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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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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!

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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!

Suziqzer

I think it depends on the chocolate. I’ve found some I like & some I really really don’t.

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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.

Inkling

Your tasting note made me laugh! I can just imagine you sipping your tea quietly while everyone else was focused on the game. :D

Marzipan

It actually makes me sad for them, I have this great stuff that I want to share with them!

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drank Pear Tea by Fauchon
607 tasting notes

HHTTB

This one is odd. French teas are usually dead on with their fruit flavors, but this one isn’t quite right. It has a light pear flavor that I really have to focus on to get, but then it goes flat.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Weird! When I had it I thought it was spot on Bosc pear! Maybe it’s an older sample?

Dustin

It could be! It’s from a traveling tea box that has made a few rounds and is in a plastic bag, so yeah, not ideal conditions.

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Flavors: Cocoa, Milk

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Raspberry Macaron by Fauchon
1212 tasting notes

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.

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drank L'Abricot by Fauchon
972 tasting notes

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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Peach & Thyme by Fauchon
24 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Peach & Thyme by Fauchon
242 tasting notes

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!

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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.

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drank L'Abricot by Fauchon
466 tasting notes

This cup is thanks to MissB.

I am packaging up some tea to pass along and this is a tea that was requested. There were only about 2-3 tsp of this one so I took a small tsp and brewed up a cup to give it a quick try. This one is okay. It is one is okay. I definitely oversteeped it this time around. The beginning of the sip is fruity, but the end for me is very bitter. If I had it to do again I think I would cold brew this one. It seems like it would bring out the fruit taste.

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The first tea to be tried from boychik’s amazing swap package! This tea looked beautiful and smelled even better, so it won out over the other amazing French teas she sent. The oxidized oolong leaves are dark and quite small, and they’re mixed with yellow flower petals and pieces of what look like cacao nibs. Dry scent is super chocolate heaven! It’s somewhere between milk and dark chocolate, so I guess that makes it a lower cocoa percentage dark chocolate. :P I steeped a slightly rounded teaspoon of leaf for 4 minutes at 200 degrees (in my cute new bubble mug, squee!).

Mm, the brewed aroma is still chocolate heaven! There are also some cream and pastry notes there. First off, the flavor of this one is quite light, so I would probably use more leaf the next time I make it. However, the flavor that’s there is amazing! The main star is the chocolate, which actually tastes like chocolate (still a mix of milk and dark). Then there’s the fluffy pastry cream, which pokes its head out midway through the sip and is strong in the aftertaste. In this case, it seems like a mild coconut pastry cream. The overall texture is smooth and there’s a hint of buttery pastry taste that hides in the background. Yum! :)

Flavors: Butter, Chocolate, Coconut, Coffee, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Pastries, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

Yay. Glad you like it. I found your note thru Explore . Steepster is hiccup-ing again :(
My likes sometimes don’t stick. And I cannot post my tasting note. It just goes to nowhere

Cheri

I’ve had likes disappearing a lot lately. It’s very frustrating. I mostly stopped posting notes after having a frustrating couple of days doing it a few days back.

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blech. for whatever reason i didn’t like this one. maybe it’s because it’s that whole fauchon oolong thing. ah well, still good to get a chance to try it. it was just really bland and very…meh

VariaTEA

When I saw the name I wanted this. When I saw the base, I did not. So I am glad to see I am not missing out.

Fjellrev

Chocolate and oolong just sounds… wrong.

Tuscanteal

Such a shame… I love eclairs.

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Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #25
I’m about finished with everything I wanted to sample from this teabox (other than a few I’m removing for later) which means I can focus on the Lewis & Clark teabox that should be arriving tomorrow! Can’t wait!

This one has the color of the cup, the syrup texture, the fragrance coming from the mug and the taste of APPLE CIDER. In all aspects, this one is cider. It doesn’t even seem like a black tea. The second cup was nice as well. I’ll have to try more from Fauchon. They seem to be my favorite French company, other than a few blends from Nina’s Paris.
Steep #1 // few min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // half mug // just boiled // 3 min

fyrefly1981

sounds interesting!

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Pass the Stash TTB v2.0

The packaging smells like soap. Well the whole box smells like soap- I reckon that it’s that packet of lavender at the bottom. Thankfully this baggie was sealed fairly well and the tea smelt orangey.

I would not have picked this out as an oolong just by looking at it, which goes to show you how well I can identify things on sight (not very well). It feels weird brewing up a flavored tea after pretty much a week of straight teas. I sent the Butiki TTB2 back to Marzipan after work yesterday.

Despite the dry leaves having smelt orangey it was not very apparent in the brewed liquor. The brew was mostly oolong with a touch of orange candy. Not a very strong flavor. I got none of the almond flavor. I think this should be renamed ‘sweet orange oolong’. =) Even then I would say that the flavoring is very light, or maybe very faded.

The oolong base was of medium…? The place were it’s definately not green but I hesitate to call it anything resembling mature. It seems only partially oxidized and brews out with a touch of astringency. It wasn’t exceptional, nor was it the worse thing ever.

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drank Pear Tea by Fauchon
1604 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #21
The scent of the dry leaves here almost scared me away. It has kind of a sour scent. But the flavor is SPOT ON pear! Not one of those very green shiny pears that look so fresh but one of those brownish mottled overripe rustic pears. I can definitely mostly taste the pear skin here. Magic! The black tea is tough to describe but pairs (pears) well with it. The second steep didn’t have as much of that pear flavor but the first steep was amazing! I didn’t think the French teas were my thing before, but I can work with this one. Best pear tea I think I’ve tried! (I think I said that about a pear tea I tried from the last round of this teabox.)
Steep #1 // few min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min

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drank Pear Tea by Fauchon
150 tasting notes

One of my scores at Homesense the other day. During the last Fauchon craze, I had steered away from it because I am not really a fan of pears. In general they are not really my favourite fruit or flavour.

I was a bit worried when I opened up the tin and took a whiff. It smelled like that fake pear smell and subsequently taste that you get from pear candy. It did smell a little more genuine than a candy would, but it still made me cringe a little. For 10.00 though, how could I go wrong, and I am sure I will have guests who like pears in the future so why not.

Brewed, it was subtle and crisp. Much nicer than I was expecting. It isn’t my favourite, but it is lovely. The French are always so masterful at blending and smells though, so I should have known better. If you’re thinking of buying it when you see it in your local TJ Maxx chain store, I would recommend it :)

Flavors: Honey, Pear

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 750 OZ / 22180 ML

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drank Raspberry Macaron by Fauchon
380 tasting notes

Pass the stash ttb. Was excited when I first saw this one. But as soon as it started steeping, it smelled like rose petals and I know it wouldn’t it tastes like it sounds. I don’t mind rose teas but this doesn’t taste of raspberry or macaroons too me…

Marzipan

Did you go pretty low temp? It’s finicky.

Skysamurai

Yea. I tend to not like steeping my tea in water that’s too hot regardless but all I could taste was rose.

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drank Raspberry Macaron by Fauchon
764 tasting notes

For my first cup of the day, I’m digging into the teas I got from Dinosara.

Opening the bag, I was struck by just how floral and perfumey this tea is. Rose was pretty much the only noticeable fragrance and it was powerful. This is an unflattering comparison, but it really reminded me of the air freshener my grandma always had in her bathroom when I was a kid. The dry leaf is quite pretty with the pink peppercorn scattered throughout.

The liquor is a clear, reddish brown, and has the same fragrance as the dry leaf.

Steeped for three minutes, it’s flavourful but light. There’s a touch of bitterness, a touch of fruitiness (that I honestly couldn’t identify as raspberry) and lots and lots of rose flavour. The mouth feel is pretty smooth, though a bit of astringency builds up as I sip.

This is a pleasant tea for sure, but I wish it tasted more like its inspiration.

I didn’t realize that the base tea was a Darjeeling when I made this, so I’ll have to give it a shot again, with more Darjeeling specific steeping parameters.

Edit: Bah! I had a few cold drops of this left in a tiny cup that I was using to sample it, and I sipped those down before starting on my next tea. There were all the raspberry and pastry notes, even some coconut, that I just couldn’t detect at all in my cup! So they’re there, but now to figure out how to draw them out in a full cup.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Coconut, Fruity, Pastries, Raspberry, Rose

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Peach & Thyme by Fauchon
607 tasting notes

Sipping down this small sample I pulled from a traveling box. I’m so glad to have tried this and really hope to cross paths with it again. It is such an odd sweet and savory mix! When unsweetened, the thyme really takes center stage with the peach hiding in the background. When I add a little sweetener, the peach comes out a bit more. I would love to make a peach pie with a little thyme and see if it turns out as yummy as this tea! The thyme lingers in the aftertaste. I’m finding this tea very warm and comforting. So long little tea! Hope we meet again!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I happen to have a tin of this one, we’ll have to swap sometime. :)

Dustin

Oooooooooh! Okay! I have some of the Lupicia Hawaii blends and the Ca Tea House Tiramisu that are on your wishlist. My cupboard doesn’t represent my actual stash very well. I likely have everything in my cupboard, but have a whole lot more that isn’t listed.

Cameron B.

I’m feeling a little tea overwhelmed right now, but I don’t mind sending you some things. :)

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drank Peach & Thyme by Fauchon
607 tasting notes

This is really strange! I love the unexpected combination of sweet and savory. It reminds me of an ice cream flavor from a local made ice cream company, Lick, which was peach and rosemary. The two went really well together, surprisingly so and I think the same goes for this tea too. The scent of thyme is dominant, but lets the peach come through a bit in the sip. I think it is even better with a bit of sugar to round out the peach flavor. I added a little soy milk to see what would happen and I think it kind of kills the flavors. The thyme is muted and the peach is only present in the aftertaste. Should have stuck with just sugar.
This is a really creative and unusual blend! I like it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sarsonator

hhhmmm… interesting. This sounds a little scary, but now I kind of want to try it. LOL. I would never have thought to put these flavors together!

Angrboda

I had the same sort of experience with it. Unusual and surprisingly lovely. Days before I got a sample of this one I saw a green tea with raspberry and thyme. When I got a chance to purchase that one recently, I did so without even blinking. :)

Dustin

It is definitely worth a go if you come across it.
So how did you like the raspberry and thyme tea, Angrboda?

Angrboda

It’s lovely. :)

Tuscanteal

Those words pretty much describe how I felt about it too. To be honest, I haven’t given the tea a fair chance, so I need to try it again. It’s not a tea I would gravitate to in the morning as it’s flavours are quite strong.

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