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80
drank Melange Laduree by Ladurée
1842 tasting notes

GCTTB 2.0
I love all these French teas. This one has quite a strong bergamot scent and I was expecting it to be something like an earl grey. Instead the flavour, while citrus, was more like sweet oranges than bergamot. There’s also a nice floral undertone that stays pleasantly subtle and underneath it all are some smooth vanilla notes.

The great thing about French teas, I’ve found, is the deftness with which flavours are blended – they hint at flavour notes rather than beat you over the head with them. I’ve rarely come across a French tea that’s heavy-handed in its flavouring.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
ashmanra

Yes! Great note! I have seen French teas with a list of flavors a mile long. If anyone else had done it, those flavors would have mashed together like mud, but the French can blend them so expertly that you taste each one as a separate layer and it still isn’t overdone.

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drank Melange Laduree by Ladurée
3125 tasting notes

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76
drank Chéri by Ladurée
1842 tasting notes

I’m loving all these French teas in the GCTTB This one is a mild mix of chocolate and caramel flavours that pair well with a smooth base that has some nice warm, biscuity notes. This would make a nice breakfast blend as it has strength without being harsh and the flavours are pleasantly soothing. Personally I’d like a bit more chocolate, but then I’m a total chocolate fiend. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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77
drank Vanille by Ladurée
2808 tasting notes

Last year I went on a euro trip with the worst travel partner ever. We had one day in Paris (which she had been to before) and she insisted on spending most of the day at the champs-elysees so she could visit a store she liked the year before. She also pushed for us to go to McDonalds in every city we visited because she’s a picky eater and had no interest in trying the food everywhere had to offer. Anyways, one plus for me being on the champs-elysees was Laduree. I knew them as a bakery that had world famous macarons so I decided once I was there I would splurge to try some. My travel partner also splurged and then bitched to me about the cost to which I said she didn’t need to buy them if she didn’t want to spend the money and she told me she HAD to because they are famous (a fact she didn’t know prior to me telling her as I made her walk in the shop).

So that kind of ruined the whole experience which is made even sadder by the fact that I really wanted to visit a Parisian tea shop and at the time realized my time in Laduree was my one chance to do that (seeing as she told me we had no time to visit a tea shop since we only had the one day). Why didn’t I realize this? Well, stupid me didn’t realize Laduree was a tea shop until Sil started posting about their teas and now that she was awesome enough to share, I realize I missed out on a good tea shop as this vanilla tea is lovely. Creamy and sweet and just vanilla deliciousness. So thank you Sil for sharing and given me the chance to indulge in the Parisian teas I missed on while I was in France!

Sil

So glad to get some to you to try out :) you’ll just have a better idea of what to get when you go back! with a better travel partner!

Evol Ving Ness

There’s a lot to be said for travelling solo. Sorry that you had to suffer that experience.

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76
drank Chéri by Ladurée
3833 tasting notes

GCTTB V2

So, like Lala I definitely initially misread this one and 100% expected it to be Cherry. And of course, it’s not. It’s chocolate/caramel/vanilla? If I remember correctly…

It’s actually VERY good but I’m a little sad it’s not what I was expecting. First thing I noticed was immediately the vanilla – it’s incredibly similar in profile and strength to the vanilla flavour in the Vanille blend from this same company. Which isn’t surprising; it’s just nice to see the consistency. That said, I also really taste the caramel; it’s smooth, creamy and sweet! I can’t say I’m getting hit with a whole lot of chocolate though. At the same time; even now that I know there isn’t cherry flavour in the blend it’s hard for it to not taste a little fruity to me. I’d probably call the notes I’m picking up more of a ripe strawberry or sweetened strawberry compote than cherry – but definitely observing a fruity sweetness in the finish of the sip.

Happy to have tried this one.

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80
drank Vanille by Ladurée
3833 tasting notes

I accidentally posted this under the wrong header earlier this morning, so reposting now under the correct entry for accuracy’s sake…

GCTTB V2

So many fancy teas in the box! And black teas, specifically!

I cold brewed this one; I’ve been drinking a lot of cold brewed fruit teas and I wanted to switch things up a little bit just to have a break inbetween cold brews.

This was phenomenal: there’s so much vanilla flavour packed into this tea it’s insane! Seriously, a lot of “Vanilla” teas are subtle/weak but this is really in your face and I appreciate that. It still tastes very natural and it’s vanilla without being cloying vanilla. There’s some creamyness as well which adds a bit more depth, and I felt like I also got some nice malt and wood notes from the base tea. I bet you that this would make an insane latte! Maybe someone else in the line up with the box will have to try that…

Also, I want to share this SUPER CUTE Finebros reaction video! It is ‘tea’ related, afterall…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLFzQLIcCkE

I definitely feel like the majority of their reactions are exactly the same as my reaction the very first time I tried boba. I love it now, though.

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80
drank La Vanille by Ladurée
3833 tasting notes

GCTTB V2

So many fancy teas in the box! And black teas, specifically!

I cold brewed this one; I’ve been drinking a lot of cold brewed fruit teas and I wanted to switch things up a little bit just to have a break inbetween cold brews.

This was phenomenal: there’s so much vanilla flavour packed into this tea it’s insane! Seriously, a lot of “Vanilla” teas are subtle/weak but this is really in your face and I appreciate that. It still tastes very natural and it’s vanilla without being cloying vanilla. There’s some creamyness as well which adds a bit more depth, and I felt like I also got some nice malt and wood notes from the base tea. I bet you that this would make an insane latte! Maybe someone else in the line up with the box will have to try that…

Also, I want to share this SUPER CUTE Finebros reaction video! It is ‘tea’ related, afterall…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLFzQLIcCkE

I definitely feel like the majority of their reactions are exactly the same as my reaction the very first time I tried boba. I love it now, though.

Sil

i have lots of extras of teas as well, so if you love one, i can send along more

VariaTEA

First time I ever tried a bubble tea latte was with a vanilla nut tea and it was awesome so your probably on the right track thinking this would make a good latte if its as vanilla as you say

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80
drank Chéri by Ladurée
871 tasting notes

GCTTB 5 Box 2

I haven’t really been around on Steepster a lot recently. I have just been busy with other things. And I have also settled into drinking the same old teas. The ones I really like. And I am ok with that. So I have struggled a little bit with getting reviews posted of the teas from this box.

I mis-read this one to be la cerise. So I was expecting cherry. But it is definitely not that. So my brain and my taste buds were in this little ninja fight because the taste wasn’t matching up with what my brain was expecting. Then I figured it out.

The tea smells very rich. There are notes of sweet vanilla and some dark cocoa notes. The liquor is very thick feeling. There are flavours of vanilla mixed with cocoa. It is sweet but not too sweet. There is a very creamy texture and flavour to this tea. Even though this one is a black tea base, I feel like it could definitely be a green. There is a very slight grassy note to the taste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87
drank Thé Jardin Bleu Royal by Ladurée
871 tasting notes

GCTTB5 Box 2.

After trying this tea, then reading the reviews, I definitely get a different taste then most other people.

The dry tea and brewed tea smells like creamy blueberry. Which I was not expecting at all.

The brewed tea is very thick, milky and creamy. There is a definite cornflower petal taste. The black base is very light and smooth. The only fruit taste I am getting is blueberry, no strawberry. The blueberry may be a bit of the rhubarb but I wouldn’t have guessed that without reading the description of this tea.

It is definitely good. I like the creaminess of this tea. It feels like a very luxurious tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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91
drank Melange Laduree by Ladurée
871 tasting notes

GCTTB5 Box #2.

This one has been on my wishlist forever so I am excited to try it.

The dry tea smells very light, slightly floral, with a bit of sweet citrus.

The tea brews up moderately dark. The black tea base is light and creamy. There are subtle floral hints. There is a candy-like citrus profile. I don’t get much bergamot flavour though. The tea is just the tiniest bit astringent at the end.

This tea reminds me of a tea you would serve at a party or something. I quite like it and I am glad to have had the opportunity to try it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

I need to post in the thread but if there is anything you fall in love with and want a bit more of, chances are I have more I can part with.

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drank Melange Laduree by Ladurée
1121 tasting notes

GCTTB5 box#2

This was enjoyable. Citrus and floral were the most prominent notes for me. These are not my favourite notes in tea so it wouldn’t be something I would order but I’m glad I got to try it. Sometimes tastes change, so every now and then I try something again to see if my tastes have in fact changed!

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GCTTB5 box#2

This was a lovely tea with prominent notes of strawberry and rhubarb. I am not sure that I would have picked out those flavours though if I would have tasted this blind. It is slightly floral in the black tea base, or maybe due to the addition of the flower petals. Very enjoyable.

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

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drank Vanille by Ladurée
1121 tasting notes

GCTTB5 box#2

I really enjoy vanilla teas and this one is no exception. It is smooth, with just that little hint of Darjeeling. The vanilla tastes fairly natural and just a little sweet. There is a slight astringency in the aftertaste.

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

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drank Chéri by Ladurée
1121 tasting notes

Thank you Sil for this sample.

I have never had a French tea before, so I was excited to try it.

This is a beauty of a tea, if not a touch delicate. The cocoa and cherry are barely there but sure make for a smooth cuppa. The base is nice, a little on the delicate side as well, but very tasty!

Like Sil has mentioned in her notes, I might try a longer infusion next time to see if the flavours come out a little more.

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

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Another sipdown and man am I going to miss this tea! It tastes of the most luscious yet delicate red berries… Almost like the first berries of the season, not overly juicy like the over ripe berries at the end of summer that you want to make into jams or pies but instead light and delicate, the type of berries you want to just eat straight off the bush and savor the complexity… Hmm, I think I should do some baking soon :)

This tea really reminds me of times backcountry camping in Alaska in Summer when we would come across wild blueberries and devour them straight off the bush, sweet yet tart and oh so juicy (except this tea tastes like strawberries, rhubarb and cherries not blueberries!)

An amazing spring tea treat!

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91
drank Marie Antoinette by Ladurée
41 tasting notes

A friend kindly served me a cup of this tea! The aroma and taste are very calming and goes down smooth. The fancy nylon teabag is a nice touch as well :) The jasmine and lemon are definitely at the forefront however there is a subtle scent of lavender. Definitely to be enjoyed on special occasions!

Flavors: Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
Marzipan

I really like Laduree teas!

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91
drank Marie Antoinette by Ladurée
41 tasting notes

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100
drank Eugénie by Ladurée
10 tasting notes

A Chinese black tea mingled with red fruits (strawberry, raspberry, cherry and redcurrant). A delicious aroma for an exquisite and delightful break.
I take it with a little milk and stevia.

Mi cuñada viajó a Francia y le di unos cuantos euritos que tenía guardados para que me trajera té de Laureé, este fue el que me trajo. ¡Gracias Marce! :D

Flavors: Cherry, Raspberry, Strawberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Marie Antoinette by Ladurée
5 tasting notes

Light, bright, clean black tea that doesn’t need milk or sugar to make it a delicious treat (and I almost always add milk and sugar to my black teas so this is really something).

This tea has a warm orangey-brown liquor, and powdery smell like rocket candies and pineapple when brewed. The tea has citrusy sweet notes, but they float on top of the strong base of a delicious blend of refined black teas that lack any bitter astringency, a smooth and sippable charm I’ve found in Ladureé’s Jardin Bleu and Ladurée blends as well.

Flavors: Citrusy, Dark Wood, Pineapple

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Thé Roi Soleil by Ladurée
2194 tasting notes

I totally accidentally killed this.

Sample from MissB. Thank you. :)

Used boiling water. Waited 2 min. Sniffed. Spinach instead of the lemon I was expecting. Sip. Down sink.

It’s a sad tea story for this tea.

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drank Melange Laduree by Ladurée
2194 tasting notes

Yum. Fruity and floral.

Thanks, Sil!

I did have this in a travel mug, with milk, steeped at a higher temperature than I would usually make tea at. So. We’ll see how it does at home in a regular mug. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90
drank Marie Antoinette by Ladurée
871 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

So exciting! Which countries did you visit if you don’t mind my asking?

Lala

I travelled through Italy and France with a quick stop in Monaco.

Fjellrev

Lovely!

Sil

“only bring back so much…” i brought back 3.5kg lol so glad you had an amazing time!

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