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drank étoile des neiges by George Cannon
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pulled this one out today to try since it’s been a while. Was blown away by the orange smell of the dry leaf. Brewed it’s a creamy orange black tea – i suspect the vanilla is softening the orange flavour. It’s quite tasty and very much seems to me like something that should be had when there’s snow on the ground – a cool winter evening, where the stars have started to come out and there’s a fresh light snow falling.

Sil

i have lots for you to try some of this eventually hahaha

Terri HarpLady

sound good…eventually!

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drank étoile des neiges by George Cannon
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Pulled this one out to try. I had picked this one up because it had a really nice orange smell to the dry leaf. Sadly brewed, this doesn’t taste like much, so next time i’ll try a 5 min steep.

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drank Nuit D'hiver by George Cannon
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all gone! one more paris tea vanishes from my cupboard, though i still have a TON left. I enjoyed this one, though funnily enough there were times i wanted less caramelish taste and more fruit. But that’s mostly ‘cause it’s hot. soooo hot.

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drank Nuit D'hiver by George Cannon
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drank Nuit D'hiver by George Cannon
7127 tasting notes

20 away from my sipdown goal that i was aiming to get to by the end of august, but i’m making progress – last month i was 27 away heh. So there’s still hope that i can wrap things up by the end of the year, which is really all that matters anyway. I ended august at 90, which is still pretty good considering unplanned paris shopping splurges and butiki closing.

This one is from paris and i am still loving it. I’m nearly through the bag and that’s alright because i have a few other fruit teas that i can drink if this awful heat carries on in to september. Here’s hoping for a cooler day in EIGHTEEN DAYS though… even if it’s just for that one day :)

Kristal

good job! Today I just finished the last bit of a cheaper jasmine tea I’ve been slowly using up over many months, so I feel accomplished along with you :).

I’m with you about the fruit teas. Even though the heat isn’t as bad anymore where I live, I still want a pitcher of iced herbal fruit tea in my fridge at all times. My sipdowns for fruit teas have declined since my husband and I aren’t drinking a pitcher a day of the stuff anymore, but progress will still be made ;)

Nichole

Awesome!! You are my hero!

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drank Nuit D'hiver by George Cannon
7127 tasting notes

it is pouring outside right now. So happy i’m inside the house…warm. watching the rain come down..drinking tea…relaxing. so nice. this is like a taste of summer while the weather turns to fall :)

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drank Nuit D'hiver by George Cannon
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Noms. I really should remember to update this tea when i’m back in toronto. I have the brochure from george cannon but forgot to do it when i added them to the database. This is a nice sweet fruit tea. Not much else to say about it..it’s tasty.

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drank Nuit D'hiver by George Cannon
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Another tea from earlier today – this one as a cold brew. Interesting blend of fruitiness, blending with vanilla. I can’t decide if i like this better hot or cold, but both are pretty darn tasty, especially if you’re looking for something a little different than the usual fruit tea.

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drank Nuit D'hiver by George Cannon
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yay for fruit teas when the weather explodes. Though i did drink this hot haha. still enjoying the fruity, caramel like notes in this one. Thankful that i have at least a few fruit teas in my cupboard.

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drank Nuit D'hiver by George Cannon
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drank Nuit D'hiver by George Cannon
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drank Nuit D'hiver by George Cannon
7127 tasting notes

yay for engagement pics, wedding shoes and things starting to finally come together. One more thing off the list, so things are going well. This tea is becoming my go to work tea when i want something a little fruity but also richer than a straight up fruit tea. Enter…caramel fruit tea lol loving it!

Fjellrev

You go, girl!

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drank Nuit D'hiver by George Cannon
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this tea is growing on me more every time i have it. Hibiscus yet, but the other flavours mute the sour enough that i don’t NEED to add sugar..but when i do, it’s even more delicious! creamy fruity caramel yum.

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drank Nuit D'hiver by George Cannon
7127 tasting notes

noms. Another tea from Paris. I did my best to try and pick up one or two herbals while i was there since i knew i was short on evening teas for when i didn’t want caffeine. this is a really nice fruity, caramel blend. there’s some hibby in here, which has never bothered me so i’m ok with that :) there are vanilla notes here too…which soften the fruit and make it a really nice summer sort of tea.

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From Sil, this one is an oolong with various fruits. It has a tart & tangy lightly sweet character. There is a vegetal quality to it as well. I’m tea starved, I haven’t had a cup for hours, so at this point I’ll probably drink anything, but luckily this is actually a nice cup.
Not somethings I’d stock, but nice to try.
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Ysaurella

Sil should have sent the rest of the sample I sent her and I’m very glad she did as you liked this lovely Oolong. This is kind of collector tea as it was made especially for the Musée Cernuschi in Paris and for a very specific temporary exhibition.

Terri HarpLady

That’s cool! What kind of exhibit was it?
Also, I love that we are trading even when we don’t realize it! :)

Ysaurella

it was an exhibition dedicated to the asian paintings from the shanghaï school(1840-1920).The cernuschi museum in the museum of Asian arts in Paris.

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drank Après la pluie by George Cannon
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Another one from Sil (206)

I only need 6 more sipdowns in the next two days! HOLY MOLY. I’m totally amazed.

And this puerh is rather good. It’s very earthy but I can taste a little bit of sweetness to it. It makes me think of caramel more than vanilla fruitiness, but it’s still good. I wouldn’t crave this often, but it’s a tasty.

Thanks!

Sil

I think I need 15 or something over today/tomorrow ll

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drank Après la pluie by George Cannon
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Tried this one again tonight and i’m still not sure how i feel about it…on the whole, I probably like it less than i think i should. LOL I really like the puerh, which makes me want to try more teas from GC, but the additions are not up my alley. However, as always, i am super thankful to Ysaurella for sharing with me :)

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drank Après la pluie by George Cannon
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I opted to try this one tonight as i’m making an attempt to try all my last remaining samples before the next batch gets here. This is a very puerh, puerh. I didn’t really get much of the vanilla or fruit from this one. Ysaurella sent me this one and i’m glad i have more to play with. I enjoyed this, but more as a straight puerh than a flavoured one. haha I’ll have to see if i can coax the flavours out :)

cteresa

I got the flavours out but can not remember what I did – lucky me, maybe beginner´s luck since I am very inexperienced with pu erh. Though I did have it on a rainy day, maybe the magic was in that and the name of the tea!

Sil

i like that as a reason cteresa! :) I’ve got lots to play with and thankfully, it’s a nice puerh so even if i don’t get flavours from it later, i’ll still enjoy it!

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drank L'école de Shangaï by George Cannon
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Must keep working on my paris teas – especially the ones i don’t LOVE. This isn’t a BAD tea…it’s just not up my alley. Oolong with a little floral but more fruit. it’s a roastier oolong, so that keeps it from being an atypical sort of green fruity oolong tea.

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drank L'école de Shangaï by George Cannon
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um..you know how sometimes you drink things and forget about them and it’s hours later? yeah that was this one…so i remember enjoying it but that’s about it. more next time haha!

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drank L'école de Shangaï by George Cannon
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I have to say…this one was a little bizarre :) While i am not a HUGE fan of oolongs, i do enjoy them from time to time. I also really like fruity teas. this tea confuses me though… it’s like LOOK i’m an OOLONG! oh wait.. TRICKED YOU! hahahaha. yeah…

Ysaurella

it is clearly an Oolong, a fruity Oolong :)

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Hello hello! I spent part of the summer in France with family, and have just moved into a new flat. Since there was no wi-fi at the house in France I made tasting notes on the teas I tried there.

I picked this tea up at a market stall, the name really grabbed me, and the ingredients list sounded divine. Of course it’s always difficult to flavour black tea so it tastes more like the promised aroma than pure black tea, but I had my hopes. The dry leaves smell enticing and just like apple crumble, and after infusing it fairly lightly, the aroma only got stronger – really apple-y, with lots of cinnamon! That’s the way I make apple crumble too!

…Sadly, black, it didn’t taste anywhere near as strong as it smells. Although the ingredients list states China black tea it gives more of a Ceylon woody kind of tone (perhaps this is just because so many other flavoured teas have a Ceylon base, I’m too used to that?), and the apple becomes more sharp than the soft fruity smell. On the other hand, though, when I’m cooking apples for a crumble they do have a sharp smell because I use lots of spices and citrus… Sadly I couldn’t taste the Speculoos at all! Maybe it was lost in the slightly overpowering black tea flavour.

I’ve also tried this tea brewed much more strongly (a heaped teaspoonful, 5 mins brewing time) and with added milk, and somehow the speculoos and spices come through better that way, with the apple still strong and sharp but not clashing with the milk. It isn’t the most apple crumble-y tea I’ve ever had (Yumchaa’s Wanderlust is the winner there) but the fact that it can take milk and still have a fragrant, sweet flavour will make this one of my favourites this winter, I think!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

maybe keep 205°F but with a longer steep ? Cannon’s teas were ok for me with a 5 mn brewing time.

meliorate

I tried this again using your recommendation, @Ysaurella, and while I think the praline flavour came out a little more, I’d added lemon juice so overall the other flavours were lost… Will have to try again, but I still love it!

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Oh, this is going to be a case of “it´s not you, it´s me”. This tea smells fantastic when dry, citrus with some spices underneath, a very balanced, complex blend of scents.

But these is something here which does not work for me – the wet leaves had a strong sense of something herbal (the little green leaves) which was not working for me, checking the other taste notes, I suspect it is the aniseed. It seems to bring a herby sweetness to the tea, provide some background, which would be more than fine to almost everybody but does not quite work for me. The tea itself has a decently strong base, not rough and not absent, an absolutely lovely blended tea. Thank you very much Ysaurella, for sharing this. I can appreciate how masterfully blended this is, just the aniseed is not a rational thing for me!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

you confirm me it has aniseed …I was pretty sure it has as I mentioned in my note :)
Personally I loved this touch, but I love aniseed. This tea is really a fantastic one, as you mention, it is a very complex tea and very well blended. It’s just a pity you don’t like aniseed :)

Ysaurella

you need to try le petit prince de Kharkov now because the ingredients of this one are really for you, sure !

cteresa

It was something and I suspect the little green leaves – and knowing how I react to aniseed, it all computes!

I will try le petit prince soon! Thank you.

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ETA: I had what was left of this sample yesterday and I find myself wanting more tonight, even if I have like a zillion more unexplored teas in the cupboard!! It seems the heart always wants what it cannot have :-(
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I had a crappy Monday and thought nothing would make the day better. That was before I got the mail. Yay, a swap from Ysaurella ! Thank you so much for this generous sample!

After tasting this little marvel, I understand better why it is named this way. This tea is so romantic, it’s a flirt in a cup!

This is the epitome of refinement in terms of essence and aroma. I am not easily seduced by flavoured teas, I’m pretty hard to please!

Ysaurella got me dreaming about this tea when I first read her lovely review. Thanks for introducing me to this little treasure from the old world!

This blend does something not many are able to achieve: it provides a perfect balance between flowery, spicy and fruity notes. Love the pink berries, such a nice peppery addition!

I don’t have a detailed list of ingredients, but something in there reminds me of Turkish Delights! I also appreciate the delicate citrus breeze that circulates around all the other flavours. It’s nothing like bergamot, more of a shy lemon :-)

Rêverie d’un soir sur la Néva is simply dreamy… This is the tea I would choose to have at a Café in Saint-Pétersbourg, waiting and longing for my lover…

JustJames

isn’t it wonderful how odds and sods mixed with tea can turn your day around completely? i’m working my way through a tea shipment that arrived today… very exciting.

glad the tea did the trick…. now i want to your new sample, lol.

Ysaurella

I’m glad you liked this one so much. I am in love with this tea, sometimes I just open the bag to sniff it !
The brand is really a very good quality brand, I need to explore it more.

Sil

This sounds quite lovely!

TheTeaFairy

@JustJames: How right you are! Hope you’re enjoying the new shipment. As for this sample, I’m afraid it’s all gone :-(

@Ysaurella: please don’t nag about it, I for one CAN’T open and sniff it whenever I want, IT’S ALL GONE! But I’m keeping the zip lock, that will do the trick for a while (now I sound like a real tea nerd, hiding and sniffing tea bags, lol!)

@Sil: it is sooo lovely :-)

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