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drank Pomme by Hediard
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Baked apple without cinnamon. Not a terribly fakey apple either. Not overly sweet either. Very nice to have tried! Thanks, Sil!

Sil

i am a fan of this one because of the lack of cinnamon….

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Mélange Madeleine is a tea I picked up over the summer at Hédiard’s flagship store on Place de la Madeleine in Paris. It was one of the few teas I squirreled away in my already overstuffed suitcase to bring home and share with my friends. It isn’t the type of tea I would typically consider since I’m not a fan of citrus flavors, but I’m glad I went with the recommendation of the store, it’s a fabulous tea. The black base is mellow, yet full-flavored, and has hints of orange, vanilla, and lavender. While I’ve really enjoyed drinking it hot, it makes an excellent iced tea. In fact, most of my tin was consumed during the later part of the summer when the temperatures soared. I’ll likely finish off what is left before the end of the week. This is one of those rare teas I could drink a lot of and that isn’t something I say often when it comes to things that are heavily citrus flavored.

You can read the rest of the review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/12/2/tuesday-tea-melange-madeleine-hediard-tea-paris.html

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheLastDodo

Sounds great! (I may be biased, since my name is Madeline…)

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drank Pomme by Hediard
7135 tasting notes

noms. I pulled this one out because it’s a different sort of apple. This isn’t trying to be fresh green apple and thankfully it’s not apple cinnamon. This is just baked apple without the spices. it’s also…yes, that’s right… a BLACK! tea base haha.

gmathis

I think I’d like this one!

Sil

happy to share anytime!

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drank Pomme by Hediard
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mmm bumping the rating up on this one a little. this is like baked apple goods, minus the cinnamon and vanilla ice cream. lol I am a fan of this today, especially since the tea i had it with, was in contrast lacking in flavour. :)

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drank Pomme by Hediard
7135 tasting notes

I guess i forgot to write a tasting note on this one the first time i had it. Oopsy! This was one of the teas Ysaurella sent me and it’s a sneaky tea. The front half of the sip of this tea was all like..“Yo! Sil! i got your black base here…gimme some…” and then APPLE jumped out and poked me in the tastebuds. true story. This isn’t a crisp, juicy sort of apple…but this IS baked warm apple without the cinnamon. You hear that people? NO CINNAMON! yes! now…i don’t have anything against cinnamon…and apple crisp is one of my favourite desserts and HAS cinnamon..but after 120398210398 teas that were all a variation on a theme of apple + cinnamon? this. this was a welcome change!
it’s also my first tea from Hediard, and so yeah. goooo me! thanks madam!

VariaTEA

Hahahaha, your tea has a lot of attitude it seems.

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drank Pomme by Hediard
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This was a bonus sample that Ysaurella added to her swap box, thank you so much.

This might be an example of “be careful what you wish for”. I was whining not that long ago about apple teas always having cinnamon in them. This is a black apple tea, no cinnamon. While I can appreciate the lack of cinnamon, this isn’t my favorite apple flavor. To me, this is baked or cooked apple. I’m craving, tart, crisp fresh apple. This just isn’t it.
I don’t think this is a bad tea, it’s just not to my tastes….

Ysaurella

this is a tea my daughter wanted me to purchase…so did I but it is not my favourite apple tea neither

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drank Golden Monkey by Hediard
7135 tasting notes

noms. farewell delicious tea. Finally have a little time this morning to enjoy tea before the rest of the day kicks in. This tea + everything bagel with herb and garlic cream cheese with slices of cucumber. delicious. heh

Nicole

Mm… everything bagels…

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drank Golden Monkey by Hediard
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drank Golden Monkey by Hediard
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drank Golden Monkey by Hediard
7135 tasting notes

i think i forgot to add this to the boxes that went out to omg and dexter (and terri but i’ve already started a second box for her…) That’s sad as i think that this would be enjoyed by them but might just get finished up before i get around to another package. Unless…. mwahahaha ok so anyway, i digress. I am enjoying this one a bunch. It’s a rather decent every day black tea with just a little bit of special to make it a little more than that lol. I don’t really know what else to say that hasn’t been said before heh. Noms.

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drank Golden Monkey by Hediard
7135 tasting notes

Rental dog leaves tonight but i’m organising my cupboard and tea packages to go out anyway. ie. packing up all the tea that friends are getting and THEN i will re-weigh my cupboard to see where i’m starting 2016 at. I still love this one, and i’m ever so glad that NofarS shared it with terri who shared it with me so that i could buy some in Paris this year. While it’s been a while since i swapped with folks – i really do enjoy swapping. I’ll have to think about starting that again in 2016.

Fjellrev

Weighing is a smart idea. Even though my number is a lot lower than last year, I’m sure I still have way more tea weight-wise. Ugh.

Sil

yeah dexter and omgsrsly made me start doing it – since logically it makes a little more sense than number of teas..

OMGsrsly

“Made”. Hmph.

Fjellrev

Haha, well, you are known for holding people at watergun point.

I’ve been meaning to do the whole weighing thing for so long but I’m just so lazy.

Evol Ving Ness

What now, I need to buy a scale now? What kind of a scale are you using? And now are you dealing with packaging in terms of weight?

Sil

haha i have a kitchen scale that i’ll use to see where a tea is at. so 100g team package after i drink some will be less.

Sil

spreadheet just sums the total for me.. should have it updated tomorrow

Evol Ving Ness

wow. My harmless hobby is now turning into expensive science and math and composition projects. Fab.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you for indulging me with all of my questions.

Sil

for me it’s just fun. Fun to track things like how many tasting notes i have, which teas i’ve had the most often and if they’re actually my favourites….how heavy my cupboard is, how many teas i have (especially since that one time it was way out of control at 350+)

Evol Ving Ness

It should be fun. I completely get that.

And 350, omglol.

Sil

350 plus… i was….uh overwhelming to say the least.

Terri HarpLady

I still haven’t got up the nerve to weigh my stash…I’m afraid it will be a rude awaking :)

Terri HarpLady

Are we ready to relaunch our BBBB, dear tea sister?

Sil

maybe wait until you get my box first terri lol

Terri HarpLady

LOL, you should email me your spreadsheet so that when I fill your box(es), I won’t duplicate anything you already have…heheh

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drank Golden Monkey by Hediard
7135 tasting notes

morning tea for digging in the woods. Ian managed to leave work early today so we were off to dig in the woods and build some more trail – my first experience and it was a good one. Especially satisfying to have cyclists come through and thank us for the build. Not sure it’ll be a regular thing for me but it was nice to get out, swing an axe…use a ho…dig a little and of course play with rental dog :) this tea was perfect for the cooler morning

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drank Golden Monkey by Hediard
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tea from this morning while waking up from a very long christmas day of gaming and eating with friends :) today this was exactly what i needed – delicious, malty, smooth – perfect

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drank Golden Monkey by Hediard
7135 tasting notes

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY tea! still happy that i picked this one up in April. Thanks again to NofarS who shared this sample with terri back in the day, who also let me have a taste! heh

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drank Golden Monkey by Hediard
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Such a wonderful tea. I really need to organise my paris teas and figure out how i’m going to drink them all since it feels like i’m largely doing it one at a time, 100g by 100g lol. And there are a bunch that will end up being neglected if i do that. Maybe a rotation like dinosara or terri… hmm…

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drank Golden Monkey by Hediard
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drank Golden Monkey by Hediard
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drank Golden Monkey by Hediard
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Delicious. Chocolatey, malty goodness. So nommy.

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drank Golden Monkey by Hediard
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drank Golden Monkey by Hediard
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So glad i was able to pick this up while in paris. It was a total splruge given the price even though it was much less expensive than some teas…but it is delicious! I hope NoFarS is doing well – it was she who introduced Terri (and through Terri, me) to this tea. So here’s to friends from far and wide who come together through tea. This is as i remember it…malty, chocolatey…delicious. even cold (work distracted me) i am enjoying every last drop!

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drank Golden Monkey by Hediard
7135 tasting notes

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drank Golden Monkey by Hediard
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sipdown! (252…going to be a long day..) This was a tea from NofarS, via my tea sister terri!I really love this one. There’s a sense of malty chocolate coming off this one that is really tasty, especially in contrast to the qimen. Really glad i had the chance to try this one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Miel Orange by Hediard
383 tasting notes

i will begin by thanking ysaurella.

this is not a tea i would normally buy, but i really must rank it highly because of what it accomplishes!

have you ever been around bees? not like when a wasp is dive bombing you while you’re driving on the highway, or when you feel a sharp sting at a picnic…. but observed a hive? or spent time around an apiary?

there are very strong, smiling elements of clumsy, fat honey bees in this tea. i always found that bumble bees had an odd warm smell to them, as though heat generated by all of their busy work. the blend has the same warm, velvet honey flavour to it. very reminiscent of fresh honeycomb that is sold at the farmer’s markets every weekend.

the orange is very subtle… not remotely astringent or sharp. not bitterness from the pith. much more like a honey derived from orange blossoms.

a beautiful pairing. i am beginning to conclude that french tea blenders do not simply create a tea, nor is that their goal… nor is it their goal (for the most part) to be purist as their asian counterparts. they are monet and degas…. they see a pastoral scene— maybe bees working in a field, maybe blueberry shrubs crowding around a single rose bush, and they try to capture its essence. in a tea. for my cup.

ingenious. impressive.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Nightshifter

Lovely description! And the thought of clumsy, fat honey bees makes me smile. :)

JustJames

my swap with ysaurella has completely respun my understanding of tea blending… this skill set is on par with that a perfumer… more like a painting than a beverage.

Ysaurella

I’m happy you appreciated this one too.
European blends are very different from North American ones and that may be the thing you are putting the finger on. However for sure, Frenchs are much more on painting, writing and perfume when they create a tea but I didn’t send you the dark side of the French Blends ahahaha…(this is the laugh of the evil French tea Joker !) we have some of meh companies and teas, nothing poetic with them…

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drank Miel Orange by Hediard
408 tasting notes

I am sipping this one right now and it is really delicious.
I was sure orange and honey were pairing so well together but it is better than I thought.
I really love it, the honey is really natural (maybe an orange honey or acacia) and not over sugared, it perfectly balances with the orange, a sweet one, not a bitter one.
The tea base is classic and has no bitterness at all.

This is an Hédiard blend but we can recognize the Dammann one behind so my tasting note is valid for the Dammann Frères Miel Orange as well.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
JustJames

this sounds lovely…

Ysaurella

it is but I need to nuance a little I am a sucker for honey so it may biaise my feelings a little :)
I have 100g of this one so if you want I can send you a sample (along with other teas in my cupboard if you like of course)

Ruby Woo Scarlett

Oooo yum, that sounds really good. I have some honey in my cupboard that’s fruity and it’s a blend of orange blossom and acacia. I can only imagine the orange flavour would be greatly enhanced with such a honey pairing. Never tried Hediard’s teas but my grandmother’s a huge fan of their pates de fruits.

Ysaurella

the Hédiard teas are made by Dammann Frères so they are great, just a little big much expensive…:)

Ruby Woo Scarlett

Do you think their other products are supplied by other companies as well?

Ysaurella

I think so yes, as they are a luxious retailer but a retailer.They may have developped nice partnerships with some brands to get supplied and they surely have negociated some special products made in exclusivity for them but I don’t think they are manufacturing anything by themselves.
The point for them is to make the right selection for their market,to find out the right agreement and to rebrand everything with their marketing rules.

Ysaurella

having said that, regarding the fresh cakes they are selling in shops, they have their own chefs (Fauchon is much concerned by that and you may remember Pierre Hermé was the Fauchon Pastry Chef before he decided to open his own business)

Ruby Woo Scarlett

That’s really interesting. I’m interested in makeup as well and since Chanel owns Bourjois for example you often find very similar products repackaged and given a different price tag.
I personally would just rather go straight to the source. I’ll stick with my usual Dammann/Mariage.

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