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I’ve been absent for quite a while. But that is only because I have been traipsing through Europe. I’m not going to lie, it was amazing.
I picked up some really great teas. Not as many as I would have like to but they only let you bring back so much. Ha ha. Someone in customs needs to really start drinking tea so they would just understand.
This is the only Laduree tea I picked up. There were so many I wanted to get it was hard to decide.
This was smells beautiful. It is very citrusy, slightly floral.
The tea base is moderately bold, it is bolder than I thought it would be, I feel like there is a slight smokiness to the base. I know this sounds weird but the smokiness makes the tea more “garden-like”. There are notes of citrus, more so grapefruit I think. There is a floral undertone, it is definitely rose. There is a slight sweetness to the tea. I think if there was a bit of rock sugar added it would really make the citrus flavours pop. This tea is really smooth.
Impressed with this one. I am happy this is the one I chose.
Another sample from Sil :) I’m very impressed with this one; it pretty much tastes like the most satisfying fruity black ever. Juicy and fruity (as Sil said, like a red fruits-type tea), with a bit of sweet-tartness to give it an edge. Not perfumey or overly floral. It’s really quite enjoyable, with a lovely fruity/creamy aftertaste.
Grabbed a delicious-smelling sample of this from Sil, and am not regretting it in the least. It’s a lovely vanilla tea (though more of a flavoured vanilla than vanilla bean), and I only discovered that it was not a standard black tea base when reading her notes tonight. Oh well, don’t think it affected anything! I think it tastes a bit too “flavoured” for it to be a tea I’d drink overly often (whereas something like Golden Orchid, I could drink almost daily), but would serve as a great treat tea.
Also, I drank this despite the fact that WHILE BREWING, I noticed that apparently there was a spiderweb in my infuser. AKA I live in a basement, and while the infuser was drying in the drying rack (maybe it had been there 1-2 days?), a spider decided to build a web in it. This is not the first time this has happened (although previously it has been in tea-filled infusers that have been sitting for a while, and I’ve noticed before re-steeping, and opted to toss the tea and thoroughly clean the infuser). Anyhow… here’s hoping I did not get extra flavour from well-boiled spider in this tea. :(
Another tea sample that i acquired at Saturday’s tea meet, this one via the lovely sil.
I read her tasting note about it and saw that she wasn’t getting as much flavour as she wanted with a shorter steep, so I opted for a full five minutes, because the smell of this tea is divine. You can smell the vanilla and caramel, and something about it just smells so high quality for lack of a better term. To the point where it’s verging on something else, although i can’t quite put my finger on it. Candied pralines, maybe? Anyway, it definitely smells like a French bakery. Unfortunately, the scent doesn’t really persevere into the flavour, or rather it’s much more delicate and significantly muted. That said, it was still a delightfully delicious cup, and I have plans to finish off the sample in a larger mug. French teas can be quite overwhelmable in my experience, so sometimes they do require a bit of tinkering.
The aroma of this tea may put those of you without a sweet tooth off this tea, but trust me, when I say this tea is absolutely delectable. This tea is 75% Chinese Black Tea, 15% Indian Black Tea and 2% Sri Lankan Black Tea, however this is impressively light and very smooth on the palate. The aroma is a rich, honeyed, pineapple taste, which made me dubious as to whether the blend would be too overwhelming, but I was proven wrong. This tea is incredibly light, with delicate notes, and a brilliant after taste. At first you have the delicate tea, which the slight of hint of orange and the merest hint of grapefruit, however as the liquor leaves the palate, you experience sweet honeyed notes and light rose. It’s a perfect, light summer tea. I buy loose, however I know these come in tea bags if needed.
Flavors: Grapefruit, Honey, Orange, Rose
I had this tea first hot and then cold brewed overnight.
I enjoyed it hot more as I did get a slight ginger note and a fruity crispness from it. It was an interesting flavour combination with the green-black blend.
The cold brew was less flavourful and more of a run of the mill green with almost no other facets to it. I wasn’t impressed to be honest. If I ever got this again I would brew it up hot. Of course, that is only my opinion though. :)
Flavors: Fruity, Ginger, Green
I’ve had teas variously called 1001 nights before, although I think this one is quite different from all of them. This one I got from MissB, and I cold brewed it. I have to say, although it was reasonably tasty, none of the flavors really stuck out to me. It was kind of just a generically fruity green tea as a cold brew. Apparently it has mint in it too, and I’m glad that did not come out in the cold brew. I definitely preferred Roi Solei from Laduree as a cold brew, it held it’s flavors better.
My cold brewed green of the day, once again courtesy of MissB. I tend to drink these without looking at what the flavoring “should” be, so it’s always a surprise. This one, I would have guessed citrus and vanilla, which is pretty close. Knowing that there is also rhubarb, now I really taste the rhubarb. It is not unlike the rhubarb and custard hard candies that I got in England. This was quite tasty, although the cream was perhaps a little much? I dunno, with the new association in my head, I like it better than I did before I looked it up. Weird how that works.
This tea comes to me from MissB, thanks! I snuck some samples into Equusfell’s mystery box, and she sent me quite the package. I shouldn’t be surprised. :)
Anyway, I really wanted to try some Laduree blends because hello, I love French teas, and I somehow have never tried their teas. Also I believe someone (Ysaurella?) told me that DF blends Laduree’s blends, and I am of course a huge DF fan.
This was nice. I don’t know that I would need to restock this one, but I definitely enjoyed it quite a bit. It actually reminded me a bit of MF’s Pleine Lune (hopefully there wasn’t any cross contamination). It had spice notes like a hint of cinnamon, a bit of almond, and some nice creaminess. I didn’t get much in the way of citrus or florals. Would definitely drink this one again.
Refreshing, floral and all around satisfying. This tea is 91% Chinese Green Tea and 1% Chinese Black Tea, so it has the crisp fresh flavours and aromas from green, but a warm, fuller undercurrent, coming from the black. The rich floral flavours like rose are delicately balances with the crisp flavours of mint and the the sweetness of the orange blossom is perfectly balanced with the spice of ginger, a perfect tea for summer. One of my all time favourite ‘green teas’. I buy loose, however I know these come in tea bags if needed.
Flavors: Ginger, Mint, Orange Blossom, Rose
Sweet and floral but with the full body of black tea, the notes of caramel and cinnamon are very subtle but works with the main notes of rose, bergamot and orange to make a blend which is classically Ladurée. Ladurée provides high quality, well blended tea. I been through quite a few boxes of this and I’ve yet to experience any bitter after taste. Kudos to the company for thinking about their quality and putting their teas in woven tea bags, and not plastic ‘tea temples’ as the plastic leaches toxins into your tea. One of the most delicate black teas I’ve ever tasted, unrivalled with anything else I’ve ever tried. Definitely one of the most delicate teas I’ve tasted
Flavors: Bergamot, Caramel, Orange, Rose
cocoa, caramel, vanilla…hmmm This is SUPER delicate and might actually warrant a 5 mins steep, so i’ll try that next. I can taste the cocoa and vanilla…the caramel might be what’s contributing to the slight muting of those flavours but overall it’s still a smooth blend that lets the base shine through. I have a suspicion that if i let this steep a little longer it might be spot on. Things to try for next time! :)
Another crack at this one. I think i prefer MF or DF’s vnailla tea but this one is still pleasant enough that i won’t have trouble getting through the 100g i picked up. It’s got almost a lighter fruity side to it…not that it’s fruity but the tea underneath is…brighter? somehow? Not explaining very well today heh
Again with the different sort of vanilla. I didn’t realise that this was a darjeeling blend but i DO enjoy the subtlties of this one. I only steeped this for 3 mins, though Laduree seems to want all their blacks to be steeped for 5 mins. I will have no problems finishing this one off as it’s a really smooth vanilla blend, with the base teas coming through nicely.
I tried this one out today as i have a swap buddy who wants to taste this and i figured i should at least try a few of the teas before sending it off. this is a lovely tea – it’s reminiscent of those “red fruit teas” that you can pick up from DF, MF and a multitude of other french companies while still NOT being those teas. I’m not sure if that makes sense, but i’m tired of red fruit teas…and this one i would still drink.
Still a soft and gentle, creamy bergamot/earl grey sort of concoction. It’s not a LOVE LOVE, but it is a really nice, soothing, lovely tea that I can dig into. For whatever reason I hoard it though – I really just need to drink and enjoy it. :)
Thanks Bonny and Sil for sending this one over to me!
We’ve got ppl over but I’m sorta ignoring them bc they’re drinking and shouting loud opinions at each other, and I’m quiet and can’t get their attention and I have tea to log.
This is a nice floral-ish tea with some interesting notes. The bergamot is really mild and the vanilla is quite soothing. It’s actually quite relaxing.
Thank you! :D