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A brief halt in my chronology for this new tea! I was so excited to see this one come up for sale on Vente-Privee since it seemed like it was one of the only ones that didn’t get stocked by TJ Maxx/Winners earlier. The reason I really wanted this one is that it is supposed to be Earl Grey with shortbread flavors!
I agree with ifjuly that this is a floral bergamot. In the best possible way! Works for me because I love floral EGs. I also find this nicely citrusy, without any pith-like bitterness. Unfortunately I also think I slightly underleafed this cup somehow, as it seems a bit weak overall. Also there is not much cookie flavor, although I get the feeling it is there waiting to come out. I will definitely have to try it with more leaf. But nonetheless I very much enjoy it as is, so I am pleased with my purchase.
I went scouting local stores for a certain tea today but couldn’t find it. However I did come across a can of this! Someone hid it under boxes of chocolate truffles…sneaky, sneaky. This is my first time trying any Fauchon tea and it’s a pleasant surprise. It’s very floral and slightly tangy. I could easily see myself drinking this in the morning instead of the usual Earl Grey. I’m still on the look-out for an amazing Earl Grey!
Two of three separate shipments from my Feb 3 Fauchon order arrived today—they must’ve really hustled to make it nearly fit the original projected delivery window (a day late), because until like 2 days ago it wasn’t even shipped yet. The last part hasn’t been packed/shipped yet, kind of weird…
Alas, this is precisely that kind of femmy, floral orange blossom water-like bergamot I have an aversion to as opposed to the soapy-clean bright zippy “masculine” sort. Not undrinkable and lots of Steepsters seem to prefer this kind (it’s like Lupicia’s). That said, the tea base is smooth and soft, reminds me a little of the soft unobtrusiveness of most Kusmis.
Hoping I can pawn off some of this to my Frenchy femmy in-town pal. If not, maybe I’ll find someone on Steepster who can give it a good home.
This smells as divine dry as it tastes brewed.
A subtle apricot without added peach.
The black base is perfect; without any detected astringency.
It is lovely sweetened with a bit of stevia.
I would not sweeten with honey as I am afraid it would
upset the delicate balance…jmho…
Thank you, Miss B, I appreciate your generosity.
This tea is beautiful ♡
I wanted something with a black base this morning and reached for this to try. I had reservations about trying this one as I saw everyone’s tasting notes about it tasting of raspberry. I’m not much of the fruity hot tea drinker, but I am finding myself coming around to some of them.
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this one! Thanks MissB.. you sure have a knack for picking teas :)
It tastes of raspberry and even a bit of floral notes to me. The mint comes through simply as a slight coolness at the end of the sip and the black tea base is there, but not showy. A very nice blend that works well together.. even for someone who doesn’t usually pick up fruit teas. I could even drink this one w/o sugar, but added a tiniest pinch to see what it would do… the raspberry came through a bit more. As it cools, I get more floral and less raspberry.
Gonna have to have Hubby try the last of this as he loves fruit teas… It might find it’s way on our shopping list. I could see this one being good iced in the summer too since he really enjoys iced raspberry tea’s at restaurants and this one would be so much better than those if the floral notes don’t come out too prominently that way… I could always add fresh raspberries to give it a bit more flavor and make it pretty :)
So long La Naissance, it was fun while it lasted. You have left me confused – sometimes I think you are great and other times I find your floral and nut combination to be off-putting. Luckily this last cup is leaving me with a pleasant memory to remember you by. Thank you Cavocorax for the chance to try this tea as I don’t think I would have gotten the opportunity otherwise. Now I know that this tea can be pleasant but it is just not for me.
Flavors: Flowers, Nuts
I’m winding down my valentines with this sample from MissB another rose tea :) I was hoping to get to my chrysanthemum puer but I’ll save that for tomorrow:):) anyways I don’t drink greens as much as I used to but this one is so gorgeous I couldn’t resist! The pale pink rose buds were so pretty in this tea. And it pairs amazingly with the lychee! I wonder why this one doesn’t have any reviews except one… Hmm! I found this one to be perfect to wind down my night! The green base tea is so simple that it works perfect with these two other delicate flavors.
Happy valentines day steepsters!
Wow why is there only one other review?
I’m sad I didn’t try most of these before the vente-privee sale. This definitely would have been part of my order. Anyways, it being valentines and all I thought a rose tea would be appropriate. I woke up to breakfast in bed from the boyfriend this morning before he left for work. After I decided to take a shower and then use my new Lush face mask (brazened honey). I then decided to take a bubble bath, ha ha a little backwards but hey! It’s Valentines and ill do what I want to! I split my bath bomb in half and went to town! I chose Lush’s Sex Bomb! My absolute favorite from there! So soothing! I felt like a million bucks soaking in the amazing scent! I read and drank this tea for a while! Mmmm mmmm mmmm!
I definitely am a rose lover and I love how well this paired with the Assam base. A perfect balance of woodsy and floral notes. Pure perfection for my relaxing afternoon! Thank you MissB for this!
Had this the other night – I forget which. Tasted less amazing than it has in the past… which is weird because I really thought this was one of those teas I couldn’t mess up. I’m thinking my tastebuds were off.
1.5 tsp in 12oz.
Flavors: Chocolate, Orange Zest
Mmmm this was a great ending to my day. Yesterday I took the boyfriend to Oakland to see the golden state warriors play the Miami heat (NBA game)his friends and I all pitched in and bought the tickets for his birthday last week, and we stayed San Francisco. This morning we took a walk down to union square and had breakfast at the cutest little French bakery. Then I was off to a stop at LUSH which was a must!
This tea made me wish i was in France tonight! I never give fruit teas a chance. At least not hot brews. I usually cold steep them. This was delicious though!
Definitely taste the blood orange and the rose who would have known it would be a great pair. These French tea makers are genius! Genius I tell you!
Super Sil sent this beautiful red tea my way.
Sigh, I really wanted to love it…I though, hey maybe the French people do it best, here’s my chance to actually like a red rooibos!
First, the smell gave me the utmost favourable anticipation. This smells like freshly squeezed orange peel, pure citrus essential oil. I’m thinking the tannin and medicine taste will be tamed by this wonderful aroma. The fact that it’s supposed to be cream and orange will work for sure.
Bla, bla, bla, keep trying to convince yourself, foolish fairy. Really, who was I kidding? I have a red rooibos detector, I just can’t stand it. I can appreciate the complexity of this blend, for me, it would have worked its magic if the base had been green rooibos instead.
Kamyria, you know what I mean, right?
We were just wondering earlier today how little green rooibos blends there are out there…too bad, I can totally dig green rooibos, but sorry, can’t handle the red stuff.
Sil, I am grateful I got the opportunity to try it. I thank you, just the smell of it made me happy :-)
(Not gonna rate, wouln’t be fair)
I forgot what number of sipdown I’m on…78 or 87 or something like that.
It was a busy afternoon: students, then my monthly high tea gig at the retirement home, then a grocery run on the way home, another student, Taichi class, & now I’m at Tony’s watching the olympics & enjoying this tea.
This tea is one of the better tasting Rooibos teas I’ve tried: A nice creamy milk chocolate coupled with a juicy orange. It’s really quite good! Thanks to my tea sister, Sil. :)
Thank you Dexter3657 for the chance to try this tea. It really does smell amazingly like delicious mango. Alas, this follows suit of so many other french teas and falls short when it comes to the taste. It is still pleasant but I feel as though I am not sophisticated enough to truly appreciate the subtle nuances of so many French teas I have tried.
Today I have decided to have teas I really like, even if I can’t completely taste them.
My BFF has gone grocery shopping for me (club soda, OJ, cat food) and is getting me breakfast (spicy Vietnamese beef stew with rice noodles).
I can breathe through my nose.
Things are looking up.
Tea, your texture is amazing. I can tell you taste like delicious things, even if I can’t really taste you. You’re sort of hinting at a bake shop today, which is interesting. I’m guessing that’s the black tea and honey commingling and making something delicious.
VariaTEA sent such a generous amount of this, I made a cup each for J and I this evening. I am really enjoying this tea, which continually amazes me. The orange seems to work well with the rooibos base – simultaneously balancing each other so neither is overwhelming, but so they’re both still present. The chocolate flavour is lovely in the background.
At this point, any herbal or rooibos that I like enough to keep around needs to be added to my cupboard. I love my black teas, but I have an awful tendency to forget to eat, but continue to drink black tea, and the caffeine just wreaks havoc on my empty stomach.
Does anyone know the best way to order Fauchon to Canada?
I’m on a roll with these French tea lately! This one came to me from MissB a while back. One of my couple lovely surprise boxes from her. So generous so many if my steepster friends are! Anyways. This tea.
Yet another geniusely made tea tea from Fauchon!
First sip is pure bliss and vanilla.
After note of lavender on the tongue and then citrus!
Great base teas! Whatever Fauchon uses as their base is heavenly!!!
Another great cup!
Hello there orange chocolate. Or chocolate orange. The rooibos isn’t overly strong here, and I really dislike fruits and chocolate together (why would someone ruin a perfectly good piece of fruit?!), but amazingly, this tea I may actually be enjoying. What is happening?
I must be because the rooibos is well hidden. We’ll go with that.
Thanks for sharing VariaTEA!
Flavors: Chocolate, Orange Zest
Oh my gosh!!!!! Is anyone still going to order from Fauchon on the Vente-Privee sale? If so can you please add the tin of this for me please?!!! I’ll pay you the $12! I already placed my order yesterday and totally forgot I had a sample of this and I fell in love with it today when I had it after work! Pretty pretty please?!?! Of rather not have to pay for shipping twice and play 2 different orders.
Anyways this tea is delicious! This was another glorious tea from my great box box of Dexter tea! This reminds me of the very first loose leaf I ever tried that I keep near and dear to my heart and always restock it no matter what! My glorious Victorian vanilla from a farmers market business back home.
This is a great balance of rose and vanilla and u get that citrus after note!
I really hope I can get my hands on this before it is too late!
Another sample from Dexter3657
Apparently Fauchon teas are hit or miss for me. I REALLY liked a couple and a couple I have been pretty indifferent about. This is one of the latter. Nothing wrong with it exactly, it just doesn’t stand out as anything outstanding, you know?
This seems a lot more subtle on the flavoring than the Apricot…shrug
Super glad I got to try all these Fauchon samples. I know I am curious to try more but hesitant to pay big money for them unless I’ve already tried them and fallen in love like I did with La Naissance!