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This sample is getting kind of old, so the flavours have probably muted a bit.
I got the apple flavour when the cup was hot, but it seemed to have disappeared as the cup cooled. Once the cup cooled I got that floral note that other’s have mentioned.
For me, this was only okay, but I’m not really a fan of florals.
Short note, but I have to get logging a bunch of tea’s, ’cos I know more is coming my way…
I haven’t seen Cameron B posting in a while…but thank you for the try!
I’m retarded and put this tasting note in the wrong place.
Hm. Still not sure about this one. Cleaned the kettle again, made this tea right away, and it still smelled delicious – this time like raspberry cocoa. Drinking it though just isn’t as lovely as I want it to be. Maybe it’s the tooth stuff I’m fighting (very old root canal that seems to get infected easily, however I’m allergic to most antibiotics, so I’m downing a tremendous amount of raw garlic and oregano oil). Just had a sip cold, and it’s quite lovely – other than the scum on the cup (normal for severe hard water, I know, still icky).
Flavors: Cocoa, Raspberry
Gr. Lost the tasting note.
With one sip this is pure raspberry chocolate mousse, the next caramel, and the next a roasty, toasty cocoa. I’m confused, yet really liking it . Must try when I don’t have severe hard water issues like I do here in Brussels.
Bought in the Paris Fauchon store, looseleaf, for about half the price of a tin. Woot!
Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa, Raspberry, Roasted, Thick
Here I was trying to have a tea I hadn’t tried yet – and I grab the one I’ve already tried.
I steeped this way too long, so it’s a bit bitter. Still vanilla creamy though, however I’ve lost all the citrus. When done right, this is a lovely, elegant green. This time? I messed it up completely.
Flavors: Cream, Hay, Vanilla
(Sipdown: 184 I think maybe?) Sample from Dustin. Thank you!
This turned out SO GOOD tonight. Orange creamsicle, with lots of floral and rose. Really delicious, but I still prefer Naissance and the Evening in France teas I have from Fauchon.
(I had other teas today but they were “I have a tsp of this left so let’s mix it with a tsp of some random plain tea” kind of sipdowns. So I’m just going to say here I drank tea. Mmm, tea.)
Thanks so much for the sample, Dustin!
So. Orange and vanilla? Mostly I got rose and orange flower! Whoa! I did really like it though. It had that “Fauchon” flavour, in that it’s quite similar in base to the other teas I have.
Really sweet and desserty. Yum! If I saw it, I would probably get some. That being said, I do like Naissance and Un Soir de France a bit better. :)
Overboard TTB #6
What a week… I’m so far behind in everything right now, including my notes from this TTB… But the good news is the hubby and I have a super relaxing Napa weekend planned so I intend to forget all about how behind I am for a few days and just enjoy Good food, good wine and sneak by Dean & Deluca while the hubby isn’t watching so I can cheekily refill my mariage freres obsessions! Speaking of French teas, I’d not yet managed to get my hands on any fauchon teas yet so was pleasantly surprised to find this hiding in the bottom of the TTB.
I’m not usually a huge fan of citris based teas but since this is a roobios and it was late at night when I found it, I simply had to try it…. Wow! This is a liquid Terry’s chocolate orange! The tea has a perfect balance of chocolate and orange, neither is too overpowering and both complement each other to the point where this citrus disliker actually thought about going back for a second cup! Adding milk brings out some seriously creamy flavours and increases the heaviness of the mouthfeel. If this is a sign of things to come I’m definitely hoping to try more fauchon teas in the future!
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