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Again in a timolino, but this time at an appropriate tea temperature. Huzzah!
Don’t know if it was the temperature difference or maybe the fact I was expecting a wave of thyme but this was actually much, much more peachy than thyme heavy and I think, therefore, just slightly more enjoyable. Still a savory blend for sure, but with more sweetness/juiciness from the peach. And I think, maybe, I tasted the papaya a little bit too which was nice and also unexpected.
So thanks again Cameron B. – it’s interesting how my two experiences with this had very common things, but were also pretty drastically different. I love and hate when teas have that sort of inconsistency. Still holding on my thoughts from last time: wouldn’t stock this personally, but recommend everyone with the ability to try it do so.
Thank you Cameron B. for sending me a sample of this one! I honestly didn’t expect to like it but for a tea to feature thyme as a main flavour component? That’s like the weirdness of the Numi savory teas all over again, but with that level of excellence only the French can acheive as far as tea blending goes.
I made my first cup in a timolino which I do slightly regret; I feel like I got an accurate representation of the flavours but typically timolino teas are “after work teas” and have cooled to weird temperatures, such was the case with this one. But taste wise this was really, really heavy on the Thyme. I knew it would be because the dry scent was really powerful but I was hoping steeping would bring out the peach a little more and it’d be a bit more balanced. I should note that I actually do really like the taste of thyme so it’s not a bad taste for me, just weird and a little disproportionate. Undertones of peach and something floral (rose?) were also present – especially after the taste of the thyme had faded away. Black base was nice, as has been my experience with other Fauchon blacks.
I’d never stock up on this one myself, but I recommend anyone with access to it definitely try it out! It was weird in the best sense of the word. Side Note: Is Peach and Thyme actually a pairing that’s common or anything like that? Because it seems so weird to me but I have this gut feeling that maybe it’s not uncommon in fancy cooking, or French cooking in particular…
Flavors: Floral, Herbs, Peach, Rose, Thyme
Thank you Dinosara! Another caramel tea, yay! (I love caramel. And toffee. And instead of going hiking today I might make candy and bake, because why not!)
This one is not as intense smelling as the Caramel Salted Butter Oolong, which is a tiny bit disappointing. Man, that one was SO GOOD and I’m seriously sad it wasn’t a black base.
At any rate, this is a really nice caramel tea. I added a little milk, and I do like how the flavours work together. But I still prefer the oolong and also Butiki’s Caramel Vanilla Assam.
Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Salt
My eldest daughter bought this for me when she went to Amsterdam and Bruges. She has a knack for picking great teas for me when she travels, and i feel really spoiled that she always brings me gifts of tea when she travels.
I let my son’s girlfriend choose what we were drinking today, and I think she was influenced more by the aroma of the dry leaves than the beauty of the blend, which is riveting enough. So many bright flower petals! I needed this fruity cup of goodness. I had it with a scone and fresh whipped cream that youngest made. It is smooth and perfectly drinkable without additions.
And now I need help from you!
Eldest wants to take youngest on a little trip for her 16th birthday. Youngest wants to become as well travelled as her big sister. They have been to London, N. Ireland, and Ireland together twice.
Eldest is choosing between NYC and somewhere in Canada, where should they go? NY? Montreal? Quebec? Toronto? What should they do? I know lots of you are Canadian, and there are probably some New Yorkers here as well.
From the Here’s Hoping TTB, round 4
From the dry scent alone I got roses and cinnamon. The leaves dry are quite small and brittle. There are rose petals scattered in the sample, small pieces though, less than a cm square.
Brewed the liquor is the color of light maple syrup and it smells of chocolate and ginger.
The base tea is light, but distinct. It’s smooth and full-bodied. Not astringent or bitter.
The taste doesn’t linger, or intrude on the room. I can only really smell it when I’m trying to, but it doesn’t really interfere with food or anything else.
I would drink this again. It’s more of a dessert tea in my book though. Something light but indulgent.
I grabbed another tea from the T&C TTB this afternoon. This one steeped up to smell and taste more like apple cider in the sense that it’s a cooked apple taste rather than fresh apple. For some reason, the smell of it bothers me a little, but I’m really enjoying the warm apple taste. There is also something perhaps a little minty about the tea that I like as well. It’s a nice enough tea, but I probably wouldn’t get this for myself because the smell is still a little off to me.
Yay, 2000th tasting note!!
I decided to celebrate with this, which has got to be the most milk-chocolatey tea I’ve ever tried. No hint of bitter dark chocolate here, no sir. All sweet and creamy chocolate. It really was eclair-like. Definitely sweet as well, not sure if the “vanilla pieces” listed in the ingredients are really sugary pieces. I didn’t really notice the oolong base too much to be honest (it is a dark, but not very roasty variety), but that’s ok. I may try steeping this at a higher temp next time to see how it behaves. This is a dessert tea to be sure. Not sure how often I will really crave it, but I do very much enjoy it.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Sugar
This is one of my purchases from the recent Fauchon sale on Vente-Privee. I had tried a sachet of Linden-Mint from Kusmi and enjoyed it, so when I saw this for sale I figured I’d give it a try as well! This is one of those plastic-y rectangular sachets, and the pieces inside are fairy small. Dry scent is lovely mild mint with a slight sweetness.
The steeped tea also has a nice, mellow peppermint aroma, and I can smell the linden as well (which reminds me a bit of a mild white tea). Yum, this blend strikes a lovely balance between mild peppermint freshness and somewhat sweet, honey-like linden blossom. The end of the sip is especially strong in linden flavor. I really like this one as an evening tea, and it would be nice for an upset tummy as well.
Flavors: Hay, Honey, Peppermint, Sweet
I drank this one yesterday late afternoon, but never got around to making a note for it (bleh, jet lag).
I ordered this one despite the fact that I just received 100g of Caramel-Toffee from Dammann, and I also just bought 80g of Caramel Rose tea from Mariage, and I recently ordered Caramel au Beurre Salé from Dammann as well. All of the caramel teas!! I was worried this one might be too similar to the Caramel-Toffee because I have heard that Dammann blends Fauchon’s teas, but it’s not!
This one really reminds me of Creme Brulee from Bayswater. It is totally burnt-sugar creme brulee more than straight up caramel. Creamy and buttery and burnt sugary. Works for me. I just have to remember this one is my creme brulee-style tea, and Caramel-Toffee is my straight up caramel tea.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Butter, Caramel, Cream
I’m just now getting around to trying these Fauchon teas that I bought during the recent sale on Vente-Privee. I must say, Fauchon definitely wins for cutest tins while still being practical. The design is clean and attractive, plus they’re double-lidded and the inner lid fits very tightly (in fact, it can be a little difficult to open sometimes, but I’d much rather have that than a loose lid). This tea is a mixture of small, very dark black tea leaves and those little “caramel” cubes that a lot of blenders use. I must say, I do not really approve of them – I don’t think they actually add anything to the tea besides making it murky, and if you actually try one, they don’t taste very good. It does smell very luscious and caramel-y, with strong butter and cream notes.
The steeped tea actually smells much the same as the dry, and it has the same strong butter and caramel aromas. And the flavor is actually pretty good, too. The main flavor for me is more burnt sugar than caramel, and it reminds me of the crust on crème brûlée. There is also a bit of a buttery caramel sauce flavor, which makes sense given the name of the tea. It’s also a very creamy tea overall. I’ve been drinking all of my teas without sweetener, but I find that this one really needs it to bring out its full potential. After all, caramel is made of sugar. :)
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Butter, Caramel, Cream, Custard
The fist time I brewed this one up (yesterday) I didn’t realize it was an oolong. I thought it was a black tea. Had I looked at the leaves more closely I would have realized that right away. I wondered why it brewed up so pale. I didn’t realize until I cleaned out the infuser and saw the leaves…oops.I recall picking up the nutty notes and a bit of tang that was the citrus coming through.
So today I was when I did the sipdown, I was more prepared about it being an oolong. To me this is till more nutty than citrus. Yesterday it was a vague nutty flavour, but today I found the almond flavour. The citrus peeped through occasionally.
A pleasant cup for a dreary afternoon. Thanks for the sample Cameron B!
I had really high hopes for this one, but didn’t really love it. I think actually maybe I don’t like chocolate tea all that much, even though I keep thinking I should. This was just odd to me. I was able to finish the cup, but each sip got a hmm from me. I couldn’t figure out exactly what I didn’t like. But, you’ll probably be seeing this in your swap packets since other people love this one!
I ordered this from Vente Prive. Glad I did since we have gotten news that they are closing. I liked this one a lot! I tried it one evening when we had company. This is company who doesn’t drink tea due to religious reasons, so I was surreptitiously enjoying it while we played a board game.
Oh it’s my move? (sip) oh wow that’s good. Your turn! (sip). Buttery, caramelly. Wow, this is better than I thought.
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Flavors: Cocoa, Milk
I may be one of the few. I freakin’ love this tea.
I had wanted it for so long and one day it was on vente-privee (which I found out is closing their American site NOOOOOO) and then I held onto it. Well I figured it would be a nice thing to keep at work so that’s exactly what I did.
I’ve had it a few times now and the first time, I was blown away by the smell of it. It’s very, very perfumey but I like it. It doesn’t taste that way thankfully.
I don’t entirely get macarons from it but there’s a definitely pastry flavor along with the raspberry. There’s also that marvelously French floral taste that I believe is what that perfume translates into. I love that this is a Darjeeling, I’m drinking a different Fauchon teas as I write this, and it just has a softer flavor. Like, maybe to me that seems to add to the nuttiness too. Darjeelings always remind me of pecans rather than almonds though.
So I’m glad I was finally able to get this. I hope it lasts me longer than I expect, but I try not to have it every day. I just basically filled a drawer with tea. And I kind of forgot oolongs look suspect, and my boss joked with me ‘are you sure that’s all tea?’ We are apparently more a team of tea drinkers, though I seem to be the only one who goes all out with the loose leaf. I’ll convert them.
Another sample from TeaTiff (sorry it’s taking me so long to try them!). Apricots are one of my favorite fruits, so I’m surprised I haven’t tried more apricot-flavored teas – I know Harney has one among other companies. The dry leaves of this tea are small and very dark, and there’s nothing mixed in. They smell strongly of sweet apricot, yum!
Once steeped, the apricot aroma is unfortunately a bit lessened. I can also smell the malt of the black base. The flavor is good, but honestly I could go for a little more apricot presence. It’s more of a subtle apricot among a mild, mellow, somewhat malty black base. I’m sure a touch of sugar would help bring out the apricot flavor, but I will not be tempted! If anyone has a good, strongly-flavored apricot tea recommendation, I’d love to hear it. :)
Flavors: Apricot, Malt, Peach, Smooth, Sweet
Forgot that Rose Congu at home, needed another black tea hit this morning! I got this one a while ago at TJMax on a Fauchon-dive with Dinosara, specifically because it sounded absolutely bizarre. Dinosara claims that the tea is ‘very thymey’, but at the time I was using fresh thyme constantly in my cooking, and didn’t realize that the thymey flavor was that of grassy store-bought dried thyme, not the lemony goodness I had accustomed myself to.
The peach is light, over an unoffensive, lighter black base. The thyme is really the kicker here, and though it can be good at times, in the ‘new and exciting’ kind of way, I wouldn’t call it everyday good. It is frankly very weird, and brings to mind those shortbread cookies made with savory spices at fancy coffee shops and bakeries. Every once in a while it really hits the spot, when your not really looking for tea flavor in your tea, but do not want something overly sweet either. A bit of sugar brings the peach out a little more, but it is still overpowered by the thyme.
Flavors: Compost, Dry Grass, Musty, Peach, Thyme
This is different. I was intrigued by the thyme, and wondered how that would fare in a tea. I get mostly the herby flavour of the thyme. The peach to me is more of a scent than a flavour, but there is a whisper of the peach hiding in the background.
I think this would make an interesting iced tea, but I don’t have enough to test that theory. It’s pretty good, and am glad I got a chance to try it. Thanks for sample Cameron B!
I had high hopes for this product and I still want to like it, but I just can’t seem to find the right way to brew it. Orange flower, orange peel, almond, on an oolong base sounds like an exquisite blend and they’re just the aromas I like. However, whenever I brew it, it comes out too bitter and sharp. I tried to be careful with the tempratuer, amount of the tea I put in and everything but it didn’t work out. I’m still hoping I will like this one day.