the shop located boulevard Malesherbes in Paris always mentions to only steep the B&B blends for 2 or 2 min and a half…otherwise they would become bitter – I generally follow now this indication and I prefer their liquors like this.
I normally steep my black blends for 4 or 5 min without problem (Dammann Frères, Mariage Frères especially)

Hallieod

Oh, it’s good to know that about the steeping time, as I would steep my black teas longer too.
I wonder if this could be a slightly different recipe than what you tried? Or is it too new for that? I’ve been put off lately by even very high-quality Earl Greys and the like, just because of the overwhelming essential oil taste, and this is completely different level of flavour to those. Maybe I’ll try it tomorrow and find it over-EOed for me too. :) But it’s also good to know that they’re not using artificial flavourings in their teas.

Ysaurella

I never saw any French brand saying they use artificial flavourings…It doesn’t mean they don’t…I am now really suspicious with food and beverage regarding all the food scandals we discovered since 15 years now.
For Luxury i had some doubts but the director ensured me there were only natural essences in.I think I should mention the shop the over “perfumy” feeling with this blend- they can improve it as they often revisit their recipes.
I think you may like Pouchkine blend, I am planning to buy some next month, if you like I can share some with you.

Hallieod

Thank you very much for the offer of Pouchkine-tasting! I’d love that. If you’re interested, I have their Courtisanes (I don’t think it’s on Steepster yet, but will add it soon – it’s a green with lots of fruits), or Hanami, which I haven’t even tried yet!

By next month, it’s entirely possible that I’ll have more to share too. :)

Ysaurella

that’s great we keep in touch for a next month swap :)

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Well, that was an interesting tasting. Free sample from B&B, and I liked it quite a lot, but am still trying to process something that smells so fruity and sweet, along with the buttery, and that tastes so *un*fruity and so buttery. And not sweet! What’s that about?!? Actually I think some of it may be that the green tea base is more Sencha-like bitter than — well, than not. (China green is more than a bit broad as a category! But I still think it tastes a bit like a Sencha.) Got a few infusions, and all were tasty.

I’ll be tasting this again, and may have a better sense of what I think of it, but may not manage anything much more. Pity a classy operation like Betjeman and Barton provide such useless brewing instructions.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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