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Not long ago my eldest daughter mentioned the trend toward adding savory flavors in unexpected places. In steps this sample from Cameron B! I have had it for a while but a lot of my samples disappeared in a kitchen clean up and were found on a high shelf months later.
This was the second tea served at our tea time and was a really neat tea experience. We began the tea time with tea cookies made with fresh cardamom that had been rolled in ground sugar, which made it the perfect texture between fine granulated sugar and powdered sugar. The first tea had been Decaf Ceylon Orange Pekoe, a sturdy workhorse of a tea with classic pekoe flavor.
Then I sipped this and – WOW. So much thyme! Brothy tasting to me because of the savory herb, I still liked it. My youngest daughter said she still tasted a lot of peach but I did not. She believes it is because loves peaches and eats them so often that the taste is more apparent to her, which is likely true as I rarely eat peaches.
This isn’t something I would buy by the pound but it was a really neat tea to try and I enjoyed it. Thank you, CameronB!
The dry leaf smells like that orange, tacky, peanut-shaped marshmallow-type, cheapo candy… Circus Peanuts! Yeah! Like a too sweet vitamin C chewable tablet and with a slight nutty wash to it.
The flavor is vaguely sweet, but mostly it tastes like a true hazelnut. Dust-flavored skin and all. The vague sweetness may in fact be coming from the mandarin flavor, but I will never know. It is about as orange flavored as generic Orange Pekoe, which is to say, a brighter flavored black tea.
Regardless, it reminds me of my beloved orange blossom earl grey from Twinings, and for that, I will gladly drink down the rest of my sample. Thanks, MissB!
The first sips of this cup were almost unbearable! It was super strong and had a bitter edge to it, even with cream which usually mellows it out. The next few sips were better, but almost overwhelming with the floral flavor. A few sips after that and I could pick out some raspberry in the floral mix. As I go to take another sip, I catch almond notes in the scent. Maybe that is the intense floral I’m picking up? It gets better as it cools, but it’s definitely not an enjoyable cup from beginning to end. I was looking at the steeped leaves and they looked more green than black so I may try steeping at a lower temp if I decide to try this tea again, but I’m getting to the point in my tea appreciation that I don’t have patience for teas that don’t yield a great cup.
Having this hot steeped and poured over ice today. This is very floral! I get a ton of rose in the aftertaste with a bitter wave. I might be able to imagine raspberry in the sip before the rose kicks in. With some teas there is a bitter taste in the first few sips that fades once I get used to it, but it stays strong in this tea! Adding cream makes this tea WAY better! I can pick out notes of raspberry in the scent of the tea, but it is still difficult to pick it out in the sip. I’m not super familiar with the taste of macaroons, but this tea is inspiring me to become more acquainted with them. I’m not crazy about this tea, but I’m not turned off by it either.
Well I see service solahart is back. Man, those guys just don’t give up.
I quite like it when herbs are paired with fruit in teas, desserts and foods, etc., so I was exicted to try this one. However, the smell of the dry tea was a bit disappointing. Smelled just like mixed dried herbs to me.
The brewed tea has a very quick sweet peachy taste just at the very beginning of the sip but it soon gives way to way too much herb. While quite hot, I was not able to distinguish thyme as the herb. It was more just like generic Italian spices. But after it cooled the thyme became quite strong.
It may have just been the sample I had but there was way too much thyme and hardly any peach in this one.
The black tea base was quite obviously nothing to write about. Ha ha. I would say it was quite mild, no astringency noted. But also no creaminess or thickness to the liquor which was a bit disappointing. The tea felt very thin.
This was a generous sample from a swap and I made it as the second tea of tea party. Tea number one was a bust but this one made up for it.
I have only ever had one Fauchon tea, Le Bonheur, and it is quite good. It reminds me of Paris from Harney and Sons. I chose this tea for today based on the dry leaf aroma. I had my daughter make it at 203F for 3 minutes.
Dry leaf and steeped tea smell like a creamy chocolate eclair, the real deal. I was glad that everyone liked this since they didn’t like the Rishi Wuyi Oolong that we had first. This was the favorite tea today.
Our dessert was a French Silk pie made by my daughter. The crust has pecan meal in it, and the chocolate pie was tall and fluffy and so cool on this miserably hot and humid day. Topped with whipped cream, of course.
I give this tea a zero for a unique reason.
So, I took this and many other black tea blends to work because they are the easiest to brew with what I have available there. After about two ounces in, I began to feel nauseated and then after 15 minutes I got a stomach ache. I decided to call this tea to an end and pour it out.
Upon getting home I drank some more to see what would happen and immediately my turned inside out… I just had to try again for myself to see if it really was the tea. Now that I am home I am sipping away at an oolong.
I initially asked Sil for a sample fo this quite a while ago, being that it is a newer blend from Fauchon and I always want to try their stuff. Unfortunately, some postal service and/or customs seems to have swallowed that tea package because it is still MIA. Booo. I did, however, get a sample of this tea from MissB, so I do get to try it still.
This is definitely very nutty, almost chestnut more than hazelnut. It reminds me a bit of Chauds Marrons from Lupicia, but without the smokiness. Very sweet, candied-like. I don’t get a ton of citrus/mandarin flavor, but I suppose it is there in the background. Pretty tasty, and I’m happy to have it again, but I am glad I got a sample before buying a whole tin because it’s just not the kind of tea I would be able to drink a lot of.
Yet another tea from MissB. I did ask her for any Fauchon teas I hadn’t tried, and this was one. I had a cup of it hot yesterday and realized that I don’t care for hot flavored green teas anymore (except for my rose dragonwell). So I decided to take this one and the rest of the greens she sent me home to cold brew, because I do actually prefer cold brew flavored green tea to black these days!
And I did vastly prefer it as a cold brew. I actually had no idea what the flavors in this were supposed to be, and what I came up with was violet and some others. Apparently it’s citrus and lavender? Wrong purple flower. Well I don’t taste the lavender (fine for me!) and I do get some fruity notes that could be citrus. Overall it was more one those inscrutible french blends that’s impossible to pull apart, but works well together. All in all, yum.
Sorry for my absenteeism as of late; I recently purchased a new home and it has been so chaotic! Anyhow, Thanks to Miss B for the chance to try this tea. I found the aroma very pleasing with an intense apricot fragrance that made me salivate. When brewed the flavour was slightly less concentrated but still lovely. The combination of black tea (perhaps of the keemun variety?) and apricot was truly magnificent. I can see myself enjoying this tea in the future.
Flavors: Apricot, Malt
Yum. creamy citrus is spot on. That’s really all I’m tasting as well. Creamy in the sense of a cream earl grey, but with a mellow citrus background instead of earl grey! Makes me think of my lime meltaways when I don’t use enough zest!
Flavors: Citrus, Cream
This sample came to me from MissB, thanks! This tea reminded me a lot of Fauchon’s Chocolate Eclair, but on a black base instead of a dark oolong. A little more robustness to the base, but still a lot of thick milk chocolate flavor and sweetness, presumably from actual chocolate in the blend as well as the cacao nibs I see. This one left some substantial sludge in the bottom of my cup. Nonetheless, still quite tasty. Thanks for sending it along!
Hm. Have I really not had this since I bought it? So weird. I’ve shared it with countless people now.
Regardless, I’ve got a tin of this still from prior to my trip to Europe, and during my “where are all my teas” fun times, I came across this. Sure, why not? I’ll try it.
Smells delicious. Juicy, ripe mango and peach. Tasting it, it’s just okay. There’s the mango/peach flavor, then something odd that’s got me making a face. Paper-y? Dry? A touch off in the sweetness? I don’t quite get it, but I’m happy to share it with all the folks who want to try French teas, and I know that Fauchon (and The O Dor) are the two the most difficult to get here. So, share pile it is! :)
1.5 tsp in 12 oz, 2.5 minutes at 180F.
Flavors: Mango, Paper, Peach
So…while i was in Paris, this was one of the teas that i contemplated picking up from the Fauchon store because you could get it outside of a tin purchase. For some reason, i opted not to (i’m guessing it was the other 3.5kg that i’d already bought). So when i returned home and saw that MissB had thoughtfully included some of this in her last package i was SUPER excited. So much so that it was picked to be brewed this morning, even though it’s decaf and i could have had it in the evening. I was just super excited to try it and see if this was a regret.
It is. haha. I won’t cry over not picking more up, but I wish that i had. This is a really nice cocoa/raspberry/caramel tea..and it’s decaf! The bear shaped sprinkles in here don’t even annoy me like most sprinkles do.
Really quick review of this since MissB was kind enough to send this our way. I am a fan. I had this sometime yesterday in the middle of wedding stuff and i don’t have strong memories of it, but i know i finished it off fairly quickly and the chocolate seemed to work really well with the fauchon base. It was more milk chocolate for me than dark, but it was tasty!
whoops… thought i’d saved this tasting note and then accidentally closed it by navigating away. ugh. Well this is from hours ago and another of the teas from MissB I had high hopes for this one but it turns out that this falls into that fauchon black category that just never seems to work for me no mwatter what the tea is. I can drink their oolongs and their herbals but make it a black and whatever base it is that they use, just doesn’t work. I get hints of the mandarin from this one but overall it’s just a slightly sweet orange ish kinda tea. Sorry missb! doesn’t work for me but i appreciate the try!