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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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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…
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.
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!
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.
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!
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).
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!