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Thanks so much to Cameron B. for the sample! I see you also had this one today, so I guess great minds definitely think alike.
This was really, really amazing! I was honestly expecting mostly black tea with maybe just a hint of pear (like a “pear scented” black; you know, light…) but the pear was actually very pronounced, and very authentic. And I’m really gonna have to go with what Cameron B. said and say that the whole tea emulated more of a “cooked pear” vibe.
I also got some super light floral notes and some slightly stronger honey notes from the black base, which was very smooth and rich; which was just a bit surprising seeing as I think I over steeped this by a few minutes.
If I ever managed to find a way to get a hold of this again, but in a larger quantity, I think I would definitely do so. It was a really good pear tea! And, it might not being saying much given I haven’t tried many, but probably the best Fauchon tea I’ve had yet. I suppose on the wishlist this goes!
Side Note: The Steepster chat group is awesome, but really distracting. It took me probably half an hour longer than it should have to finish this tasting note.
I’m not entirely sure why I haven’t tried this one yet! I bought it from Hapatite a while ago, and it’s just been sitting, waiting patiently alongside my other flavored teas. I decided to pull it out today because I was wanting a flavored black. I don’t see any pieces of fruit in here, just black tea leaves. It smells very pear-like and somewhat tart. It reminds me of some other pear-flavored thing, but I can’t quite place it. I steeped for 3 minutes.
This pear in this tea is actually fairly authentic, in my opinion. Granted, it’s more of a cooked pear flavor, but it’s quite true to the fruit. I added a bit of sugar to mine, and it’s reminding me of canned pears with a bit of a honey note over the top. Very yummy, and I would recommend that any pear lovers out there try this one! :)
Flavors: Honey, Pear, Sweet
I finally after a month or more of searching TJMaxx and Homegoods stores finally found some Fauchon! I was so excited I bought two of these, but I think I may be suffering from a little buyers remorse. I didn’t look up the tea before steeping, so I steeped it as a black. I’ll have to try it as an oolong next and I’m hoping it will be better because this is just blah. I can taste a little orange and a little almond, but it is just flat and dull. The level of flavor that I have come to expect from this brand just isn’t there in this one. Is Fauchon just pawning off old stock on discount US stores? It is a huge disappointment after how excited I was to try it and how hard I searched for it. :(
Mmmm, flowers almonds rose nuts jasmine – all my favorite things! This tastes like I’m eating a nutty teacake in a European garden. Win! Thank you, Sil, for sharing with Shmiracles so I could have a taste :)
I’ve been stressed out about work, but doing lovely things like listening to opera and running and reading fanfic and planning a trip to Eastern Europe, so I can’t complain. But that’s what I’ve been doing while I’ve been AWOL, JSYK. Happy Summer Friday Shmiracles’ Birthday Day!
From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB
Yay for another good pear tea! This one has a nice juicy pear flavor, and there is a malty note, too, which kinda makes me think of a pear tart… almost. This is a fairly hefty black tea – something I’d happily drink as a breakfast tea. I think it could take on a harsh edge if over steeped, but my cup was very nice. Sweet and spot on with the pear flavor.
I rather liked this iced! Tomorrow I will try some of the other flavors. It was still really strong even after ice was added, so that was a plus. I hate wimpy tea!
I spent the afternoon making Anne Burrell’s lasagna recipe. It was labor intensive but really good! I made one with a ricotta/Parmesan mixture and one with mushrooms and zucchini. Both had beef, sausage and mozzarella. Both were a hit with their targeted family members. I love it when that happens.
Thanks for the sample Cameron B! :D
I hot steeped this one and poured it over ice to take to work with me this morning. I find I like these fruity Fauchon teas iced the best. The peach is very nice and the thyme is not too strong or too weird or too overpowering. I’ll definitely pick up a tin if I ever see one at TJ Maxx, but I checked my local store again last night and we are still Fauchon-free.
Now I kind of want to experiment with peach/thyme flavored desserts…ooh or maybe jam!!!
Hooray for Shadowfall! She purchased this tea from her local Home Goods/TJ Maxx/Marshalls store and shipped it to me. Thanks so much dear! This was definitely the Fauchon tea that I was most hoping to find in the recent sightings. And the tin is even cuter than the Apple version that I have! It’s hot pink and metallic with images of painted peaches and thyme all around. The inner lid has a cute little gold knob handle! I’m so easily entertained… :D
The dry tea is small, dark leaves (what I would call “generic” black tea). There are some pieces of dried peach along with red flower petals and dried thyme leaves. The dry scent is mostly just peachy. So excited! I did my general French flavored tea method: 1 tsp in 200 degree water for 3 minutes. Honestly, I think I could have let it go for longer – next time!
Interestingly enough, the brewed aroma was mostly thyme for me. Complete opposite of the dry scent! I added a bit of sugar to mine. The taste is actually a good balance of peach and thyme. I taste the thyme first with the peach in the background, but they soon swap places so the peach is in the forefront for most of the sip. I also get an almost minty cooling sensation at the end. This is definitely a unique tea, and I’m glad I got the chance to try it. Thanks Shadowfall! :D
Flavors: Mint, Peach, Smooth, Thyme
From the Pass the Stash TTB 2.0
I should be heading out the door right now, but I wanted to make a quick note about my morning cuppa. This is nice, and it reminds me a lot of the orange almond cookies that my favorite Chinese restaurant offers. A very fun first cup of the day!
Mega exhausted after work today, so I decided to have a tea once at home, even though I would more normally be likely to have an alcoholic drink. I also needed a bit of raspberry leaf for reasons, and my favorite way to do raspberry leaf is to throw a bag into a cup of rose black tea. I still have this tea at home after picking it up at HomeGoods, so I used it. I had no fear of the raspberry leaf clouding the flavor of this tea, as it is perhaps one of the most intensely scented rose teas I’ve ever come across. That dry leaf is powerful.
I forgot that I have had this one before and enjoyed it. Well, I enjoyed it again. A very rosey, very nice tea, and it makes me really happy.
From Pass the Stash TTB 2.0
Apple and rose… that is this tea, and I’m loving it. The apple has a cooked flavor rather than a crisp, fresh taste, but it still pairs with the rose very well. There is a hint of malt and a thickness to the tea that I’m really enjoying. It feels robust enough to be an autumn tea, but the rose flavor adds a light note. There is so much yum in my cup right now. I’m off to see how this one resteeps!
Having followed with great interest an amazingly enthusiastic forum thread enjoining Steepsterites to head on over to their local TJMAXX and affiliated stores as there had been several sightings of Fauchon tea, I was delighted to find a couple of tins at my local branch. Unfortunately, they had only this flavor, La Pomme du Verger, but I figured that I’d like it since, in addition to the apple, it also contained rose petals. Plus I was happy to read that the ingredients are all natural.
Well, it’s fine. The gold tin is nice, and the orange-amber liquor is a pretty typical Frenchy flavored China black (cf. Kusmi). Nothing wrong with that, of course. It’s just that I’ve been becoming more and more of a pure tea type of late, and this sort of blend focuses on the bells and whistles more than the tea. The black tea base here is certainly adequate, but nothing to get excited about. I’m sure that people who like perfumed teas with fruits and flowers will enjoy La Pomme du Verger.
As for me, I’m happy that I bought only one of the two tins.
This was the one Fauchon tea that I personally bought from my local TJ Maxx (the only other flavor they had was Earl Grey), though I do have two other flavors on the way from people nice enough to sell them to me! There are pieces of apple and rose petals mixed in with the tea leaves. The smell is very encouraging – sweet and apple-y with a floral note. Yum! I steeped for 5 minutes.
The brewed tea doesn’t have much of an aroma – it smells like a sweet black tea with a little wisp of fruit and floral. Thankfully, the flavor is definitely present in the taste! It’s not a crisp, fresh apple flavor, it’s definitely closer to a cooked apple. The rose is nice and light, and I can’t say that I would immediately identify it as rose if I didn’t know better. It’s definitely more of an accent than a flavor. The black tea base is mellow and smooth, even after 5 minutes. It has a bit of a baked goods flavor that makes me think of apple pie, but without the spices. Maybe more of an apple tart with a little bit of honey over the top! Very tasty! I’m getting a little bit of astringency, but not enough to be unpleasant or to deter me from enjoying this.
Flavors: Apple, Floral, Malt, Pastries, Sweet
This has been popping up on people’s dashboards a lot lately since it’s one of the ones currently at TJ Maxx group stores. Seeing it inspired me to pull my tin out, which I bought about a year ago in Paris when this first was released.
I am definitely still a fan of this one, and I probably like it more now than I did when I got it because my fondness for traditionally roasted tieguanyins has increased. The toasty, freshly-baked bread flavors that come out in that really complement the almond here, and the orange provides a nice bright counterpart. Kind of like almond orange sweet bread, which sounds like a bread I would like to make. I especially like this one as it cools down.
I really wasn’t sure about this tea, but I quite like it! I get so used to drinking only heavy black teas that sometimes I have to back up and appreciate something else for what it is.
First off, this is an oolong. Secondly, most of the oolongs I drink are heavily oxidized and I’d put this somewhere in the middle. Third, I usually do oolongs Gong Fu but the tin said 5 minute steep (really?) and nothing else. No temperature, no proportions, nothing. But I figured 5 minutes really needed to be western style, so I did that.
I admit that after a couple of minutes I started to get antsy, but I made myself go with their suggestion.
It’s nice! Not so green, not bitter at all, full flavor (more delicate than I’m used to but still nice). I get more almond than orange, but there were orange peels in the mix so I get it a little bit around the edges. I’m surprised how nice this is.
Thanks again to Cookie for going out of her way to get these Fauchon teas to me.
This is one of the two Fauchon teas that I picked up at HomeGoods on my trip. Now I’m home, and it’s a pleasant temperature at which I do not feel weird having hot tea, so I made myself a cup of this one. I was interested in this primarily because it is apple + rose petals, which I’m hoping translates into apple + rose. Also I haven’t found too many apple teas where I actually like the base (usually they are too bitter and astringent for me), but I like the Fauchon black base so I’m looking forward to this.
I am not disappointed, although perhaps I would prefer more rose. But then again I almost always prefer more rose. It’s a nice, very appley tea with a very light floral note. The black base has some bakey type flavors, so this comes out as almost like an apple pastry. I bet it would be super tasty cold brewed (I do love a cold brewed apple tea). Happy that I picked this one up, although I will say that there isn’t anything necessarily about this tea where I would have to get it from Fauchon again. I’m sure there are many other more easily accessible apple black teas that I would enjoy if I really tried to find them. But now I’m set with this one for a while.
Flavors: Apple, Baked Bread, Floral
I purchased this tea from Hapatite in her stash sale! Any time I see anything Fauchon, I have to jump on it. This was definitely the one I was most excited about, as I love almond. However, I did not realize that it’s an oolong base… For some reason I guess I assumed it was black like the others. I don’t know enough about oolongs to tell you what kind this is… It’s loosely rolled and still somewhat green, but seems partially oxidized, so I guess maybe tieguanyin? I don’t know! There are also flower petals, orange peel, and almonds, along with some stems. The dry scent is very sweet almond, which got me excited! There’s definitely some orange there too. I didn’t really know how to steep it, so I just went with my general French flavored/scented tea method – 3 minutes at 200 degrees.
I didn’t write any notes while I was having this tea, so I don’t really remember much about the aroma besides that it was citrusy and I could smell the greenness of the oolong underneath. I was pleasantly surprised by this tea! . The orange in it is quite nice. I’m not sure that I would call it completely authentic, but I find it does taste similar to real orange with a little extra tartness and a touch of candy flavor. The best of all worlds! :) Unfortunately for me, I didn’t find much of the almond in here, which is a shame. But I find that it doesn’t necessarily need it (although it would be nice). The base is very mild, I don’t really get any vegetal or overly floral taste like I do with green oolongs. It just kind of adds a nice mild autumn leafy, slightly toasty sort of flavor. There is a bit of floral here, but it’s very light and serves only to accent the orange.
This is a very lovely tea, and another win from Fauchon. I did drink it with a bit of sugar added, as I almost always do with flavored teas. I will definitely be keeping this tea in mind as an afternoon or early evening option (I’m unsure how much caffeine this type of oolong contains…). Thanks again, Hapatite, for giving me the opportunity to try this delightful tea! :)
Flavors: Almond, Autumn Leaf Pile, Floral, Orange
Sweet almonds in black tea – yes please. There is a hint of floral to this one, but for some reason that doesn’t really offend me. This is probably my favorite of the Fauchon teas that I have – it’s just really nice and desserty.
I’m drinking this tonight out of the maple leaf mug that TheTeaFairy so generously sent me. It just seemed like the obvious mug to drink this out of tonight. I’m sure she will understand why. :))
I recently purchased this from Shadowfall in her stash sale. My very first Fauchon, hooray! And I have a couple more on the way from Hapatite’s sale. Mango is one of my favorite fruits, I just love its unique sweet and juicy but almost piney taste. So I’m always excited when I get to try a mango-flavored tea, although none have impressed me too much so far. The dry leaf smells nice but quite subtle, which is what I honestly expect from French teas. I didn’t bother to look up any parameters, I just used the same method I use for my Kusmi flavored blacks.
I actually find myself really liking this tea! The flavor is definitely more subtle than most, but it is in no way difficult to find. I would describe it as a blend of peach and mango rather than pure mango, but I do love peaches too! The black tea base is smooth and unobtrusive, and not bitter at all. I couldn’t tell you what kind of tea it is, but I would guess there’s some Ceylon in there somewhere. The base and the flavor go very nicely together. I added a bit of sugar, which really helped to bring out that mango-peach yumminess. Overall, I like this a lot and it definitely makes me excited to try more of Fauchon’s teas. I hope they’re on Vente-Privee soon! ;)
Flavors: Mango, Peach
This one is not my favorite. Opening the can you’re hit with a strong whiff of pear that smells strikingly like green Jolly Ranchers. I actually love green Jolly Ranchers, but not mixed with my teas. In the cup the scent and flavor are much mellower, but for some reason the flavors don’t meld well for me. It’s like the black tea base and pear flavoring are completely separate layers that you taste at different times. It’s not awful, but I don’t think I’ll be having a second cup.
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I’ve been stomping around my apartment in a TERRIBLE mood, eating almond cookies and cleaning. Almond cookies, almond tea… ok! Sadly I forgot this steeping for about 20 minutes. :( So it’s not as good as usual, but surprise! It’s still totally drinkable. Not too bitter or astringent, although it is stronger than usual.
Yay La Naissance!
1.5 tsp in 12 oz.