Compagnie Coloniale

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drank Thé de Noël by Compagnie Coloniale
391 tasting notes

When I first opened this tea I had not read about Compagnie Coloniale’s unique steam flavouring process so I was at first concerned about how shiny the leaves looked. They appear almost wet or like they are coated in oil. The picture included with this tea doesn’t really capture that element. Though the tea is quite visually appealing with its deep pink and blew flower petals scattered among the dark shiny leaves. The tea smells of a slightly liqueur like cherry mixed with marzipanish almond notes with a faint kick of spicy fresh ginger with it’s slight lemon notes.

This tea does not tend to get astringent when brewed at higher temperatures but you can adjust the temperature to bring out different flavour notes. Cherry and almond are the first notes detected, though the almond notes are best detected when the tea is hot as it cools it moves away from a marzipan note to more of the creamy nutty and a touch woody note of raw almonds. The cherry is not a candy note. At times it hints of liqueur and other times it reference dried cherries. When very hot the ginger is not prominent in the taste but as it cools it becomes more present. I also got stronger ginger notes and a more dominant cherry when I brewed the tea at @ 90°C. Also present was a touch of cream and at times vanilla. The base tea is fairly inoccuous. It is pretty smooth and doesn’t present a lot of texture to the taste. It is a little fruity, and has a bit of malt, and darker slightly earthy and grainy tones, and perhaps a bit of pastry notes. I used a level tea spoon in 225ml and found it just shy of being a little thin, which is a little surprising given the broken nature of the leaves.

Given that the flavouring is very nice and I really like the mix of ginger, cherry and almond. It generates a nice warmth in the body. A bit of sweeter may bring out a bit of more fruitiness in the tea and might thicken the density of the tea on the taste buds.

Altogether I am happy to have this tea in my cupboard!
http://www.compagnie-coloniale.com/en/savoir-faire.html

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B04XXZKzObY1ZHFRWFpSTVpMdG8/edit?usp=docslist_api

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec
Sil

Did you pick this up at douce?

boychik

niceeee!

yyz

Yes Sil. That’s where I picked it up.

Sil

i haven’t bit the bullet yet to try it heh

Sil

er try that companies tea

yyz

They do sell it in their bulk options so you don’t have to buy a tin, or you could just go their for tea and pastries:-)

Cameron B.

This sounds tasty! I may have to look around for this company. :)

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Steepster a mangé ma note !!!!! Voleur ! pas envie de réécrire. Voilà. et en plus j’écris en grenouille…tant pis de toute façon ce thé n’avait pas de goût.

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha! Such a clever note! J’aime les femmes qui ont du caractère! Et puis une grenouille, c’est si mignon ;-)

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77

Backlog from yesterday morning when I had this tea while in the TGV (meaning Train à Grande Vitesse).
As usual the guy at the bar made a too low temperature (micro wave…)but this is a lovely Earl Grey, not sweet, with a hint of bitterness. Nice (would have loved to taste it at an almost boiling temperature…but that’s it !)
This is really great the French train company choiced a nice tea brand to travel with !

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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77

It was my morning tea in the train to reach Aix en Provence. The SNCF, the national French train company uses now Compagnie Coloniale as unique brand for the tea served in all their restaurant coaches.
I am quite happy to see Lipton disappearing from main lines trains. Unfortunately the employees are not aware the water should be boiling (or at least near). I would say they served me a water at 60 or 65°C…hard time for a Darjeeling.

It was so clear liquor I was really worried but the taste was light and very pleasant. I detected a fruity note .

I need to buy some to get a correct preparation (home made…) but I really think this tea should be one of the type of Darjeeling I really appreciate (even if it mainly comes from a first flush and is from green type)

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Anna

No more Lipton – a miracle in itself.

Sil

Nice!

TheTeaFairy

You gotta love any reviews that start with a sentence like «It was my morning tea in the train to reach Aix en Provence».
Lol, I am in awe just by the fact that you can get Darjeeling in the train on your way to work! The only thing you’ll find around here is bad coffee, lol!

Ysaurella

yes they made big efforts to upgrade the food & beverage offer in main lines trains I even can have an EG or a 3 other tea type :)
http://www.metronews.fr/conso/restauration-dans-les-tgv-la-sncf-monte-en-gamme/mmkl!akoBbUNwfNgM/

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78

I had a full pot of this flavoured Oolong yesterday night.

I already reviewed this tea but I wanted to add something : the mineral taste.
This taste is the most proeminent I ever had in a tea. Ever. Of course I already noticed mineral taste in some teas but here it is really as if I made my tea with some typical mineral water very heavy on iron (Volvic).
It makes this Balade en Bretagne a very special tea and a beautiful dedicace to Brittany, a very mineral area.

TheTeaFairy

I love the name of this tea!

QueenOfTarts

Sounds quite interesting!

cteresa

Very interesting – I usually find some teas kind of mineral, kind of maybe coppery, ceylons mostly (and I like it).

Ysaurella

I should send you some of this one so (I know I know not before Autumn) :)

cteresa

I should say no, but oh it sounds irresistible. In Autumn we talk. I have just been lured to steepster over new travel tea purchases and I admit the teas meant to be brewed cold will probably need to wait a bit to get taste notes..

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78

I bought this tea in a beautiful tin this afternoon at La Grande Épicerie in Paris.
Compagnie Coloniale is one of the oldest tea company in France. They are using a special method to flavour teas : a vapour method (or steam method, no idea which word is most adapted for tea flavouring in English !)

Of course I bought it because it is an Oolong…and because caramel beurre salé is really an appealing ingredient…isn’t it ?

The dry leaf smells incredibly good, caramelly and salted caramel…so noticeable.
Unfortunately the taste of the liquor is less noticeable. This is a light caramel, not an in your face one and this is really ok, a subtle caramel.

But I was expecting more Oolong notes and this Oolong base is a little too much discrete for my taste. This is a buttery Oolong, mellow but too much subtle for my pleasure to be complete.

I’ll play around temperature to see if it changes something for me.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

The idea of this tea sounds really nice though…Interesting method, never heard of steam infused flavours before…did you try others teas that were processed this way?

Oh, and can you take a Canadian fairy with you on your next visit to La Grande Épicerie de Paris?

Ysaurella

Never had before Compagnie Coloniale teas. The brand is really nice.
I should take a Canadian Fairy next time to retain me to buy everything in !
Honeys, cakes, teas …everything ! this Epicerie is out of budget…but sometimes it is so good…just to buy little yummy things…http://www.lagrandeepicerie.com/
ahhh si j’étais riche…;)

TheTeaFairy

Lol, I’m more the kind of fairy that would encourage you to buy everything!! Facile de se ruiner dans un tel endroit!!!

Sil

a canadian heffalump wants to come tooo!

TheTeaFairy

Of course, who could possibly say no to a heffalump???

Ysaurella

I imagine the idea…an heffalump and a Fairy (Canadian of course)+ me in la grande épicerie…a temple where we can find Mariage frères,Kusmi teas,Dammann frères,compagnie coloniale,Fortnum & Mason + 2 or 3 other brands (English and German)….you know what ? I think we should take a a banker with us too…

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Ysaurella, for real I AM a banker, lol! Your plan sounds delightful, I’ll just carry the vault with me, and a LARGE safety deposit box to bring all those precious teas back home!!

Ysaurella

I’m saved so ;)

Sil

haha i almost qualify as being a banker… in that i work for one :)

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My favourite (as Amynmercedes knows!) I add a wee touch of honey to add even more sweetness. C’est si bon!

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86

What a beautiful tea. Blends of cherry, almond, and a lovely zip of ginger that lingers.

I love a strong brew so I left it in the pot for about 7 to 10 mins. It has a delicious light a floral smell which was not what I expected from a Christmas Blend. I’ll still be drinking this in the summer!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more

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79

Finally I taste this tea …it’s in my cupboard for ages…well just 5 months :) No idea why I didn’t take some time to have it.

This is an holiday tea, the first one to use the Thé Noël name, Compagnie Coloniale is a very old French Tea company.

I appreciate very much the scent of the dry leaf : not habitual for an holiday tea : no cloves, no cinnamon. But cherry sure and almond.

This is delicious, really.
Next time I’ll leave it steep longer, because the tea base is a little weak to my opinion.

I can perfectly understand why in France this is one of the Christmas Teas best sellers.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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92

I’ve been purchasing this two years in a row. This would be a delicate almond-cherry-flowery black blend willing to please everybody. I have never found something similar nonetheless, it really is a good quality french ’’pastry’’ tea and the tin it comes in is absolutely adorable.

Ysaurella

so glad someone tasted it here ! I have it in cupboard for 2 months but didn’t taste it yet. I’ll try it this week end I think

Mélissa

I am still jealous of your proximity to french tea shops ;-)

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75

Yummy peach-flavoured tea, tastes great with honey. Also, tea bags are little muslin pyramid shapes rather than paper; so cool.

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