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I was in the mood for a sunny tea, and thought apricot would help me dream of summer on this bitter cold but sunny day. This is a sample that I’ve had for nearly a year. The first half of which I tried because I passed on a tin of this from TJ Maxx and wondered if I should go back. I vaguely remember thinking it was smokey, but that’s about it. I do know that I never went back.
I get the apricot in the smell of the dry leaves, which bodes well even though I’m a bigger fan of peach (something about fruit needing to be juicy!). Brewing I definitely am getting a little of the smokey.
I’m not sure I used enough leaf, so I’m letting it brew a little longer to get a stronger amber color out of the water. What I can taste is a vague fruitiness over a pleasant, gentle smoke. I think a touch of sugar would bring out the fruit.
The sugar helped. But I do think this is a little weaker than it should be. Damn my bathtub of a tea mug! Lol, I will just have to do better next time. This tea showed potential, but it wasn’t a must-have.
To its credit, it never got bitter or astringent and still has the nice caramelized flavor of a good black tea. I could drink this regularly if I had procured a supply last year.
Flavors: Apricot, Earth, Malt, Smoke
Got a sample of this from QueenOfTarts last summer!
She knew that I love jasmine teas, and I was just starting to enjoy dessert teas.
Who knew caramel and jasmine would work together?? The second I saw this tea, I was confused. Nice, sweet, dessert caramel, something that seems almost rustic (to me), with bright floral jasmine?? At first sniff, you get the caramel, then you just slowly inhale and you smell the brightness of the jasmine. And let me tell you, it smells impeccable!
It’s so weird! You can smell the caramel and jasmine separate from each other, even after brewing!
It’s so weird.
I’d like to say it works together, but I just get the dark dark caramel, and then an awkward bright floral aftertaste.
A lovely sample, and I was so excited when I get it in the package, so thank you QueenOfTarts, but sadly this is one jasmine tea I probably wouldn’t purchase for my own personal tea collection
This is really apple-y and good – sweet too, so much more like a red apple than green. I don’t really taste any floral notes, but whatever. I don’t need to. I like apples.
I got my certification today, and the director of field experiences from my education program emailed to recommend me for a long term sub position for fourth quarter this year. 5th grade at a local parochial school. So out of the blue, not even in the realm of my cert (though parochial schools don’t require them), but it is the first time I’ve been able to tangibly realize that there is potential, soon, for me to have a job I want and love and make the money I want and need. I have never made more than 25k a year my whole adult life, and living paycheck to paycheck.
Drinking only new and exciting teas today in celebration.
Super duper thyme-y, the peach really (surprisingly) takes a backseat on this one. I think the flavors could use a bit more balancing, as I do think peach could stand up to thyme a bit more equally and be delicious, but this is delicious too. I think it could make a very refreshing pot of iced tea in the summer as well as hot, like a friend and I drank it today. I was surprised I enjoyed it, as it is primarily herb taste and more a wisp of peach, but I totally did.
This tea is good. I was looking for a rooibos as I have to be up at 5 am tomorrow. Thisa was the first one I came across in the box. I could smell the aroma of the orange zest before I read the ingredients listed in the writeup here. This is definitely I tea I could see myself buying if there is a US seller or if they ship to the US. I believe Fauchon is a French company?
The note of oranges is very strong, the chocolate less so. I would have liked to see stronger chocolate notes but this works for me.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 min.
Wow, this is good. Really good. The rooibos has a teensy bit of a woody note, but it blends rather well with the chocolate and orange. The citrus flavor is great. In fact this is one of the best orange herbals I’ve ever had. The chocolate is nice, too, with no artificial flavor or strange aftertaste.
I’m tempted to take this one out of the box, but there’s at least ten servings of this in the bag, so I’ll just snag one more and then pass it on. Good teas – and tisanes – need to be shared!
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.
The last time I drank this tea (#6), I said I wanted to try it at a higher temp to see how it performed. And I actually read the note before steeping it, so I remembered to do it! The answer is: not very different? It’s still hugely chocolatey and creamy and sweet, and the base tea is still a little thin. I think I would have been happier if this had been on their usual black tea base instead of a roasted oolong. Still, it is quite tasty.
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
This one (#7) comes from the last ever Fauchon sale on the now-defunct Vente-Priveé. The last time I had this it was a little too robust for me and I ended up adding milk (I usually keep it at home), so today I lowered my steep temp since I am at work. It worked out pretty well. This is definitely burnt-sugar caramel, almost more like creme bruleé. I am happier with some of the other caramel teas in my cupboard, but I like this one well enough.
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