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drank La Naissance by Fauchon
1915 tasting notes

Guys, last night I had a dream that there was another Fauchon sale on Vente-Privee, and I bought another tin of this tea and one of Le Bonheur!

Sadly it was just a dream, but I figured it was a sign that I should have some of my faves this morning. Particularly this one, since it featured so prominently. This is just such a “me” tea. Almond and rose? Yes please.

Flavors: Almond, Cake, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

Oh my goodness, your note caused me to look up Fauchon and I must say I am now severely upset that they don’t deliver to the US! What have you done?! XD

Dinosara

Haha, sorry. Most Steepsterites have gotten Fauchon teas through sales on vente-privee.com, or at one point a whole bunch of Fauchon teas showed up at TJ Maxx/Marshalls/Winners stores. Finding it in North America is pretty hit or miss!

Cameron B.

Yeah, I’m new here so I don’t know a lot of the popular brands. I signed up at the Vente Privee website so hopefully they’ll get some interesting teas in soon. Thanks for your help. :)

yyz

I love this one too!

Stephanie

I love love love this tea and I wish your dream would come true :)

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drank L'Hiver (Winter Tea) by Fauchon
1377 tasting notes

The last wee bit of my sample from Cavocorax.

While this is a white tea, and a bai mu dan rather than a silver needle, if I saw this tea somewhere I’d buy it. There’s this delicate creamy lemon flavour (cream enhanced because I’m eating maple walnut ice cream for dinner), and I really quite like it. If I had a lot of this tea I could see it being great iced or cold brewed.

And while I’m thinking about lemon teas, I can hardly wait to make a Butiki order and get some of the Lemon Macaron tea. Butiki is (funnily enough) more accessible to me, and also it’s a white Indian tea, which tickles my fancy a lot more than bai mu dan. :)

Thanks, Cavo! This is definitely a tea style I need in my cupboard.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
VariaTEA

I would definitely pick this up if I saw them in store.

VariaTEA

*saw it

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drank L'Hiver (Winter Tea) by Fauchon
512 tasting notes

This smells much more vanilla than it tastes, which doesn’t much surprise me about a white tea. But yes, I can taste a light vanilla and a little lemon. It smells sweeter than it tastes. I don’t think I’d reach for this white over some others, but it was nice to try. Thanks, Sil!

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drank L'Abricot by Fauchon
1638 tasting notes

Thank you Dexter3657! I’m happy I got to experiment more with Fauchon, but I found that this didn’t have enough fruit for me. It was barely apricot? I still enjoyed trying it; I just wouldn’t buy any.

I bet Lupicia would have an amazing apricot tea! :D
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Dustin

There are a lot of flavors I think about and think that Lupicia would do an amazing version of.

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89
drank La Naissance by Fauchon
1377 tasting notes

Since JustJames posted about this tea last night, I knew I had to have a cup today. It’s really fabulous, but it’s not in my regular tea cupboard (and it’s hard to get) so it’s not a tea I drink that often.

Today I topped it with some lightly frothed maple cream. :)

The almond cake flavour is quite prominent, and I am tasting the rose today. It’s so delicious. A light tea, but with lots of flavour. I tend to prefer this one with a little sweetener (usually sugar or honey, but today I wanted cream, and you all know how much I like my maple cream!) and a little milk or cream, but I think it’s also nice plain. Just not as decadent.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90
drank La Naissance by Fauchon
377 tasting notes

funny…. i know i’ve already reviewed this tea, but poof! it’s gone. maybe the steepster renovations ate it?

this is a lovely blend. it was a surprise gift from MissB. months ago that i save.

an almost bitter black with a smooth almond rise that doesn’t run you over. i love the whole rosebuds in the blend… i don’t get a lot of floral notes, but they buds are lovely to look at.

i enjoyed it tonight with turbinado and cream. i think my initial problems negotiating with this tea may actually have been the sweetener i was using? it’s much more settling with turbinado than agave. interesting.

i do love this tea.

thank you again for this present B. even though it was months ago now. =0) still makes me smile!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

This one is so wonderful :)

JustJames

it is… and it’s a lovely thing when something beautiful reminds you of a friend. =0)

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drank La Naissance by Fauchon
736 tasting notes

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81
drank La Mangue by Fauchon
341 tasting notes

This is another tea from MissB’s mystery pack. Thank you!

I drank this hot yesterday. It was a good balance between the black tea base and the mango. I could definitely identify the mango in this and it was pretty tasty. Nothing about the base tasted cardboard-ish. It was just a yummy fruity tea. I plan to make the rest of this as an ice tea as I think this will shine a bit more cold.

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

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drank Raspberry Macaron by Fauchon
224 tasting notes

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Another sipdown, this one from the BBBBox, courtesy of my steep-sister Sil.
I don’t have anything to say about it, so instead I’ll tell you that my Lily of the Valley’s are blooming! Yay!
https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak
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MzPriss

I wish I could grow Lillies of the Valley. It’s too hot here :(

Terri HarpLady

Maybe you can grow them inside?

MzPriss

That’s a thought if I can keep my dogs out of them. I love them so much – they’re so pretty and my very first perfume I ever got to wear (a gift from my grandmother) was Muget and it was Lily of the Valley. That is a very happy memory. Thanks :)

Stephanie

I love the scent, too.

Terri HarpLady

When I was a kid my mom made barbie clothes & sold them to all of the neighborhood moms to use for gifts for their daughters’ barbies. So, these were no ordinary doll clothes, they were really ritzy. I never actually played with my barbie, I wasn’t into dolls, but she was decked out! She had a mink stole (knitted angora), all kinds of fancy formals, & plastic life size lilies of the valleys. I loved those flowers, but I didn’t actually know there were actual flowers that looked like that until much later, & they smell awesome!

MzPriss

This morning after a long walk through Central Park I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There were three exhibits I particularly wanted to see: The Fabrege one, Martin Guitars one and the Lost Kingdoms, which has very very old Buddha sculptures, among other things. When I got the Fabrege exhibit – there were SEVERAL different Lily of the Valley items – a really beautiful one made of jade and moonstones I believe – which I took a photo of. When I got the Martin guitars, there were several harps there as well. One of them was a very cool Welsh triple harp. I love the Met it’s filled with wonders and today I thought of Terri HarpLady while I was there.

MzPriss

Sorry about my typos :(

Terri HarpLady

Yay! Thanks for thinking of me! You know, I’ve never been to the Met, or New York, for that matter. I hope you’ll post any pics you took on FB, or elsewhere, I’d love to see them. :)

MzPriss

I’m not on FB – but I will get them up on my blog when I get home on Wednesday. I have a lot to put up as I am doing a lot of tea drinking/shopping and eating and the blog is the only where I think I have where other people can see them. But I really truly did think of you because there were several harps. The triple Welsh one was the coolest though. One of them was really beat up (or as we call it at my house – well loved).

Terri HarpLady

I love harps! I used to have a welsh triple, it was an interesting instrument, but not particularly practical to play, so I sold it, LOL.

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84
drank Earl Grey Tea Time by Fauchon
1915 tasting notes

A brief note, since I’m busy today, but I don’t want to forget about writing these tasting notes. I thought I remembered wanting to change my steeping parameters on this one last time I had it and sure enough, I wanted to try it with more leaf. So this time it was 3tsp of leaf for 12oz water instead of my usual 2tsp.

I was a little worried it might come out too strong for me, but it was fine. Strong, yes. If you don’t LOVE bergamot, don’t brew it at this level, because it was powerful. But regardless it was never bitter or astringent, and the base remained smooth and solid. I think perhaps there was a bit more shortbread/cookie flavor in this cup, but it wasn’t super noticable. This remains a solid EG, although not as mind blowing as I wanted it to be.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank La Naissance by Fauchon
2859 tasting notes

Another tasty tea from Sil, included in our last BBBBox, I think.
Also another sipdown.
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92
drank L'Abricot by Fauchon
754 tasting notes

Apricots are my favorite food group.

But it is so hard to find an apricot tea that is not artificial or weird tasting or bitter. I am sure most fruit flavoured teas have this problem but I love apricots so much that I want a genuine flavoured tea.

I picked this one up hoping that the French would be able to stay true to my beloved apricot. The smell of the dry tea reminds me of thick and pulpy freshly made apricot juice.

The taste is ok. A bit lacklustre. But I did make it at work and although I think I have a pretty good set up at work, it is still a work set up. I am definitely getting real notes of apricot. But it feels and tastes artificially sweetened. The apricot flavour it working really well with the black tea base that is am finding very subtle.

I think next time I need to use a bit more leaf. But otherwise, this is the closest- to -apricot tea I have ever had. I bet a bit of bergamot would make this tea divine. Mmmmmm. Apricots and bergamot…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Raspberry Macaron by Fauchon
224 tasting notes

Another sample from Stephanie! Luckily she also made sure to tell me to brew it at a low temp, so my cup turned out really well. I don’t get a strong raspberry flavor, or a strong floral note. It’s just a pleasant cup with a bit of raspberry at the end. A little astringent too.

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90
drank Le Bonheur! (Happiness) by Fauchon
1915 tasting notes

This tea is well named because drinking a cup of it always makes me happy.

As I have lamented before, this tea always sells out on the Vente-Privee sales before I get to them. Last time I managed to snag a sample tin so I at least have a little. Guess I need to go to Paris to buy some more! :D I like this better than other “red fruits” blends I’ve tried, and I think it’s the addition of the citrus, which really brightens the blend. So happy!

Also I am really surprised that I am the only reviewer of this one. I thought there were others? I got my original sample from Toi toi but I guess it’s just a rare blend.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

I really want there to be another Vente-Privee sale ASAP! I fell in love with a couple of Fauchon teas in swaps…

Dustin

Is there a certain time of year those sales happen or is it more random?

Dinosara

I’ve ordered from two of those sales in the past and one happened in November, one in February. I think it’s really random.

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91
drank L'Anniversaire by Fauchon
167 tasting notes

Grabbed this one out of my sample box this morning… Making a small cup and leaving enough for a small one knowing that I enjoyed this the last time I tried it and will have a hard time seeing it go.

Smelled sweet & lovely dry leafed and I had forgotten what the flavor profiles were since my first cup of it. I steeped it up w/o looking at flavors and was surprised by the raspberry & light mintyness… Very enjoyable tea.

A touch of floral notes are present, but only provide a bit of elegance to the cup. Will be a sad sipdown soon.. Been saving this one and L’Automne. So wish they were more accessible to the U.S. Thanks again MissB for sharing them!

Stephanie

I am hoping some day Vente Privee will do a sale again!

Suziqzer

What is Vente Privee?

Stephanie

It is a French importer website that occasionally has Fauchon and other exclusive sales! Sign up here and they will email you when they do a sale next http://vpusa.com/wOJTOvF

Suziqzer

Thanks. I might have to check that out.

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drank Earl Grey Tea Time by Fauchon
224 tasting notes

Thanks Stephanie for this sample! I can definitely see where this is a floral EG instead of a more citrus one, and that’s educational for sure. I think I prefer the less perfumed ones, but it won’t stop me from enjoying this while it lasts.

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75
drank L'Anniversaire by Fauchon
1638 tasting notes

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drank Caramel & Jasmin by Fauchon
425 tasting notes

I decided to continue with the French teas today with this very generous sample from Stephanie. This tea is very confusing to me. The dry leaf smelled heavily of caramel, but the steeped tea smells more like jasmine. I can taste both the floral and sweet notes in the cup. Also, my mouth seems to fill up with the floral flavor afterwards. It leans a little on the perfume-y side in that aspect. I also feel that there is something a bit nutty in the flavor as well? Overall, this tea is very overwhelming and confusing for me, so it’s hard to know what to think about it.

Stephanie

I agree with your assessment. A confusing tea! :/

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75
drank La Naissance by Fauchon
754 tasting notes

This is another one from Dexter.

This one is interesting. I read tea description and was a bit confused. I feel like there is a bit of everything in this tea. Kind of like they threw all the left overs together and came up with a tea that certainly sounds fancy and high class.

The smell of the brewed tea is quite strong candied almond with some jasmine. Makes me a bit unsure.

The taste is different. Not bad, just not flavours I wouldn normally put together. I am getting strong almond and creamy flavours. There seems like there are also rose and jasmine tastes in there. There is a candied quality to the almonds, almost like marzipan. There is sweetness to the tea on its own, with no sweetner needed to be added.

I think this is a good tea. It is a rich tea. I am happy to have had a chance to try it but I don’t think I would purchase it.

Thanks Dexter for the opportunity to try this tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Pear Tea by Fauchon
754 tasting notes

Hello Steepster!

It’s been awhile. I am still here, checking things out every once in a while. Things have been stupid crazy. So I haven’t drank a lot of tea lately, let alone have had time to review any. So of course I have a mad case of the grumps. So today I decided I am going to be a recluse, don’t talk to me, or text me, or come over, or book me an appointment, or ask me to do anything.

Well of course, because I decided today is MY day, I have already had to go out and run some errands, people were texting me at 7 am (FML). And now I have company coming. But they have been forewarned. I am not going to be a host, or pleasant at all. I don’t want them here (they thought I was joking, but I wasn’t). They can come and entertain themselves. That is what I am planning anyway. But I know it is not how it is going to go.

All I am asking for is for the world to leave me along today. sigh.

So I am going to try to get to some samples and do some reviews.

I received this one from Dexter! I am assuming this is the right tea, my little package was labelled La Poire, but I am sure this is the same tea.

The brewed tea smells like strong black tea, bold and malty, with a light fruity flavour.

Wow, the taste is very much pear. Definitely surprising. It is a bit of artificial pear-candy tasting, but much more pear flavour than I expected. I did not need to add any sweetener at all. The black tea is very bold, thick, strong, and malty. On first sip, there is a very strong pear flavour, then it quickly fades to the black base. The pear flavour becomes more natural and starts to linger longer once the tea begins to cool a bit.

It is supposed to be a rainy day. I love rain. Right now it is like the pre- gross windy weather that will blow in the rain. I can’t wait…for the rain, not my company. Damn people that love me and want to be around me. I need to be much more grumpy, unless they like grumpy, hmmm…

(I have clearly not had enough tea in recent times).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
sherapop

Tea is key! Do not deprive yourself! ;-)

Terri HarpLady

I am very much a loner, & left to my own devices with all my musical instruments, tea, food, & garden, would probably be happy to never see another human face…just tinkering, sipping, singing, & strumming into blissful oblivion. But, thus is not the case. I have students on & off five days a week, 3 of my adult children & one grandchild live with me, and the other one lives a block away with her hubby & 2 kids. This is all really good & wonderful, don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for my kids & students, but I am rarely actually alone for any length of time. I hear you!

Terri HarpLady

Glad to see you here, BTW! :)

whatshesaid

Aw I totally understand!

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i finished off the last bit of this sample i’d been saving for ages from my swap with ifjuly in my new tea cup! well, cupS if you want to be technical.

i was wandering walmart when it occurred to me that although i love the giant size of my teacup (it’s a veritable STEIN) it is narrow at the bottom and has a finish on the inside that seems to invite everything to stick to it. very annoying.

i meandered down the cup aisle and there were tons on clearance! brightly coloured, some that looked very boring on the outside but then had teal glass glazing on the inside all for 2$ (my giant annoying tacky one was 10$). perfect. then my eyes wandered… they were offering whole dish sets (really cool ones) for 40$. i don’t know what’s been going on, but ours have been coming out of the dishwasher broken, have been getting dropped……

so we have a cupboard full of new dishes, lots of new cups too…. all for under 100$ incl. tax? happy day! especially seeing as they don’t look cheap. sorry…. Value Priced. lol. they look really smart. next is cutlery…..

the tea was lovely, i will miss it, but not enough to pay the fortune to buy more. a lovely treat in a fancy cup =0).

thanks so much ifjuly!

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90
drank La Naissance by Fauchon
377 tasting notes

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80
drank L'Hiver (Winter Tea) by Fauchon
1848 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (157)

This will be greatly missed. Thank you Sil for the opportunity to try it! I am not usually a fan of citrus teas but this is like a vanilla cookies with lemon cream. Delicious :)

Sil

I’m hoping Stacy’s lemon macaron is even better than this one

VariaTEA

I was hoping that too, especially given the Butiki tea is a bit more accessible.

Cheri

I’m excited for that one as well. I really enjoyed this one, and it sounds like the lemon macaron has a lot of the same flavor profile to it.

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