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I brewed some of Macaron Mangue Jasmin in parallel with a cup of Si Nancy m’etait conte, for a comparison, since both are green macaron teas. By the way, is there a difference between a macaron flavour and an almond one? I can’t tell.
Anyway, I don’t know if the temperature was too low for this one (72 or so), or if I didn’t put in enough tea or… but the flavours just didn’t come out. It tastes perfectly pleasant, but it also doesn’t really taste like much. Nancy, on the other hand, has a nice taste and aroma with the same temperature and amount of tea. Will have to play around with this one more before I give it a grade. I think I must be missing something, what with all the raves on here.
I don’t know about these pu’erh teas guys. I try to be open-minded, but once they’re steeped, the pue’erh scent just turns my stomach. Regardless, I power through because sometimes that strong scent doesn’t come through as strongly in the taste.
Unfortunately for this tea, it did. I just couldn’t get past the pu’erh-ness.
Thanks for the sample VariaTEA!
But on the upside, I just finished a sipdown of French Butter Cookie in matcha milk, and this one is a sample sipdown.
An awesome surprise gift from Dexter3657, who knows of my affection for the Frenchy teas, particularly DF and Fauchon. Thank you! :D
This is a boozy, sweet-tart cherry tea. As with so many DF blends, it smells amazing as soon as you open the bag and continues to be heady through steeping and finished cup. I love it—it reminds me a little of the liquor-steeped cherries I put in my highball drinks in springtime. Lemony tart like a Corpse Reviver, but a little plush and jammy too, where there’s a burst of juicy bright red cherry to balance it, keep it from being too puckery. It’s not like a dried fruit thing, nor like a straight fresh cherry…kind of like a pickled fruit (and Ysaurella ‘s right, it’s more like a red berry profile too, not just cherry). It’s weird, I hate tartness in tea with stuff like apples…but I don’t mind it with this jammy cherry profile…guess I’ve learned something new about my tastes!
I really like this one. Thankfully for me I’m not getting any cherry cough medicine associations (it’s nowhere near that kind of pinpointy plastic sweet), though I can kind of envision how someone could. It’s perfect for this afternoon—beginning of a long weekend, going to see a play tonight (feeling FANCY Anna! ha), another festival tomorrow, lots of time to just relax and chase each other around the house and play some more with perfume. A little luxurious but fun too. Exactly right for my mood.
Decided to try this iced, but made it the traditional way (boiling water, then add sugar, then cooled). Added a little less than 1/4 cup of sugar to 1/2 gallon of tea.
This was actually too sweet, even though I used my normal sweetening parameters when making iced tea. I think it could have gone down to about 1 tsp. per cup (so, less than 3 tbsp.) and been okay. The mint added a bit of sweetness on its own which is why I think I can be a little more lenient on the sugar.
I also think I’ll steep it for an extra minute or so, since mint was at the forefront of the flavor and I would have really liked to have some green tea, too. Mostly these are notes for next time, since I know I’ll be making more of this iced before the summer’s over.
Not bad, which is good because I have a bunch of this to use up!
I swear I’ve reviewed this one before, but maybe I drank it & didn’t post a review. Or maybe it was one of those days where steepster wasn’t acting right & my review got eaten?
No matter. This is from one of my many trades with my dear tea sister Sil, or maybe from our BBBBox (still from Sil, either way).
I made a pot of this to share with a student & her mom, & they loved it! It is a mix of cherries, berries, & caramel, & although I am not particularly enamored with it, it is still very drinkable. I have just enough for one more cup, so I’m putting it aside in the sipdown box for little terri’s next Sipdown Extravaganza, coming soon! :)
Sadly this tea doesn’t do it for me. Still, I’m glad Shmiracles gave me the opportunity to try it, as I’m pretty sure I would have purchased it.
The tea is thin. The amaretto flavour is present, and accurate, but it is thin. This might be because amaretto = coffee for me. We always used to spike our coffee with it when we went camping (Yes, even as kids. I know, I know. Mom and dad would put ~1 tsp in a coffee or hot chocolate for us so we were drinking a “grown up” drink.). So those flavours are irrevocably linked.
So while this might be a good tea for some people, as the flavour itself is really nice, it’s not a tea for me. The almond tea I have and prefer is La Naissance by Fauchon. Almondy birthday cake.
This really is amazing cold brewed. I can always get two steeps out of it and it doesn’t need sugar to be fruity and refreshing. One thing I have noticed is that the fig tends to resemble more of a prune in flavor when it’s cold. I like either fruit though so it’s not a big deal.
This is fast becoming one of my favorite teas to drink cold, which is good because I have quite a bit of it to drink up!
Got this tea from shmiracles and it’s so cute and adorable!
It was a wee little sachet and it smells really nice. I don’t know what’s in it, but it’s 9pm so I need my herbals this late at night.
It tastes… roasted. Like roasted rice and fruits? Oh it’s weird. It smells like a roasted Throat Coat from Traditional Medicinals.
So Throat Coat plus a smidge of spearmint? It’s an odd blend, but decent.
Ever since I saw the Butiki discussion on their new flavor I have been REALLY wanting a macaron tea. I have been avidly reading all the tasting notes and the description of lemon and vanilla sounds amazing. Then I realized that hey, that sounds kind of similar to the flavor profile of the L’Hiver tea by Fauchon, which I also equated to a white tea version of this, my beloved Noel a Venise.
So naturally then I had to make this before going into work last night.
A lemon and vanilla pairing has to be one of my favorite things. I made this in the DAVIDs travel tumbler and was absolutely overjoyed to have gotten the same flavor in that vs. a mug. It kind of cements the fact that stainless steel travel mugs just aren’t going to work for me. Glass is the only thing that keeps the flavor as it should be.
I still really want to try the Butiki lemon macaron blend, but this, a black tea variation of it, is a classic for me. I’ve had no interest in visiting France before but French teas are some of the best I’ve ever had, so I’m starting to rethink my stance on that. I’d probably die if I could play around in a Dammann Freres, Fauchon, and Mariage Freres store all in the same day. Talk about tea heaven.
Maybe when I finish all of my Dammann teas I should go visit there to pick up more. :)
Received a sample of this from Shmiracles last year, (thank you!!) – one of the “fancy French teas” (that’s how I think of them) I had been really excited about, I’m glad I waited until I got back on the tea wagon to try it.
It was a very pleasant, mellow, caramel black tea. It didn’t brew up to a very deep color, I wonder why I always want that to happen lately? Like, I’m always disappointed when I take out the little basket of leaves to find the liquor is a see through chestnut color vs a rich opaque’ish brown?
Maybe because I’ve been drinking coffee like a crazy person and it’s making me want to drink something substantial.
This was a bit less substantial than I’d hoped, though it had a nice flavor to it, nothing super strong, and I think I could taste the base underneath.
I guess I always expect black tea to brew up stronger…heartier. Mayyyybe I am just never using enough leaves. I am really stingy with the samples I value, but I guess that is counter productive if it means I’m serving myself up inadequate cups of tea. Probably 1-2 super potent amazing cups would be better than 2-3 ok cups!
After I was done this I decided I wanted some Butiki Caramel Vanilla Assam, take from that what you will….perhaps it is a bit more flavorful…
If you’re looking for an Amaretto (the booze) replacement, look no further than this tea. It’s a smooth almond black, with a hint of marzipan to it. Really lovely, quite simple, and a must-have for almond lovers. I am definitely enjoying this cup!
Thank you Dinosara for sharing the perfect sized-sample with me!
Aww, this is the last of the Amande Amaretti. Guess we’ll have to go back to France…
Actually, I’m planning a trip to Montreal… goes to look at tea shops in Montreal… Yup, France it is. Though I’m sure I could bring back some Chinese tea and Gauloises.
I have extreme Spring fever today. I’m just staring at the computer screen but nothing’s getting through. That Hardywood beer right after work is going to taste AMAZING.