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Next up, a stroll through the Tuileries. I wish!
This is such a unique tea. Some things you might expect to go together: pineapple and coconut (ok), cereals and chocolate (sure), a variety of florals (yeah [but tomato blossom?]), but then put all of them together on a green oolong? Weird. But it works. When you drink it, it’s impossible to really pinpoint what it tastes like. Nevertheless, I like it, and it’s my kind of tea.
This morning’s tea should have been another spring TGY, but all of it is actually at home with my gongfu setup. Will have to try to remember to drink it this weekend.
So instead I am super excited to have reached my Parisian acquisitions. Nonstop DF and Fauchon for quite a while? Yes please. I unabashedly restocked 100g of this in Paris last summer because I knew I would easily drink it up. Floral and fruity, this is an ideal tea for me. I love that the fruits are orange, bergamot, and fig (a somewhat unusual blend), and I love the rich florals. Sweet and delicious!
Thank you, Dinosara! This is SO delicious!
I totally oversteeped it because I was so excited about my mug that I forgot to set the timer. Oh yeah.
NEW MUG: http://instagram.com/p/lLrp2Zx5LD/#
This tea is totally staying on my “to buy” list. So good. Much berry. Wow.
this tea came from me from the lovely Ysaurella I wan’t sure how i’d feel about it, and i’m sorry to say that after having my first cup…i’m still not really sure :) this has a lemon taste to it but it’s dull and flat. It’s almost as if the tea forgot to wake up. I’ll have to play around with the steeping parameters and see if i can coax a little more out of this one :) Nonetheless, appreciate the share since this is one i was looking at buying myself in future heh
Yum. Yum yum yum.
I feel a lot of my tasting notes are starting in similar ways. :)
I love this tea. The orange-earl grey just takes the edge off the “blergamot” and makes it divine, especially with some honey.
I would get more. I would get more of a similar tea, even. Not necessarily this exact one. :)
Thanks, Sil, for sharing!
I received this from Anna! Thank you!
I tried this hot tonight. It is very lovely. Berry, slight green tea flavor without out being bitter or too vegital. The flavors are well balanced. I will probably put the rest of this away for summer. I believe this will be amazing cold brewed and a wonderful summer time tea.
I think I might have added a bit too much water…
I only had 2g left and I put in 8oz so…
Dude. I don’t remember drinking this tea though. It might have been Valentine’s day when we were watching Rent? I think that was it?
Ahhh but I rated this an 85 before so it must be good! I just finished going out grocery shopping and I finished lunch and things, so it’s time for dessert!
Yep. This is a bit watered down aww :( Oh well. I have more dessert teas with me so I’ll have those soon :)
Yes, another violet tea! This is the second I’ve tried, Kusmi’s being the first. Anyway, I got this in a trade with JustJames. Thanks, James!
This stuff is powerfully fragrant! My entire tea corner of the kitchen reeked of sweet, sweet flowers. I had to keep it out on top of the microwave so it wouldn’t contaminate my other teas. Goodness. It’s a lovely-looking tea. Tiny, fine black leaves mixed with little dried flowers – pale brown with a hint of the purple they used to be.
As it steeped, my kitchen started to smell purple. You know what I mean. Like some purple candy tastes, but not like artificial grape. When the tea was finished, a fully-formed violet flower had risen to the top and was floating on the surface of the dark brew. It smelled soothing and very, very floral. Upon tasting it, I see what James was talking about. The black tea base for this one is milder and less sharp than the one Kusmi uses. The flowers take the forefront, of course, in an exotic and spring-like way. Something about it also reminds me of hard candy.
If I make an order with Dammann Freres, this is something I’d definitely get again.
I felt awful this morning and ended up leaving work just an hour after getting in. So in spite of my chronological order I skipped ahead and had a cup of this tea. I don’t really want this to become a “sick tea”, but the fact is that it is lemony and gingery and delicious. I have another lemon ginger green tea but this one tastes better so why wouldn’t I prefer this one? Besides, I don’t think I will have a problem with associating this one with sickness (I love ginger and lemon together!). Anyway, this one settled my stomach a bit but I am still not 100% so the chronology is on hold for the weekend I suppose.
Wow, this one smells strongly of marzipan. The black tea base balances out the marzipan flavour so it isn’t quite so strong, which is nice. It’s in the latter half and aftertaste of the sip, with the black tea in front. This is an enjoyable cup.
I drank this yesterday as part of my chronology but never logged it.
As always, it remains a favorite. I like the black tea blend on this tea, which is really essential for enjoying this tea because the flavoring is rather subtle. Nice orangey citrus to keep things interesting. This tea also always reminds me of Mongolia because I first bought it as a box of sachets in a grocery in Ulaanbaatar and drank it often at my hostel there.
This tea is a bit of a miss for me today, and the other one I brought was so undrinkably strong that I had to dump it (no milk or sugar here to fix it with). It’s cold here too. And mediocre tea = a SAD Cavo!
Also, I had to laugh at how my friends in BC are freaking out about the 5 cm of snow that fell. :P Ahahahahha. Ok, that’s mean, but I can’t believe how extreme the weather is in Toronto, while I managed to wear sandals for 80% of the year when I was in Vancouver. Granted if you go to SFU it’s a bit different because the mountain is pretty undrinkable, but it’s not a crisis situation all around.
Ok, enough poking fun at my BC people ILU guys, really. I’m just jealous. :P
I’m gonna make myself finish this cup (or not) and then move on to something tastier.
Another sample to clear from my cupboard that was received in the first round of EU travelling tea box.
Wow this tea tastes strongly like vanilla and nuts, sort of like almond. The black tea is not overpowering but has a nice thickness which the vanilla and nut combination lightens and adds some sweetness.
I wasn’t expecting much from this one but it’s very nice, I could easily drink more of this blend. Not sure it would be a must buy but I would order it from a cafe. Lovely, happy I got to try this one.
Flavors: Nuts, Vanilla
I’m trying to work my way through some of the samples JustJames sent me, as I’ve had them for a few months now, and they all smell delicious.
I enjoyed this tea, although my initial sips called to mind both Pour Maman by NP, as well as hints of FDA by Harney and sons. It smelled very much like the strawberry sauce that you’ll find on a sundae, and I know how popular those are, but I can’t say I like strawberry sauce all that much. I didn’t really get any rhubarb in either the smell or the taste, but because I’m terrified of anything that’s described as “tart”, the bit of sugar I added may have obliterated any tartness that may have been present. I also found the tea to be a bit thin, in the way I find many French teas to be, and sometimes it works beautifully and somehow makes the tea feel effortlessly elegant, but it can also render the composition a bit flat and one-dimensional, which was sadly my conclusion for this cup. Especially because I compare it to pour maman which I adore and must acquire more of.
Thanks again, JustJames! You are so not “just” anything—you’re wonderful and thoughtful and intense and amazing!
The last time I had this tea, my father-in-law was having heart attacks due to a clogged artery. I asked for your prayers and miraculously, he was healed and made a full recovery. Now five months later, I’m going through my own health battle and I’m asking for your prayers again. May this tea bring me good fortune as it did before.
I added a splash of skim milk. The aroma is very flowery and fruity. I looked up the fruits this time and the description says strawberry and rhubarb. I can definitely taste that. It’s kind of like drinking a flowery, rhubarb pie in tea form. There’s something a little reminiscent of wax in here, similar to chapstick or poor quality lip gloss. But that really only comes into play in the aftertaste.
I re-steeped the leaves for 6 minutes, added a splash of skim milk, and some Truvia. The flavors are all still going strong! Although that waxy element is still apparent as well. The tea is perhaps a little less flowery, but that added sweetener could have changed the flavor profile in this direction. I’m definitely enjoying this cup, but I think I preferred it without the Truvia. It’s much too sugary now, and I usually prefer things on the sugary side. But I think it’s overpowering the base, the flowers, the fruit, and just about everything else that’s going on.
This second cup tastes mainly of sugary strawberry lip gloss. Overall, it is a very enjoyable cuppa if you like flowery teas, which luckily I do. Upping the rating from 74 to 76. Big thanks to JustJames for giving me this sample!
From a sample Ysaurella so kindly sent me, MONTHS ago. And which i have had before with a lot of pleasure, but without writing a taste note. Maybe because I do not know what to say about it. Black tea, Dammann usual black tea base (if that means anything to you) flavoured with fig. Precisely what it says on the package, so to speak. No less, but also no surprises.
It is a lovely flavouring, tasting natural to me and making me feel like summer is closer (the ads for garden furniture have started! Though it is going to be months before anybody with sense would put it out). For some reason, I think this flavour is one to which Dammann´s one-size-fits-all tea base really works perfectly. A very good example of a solo-flavoured black tea, surely one of Dammann´s best.
Today without a stroopwafel. This was a generous sample sent to me by Ysaurella.
This tea has both the scent and taste of lemon and raisin. Perhaps that’s actually the toffee? It comes off as raisin to me. Not a bad tea, but I think I was expecting a bit more flavour here. Perhaps I’ll try a longer steep time.
I got this tea in a swap quite a while ago, but it has been hoarded of course. Now I remember why (and why I gave it an 91). So delicious! Even though I love a lot of florals I am not huuuuuge on violet things for some reason, but this one is blended so nicely with the cassis (more black currant!) and the almondy cookie flavors that it works for me. Once again, one of the few flavored green teas that I really enjoy these days (hot, anyway). This one will be gone before the Macaron Mangue Jasmin version, but I think I love them both equally.
This one was sent to me by Ysaurella. Thanks!
I did spy some rose petals, eep. Hopefully they won’t come across too strongly in the taste. I also treated myself to some stroopwafels, for no reason at all. My uncle is Dutch and he taught me to put the waffle over the top of your tea so the heat from the tea melts the sweet inside. So yummy!
Onto the tea! Oh no! The opening to my mug is evidently too big because I just took my stroopwafel off the top and half of it has fallen in! Well, the tea is guaranteed to be tasty now. I suppose when I finish this mug, I’ll have to make another sans stroopwafel to do an actual tasting note.